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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.
    Because the Story is Still Inside09/16/2019
    1:03:07
  2. 2.
    Contest of Challengers 44109/12/2019
    42:59
  3. 3.
    Abandoning the Comic Market Entirely09/09/2019
    1:07:38
  4. 4.
    Your Fandom Does Not Negate My Fandom09/02/2019
    1:11:08
  5. 5.
    The “Picking Your Pocket” Publishing Mentality08/26/2019
    1:14:45
  6. 6.
    Be Ashamed of It08/19/2019
    1:16:54
  7. 7.
    No, Retailers, YOU Take That Risk08/12/2019
    1:15:03
  8. 8.
    Ten Years of Contest of Challengers08/04/2019
    1:04:37
  1. 9.
    Revenge of the Dreamers07/29/2019
    1:23:01
  2. 10.
    Pure Speculation07/22/2019
    1:07:30
  3. 11.
    Bad or Wrong Comics07/15/2019
    1:09:33
  4. 12.
    We Are the Retail Dead07/07/2019
    1:09:36
  5. 13.
    Next Thing vs Next BIG Thing06/30/2019
    1:23:47
  6. 14.
    You Have Earned None of My Excitement06/24/2019
    1:10:30
  7. 15.
    Harley and Ivy’s FRIENDship06/16/2019
    44:51
  8. 16.
    Come for the Lamb; Leave with the Dinosaur06/09/2019
    1:15:04
  9. 17.
    You’re Making ME Do MY Job06/02/2019
    1:14:24
  10. 18.
    One Day To0 Early05/27/2019
    1:01:35
  11. 19.
    We’re About Bringing Families Closer Together05/19/2019
    1:29:30
  12. 20.
    The One Where We Get Angry05/13/2019
    1:08:00
  13. 21.
    Get Ready for the Little Girls05/06/2019
    1:04:22
  14. 22.
    We Are Not Your Marketing Plan04/29/2019
    1:06:57
  15. 23.
    Why Are You So Mean?04/22/2019
    57:50
  16. 24.
    Bending Over Backwards to Not Buy Anything04/15/2019
    1:08:23
  17. 25.
    A Four-Quadrant Hit04/08/2019
    1:30:08
  18. 26.
    Road Trip! Heading out to Kokomo Toys.04/01/2019
    1:02:55
  19. 27.
    What Do You Expect from a Comic Convention?03/25/2019
    1:21:54
  20. 28.
    Maybe Your Horizons Will Be Broadened03/18/2019
    1:08:53
  21. 29.
    You Gotta Tell Us You Want It03/11/2019
    1:19:42
  22. 30.
    How to Enjoy These Stories03/04/2019
    1:19:59
  23. 31.
    Don’t Rent Next to Us-- We Sell COMICS!02/25/2019
    1:03:16
  24. 32.
    Selling Comics the Analog Way02/17/2019
    1:09:08
  25. 33.
    Why We Don’t Have What You Want to Buy02/11/2019
    58:08
  26. 34.
    We’re Not Heroes for Being Open in -20° Weather02/04/2019
    1:05:55
  27. 35.
    Too Cold vs Cold Hard Cash01/28/2019
    58:58
  28. 36.
    We Are Not Key Retailers01/21/2019
    1:14:56
  29. 37.
    Dal’s Shocking Suggestion for the Future of Monthly Comics01/14/2019
    1:07:23
  30. 38.
    2018 vs 201701/07/2019
    1:09:19
  31. 39.
    Experiences are Dead12/31/2018
    1:00:31
  32. 40.
    Ho-Ho-Ho-ing Our Way Thru the Season12/24/2018
    1:07:53
  33. 41.
    Maybe There Should Have Been Borders After All12/17/2018
    1:21:25
  34. 42.
    Marvel Movies vs. Marvel Comics12/10/2018
    1:05:21
  35. 43.
    Stop Being Offensive12/03/2018
    1:31:14
  36. 44.
    Working Hard vs. Hardest Working11/26/2018
    1:12:57
  37. 45.
    The Chicago "Put-That-Back-We’re-Not-Buying-That" Fair11/19/2018
    1:01:33
  38. 46.
    Don’t Know What Ya Got Until Someone Else Buys It11/12/2018
    54:44
  39. 47.
    The Job Gets Harder as You Get Older11/05/2018
    1:15:51
  40. 48.
    Don’t Yuck Somebody’s Yum10/29/2018
    1:32:26
  41. 49.
    The Guts of It All10/22/2018
    1:02:00
  42. 50.
    There are No Photo Ops for This Episode10/15/2018
    42:06
  43. 51.
    It’s Up to You, New York (Comic Con)10/08/2018
    1:16:52
  44. 52.
    Please Stop Robbing Us10/01/2018
    57:38
  45. 53.
    Batman Damned If You Do 09/24/2018
    1:00:48
  46. 54.
