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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 •

Nov 19, 2017

Holiday decorations come early, for a specific reason.
WGN News stopped by to film a segment (or 5) on Local Comic Shop Day at Challengers.
Don Cardenas talks about his Packs of the Lowcountry Kickstarter.
Axel Alonso is out as Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief. CB Cebulski is in.
We’re having a BIG Black Friday Sale!

Nov 13, 2017

It’s the biggest comics news story of the year, and we make you wait over 30 minutes before we start talking about it.
First we talk about Funko’s Initial Public Offering disaster.
New themed displays in-store, including Thor Ragnarok and the Justice League.
X-Men Red.
Looking at possible new locations, just in case...

Nov 6, 2017

At the time of recording, Patrick and Dal have seen Thor Ragnarok a combined 5 times.
This episode’s title has no actual bearing to the episode, but it is mentioned, so it counts, but “A piece of water” is just as accurate.
Rian Hughes, our favorite logo designer, has a book of his logos coming out in...

Oct 30, 2017

What Chicagoland comic shop has been open the longest?
Patrick really wants to read a history of Chicago comic book retail stores.
Halloween Comicfest just happened and we don’t know if we promoted it correctly.
We received a graphic novel this week that had no data in Diamond’s system, yet we had customers’...

Oct 23, 2017

Marvel’s movie-based collections don’t really work for us.
That leads into talk about Thor: Ragnarok.
The sharp drop-off of mini-series sales numbers.
The saga of one man looking for the first issue of Aftershock’s Fu-Jitsu #1.
$6,000.00 of dental work vs. one extra comic book.
We’re now Facebook verified!