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Contest of Challengers

By Challengers Comics + Conversation

From Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, IL, this is Contest of Challengers, a podcast about the business of running a comics shop. From publishers to distributors to the sales floor itself, each episode deals with the issues of the week and how they affect the way Challengers conducts business, and that includes the actual comic book issues themselves. Hosted by Challengers owners Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Thanks for listening. Keep reading comics!

  1. 1.
    On the Rocks01/25/2021
    1:19:00
  2. 2.
    Don’t Let Perfect be the Enemy of Good01/18/2021
    1:04:55
  3. 3.
    2020’s Top Graphic Novels01/11/2021
    1:15:30
  4. 4.
    Our Year, In Words01/04/2021
    1:26:07
  5. 5.
    We’re Not Santa12/28/2020
    1:04:39
  6. 6.
    Post-Future (State)12/21/2020
    1:18:43
  7. 7.
    By the Horns!12/17/2020
    1:15:22
  8. 8.
    American Mail12/14/2020
    1:07:23
  1. 9.
    "Showing Your Work" with Arune Singh12/10/2020
    1:30:51
  2. 10.
    Ranking Very Well in Ghana12/06/2020
    1:18:16
  3. 11.
    Rats!11/30/2020
    1:16:58
  4. 12.
    Print is Irrelevant11/23/2020
    1:02:34
  5. 13.
    About vs “ABOUT”11/16/2020
    1:03:48
  6. 14.
    Some Clown11/09/2020
    1:08:02
  7. 15.
    And the Family Grows.11/01/2020
    1:06:21
  8. 16.
    Nah Man, We’re Good.10/25/2020
    1:22:27
  9. 17.
    Where is Your Human Compassion?10/19/2020
    1:29:05
  10. 18.
    FIVE HUNDRED10/11/2020
    2:01:34
  11. 19.
    Grave-Robbing Chadwick Boseman10/05/2020
    1:05:30
  12. 20.
    All Apologies09/27/2020
    1:06:45
  13. 21.
    Your Success at Our Expense09/20/2020
    1:08:17
  14. 22.
    With That Behavior in Mind09/15/2020
    1:06:44
  15. 23.
    Going BRZRK(R)09/07/2020
    1:27:44
  16. 24.
    “You’ve Got This?”08/31/2020
    1:07:31
  17. 25.
    The Wrong Cover08/23/2020
    1:05:57
  18. 26.
    The Dog Days of Comics08/17/2020
    1:06:09
  19. 27.
    Invisible Tastemakers08/10/2020
    1:03:15
  20. 28.
    A Lack of Joy08/03/2020
    1:08:43
  21. 29.
    Look Us in the Eyes07/27/2020
    1:07:04
  22. 30.
    Analog Orders in a Digital World07/20/2020
    57:13
  23. 31.
    Moving From Hit to Hit07/13/2020
    1:02:40
  24. 32.
    Wear Your Damn Masks!07/06/2020
    1:00:53
  25. 33.
    Foot Fist Frankenstein07/01/2020
    1:21:49
  26. 34.
    Resolute Carnage06/28/2020
    1:02:04
  27. 35.
    Nothing Feels Normal06/22/2020
    1:07:34
  28. 36.
    They Flee Into The Night06/15/2020
    1:09:08
  29. 37.
    Oh, DC Comics…06/07/2020
    1:04:54
  30. 38.
    Helping You Even If It Hurts Us06/01/2020
    1:18:01
  31. 39.
    The Plan We Had Was Not a Bad One05/25/2020
    1:04:35
  32. 40.
    Update of Pain05/18/2020
    32:33
  33. 41.
    The Double-Release Window05/10/2020
    1:23:44
  34. 42.
    Finding Value in Different Things05/04/2020
    1:20:34
  35. 43.
    Plastic Achievements04/27/2020
    1:03:07
  36. 44.
    Publisher Shortsightedness04/19/2020
    1:00:56
  37. 45.
    The Comics Industry is Broken04/13/2020
    1:03:13
  38. 46.
    Too Big to Fail04/06/2020
    1:07:39
  39. 47.
    Servicing the Public03/30/2020
    1:10:35
  40. 48.
    No More New Comics03/24/2020
    51:26
  41. 49.
    Plugging Holes in the Dam03/23/2020
    1:08:05
  42. 50.
    Like a Ham in a Deli Case03/16/2020
    1:08:00
  43. 51.
    A Challenger Loves Ya03/09/2020
    1:04:21
  44. 52.
    Freshly Squeezed03/02/2020
    1:19:14
  45. 53.