    Something Stinks in Comics Retail09/17/2018
    1:11:15
  47. 55.
    The Cost of Doing Business09/10/2018
    1:07:04
  48. 56.
    This + This, Only Violent!09/03/2018
    1:08:12
  49. 57.
    Furious with Marvel, Yet Again.08/27/2018
    53:14
  50. 58.
    Finally, a sexy Mojo! 08/20/2018
    1:01:56
  51. 59.
    Why Are They All Pooping?08/13/2018
    1:58:39
  52. 60.
    The 2 modes of Challengers08/01/2018
    1:14:24
  53. 61.
    Out of the Woods with Zach Lehner07/29/2018
    1:21:49
  54. 62.
    Marvel doesn’t know how to make comics for kids.07/23/2018
    1:23:36
  55. 63.
    Die! Robert Kirkman! Die!07/16/2018
    1:00:15
  56. 64.
    The Engine that Turns Pain into Hope07/09/2018
    1:08:17
  57. 65.
    You’re What Planks Are For07/02/2018
    1:09:36
  58. 66.
    Exclusive DC Comics for Walmart (not Comic Shops)06/25/2018
    1:09:01
  59. 67.
    A Comic with a Point to It 06/18/2018
    1:03:30
  60. 68.
    What If Diamond Comic Distributors Went Away?06/10/2018
    1:08:55
  61. 69.
    Amazon Knows Everything About You06/04/2018
    1:04:40
  62. 70.
    As Passive-Aggressive as We Can Get05/28/2018
    1:03:03
  63. 71.
    It’s Not Your Fandom; It’s Only For Me05/21/2018
    1:03:35
  64. 72.
    We’re the “A” in YA (Young Adult)05/14/2018
    54:30
  65. 73.
    Free Comics For The Trash Day 201805/07/2018
    58:19
  66. 74.
    A (Tues)Day in the Life04/30/2018
    1:19:35
  67. 75.
    This Podcast has 10 Variant Covers04/23/2018
    56:52
  68. 76.
    The Adventures of Magic Space Dad04/16/2018
    1:03:38
  69. 77.
    “Sometimes we need to remind people of the business aspects of this.”04/09/2018
    2:16:16
  70. 78.
    The First 10 Years of Challengers Comics + Conversation04/01/2018
    1:10:57
  71. 79.
    Sometimes Comics Need to Slow Down03/26/2018
    54:39
  72. 80.
    By the time you hear this, change will have occurred.03/19/2018
    1:24:45
  73. 81.
    We’ll pay you $4/month to NOT shop here.03/11/2018
    1:01:06
  74. 82.
    As predictable as the Academy Awards03/05/2018
    1:00:46
  75. 83.
    May is going to be a killer month for comics!02/26/2018
    1:11:42
  76. 84.
    Women’s Comics Night 02/18/2018
    33:39
  77. 85.
    We do great with all-ages comics, but what about the Young Adult market?02/11/2018
    1:02:42
  78. 86.
    DC Comics has just planned your summer.02/05/2018
    1:07:29
  79. 87.
    Picking up the crumbs, with fellow retailer Brian Hibbs.01/29/2018
    55:26
  80. 88.
    What did we get in the mail? It rhymes with “cocaine.”01/22/2018
    1:08:54
  81. 89.
    Mounting inconveniences and humiliations.01/15/2018
    1:01:36
  82. 90.
    This is not what we want to be known for.01/08/2018
    1:21:43
  83. 91.
    We are optimistic for 2018, I promise. 01/01/2018
    1:21:22
  84. 92.
    MARX: A Tale of Neglect12/28/2017
    28:58
  85. 93.
    It finally feels like Christmas (in our cash register).12/24/2017
    54:16
  86. 94.
    Happy Holidays to all the Russian bot-farms that “listen” to us. 12/17/2017
    1:04:20
  87. 95.
    The Challengers Holiday Graphic Novel Gift Guide.12/11/2017
    1:03:33
  88. 96.
    If you build it, they may not come.12/04/2017
    1:10:04
  89. 97.
    This is culture, and culture is us.11/28/2017
    1:00:42
  90. 98.
    The “CB” in his name stands for “Comic Books,” of course.11/19/2017
    1:17:03
  91. 99.
    One publisher’s loss is possibly another publisher’s loss.11/13/2017
    1:07:55
  92. 100.
    File down the serial number a little more.11/06/2017
    44:03
  93. 101.
    Buy the comic, then we’ll talk about it. That’s your conversation. 10/30/2017
    1:04:57
  94. 102.
    We guess you only want MORE Batman comics.10/23/2017
    1:08:13
  95. 103.
    Yes, it IS all Marvel’s fault.10/15/2017
    1:02:34
  96. 104.
    A perfect snapshot of today’s comics and today’s comics retail.10/08/2017
    1:03:03
  97. 105.
