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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 30, 2019

Retail sure is weird this time of year!
Spending New Year’s Eve at Challengers (Red).
Christmas makes us feel like we carry all the wrong things.
Club members are responding positively to our tighter subscription enforcement.
Diamond is not making it easy to give subscribers the information they need to keep their...


Dec 23, 2019

Dal is very hungry.
You can hear the tension between Dal and Patrick at the start of this episode. 
Profanity warning for around the 21 minute mark.
Theft! Things were stolen today. A chase ensued. There is no happy ending to this story.
Sales just really don’t go up that much because of Christmas anymore.
The process...


Dec 16, 2019

Commuting between the 2 stores is all new to us. We’re still learning our new routines.
Potential changes to Blue’s layout, already.
Changes to the way we enforce our subscription rules for 2020. No changes to the way the subscriptions work, but we’re no longer giving any slack.
Plenty of computer issues with...


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...