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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 

May 30, 2021

Black Lives Matter
What’s in Patrick’s pocket?
Delaying the Batman/Fortinite reprints is annoying.
New DC solicits (Batman the World).
Signings are back at Challengers! Kyle Starks & Chris Schweizer, Michael Moreci, Tim Seeley, and Dave Scheidt, for starters.
Maybe we’ll have plans for FCBD after all…

May 25, 2021

It’s a Linear Path
Friday afternoon dranks.
Bad artists can really make you stop reading a book.
Losing John Paul Leon and David Anthony Kraft.
We have current comic bags available again!
Working with other comic shops. Or not.
What became of our unsold Hank Howard copies?
Low Marvel print runs on Disney+...

May 17, 2021

A Frictionless Process
Tech support working on ComicSuite all day Friday.
Upcoming potential ComicSuite patch to make importing ALL publishers easier.
Hachette’s (one of our new regular distributors) refund issue.
DC Comics Final Order Cutoff is still 4 weeks out.
Street date for new D&D hardcover!
Comic bags from...

May 9, 2021

Okay to Work With, But Mouthy
It’s a pseudo anniversary episode: 1 year since Patrick’s TMNT injury and 2 weeks since Patrick and Dal received their 2nd vaccinations.
How Bad Idea’s Whalesville button when terribly wrong this week.
All the effort it will take to sell $1 copies of Bad Idea’s Hank Howard for 8...

May 3, 2021

What’s the worst weather for the shop to be open during?
Free Comic Book Day is not this Saturday.
The pandemic is still a thing… especially if you’re trying to order Comic Supplies or Manga.
Why are DC Final Orders now 4 weeks out instead of 3?
“Worthless books” and why we’re not a mail-order store.