Wonder Woman Day! Darth Vader Day! We’ve sure had a lot of “Days” recently. But how’d they turn out? We start with a story about a smug Star Wars figure collector. This was recorded during the Puerto Rican Pride Parade, and you may be able to tell from the background noise. But probably not. Dal and Patrick will be out of the store for a few days this week for the American Library Association Annual Conference at McCormick Place. Challengers is running the French Comics Association booth. Gregg Schigiel will be here this Thursday! Coco Picard, Anya Davidson, Marnie Galloway, Jessica Campbell and Neil Brideau will all be in-store for a discussion on the narrative of comics, Friday, July 30th. Accommodating 5 creators and a live audience is a logistical challenge for us. We could not tell you that Darth Vader would be at our event live, in person, and here’s the reasons why. Thanks a lot, Lucas! What is Marvel Legacy? Bonus! Donovan Challenger has something to say about people complaining about the Chicago Bag Tax.
Patrick welcomes “PIX” creator Gregg Schigiel to the show. Gregg loves Power Pack, so Dal will certainly like this episode! Gregg was an assistant editor at Marvel Comics in the late 1990’s and drew several issues of WHAT IF…? Gregg will be at Challengers on Thursday, June 22 from 3pm to 7pm. Librarians are the real front line for getting kids into comics.
May’s sales numbers are not encouraging. We don’t look to back issues to recoup costs. We survived the Rick and Morty “Don’t Trip Road Trip” tour event. Here’s a long recap filled with plenty of anecdotes. 90% of the people in attendance were awesome. Wubba-lubba-dub-dub!
When DC’s Injustice video game came out 4+ years ago we spent an entire episode playing it. What will we do now that Injustice 2 is out? We can’t talk about the things we really want to talk about. There was an article in The Atlantic about Marvel not know how to run their business. Didja read it? We did. Speaking of Marvel, they just fired their only gay minority editor. The drop-off of readers on new titles from issue #1 to issue #4 is staggering. May’s sales are either excellent or terrible; no in-between. Dal bought Patrick a Becky Lynch WWE Elite figure. Dal compares his wrestling-viewing to people who don’t read monthly super-hero comics, and it makes a lot of sense. We now carry Marty and Sarah Love Wrestling enamel pins! There will also be more Challengers-designed enamel pins. Shout out to Lapel Yeah! This Rick and Morty event gets bigger as it gets closer. We’re expecting 2,000 to show up. Two thousand.