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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 

Jun 28, 2020

Patreon will now start charging tax for rewards. Here’s how we’re trying to minimize it for you.
How do you draw a star?
Chicago is now in Phase 4, so please, PLEASE wear a face mask.
The new DC Comics variant cover program for Batman Three Jokers.
‘I hate doing this but I need my job’
Marvel reduces their...

Jun 22, 2020

Expanding our hours slightly in July.
What is Octopus and how will it help us run our Shopify online store?
Our “Keep Reading Comics” Kickstarter is over.
Trying to use DC Connect as an ordering catalog.
All our DC Direct orders (action figures and statues) have...

Jun 15, 2020

What? We’re NOT starting with DC Comics this episode? No, we are.
More new distribution channels.
Fun with (new) windows!
Patrick injury update (get used to these).
Jeanna Challenger is back at the shop and Kent returns this Thursday!
The plan to reorganize our back hallway (next month).
Having to rent another storage...

Jun 7, 2020

What did DC do to us this week?
     #1 Lowered our discount by 20%.
Patrick’s ALZ5K in remembrance of his Mom (
The further looting of Blue and the aftermath.
Red is open for in-store shopping again! But there are rules.
Black Lives Matter.
What did DC do to us this week?
     #2 Left...

Jun 1, 2020

**An hour after we recorded this episode, our River North location was looted. So we start there and then go to the beginning of the episode**
(It was actually looted 6 different times during the night, but that happened after our post script)
How have DC Comics' recent actions impacted us THIS week?
Customers ignoring...