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Challengers is excited to host 4 noted graphic novelists in a narrative panel discussion, in celebration of Coco Picard’s “The Chronicles of Fortune” graphic novel. Fortuna. Allegedly "the greatest super hero in the world" she suffers from a bad case of ennui and as such is more or less ineffective.
Please join us as moderator NEIL BRIDEAU (Radiator Comics) talks with COCO PICARD (“The Chronicles of Fortune”), ANYA DAVIDSON ("Band for Life"), JESSICA CAMPBELL ("Hot or Not") and MARNIE GALLOWAY ("In the Sounds and Seas") on the narrative of comics, followed by a Q&A and signings. This event starts at 6:00pm on Friday, June 30th.
Team CURSE WORDS will be travelling the United States during the Summer of '17 in a decked out Wizard Van and Challengers is the Chicago stop-- and the kickoff to the whole tour! Come meet writer CHARLES SOULE (Daredevil, Letter 44) and artist RYAN BROWNE (God Hates Astronauts) and see the WIZORD VAN! This isn't just a signing-- it's a full on wizard party!! What does that even mean? Heck if we know-- let's find out together!!
Guest: Jim Rugg
Jim Rugg, the creator of STREET ANGEL, is signing at Challengers! Jim will be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, June 23rd. He’ll be signing copies of his work, and everyone who buys one of his books during the event will get a free STREET ANGEL GANG print! Don’t miss out!
Guest: Gregg Schigiel
Gregg Schigiel, the creator/writer/artist of PIX, appears at Challengers Comics on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 till 7:00 PM.
June 17th, 2017 - The new DARTH VADER comic from Marvel is out, and we're throwing a party to celebrate! A special one-day party will be taking place from noon until 3pm on Saturday, June 17th. I wish we could tell you what we've got planned, but we're not allowed to tell you what's going to happen. Trust us, though, you won't want to miss out. We've got a good feeling about this!
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 - Two jerks in Colorado get a second chance to “live” after a zombie apocalypse as “souls” tethered to their zombie bodies. Will they live better deaths than their lives? No.
Tethered is an existentialist zombie original graphic novel influenced by Albert Camus’s The Stranger and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. It was created by writer David Faroz Precht and artist Danny Luckert with lettering and design by Lindsay McComb.
David Faroz Precht will be at Challengers to sign copies of his book and talk philosophy (and zombie philosophy) and more.
"Tethered reimagines the zombie universe with a terrifyingly dark spiritual twist. Haunting." - Rainn Wilson (Dwight, "The Office")
This event runs from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Wonder Woman turns 75 this year so it's more than time to give the Amazing Amazon her due! Wonder Woman Day will feature a host of fun stuff for Wonder Woman fans of all ages! We'll have a costume contest! We'll have Wonder Woman themed treats! We'll have a coloring contest with artwork provided by Wonder Woman cover artist Jenny Frison! And, Jenny will be here to sign all your WW comics in person! We'll also have artist Stephanie Mided on hand doing quick WW sketches! More goodness yet to be announced.
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 - Oh, yeah! It's time to get schwifty. You gotta get schwifty in here! The Rick and Morty "Don't Even Trip Road Trip" is stopping at Challengers!
The Official #Rickmobile will be parked in front of Challengers. The #Rickmobile sells Rick and Morty merchandise. Limited quantities. Credit cards only.
More info here: http://www.adultswim.com/rickmobile/
What does Rick have to say about his cross-country tour?
"Road trips are dumb, but at the end of the day, everything we do is meaningless."
"Fuel efficient cars are a bandaid on the dying corpse of this planet."
"My other car is a space ship."
"Look out for me on the road, I’ll be the one swerving into oncoming traffic."
"Retrofitting an Earth C-137 GPS with intergalactic maps took way less time than I thought it would."
It’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017 and Challengers is pulling out all the stops! We’ll have…
MATT KINDT (X-O Manowar, Dept. H, Ether, Mind MGMT, Ninjak, Divinity, so much more)
ALEX ROSADO (Ocean Marauders, Sofa Kingdom, Element Factor)
DAN DOUGHERTY (Beardo, Touching Evil)
And, of course, 1,000’s of FREE COMICS!
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 - CULLEN BUNN and BRIAN HURTT are coming to Chicago for C2E2 and Challengers has them a day early! Join us in celebrating the resurrection of their demon noir comic THE DAMNED: THREE DAYS DEAD in a $10 re-mastered edition and prepare for the NEW ongoing series.
This isn’t your ordinary signing—this is a PARTY! There will be surprise guests, all sorts of fun stuff, and CULLEN BUNN TENDING BAR! He’s making old fashioneds. For real. And don’t worry; we’re putting BRIAN HURTT to work, too. Huge thanks to Oni Press for making this event happen.
And then, be sure to join Cullen, Brian and Patrick the next day for “To Hell and Back: A Spotlight on THE DAMNED and THE SIXTH GUN” at 12:15 in room S401 at C2E2.
Start your C2E2 weekend off in style! The party starts at 7pm.
“During prohibition, gangsters grew rich on our vices, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust and other sins to fuel a more lucrative trade: mortal souls. Enter Eddie, a mortal who lost his soul long ago. Caught in the middle of competing demonic families, any other human would've gotten the ax long ago. But Eddie's got a special talent that keeps him on his feet. One man's curse is another man's gift. THE DAMNED is hard-boiled noir with demons, and the team behind THE SIXTH GUN is bringing it back with new colors, a new format, and a new ongoing tale of tommy guns and hellfire.”
Guest: Daniel Warren Johnson
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 – DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON returns to Challengers to sign his excellent* new Image comic EXTREMITY. This event corresponds with the release of Extremity #2, so you will have had a full month to buy, read and Love #1. We are quite confident that you will do all 3 of those things.
Daniel is the creator of SPACE MULLET and has worked on Man-Thing and Quake: SHIELD 50th Anniversary Special for Marvel and wrote and drew the acclaimed GREEN LEADER mini-comic.
Daniel will be signing from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
“Thea dreams. Not of a better life, but of revenge on the clan that ruined her family. With ferocious battles between man, machines, and monsters ahead...who knows where her quest for vengeance will take her? Creator DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Space Mullet) and colorist MIKE SPICER present a bold new vision, where the beauty and imagination of Studio Ghibli meet the intensity of Mad Max, in this all-new Skybound Original.”
*Patrick and Dal have both read the first 2 issues of Extremity and think it’s one of the best new comics of the year.
March 2017 is Women’s Comics Month at Challengers!
In conjunction with Women's History Month, we're holding Women's Comics Month and we are highlighting female and non-binary comics artists by inviting local talent to one-day tabling events that are happening every day of the month of March, so every day will be something unique and exciting.
Our hope is to fill every calendar day with a creator, so check back as this list grows, but here’s the schedule so far:
Thu Mar 02: Chloë Perkis, 11-7
Fri Mar 03: Bianca Xunise, 3-7
Sat Mar 04: Lauren Burke / Ladies Night Anth. 11-5
Sun Mar 05: Amber Huff, 11-5
Mon Mar 06: Rosie Accola, 11-5
Wed Mar 08: Isabella’s Crafts, 5:30-7
Thu Mar 09: Sara Kloskowski, 3-7
Fri Mar 10: Leslie Perrine, 3-7
Sat Mar 11: Andrea Bell 11-5
Tue Mar 14: Isabella’s Crafts, 5:30-7
Wed Mar 15: Kat Leyh, 5-7
Thu Mar 16: Stephanie Mided 2-7
Fri Mar 17: Ashley Riot, 11-5
Sat Mar 18: Amy Peltz, 11-5
Sun Mar 19: Sheika Lugtu / The Ladydrawers 11-5
Tue Mar 21: Sage Coffey, 11-7
Wed Mar 22: Isabella’s Crafts, 5:30-7
Thu Mar 23: Vickie Perez-Segovia (Vixtopher) 11-7
Fri Mar 24: Yewon Kwon, 5-7
Sat Mar 25: Cathy Hannah, 11-5
Sun Mar 26: Corinne Halbert, 12-3
Tue Mar 28: Leila Abdelrazaq, 11-5
Wed Mar 29: Isabella Rotman, 11-7
Thu Mar 30: Delia Jean
Fri Mar 31: Caroline Picard 5-7
REVIVAL is coming to the end of its 5-year journey, and we want to send it off in style. Join Revival creators Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, and Jenny Frison on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM as we all come together to celebrate 47 issues of one of the best creator-owned series Chicago has ever seen. And yes, that means there will be beer. Revival beer. So bring a hankey and prepare to shed a tear as we lay this comic to rest. Funeral dress optional.
Starting February 7th, it's our ONLY Storewide Sale of 2017! From Tuesday, February 7th, through Monday, February 13th, it's our annual I LOVE YOU BUT I'VE CHOSEN COMICS sale, where you'll save 25% OFF EVERYTHING* in the store. That's 25% off of comics, graphic novels, supplies, toys, Magic cards, buttons, prints, EVERYTHING* on our shelves. Not only that, but every purchase of more than $100 qualifies to get a FREE, EXCLUSIVE "I Love You But I've Chosen Comics" t-shirt! (shirts are printed to order, and will be available for pick-up by early March.) This year's shirt is designed by international comics star KATE LETH!
