C2E2 and Free Comic Book Day may be over, but Challengers has one more event to make your spring overloaded with comics: a special ONE DAY SALE on Saturday, May 11th!
For one day only, we’ll have a special selection of graphic novels at 25% off. And not a couple old books, either. Hundreds of copies of Walking Dead, Fables, Sixth Gun, Peter Panzerfaust, Superman, Batman, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Green Lantern, Locke & Key and much more.
Sale starts at 11am Saturday, May 11th, and ends at 5pm the same day. First come, first served. We won’t be setting books aside ahead of time, and we won’t hold books for purchase on a later date.
25% off on some of the best books we’ve got for one day only! We know you can fit a few more comics into your spring!
Yesterday, we posted our decision to give 100% of our profits off Orson Scott Card’s issues of Adventures of Superman to the Human Rights Campaign. This was our decision based on Card’s viewpoints, with which we highly disagree, as well as our desire to take something that could profit a bigot and allow it to fund a worthwhile cause.
So, naturally, shortly after we made our post, we had folks who disagreed with us. They used the same two arguments that ALWAYS get used on the Internet when someone acts according to their conscience: “You have to have boycotted (or donated, in our case) everything he’s done or you’re a hypocrite” and “You’ll have to boycott (or donate) everything ever by everyone” aka The Slippery Slope Argument. We’d like to respond to both those arguments here.
1) Why start with this book? Did you carry his other books? Isn’t it hypocritical to start with this Superman one?
We’ll plead ignorance on this one. We didn’t know that Card was a board member for an organization that opposed same-sex marriage back when his other comics were released. Knowing that now? We’ve decided to use his book to fund an opposing agenda. Had we known then, when we were carrying Ultimate Iron Man or Red Prophet or the Ender books? We’d have made the same decision as we have today, we’d like to think. Either way, it’s moot, as we don’t regularly stock those older graphic novels any longer, due to low sales. Most likely we won’t be restocking them, but in case we need to by a customer’s request, we’ll donate those profits as well.
2) If you disagree with Card’s politics, you’ll have to do the same thing for everyone else you disagree with. What about (slightly offensive artist) or (outspoken writer)? You’ll have to donate whatever money you make off of them, or you’re a hypocrite.
Oh, Internet, where the world is only 1s and 0s, yes and no, Nothing Is Good Enough or Do As Thou Wilt. Come on. We are people, and we made this decision as people. We are not trying to win a Flawless Victory over the Internet, nor are we trying to pass a bulletproof piece of legislation. This ONE GUY behaved PUBLICLY in a way we were unable to support as retailers without trying to take his homophobic lemons and make equality lemonade. We do not intend to run through the CV or Facebook page or Twitter feed or Google search history or goddamn trashcan of every contributor of everything we carry at Challengers. But, man, that doesn’t mean that if it comes to our attention that a writer of a book PUBLICLY serves on the board of an organization we think is wrong, that we can’t say, “This thing we need to do something about.” If someone else does something publicly? We may make the same decision. If someone privately does something, or is rumored to have done something privately? We may not.
We know that, with the Internet, it’s compelling to use ever more constricting parameters of hypothetical situations to expose the opposing side as too zealous, too apathetic, or (amazingly) both. We think, in the real world, we can all agree that life is a series of decisions, not a carved-in-stone credo that must be defended at all costs. This time, with Orson Scott Card on Adventures of Superman, we decided that we wanted to take our profits from his book and give them to the Human Rights Campaign, to offset the money Card stood to make, and a little more besides. This is A decision we made today. We may make others like it in the future, we may not. Let’s all keep an open mind.
Today @ Challengers… We don’t often publicly mix our personal beliefs with the business side of running Challengers. We do it privately; of course we want to run our business in accordance to our personal morality, but we usually don’t broadcast it or get involved in Internet disputes or pilings-on. That being said…
DC Comics is releasing a new anthology series, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, which features a story by sci-fi author and vocal gay-rights opponent Orson Scott Card. The book will be released digitally first with a printed edition to follow. As you can imagine, there is quite the comics community uproar over Mr. Card’s personal beliefs. In fact several stores are boycotting the book altogether. We are not going to do that. Instead, we are offering you the choice to buy this book from Challengers, knowing that if you do, we will donate 100% of our profits from each sale to the the Human Rights Campaign.
