Patrick Brower has spent years refining and honing his comic retail expertise (he calls the process "refoning", possibly trademarked), and he's put all his lessons learned to work for Challengers. If you need someone at a comic store to be able to go from amiable to gregarious straight on through to winning, all while divining the book you've needed your whole life without realizing it, Patrick's your guy.
NEW COMICS ARE BACK! They’re starting slow (no Marvel Comics this week), but they’re back!!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- LUDOCRATS #1 The Ludocrat! The ludicrous aristocrat! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! KIERON GILLEN (DIE, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) and JIM ROSSIGNOL (Sir, You Are Being Hunted) write! JEFF STOKELY (The Spire) draws! YEAR ZERO #1 Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist - five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. STAR WARS ADVENTURES CLONE WARS #1 While Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and other Jedi Knights confront Count Dooku, two Republic squadrons must hold their position against an encroaching droid army of the Separatists. Pinned down for the duration, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and other clones swap war stories that feature your favorite characters from The Clone Wars animated series!
---------- GRAPHIC NOVELS ---------- ANTI HERO BATMAN HC BOOK 12 CITY OF BANE PART ONE BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH HC BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III HC CHECK PLEASE HOCKEY VOL 02 FAMOUS FIRST EDITION NEW FUN #1 HC GOTHAM HIGH GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS BOOK 03 HELLBLAZER BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS HC IN VITRO JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL 03 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA A 60 YEARS LOST CARNIVAL DICK GRAYSON MACHINE NEVER BLINKS PRIMITIVE BOYFRIEND VOL 01 SNOTGIRL VOL 03 SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN SUPERMAN UP IN THE SKY HC TEEN TITANS GO BOX SET VOL 02 YOUNG JUSTICE VOL 01 GEMWORLD ---------- DC ---------- BATMAN #89 (3RD PRINT) BATMAN GIANT #4 DAPHNE BYRNE #4 DAPHNE BYRNE #4 VAR ED DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 MATTINA DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 HORROR DOLLHOUSE FAMILY #6 DOLLHOUSE FAMILY #6 ANACLETO VAR DREAMING #20 JUSTICE LEAGUE #44 JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #20 NIGHTWING #70 (2ND PRINT) PLUNGE #3 RED HOOD OUTLAW #45 SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #10 SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #10 OLIVER VAR ---------- IMAGE ---------- BIRTHRIGHT #43 DEADLY CLASS #44 LUDOCRATS #1 STOKELY LUDOCRATS #1 MCKELVIE LUDOCRATS #1 APRIL FOOLS OUTCAST #45 SAVAGE DRAGON #248 ---------- OTHER PUBLISHERS ---------- BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 DOCTOR WHO 13TH SEASON TWO #4 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS INFERNAL TIDES #3 GHOSTED IN LA #10 GOON #10 RED SONJA #15 YEAR ZERO #1 ANDREWS YEAR ZERO #1 DEODATO JR ZOMBIE TRAMP #69 ---------- NEW #1’S ---------- LUDOCRATS #1 STAR WARS ADV CLONE WARS #1 YEAR ZERO #1 ---------- SIDEKICKS ---------- STAR WARS ADV CLONE WARS #1
The Double-Release Window How filming a dumb IG video put Patrick in the hospital for a few days this week. New comics May 20th for sure! DC wants their books to be released on Tuesdays. Too bad, DC. Which day is the ideal day for new releases? Marvel’s temporary staggered release schedule. Marvel’s new digital first initiative. Sorry, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Star fans. Patron comments. What DO we think of Chris Jericho? Curse Words has a massive new Kickstarter happening right now!
Finding Value in Different Things Mental health check-in! Do you want us to ask how you’re doing? Shipping delays are now the norm for all businesses. Our Challengers facemasks arrived! And they are… um, masks. When our in-store inventory doesn’t match our Shopify inventory. Local pick-up shifts from Chicago Board Game Café to Challengers Bucktown starting Monday, May 4th. Our self-imposed rules for our IG videos. Thanks, Patrons! Kenny Omega is a pumpkin-headed dip$#!t!
How do you display your action figures and their accessories? Updates to DC Comics’ new distribution plans and Diamond. Our new online Shopify store is LIVE! https://challengers-comics.myshopify.com/ New Bucktown Pick-Up hours for May. And how the extended Illinois shelter-in-place will change what we’re doing. Explaining to our landlord the impact this all has on our business. The ever-changing release schedule for super-hero movies.
Why we no longer swear on this podcast (for now). The Friday News Dump. DC Comics’ new distribution plan/ultimatum. Keeping you (and us) safe when we’re allowed to re-open. Challengers masks! How creators are helping retailers. Our new Shopify online store. Making stupid videos to connect with the people we can’t see in-store. Thanks to Chicago Board Game Cafe!