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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 •

Apr 23, 2018

Probably the last time we’ll talk about Action Comics #1000. This time, how the Midnight Release went, and how it compares to previous midnight releases.
It sure seems like Marvel wants a piece of DC’s Action cover success with all their upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #800 covers (with still more to -be-announced). Too...

Apr 16, 2018

Action Comics #1000 is out this Wednesday (at 12:01am). How many covers do you plan to buy?
Are you ready for the Bendis era of Superman? Superman’s past 5 years have been kind of rocky…
Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley’s Amazing Spider-Man looks like it’s going to be great. Their Free Comic Book Day issue is a lot...

Apr 9, 2018

It’s a busy week as we talk about the Diamond Retailer Summit, C2E2, a new BOOM! Studios retail initiative, two Richie Kotzen concerts, filming the “My Comic Shop Country” documentary and, of course, BaconFest Chicago. Strap in as this one is over 2 hours!

Apr 1, 2018

We proudly announce our creator line-up for this year’s Free Comic Book Day.
What comic-themed gift can you get for someone that works in a comics shop?
Protecting the privacy of our customers (from other customers).
Challengers has been in business for 10 years!
A brief history of how Challengers started and what it...

Mar 26, 2018

It’s been a week. How have the new changes been received?
As a consumer, do you want to be immediately help in a store or left alone?
It’s time for new Challengers business cards!
Coleen Doran gives a brief history of the direct market (via Twitter).
Meltdown (a 25-year-old comics shop in L.A.) is closing...