I think W. Dal Bush put it best when we were discussing this via email: “I’d rather take his book, that his royalties might go to anti-equality causes, and use it to fund pro-equality causes. Plus our profits per book are more than his royalties per book, so, like, double f**k him.”
Today starts our annual “I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN COMICS" sale. We are not fans of devaluing the comics we sell, and the service we provide, by constantly discounting them. Always running sales, and plenty of stores are always running sales, sends the message that the comics you buy are not worth full price and if you wait just a week or two, they’ll be on sale again, so don’t buy them now. Thus we run ONE sale a year. We run it for a week and we use one discount across the board… 25% off everything. And when this week is over, our next sale will be this time next year.
Here is a conversation from someone taking advantage of today’s sale. MJ: “We’re having our big sale starting today, so everything you’re buying qualifies for 25% off.” Him: “Does anyone ever pay full price anymore??” Me: “Sure. Most people.” Him: “Well I guess they’re being nice.” Me: … Him: ”I’d love to buy things at full price, but when you can get it for 40% off, why would you? But for 25% off I can support the local guy.”
Today at Challengers… we got a new Yelp review. Assuming you don’t hit our Yelp page constantly, we’re reprinting it here. Check it out!
"Corporate comic book store all the way, for the slacker crowd I suppose, all the new stuff you could want or order from Diamond Comics. Nothing in the way of other media, like related film or television items, any other media. If you want the newest comics and graphic novels, a great place. For those into comic collecting, horror, sci-fi and fantasy, a real bore." 2 out of 5 stars
I usually don’t respond to/about reviews, but this one got me thinking.
1) “Corporate comic book store all the way, for the slacker crowd I suppose” I don’t exactly know what this means. Seems like an oxymoron.
2) “all the new stuff you could want or order from Diamond Comics” Wow! This is great news for Gigi DG, Jake Parker, Koyama Press, Yeti Press, Ray Fawkes, Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, Gustavo Duarte, Karl Kerschl, Ryan Browne, Jill Thompson, Kazu Kibuishi, Lucy Knisley, Sarah Becan and the dozens of other artists we’ve bought directly from over the last five years - all their stuff is now available from Diamond Comics! I mean, it wasn’t yesterday, which is why we had to spend so much time and energy finding their books online or at shows, working deals with them directly to bring their books to Challengers customers, but I guess that was a waste ‘cause now you’ve made it possible for stores worldwide to order their books from Diamond. Thanks, Barry K! I don’t know how you did it, but this should make a ton of money for those artists and publishers. Hell, us too, since I guess all of our exclusive Ex Libris Challengers bookplates are available through Diamond, along with our exclusive Rogues Gallery prints. Is the first issue of Mike Norton’s The Curse, the one we had printed, also at Diamond? I should really check their database. Thanks again for getting this all listed at Diamond, Barry!
3) “Nothing in the way of other media, like related film or television items, any other media. If you want the newest comics and graphic novels, a great place.” Thank you! That’s exactly what we were going for.
4) “For those into comic collecting, horror, sci-fi and fantasy, a real bore” I can’t understand this statement at all. This is like complaining that an Apple Store doesn’t have enough Windows or Android stuff. THAT’S THE POINT OF THEIR STORE. We have a fixed amount of space in our store. There’s only so much merchandise we can fit. For every non-comics item we bring in, that’s one less comics item we can stock. We don’t want that. At all. We want to use whatever space we have to bring in MORE comics, not less. We’d rather ONLY serve one category as well as we can (comics), than serve five or six categories badly.
Oh, and on another topic, as long folks are reading this, our new 400 sq ft young readers space, Sidekicks, is more-or-less ready for the public. It may not be sci-fi or fantasy or horror, but you’re welcome to come and browse through a ton of great comics and graphic novels.
