Our state-of-the-fictional-arts recording studio is back online! An interview with (Dal pretending to be) RYAN BROWNE about the Curse Words Van Tour! REDLANDS from Image is a reeeeaaaallllyyy good book, and you should think about checking it out. Also, MOONSTRUCK. And a few others. Take a Detour withDetour.com/Challengers! There are storm clouds forming over the comics industry and they’re called Marvel Legacy. Boy, oh boy, this is a topic, for sure. And we dig in. Across the industry, June 2017 comic sales are down 21% from June 2016. Have faith.
Bonjour! Parlez-vous français? Why didn’t we call this CONTENT of Challengers?? This week we go international without leaving Chicago. We spent last weekend running the French Comics Association booth at the American Library Association 2017 Annual Conference at McCormick Place. This is the who, why and how of that conference. We got to interact with several wonderful international comics creators; Guy Delisle, Marguerite Abouet, Pénélope Bagieu, Jérémie Royer, and David Etien, as well as the FCA staff themselves. Yes, there were croissants (pronounced “kuhWAH-sawnts”).
"To Hell and Back: A Spotlight on THE DAMNED and THE SIXTH GUN" panel at C2E2 2017. The audio has been found! Learn the history of one of comic’s most creative partnerships! Cullen kills his favorite characters. Brian hates drawing Drake and Becky. CM Punk refuses to read the last Sixth Gun trade. Thanks to C2E2 for getting us this audio and to Oni Press for setting it all up in the first place.
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.