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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 •

Aug 13, 2018

It’s the Gen Con Road Diaries, featuring a bunch of guest stars!
0:03:40 Brad Rooks from Oni Press.
1:05:39 Cory Casoni from Table Titans.
1:12:00 Gabo, artist of “Dead of Winter” and “The Life After.”
1:16:23 Kory Bing, creator of the webcomic Skin Deep.
Plus, occasional check-ins from Patrick and Dal about...

Aug 1, 2018

It’s next week’s episode of Contest of Challengers six days early!
Another midnight release event? Um, pass.
Koyama Press is ceasing publication in 2021, but Annie Koyama will still be an important patron of the comic book arts.
Bongo Comics is also ceasing publication, in October.
Watching new-to-comic-shops...

Jul 29, 2018

Zach Lehner joins Patrick in a very echo-y room to talk all about his brand new Oni Press graphic novel “Junior Brave of the Apocalypse Book 2: Out of the Woods.” This conversation gets deeper than either of them expected as they dig way beneath the surface of comic book creation and the importance of Calvin and...

Jul 23, 2018

Sneaky secret shoppers are apparently a thing.
It’s the time of year where more mentally challenged people roam Chicago streets.
The San Diego Comic-Con is happening as we record, so we’re going over a bunch of new comic news. Or, other news that has an impact on our business.
Wizards of the Coast are raising prices...

Jul 16, 2018

Whoops, that header is a mistake. It should read, “DIE!DIE!DIE! by Robert Kirkman. Darn typos.
“That’s not what I would do if I put a gun to your head.” is an actual quote from this episode.
Lots of FF #1 covers are coming out. We’re not ordering them.
Marvel has several non-announcement teasers leading into...