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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 Challengers' owners Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush.
Challengers • 1845 N Western Ave • Chicago, IL 60647 • 773.278.0155 •

Jan 21, 2019

Dal and Patrick were both jurors for CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) applicants again this year, and our scores were due today.
Image Comics is offering full returnability on some of their upcoming #1 issues, and an earned higher discount on issue #2’s.
Dal tricked Patrick into watching the Spider-Man Far From...

Jan 14, 2019

We appreciate the few new ratings and reviews we’ve gotten on iTunes. Please keep ‘em coming!
Thank you for the past 10 years, Donovan!
An in-depth look at the graphic novel sales of 2018.
An even more in-depth look at 2018’s single issue comic sales.
Dal has a very progressive (and perhaps polarizing) suggestion...

Jan 7, 2019

Do you think the Bears will make it to the Super Bowl? Against the Chargers? (EDIT: Um... no)
It’s January, so that means it’s once again time for others to predict the death of the direct market!
Graphic Novel sales seem down in stores across the country, but not at Challengers.
DC’s Zoom and Ink are a good idea...

Dec 31, 2018

Diamond Comic Distributors catches Patrick’s ire one last time for the year.
Some customers only see what they want to see.
Some stores got next week’s book’s last Monday. We still don’t have them.
Specifically nerdy Christmas gifts we received.
With almost nothing new on the shelves the week of...

Dec 24, 2018

It’s a Christmas episode! Just by the fact that it’s recorded in late December. Also, Santa has a cameo, and so does Stan Lee.
Another long-running comic shop is calling it quits.
Santa came to hang out and spread some Holiday Cheer this Wednesday, and he made a video to remind subscribers to pick up their comics....