From Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, this is CONTEST OF CHALLENGERS, a podcast about the business of running a comic book store. Hosted by Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Challengers • 1845 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 • 773.278.0155 •

A (very long) Publisher’s Weekly Retailer Survey. 10 years of (new) Doctor Who. New customers means a brief new comic imbalance. 

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We’re KickStarting our latest t-shirt! Is Marvel cancelling 33 title? Nope. And we do NOT Talk about that Joker Batgirl cover. You’re welcome.

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It’s a potpourri of comic topics this week and Patrick and Dal run ‘em all down, including the post Convergence DC costume changes, Marvel pulling out of SDCC, Gift Bag services and how they inflate sales numbers, and maybe, just maybe, the ROH return of Saoma Joe!



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Spider-Woman #5 is SO GOOD. Wizard Fan Fest? Not so much. And we recap recent events. Plus, robots!

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We survived the Jason Aaron / CM Punk signing! And then what starts as a small rant about how we order Marvel Comics turned into an hour-long rant. 

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I have no idea what to write here as neither Patrick nor Dal are on this episode…

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Discussion of DC’s Divergence. Speculation of cinematic Spider-Men. Alliteration is fun! Mark Waid’s thoughts on Comic Retail and Dal takes a quiz.

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Weekly publisher emails; comics published out of order; sale; pre-Toy Fair; Levar Burton, snow sales; and more.

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It’s time for the 42nd annual Festival d’Angoulême, and we’re not there! Also, David Tennant, Chris Pratt, and what Image is doing right and maybe not as right.

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Are you as tired of these CM Punk questions as we are? Good, because we mainly talk about Marvel’s SECRET WARS and DC’s CONVERGENCE. 

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First we Run the Jewels and then we compare our 2014 Top Comic Sales to Diamond’s list of the same.

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This episode is 90% Image Expo news and opinions. And then there’s some Charlie Hebdo thrown in to bring us all down, too.

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Welcome to a very chilly episode of Contest of Challengers. We’re cold, but we’re chatty.

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This episode is more of a Christmas episode than last episode’s Christmas episode. We talk gifts, traditions, Holiday sales stats and all about Black Mirror White Christmas.

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Merry Christmas from Contest of Challengers. This episode feels more like a cooking show than a comic business podcast.

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Oh, Internet… you get outraged over so very many things. Show opener courtesy of WGN Radio, Chicago.

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The bulk of this episode is made up of talk about the Flash and Arrow TV shows and an upcoming signing with Jason Aaron and CM Punk. There’s also talk about Red Dwarf, Infinity Inc, and the new Secret Six. And a brand new Christmas song by the Divorce Gun, called “Santa.”

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Knights of the Dinner Table, in-store video filming, our Christmas website, a new store mascot (kind of), toy shopping at K-Mart, Incredible Change Bots, and so very much more.

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We’ve moved the register; Patrick saw Dee Snider, Mick Foley, Colt Cabana, and Marty DeRosa and was on the radio; the artist of Rat Queens makes a BIG mistake; and we discuss the artistic styling of David Finch.

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Strap in—it’s our longest episode yet! Lots and lots of comic talk, and a few new racking ideas, too.

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We end this episode with almost 25 minutes of Doctor Who talk, but before that is discussion of new ways to rack graphic novels, and how we plan to change up our creator signings in 2015. Also, Tooth and Claw #1.

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Topics include: Publishers we will stop carrying in 2015, #FCBDGate (terrible, terrible name), Revival-ween, Scott McCloud’s “The Sculptor” and a quick interview with writer Dave Scheidt.

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Two weeks in the making. First, our immediate impressions of the Gustavo Duarte Art Show, recorded in the car immediately after the event, next, a long segment on #GamerGate and gaming comics, and then highlights of new #1 issues out this week.

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Small changes to Sidekicks and one GIANT addition. New York Comic Con news. Birthright #1 is pretty great. Batman #35 is NOT what you think. 

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Technology talk! Talking about Square transitions into ComiXology transitions into ComicSuite. And then Club talk. Oh, pull and hold service—something has to give. Also, how in-store signings are like Artist Alley tables, and then we talk a bunch of new comics! Thor, Men of Wrath, Gotham Academy, Batgirl and more!

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Half-price recent comics, veteran creators abandoning comic conventions, neighbors, and memorable runs on Fantastic Four. That’s what is talked about this episode. And please welcome our sponsor,!

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Who would have thought we could tie Scottish Independence into the comics industry? Well, we do. We also talk how easy it is to fall behind on current titles, haphazard release schedules, store sponsorship, what’s going on in the current Avengers titles, and Marvel’s AXIS event. 

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Maybe Silent Scream is a better episode name, keeping the Slayer theme. We talk Star Wars, our recent GHA and Speculative Relationships events, how we plan to hold Art Shows moving forward, Thor #1 variants and some over-looked titles from last week.

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Southern Bastards #4; Death of Wolverine #2; Patrick goes under 8 knives; Big Hero Six; Greg Rucka’s “Bravo”; that’s kind of all I can remember, but I know there’s more.

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A dedicated LGBT section; Geek Bar Chicago; Storm #2; Spider-Woman #1; Patrick loves Amy Reeder; more.

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This episode delves into Challengers slightly new ComiXology procedures, how recent ComicSuite changes have lengthened the time it takes to place our monthly orders, retailer preview books, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and more.

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Toys! Events! Comics! And Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re very current.

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This episode, Patrick, Dal and Puppycat catch us all up on recent happenings @ Challengers, during business hours AND after, and then go over the big announcements that came out of San Diego.