Guest: Gene Ha
Writer/artist Gene Ha (Top Ten, JLA, Forty-Niners) appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday, February 4th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM to sign his new Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mae vol. 1!
AMBER BENSON is returning to Challengers and she’s bringing SARAH KUHN with her! Two ridiculously-talented authors! Two wonderful human beings! Two women crazy enough to come to Chicago in January?!? What are they thinking?? Their lack of judgement is our gain, so please join us for a fun day of READINGS! SIGNINGS! QUESTIONS! ANSWERS! BAKED GOODS! Wait—who is bringing baked goods? I have no idea, but I just read it on the internet so it MUST BE TRUE!
Sarah Kuhn is the author of HEROINE COMPLEX (“The Devil Wears Prada with superheroes”) --the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. HEROINE COMPLEX chronicles the adventures of Evie Tanaka, a put-upon personal assistant who is forced to pose as her diva superhero boss and must embrace her own hidden talents in order to protect our world from a demonic invasion.
Sarah has also written The Ruby Equation (with artist Sally Jane Thompson) for the Eisner-nominated romance comics anthology Fresh Romance and Barbie comics (with artist Alitha Martinez).
Unofficial Challengers mascot Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her solo novels include the 5-volume DEATH’S DAUGHTER series and 2 (so far) volumes of THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films.
Amber and Sarah will be at Challengers starting at 2pm on Sunday, January 29th, 2017.
Guest: Ashley A. Woods
ASHLEY A. WOODS, artist of the brand new BOOM! Studios comic LADYCASTLE is coming to Challengers! We couldn't be more excited! Ashley is an amazing talent and a wonderful person, too, and Ladycastle looks real good! Also, Ashley will be signing for 5 or 6 hours (starting at 2pm) and will be doing commissions!
"When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out-that's a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle...well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith's wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk. Novelist Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures) brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She Is Life) for a rollicking fantasy adventure featuring women reclaiming their lives on their terms."
Guest: Ryan Browne
Artist Ryan Browne (Bedlam, Smoke & Mirrors) appears at Challengers Comics all day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for the release of Curse Words #1 from Image Comics.
“Voracious” creators MARKISAN NASO and JASON MUHR return to Challengers to celebrate the release of their new series, “VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME.” Past Voracious signings have had plastic dinosaurs, dinosaur skulls and Markisan’s homemade mead. What will happen THIS TIME??
And that’s not all—the very same day sees the release of Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS #1, with art by the very same Jason Muhr! It’s like 2 signings in one!
Markisan and Jason will be signing from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016. Time-travelling dinosaur cops and magic bullets, all in the same signing; how can you miss this?
Get ready for our tastiest event yet! With 100 recipes, "The Adventures of Fat Rice" is the first book to explore the vibrant food culture of Macau—an east-meets-west melting pot of Chinese, Portuguese, Malaysian, and Indian foodways—as seen through the lens of the cult favorite Chicago restaurant, Fat Rice.
We’ll have chefs/authors Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo and illustrator Sarah Becan on hand to celebrate the release of this one-of-a-kind illustrated cookbook, and we’ll even have samples of some of the amazing food Fat Rice is famous for! And, “The Adventures of Fat Rice” makes a perfect Holiday gift, so this event couldn’t come at a better time!
Sarah, Abraham and Adrienne will be signing at Challengers at 7pm on Friday, December 2nd.Come hungry; leave happy.
Guest: Art Baltazar
Aw yeah, man, Art Baltazar returns to Challengers!
We’ve been lucky enough to have Art (and Franco) in-store many times in the past, including our Grand Opening event in 2008, and we’re so proud to have Art Baltazar returning to Challengers for the release of SUPER POWERS #1!
Not only is this Small Business Saturday, but with Art @ Challengers it is now SUPER POWERS SATURDAY! This will be an amazing event for the whole family and costumes are welcome!
“The World's Greatest Heroes are back in a new, all-ages miniseries-except for Batman! Superman helps out by cleaning up in Gotham City, where he discovers a clue that sends Wonder Woman into space to find the Caped Crusader. Her journey brings her a step closer to Batman, but can she uncover the truth behind his disappearance?”
Local Comic Shop Day™ is an annual event conceived and implemented to call attention to locally owned independent comic book specialty stores, celebrating their unique and vital role in being the primary fire-starters of pop culture. Pop Culture begins in your Local Comic Shop-- and that shop is Challengers!
There will be a bunch of exclusive comic book content offered on this special day, and we'll be listing things as they're announced.
We'll also be doing some other cool in-store stuff, so stay tuned and shop local.
Here's the first announced Local Comic Shop Day exclusive book, and it's a beauty... DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH Hardcover, by BKV and Marcos Martin! In hardcover for the first time and containing a ton of bonus material never before collected.
“Yi Soon Shin” creator ONRIE KOMPAN returns to Challengers to celebrate the release of his latest issue, “YI SOON SHIN: FALLEN AVENGER” #4. Admiral Yi Soon Shin; Korea’s greatest hero, leads his nation to an amazing series of naval victories against a Japanese invasion in 1592.
Onrie recently completed the #1500ComicBookBattle at this year’s New York Comiccon, selling over 1500 copies of his self-published comic in just 4 days. Come find out why and how such a feat is possible.
Onrie will be signing from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.
Guest: Jill Thompson
Saturday, October 15th, 2016 - JILL THOMPSON is returning to Challengers and she’s bringing her all-new graphic novel, WONDER WOMAN THE TRUE AMAZON with her! This is a fully painted graphic novel that Jill has written and painted and we’re so excited for it to be released. SO excited in fact, that we’re throwing this party!
Not only is it a signing, but we’ll have Wonder Woman themed activities, a WW Costume Contest and a WW Coloring Contest!*
Come celebrate Jill’s return to the character that helped make her the comics superstar she is today!
This event is for the whole family, but “Wonder Woman The True Amazon” may be too intense for very young readers.
*Contests are for 12-and-under only; entries will be posted on social media and winners will be notified 1 week after the event.
Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games, and books. His graphic novel THE COLDEST CITY is being adapted into a film starring Charlize Theron. His epic series WASTELAND is one of only a handful of such longform comic stories in the medium. His first video game, DEAD SPACE, redefined the survival horror genre.
Antony has written more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including THE FUSE, DAREDEVIL, UMBRAL, CODENAME BABOUSHKA, JULIUS, THE LONG HAUL, WOLVERINE PRODIGAL SON, the ALEX RIDER graphic novels, the DEAD SPACE transmedia comics, and the adaptation of Alan Moore's 'lost screenplay' FASHION BEAST.
Antony will be on-hand from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday October 1st to sign any of his work and to talk comics, video games and music. And as a special bonus, Antony’s frequent collaborator CHRISTOPHER MITTEN will also be signing with him.
Guest: Will Rosado
September 17th, 2016 - It's Batman Day 2015! And that means...
Free Exclusive BATMAN Comic!
Free BATMAN Sketches by Alex Rosado!
20% Off All BATMAN Products!
BATMAN DAY will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, September 17th.
August 10th, 2016 - Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers to celebrate the release of the very first VORACIOUS collection! VORACIOUS has been so successful that there will be a second series premiering in the fall, so if you grab the collection of volume 1 on Wednesday, August 10th you'll be caught up just in time for volume 2! Plus, Markiasan and Jason are really great guys AND are from Chicago, so you can feel extra good about buying their work! Civic pride, baby!
"Haunted by the death of his sister, NYC Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his tiny hometown in Utah, Nate's life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate's passion for cooking is reignited! With a little help from his knife-wielding Grandmother Maribel, and friends Starlee and Captain Jim, Nate opens a restaurant that secretly serves dinosaur meat. Can he survive long enough to make it a success and turn his life around?"
Guest: Michael Moreci
06.22.16 - Michael Moreci may just be the busiest writer in comics--and he's taking time out of that hectic schedule to come to Challengers on the very day INDOCTRINATION #1 is released!
"How do you kill an idea? Across the dusty plains of America's southwest, a deadly storm is brewing. A string of murders portend the sinister designs of an infamous terrorist to bring about the end times. Two FBI agents have heeded the signs, and only their rogue actions, aided by a potentially untrustworthy expatriate with deep ties to the terrorist, can push this darkness back. Indoctrination explores America's terrifying underbelly of death cults and sleeper cells, serial killers and apocalyptic nightmares."
Join Michael as he signs copies of this and all his other books!
Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Brian Hurtt appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 to celebrate the finale of their series THE SIXTH GUN!
Guest: Sean K. Dove
May 27th, 2016 - The BROBOTS are coming! A trio of robot bros reel in a big challenge and must band together to battle a giant monster in this playful take on classic kaiju-mech and fairytale stories, and to celebrate we're holding a BROBOTS Release Party with Brobots artist and co-creator, SEAN DOVE!
Brobots is an all-ages graphic novel perfect for fans of My Little Pony and Transformers and this party is open to the whole family! That's right kids, your parents are welcome this time! Join Challengers in as much Brobot goodness as we can cram into the shop!