    Policing comics thru the lens of the greater good.10/02/2017
    1:04:50
  98. 106.
    Octopus Prom Dress09/24/2017
    1:03:45
  99. 107.
    "The only person responsible for the blackness smothering your soul-- is you."09/18/2017
    58:21
  100. 108.
    Today’s Comics Market is hard enough to manage without hurricanes.09/11/2017
    51:26
  101. 109.
    August 2017 sales may be up the tiniest bit, but, up is up.09/04/2017
    1:08:40
  102. 110.
    “I'll do anything at all EVER for Challengers. No questions asked, end of statement”08/28/2017
    1:19:16
  103. 111.
    Iron Fist is whack.08/21/2017
    1:18:07
  104. 112.
    Connecting more dots than there are dots.08/17/2017
    51:40
  105. 113.
    “I’m just worthless compared to Supergirl!”08/14/2017
    1:15:53
  106. 114.
    Why do people still live in Gotham City?08/07/2017
    1:07:24
  107. 115.
    Where is the comic wonderment of our youth?07/31/2017
    55:42
  108. 116.
    “I literally do not live in a world without comics.”07/24/2017
    47:09
  109. 117.
    Those who do not learn comics history...07/17/2017
    1:11:23
  110. 118.
    The Narrative of Comics, without Patrick or Dal.07/09/2017
    57:23
  111. 119.
    We are from France! Our weekend as the French Comics Association.07/03/2017
    1:35:04
  112. 120.
    LIVE with Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (and CM Punk).06/25/2017
    58:08
  113. 121.
    You don’t have to know EVERYTHING about Star Wars to be a Star Wars fan.06/19/2017
    1:09:24
  114. 122.
    What if Spider-Man was a Disney princess?06/11/2017
    1:11:40
  115. 123.
    Losing the PRIVILEGE to BUY a t-shirt does not give you the RIGHT to STEAL.06/05/2017
    1:26:19
  116. 124.
    Comic book "Events" are like wrestling Pay-Per-Views05/29/2017
    1:02:42
  117. 125.
    “I don’t have time to read all this crap.”05/21/2017
    51:50
  118. 126.
    “I hear a bunch of screaming demons. Is that just me?”05/15/2017
    1:08:24
  119. 127.
    “This is horrible; you guys are the worst.” And other Free Comic Book Day tales.05/08/2017
    1:01:56
  120. 128.
    “I don’t believe I was identified as a Secret Shopper.” Incorrect.04/30/2017
    1:01:31
  121. 129.
    Your back issue bins are littered with new ideas.04/24/2017
    1:37:55
  122. 130.
    We’ll be Damned if we do one more event with creators Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt.04/17/2017
    1:06:59
  123. 131.
    It’s not diversity; it’s reality.04/10/2017
    1:27:17
  124. 132.
    You're So Sexy When You Aren't Transmitting STIs.04/06/2017
    38:24
  125. 133.
    Women’s Comics Month, part 2.04/02/2017
    1:30:30
  126. 134.
    A major change to how we shelve new comics.03/27/2017
    1:02:07
  127. 135.
    The balance between wanting to read and wanting to own.03/23/2017
    50:47
  128. 136.
    Women’s Comics Month, part 1.03/20/2017
    1:00:35
  129. 137.
    Adding coal to a fire does not douse the fire.03/13/2017
    1:24:11
  130. 138.
    The global culture gateway.03/06/2017
    1:59:45
  131. 139.
    A better way to impart information.02/26/2017
    1:24:06
  132. 140.
    A million miles from Memphis.02/20/2017
    1:16:32
  133. 141.
    Surrendering the legacy of inclusion.02/12/2017
    1:10:46
  134. 142.
    I love you but I’ve chosen comics.02/06/2017
    1:15:25
  135. 143.
    Comics are a MEDIUM; not a genre, New York Times!01/30/2017
    1:09:46
  136. 144.
    Let He Who is Without Internet (Com)Cast the First Stone01/23/2017
    56:54
  137. 145.
    Best-Sellers of 2016, by the numbers.01/16/2017
    1:18:34
  138. 146.
    Boost your Local Comic Shop vs. “Team Comics”01/09/2017
    1:36:15
  139. 147.
    Happy New Year! Prince can’t die again.01/02/2017
    1:18:35
  140. 148.
    Rogue One.12/29/2016
    51:23
  141. 149.
    Boxing Day means UPS loses your boxes, right?12/25/2016
    58:23
  142. 150.
    Let’s see a robot do this job! Wait, no.12/19/2016
    1:27:01
  143. 151.
    Down from steak money to beer money.12/12/2016
    1:14:03
  144. 152.
    It’s not a Challengers thing; it’s a comics industry thing12/05/2016
    1:09:51
  145. 153.