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Live from San Diego… Patrick and Ashly Challenger present a day-by-day recap of their adventures at Comic-Con International 2014, recorded every night on the scene.

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It’s a pre-San Diego episode! We talk about what to expect at Comic-Con this year and the exclusives we want. We also talk about the recent comic announcements, including Batgirl, Thor, how good Storm #1 is and more.

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It’s not just us; Mark Waid has delinquent club members, too! We also talk about how frustrating it is ordering Marvel Comics every month, ordering grudges, and a few aesthetic changes to Challengers and Sidekicks.

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After a weirdly aquatic start, Patrick and Dal jump right back into the Podcast swing by talking about pre-orders, employee expectations, new windows and slow computers.

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We talk about how our title sales rate against the national average, with Batman = 100. We talk about Hellblazer writers, and mention the name “Ennis” many, many times. We talk next year’s comic book TV shows and we talk about Arrow way more than we should.

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It’s our annual Free Comic Book Day wrap-up episode, and this time it’s not negative! I know! We’re just as surprised as you!

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Whoops. Completely forgot to post this on time. Was too busy working on the June 2014 orders. Always some other Challengers thing gets in the way.

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So weird recording this in the light… Amazon buys ComiXology. Iron Fist, Ghost Rider and Shang-Chi. And, Lumberjanes’ Noelle Stevenson.

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Music! We play a lot of it in the store, but do you actually LIKE it? We don’t care.

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RICHAAAAARRRRDS!!! Also, we turn 6.

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This is one of those episodes where the episode title is 100% accurate.

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In an episode that actually has a bunch of comics-related discussion, there sure is a lot of talk about gluten…

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More noise-yums for yer earholes. The return of bike messenger delivery talks, paying for things at many, many cons, and brand new event announcements. 

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23 years as retailers and we still can’t order right. New Warriors, Mighty Avengers and other Marvel talk. ToyFair 2014 and what we’re excited for. And more. Open them earholes and prepare for noise-yums.

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Oh man… we’re just going to save time and apologize to everyone right now. We have the best of intentions, but some of this may be misconstrued as deliberately insensitive, and that is not our intent at all. And on an episode where we talk about people feeling welcome and safe shopping at Challengers.

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This episode is all about All-New Marvel Now titles, Talk Like Paul Stanley Day, Brian Posehn, Marvel Super Hero Mashers toys, and more.

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Man, Image sure has a lot of new books coming out. Plus an event 4 years in the making!

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It’s the first episode of 2014, so after some current news, that means a look back at the best-selling graphic novels of 2013.

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A look back to Christmas 2013 and other high points of the year.

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This episode is 90% DC Comics sales numbers over the past 10 years and how the ranking differs for Challengers. There’s more, but it’s really sales numbers-heavy this episode. And an Adam WarRock song for you at the end.

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We solve the mystery of what to do for Episode #150, by skipping #150 altogether! No, that’s not true; we have only adjusted to the proper episode numbering (thanks to Episode #100.5). Anyway, this episode is all about Original Graphic Novels as a business model and our Sixth Gun party.

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Bill Willingham, Cameron Stewart and Christopher Mitten were all just here. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt will be here. But man do we love playing QuizUp. And just who, WHO is this week’s co-host…? Also, Eugene Ahn (Adam WarRock), Colt Cabana, CM Punk and Skottie Young.

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Lone survivor of a dying planet, Aw Yeah Comics Publisher, Chris “Zod” Smits joins Patrick to discuss Byrne/Claremont X-Men, Chicago KickStarter domination, and self-publishing in today’s market. Yes.

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No your ears have not deceived you, Virginia; this is in fact a NEW episode of Contest of Challengers, complete with music from Concrete Cross.

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Dal and Patrick respond to your concerns about the proposed club changes. And they talk about Villains Month and Marvel’s December solicitations, but mainly the club thing.

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Theoretical changes are proposed to Your Box at Challengers, our subscription program.

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It’s another Chattingers episode this week, as Patrick and guests discuss Jack Kirby’s future Captain America, O.M.A.C., the One Man Army Corps.

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Do you like yelling?  In an episode originally titled “Cataclysm” we yell about, well, a few weeks worth of stored up topics. It’s not like this intro is your make-or-break decision for listening, right? We can be vague here.

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In order this week… Customer Bags, Ryan North and KickStarter, DC’s Villains Month, and Magic the Gathering. And about 6 audio clip drop-ins. And we cut out 4 minutes on why Patrick loves Richie Kotzen. You’ll just have to ask him about that in the store.

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I dunno. Stuff.

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Recorded during the 2013 Eisner Awards, Patrick and W. Dal are super-distracted waiting to find out if they won… and the read a LOT of Twitter posts. For the record, 1:09:14 is the money shot.

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Here is what is discussed… Changing discounts, Small Press publishers vs. Local Artists, Comics Quickfire, and Paul Pope. Also, someone coughs a lot.

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Oh, we have a LOT of events coming up…

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It took me forever to come up with the title for this episode, and I have no more energy left to give you a description. Sorry.

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Dal is on vacation this week, and it takes not one, not two, but THREE, three other Challengers to replace him. It is, as the title suggests, a coterie of Challengers this week. So of course we talk about donuts.

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It’s a box episode this week as we shine a spotlight on CHATTINGERS, our monthly Graphic Novel Book Club. SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT takes the stage and you get to listen in as if you were actually there.

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We do not talk about the Eisner Awards this week (yet) but instead this episode is almost divided into 2 equal parts about creators altering characters to suit a story and the changing viability of a perceived secondary consumer market. Or, to put it another way, Transformers comics and the X-Box One.

