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From Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, this is CONTEST OF CHALLENGERS, a podcast about the business of running a comic book store. Hosted by Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Challengers • 1845 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 • 773.278.0155 •

May 21, 2017

This week it’s an episode of Contest of Challenger. Singular.
No, Patrick will not help you find where the letter “T” is in the back issue boxes. You should be able to do that on your own.
We’ve got some sweet new swag: Comics Fists pins and Coexist bumper stickers. Both designed by Patrick and made just for...

May 15, 2017

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 that that is literally the reverse of our usual structure.
We are NOT prepared for the amount of people that say...

May 8, 2017

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...

Apr 30, 2017

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...

Apr 24, 2017

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...