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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 15, 2019

We start with several new comic series announcements—it must be time for Comic-Con!
A serious question about second prints.
With all the demand over the Walking Dead #193, we missed out on TMNT #95.
Additional June sales commentary.
Which comics sold better after a TV adaptation?
39 questions from an interviewer that...

Jul 7, 2019

How can we make this podcast better? Puppies.
Walking Dead #193 came out the day of recording, and it reminds us of everything we hate about comics retail. Oh, we have a LOT to say about this.
Wanting to engage with the product is a huge part of what we do.
June sales numbers. Why did June suck? It’s a deep dive into...

Jun 30, 2019

Why was last episode a day late?
Genre-racking graphic novels, one year later.
The polarizing business strategy of Colorado’s Mile High Comics.
The future DC Comics rebranding and a brief look back at all their previous imprints.
Comics growing with you as you age.
War of the Realms and the current state of Marvel’s...

Jun 24, 2019

The marketing genius of Taylor Swift.
J.J. Abrams’ Spider-Man.
37,000 photo views?
No, X-Men Grand Design X-Tinction #2 did NOT come out this week.
Getting an 8th-grader to work for school credit.
Marvel Comics #1000+1
Superman Year One
Really fun Teen Titans Raven signing announcement.
Contest of Challengers Bingo...

Jun 16, 2019

Mistaken identity!
Thanks, Patrons!
Making money vs. making people happy.
Buncha new comics news! Legion, Flash, Harley & Ivy, King Thor, etc.
Absolute Carnage post-credit scenes.
The DC Artgerm Poster Portfolio.
The Comic in a Box game we haven’t played.
Upcoming events!
Contest of Challengers Bingo...