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Business as usual. Oh, and the words “mom” “teen” and “backdoor” were in this episode, not necessarily in that order, but were edited out. Other than that, we pretty much stick to comics stuff, and a little Star Trek.

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Thank you for the cookies, Lauren (and Ryan)!! This episode comes to you from Ryan Browne’s art studio, surrounded by the sounds of all the God Hates Astronauts KickStarter rewards being packaged. 

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More Injustice! Just kidding. It’s our C2E2/Free Comic Book Day wrap-up, with guest stars galore! Lizzy Challenger, Ashly Challenger, Luke Smarto, Wendi Freeman, Onrie Kompan and Ryan Browne. But it’s pretty FCBD heavy, for sure. 

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The day INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US came out, Dal, Patrick and Samantha bought it and played it for almost 2 hours. This is that.

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We spent all week getting ready for C2E2, yet we still have an hour for you. Also this week, a clip from Pat Loika’s LOIKAMANIA #138 featuring Christopher Daniels.

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Geoff Tate, Lucy Knisley, Ryan Brown, Adam Orth and Shane Carruth are all talked about in this episode. Total name-dropping, deluxe.

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I really wanted to call this episode “Cold Redemption” but a far better title is “Dirty Laundry.” This one is real, honest and cathartic.

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In a car. Eating cake. Not at the same time. Happy 5th Anniversary to us!

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A long time ago, we used to be friends, and we talk about a lot of things this week, but the emphasis is on BKV, Marcos Martin and Panel Syndicate.  Also, Marvel NOW sales, DC creative changes and the Justice League too, but mainly The Private Eye.

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Here is an in order list of the topics of this episode. Marvel Toys Handful of Heroes, Free Comic Book Day, Lighting Issues in Sidekicks, Lucy Knisley, PromicCon, The Massive bookplate, Morning Glories, Harlem Shake and Daniels & Kazarian.

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This episode’s alternate titles include, ”Ephemeral Worth” and “Soul Eroding.” By the time we were done recording this, we had no idea what we just talked about. So that should inspire you to listen, right? There’s also a, um, “bonus” song at the end.

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We’re more comic heavy this episode, as opposed to retail-themed, but there’s still plenty of digressions and video game talk, too. But if you take anything away from this one, it’s that you should read HELHEIM #1.

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Rejected titles for this episode include “Movement No. 2” and “Some Level of Failure.” 

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This episode we start slow but end big, with talk about Panel Babble 2, Sidekicks, how we shop for toys, Transformers (his name was Orion Pax!), Marvel continuity, and how to get movie fans into the comics of the same characters. 

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We’d love to tell you what this episode is all about, but that would spoil our new Intro feature (that may never be used again). 

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SIDEKICKS, our all-ages comic room is ready! What does that mean for the Rogues Gallery? You’ll see… or hear… We also talk about Yelp reviews and Brian Posehn. This one is good; I promise.

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Droolotron, Cubby_13, Pacifighter, Cribulon, Diaperious; The ROBIT BABIES! ™ & © 2013 Challengers, Inc.

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Welcome to our 5th calendar year of this Podcast (we started in 2009)! We think this is a good one, with an NYE recap, a New Back Issue system, and the top-selling trades of 2012.

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We take care of a little website hackin’ business first, but the majority of this is New Comic related! And most of that is Amazing #700. Spoilers abound. Happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays! This episode was recorded at 4am during Christmas Crisis, with a very, very tired Patrick and Dal. A new Graphic Novel initiative is introduced and both Molly Jane and Ashly Challenger join us for a quick 2012 look back.

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This week we talk some Katie Cook, and there’s some griping about event attendance, but pretty much all we really talk about is the Image ‘No More 2nd Prints’ policy. Yeah, a LOT about that.

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Holiday Gift Guide; The Sixth Gun; James VanOsdol; roller coaster ordering and hope for the future.

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You hear his voice every week at the start and end of each Contest of Challengers episode. Now you get to hear James VanOsdol all the way through.

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Do you have any favorite web comics? We mention a few we dig and talk about some new talents (to us). We also discuss JVO’s Q101 book (more on that next week) and dig into The Comics Reporter’s list of the 10 Least Influential People in Comics. Also, Patrick edited this episode while simultaneously listening to the new Lindsey Buckingham live CD ONE MAN SHOW (which is SO amazing) so, you know, keep that in mind while listening… 

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The Untold History of Marvel Comics is a grand discussion topic for the week, as is the prospect of opening a new store in today’s market. Also, Kyle Higgins! He’s not, you know, ON the episode, but we talk about him. And we pick on Molly Jane. A little.

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This episode Patrick is joined by the amazingly talented JENNY FRISION. They talk about Jenny’s beginnings as a comic fan up to her present as a comic creator. They also drink a few bottles of some great, fruity Berliner beer from Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing. 

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Who wants to talk about the Lucasfilm sale when there’s Assassain’s Creed III? Trick question. This episode is all over the map as Patrick, once again, has a list of topics to get thru before he passes out.

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Fight injustice! Unorthodox economic revenge. Also, Dal is super-sleepy.  

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No method in our madness, just pride about our manner. This was recorded a week ago and I no longer remember what we talk about! Although I’m pretty sure there’s a bunch of NYCC stuff to go over… And a Batgirl web-series. And vodka.

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There is no nerd rage here as Patrick is joined by the lovely and talented Stella Cheeks! Cartoons, comics and burlesque all come together in one infectious laughter-filled episode. 

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I’m a rocket of love; take me! This episode is all about variant covers. You think we’ve said it all before, but we haven’t. All new information abounds. And MorrisonCon. And Parker’s Pick. RIDE! Episode art by Luke Smarto.

