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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

Oct 30, 2017

What Chicagoland comic shop has been open the longest?
Patrick really wants to read a history of Chicago comic book retail stores.
Halloween Comicfest just happened and we don’t know if we promoted it correctly.
We received a graphic novel this week that had no data in Diamond’s system, yet we had customers’...


Oct 23, 2017

Marvel’s movie-based collections don’t really work for us.
That leads into talk about Thor: Ragnarok.
The sharp drop-off of mini-series sales numbers.
The saga of one man looking for the first issue of Aftershock’s Fu-Jitsu #1.
$6,000.00 of dental work vs. one extra comic book.
We’re now Facebook verified!
Sean...


Oct 15, 2017

Patrick fixed an issue with the receiver (so you can hear the new FOZZY CD “Judas” on ALL 6 store speakers!!).
Dal won’t watch “Mei and the Kitten Bus.”
Comixology is ditching their Pull List functionality (more than a year after we already ditched it).
We’re featured in the new book “Comic Shop: The...


Oct 8, 2017

How far is too far from the blue line?
Some comic retailers still cannot handle diversity in comics.
The first 6 pages of Doomsday Clock are online and Dal likes it more than expected.
A whole bunch of news from the New York Comic Con. A whole bunch.


Oct 2, 2017

Should we change our store hours?
How a 1981 episode of WKRP in Cincinnati resonates with today’s comics industry.
Why we don’t sell vintage books.
Hugh Hefner vs. Dr. Seuss
Measuring yesterday’s comics thru the lens of today.
Marvel Legacy is finally here!
Patrick went to the eye doctor.
Upcoming Marvel Avengers...