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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 • ChallengersComics.com

Dec 4, 2017

Occasionally we get asked for advice on opening a comic store.
This episode is our real-world advice to someone asking us questions about opening their own store.
Lessons we’ve learned; lessons we haven’t learned; lessons we’re still learning.
We may joke about our ‘success’ but you can’t be in business...


Nov 28, 2017

Three events in five days! We run ‘em all down.
Doomsday Clock #1 11:57pm Release Event.
Black Friday 50% OFF Comics (Comics; NOT graphic novels)
Santa’s Husband Signing.
The diversity of these three events give us plenty to talk about, for sure.
Oh, and don’t worry; we do find time to talk about the Wolverine.


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...