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He’s been a Challengers supporter since the beginning and he has more than put in his time behind the registers in comics retail; this week Patrick talks with Tony Valdez about life on both sides of the counter.

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This episode is Apple heavy as our guest is Mac specialist and long-time friend, Tony Marengo. Tony, Patrick and Dal used to work together in the 90’s and this is an extended trip down comic book retail memory lane with 3 current small business owners.

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If you can only listen to ONE podcast this week, this is NOT that podcast. So non-integral is this episode, it doesn’t even get its own number. It’s a point five, for sure. This is everything we cut out of Episode 100, yet here it is, daring you to listen. You’ve been warned.

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Century Guild’s THOMAS NEGOVAN turns the tables and interviews Dal and Patrick for this, the recorded live in the store 100th episode. Featuring Tom Kelly, Jose Capetillo, Melissa Chapel and not Jimmy PS Hayes. It’s our secret origin episode.

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A little bit of everything is on deck this time. Patrick’s episode of “Creative Has Nothing For You”; Ryan Browne talks Blast Furnace all sorts of Hawkeye goodness!

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Oh yes its Ladies Night and the feeling’s right; oh, what a night. That’s right; we spend an awful lot of time discussing a potential Women-Only night, as well as LeakyCon, Wizard World, Square, and Dal’s fake role in “Twilight.”

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Dal relives his Wimbledon days as fictitious tennis takes center (clay) court… but only as a lead-in to a much greater Marvel Now discussion. And more from Colt Cabana. 

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Ten years in the making! One half of Serpent Crown reunites as Patrick talks with long-time comics fan Chris Carlson. In another life (the 90’s) they were in a band together, and as an added bonus, the end of this episode features the unreleased Serpent Crown live track, “The Final Stand.”

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This week’s topics include a Writing component for Challengers Assemble!, a few new event announcements, the Mike Norton Surprise Party, and an annoying eBay story. And almost NO Transformers toy talk. Almost. 

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A 2-hour San Diego wrap up! What are the stories that impact Challengers the most? Also, cameos by James VanOsdol (thanks to his show on the Steve Dahl Network) and Tim Seeley (at the very, very end).

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This week Patrick and W. Dal talk about successful events, very delinquesnt subscribers, an alteration to Challengers' consignment policy and gallery exhibits that won't be happening.

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In an episode filled with animal crackers, Patrick and Dal talk about Brave, Rebekah Isaacs, KickStarter and more, and there’s even a (pre-recorded) cameo by WWE Champion, CM Punk (from someone else’s podcast).

Direct download: CoC_92.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25 AM

Busy summer! So many books! So many issues of so many books! And... Patton Oswalt! Not, you know, ON the episode, but we talk about him, as he talked about us. Bonus! MORE Transformers toy talks!

Direct download: CoC_91.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:34 AM

We didn’t go to Book Expo America, but that doesn’t stop us from talking about it. Or the new DC #0 issues. Or Patrick’s childhood visit to the DC offices. And, yes, the secret history of Team America. 

Direct download: CoC_90.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:12 AM

It starts with a discouraging weekend and ends with a bunch of future excitement. With 1992 Chicago radio in-between. And Will Eisner “Spirit of Comics” nominations. And then, Belly. And Miss Ion’s Mall Business.

Direct download: CoC_89.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40 AM

How best to show off the store in a 5-minute video?
Presenting… Challengers To You.
And we’re bringing some old product lines back to the shelves.

Direct download: CoC_88.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20 AM

Lots of catching up to do, courtesy of Free Comic Book Day, The Avengers, the Robot Print Art Show and more. Guest-starring Colt Cabana, Kevin Nash and Sammy Hagar. 

Direct download: CoC_87.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:48 AM

86! The year Patrick graduated high school! Ha! He's old. And this week it shows, as he takes the reins solo while trying to tackle the question of morality in today's comic market.

Direct download: CoC_86.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:15 AM

It’s time for a post-C2E2 rundown here at Challengers Central, and NO convention wrap-up is complete without a thorough discussion of the beanie shark throwing game known as OFFICER DOWN!

Direct download: CoC_85.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34 PM

We just can’t get enough of our toys! We talk about lots of stuff this week, but really, all we wanna talk about are our toys. And then we wonder if this actually adds value to your lives? Also, toys. And Colt Cabana drops by.

Direct download: CoC_84.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:11 AM

Interviews w/ Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley and Ryan Browne, conducted during our HOAX HUNTERS/SMOKE AND MIRRORS launch party! But before that Patrick and Dal talk about what they can't, or SHOULDN'T, talk about, and stories of pranking other stores.

Direct download: CoC_83.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37 AM

Us? Where have YOU been? I realize the title of this episode may make you think we interview Jim Shooter. We do not. But we DO talk about video games more than we should. And about Mark Waid. And once again, Dal does not support Patrick’s (self) righteous indignation on ANY topic.

Direct download: CoC_82.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:39 AM

This is the hardest Patrick has laughed while editing an episode, but he’s a child. Can you survive the Ultimate Drawing Challenge! And if you skip Comic Book Men, try The Variants instead.

Direct download: CoC_81.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:34 AM

Topics include Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley’s recent media comments and, briefly, Before Watchmen.  

Direct download: CoC_80.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28 AM

Yes, we discuss our upcoming C2E2 layout. Sure, we discuss upcoming art shows and new show subjects. Absolutely we converse a LOT about hand selling. But most importantly, we talk about, and eat, s’mores. 

Direct download: CoC_79.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:10 AM

Kyle Baker looks towards the future as Patrick and Dal look to the immediate past. Featuring Weekly Email Newsletters, Sketch Blogs and the Chicago departure of Tony Akins.

