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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

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...


Jul 17, 2017

Our state-of-the-fictional-arts recording studio is back online!
An interview with (Dal pretending to be) RYAN BROWNE about the Curse Words Van Tour!
REDLANDS from Image is a reeeeaaaallllyyy good book, and you should think about checking it out. Also, MOONSTRUCK. And a few others.
Take a Detour...


Jul 9, 2017

This one is pretty unique! It’s a panel discussion on narrative and process with 4 very talented Chicago-based creators.
Coco Picard (“The Chronicles of Fortune”)
Jessica Campbell ("Hot or Not")
Anya Davidson ("Band for Life")
Marnie Galloway ("In the Sounds and Seas")
Moderated by Neil Brideau (Radiator...


Jul 3, 2017

Bonjour! Parlez-vous français?
Why didn’t we call this CONTENT of Challengers??
This week we go international without leaving Chicago.
We spent last weekend running the French Comics Association booth at the American Library Association 2017 Annual Conference at McCormick Place.
This is the who, why and how of that...