    At Last! The Alli Alleman Interview.11/24/2016
    1:48:21
  146. 154.
    3 things we do right/3 things we did wrong.11/21/2016
    1:33:27
  147. 155.
    By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! We review Doctor Strange.11/17/2016
    1:05:37
  148. 156.
    Disappointed in America? Let’s talk to Australia!11/14/2016
    1:40:38
  149. 157.
    Challengers Red vs. Cubby Blue11/07/2016
    1:05:13
  150. 158.
    Ask me about my feminist Avenger10/31/2016
    1:26:20
  151. 159.
    Even more Terry Gant (Part 2)10/27/2016
    57:57
  152. 160.
    On location in Rogers Park with Terry Gant (Part 1)10/24/2016
    1:18:14
  153. 161.
    Damaged product replacing previously damaged product.10/17/2016
    59:33
  154. 162.
    Losing time isn’t a problem; losing money is10/10/2016
    1:13:54
  155. 163.
    Jill Thompson on Contest of Challengers10/03/2016
    1:23:47
  156. 164.
    He’s coming 3,000 miles; you can come 5.09/25/2016
    1:07:39
  157. 165.
    I assure you, we know what Snapchat is.09/19/2016
    58:51
  158. 166.
    Is the 2016 Election actually hurting comic sales?09/12/2016
    1:13:37
  159. 167.
    Whose fault is it when a title gets cancelled?09/05/2016
    2:02:12
  160. 168.
    Frank Ocean’s impact on the comics industry.08/29/2016
    1:32:05
  161. 169.
    Why work for Marvel when you can work for yourself?08/22/2016
    59:34
  162. 170.
    Patrick lost the banana key08/15/2016
    1:18:09
  163. 171.
    The internal metric below which we are wasting our time08/08/2016
    1:33:14
  164. 172.
    This 70 minutes of my life is value-less; I should just watch Batman: The Killing Joke.08/01/2016
    1:18:35
  165. 173.
    'theres no irony in forgeing ones logo/signatures'07/24/2016
    1:20:28
  166. 174.
    A Founding Avenger Dies this week, Killed by Another Avenger, and We Cannot Bring Ourselves to Care07/18/2016
    1:39:38
  167. 175.
    If Thor can be Mighty AND Unworthy, why Can’t Iron Man be Invincible AND Nefarious?07/11/2016
    2:06:41
  168. 176.
    Contest of Challengers 267: Spatially Economical07/04/2016
    1:08:24
  169. 177.
    Contest of Challengers 266: As Good as it Gets06/27/2016
    1:25:05
  170. 178.
    Contest of Challengers 265: Sliced Fried Gold06/20/2016
    59:52
  171. 179.
    Contest of Challengers 264: Green Rebirth06/06/2016
    44:53
  172. 180.
    Contest of Challengers 263: Hail Rebirth05/30/2016
    53:51
  173. 181.
    Contest of Challengers 262: Table for One05/16/2016
    1:00:16
  174. 182.
    Contest of Challengers 261: Survival of the Free-est05/09/2016
    1:00:51
  175. 183.
    Contest of Challengers 260: Pre Comic Book Day05/03/2016
    42:05
  176. 184.
    Contest of Challengers 259: Things Lost Its Way05/02/2016
    1:38:37
  177. 185.
    Contest of Challengers 258: Jesus, Andrea!04/25/2016
    1:47:19
  178. 186.
    Contest of Challengers 257: BotCon 201604/18/2016
    1:27:39
  179. 187.
    Contest of Challengers 256: Clampdown04/11/2016
    1:20:07
  180. 188.
    Contest of Challengers 255: Have Faith04/04/2016
    1:09:06
  181. 189.
    Contest of Challengers 254: Rebirth03/28/2016
    1:35:18
  182. 190.
    Contest of Challengers 253: C2E2_201603/21/2016
    51:49
  183. 191.
    Contest of Challengers 252: The HARDEST Working People03/14/2016
    1:31:30
  184. 192.
    Contest of Challengers 251: Comparative Gold03/07/2016
    1:03:57
  185. 193.
    Contest of Challengers 250: Finding It’s Level02/29/2016
    1:02:00
  186. 194.
    Contest of Challengers 249: Shoot a Bullet02/22/2016
    1:32:09
  187. 195.
    Contest of Challengers 248: Using Weasel Words02/15/2016
    1:18:51
  188. 196.
    Contest of Challengers 247: The Last Mile02/08/2016
    1:23:03
  189. 197.
    Contest of Challengers 246: The 5 Copy Rule02/01/2016
    1:32:01
  190. 198.
    Contest of Challengers 245: Trans-Media Synergy01/26/2016
    1:37:03
  191. 199.
    Contest of Challengers 244: Fit All the Words01/18/2016
    1:51:11
  192. 200.
    Contest of Challengers 243: Look01/11/2016
    1:23:46

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