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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 

Aug 30, 2021

"Broken Links in the Supply Chain"
The regular occurrence of graphic novels damaged in shipping.
Patrick has been doing this for 31 years.
Huge week for DC! So many stores did not get their new comics in time for Wednesday, AND DC is having to delay a lot of books for supply reasons.
Ingram is on top of it all!
2 of our...

Aug 23, 2021

More Questions answered about Manage Comics.
Store improvements this week: door leak guards, 2 new door thresholds, new carpet runners and 17 new window banners!
Also new – Challengers Birthday card, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Comics enamel pin and the Patrick + Dal heads 2-pin set!
Our Free Comic Book Day...

Aug 16, 2021

Carpet Diem
Patrick is SO high strung right now. He can feel the cable starting to fray…
Free Comic Book Day is NOW! Although it’ll be over by the time you hear this.
Our last 7 days, in order. SO much stuff happened!
The process of getting the carpet installed.

Special thanks to:
Kent Challenger

Aug 9, 2021

"The Value Aspect"
Introducing ‘new’ publisher MarvelPRH! A good idea from Diamond!
Further adventures with Pullbox.
What our subscription service is supposed to be vs what it’s turned into.
“Curbside” vs “In-Store”.
The pitfalls of celebrity signings.
Our recommended offer to exchange.
You should really...

Aug 2, 2021

"Changing the Calculus"
Masks are once again required in-store.
Will these rising Covid numbers change Free Comic Book Day (Aug 14)?
DC = Doesn’t Care
Constantly having to apologize to subscribers for computer errors we can’t control is exhausting. Talking about it every week, even more so.
Thanks, Patrons!