Sean Dove will be signing copies of BROBOTS at Challengers on Friday, May 27th, from 6pm to 9pm.
We're opening at MIDNIGHT on Tuesday, May 24th (technically 12:01 am Wednesday May 25th), and we're staying open until 7:00pm on May 25th! That's 19 uninterrupted hours to buy comics, baby! And here's the best part, we are able to sell you that week's MARVEL and DC COMICS at that ridiculous time!
DC REBIRTH starts here! Get the Geoff Johns-written DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1, an 80-page comic, for only $3! "It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don't say we didn't warn you!"
Other books available on that day/night/morning include:
JUSTICE LEAGUE #50
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #1
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 - If it's the first Saturday in May, it's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! As always, not only is Challengers participating in FCBD, but we are over-participating. Here's the breakdown of how we're killing ourselves this year:
1) CHALLENGERS-EXCLUSIVE FREE COMIC BY RYAN BROWNE, TIM SEELEY, MIKE NORTON, AND LUKE SMARTO - Challengers is teaming up with Four Star Studios to produce their own free comic for Free Comic Book Day 2016!
Titled “3D Cowboy’s Cosmic Convict Challenge(rs),” the comic is the proud (?) brainchild of comic creators Ryan Browne (“God Hates Astronauts”), Mike Norton (“Revival,” “Battlepug”), Tim Seeley (“Grayson,” “Revival”) and newcomer Luke Smarto (“Roberto Fantasma”), and features an epic space prison battle between all of their own characters and several other very familiar faces, like, lawsuit possible familiar. But not Tyler Durden.
“When Challengers asked us to do this last May, I said 'yes' immediately, hoping they’d forget in a year’s time. They didn’t,” remarked Ryan Browne.
Tim Seeley echoed Browne’s reluctance, “I just started writing 'New Suicide Squad' and now they want me to write AND draw pages for them? I mean, I like those guys and everything, but it’s not like Challengers has a movie coming out this summer.”
Perhaps the best summation of this experience was from Luke Smarto, “I’ve been a Chicago-based comic creator and reader for most of my life, and I buy new comics every week. When Challengers asked me to be involved, I asked, 'Who are you?' But when they told me I’d be working alongside the Four Star crew, I immediately doubled my asking price.”
Mike Norton was less forthcoming when asked to comment on this project, “Shut up! I have deadlines, fool! Get this camera outta my face!” There was no camera.
“3D Cowboy’s Cosmic Convict Challenge(rs)” is a 24-page, black and white comic (lettered by Crank!) that will only be available on May 7, 2016 (Free Comic Book Day) and only at Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago. Browne, Seeley and Smarto will be signing at Challengers on FCBD. Characters in this comic come from Revival, Battlepug, Hack/Slash, Lovebunny & Mr. Hell, Colt Noble and the Megalords, Roberto Fantasma, God Hates Astronauts, Nameless, Officer Downe, Clumsy, Hellboy, Savage Dragon, the Wretch, Mythic, BroBots, Molly Danger, Hamster Rage and more. For real. The creators involved have been teasing images on Instagram under the hashtag #FCBDSecret.
2) SPECIAL GUEST ZACH LERNER, ARTIST OF JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE - In addition to the aforementioned Ryan Browne, Tim Seeley and Luke Smarto, we'll also be hosting Junior Braves of the Apocalypse artist ZACH LERNER, who'll be signing copies of the new FCBD Junior Braves comic! We'll have copies of Zach's Junior Braves graphic novel on hand as well.
3) SO, SO MANY FREE COMICS - Dozens of different titles, thousands of free comics!
4) COSPLAY - We'll have a few employees in costume, available for photos, and we're reaching out to the local costuming community to see how crazy we can make the Western Ave sidewalk for the day. If you've got a comic-related costume and want to wear it while you're getting free comics, FCBD is the day for you! The more the merrier!
So, yeah, man! Free Comic Book Day 2016 is shaping to be a ton of fun! We'll be doing all of this exciting stuff on Saturday, May 7th, from 11am to 5pm. Don't miss out!
Guest: Jill Thompson
This May, BEASTS OF BURDEN returns to comics, and JILL THOMPSON returns to Challengers! In celebration of the new Beasts of Burden one-shot "What the Cat Dragged In", we'll be hosting award-winning artist Jill Thompson for a signing on Wednesday, May 4th, from 5pm to 7pm. We'll have plenty of copies of the new Beasts of Burden comic, as well as Jill's previous graphic novels, on sale at the event.
"This standalone adventure is a perfect entry point for readers new to the award-winning series. When curiosity gets the best of Burden Hill's cats (and one reluctant raccoon), sleeping demons are awakened and black magic is unleashed on the town of Burden Hill."
Guest: Mike Norton
The mysterious hooded figures of Secret Panel return to Challengers for the release of all-new prints... featuring Daniel Warren Johnson's SPACE MULLET and Mike Norton's BATTLEPUG!
Not only that, but DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON and MIKE NORTON will be here!
And if that's not enough, it's also the Release Day for the SPACE MULLET Collection!!
WHAT AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES! Oh, there will also be beer. Did we mention that? The only thing we're missing is YOU.
Guest: Dan Dougherty
Meet Ada Mansfield: single mom, criminal lawyer, and the newest bearer of an ancient curse: she can kill anyone she touches...if they're evil.
Join Challengers in welcoming Shel Dorf Award Winner for Self-Published Comic of the Year, DAN DOUGHERTY as he releases the hardcover collection for TOUCHING EVIL vol. 1.
Dan is the creator of "Beardo" (What do you do with a degree in art? Move to the city, sling coffee, and - most importantly - grow a beard.) and "Bob Howard, Plumber of the Unknown" (with Rafael Nieves), and he's an instructor at the International School of Comics Chicago. This is Dan's first event @ Challengers, so make him feel welcome, won't you?
Guest: Faith Erin Hicks
April 6th, 2016 - Challengers is honored to host Eisner Award-winning cartoonist FAITH ERIN HICKS for a discussion and signing for the first volume in her new NAMELESS CITY trilogy. This event will start with a discussion between Faith Erin Hicks and local journalist (and comics fan) Web Behrens, with a signing to follow. Challengers will have copies of Nameless City Volume 1 on hand for sale, as well as other fantastic books from Faith's career, but fans are invited to bring their own copies if they'd like. We're enormously excited to have as talented a creator as Faith Erin Hicks here for an event. Don't miss your chance to meet her!
This event runs from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, April 6th, and is intended for all ages. Bring the whole family!
Guest: Eliot Rahal
Hold on to your epilates, THE DOORMAN is coming! Join us for a Release Party for Heavy Metal's planet-hopping adventure comic, The Doorman," guest-starring writers ELIOT RAHAL (Dark Horse Comics' "The Paybacks") and DANIEL KIBBLESMITH (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)!
Also featuring a night of geeky comedy from TIM BARNES, STEPHEN WINCHELL, ADAM QUESNELL and MORE!
"Henry Clay Waters is The Doorman of Earth and hasn't had an interstellar visitor in decades until... his last day on the job when an extraterrestrial assassin darkens his doorstep. Saved by the neurotic alien Detective Flower, the two must team up to solve the galaxy's biggest mystery or get killed trying!"
Amy Chu and Clay Mann are the creators behind the hot new DC mini-series POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH, and they're coming to Challengers for a signing! They'll be signing from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, March 17th. We'll have copies on hand of the first three issues, including the sold out first printing of Poison Ivy #1. Come out to meet two great creators and pick up a cool new DC title!
"Life. Death. Poison Ivy has power over both. But can she keep her friends and hold down a regular job at the same time? As Dr. Pamela Isley, she joins the prestigious plant sciences department at Gotham Botanical Gardens, but things quickly get complicated when a fellow scientist is murdered and it looks like the work of Ivy."
Guest: Zander Cannon
February 26th, 2016 - We couldn't be more excited to host the release party for the first KAIJUMAX collection with creator ZANDER CANNON! Kaijumax was not only one of our favorite comics of 2015, it was also one of our-best-selling: The first issue was our 51st best-selling comic book of the entire year. Soon, the entire first arc will be available for a long life on your bookshelf. We're so excited about a future of recommending Kaijumax as a trade paperback, that we've not only commissioned a new Ex Libris Challengers bookplate to be included FREE with the first 100 copies sold, but we're also bringing out creator ZANDER CANNON for a signing and a launch event! Zander will be here on Friday, February 26th, from 7pm to 10pm, and he'll be signing comics and enjoying our free beer. Won't you* come and enjoy a free beer with him? (*: "you" refers to those 21 and older. Surprisingly, this event for a monsters-in-prison book will not be for children. Adults only!)
"THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE! On a remote island in the South Pacific lies KAIJUMAX, a maximum security prison for giant monsters. Follow doting father Electrogor as he stands up to the cruel space-superhero warden! See corrupt guard Gupta manage his illicit uranium-dealing empire and pay off his gambling debts to the Queen of the Moon! Watch Mecha-Zon battle his own programming when the monster he was created to destroy shows up on the pound! These stories and more will assault you from every angle in the cesspool of corruption that is KAIJUMAX!"
