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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

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...


Sep 12, 2019

It's an extra episode of Contest of Challengers for the week!
We start mid-pitch as Eliot is explaining the premise of his new Aftershock comic series Midnight Vista to a prospective buyer on the Challengers’ sales floor.
The other voices on this episode are Customer Brian K. and Eliot’s friend (and birthday boy)...


Sep 9, 2019

We just had a Battlepug cookout! Where were YOU??
You can make it up to us on Batman Day.
Local Saturdays.
Our thoughts on the upcoming DC 100-Page Giants.
Publishers talking honestly to retailers.
The 80/20/5 Rule.
Sales expectations for the Dawn of X titles.