    Selling Pickaxes to Mine for Gold 02/24/2020
    1:11:47
  46. 54.
    Occasionally Happiness has Value02/17/2020
    1:13:30
  47. 55.
    This is Bad Idea02/10/2020
    1:02:29
  48. 56.
    The Current Reality of Blue02/03/2020
    1:10:21
  49. 57.
    (Action) Figuring it Out01/27/2020
    1:08:32
  50. 58.
    “Rudest. Employee. Ever.”01/20/2020
    1:06:52
  51. 59.
    Just say “Fine.”01/13/2020
    1:07:43
  52. 60.
    A Positive Integer (2019 Sales Review)01/06/2020
    1:10:44
  53. 61.
    There is No Quality Control in a Field of One12/30/2019
    1:18:31
  54. 62.
    IF Things Were Running Normal… 12/23/2019
    1:09:27
  55. 63.
    Don’t Make Us Eat Your Sandwich12/16/2019
    1:09:49
  56. 64.
    How Quickly the Market Forgets People12/09/2019
    1:00:46
  57. 65.
    Day One12/01/2019
    1:11:00
  58. 66.
    Batman Has Our Back11/25/2019
    1:06:19
  59. 67.
    2 Weeks and Counting11/18/2019
    1:03:53
  60. 68.
    That **** is Epidemic11/11/2019
    1:02:16
  61. 69.
    Blue.11/04/2019
    57:13
  62. 70.
    The Signal-to-Noise Ratio Has Not Changed10/28/2019
    1:09:16
  63. 71.
    The Paradigm Shift10/21/2019
    1:09:22
  64. 72.
    We Looked Down10/14/2019
    1:02:59
  65. 73.
    There’s Always a New Comic Event10/07/2019
    1:12:26
  66. 74.
    It’s Just Like a Dalliance09/30/2019
    1:04:00
  67. 75.
    Ship(ping) $hape09/23/2019
    1:05:50
  68. 76.
    Because the Story is Still Inside09/16/2019
    1:03:07
  69. 77.
    Contest of Challengers 44109/12/2019
    42:59
  70. 78.
    Abandoning the Comic Market Entirely09/09/2019
    1:07:38
  71. 79.
    Your Fandom Does Not Negate My Fandom09/02/2019
    1:11:08
  72. 80.
    The “Picking Your Pocket” Publishing Mentality08/26/2019
    1:14:45
  73. 81.
    Be Ashamed of It08/19/2019
    1:16:54
  74. 82.
    No, Retailers, YOU Take That Risk08/12/2019
    1:15:03
  75. 83.
    Ten Years of Contest of Challengers08/04/2019
    1:04:37
  76. 84.
    Revenge of the Dreamers07/29/2019
    1:23:01
  77. 85.
    Pure Speculation07/22/2019
    1:07:30
  78. 86.
    Bad or Wrong Comics07/15/2019
    1:09:33
  79. 87.
    We Are the Retail Dead07/07/2019
    1:09:36
  80. 88.
    Next Thing vs Next BIG Thing06/30/2019
    1:23:47
  81. 89.
    You Have Earned None of My Excitement06/24/2019
    1:10:30
  82. 90.
    Harley and Ivy’s FRIENDship06/16/2019
    44:51
  83. 91.
    Come for the Lamb; Leave with the Dinosaur06/09/2019
    1:15:04
  84. 92.
    You’re Making ME Do MY Job06/02/2019
    1:14:24
  85. 93.
    One Day To0 Early05/27/2019
    1:01:35
  86. 94.
    We’re About Bringing Families Closer Together05/19/2019
    1:29:30
  87. 95.
    The One Where We Get Angry05/13/2019
    1:08:00
  88. 96.
    Get Ready for the Little Girls05/06/2019
    1:04:22
  89. 97.
    We Are Not Your Marketing Plan04/29/2019
    1:06:57
  90. 98.
    Why Are You So Mean?04/22/2019
    57:50
  91. 99.
    Bending Over Backwards to Not Buy Anything04/15/2019
    1:08:23
  92. 100.
    A Four-Quadrant Hit04/08/2019
    1:30:08
  93. 101.
    Road Trip! Heading out to Kokomo Toys.04/01/2019
    1:02:55
  94. 102.
    What Do You Expect from a Comic Convention?03/25/2019
    1:21:54
  95. 103.
    Maybe Your Horizons Will Be Broadened03/18/2019
    1:08:53
  96. 104.
    You Gotta Tell Us You Want It03/11/2019
    1:19:42
  97. 105.
    How to Enjoy These Stories03/04/2019
    1:19:59
  98. 106.
