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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 •

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...

Aug 12, 2019

Patrick is a broken old man.
We so desperately want new carpet! And window blinds!
Making the consumer pay the credit card processing fee.
Paying for “convenience.”
#10 in Sri Lanka, bay-bee!
AWA announced the first book in their new superhero shared universe.
Referencing Brian Hibbs’ latest ‘Tilting at...

Aug 4, 2019

Remember Superman Unchained? Dal doesn’t.
Keepin’ them back issues in order!
When books disappear from your mindset (i.e. Morning Glories).
Thanks, Patrons!
What are the best Event Books, in enjoyment and in money earned?
Surge pricing and the people that merit it.
Happy 10th Anniversary, CoC!

Jul 29, 2019

We’ve got a (potentially) big event happening tomorrow and neither of us know what to expect. It’s a surprise drop of the comic book tie-in to Dreamville and J Cole’s “Revenge of the Dreamers III”. We tell you how this came about and what we’re expecting for the day. And if you don’t know Dreamville or J....

Jul 22, 2019

Want vs need.
Rewarding you for sharing in our ecosystem.
Captain Marvel #8 is what the swarm went for this week.
Customer databases.
Information integrated into your life.
Top-selling books for the nation vs @ Challengers (Black Cat vs. Dceased).
How many young reader imprints can the market bear?
The first of the...