Starting February 7th, it's our ONLY Storewide Sale of 2016! From Sunday, February 7th, through Saturday, February 13th, it's our annual I Love You But I've Chosen Comics sale, where you'll save 25% off EVERYTHING* in the store. That's 25% off of comics, graphic novels, supplies, toys, Magic cards, buttons, prints, EVERYTHING* on our shelves. Not only that, but every purchase of more than $100 qualifies to get a FREE, EXCLUSIVE I Love You But I've Chosen Comics t-shirt! (Shirts are printed to order, and will be available for pick-up by early March.)
February 10th, 2016 - JURASSIC WORLD + TOP CHEF = VORACIOUS! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate's life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate's passion for cooking is reignited!
We're excited to have the Voracious creators, SDCC 2015 Thrillbent Art Contest Winner (and frequent Challengers Assemble! contributor) artist JASON MUHR and writer MARKISAN NASO, in for a day-of-release Signing! Voracious #1 looks delicious and will leave you hungry for more!
Guest: Tony Moore
Join Colonel Tony Moore on his Midwest Tour! He'll be hitting 10 cities, with a variety of merchandise and art prints, including a signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen tour poster (only 10 available per shop!), Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a raffle to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!). Tony will also be sketching, signing books, kissing hands, and shaking babies.
Original Walking Dead artist TONY MOORE will be signing at Challengers on Saturday, February 6th, from 2pm to 5pm.
Guest: Tony Moore
Tony Moore, artist and co-creator of The Walking Dead, appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM to sign the 150th issue of Walking Dead! Moore has also worked on creator-owned titles including Fear Agent, Battle Pope, Brit, and The Exterminators as well as drawing runs on Ghost Rider, Punisher, Deadpool, and Venom for Marvel Comics.
As part of his Midwest Tour, Tony will have a variety of merchandise and art prints, including a signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen tour poster (only 10 available per shop!), Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a raffle to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!). Tony will also be sketching, signing books, kissing hands, and shaking babies.
Guest: Amber Benson
January 24th, 2016 - AMBER BENSON returns to Challengers! Actor/Director/Singer and… Best-Selling Author! Amber is one of our all-time favorite guests and she’s back for a Q&A, a Reading and a Signing for her new book THE LAST DREAM KEEPER.
"Lyse MacAllister did not step into an easy role when she took over as master of the Echo Park coven. As she begins to forge the bonds that will help her lead, she struggles to come to terms with her powers. A group of fanatics intent on bringing about the end of times has invaded the witches Council and only one witch is prophesied to be able to stop the encroaching darkness. If Lyse and her blood sisters are to have any chance at protecting all we know from being lost forever, they must keep her safe—no matter the cost."
Amber magic-ed her way into our hear as Tara on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and she's stayed there ever since.
Guest: Ryan Browne
Ryan Browne's BLAST FURNACE: RECREATIONAL THIEF is an improvisational comic written and drawn an hour per page with zero planning and no idea where the story is going to go. Behold, a full color collection spanning all 280 pages of stream o' consciousness lunacy from the perplexing mind what gave you GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS and BEARDEVIL, THE BEAR WITHOUT FEAR (SECRET WARS TOO)!
We're throwing yet another Ryan Browne-themed party to celebrate this ridiculously beautiful occasion! Blast Furnace! Ryan Browne! Challengers! Beer! Chloroform! Zip-ties! The trunk of a car! What more could you possibly need in your life?? WHAT?? TELL US!!! WE NEED TO KNOW!! Wait--um, what were those last few things? Ryan? RYAN???
A full day celebration of your Local Comic Shop, CHALLENGERS! We'll have...
--Local creators on hand showcasing their creations, signing and sketching.
DAVE SCHEIDT (Adventure Time)
LUKE SMARTO (Roberto Fantasma)
DON CARDENAS (Packs of the Low Country)
ALEX ROSADO (Element Factor)
PRAIRIE KATE CREATIONS (Comic Book Origami Gifts)
--Limited edition comics made exclusively for this day! Featuring Rick and Morty, Invader Zim, Dark Knight III, Klaus, All-New All-Different Avengers, and plenty more!
--$2 Newer Comics Sale! All single comics on the new comic shelves, at least 1 month old, excluding the latest issue of any title, will only be $2, regardless of cover price!
Guest: Ramon Villalobos
Artist Ramon Villalobos appears at Challengers on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm to sign copies of both E FOR EXTINCTION and the ODD SCHNOZZ AND THE ODD SQUAD graphic novel!
Celebrate the legacy of HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE on Saturday October 24, 2015 with signings at Challengers Comics, Toy de Jour and the Patio Theatre!
Comic creators Tim Seeley, Steve Seeley, and Val Staples and alongside the cast and crew of Fall of Grayskull sign at Challengers from 11:00 AM till 1:30 PM!
Director Daniel Benedict appears with Johnny Bilson (Tri-Klops), Pixel-Dan, and Brian Cage (He-Man) *tentative appear at Toy de Jour from 2:30 till 5:00 PM!
And finally a screening of THE FALL OF GRAYSKULL at the Patio Theater at 7:00 PM!
Guest: Gene Ha
Hot on the heels of his successful KickStarter for MAE, we're excited to present a Release Party for that very book! GENE HA will be here himself, hanging out, scribbling in copies of his new book and beaming like a proud father. And, it's a Challengers Party, so that means... drinks! And MAE-be even snacks, too! Oh, that was a terrible pun. Sorry.
Come celebrate Gene's first major creator-owned work with a store-full of excited peeps!
Guest: Dylan Horrocks
We are beyond excited to bring DYLAN HORROCKS to Challengers! We all loved "Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen" and he is the author of the award-winning graphic novel "Hicksville" and the comic book series "Pickle" and "Atlas," and has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including "Hunter: the Age of Magic" and "Batgirl."
Thanks to our pals at Fantagraphics, Dylan will be here to sign books and maybe even host a Q&A session. It's not often we get to bring you a comic creator from New Zealand, so be sure to come out and make his trip to Chicago a memorable one!
It's Batman Day 2015! And that means...
Free Exclusive BATMAN Comic • Free BATMAN Sketches • BATMAN-Themed Activities • 20% Off All BATMAN Products • And MORE!
Saturday, September 26th • 11am-5pm
Guest: Heath Corson
September 9th, 2015 - Challengers am not hosting awful BIZARRO writer Heath Corson for lowly-dreaded signing! Us hate serious comic with no jokes, and we know you hate it, three. You am not invited to bring own copies of BIZARRO, and we am not expecting to have copies of the first four issues unavailable for purchase.
Heath Corson will not be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 9th. Boo-ray!
August 29th, 2015 – DAVID A. BURNS served with the US Peace Corps in Maralal, Rift Valley, Kenya, as a high school science teacher from 2010-2012. TRUE STORY (Cultural Malhappenings in Kenya) is the comic he wrote and drew about that experience.
David will be signing copies @ Challengers on Saturday, August 29 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. And here’s the best part… TRUE STORY is a FREE COMIC! That's right... if you show up you get a FREE COMIC and a FREE SIGNATURE!
Rob is best known for his Wrestling Champions series, in which he has painted every one of professional wrestling’s world champions. He is also a current WWE Portrait Painter and his prints are available from WWE Shop: http://shop.wwe.com/Rob-Schamberger-Art-Prints/rob-schamberger,default,sc.html
Best of all, Rob will be unveiling a BRAND NEW PRINT @ Challengers during this show! What is it? WHO is it? All we can say is it'll have a Chicago connection...
Guest: Zach Lehner
Artist Zach Lehner appears at Challengers Comics to sign copies of his new graphic novel, JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE, on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 5pm to 7pm. This book is the beginning of an exciting, new, young adult graphic novel series that is one part Goonies and one part The Walking Dead, full of zombies, adventure, and handy tips for wilderness survival! And it’s perfect for your young adult’s summer reading.
“The Junior Braves of Tribe 65 return from a camping trip to find swarms of bloodthirsty mutants have overrun their town, bringing death and destruction everywhere they go! With their families missing and their homes destroyed, these plucky kids must use all their scouting talents, combined smarts, and teamwork to survive the end of the world!”
Guest: Michael Moreci
MICHAEL MORECI returns to Challengers! Michael has a brand new series from Black Mask Comics called TRANSFERENCE, and he'll be on had to sign copies of issue #1 on the very day it hits the stands! He'll also be signing anything else he's ever written, such as ROCHE LIMIT, HOAX HUNTERS, BURNING FIELDS, and CURSE. Come meet your new best "friend."
Guest: Michael Moreci
MICHAEL MORECI returns to Challengers! Michael has a brand new series from Black Mask Comics called TRANSFERENCE, and he'll be on had to sign copies of issue #1 on the very day it hits the stands! He'll also be signing anything else he's ever written, such as ROCHE LIMIT, HOAX HUNTERS, BURNING FIELDS, and CURSE. Come meet your new best "friend."
