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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 •

Jul 16, 2018

Whoops, that header is a mistake. It should read, “DIE!DIE!DIE! by Robert Kirkman. Darn typos.
“That’s not what I would do if I put a gun to your head.” is an actual quote from this episode.
Lots of FF #1 covers are coming out. We’re not ordering them.
Marvel has several non-announcement teasers leading into...

Jul 9, 2018

The “proper” way to display comic books on shelves.
Daring to tell creators how to design covers.
What a time for weddings. Kitty and Colossus. Mr. and Mrs. X. Garnet (Steven Universe). The Bat and The Cat. We talk all the weddings and there are SPOILERS. We’ll tell you when, so be ready (starting at 22:50).

Jul 2, 2018

This is the second episode #378 we recorded for you today. Technical difficulties caused us to lose a full 1-hour & 4-minute episode, and, professionals that we are, we immediately recorded another, completely different episode for you. It has a little bit of recap from what Dal calls “The Lost Episode” but aside...

Jun 25, 2018

Two new waves of Marvel Legends figures have been selling very well.
If you overlooked The Hard Place in its 6-issue run, the trade is out now and it’s worth a look.
3rd week in a row we talk about Game Stop-- they just keep giving us reason to!
How video games are played vs. how comic books are consumed.
DC Comics is...

Jun 18, 2018

Wrestling mouthpiece Jimmy Hart is coming to Challengers this Saturday!
This was almost the week that Patrick retired from comics retail.
Nancy Drew and By Night are 2 new excellent comics that both started this week.
Marvel resurrects both Iceman and the Unstoppable Wasp, both with their previous writers.
Exactly what...