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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 • ChallengersComics.com

Jan 30, 2017

It’s the 300th episode of Contest of Challengers!
And we celebrate with… a regular episode. You’re welcome.
When is a collection complete?
The New York Times is dropping their regular list of Best Selling Graphic Novels and we are NOT happy about it.
A major international comics creator is interested in coming...


Jan 23, 2017

We start with a weird and unresolved issue with 2 Saturday shoppers.
Our internet went out and Comcast had many ideas on the issue. Patrick disagreed.
Resist! We can’t help but talk about all of the weekend’s marches, but we keep trying to tie it to comics.
Believe it or not, talking about the Inauguration actually...


Jan 16, 2017

It’s a numbers game this week as we run down the best-selling graphic novels and the best-selling single issue comics of 2016.
How many super heroes have parents that are still alive?
More upcoming Marvel titles are announced (of course there are, as it’s a week in the year).
We dump on Spider-Man. Again.
Quick talk...


Jan 9, 2017

Everything is new! It’s a New Year! We have a new website! The interior of the store has been rearranged! All new for you!
Here’s a little explanation as to why we’ve changed stuff.
Ten 2017 comic industry predictions.
#boostyourLCS, with guest audio from Ross Richie
2016 total sales vs 2015 total sales.
Matt...


Jan 2, 2017

Recorded in the final days of 2016. Mac McCaughan from Superchunk sums it up so much better than we can.
Yes, we sold CD’s at one time, so we can justify talking about music on a comics podcast.
Midwest Merch, our on-demand t-shirt provider, is going away. We’ll miss them.
Love is Love is a great book doing great...