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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

Jul 29, 2019

We’ve got a (potentially) big event happening tomorrow and neither of us know what to expect. It’s a surprise drop of the comic book tie-in to Dreamville and J Cole’s “Revenge of the Dreamers III”. We tell you how this came about and what we’re expecting for the day. And if you don’t know Dreamville or J....


Jul 22, 2019

Want vs need.
Rewarding you for sharing in our ecosystem.
Captain Marvel #8 is what the swarm went for this week.
Customer databases.
Information integrated into your life.
Top-selling books for the nation vs @ Challengers (Black Cat vs. Dceased).
How many young reader imprints can the market bear?
The first of the...


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...