Direct download: CoC_78.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05 AM

Okay, look, this is not our best episode, but it’s real. We talk about 2nd Printings, Art Baltazar, C2E2 and New Events. I deleted most of the s’mores argument and our Happy Endings analysis, but I know I missed editing out an inappropriate joke in there.

Direct download: CoC_77.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36 AM

Featuring more listener questions; the collapse of Tundra; Captain America’s fake brother; and, the detailed answer to one of the most asked questions in the store… why do we dress like we do at Challengers?

Direct download: CoC_76.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30 AM

It’s the longest CoC episode, by far! It’s a huge look back to a full year’s worth of comic and graphic novel sales. And gushing over Eliza Frye, Sarah Becan and Jess Godwin. Happy New Year!

Direct download: CoC_75.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14 AM

A 'lost' episode from April 2011, featuring Tom Kelly & John Siuntres. Recorded in a very noisy Challengers while a sick patron was coughing loudly throughout the night. The coughing was all edited out but the remains are a bit choppy. It’s a good talk, but you have to work for it this week.

Direct download: CoC_74.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19 PM

The countdown to Christmas sees the recap of recent events, a questioning of Marvel’s Astonishing line, the desire for custom t-shirts and a brief update on Achewood. Also, Stan Lee!

Direct download: CoC_73.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:13 AM

New Year’s Eve party @ Challengers! Hosted by singer Jess Godwin and writer Elliott Serrano. Food, drink, nerd burlesque, a ‘nerder’ mystery, and more. Details within. Also, 12 Rules for the Comics Industry (not ours) and we love Defenders #1.

Direct download: CoC_72.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43 AM

Dal has completely redesigned the Challengers website, and he tells you why/how. We also talk recent #1 sales numbers and tell you all about why Patrick is annoyed with the local news media, as it relates to last week’s Lance Briggs event. Jerks.

Direct download: CoC_71.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00 PM

It feels like New Year’s already as it’s out with the old and in with the new. 2012 promises several new, ongoing events at Challengers, including Challengers Assemble/d, Comic Klatch, and the new Visual Field! And never be afraid of change or of revamping your website when it’s purpose changes. This week’s music by Joe Jackson and E’Nuff Z’Nuff.

Direct download: CoC_70.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:10 AM

Two distinct hales of one episode, complete with a musical intermission. In half one, Patrick and Dal go over their January orders and lament the sheer magnitude (Pop! Pop!) of February. And in part 2, a special guest joins them both AND ComiXology.

Direct download: CoC_69.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:19 AM

If money was no object, what would Challengers look like? We also discuss Holiday Sales, a possible New Year’s Eve party, actual sales numbers for Avenging Spider-Man #1 and the New DC 52 collection announcements. Bonus song: Animetal USA sings “Space Battleship Yamato”

Direct download: CoC_68.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02 AM

This episode Patrick and Dal talk about their hiring practices and what they expect from their employees. And who better to help out with this discussion than Samantha Challenger! That’s right, you get 3, count ‘em THREE, Challengers in one episode! Total bargain deluxe.

Direct download: CoC_67.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49 AM

Lights; music; commerce! The boys talk about WHY they do events and how much thought goes into their execution. That leads into a discussion of Halloween events and then Dal explains the new Challengers Touch Screen Interface. Also, Tumblr!

Direct download: CoC_66.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:39 AM

128 tracks of recording quality and 127 of them are Dal!  We’re back and in a brand new studio!  We talk about what we expect from The Rogues Gallery, we introduce Ex Libris Challengers, and we go over the first month of Challengers Unlimited.  And then we discuss Newsarama’s Top Ten stories from the New York Comic Con ( and end the episode looking at Month 2 of the New DCU.

Direct download: CoC_65.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31 AM

Say, did you ever wonder if comic retailers overreact to things? And, we love you SO much... we recoded this episode twice!

Direct download: CoC_64.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:56 PM

This episode goes from the current 24 Hour Comics Day all the way back to the lost 3rd episode of CoC. With a bonus lost snippet added in. 

Direct download: CoC_63.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36 PM

What are publishers currently doing right? What should you NOT do when opening a comic shop? And SHOULD Challengers carry more toys?

Direct download: CoC_62.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44 PM

So, how did the first week of New DCU titles sell? And could we have sold more? We also talk some Skottie Young and more.  And Big Daddy Cool starts us off this week.

Direct download: CoC_61.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:22 AM

Yet another new Challengers plan for the future. Or, how you can win $3500.00 worth of new comics. And we talk about other stuff, too, but the $3500.00 is front and center.

Direct download: CoC_60.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17 AM

Book clubs, shuffled art exhibits and Tardis cakes are discussed as we also reveal all the details and reasoning of what will forever be known as... Challengers Unlimited.

Direct download: CoC_59.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47 AM

Events, recent past and future. A call to Jimmy PS Hayes. And how indy creators can help us notice their books.

Direct download: CoC_58.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:05 AM

Well, they can’t ALL be winners. 

Direct download: CoC_57.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13 AM

Post-San Diego.  Brazilian Art Books.  Spider-Man Day. Season One books.  Amazing #669 Variant.  And Kofi Kingston.  I also almost called this episode, “Swoonin’ for Cloonan.”

Direct download: CoC_56.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:58 PM

We’re not in San Diego; we’re melting in Chicago. We love “One Soul.” We mock Rupert Murdoch. But do we have a moral imperative to protect you from yourself?

