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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

Dec 9, 2019

Patrick was on the news talking about Chicago’s new bus lanes.
“If you think like Patrick Brower, you’d be wrong!”
Johnny Cadillac
Marvel is NOT releasing too many comics…?
What would it take for Image to be a tastemaker again?
DC’s new iteration of the Suicide Squad is really good!!
The new store has put...


Dec 1, 2019

The counters arrived!!
We made it. We are now a chain! 2 stores!
Hear about the final week of prep and the first day of sales.
No Black Friday Sales this year.
Batman is your friend, but only when no one else is listening.
Challengers-exclusive Diamond problems for the week. 2 of ‘em!
Industry-wide Diamond issue for...


Nov 25, 2019

Recorded with a Q-Mic! Can you hear the difference?
We say we’re not going to talk about Blue this week, but we totally talk about Blue this week.
This was recorded on Dal’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dal!
We’re very excited for our Glow signing to happen because we’re fans of the creators. We’re MORE excited...


Nov 18, 2019

Recorded in Challengers River North!
We’re actually pleased with our progress thus far.
Less than 2 weeks until opening day!
R.I.P. Tom Spurgeon.
Orbital Comics in London has stopped carrying single issue new comics. There was a time when we considered that, too.


Nov 11, 2019

An update on the first week of prep for Blue.
Boy, no Chicago news source cares about a new comic book shop.
Subscriber emails vs. subscribers actually reading emails.
The reactions for Dawn of X #1’s.
Superman is coming out!
Where should we advertise the opening of Blue?
Are we having a Black Friday Sale (at Red) and...