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.
This episode is told in reverse. We start with Patreon subscribers and an event listing, and then go into comic reviews (kinda) and then industry news and end on store news. It wasn’t planned that way but that is literally the reverse of our usual structure. We are NOT prepared for the amount of people that say they’re coming to our Rick and Morty event. The Tom King/Mitch Gerads just-announced Mister Miracle looks SO! GOOD! Network Upfronts = Lots of comic book-based TV news. And movie news. Dal has an interesting theory about the new Black Lightning TV series. Image is releasing a series of Pride covers in June. Kids graphic novel sales are up! Non-kids graphic novels are down. Is the New York Times Best Seller list to blame? We totally rearranged our shelves! Is it working?
Wubba lubba dub dub! The Rick and Morty #Rickmobile will be stopping at Challengers on June 1st! It’s the Free Comic Book Day 2017 after-show! The day sure started slow… We had Matt Kindt! And Alex Rosado and Dan Dougherty. And 5 wonderful cosplayers. Dal had a sketch request for himself and Patrick did his best to derail it. Hilarity ensued. We’re read Secret Empire up thru #3. We really like it. Trust us. We’re not Hydra. Which is totally not something Hydra would say.