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From Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, this is CONTEST OF CHALLENGERS, a comics industry business podcast about the businees of running a comic book shop.
Hosted by Challengers' owners Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush.
1845 N Western Ave | Chicago, IL 60647 | 773.278.0155
Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Retailer Award Recipient 

Feb 28, 2021

All Star Comics fires shots from afar using someone VERY close to home.
Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR #1 arrives this week!
Oh, USPS. Why do you only have 1 good mail carrier in our area?
Everything new Bad Idea does makes it seem more about limited/collectability than about reading good comics.
Stopping in at Chicago’s...

Feb 22, 2021

Pokemon Shining Fates was released today and… well, we carried all of it. For now…
Rumors of a DC Comics buyout by rich fans.
DC final order orders can be less final than we’d like.
Buying comics for more than cover price.
Bad Idea working with Diamond?
New rules for publishers offering returnability thru...

Feb 14, 2021

Digging Our Own Grave
DC is Digital First, Retailers Last.
Affidavit Returns can be tricky when not everything is listed on your invoice.
The books we wish were selling better.
This year’s SALE was way more frustrating than ever before, with higher highs and lower lows. Plus, more procedures to pull it off with an...

Feb 8, 2021

Rip-Off Culture
Friday customer interactions (no, we do not cut hair).
Frozen water pipe BEFORE the Chicago Deep Freeze.
The practice of music sampling (in a comics podcast??).
Never attribute to Malice what you can attribute to Stupidity.
Several new Bad Idea happenings this week alone!
What will...

Feb 1, 2021

My Love for You is Like a Truck
Just when you’ve got all of 2020’s taxes are sorted, 2019 rears its head again.
Polite, thorough communications.
Missing 1 Lunar box for next week’s DC books.
The generous people of the internet.
We will be carrying EVERY BRZRKR #1 cover.
A new international sales battle!