Direct download: CoC_55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:55 AM

Patrick cleans out his basement and finds a bunch of stuff he didn’t even know he had. So he describes it. Dal talks about Marvel’s ‘New Store Initiative.’ And they both recap a ‘state of Chicago comics retail’ night they had this week w/ a fellow retailer.

Direct download: CoC_54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47 AM

After a 2+ week break, Patrick and Dal realize they actually miss doing this show. So they talk... about Stuart Immonen and The Rogues Gallery, comic store fieldtrips, and why Dal is giving up super-hero comics for July.

Direct download: CoC_53.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:55 PM

Patrick was at the Summit City ComicCon while Dal was at the store hosting Around Comics. Ryan Browne and his awesome new comic "BLAST FURNACE: Recreational Thief" was at both! How is that even possible? Progress. American progress.

Direct download: CoC_52.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05 AM

Oh come on, you KNOW what this one is all about. One thing. Well, 52 new things out of one thing.

Direct download: CoC_51.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:42 PM

Hey ho, strike one; last one in's a son of a gun. Hey ho, strike two; can't fight here, this is the war room.
So kiss me quickly; who'll oblige? Oh come along now, don't be shy. Don't be all surface; no insides. Oh, no.
You've got to stop your grumbling, and all that human bondage den. So swear the heat in baby, no neck ties.

Direct download: CoC_50.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23 AM

The Challengers website has been streamlined. Comic shop employees make terrible Club Members. Macho Man Randy Savage died (sad). Our pal JVO wrote a book. I guess this episode description is just a string of sentences.  Also, that ‘peasant joke’ is actually about lepers and is from an MST3K Hercules movie. “The lepers are revolting!”  “I’ll say!”

Direct download: CoC2_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:34 PM

Youth in Revolt! Party without books! Margaritas! Whose opinion do you really want? What makes a store event good? Are these even the right topics for this week’s episode? I can’t remember! I guess we’ll all find out together! Also, I completely forgot Dal’s episode title (it’s in there somewhere), so I had to pick something else.  Sorry, Dal.

Direct download: CoC2_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53 AM

Free Comic Book Day 2011 was amazing. And here we tell you why.

Direct download: CoC2_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:48 AM

How do you know where to find the Graphic Novels you’re looking for at Challengers? Dal proposes a new racking system and he and Patrick debate its merits. It’s a question without a complete answer and it is beaten to death in a frank and open discussion. And the return of the completely random post-podcast segments!

Direct download: CoC2_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:08 AM

Ha! I thought this was episode 13. We’ve had 2 ‘lost’ episodes in recent weeks, so my internal numbering is off. Anyway, this whole episode gets away from us and becomes darker than we planned. What started as a “we’re not complaining, but…” episode, turns into an hour of outright publisher bashing. But, man do I feel better!

Direct download: CoC2_12b.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:09 AM

It’s an all-podcast crossover episode with Contest of Challengers, Comics Slumber Party, Comic Geek Speak and Word Balloon all represented!  So let’s go back to Season 1 numbering as we talk to Becky Cloonan.

Direct download: bex.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52 AM

Direct download: CoC2_11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:05 AM

This episode is called “The Hammer” for reasons that were edited out. But the name stuck. What you DO get is a C2E2 wrap-up, reasons why Becky Cloonan is pretty f’n awesome and the promised listener mail answers! Buckle up; it’s a long one!

Direct download: CoC2_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:13 AM

We don’t mean it to, but this episode is chock full of our C2E2 thoughts, set-up, plans and goals.  Not all at once, mind you, we spread it out for you. And Dal has some pretty great thoughts about the way digital comics should be made. See you at C2E2!

Direct download: CoC2_9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37 AM

Like a new line of clothing on the runway, this week Patrick and Dal trot out a list of reasons why they do/don't do the things they do/don't do. Less industry wide/more of a Challengers-specific focus. And the answer to the Riddle of the Ages!

Direct download: CoC2_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:18 AM

Oh man, this one has it all—and LESS! We go from having nothing to talk about to having TOO much to talk about in the span of an hour. We get mad at each other and tensions rise, but we work thru it because we are pros. PROS!  Here’s a brief rundown: MSU’s Comic & Visual Narrative class; the end of DC’s First Wave line leads into Dal’s ultimate super-hero publishing plans; Marvel’s ‘new’ direction for the Marvel Adventures line; more on Ted Adams' Keynote Address from the 2011 ComicsPRO Conference; our secret shopper grade, and less… because we lost our first 5 or so minutes, including Patrick’s first-ever attempt at a disclaimer.  Dal says it all (at 24 minutes and 9 seconds in), “God, this one’s gonna be a winner.”

Direct download: CoC2_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41 AM

This week on the ART OF WRESTLING podcast, host and pro-wrestling icon COLT CABANA talks about support for the show and the possibility of a live recording in the spring.  Elsewhere, Dal’s mind completely freezes and there is talk of Border’s effect on the current comic-buying climate. And... a bonus phone call from Jimmy P$ Hayes!

Direct download: CoC2_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:11 AM

Man, are we on a roll! So much so that for the second time in 2011 we've had to increase our monthly podcast storage memory to accommodate our more-than-regular schedule! This one is a little shorter as we've already hit you with a Season 1 episode this week, but there's always a little something worth talking about in comics! Featuring Fear Itself vs. Flashpoint and a brief analysis on trying to sell 33 million convention tickets.

Direct download: CoC2_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45 AM

What? Season 1 numbering? What's going on?!? It's the return to the interview format (and thus Season 1 numbering) as Patrick happily welcomes Samantha LaFountain to Challengers! What gets a 9-year old girl from the wilds of rural New Jersey interested in comics? Where do you even get comics in rural New Jersey? These questions and many, many others are answered in our giggliest episode to date!

