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.
Just your average episode with 2 comic shop owners talking about business! How we now order DC “B” covers. Ordering for July is soul-crushing. The difference between schilling and imparting information. Filling requests by any means necessary. Reporting all damages, shortages and overages. An alternate take on Free Comic Book Day. When the deep discount offer just isn’t worth it, even if you qualify. Is it time to stop hosting signings and events? Contest of Challengers Bingo continues! https://bingobaker.com/play/2017273 Co-hosted by Mitchell Davies from All Star Comics in Melbourne, Australia!
What is Marvel Comics #1000? I’m sorry, we mean WHY is (it called) Marvel Comics #1000? How do we keep track of customer wants when they ask for books that don’t yet exist? We’re looking at YOU, 3 Jokers… Baker & Taylor, our secondary distributor, no longer wants our business (or that of any independent bookstore). Oni Press and Lion Forge are merging. That’s causing layoffs and some employees are not taking it well. Should they? Well-known DC Comics artist Patrick Gleason has just signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. Is he the last of the 1-company artists? We survived our first (and last 12-hour Free Comic Book Day! Did YOU have fun? Contest of Challengers Bingo continues! https://bingobaker.com/play/2017273
We feel like you're here for the comics, is that right? Well let us tell you about some of the new ones... WAR OF REALMS SPIDER-MAN & LEAGUE OF REALMS #1 It's another War of the Realms tie-in. Spider-Man must Frodo-Up and lead this ragtag group of SCREWBEARD THE DWARF, UD THE TROLL, RO BLOODROOT THE WIZARD, SIR IVORY HONEYSHOT THE LIGHT ELF and TITANYA THE MOUNTAIN GIANT as the new LEAGUE OF REALMS. As Spidey is a terrible leader, could this team possibly achieve ANYTHING?! WAR OF REALMS STRIKEFORCE WAR AVENGERS #1 It's another War of the Realms tie-in! While two other Strikeforce teams head out to other realms, Captain Marvel leads the fight to reclaim the Earth! But even with a crew of heavy hitters (Weapon H, Captain Britain, Venom, Deadpool) and two of the best spies on the planet (the Winter Soldier and the Black Widow), Carol's fighting a losing game. Malekith's allies are without number - and the battlefield bigger than any Carol's commanded before. GIANT MAN #1 It's another War of the Realms tie-in. Why isn't it called WAR OF REALMS GIANT MAN? No idea. Anyway, at the behest of All-Mother Freyja, four men must rise to monstrous heights and infiltrate the most savage territory of New Jotunheim: Florida! Get it? Monstrous heights? They're all giants! Also, why isn't called Giant MEN?? Come ON, Marvel!! DREAM DADDY DAD DATING COMIC BOOK It's another War of the Realms tie-in! Oh, wait, no. Sorry. I just got in that habit. Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. STAR WARS AOR LANDO CALRISSIAN #1 Former smuggler LANDO CALRISSIAN has a beautiful dream: a life of leisure and luxury as the totally legitimate BARON ADMINISTRATOR of CLOUD CITY. All he needs to do is take care of his money troubles with one last, big scam. But what will get in his way the most - his bad luck or this annoying sense of ethics he seems to be developing? Co-starring LOBOT! Don't forget to read this in Donald Glover's voice. SCIENCE COMICS CARS Put the pedal to the metal with Science Comics: Cars, the latest volume in First Second's action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! In this volume, you'll learn where cars came from and how they work. When you pop the hood, what are you looking at? How does gasoline - or electric batteries, or even steam - make a car move? Rev up your motor and take look at the combustible history of the automobile and its explosive effects on our modern lives. ALL TIME COMICS ZEROSIS DEATHSCAPE #0 Written by Josh Bayer and Josh Simmons, featuring artwork by Bronze Age maverick Trevor Von Eeden! In collaboration with fearless indie cartoonist Gabrielle Bell! This #0 issue is the perfect intro to the new wave of ATC and it's the first appearance of The Red Maniac! Why bother even telling you what it's about, right? ...and there's plenty more where those came from! Hope to see you soon!
