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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 •

Oct 14, 2019

The Batman’s Grave #1 is good. Doctor Doom #1 is also good!
X-Men #1 is out next week (at midnight) but what are the other Dawn of X books going to be about? We don’t know.
Luke Healy is coming to teach a fun cartooning workshop at Challengers!
We have a date for our AJ Lee & Aimee Garcia GLOW vs The Babyface...

Oct 7, 2019

How was business on this first Friday in October? Let’s say B+.
Local Comic Shop Day returns this November, and while we took 2018 off, we’re back at it… for one amazing reason.
Thanks, Patrons!
A whole bunch of new comics for 2020, as announced at the New York Comic Con! That’s literally half the...

Sep 30, 2019

Patrick is an old and more-broken-than-before man. But he breaks for you.
Raina’s GUTS is the best-selling BOOK in the country.
Graphic Novels are dead—all hail Graphic Books!!
Graphic Books return to the New York Times best-seller lists! Huzzah!
Diamond Comic Distributors restructures.
How Patrick’s love for BBC...

Sep 23, 2019

DC is making a Svengoolie/MeTV promo comic. How can we get a store signing for that?
Thank you for all the ALZ5K donations! Patrick survived.
Some titles just shouldn’t ship in the same week as other.
A follow-up on last week’s discussion on damaged comics.
The ridiculous math that is Diamond Comic Distributors’...

Sep 16, 2019

Why isn’t every new comic on the racks in 10.0/Mint condition?
The closing of ComiXology digital storefronts.
What’s been as good for retailers as House of X?
Sales ALWAYS slow down in September.
Why can’t DC get readers interested in a line-wide Event? Year of the Villain just isn’t cutting it.
When should a...