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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 •

Jun 9, 2019

Markisan Naso joins Patrick for a wide-ranging conversation that covers it all!
Designing a comic-themed beer!
Earlier years of comic book journalism and Darwyn Cooke.
Of course they plug Challengers’ upcoming Voracious signing with Markisan and Jason Muhr on Saturday, June 22 (11am – 3pm). I mean, they’d be fools...

Jun 2, 2019

We 100% value you, our Wednesday Angels (Wednesday Angels ™ & © 2019 Challengers Inc).
A not-short story about trying to buy a new car (but it relates to comics retail, we promise).
The follow-up to last week’s Tom King news.
Soliciting orders for a 2nd print before the final orders are due for the 1st print.

May 27, 2019

All the upcoming concerts that will cause some adjustments to the CoC recording schedule.
Dal’s (very brief) visit to Sarasota.
Okay, so we have a lot of speculation about Tom King leaving Batman. A mere 1 day later, so much more of DC’s future Bat-Plans have come out, but we didn’t know that when this was...

May 19, 2019

Just your average episode with 2 comic shop owners talking about business!
How we now order DC “B” covers.
Ordering for July is soul-crushing.
The difference between schilling and imparting information.
Filling requests by any means necessary.
Reporting all damages, shortages and overages.
An alternate take on Free...

May 13, 2019

What is Marvel Comics #1000? I’m sorry, we mean WHY is (it called) Marvel Comics #1000?
How do we keep track of customer wants when they ask for books that don’t yet exist? We’re looking at YOU, 3 Jokers…
Baker & Taylor, our secondary distributor, no longer wants our business (or that of any independent...