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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 • ChallengersComics.com

Dec 28, 2017

This special mid-week bonus episode is an interview recorded in Challengers with Onrie Kompan and Dan Dougherty, creators of the new real life historical graphic novel MARX: A Tale of Neglect.
It was recorded just before Christmas, so forgive a few Holiday well-wishes that are merely a week old.
This graphic novel is...


Dec 24, 2017

Christmas finally has a positive effect on sales, and it’s fun to go to work when people want to buy comics!
There is a brand new reason we’re excited to stay in our current location (if we can).
Marvel is stealth-cancelling a bunch of titles.
Some Marvel Legacy titles we really like.
Is Dan Slott leaving Amazing...


Dec 17, 2017

Dal immediately starts talking about Star Wars The Last Jedi (which he hadn’t even seen at the time of this recording—but don’t worry; he’s seen it plenty since then).
The pros and cons of Disney acquiring Fox. And, of course, Net Neutrality.
A follow-up to last episode’s Patreon discussion. What a...


Dec 11, 2017

Patreon has changed the way fees are paid, and no one likes it.
Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus Gift Ideas for the comic fans on your list!
Yes, we talk about buying Taylor Swift concert tickets.
“Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” looks wonderful and we’re excited for it.


Dec 4, 2017

Occasionally we get asked for advice on opening a comic store.
This episode is our real-world advice to someone asking us questions about opening their own store.
Lessons we’ve learned; lessons we haven’t learned; lessons we’re still learning.
We may joke about our ‘success’ but you can’t be in business...