"Colton Moss and his elite team of special agents run counter-terrorism operations utilizing a secret form of time travel technology called "transference," which enables them to send their consciousnesses back in time - but, when Colton's past is altered to reshape his life in the present, he discovers this technology isn't as exclusive as he thought. Now Colton must prevent a large-scale insurgency in the U.S. - and do so in the transference-past, where a terrorist's consciousness could be in any body, so everybody is a potential suspect."
Guest: Noelle Stevenson
We all love her on LUMBERJANES, and now her wonderful webcomic NIMONA is being collected in one volume! That's right... NOELLE STEVENSON is coming BACK to Challengers and we are SO EXCITED! Plus, the first LUMBERJANES collection will be out by then, too! SO MUCH NOELLE GOODNESS!!
"The full-color graphic novel debut from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit."
Guest: Tom Scioli
Tom Scioli (Transformers vs GI Joe, Godland) appears at Challengers Comics on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day!
Guest: Peter Bagge
Peter Bagge, award-winning creator of HATE and NEAT STUFF, appears at Challengers Comics for a signing of his new Fantagraphics graphic novel collection SWEATSHOP on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM!
Guest: Joëlle Jones
Did you miss Joëlle Jones when we had her in for HELHEIM? Well stop kicking yourself because she's BACK! And with her all new, creator-owned series LADY KILLER!
"Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother-but she's also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival."
The first 3 issues will be available when Joëlle is here and she's also going to display art from the series!
We are SO excited! Don't miss your 2nd chance to meet this stellar comic talent!
Guest: Jonathan Luna
Jonathan Luna is coming to Challengers! Current writer/artist of ALEX + ADA, beloved by all Challengers, Jonathan is also the co-creator of THE SWORD, GIRLS and ULTRA, as well as the STAR BRIGHT and the LOOKING GLASS graphic novel. Jonathan will be signing for one hour only, and it's a rare Sunday afternoon signing at that, so don't miss out! Just in time for the release of ALEX + ADA Vol. 2! This signing runs from 4pm to 5pm on Sunday, March 8th.
Guest: Jason Latour
JASON LATOUR is headed to Chicago and Challengers has him! Jason is the writer of the brand new SPIDER-GWEN series from Marvel and the artist of Image's SOUTHERN BASTARDS! We'll have plenty of copies of those books and more on hand for this event. And if you haven't met the man yet, you're in for a treat!
Comics for your ears! Indie pop culture hip hop artist ADAM WARROCK is performing LIVE @ Challengers!
Special guests Mikal kHill and L. Mounts.
$5 cover (but if you spend $10 or more you'll get $5 off your purchase for the night)
Guest: Jason Aaron
A signing more explosive than Ragnarok! A guest list more accomplished and acclaimed than Fandral the Dashing! A line sure to be longer than the Midgard Serpent! On February 28th, from noon 'til 3pm, get your copy of THOR ANNUAL signed by two of the comic's writers, JASON AARON (Thor, Southern Bastards) and CM PUNK (AvX introduction, Superior Foes of Spider-Man outro)!
This one's going to be huge, so be sure to take a look at all the rules for it in the event listing ON OUR WEBSITE.
Guest: Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley has a brand new graphic novel memoir out, DISPLACEMENT, and we're excited to have her back at Challengers to sign it! Whoooo!
DARTH VADER is coming to Challengers, and so is his brand new, ongoing Marvel comic! Lord Vader will be flanked by Stormtroopers, Tie Fighter pilots and that no-good bounty hunter Boba Fett!! All live and in person. And there will be other stuff, too, including copies of DARTH VADER #1.
It only comes once a year: the Challengers Comics "I Love You But I've Chosen Comics" Storewide Sale! From Saturday, February 7th through Friday, 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, 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 Relish, Age of License and Displacement author LUCY KNISLEY, so you know it'll look sweet on your torso. Just picture yourself walking around Chicago with this hardcore statement on a garment:
The only time you'll be able to get Lucy'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!
Guest: Ryan Browne
Singing? Will there be actual singing? Come find out as RYAN BROWNE returns to Challengers for the release of the 2nd ever GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS collection! This is issues #1 - #5 of the current Image Comics series! And if we're lucky, Ryan may actually SIGN some books, too.
Guest: Amber Benson
Author AMBER BENSON (the Ghosts of Albion and Calliope Reaper-Jones series) returns to Challengers to sign the first book in her new fantasy series, THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK!
"When Elyse MacAllister's great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets-extraordinary secrets-from her."
"Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora's Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt's place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril-for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last..."
Amber will be signing at Challengers on Saturday, January 10th, from 4pm to 6pm. Challengers will have copies of The Witches of Echo Park on hand for the signing.
To celebrate the release of Dark Horse's ATHENA VOLTAIRE COMPENDIUM, Creator/Writer/Artist STEVE BRYANT is coming to Chicago on the very day the book is released! Athena is a beautiful globetrotting aviatrix who takes on Nazis, zombies, and unspeakable occult creatures and the 240-page compendium is a steal at $20. And as an added bonus, the first 25 copies sold will have an exclusive signed bookplate, too!
In anticipation of the 2014 DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS EPISODE and just in time for your holiday shopping, we present a DOCTOR WHO PRINT ART SHOW. 20+ talented local artists will be exhibiting all-new original, affordable art prints featuring Doctor Who. This will be more than just an art show--it'll be a Doctor Who Party! And it starts early enough that you'll have plenty of time to hit your other Holiday parties after you swing by--especially if you use a Tardis.
The header image is not a print that will be on display/for sale. It's just a neat image from "Vincent and The Doctor."
Sorry, T'Challa... we're still getting the hang of these sales.
Anyway, all rack comics are just $1.00 each!
(not counting the newest issue of any series, any books published in November 2014, and Club books/hold books)
And we're even opening an hour early for you.
While you're at it, why not pick up some New Avengers issues and really make it a Black Panther Sale!
Guest: Elliot Serrano
Hail to the king, baby—we’re gonna party like it’s 1992! Join us in welcoming writer ELLIOTT SERRANO as he comes back to Challengers to sign Dynamite’s ARMY OF DARKNESS 1992.1! This is Ash as you love him, and Red Eye “Geek to Me” columnist Elliott isn’t coming empty handed—he’s bringing stuff to give away! So stop on by and give us some sugar, baby.
Creator DAVE SCHEIDT appears at Challengers Comics on Halloween, Friday, October 31st from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, to unveil his brand new kid-friendly graphic novel while also giving out candy to trick-or-treaters!
We're throwing a REVIVAL-themed Halloween Party! But it's not JUST a Halloween Party... further details will be revealed soon.
Revival-themed doesn't mean you HAVE to dress as a character from the hit Image comic series Revival, but you certainly CAN do that. But you SHOULD dress up.
Special Guests and Party Details announced soon--we just want to give you plenty of time to start planning your costumes.
Guest: Gustavo Duarte
Internationally renowned artist and illustrator GUSTAVO DUARTE is coming all the way from Brazil for an Art Show & Signing @ Challengers! Gustavo is a master of silent, fluid cartooning and we are beyond excited to host this show.
His work can be seen most recently in the 100th Anniversary Guardians of the Galaxy special from Marvel and his wonderful Dark Horse graphic novel MONSTERS AND OTHER STORIES.
Seriously, you HAVE to check his work out, and this art show is ONE NIGHT ONLY.
Guest: Zac Gorman
The smash hit video game COSTUME QUEST is now a soon-to-be-smash-hit- graphic novel by ZAC (“Magical Game Time”) GORMAN. It’s from Oni Press and it’s so good that we’re having Zac in for a COSTUME QUEST SIGNING!
Costume Quest is great for adults AND kids and we’re super-excited to show this book off. Seriously, it’s awesome. So come meet Zac and check out his awesome work.
Guest: Lucy Knisley
LUCY KNISLEY has a new book out from Fantagraphics and she's coming back to Challengers for a party! Lucy will be on hand to sign and scribble in books and we hope to have some baked goods out of "Relish" as well as a possible Q&A, too!
Guest: Jay Leisten
Inker Jay Leisten (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Mighty Avengers) appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, October 1st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to sign DEATH OF WOLVERINE! Jay is a dedicated comic professional and has worked for just about every publisher. He’ll have original art, prints and is available for sketches.
Chicago's own SEAN DOVE has a beautiful hardcover art book coming out, called THE LAST DAYS OF DANGER, featuring full page illustrations inspired by classic Spy Movies. This is the official Release Event for the book and Sean will be on hand to scribble in your copy and to talk James Bond with you all night. George Lazenby rules!
It's AMERICAN NATURE, the Anthology Comic w/ stories about Time Travel, Ghosts, Vigilante Girl Gangs and Cheeseburgers that play Basketball! And the Release Party is @ Challengers, featuring creators GREG and FAKE, DAVE LANDSBERGER, MARC KOPRINAROV and maybe even some Surprise Guests! And it's a Challengers Party, so that means booze!
SPECULATIVE RELATIONSHIPS is a science fiction romance comics anthology, featuring original short stories from exciting independent comics creators, including Tyrell Cannon, Isabella Rotman, Skott Kroll, Mike Manomivibul, Daniel Warren Johnson, and Rinko Endo. This RELEASE PARTY event will be the public unveiling of the book and many of the creators will be in attendance. Party! Time!
