Today @ Challengers… We got a totally neat promotional package for the new onipress graphic novel I WAS THE CAT. By Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey.
Thank you, Burma.

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Today @ Challengers… We’ve added horizontal dividers to our Graphic Novel shelves. Now, at a mere glance, you can see where your favorite titles are. Form follows function, after all.

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Today @ Challengers… lucyknisley stopped by to re-stock us with her books! And… she SIGNED every copy.

We also picked a date for a totally sweet upcoming Lucy event! But we’re saving that for a future post.

Thanks, Lucy!!

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Today at Challengers… prints from Sarah Becan! We’re restocked on her Pancakes print and three of her Pokemon prints, and we’ve got THREE new prints: two new Pokemon prints and an AWESOME Twin Peaks print. Pokemon prints are $10 each, Twin Peaks and Pancakes are $20 each. Thanks for bringing these in, Sarah!

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Today at Challengers… VERY NEAR MINT Volume 3 is available! Hot out of the Priority Mail box, we’ve got copies of Justin Peterson’s long-awaited third installment of the Very Near Mint saga for $10 each. PLUS! Each copy comes with a whole bunch of bonus materials: two postcards, a “Mavrel” Masterpieces card, a double-sided Splash Page/Across the Street nametag, a pre-crumpled Splash Page rally flyer, and the limited-to-350 Very Near Mint 3.5 mini-comic. While supplies last, people! Haven’t you waited long enough?

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Today @ Challengers… Okay, actually YESTERDAY @ Challengers… We got a new window. A tiny replacement window. An exterior window broke (“Things break, Colonel.”). So it was fixed. Now all we need to to replace the window vinyl “C” logos. That’ll be Next Week @ Challengers.

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Today @ Challengers… We just received a shipment of CUCUMBER QUEST Volume 2 by gigidigi!! Whoooo! (And we restocked Volume 1)

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Today @ Challengers… Brian Michael Bendis posted on Tumblr about the art of James Zark, specifically his “Never Mind the Mutants” series. James has been our friend long before there ever was a Challengers, and he still is today. In fact, just last Friday night he got Patrick SO drunk that last Saturday was quite the adventure for those shopping at Challengers.

Anyway, we’re proud of James and his art and were so excited to see a current comic legend call attention to him. Oh, and if you like these, you should see his Nick Cave Hellboy, or his Alan Moore Joker. ANd you can buy some of his stuff here:


James Zark - Never Mind The Mutants

  • Debbie Harry as Jean Grey
  • Henry Rollins as Colossus
  • Iggy Pop as Angel
  • Johnny Rotten as Ice Man
  • Glenn Danzig as Wolverine
  • Ian Curtis as Cyclops
Source: ryley-stbatman

Bee & Puppycat #1 Challengers Exclusive Cover

Our BEE & PUPPYCAT variant cover by Trillian Gunn is in-store and ready to ship! Get yours before they run out!


Today at Challengers… I’m glad that, for the new edition of his graphic novel “FIRE”, Brian Michael Bendis took the opportunity to clean up some of his early artwork. I never understood why the first page had a dedication “To Will!” The story’s less confusing now without it.


Today @ Lumberjanes Challengers… I don’t want to make this Tumblr All Lumberjanes All The Time, but I thought this was too cute not to share.

Friend of the store Darin lives in Utah and, seeing all of the Lumberjanes posts we’ve being doing, asked us to send a couple copies of our exclusive version of #1 out to him for his two daughters. We did, and asked him to let us know what they thought. Here’s what he sent us today:

Hi Dal!

It’s Darin, I wanted you to know the girls loved their copies of Lumberjanes #1.

Romana (7) said she gives it infinity stars, and she liked all the girls in the book, she especially loved the three eyed foxes.

Nadja (10) said it was awesome, but only gives it 4 out of 5 because it was too short, as she has only ever read TPBs and Manga volumes and this is her first single. Nadja said the art was awesome, like that in the book one of the girls yells ‘what the Junk!’ Something Nadja says about 10 times a day.

Both girls want to get the next Issue.

So, there you have it. Officially, the only way to make Lumberjanes better is to make more of it.


Today @ Challengers… We present you this re-post from KALIDRAWS!


You guys have all heard of Lumberjanes by now, right?
I’m happy to say that my exclusive cover for Lumberjanes #1 is for sale at Challengers Comics in Chicago (my hometown!) coinciding with Noelle's signing there this past weekend. I think the whole Lumberjanes crew is ace and I'm excited to have contributed to such a girl-positive comics series, drawn and written by awesome ladies!

I’ve been watching a lot of River Monsters and I really liked the idea of setting the Lumberjanes off on a canoeing adventure with an unexpected catch. I’ve since been informed that the canoe I drew totally looks like a vagina. It was unintentional, but I’m more than ok with that! By ladies for ladies, amirite??

Source: kalidraws

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)


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!