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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 •

Mar 18, 2019

Alternate episode title: “High-Fives from Dal!”
C2E2 is just about here, and we cannot wait!! …to not have to sell tickets anymore this year.
The week’s tally of publishers’ emails.
If he didn’t work in comics but still shopped for comics, how would Dal do it?
The fun of selling Little Bird #1.
Dal built us...

Mar 11, 2019

Current publishing practices we just don’t understand (such as releasing 2 new #1’s one week but 0 the next; uneven numbering).
Who is the new Transformers comic series for? More people than you may realize.
So many good books are coming out this upcoming week!!
An interview with local artist and comic format...

Mar 4, 2019

This episode rundown will not be in the order these topics are discussed on the show.
How we choose each week’s front counter Challengers Choice.
Future Instagram strategy and we don’t mean Gwenpool posts.
Challengers was (very briefly) mentioned on BBC Radio 1.
The 2019 Sale Shirts are in!
Mercenary sales grabs can...

Feb 25, 2019

The perception of Challengers to the non-comics population. Apparently we are a business for neighbors to be warned about.
The ComicsPRO Annual Meeting is happening right now, and we’re not there! But retailers and publishers alike are making plans to save the industry, so let’s talk about that!
Specifically DC...

Feb 17, 2019

It is very difficult to sell comics when the device you use to sell said comics does not function.
…and other computer problems for the day.
The liberating feeling of having a problem you cannot solve, and just accepting that and moving on with your day.
Marvel’s just-announced Savage Avengers comic seems like a...