Direct download: sam_l.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17 AM

This week, the microphone faces Dal so Patrick is a mere echo! We had to wait a full day to post this, our 5th CoC in as many weeks, because we went over our monthly-allotted storage space w/ Libsyn, but it’s not our fault; comics never stand still, baby! Also, “insert show content here.” Ha! That was a joke! We actually talk about not having to like comics, but WANTING to, the Creators Front for Diversity in Comics, and why we don't stock variant covers anymore. 

Direct download: CoC2_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:30 AM

Hey kids, remember a thing called the Comics Code Authority? Well, it's dead and we can't seem to care. This week we talk about rating systems for comics, Once A Week (a new internet resource of creator-owned comic information), isocahedral comics, and so very much more. Also, Lady Gaga and Savage Dragon! Um, not "Lady Gaga AND Savage Dragon." Lady Gaga and also Savage Dragon.

Direct download: CoC2_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48 AM

Cullen Bunn. Brian Hurtt. The Sixth Gun. A thourough and comprehensive discussion on art and art galleries.

Direct download: CoC2_6gun.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:39 AM

We're back in less than a week--someone call Guinness!  The world of comic book publishing never slows down, and neither does the news that comes out of it.  This episode Patrick and W. Dal talk about the editorial hierarchy at Marvel; all of the worthy candidates for 2 ComicsPRO industry awards; the return of letter columns, and more.  There is also a tribute to Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore, dueling Michael Caine impressions and Verizon iPhone talk in a record 20 minutes of after-podcast talk.  Oh, you’ll know when you’ve listened too long.

Direct download: CoC2_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42 AM

New Season! New Format!  It's 2.0, baby, and in this pilot episode, Patrick and W. Dal talk about getting a breather on Wednesday mornings, the viability of all-ages material in the direct market, the Architects, red rage and so much more.  Welcome back to the podcast you only thought you missed.  We're here to prove otherwise!

Direct download: CoC2.0.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:56 PM

This episode, the recording, editing and posting, was the most time-consuming experience I have had yet with Contest of Challengers.  So much so that this is a completely different version that the one I just spent an extra hour re-editing.  As a result, I have nothing else to say here.

Direct download: CoC_End.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:37 AM

Triple trouble on this episode of Challengers, as Dal talks with comics couple Stien and Christian all about their history, their comics... and the horror of Rashida Jones' comic book.

Direct download: coc_clouston.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:14 AM

Onrie Kompan joins Patrick this episode to tell all about the unbeatable warrior, Yi Soon Shin, to talk about digital devices, the Amazing Spider-Man and how an electronic community will never replace a physical, brick and mortar one.  At least we HOPE so... Also, as an added bonus, there's background noise (at the beginning)!  Yes!  The sounds of a busy comic store on a Wednesday.  You're welcome!

Direct download: onrie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:29 PM

Dal talks to Jon M. about Doctor Who, The Return of Bruce Wayne, Wonder Woman #600 and other things all obtained legally.

Direct download: coc_mast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47 PM

Patrick is joined by Challenger-in-training KENT FREMON. Kent loves Grant Morrison's Batman and he's not afraid to tell you about it.  And Seaguy. And even some non-Morrison works, like Tales Designed to Thrizzle are discussed!   And cartoons.  Kent is also forced at virtual gunpoint to recommend something for you all to read.  And he does.  Good show, Kent!

Direct download: kent.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29 PM

This time out, Dal talks with RYAN VOSS about Amazing Spider-Man, John Constantine: Hellblazer, Amazing Spider-Man, Scalped, and Amazing Spider-Man again.  BONUS: Amazing Spider-Man discussion.

Direct download: coc_voss.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14 PM

Everything old is new again this week as we welcome Jimmy PS Hayes to not only Contest of Challengers, but to Challengers in general!  Jimmy joins Patrick to discuss the figure-four leg-lock, paying people back, Robert Kirkman, the difference between the comics you read as a kid and the comics you want to own now, and Tom DeFalco.  They also do a quick C2E2 wrap-up and Patrick does a horrible impression of a former comic publisher.  Featuring W. Dal Bush and James Galinski.


Direct download: CoC_PS.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:33 PM

Grant Craig joins Patrick for Episode 23: "Black Metal Comics" in which the subject of 'black metal comics' never comes up.  Comics, sure, and a whole lot of music talk (some of it related to black metal but most geographically located in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill areas).  And while this is certainly a long one, Grant has a great ability to take Patrick's music segues and bring them back around to comics while keep the intened point.  Way to go, Grant!  I also feel the need to point out that my spellcheck is disabled and I feel completely lost without it.  So any spelling mistakes right here are the result of faulty technology and a grown man's terrible inability to spell.  Guest starring W. Dal Bush and Mike Lee!

Direct download: grant.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:56 AM

Lord Farcus? Well, our guest this week is MARCUS FOSTER, but we never call him Lord Farcus.  I almost called this episode "Bananas Foster" but I don't call him that, either.  Anyway, join us as Patrick mumbles more than ever while he completely ruins the surprises of "Blackest Night" in a conversation where all the really good bits were cut out because we both name too many names. Yes, you get the second-rate version of the Marcus Foster interview right here!  Also, there are sound effects! Be worried.

Direct download: coc_foster.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31 PM

Miss us?  Contest of Challengers is back, and this time we're talking with our own Christina Challenger about what she's reading and what she's looking forward to reading.  Also, the somewhat-declining physique of David Boreanez.  You totally missed us!

