It’s the 300th episode of Contest of Challengers! And we celebrate with… a regular episode. You’re welcome. When is a collection complete? The New York Times is dropping their regular list of Best Selling Graphic Novels and we are NOT happy about it. A major international comics creator is interested in coming to Challengers. Who is it? Greg Rucka has a new Image title on the way. What do we think about Old Guard?
We start with a weird and unresolved issue with 2 Saturday shoppers. Our internet went out and Comcast had many ideas on the issue. Patrick disagreed. Resist! We can’t help but talk about all of the weekend’s marches, but we keep trying to tie it to comics. Believe it or not, talking about the Inauguration actually segues into how well we think Tom King is doing on Batman and specifically with Bane. Event rundown!
It’s a numbers game this week as we run down the best-selling graphic novels and the best-selling single issue comics of 2016. How many super heroes have parents that are still alive? More upcoming Marvel titles are announced (of course there are, as it’s a week in the year). We dump on Spider-Man. Again. Quick talk about Pulls Lists. Patrick wants a progressive discount. You may not have heard of “Extremity” but when it comes out in March you’re gonna love it!
Everything is new! It’s a New Year! We have a new website! The interior of the store has been rearranged! All new for you! Here’s a little explanation as to why we’ve changed stuff. Ten 2017 comic industry predictions. #boostyourLCS, with guest audio from Ross Richie 2016 total sales vs 2015 total sales. Matt Kindt is coming back to Challengers! Gene Ha is coming back to Challengers! The brand new Unstoppable Wasp #1 is really fun and we both enjoyed USAvengers #1, too!
Recorded in the final days of 2016. Mac McCaughan from Superchunk sums it up so much better than we can. Yes, we sold CD’s at one time, so we can justify talking about music on a comics podcast. Midwest Merch, our on-demand t-shirt provider, is going away. We’ll miss them. Love is Love is a great book doing great things for worthy people. So, of course comic retailers have a problem with it. When asked by the creators to NOT sell Saga #41, what do YOU think retailers do?? Is Patrick a professional comics industry apologist? Our website is getting a face lift. Why do vacuum cleaners come to Challengers just to die? The brand new Hulk #1 is really good, and a worthy successor to the Charles Soule She-Hulk run.
*re-posted because the original post was lost in the website change-over*