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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

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...


Jan 20, 2020

A 1-star Yelp review + Reddit + the UK website The Poke = quite the internet week for Challengers.
One more round of identity theft, because having the last one back in October is just too long ago.
Patrick is going to be on David Harper’s OFF PANEL podcast next week.
Voice-over cameo by Jeanna Challenger!


Jan 13, 2020

When business is slow in Blue vs Red
The second change to Blue’s layout in a month.
How we work our Back Issues.
The Local Artist section really needs to be re-sorted.
Marvel’s Outlaw series announcements. And Empyre.
Remember the Kree/Skrull War? A look back.


Jan 6, 2020

Thanks, Matthew Rosenberg!!
NO subscriber complaints! We mean BY us, not ABOUT us. But we still complain about 1 customer interaction…
Top 100 Comics sales notes.
Top 100 Graphic Novels sales notes.
Overall 2019 sales notes.
Thanks, Patrons!
Some events are coming up, including our one store-wide sale… and speaking...


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...