    Don’t Rent Next to Us-- We Sell COMICS!02/25/2019
    1:03:16
  99. 107.
    Selling Comics the Analog Way02/17/2019
    1:09:08
  100. 108.
    Why We Don’t Have What You Want to Buy02/11/2019
    58:08
  101. 109.
    We’re Not Heroes for Being Open in -20° Weather02/04/2019
    1:05:55
  102. 110.
    Too Cold vs Cold Hard Cash01/28/2019
    58:58
  103. 111.
    We Are Not Key Retailers01/21/2019
    1:14:56
  104. 112.
    Dal’s Shocking Suggestion for the Future of Monthly Comics01/14/2019
    1:07:23
  105. 113.
    2018 vs 201701/07/2019
    1:09:19
  106. 114.
    Experiences are Dead12/31/2018
    1:00:31
  107. 115.
    Ho-Ho-Ho-ing Our Way Thru the Season12/24/2018
    1:07:53
  108. 116.
    Maybe There Should Have Been Borders After All12/17/2018
    1:21:25
  109. 117.
    Marvel Movies vs. Marvel Comics12/10/2018
    1:05:21
  110. 118.
    Stop Being Offensive12/03/2018
    1:31:14
  111. 119.
    Working Hard vs. Hardest Working11/26/2018
    1:12:57
  112. 120.
    The Chicago "Put-That-Back-We’re-Not-Buying-That" Fair11/19/2018
    1:01:33
  113. 121.
    Don’t Know What Ya Got Until Someone Else Buys It11/12/2018
    54:44
  114. 122.
    The Job Gets Harder as You Get Older11/05/2018
    1:15:51
  115. 123.
    Don’t Yuck Somebody’s Yum10/29/2018
    1:32:26
  116. 124.
    The Guts of It All10/22/2018
    1:02:00
  117. 125.
    There are No Photo Ops for This Episode10/15/2018
    42:06
  118. 126.
    It’s Up to You, New York (Comic Con)10/08/2018
    1:16:52
  119. 127.
    Please Stop Robbing Us10/01/2018
    57:38
  120. 128.
    Batman Damned If You Do 09/24/2018
    1:00:48
  121. 129.
    Something Stinks in Comics Retail09/17/2018
    1:11:15
  122. 130.
    The Cost of Doing Business09/10/2018
    1:07:04
  123. 131.
    This + This, Only Violent!09/03/2018
    1:08:12
  124. 132.
    Furious with Marvel, Yet Again.08/27/2018
    53:14
  125. 133.
    Finally, a sexy Mojo! 08/20/2018
    1:01:56
  126. 134.
    Why Are They All Pooping?08/13/2018
    1:58:39
  127. 135.
    The 2 modes of Challengers08/01/2018
    1:14:24
  128. 136.
    Out of the Woods with Zach Lehner07/29/2018
    1:21:49
  129. 137.
    Marvel doesn’t know how to make comics for kids.07/23/2018
    1:23:36
  130. 138.
    Die! Robert Kirkman! Die!07/16/2018
    1:00:15
  131. 139.
    The Engine that Turns Pain into Hope07/09/2018
    1:08:17
  132. 140.
    You’re What Planks Are For07/02/2018
    1:09:36
  133. 141.
    Exclusive DC Comics for Walmart (not Comic Shops)06/25/2018
    1:09:01
  134. 142.
    A Comic with a Point to It 06/18/2018
    1:03:30
  135. 143.
    What If Diamond Comic Distributors Went Away?06/10/2018
    1:08:55
  136. 144.
    Amazon Knows Everything About You06/04/2018
    1:04:40
  137. 145.
    As Passive-Aggressive as We Can Get05/28/2018
    1:03:03
  138. 146.
    It’s Not Your Fandom; It’s Only For Me05/21/2018
    1:03:35
  139. 147.
    We’re the “A” in YA (Young Adult)05/14/2018
    54:30
  140. 148.
    Free Comics For The Trash Day 201805/07/2018
    58:19
  141. 149.
    A (Tues)Day in the Life04/30/2018
    1:19:35
  142. 150.
    This Podcast has 10 Variant Covers04/23/2018
    56:52
  143. 151.
    The Adventures of Magic Space Dad04/16/2018
    1:03:38
  144. 152.
    “Sometimes we need to remind people of the business aspects of this.”04/09/2018
    2:16:16
  145. 153.
    The First 10 Years of Challengers Comics + Conversation04/01/2018
    1:10:57
  146. 154.
    Sometimes Comics Need to Slow Down03/26/2018
    54:39
  147. 155.
