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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 

Jan 29, 2018

Misconfigured microphone settings can’t keep us from talking to one of our favorite comics retailers, BRIAN HIBBS of Comix Experience in San Francisco!
Brian’s been in the comics industry longer than we have, and his insight is invaluable.
Looking at the state of the industry vs. the quality of...

Jan 22, 2018

You will not believe what came in Saturday’s mail.
The 1990’s X-Men cartoon is responsible for getting so many people interested in comic books.
Marvel putting out 4 new Wolverine-adjacent mini-series strikes us as a bad idea.
DC’s Action Comics #1000 strikes us a s a good idea.
Dan Slott is leaving Spider-Man for...

Jan 15, 2018

Well, we finally heard back from our landlord…
We talk about what that means for the future and potential changes.
The pros and cons of genre racking graphic novels.
How we read or single issue comics.
We’re not excited for the New Age of DC Heroes.
We may be stocking *gasp* open order variant covers.

Jan 8, 2018

Welcome new listeners! Are you ready for a serious look at 2017’s sales?
We were down 6.8% from 2016 and we discuss the numbers, trends and percentages.
We’re down over $21,000.00 in single-issue Marvel Comics sales.
This became an international news story and got a lot of people talking. Too many, you might say.

Jan 1, 2018

Those 6 days of Christmas sales were nice. Not as good as 2016, but still nice.
We got some real nice 5-star reviews recently, and a head-scratching 1-star.
Getting people to leave their homes for entertainment is hard to do.
How do we get comic reviews to be as sales-boosting as game reviews?
Patrick writes a comics...