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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 •

Aug 17, 2017

Patrick, Kent and Cristina continue their Crisis on Infinite Earths discussion in the final of our Crisis episodes.
Tim Drake means a lot to Cristina, as does Dick Grayson.
What drew Cristina to Challengers in the first place?
The hidden humor of Crisis.
We wonder what Batman history is still canon? No Man’s...

Aug 14, 2017

What starts as a discussion about the long-term repercussions of DC’s seminal work of universe-condensing, Crisis on Infinite Earths, quickly digresses into myriad other classic comic tomes, and even some theories about the brand new, and excellent, Mister Miracle!
Dedicated (and immensely knowledgeable) DC reader...

Aug 7, 2017

Welcome to another episode of “Patrick’s Ax to Grind.”
Dal filmed for Pointy (don’t worry; we explain what Pointy is).
Patrick had another rough Friday thanks to Google inventory-checkers.
Our new New Release TV is up (thanks, Jack!)
Weird phone calls, comic shop Google reviews and a cute kid story.
The huge...

Jul 31, 2017

Challengers’ lease is up next year and we don’t know if we’ll be able to stay where we are.
Donovan took a really annoying phone call today.
Will 25% of shopping malls close in the next 5 years?
Patrick wants Challengers to be an experience of wonder and excitement, and he doesn’t think it is.
Kent gave us a...

Jul 24, 2017

It's an interview with former comics retailer and current Direct Market Representative at BOOM! Studios, MORGAN PERRY!
Comic book retailers are industry professionals.
Getting into comics via Star Wars and sci-fi fandom.
Eating, sleeping, and breathing comics.
Morgan’s path in comics is really similar to Patrick’s...