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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 •

Nov 12, 2018

The level of engagement we feel defines Challengers.
When trivial information becomes exceedingly useful.
“+ Conversation” doesn’t apply to movie theories.
Selling some 1978 Marshall Rogers Detective Comics for 99¢ we didn’t know we had.
Store signage only works if people are willing to read signs. Or see...

Nov 5, 2018

The Isola collection available in comic shops doesn’t have the prologue story that the Barnes & Noble edition has.
Somehow we missed ordering 3 issues of Die! Die! Die!
The 50 Most Favorite Comic Shops in the US (not the Best; the most Favorite).
Sincere regards to Barry and Jayme of Southern Fried Comics as they’re...

Oct 29, 2018

Patrick talked to Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno about The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling. And the recording turned out to be virtually unlistenable due to technological issues. So… Patrick recreates the conversation entirely in his voice, minus most of his actual dialog. Sound weird? It is! But it was...

Oct 22, 2018

Just like episode #177 from 4 years ago, Patrick is recovering from surgery so Dal has to work every day. That leads to asking if time away makes one like comics more or less than being at a store all the time?
If we become millionaires (outside of comics retail, of course) would Challengers still exist?
Trying to keep...

Oct 15, 2018

This episode does not contain an interview with Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno from The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, and we tell you the unfortunate reason why.
Hopefully, the end of the continuing story of Challengers and our alarm company.
Paperwork and bureaucracy!
Ace Comic Con Chicago is...