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.
Dal was planning to carry the new comic by recording artist Lights. Patrick chose Gwar. That leads into other band comics, like Slayer, My Chemical Romance, and more. We received a new Secret Shopper Report and we go over it in detail! Subscribers! Please don’t put books you no longer want back on the shelf without asking us to remove that title from your list! We had lunch with author Scott Westerfeld and we both like his new YA graphic Novel “Spill Zone.” How do we capture the excitement of C2E2 in store? You are not a bad person for wanting to read Secret Empire. You are not anti-Semitic for wanting to read Secret Empire. Bonus! Highlights from the NFL Draft (kind of).
This episode’s title is a quote from DC’s Dan DiDio. It’s a good quote, but we never actually mention it in the episode. I mean, you’ll figure out where it fits in. It was C2E2 weekend here in Chicago! It was also the Diamond Comic Distributors Retailer Summit. Both of those things add up to a lot of meetings/panels/seminars for Patrick and Dal. We also held a pretty sweet party for Oni Press, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn. It was probably our best party ever. We ran into and/or met a ton of comic creators this weekend, so please pardon our name dropping. Patrick hosted a C2E2 panel starring Cullen and Brian and had a special guest co-moderator for most of it. Chris Burnham didn’t recognize Patrick and it led to a really awkward encounter (for him). We also talk about all the things we bought at the show (including a box of Booty-O’s to make sure we ain’t booty!!)
Star Wars Celebration is a thing, that we’re not at, yet we still talk about. X-Men Gold #1 fallout. Is Apple going to buy Disney? It’s a BIG week for Challengers, because of C2E2. Here’s our plans. We love Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, so we talk all about them. We have some ridiculous, van-themed events on the schedule, but we need help from our Alderman to make these work. More in-store events, taking us thru the summer.