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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

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...


Nov 5, 2018

The Isola collection available in comic shops doesn’t have the prologue story that the Barnes & Noble edition has.
Somehow we missed ordering 3 issues of Die! Die! Die!
The 50 Most Favorite Comic Shops in the US (not the Best; the most Favorite).
Sincere regards to Barry and Jayme of Southern Fried Comics as they’re...