Today at Challengers… We present to you our press release for Sidekicks. For Immediate Release: Contact Information: Patrick Brower firstname.lastname@example.org 773.278.0155
Sidekicks, an all-ages, family friendly “comic shop within a comic shop” opens inside Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago
A Place for Young Challengers
(Chicago IL, January 18, 2013) Challengers Comics + Conversation is proud to present the Chicago comic book retail landscape with a brand new “comic shop within a comic shop” opening Wednesday, January 23, 2013: SIDEKICKS - A Place For Young Challengers.
Sidekicks is a separate, 400 sq. ft. room attached to Challengers, dedicated to all-ages and younger reader comic books and graphic novels. “All-ages graphic novels are some of the most in-demand and highly-acclaimed books we stock,” said co-owner W. Dal Bush, “and Sidekicks gives us the opportunity to present them with all the spotlight they deserve.” Challengers co-owner Patrick Brower added, “Series such as AMULET and BONE top so many award lists and are consistent yearly ‘Best Of’ contenders that we want parents to know the quality, and volume, of choices they have for their children’s reading enjoyment, with the emphasis on reading.”
Sidekicks will be open to readers of all ages starting Wednesday, January 23rd at 11am, and going forward 11am-7pm Monday through Friday, 11am-5pm on the weekends.
About Challengers Comics + Conversation:
Will Eisner “Spirit of Comics” Finalist 3 years in a row (2010-2012), Named “Best Comic Book Shop” by New City (Nov 2012), “Best Comic Shop” by the Chicago Reader (Jun 2010) and “Best Comic Book Store” by Chicago Magazine (Aug 2009), Challengers Comics + Conversation strives to prove that the best thing about being in a comic book store, is being in a comic book store. With a combined 42 years of comic retail experience, owners Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush endeavor to bring Chicago a full-service, technologically interactive comic store that has the same level of wonder and enjoyment as the comics they sell. And read. And talk about. And champion.
Today at Challengers… Comics fans! Are you ready for the best of both worlds? Are you ready for the thrills of monthly installments AND the joys of a clean shelf of books? Are you ready for the most recent of releases AND the long-term viability of collections? Are you ready to get your “single comics” chocolate in your “trade paperbacks” peanut butter?
Are you ready for COMICS + COLLECTIONS?
Challengers is pleased to announce (assuming you don’t count the sleepy-time episode #114 of Contest of Challengers as an announcement) a brand-new addition to our subscription service, Comics + Collections. Simply, if you subscribe to a comic series (at 10% off), you are eligible to preorder any collection of that series at 40% off. That means that if you regularly subscribe to the monthly issues of Saga and buy #7-12, you can pre-order the second softcover at 40% off. It’s all the fun of monthly cliffhangers, with a bonus book to read forever.
To make this service work, there’s only a few rules to follow:
-You must be a member of our subscription service. It’s a free service, you’ll get 10% off anything to which you subscribe, and it’s really the only way we can keep track of what issues you’ve bought so you can get your collections at 40% off.
-You must buy every issue in a collection to get it at 40% off. For example, if Saga vol 2 contains issues 7 through 12, you must have bought all those issues from us to get a 40% discount off the book.
-You must preorder a collection to get the 40% discount. Each Wednesday, in our list of next week’s releases (like this page here), we’ll post a list of what books are hitting a Sunday deadline for orders. Any orders placed after that date will not be eligible for a 40% discount. If you ever have any questions over release dates and deadlines, we’re happy to answer them via phone or e-mail.
-This offer is good for any format of collection. You can apply an earned discount towards a softcover, hardcover, slipcase, omnibus, or all of the above. If you’ve bought every issue from us, you can get the collection at 40% off in perpetuity. Should a publisher offer a deluxe version of a collection you already got at 40% off, you can get the new one at 40% off as well.
This deal starts right this very second. If you’re in our subscription service and want to start getting collections for your series, let us know which ones! If you aren’t in our subscription service but want to get started, sign up in-store with this form, or connect with us on ComiXology here. If you’ve got any questions or any ways we can make this service better, let us know!