Direct download: coc21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00 PM

It's Christmas Eve Eve and we're in the middle of our 30-hours straight Christmas Crisis event.  Poor Donald Cardenas just wanted to pick up his weekly comics and suddenly he's talking to BOTH Patrick & Dal about older brothers who read comics, the Wolverine and plenty more!  And in an effort to get this out quick, NO EDITING!
Direct download: coc_don.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21 PM

Listener mail!  Sort of!  This episode, Dal responds to questions submitted through the Challengers website.  Well, "responds".  It's more like "digresses endlessly and misses the point", but, you know...
Direct download: coc19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:43 AM

It's a disturbingly egocentric episode this time, as Patrick interviews… Patrick…?  Surprisingly, he has a lot to tell himself as he came prepared with a list of questions and did not try to answer them ahead of time.  And dig this… NO rambling! And for the first time, thanks to our pal Bob Burns of “The Divorce Gun,” we have a theme!

Direct download: coc_pwb.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30 PM

We keep it in the family this week as Patrick talks to the man who got him interested in comic books in the first place, his brother George Brower! Yes, the former Rumble Brotheres reunite before your very ears!  Find out what made George start reading comics, which comics and why in this trip down memory lane. George recounts what it was like to be the older brother while corrupting the mind of an innocent.  Ahhh, good times.

Direct download: coc_iv.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12 PM

Got too many comics?  Patrick talks to Steve Davich about selling your comics on eBay!  Is it fun?  Is it worth it?  Will you make money?  Steve tells all!  They also talk about what got them reading in the first place and both men ramble and digress as much as you'd expect, even without the addition of alcohol.  Yes, really.

Direct download: coc_davich.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:06 PM

Patrick talks to Frank Davis about what makes a writer worth following and which current writers have lost their 'all access' cards with Frank and why.  It's almost all writers this week, folks, and Frank is okay with that.
Direct download: coc_fdavis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:08 AM

This week Patrick & W. Dal talk about comic book art; why they love it, what they look for and the reasons that led them to hold a Comic Art Show and Sale.  Your eyes will well up as each of them recall a specific page of art from their past and they discuss it as if it were a fragile, wounded butterfly that has been gently captured and then run thru with a push pin placing it forever on display.

Direct download: coc_art.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42 PM

This week, Dal talks to Bud Sims about comics and carving, as this interview was conducted during day two of our 2009 Halloween Spooktacular.  Thus, expect a slightly distracted couple of talkers.
Direct download: coc_budsims.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:25 PM

This week we deviate from our weekly interviews and present a selection of excerpts from our ChallengeJuniors recordings.  ChallengeJuniors is our all-ages read-along group that meets one Saturday a month.  For it we gather a cast of friends and record all the dialogue of that month's chosen book.  Then we play that back in the store as everyone follows along in their books.  We have a lot of fun and hopefully it shows.
Direct download: CoC_Juniors.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22 PM

In an episode actually recorded in the waning hours of 24 Hour Comic Day, Patrick talks to Jose Mirque about other countries popular comic books, the legitimacy of Doctor Voodoo's degree (*psst* he's a Doctor of Psychology), the sheer number of Hulks and Hulk-related characters and much more.
Direct download: CoC11_Mirque.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00 PM

Dal and Patrick take turns talking to Seamus Burke, Dan Carroll and Chris Burnham, three of our brave 24 Hour Comic Day competitors.  What were their goals, ideas and reasons behind such madness?  And did they succeed?  Listen on!

Direct download: coc_24hcbd.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:27 PM

The second of several episodes recorded during 24 Hour Comic Book Day 2009, this time Dal talks to participant Dan Carroll.
Direct download: coc_24hcbd_carroll.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:55 AM

The first of several episodes recorded during 24 Hour Comic Book Day 2009, this time Dal talks to participant Seamus Burke of
Direct download: coc_24hcbd_burke.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18 AM

This week Dal talks to Joe Askins about a whole heap of stuff, including (but not limited to) Batman & Robin, Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia, Blackest Night, and pretty much the whole last month's worth of books that Joe just got around to reading.
Direct download: coc_askins.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36 PM

This week Patrick talks to David Lyons about the recent business dealings of both Marvel and DC, Strange Tales, and a LOT more in this record long 25-minute conversation.
Direct download: CoC_Lyons.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:06 PM

This week, Dal talks to Chris Revekant in a DOUBLE-SIZED Contest of Challengers.  Topics include Invincible Iron Man, Dark Reign, Blackest Night and, of course, Superboy and the Ravers.  Of course.
Direct download: coc_revekant.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58 PM

This week, Patrick talks to local musician Mike Hodgin about comics, some starring Dick Grayson, some Mike doesn't read.
Direct download: CoC_hodgin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20 AM

This week, Dal talks to Brian Mead about James Jean, Wednesday Comics and how to make an awesome/unprofitable James Bond movie.
Direct download: CoC_Mead.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:29 AM

Patrick talks to Challengers club member Christopher Sunzere about Green Lantern/Blackest Night, Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man.
Direct download: CoC_Sun.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:17 PM

This week, Dal talks to Vincent Chung about Walking Dead.  BONUS: Ashly Challenger and Real Sounds Of Comic Retail!
Direct download: CoC_003_-_Dal_talks_to_Vincent.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12 AM

This week, Patrick talks to Luke Smarto about this year's Chicago Comic-Con, Luke's new book "Pillow Fight," Wednesday Comics and why they each say, "um" or "ahh" to fill the conversational pauses.
Direct download: CoC_2_smarto.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 PM

This week, Dal talks to Patrick Brower about the comics he read that week. Topics include Amazing Spider-Man #600, Incredible Hulk #600 and Invincible #64.
Direct download: contest_of_challengers_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:44 PM