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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 •

Feb 11, 2019

We’re 2 days into our annual sale and people either take full advantage of it or don’t even realize there IS a sale.
It seems Marvel trade paperback collections CAN be made better and less expensive… but they’re not.
Aside from a little warping, the Kaijumax Deluxe Hardcover is an amazing achievement in deluxe...

Feb 4, 2019

We were guests on the Graphic Novel TK podcast! It was a fun time. Maybe check it out?
Some days Twitter is harder to understand than others.
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 is a good read.
If we thought LAST week was slow due to the cold weather…
What to eat when working on a day when over 200 Chicago restaurants are...

Jan 28, 2019

So cold in Chicago nobody’s coming into the shop.
We’ll soon have a new retail neighbor and we have a new security system in place.
Little Bird and Assassin Nation are 2 new Image books Patrick really likes.
Administrative shake-ups in the DC Comics offices.
Initial orders vs. final orders-- what’s the best way to...

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...