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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

Apr 30, 2017

Dal was planning to carry the new comic by recording artist Lights. Patrick chose Gwar. That leads into other band comics, like Slayer, My Chemical Romance, and more.
We received a new Secret Shopper Report and we go over it in detail!
Subscribers! Please don’t put books you no longer want back on the shelf without...


Apr 24, 2017

This episode’s title is a quote from DC’s Dan DiDio. It’s a good quote, but we never actually mention it in the episode. I mean, you’ll figure out where it fits in.
It was C2E2 weekend here in Chicago! It was also the Diamond Comic Distributors Retailer Summit. Both of those things add up to a lot of...


Apr 17, 2017

Star Wars Celebration is a thing, that we’re not at, yet we still talk about.
X-Men Gold #1 fallout.
Is Apple going to buy Disney?
It’s a BIG week for Challengers, because of C2E2. Here’s our plans.
We love Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, so we talk all about them.
We have some ridiculous, van-themed events on the...


Apr 10, 2017

Eric Stephenson says nice things about Challengers. So does Gregg “Pix” Schigiel.
Small things we do can have a big impact on people, good and bad.
We talk about how we navigate bookstores, because…
We visited the new Chicago Amazon bookstore. There’s lots to talk about here.
And then… the topic of the week…...


Apr 6, 2017

This is the final Women’s Comics Month interview episode, featuring a full-length interview with Isabella Rotman. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. She is author of the sexual health comic You're So Sexy When You Aren't Transmitting STIs, Not On My Watch:...