Guest: Ryan Browne
It's finally here! GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS The Ongoing Series! We couldn't be more excited for GHA creator Ryan Browne to continue his weirdo hilarious nonsense at Image, and we're showing him in the only way we know how: with a RELEASE PARTY and ART SHOW! Ryan will be signing copies of the just-released God Hates Astronauts #1 for fans from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 3rd, with a one-night-only GHA art show (With booze! And a very excited Ryan Browne!) running from 6pm until 10pm. Grab your copy of one of the most asked-about-at-Challengers comics ever, check out some amazing art, and drink it up in honor of Ryan Browne, all on September 3rd!
Saturday, August 30th, 4pm-8pm: A COOKOUT and SIGNING with Sundowners creators Tim Seeley, Jim Terry and Sean Dove!
PLUS board games with Jim Terry, John Siuntres, and Hilary Barta!
Sundowners #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Faster than lightning! Stronger than steel! Crazier than an outhouse rat? Enter the Sundowners-sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional invaders! But is the threat real, or is it all in their heads?
Guest: Jeff Zwirek
Jeff Zwirek will be signing copies of the new printing of Burning Building Comix at Challengers on Wednesday, August 27th, from 5pm to 7pm!
Presented in full color, Burning Building Comix by Jeff Zwirek is a comics art object and reading experience like no other. The innovative format of this book allows readers to follow the plight of the trapped tenants in a ten story burning apartment building, with each tier of panels representing 1 "story" in the building. -- a 40-page deluxe full-color hardcover graphic novel, 6.25" x 12.25" (unfolds to 6.25" x 24.5"), self-published by Jeff Zwirek and distributed by Top Shelf.
August 20th, 2014 - Oni has a great new series in THE LIFE AFTER, and soon Challengers will have a great The Life After signing with series artist GABO! Gabo will be signing copies of the first two issues of The Life After at Challengers on Wednesday, August 20th, from 5pm until 7pm. Copies of both issues will be available for purchase while supplies last.
July 30th, 2014 - The July 2014 book for Chattingers, the Challengers book club, is UNKNOWN SOLDIER by Garth Ennis and Kilian Plunkett. Copies will be available for 20% off from June 25th through July 30th. Join us Wednesday, July 30th at 7pm for an hour-long discussion.
"In this new edition of the classic spy thriller by writer Garth Ennis, maverick CIA agent William Clyde searches for the legendary patriot known only as the Unknown Soldier. As Clyde uncovers a tangled web of decades-old conspiracies and corruption, he learns that there can be dire consequences for unyielding commitment to duty. Collecting the 1997 four-issue miniseries."
With the release of two new ongoing Doctor Who series, Titan Comics is encouraging everyone to celebrate Doctor Who Day. Never ones to bypass a Doctor Who-related celebration, Challengers will be particiapting on Saturday, July 26th, from 11am to 5pm. Everyone who comes in can get a free Titan Comics sampler, with the first look at the upcoming Twelfth Doctor ongoing series! We'll also be giving a 20% discount on all Doctor Who merchandise, with a special 25% Doctor Who discount for anyone who comes to the event in costume.
Alongside the free comic sampler and the discounts, we'll have quizzes, coloring, cosplay opportunities, and more! See you on Doctor Who Day!
Stop in any time between 11am and 7pm on Wednesday, July 23rd to help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of BATMAN! Or The Batman! Or The Bat-Man! Whichever! We'll be giving out a free, specially-produced Batman comic to everyone who comes in, and we'll also be giving folks a 20% discount on ANY piece of Batman merchandise (excluding items marked New This Week). To help get people in the spirit of Batman Day, we'll make that discount 25% off if you come in wearing a Bat-symbol. Official clothing, drawn-on, tattooed; as long it's visible, it gets you 25% off Batman products for one day only!
Alongside free comics and storewide Batman discounts, we'll also have some fun surprise treats and activities. We'll see you on Batman Day!
Guest: Onrie Kompan
July 30th, 2014 - ONRIE KOMPAN returns to Challengers, and he's bringing a new issue of Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger with him! Onrie will be signing Yi Soon Shin comics and graphic novels at Challengers on Wednesday, July 30th, from 5pm until 7pm. Come by to find out all about this epic historical action series!
June 25th, 2014 - The June 2014 book for Chattingers, the Challengers book club, is MARBLE SEASON by Gilbert Hernandez. Copies will be available for 20% off from May 21st through June 25th. Join us Wednesday, June 25th at 7pm for an hour-long discussion.
"Marble Season features Huey, his family, and their neighbors, who tell the untold stories from the youth of the American comics legend and his cartooning brothers and fellow icons Jaime and Mario, and their large family that grew up in 60s suburban California. Pop-culture references-TV shows, comic books, and music-saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the Golden Age of the American Dream and the Silver Age of comics."
All your favorite wrestlers from CHIKARA PRO are stopping by Challengers for a morning Punch and Pie Meet and Greet event, but it's too early for Pie, so there will be Donuts instead!
CHIKARA is invading Chicago for a FULL day of events at the Logan Square Auditorium (after their Challengers appearance, of course).
It is common knowledge that most Bigfoots live in the Pacific Northwest, so Yeti Press is moving away from Chicago. Before they go, join us as we send them off in style-- CHALLENGERS style. Yeti Press turns 3, and we wanna help them celebrate! Join us and a whole slew of YETI PRESS creators as we celebrate their 3rd YETAVERSARY and simultaneously bid farewell to Chief Yeti RJ Casey.
Guest: Box Brown
Box Brown, creator of ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND, will be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, June 12th.
After-party follows at 8:00pm at The Squared Circle restaurant, 2418 N Ashland (Ashland and Fullerton). Come hungry.
An all-out IMAGE COMICS signing, with TIM SEELEY, MIKE NORTON and JENNY FRISON (for the CHEW/REVIVAL crossover)
and CHRISTOPHER MITTEN (for the first UMBRAL collection). Four Image artists in one crazy night! 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
May 21st, 2014 - The May 2014 book for Chattingers, the Challengers book club, is INFINITY GAUNTLET by Jim Starlin and George Perez. Copies will be available for 20% off from April 30th through May 21st. Join us Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm for an hour-long discussion.
"For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail, the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else. With it came omnipotence: the absolute control of all aspects of time, space, power, reality, the mind and the soul. The gaining of supreme might meant the beginning of a black nightmare for the entire universe. Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth's super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god's insane plunge into galactic self-destruction. Should the heroes fail, the astral gods of the universe wait to step into the fray. But in such an awesome cosmic conflict will anyone prevail? Will anyone survive?"
Guest: Becky Cloonan
Becky Cloonan returns to Challengers on Friday, May 16th for a ONE-NIGHT ART SHOW, celebrating the release of True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys in a new collected book and her mini-comics collection By Chance Or Providence! Art show and signing run 6pm to 10pm! New Print! Bookplate! All sorts of Becky goodness! Be here!
Guest: Craig Cermak
Craig Cermak II, artist of Garth Ennis's RED TEAM, will be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, May 7th to sign copies of the first RED TEAM collection. Here's your chance to meet one of Dynamite Entertainment's best artists!
Guest: Kean Soo
JELLABY creator KEAN SOO appears at Challengers signing copies of Capstone’s “Adventures of Jellaby” or Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 3, 2014!
Guest: Jess Fink
April 30th, 2014 - The April 2014 book for Chattingers, the Challengers book club, is WE CAN FIX IT! A TIME TRAVEL MEMOIR by Jess Fink. Copies will be available for 20% off from March 26th through April 30th. Join us Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm for an hour-long discussion.
"What would you do if you had a time machine? Bet on sporting events? Assassinate all the evildoers of history? Or maybe try to fix all the mistakes and regrets that have haunted you all these years? Join Jess as she travels back in time to share her wisdom with her naive younger self, stand up to bullies who terrorized her child self, and teach her horny teenage self a thing or two. One time machine, one frustrated girl, one sexy futuristic jumpsuit - infinite possibilities."
To celebrate both the release of IDW's IN THE DARK Horror Anthology AND C2E2 2014, we're having a huge bash with a bunch of the IN THE DARK Creators!
James Tynion IV
...and more to be announced!
Plus... you know us... it's a cocktail party! So come thirsty.
Guest: Art Baltazar
Christopher Daniels and Art Baltazar appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday April 23rd from 5:00 till 7:00 pm to sign their new comic ”Christopher Daniels and Kazarian Wrestling Aw Yeah Comics!”
Guest: Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the webcomic NIMONA, will be at Challengers from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, April 12th to sign copies of the first issue of her new Boom Box! series (created with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen): LUMBERJANES!
"Meet NICK SAX - a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas. By a tiny blue horse called Happy..."
The March 2014 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is Happy! by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. Join us for a brief discussion of the book on Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm. Copies of Happy! will be available at Challengers for 20% off from February 26th through March 26th.
