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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 •

Feb 11, 2018

Patrick is worried about the snow affecting business during the yearly sale. Dal is not.
DC Comics has to new younger reader graphic novel imprints.
This episode has very little editing to show you what these conversations really sound like.
We think there are too many Infinity Countdown-related books in Marvel’s...

Feb 5, 2018

Feeling ownership of the city you live and work in, and putting money back into that very community.
Thanks, Patreon patrons!
Dal wants us to do Patreon-exclusive episode.
Big changes at Valiant this week.
Some really big DC news out this week: DC Nation #0 and the new Action Comics and Superman plans.
More weekly...

Jan 29, 2018

Misconfigured microphone settings can’t keep us from talking to one of our favorite comics retailers, BRIAN HIBBS of Comix Experience in San Francisco!
Brian’s been in the comics industry longer than we have, and his insight is invaluable.
Looking at the state of the industry vs. the quality of...

Jan 22, 2018

You will not believe what came in Saturday’s mail.
The 1990’s X-Men cartoon is responsible for getting so many people interested in comic books.
Marvel putting out 4 new Wolverine-adjacent mini-series strikes us as a bad idea.
DC’s Action Comics #1000 strikes us a s a good idea.
Dan Slott is leaving Spider-Man for...

Jan 15, 2018

Well, we finally heard back from our landlord…
We talk about what that means for the future and potential changes.
The pros and cons of genre racking graphic novels.
How we read or single issue comics.
We’re not excited for the New Age of DC Heroes.
We may be stocking *gasp* open order variant covers.