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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 •

Dec 10, 2018

I dunno, how do YOU swipe credit cards thru the card reader?
An update to a prior subscriber story, and Patrick’s 2 favorite ways to overreact.
Sending comics to prison. For inmates; not to punish the comics themselves.
Our lateral back issue filing cabinets are now fully functional.
The Avengers Endgame trailer is...

Dec 3, 2018

400 episodes of this? Damn.
We “acquired” 2 new back issue cabinets. After days of work, they’re not what we expected.
November was not a great sales month and it ended on a really bad week. Construction + snow = a less than $100 day (for the first time in many years).
Patrick’s car need over $1900 of work done...

Nov 26, 2018

Working Hard vs. Hardest Working
This episode was recorded immediately following our 2018 Black Friday sale.
We never seem to sell out of the stuff we want to get rid of.
Getting burned when subscribers have books on hold for months that they never wanted.
Reminding subscribers, in person, the value of our...

Nov 19, 2018

Rest in Peace, Stan.
Recorded live from the show floor of ChiTaG, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, the worst we have ever done at a convention.
This one almost broke us.

Nov 12, 2018

The level of engagement we feel defines Challengers.
When trivial information becomes exceedingly useful.
“+ Conversation” doesn’t apply to movie theories.
Selling some 1978 Marshall Rogers Detective Comics for 99¢ we didn’t know we had.
Store signage only works if people are willing to read signs. Or see...