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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 •

Sep 12, 2019

It's an extra episode of Contest of Challengers for the week!
We start mid-pitch as Eliot is explaining the premise of his new Aftershock comic series Midnight Vista to a prospective buyer on the Challengers’ sales floor.
The other voices on this episode are Customer Brian K. and Eliot’s friend (and birthday boy)...

Sep 9, 2019

We just had a Battlepug cookout! Where were YOU??
You can make it up to us on Batman Day.
Local Saturdays.
Our thoughts on the upcoming DC 100-Page Giants.
Publishers talking honestly to retailers.
The 80/20/5 Rule.
Sales expectations for the Dawn of X titles.

Sep 2, 2019

Why don’t we do more store videos?
We can always do more promoting. Of new comics, of events, everything.
Road construction in front of the shop is always fun!
What are Doom Code Signs? I may have gotten that name wrong...
Making vinyl toys from comic books.
Spider-Man Life Story may be THE graphic novel for the...

Aug 26, 2019

D23 is happening right now! What does “D23” stand for, anyway? We don’t know.
Have you seen Marvel’s solicits for November? They get bigger every month (as Patrick gets angrier).
2nd, 3rd and even 4th prints being offered before the 1st print comes out.
Can Spider-Man #1 sell more than House of X #1? We sure...

Aug 19, 2019

Former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones joins the XFL! Wait—that doesn’t belong here…
Caroline Cash (Girl in the World) just signed at Challengers! She was a delight and we sold books! But…
Trade-waiting! Is it by subscribers or non-subscribers?
The current trend of comic shops making videos.
Destroying this...