It’s an interview episode with Nicholas Aflleje & Sarah DeLaine from the brand new Image Comics graphic novel LITTLE GIRLS. Who are they? What is Little Girls about? How did it come about? They’re going to be at Challengers on Monday, May 13th, for a full on release party! Featuring LIVE MUSIC from both Kachi The Band and Gentle Heat! More info on all the music!! Kachi The Band: https://kachitheband.bandcamp.com/ Gentle Heat: https://gentleheat.bandcamp.com/ And check out the Little Girls Soundtrack: https://littlegirlsognmusic.bandcamp.com
If FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is comic book Christmas, this week is the start of the New Year! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- WAVES HC GN After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working together to rebuild themselves amidst the churning tumult of devastating loss, and ultimately facing the soul-crushing reality that they may never conceive a child of their own. Based on author Ingrid Chabbert's own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel, Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman's exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope. GHOST HOG GN (ALL AGES) Truff is the ghost of a young boar, fueled by fury towards the hunter who shot her down. She has a lot to learn about her new afterlife, and thankfully the forest spirits Claude and Stanley are there to guide her! However, they soon find that her parents, along with their fellow animal villagers, have been kidnapped by the malicious mountain demon Mava! Truff wants to help, but... the hunter is finally within her grasp, and if she lets him go, she may never get her revenge! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- RED SONJA VAMPIRELLA BETTY VERONICA #1 Yes, really. A string of paranormal, unsolved murders leads the vampire hunter Vampirella and her sword-wielding barbarian partner Red Sonja to the small, sleepy town of Riverdale where things always seem to happen... There they discover Betty and Veronica, investigative reporters for the high school newspaper, also hot on the trail of the same killer. FLASH #70 "The Flash Year One" starts here! Barry Allen feels helpless in his life in Central City. As a forensic scientist, he's always catching criminals after they've committed their crimes. All that changes one fateful night when Barry is struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals. When he wakes from a coma, he realizes he can run at incredible speeds. Can Barry master these powers and be the hero his city needs...or will the powers burn through him? WAR OF THE REALMS NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 As Sindr, Immortal Queen of Muspelheim, and her legions of Fire Demons march on Asia, it's time for a new band of heroes to unite to protect the Pacific Rim. Can Amadeus Cho assemble his "protectors" -- Shang-Chi, Silk and Jimmy Woo to save the world from incineration? And where is Kamala Khan? And just who are Crescent, Io and Luna Snow??? Featuring Marvel's newest heroes from China, Aero and Sword Master, and a mysterious new Filipino heroine named WAVE! Speculators-- this is the book for you (to buy and not read)!! BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives, the Outsiders! Batman needs to locate Sofia Barrera before the wrong people get their hands on her-and her surprising power! But it wouldn't be Batman without a hidden agenda, would it? And when Black Lightning, Katana, the Signal and Orphan find out what Batman is really up to, their every loyalty will be called into question. EVE STRANGER #1 You have unlimited funds, a jet-set lifestyle, and extraordinary abilities. And your bloodstream is filled with nano bombs. The contents of a syringe will deactivate them for a week and also wipe your memory. So what happens when you develop a sneaking suspicion that you're actually working for the bad guys? EVE STRANGER, amnesiac-for-hire. High-octane thrills! Impossible missions! Doomed romance! EXCELLENCE #1 Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-those with greater potential-but never themselves. Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him? STAR WARS AOR BOBA FETT #1 As the implacable bounty hunter who tracked down Han Solo, Boba Fett earned his reputation as one of the greatest villains in the galaxy. But what happens when Boba Fett picks up the trail of an actual villain? Find out what kind of heart - if any - beats under that Mandalorian armor! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- CAPTAIN AMERICA #10, MURDER FALCON #8, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #6, BLACK HAMMER AGE OF DOOM #10, CATWOMAN #11, and DEADLY CLASS #38. Yeah! We’re doing it! Comics for everyone, every day!!