"In this brand new graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of 'being different' grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings of isolation. All of this is told through the fantastical eyes of young Danny, a boy growing up in the '90s fed on dramatic adventure stories like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny's older brother, Luke, travels to a remote island to teach English to the employees of ClockWorld, an ambitious new amusement park that recreates historical events. When Luke doesn't return after two years, Danny travels to ClockWorld to convince Luke to return to America. But Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld, rendering him almost unrecognizable to his own brother. Danny comes of age as he explores the island, ClockWorld, and fights to bring his brother home. New School is unlike anything in the history of the comics medium: at once funny and deadly serious, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new."
The February 2014 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is New School by Dash Shaw. Join us for a brief discussion of the book on Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm. Copies of New School will be available at Challengers for 20% off from January 29th through February 26th.
After nearly four years, the Challengerlympics are returning! The 2010 Challengerlympics tested Challengerlympians in all of the comic shop disciplines: knowledge, strength, speed, stamina, and, most importantly, folding. Do YOU have what it takes to grab the glory that comes from testing yourself in the Challengerlympiad?
Through January 31st, we will be accepting applications ONLY through email, just like the ancient Greeks. If you are physically able and emotionally willing to compete in a semi-grueling, utterly ridiculous series of challenges on FEBRUARY 21st from 7pm to I don't know, late, and are at least 21 years of age, send us your full name and some language that says you want to compete in the 2014 Challengerlympics at email@example.com.
Based on the amount of entries we receive, we may require a brief 10-minute qualifier for each applicant, to whittle our list of Challengerlympians down to a reasonable number. If necessary, this qualifier will be scheduled with each participant between February 3rd and February 13th. Failure to attend a qualifier sometime within those 11 days will result in immediate disqualification.
The Challengerlympics take place in front of a crowd, so competitors should be aware of the possibility that you may be cheered and/or jeered based on performance. Or for other reasons, you know, sports fans can be cruel. Or kind! I'm not sure which you'll thrive on. Be prepared for either.
If you are not chosen to compete in the Challengerlympics, we still really really want you to attend the event. Mostly for the cheering/jeering listed above, but also for the AWARDS CEREMONY that will have some drinks and snacks.
The Challengerlympics are a time-tested event designed to showcase the abilities of those who would achieve comic shop greatness AND a decent way to stave off mid-winter boredom. Don't spend four years regretting that you missed out!
It only comes once a year: the Challengers Comics "I Love You But I've Chosen Comics" Storewide Sale! From Friday, February 7th 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!
"Don't miss this epic Batman mystery from Scott Snyder, creator of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, originally published in DETECTIVE COMICS #871-877! First, in 'The Black Mirror,' a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils! Then, in a second story called 'Hungry City,' the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham."
The January 2014 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla. Join us for a brief discussion of the book on Wednesday, January 29th at 7pm. Copies of Batman: The Black Mirror will be available at Challengers for 20% off from January 1st through January 29th.
Guest: Brian Posehn
Comedian/Actor/Deadpool Writer BRIAN POSEHN is coming to Challengers on Saturday February 9th, 2013 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm! Brian is in town for a show at the Abbey Pub and he’s graciously agreed to come by and scribble all over your Marvel Now Deadpool comics, and we’ll have a stack of his previous comic work, The Last Christmas. And, as an added bonus, he and Patrick will talk about heavy metal THE ENTIRE TIME! Maybe. We’ll see. Brian is a crazy talented guy and as cuddly as a panda. A deadly panda that does not want to be hugged. Huzzah!
Remember CHRISTMAS CRISIS? Where we stay open 30 hours in a row before Christmas? Well this is exactly like that--only shorter.
Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Brian Hurtt appear at Challengers Comics on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 7:00pm until 10:00pm to sign the hardcover of THE SIXTH GUN!
All comics on the racks are ONE DOLLAR, regardless of cover price, except books marked New This Week and/or released in November 2013. Basically, anything except the most recent issue of a series. Looking to try out Zero? Catch up on Batman? Fill in your collection of Star Wars? Then be at Challengers on Friday, November 29th between 10am and 7pm as we cave to public pressure with our Because Everybody Kept Asking About It Black Friday Sale!
Guest: Bill Willingham
Bill Willingham, the award-winning creator of FABLES and FAIREST, will be at Challengers 4pm-6pm Wednesday, November 27th to celebrate the release of his original graphic novel FAIREST: IN ALL THE LAND! Meeting Bill Willingham? It’s like a fairy tale! A Thanksgiving miracle!
Guest: Christopher Mitten
CHRISTOPHER MITTEN and Anthony Johnston, the team behind "Wasteland" have a brand new fantasy series from Image called UMBRAL and Christopher will be @ Challengers for the release of UMBRAL #1.
Guest: Cameron Stewart
CAM STEWART has long been a favorite creator of ours (Batman and Robin, Assassin's Creed, Seaguy, The Other Side, Catwoman, etc.) and we're proud to announce he's coming to Challengers for the release of his webcomic collection, SIN TITULO! Cam currently lives in Germany, so we're very excited to have him in Chicago! And... there may even be an exclusive Ex Libris Challengers bookplate involved...!
Guest: Andrew Pepoy
HALLOWEEN comes early this year! Comic Artist ANDREW PEPOY will be at Challengers Saturday October 12th to sign 2 brand new, spooky comics... AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 and THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #19! And anything else he's worked on, which is a LOT of comics. A. Lot.
Wed Oct 9th, 12:01am
10 Years of the Walking Dead! Come celebrate w/ us at 12:01 Wednesday morning, October 9th. The brand new "All Out War" storyline starts in issue #115 and we'll be selling it at Midnight. It's Rick versus Negan with a little help from everyone else! We'll close Tuesday night at 7pm, re-open at 11pm and start selling WD #115 at Midnight. And up until then... who knows? Trivia? Zombie costumes? You tell us!
"Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve - every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology. But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her magnum opus, and the photographer who secretly documents peoples' most anguished personal moments? Or has Detective Gould finally meet his match?!"
The September 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is Red Handed: The Fine Art Of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt. Join us for a brief discussion of the book on Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm. Copies of Red Handed will be available at Challengers for 20% off from August 28th through September 24th.
"Witness the early tales of Jack Kirby's legendary creation O.M.A.C. in this hardcover collecting stories from O.M.A.C. #1-8 (1974-1975) plus artwork from WHO'S WHO! In one of his last major works for DC, Kirby envisions a 1984-inspired dystopia starring corporate nobody Buddy Blank, who is changed by a satellite called Brother Eye into the super-powered O.M.A.C. (One Man Army Corps). Enlisted by the Global Peace Agency, who police the world using pacifistic means, O.M.A.C. battles the forces of conformity in this short-lived but legendary series!"
The August 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is O.M.A.C. by Jack Kirby. Join us for a brief discussion of the book on Wednesday, August 28th at 7pm. Copies of O.M.A.C. will be available at Challengers for 20% off from July 31st through August 27th.
BAKE AND DESTROY: Good Food for Bad Vegans. Challengers is proud to be host for NATALIE SLATER's BAKE AND DESTROY RELEASE PARTY! Not only will NATALIE be on-hand to sign your book, but a host of fans will be making some of her recipes, so come hungry! This will be a party like none other we've thrown.
Natalie has been described as "Martha Stewart meets Iron Maiden," taking vegan cooking to places it has never been before. Influenced by slasher films, pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal, her quirky-yet-delicious comfort foods are a refreshing take on vegan eating with award-winning flavors. Along the way, her off-color humor, irreverent rants and density of pop-culture references will make you laugh out loud.
Inside this high-energy cookbook you’ll find recipes for Bike Messenger Brownies—inspired by the espresso-infused chai latte these speed demons use to fuel up; and Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli—Natalie’s sneaky way of getting her son to eat vegetables. Other creations include the Grilled Mac ‘n’ Cheez Sandwich, Taco Lasagna, Chick-O Cheesecake, and her Shepherd’s Pie Pizza, about which she writes, "Some people were born to rock n’ roll. Others were born to ride. I was born to put mashed potatoes on pizza."
You've waited three months - don't wait a minute longer! Challengers will be selling Saga #13 (and only Saga #13) at midnight on Tuesday, August 13th. Doors open at 11pm Tuesday for a pre-release trivia contest and costume contest. Start your wait for Saga #14 as early as possible!
"When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. Family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It's a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war - but where are Earth's Greatest
Heroes to stop it? It's a place where America's last hope is Cyborg, who hopes to gather the forces of The Outsider, The Secret 7, S!H!A!Z!A!M!, Citizen Cold and other new and familiar-yet-altered faces! It's a world that could be running out
of time, if The Flash can't find the villain who altered the time line!"
The July 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is FASHPOINT by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. Join us for a brief discussion. Copies of FLASHPOINT will be available at Challengers for 20% off from June 27th through July 30th.
Challengers is thrilled to bring you 2 amazing Italian comic artists in one great signing! SARA PICHELLI and DAVID MESSINA!
SARA PICHELLI is known for her work on Marvel's ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MEN and currently on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
DAVID MESSINA is the artist on Image's THE BOUNCE and ANGEL from IDW.
It's not often we get the chance to have such amazing international artists in-store, so help us welcome them to Chicago and show them that their art transcends geographical borders!
And, both artists are taking Commissions at the signing.