    By the time you hear this, change will have occurred.03/19/2018
    1:24:45
  148. 156.
    We’ll pay you $4/month to NOT shop here.03/11/2018
    1:01:06
  149. 157.
    As predictable as the Academy Awards03/05/2018
    1:00:46
  150. 158.
    May is going to be a killer month for comics!02/26/2018
    1:11:42
  151. 159.
    Women’s Comics Night 02/18/2018
    33:39
  152. 160.
    We do great with all-ages comics, but what about the Young Adult market?02/11/2018
    1:02:42
  153. 161.
    DC Comics has just planned your summer.02/05/2018
    1:07:29
  154. 162.
    Picking up the crumbs, with fellow retailer Brian Hibbs.01/29/2018
    55:26
  155. 163.
    What did we get in the mail? It rhymes with “cocaine.”01/22/2018
    1:08:54
  156. 164.
    Mounting inconveniences and humiliations.01/15/2018
    1:01:36
  157. 165.
    This is not what we want to be known for.01/08/2018
    1:21:43
  158. 166.
    We are optimistic for 2018, I promise. 01/01/2018
    1:21:22
  159. 167.
    MARX: A Tale of Neglect12/28/2017
    28:59
  160. 168.
    It finally feels like Christmas (in our cash register).12/24/2017
    54:16
  161. 169.
    Happy Holidays to all the Russian bot-farms that “listen” to us. 12/17/2017
    1:04:20
  162. 170.
    The Challengers Holiday Graphic Novel Gift Guide.12/11/2017
    1:03:33
  163. 171.
    If you build it, they may not come.12/04/2017
    1:10:04
  164. 172.
    This is culture, and culture is us.11/28/2017
    1:00:42
  165. 173.
    The “CB” in his name stands for “Comic Books,” of course.11/19/2017
    1:17:03
  166. 174.
    One publisher’s loss is possibly another publisher’s loss.11/13/2017
    1:07:55
  167. 175.
    File down the serial number a little more.11/06/2017
    44:03
  168. 176.
    Buy the comic, then we’ll talk about it. That’s your conversation. 10/30/2017
    1:04:57
  169. 177.
    We guess you only want MORE Batman comics.10/23/2017
    1:08:13
  170. 178.
    Yes, it IS all Marvel’s fault.10/15/2017
    1:02:34
  171. 179.
    A perfect snapshot of today’s comics and today’s comics retail.10/08/2017
    1:03:03
  172. 180.
    Policing comics thru the lens of the greater good.10/02/2017
    1:04:50
  173. 181.
    Octopus Prom Dress09/24/2017
    1:03:45
  174. 182.
    "The only person responsible for the blackness smothering your soul-- is you."09/18/2017
    58:21
  175. 183.
    Today’s Comics Market is hard enough to manage without hurricanes.09/11/2017
    51:26
  176. 184.
    August 2017 sales may be up the tiniest bit, but, up is up.09/04/2017
    1:08:40
  177. 185.
    “I'll do anything at all EVER for Challengers. No questions asked, end of statement”08/28/2017
    1:19:16
  178. 186.
    Iron Fist is whack.08/21/2017
    1:18:07
  179. 187.
    Connecting more dots than there are dots.08/17/2017
    51:40
  180. 188.
    “I’m just worthless compared to Supergirl!”08/14/2017
    1:15:53
  181. 189.
    Why do people still live in Gotham City?08/07/2017
    1:07:24
  182. 190.
    Where is the comic wonderment of our youth?07/31/2017
    55:42
  183. 191.
    “I literally do not live in a world without comics.”07/24/2017
    47:09
  184. 192.
    Those who do not learn comics history...07/17/2017
    1:11:23
  185. 193.
    The Narrative of Comics, without Patrick or Dal.07/09/2017
    57:23
  186. 194.
    We are from France! Our weekend as the French Comics Association.07/03/2017
    1:35:04
  187. 195.
    LIVE with Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (and CM Punk).06/25/2017
    58:08
  188. 196.
    You don’t have to know EVERYTHING about Star Wars to be a Star Wars fan.06/19/2017
    1:09:24
  189. 197.
    What if Spider-Man was a Disney princess?06/11/2017
    1:11:40
  190. 198.
    Losing the PRIVILEGE to BUY a t-shirt does not give you the RIGHT to STEAL.06/05/2017
    1:26:20
  191. 199.
    Comic book "Events" are like wrestling Pay-Per-Views05/29/2017
    1:02:42
  192. 200.
    “I don’t have time to read all this crap.”05/21/2017
    51:50

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