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Today @ Challengers… @Gingerhaze drew on our wall. What did Noelle draw? I don’t have a picture of it so you’ll just have to come in to see it for yourself. (at CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation)

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More unpacking fun today at Challengers: It’s our SURPRISE exclusive cover to Lumberjanes #1! On the back there’s a Challengers patch (which I totally want now), and on the front there’s a gorgeous illustration by Kali Ciesemier. It’s the best thing. It’s also only $3.99 and you can get it signed by co-creator Noelle Stevenson at her signing this Saturday at Challengers. Copies may be available for mail-order afterwards if there’re any left, which, no guarantees. I’d come by Saturday if you want one.

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Today at Challengers… we got in our copies of “IN THE DARK: A Horror Anthology” for our April 24th party! In addition to one of the heaviest books I’ve ever had to move, the party will also have editor/designer Rachel Deering and contributors James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Justin Jordan, Tim Seeley, Steve Seeley, Sean E. Williams and Morgan O. Shay. All of those fine folks, plus our super special guest: DRINKS!

We hope you can all make to this fun party for a great (gigantic) book. Party starts 7pm on Thursday, April 24th!

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Year 6 (March 31 2013 - March 30 2014) is over. Year 7 starts today! We can’t wait to share another awesome year of comics with all of you.

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Year 5 (March 31 2012 - March 30 2013)!

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Year 4 (March 31 2011 - March 30 2012) was our Wrestling Year, I guess. 10 more pictures culled from a giant list of fun events.

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Year 3 (March 31 2010 - March 30 2011) was a blast. It’s getting harder and harder to pare these retrospectives down to just ten photos.

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A 10-picture Year Two (March 31 2009 - March 30 2010) retrospective. More years to come.

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Today at Challengers… it’s our sixth anniversary. Six years! Hard to imagine. If you, like me, think that number is made-up, you might enjoy this first in a series of six retrospectives. Here we’ve got 10 pictures from March 31 2008 through March 30 2009. We’ll see you in a little bit with a look at Year Two.

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Today @ Challengers… We are re-posting this from NOELLE STEVENSON herself! 


gingerhaze
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CHICAGO PEEPS!

I am doing a signing of LUMBERJANES #1 next month at CHALLENGERS COMICS on APRIL 12! Come by and say hi!!

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Today at Challengers… we got the BEST postcard in the mail. Steve Lieber is a class act, you guys. Do yourselves a favor and check out his and Nick Spencer’s hilarious Superior Foes of Spider-Man!

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Today @ Challengers… This kind of comic fan discrimination seems to happen all the time, and it’s deplorable. Thank you, Eric, for the kind words.

ericgrau:

gingerhaze:

Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics. 

I have been to so many comic stores where you get this sort of vibe the second you walk in the place. It’s inexcusable, juvenile and downright shitty. Hell, I’ve been to one where the store owner would berate people for buying comics by an author he didn’t like and then go on to rant about how that author was “afraid of him”. He would attack this author on social media sites and his own message board. He would walk around his store like this was an accomplishment. Like that sort of behavior was something to be proud of. But the biggest thing that made me decide to never give this jerk another cent of my money was when he “jokingly” berated and called his girlfriend (who also worked for him) names in front of customers.

This sort of thing shouldn’t be common. It shouldn’t be encouraged. It shouldn’t be allowed, really. It’s a horrible part of the comics culture. There are places where this sort of thing doesn’t happen and I’m very happy to have found a place like Challengers that is so inclusive and welcoming of everyone who sets foot inside the store.

Challengers is a fantastic store, with so many fun events, great products and excellent service. I’ve never set foot in a better store. I honestly have a hard time picturing myself being a regular customer anywhere else at this point.

But it says a lot about comic book stores when one of the selling points is “they show basic human decency!”

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It only comes once a year: the Challengers Comics “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Comics” Storewide Sale! RIGHT NOW through Thursday, February 13th, you’ll get 25% off EVERYTHING in the store (excluding held items and anything marked New This Week). That’s 25% off graphic novels, comics, toys, prints, supplies, smiles from Dal, songs from Patrick, you name it. It’s our only sale of the year, so we want to make it special.

The best way we’ve found to do that is with a yearly EXCLUSIVE FREE T-SHIRT. This year’s original shirt design is by God Hates Astronauts creator (and hilarious GHA shirt designer) RYAN BROWNE, so you know it’ll look sweet on your torso. The only time you’ll be able to get Ryan’s shirt is during the sale, and the only way you can get it is by spending more than $100 in a transaction.

Remember, this sale’s only one week and that’s it for the year. Don’t miss your chance for a big discount and an incredible shirt!

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Today @ Challengers… We proudly present the all-new http://ChallengersComics.com ! Months in the making, this new website is full of all sorts of great stuff! Articles, reviews, web series, podcasts, SO MUCH NEAT COMIC BOOKY STUFF! It even has a scrolling comic news ticker at the bottom.

Several people were involved in the creation of this new site, especially Vy and, um, friends of Ryan Browne (whose names I was not given before this posting), but far and away the man logging the most hours in this web birth is our very own W. Dal Bush. Take a bow, Dal; you did a great job!

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Today at Challengers… the final version of our awesome CHRIS GIARRUSSO windows had their first (of two) applications done today! A few tweaks Saturday morning and they’ll be set for years. We couldn’t be happier about that.