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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 •

May 19, 2019

Just your average episode with 2 comic shop owners talking about business!
How we now order DC “B” covers.
Ordering for July is soul-crushing.
The difference between schilling and imparting information.
Filling requests by any means necessary.
Reporting all damages, shortages and overages.
An alternate take on Free...

May 13, 2019

What is Marvel Comics #1000? I’m sorry, we mean WHY is (it called) Marvel Comics #1000?
How do we keep track of customer wants when they ask for books that don’t yet exist? We’re looking at YOU, 3 Jokers…
Baker & Taylor, our secondary distributor, no longer wants our business (or that of any independent...

May 6, 2019

It’s an interview episode with Nicholas Aflleje & Sarah DeLaine from the brand new Image Comics graphic novel LITTLE GIRLS.
Who are they? What is Little Girls about? How did it come about?
They’re going to be at Challengers on Monday, May 13th, for a full on release party!
Featuring LIVE MUSIC from both Kachi The...

Apr 29, 2019

Listener questions! You (2 of you) had questions (7 questions) and we have answers (way more than 7 answers).
The Doomsday Clock collection plans.
How much effort is a 25¢ comic worth to us?
The upcoming Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane comics look excellent!
Another retailer tries to co-opt our FCBD Facebook event page.

Apr 22, 2019

New POP Vinyl’s… always new POP Vinyl’s.
Why don’t we do more Patreon Exclusive episodes?
101WKQX did some filming in Challengers this week.
The Little Bird #1 Sales Battle is over.
X-23 is also over, along with all non-Hickman X-Titles.
Marvel Comics’ July 2019 solicitations are insane.
Valkyrie is a comic...