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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 •

Feb 24, 2020

This is the week that C2E2 ticket sales reach a frenzied level.
The ComicsPRO Annual Meeting s happening RIGHT NOW in Portland. And we’re not there.
BOOM! Studios presentation at ComicsPRO says all the right things.
Turning the $1.00 spinner rack into a Reprint spinner rack.
What if we just stopped stocking variant...

Feb 17, 2020

Transportation to Store #2.
How’d our only storewide sale of the year turn out?
New store banner woes.
Using and abusing Instagram.
The new Signing Wall in River North.
Phantom titles in Diamond’s system.
It’s a great week for new books this coming week!
DC got all of Dal’s letters and is making a Legion of...

Feb 10, 2020

There’s a new publisher in comics, full of familiar faces, and they have a whole new take on today's publishing market.
References to AWA (Artists Writers Artisans) and TKO.
Who’s up for a 5-issue Juggernaut series? We predict our sales numbers for the series.
Y’all are flocking off of Batman (and Amazing...

Feb 3, 2020

Recording star Poppy did NOT come to Bucktown today.
The making of our 1979 man-on-the-street Sale video.
January 2020 sales vs 2019.
Ryan Browne signed at both stores this week!
Please stop asking us for donations.
The reality of River North.
Consignment update.
What are we going to do for Free Comic Book Day with 2...

Jan 27, 2020

The first wave of McFarlane DC Multiverse figures are in, and we have thoughts!
Ordering Marvel Legends for the rest of the year, with no real information.
More frustration with our Point of Sale system.
April 2020 DC and Marvel solicits. More $10 80th Anniversary specials! So many Empire crossovers! More X-Men...