Patrick Brower has spent years refining and honing his comic retail expertise (he calls the process "refoning", possibly trademarked), and he's put all his lessons learned to work for Challengers. If you need someone at a comic store to be able to go from amiable to gregarious straight on through to winning, all while divining the book you've needed your whole life without realizing it, Patrick's your guy.
Sticking to our weekly routines. Still NO new comics, When the Illinois stay-at-home is lifted, what will be better for us… A. Opening back up BEFORE Diamond resumes shipping new comics? B. Opening back up AFTER Diamond resumes shipping new comics? C. Opening back up AT THE SAME TIME Diamond resumes shipping new comics? Marvel and DC delay their digital releases, for a bit… Diamond’s financial woes. What would a (hypothetical) future without Diamond/single-issue-comics look like for Challengers? Comic Hub as a point-of-sale program. Comic Hub as a digital comics platform.
Part of this was recorded as Patrick and Dal hand-delivered comics to people in Chicago! And by “hand-delivered” we mean left on porches at a respectable distance. Some comic book publishers are trying to work around the fact that printers are shut down and Diamond is no longer accepting comics. How Blackmask, TKO Studios and Vault are helping retailers. Thanks, Patrons! Some very supportive people have recently bought Challengers Gift Cards online. We have yet to see the money from those purchases. Here’s why.
A new episode immediately after the previous new episode! Things are changing THAT RAPIDLY. Diamond Comic Distributors dropped a HUGE announcement about the immediate future of the comic book industry. David Harper, SKTCHD.com, and Daniel Warren Johnson lend a hand. Yes, we’ll have New Comics this week, and we want to get them to you. Dal did not, no matter what we say in this episode, get a turtle. Are we changing over to Comic Hub? Um, maybe?
Speculator demographics. Artists Writers and Artisans released their first 4 comics on the same day. More super-upbeat and not-at-all-depressing Covid-19 talk. We’re shut down! ALL of Illinois is. What can we do about it? How are Publishers helping Retailers during this time?
Despite everything going on in the world today, we fully expect to have these New Comics and Graphic Novels available for you on Wednesday, March 25th. --RECOMMENDED-- HELLIONS #1 When Krakoa opened their doors to all mutants and forgave all past crimes, they might have known they'd have to accept some of their worst foes into the fold... but they didn't plan for what to do with them. Not to worry-Mister Sinister knows what to do with the troublemakers. Meet his new Hellions: Scalphunter, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Orphanmaker, Psylocke...and Havok?! Under Sinister's direction, they are sure to become productive members of mutant society. GRUMBLE MEMPHIS & BEYOND THE INFINITE #1 Eddie, the small-time crook stuck in a pug's body, and Tala, Eddie's estranged daughter (and part-demon), will need to atone for the sins of their pasts and start working together (for once) or they may find themselves lost... beyond the infinite! --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- X-O MANOWAR (2020) #1 Aric of Dacia, a 5th century warrior catapulted into the modern day, has been bonded with the sentient alien armor, Shanhara. Together, they are the most powerful weapon in the world: X-O Manowar. As a mysterious new villain arises to threaten the world, will this ancient warrior evolve into the superhero we need today? JUDGE DREDD FALSE WITNESS #1 Justice Academy drop-out Mathias Lincoln has built a comfortable life working as a courier for Mega-City One's most elite citizens. But after he uncovers a horrific conspiracy stretching from the Cursed Earth to the city's seats of power, Mathias also finds himself pursued by legendary lawman Judge Dredd! TRANSFORMERS VS TERMINATOR #1 It's Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages! 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future... or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons? FANTASTIC FOUR MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 It's the ten-year high-school reunion of the Fantastic Four's own Human Torch. His hometown of Glenville, Long Island is going wild, and we see it all through the eyes of the Torch's ex-girlfriend Dorrie Evans and reporter Marcia Hardesty - the preparations, the Torch's long history in town, the festivities and more. NO ONES ROSE #1 Centuries after the fall of the Anthropocene, the last vestiges of human civilization are housed in a massive domed city powered by renewable energy, known as The Green Zone. Inside lives teenager Tenn Gavrilo, a brilliant bio-engineer who could rebuild the planet. But there's one problem: her resentful brother Seren is eager to dismantle the precarious Utopia. -- We’re doing our best to maintain a sense of normalcy thru comics. 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