David (Comics for Beginners) and Sara (Icons and Realism in Comics) are also teaching 2-day workshops at Scuola Internazionale di Comics Digital and Figurative Arts Academy in Chicago.
Fun fact: Patrick once inked an Angel cover of David's for IDW: http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=346706
Guest: Chris Giarrusso
CHRIS (G-MAN) GIARRUSSO and JACOB (MIGHTY SKULLBOY ARMY) CHABOT are coming to Challengers for a night of awesomeness! ART SHOW! SINGING! …and a long-awaited SURPRISE!
This is a special MONDAY night Event, but it’s a Holiday week so you’ll love it!
Matt Kindt, Chris Schweizer, and Jason Horn sign at Challengers Comics on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:00pm!
Comics Quickfire is a fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Hosted by Dave Roman, Comics Quickfire has entertained large crowds at conventions and book festivals across the country and featured some of the biggest names in comics and kid lit.
Challengers is pleased to host renowned cartoonists RAINA TELGEMEIER (Smile, Drama), DAVE ROMAN (Astronaut Academy, Avatar), JOHN GREEN (Teen Boat, Jax Epoch) and JERZY DROZD (The Front, Comics Are Great podcast) for an all-ages party on June 27th! All four artists will be signing books and meeting fans, snacks will be served, and you can catch a LIVE Comics Quickfire event! Don't miss it!
"This limited series is based on the true story of Admiral Yi Soon Shin, a Korean naval commander who saved his people from Japanese invasion forces during the Imjin War (1592-1598). Much like the Nazi's during World War II, the Japanese were known for having little remorse for the innocent civilians of Korea. They raped women, enslaved children and killed elders. All that stood against them was one man who could not be defeated in battle."
The June 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is YI SOON SHIN: WARRIOR AND DEFENDER by Onrie Kompan and Giovanni Timpano. Join us Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm for a brief discussion. Copies of Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender will be available at Challengers for 20% off from May 29th through June 26th.
Jeff Zwirek, the creator of the crazy neat BURNING BUILDING COMIX, will be at Challengers on Wednesday, June 19th for a book signing! Come by between 5pm and 7pm to get a signed copy of this unique graphic novel.
"The entire modern day retelling of Superman - from his early days in Smallville with Lana Lang and Lex Luthor, to his first meeting with Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White in Metropolis - is recounted in this collection by writer Mark Waid and artists Leinil Francis Yu & Gerry Alanguilan.
"SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT collects the best-selling, critically acclaimed 12-issue maxiseries of the same name and features an introduction by Smallville television producers Al Gough & Miles Millar, plus a sketchbook section showcasing Yu's development work in addition to notes by Waid.
"Witness the making of a legend, as Clark Kent learns the tough lessons needed to become the World's Greatest Hero! Also watch as Lex Luthor comes to Smallville, befriending Clark. But it's a relationship that may ultimately spell disaster for Metropolis and the Man of Steel."
The May 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu. Join us Wednesday, May 29th at 7pm for a brief discussion. Copies of Superman: Birthright will be available at Challengers for 20% off from March 27th through May 28th.
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!
Free Comic Book Day at Challengers is not to be missed!
We're giving away THOUSANDS of comics ALL DAY!
We've got 2 great creators on hand with their own creations!
JAMAL IGLE is signing MOLLY DANGER-- FOR FREE!
CHRIS "ELIO" ELIOPOULOS is signing MR. PUZZLE-- FOR FREE!
And... THE CHALLENGER will be on hand to make sure everyone has a great time.
We've got so much fun that we can only do this once a year.
We hope to see you on May 4th!
Israel Idonije is coming to Challengers! The longtime Chicago Bear (#71) has a brand new comic book company, Athleta Comics. To celebrate the release of their first super-hero title THE PROTECTORS, Israel will be on hand to sign copies of the Collector’s Item issue #0, and he’s also bringing PROTECTORS t-shirts!
Find out more about Athleta and The Protectors here: http://www.athletacomics.com/
Guest: Ryan Browne
Celebrating the release of Ryan Browne's shockingly questionable hardcover collection of GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS.
"I don't want to oversell what Ryan has accomplished here, but I gave God Hates Astronauts to a blind man and he regained his sight." -Jonathan Hickman
GHA follows the story of a group of incompetent, small-minded, super powered narcissists called "The Power Persons Five" who are hired by NASA to stop all farmers from launching themselves into space in homemade rocket ships. Unfortunately, for NASA, this goal is scarcely even addressed and the book focuses more on extramarital affairs, bank robing owls, big gross swollen heads, ghost cow heads, olde tyme boxers, tigers eating cheeseburgers in the Crab Nebula, buffalo judges and tons of aggressive swearing. Not as much a superhero book as it is a parody of basically everything and a celebration of weird that is jam-packed with references to Robo-Cop and Die Hard.
Celebrating the release of Lucy Knisley's new book from First Second, RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN!
Lucy will be at Challengers on April 10th for a full-night RELISH party. She'll be signing books, hosting a slideshow presentation, and hanging out with fans in a gallery decked out with her artwork. Beer and wine will be served, as well as Lucy's recipes from RELISH, prepared by local fans. We couldn't be more excited to have Lucy back in Chicago for her terrific new book, and we hope to see you at the party!
Guest: Tim Seeley
In conjunction with Challengers’ 5th Anniversary, we proudly gather to celebrate the conclusion of Tim SEELEY’s epic 80+ issue run of HACK/SLASH.
5 years of Challengers.
9 years of HACK/SLASH.
14 combined years of awesome.
"Hundreds of years in the future, Manhattan has become a deadly slum, run by mutant crime-lords and disinterested cops. Stuck in the middle is a young girl who thought she had no future, but learns she has a great destiny. In a world so poisoned that it doesn't notice the monsters on its streets, how can a street kid like Fray unite a fallen city against a demonic plot to consume mankind? Joss Whedon, the celebrated creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brings his vision to the future in this unique tale. As inventive in the comics medium as in that of television or film, Whedon spins a complex tale of a skilled thief coming of age without the help of friends or family, guided only by a demonic Watcher."
The March 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is JOSS WHEDON'S FRAY by Joss Whedon (surprise!) and Karl Moline. Join us Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm for a brief discussion. Copies of Fray will be available at Challengers for 20% off from February 26th through March 26th.
The Most Talked-About Art in Wrestling is coming to Challengers!
Artist Rob Schamberger is in the process of painting every one of professional wrestling's world champions. The collection will total nearly 230 paintings when it's done! Just like with a wrestling match, the paintings work better when they're viewed in person. Rob also likes to talk in person with people about the paintings. To do that, he's taking them on the road for the Art of Rob Schamberger American Tour 2013 and Challengers is his Chicago stop!
This art show is ONE NIGHT ONLY so don't miss your chance to see these pieces in person. And some of them, just like their subjects, are BIG.
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Kevin Budnik comes to Challengers to celebrate the release of his graphic novel OUR EVER IMPROVING LIVING ROOM from Yeti Press! Kevin will be signing copies of his book and meeting fans from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, March 9th. Wine and beer will be served, copies of Our Ever Improving Living Room will be available for purchase.
The next big book. HELHEIM The next big artist. Joëlle Jones. Seriously, both this book and this artist will be big. This is the next "Saga." The next "Revival." And we're bringing it all to you from the start. We will have Joëlle's art up for ONE NIGHT ONLY, so don't miss your chance to be blown away by this amazing artist from the beginning.
ART SHOW: 7pm
Featuring Writer MICHAEL MORECI
Reincar(Nate) is a 102-page, full-color graphic novel that tells the story of Nate McCoy, a well-meaning, down on his luck P.I. who has a special ability--he can see and interact with past versions of himself. The people he reincarnated from. With the help of Jameson (a Wild West lawman) and Alan (a 1960s-era hitman), Nate works to solve his latest case, one that digs straight to the heart of the city's criminal underworld.
5 to 8pm
Former Agent of death Madeline Black may have been stripped of her wings—but she hasn't lost her purpose…
Please join Challengers in welcoming back noted urban fantasy author CHRISTINA HENRY for a Q&A and signing for her latest novel BLACK CITY, the 5th volume in the popular Black Wings series, set right here in Chicago! (Okay, that was a terrible run-on sentence and I assure you Christina had nothing to do with it. She's a total pro and would never butcher a sentence like that.)
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
"They say 'What you see is what you get!' but Kevin 'Boingthump' Phenicle could always see more than most people. In the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers, he's a legend. Could he really get free long-distance calls by whistling into a pay phone? Did his video-game piracy scheme accidentally trigger the first computer virus? And did he really dodge the FBI by using their own wiretapping software against them? Inspired by the incredible stories of real-life hackers, Wizzywig is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator."
The February 2013 book for Chattingers, the monthly Challengers book club, is WIZZYWIG by Ed Piskor. Join us Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm for a brief discussion. Copies of Wizzywig will be available at Challengers for 20% off from January 16th through February 26th.
Our annual week-long Storewide Sale starts February 7th, 2013 and runs through February 13th, 2013. Everything in the store is 25% off, except held items, anything marked New This Week, and Local Artist consignment books. Any purchase over $100 gets a free, exclusive I Love You But I've Chosen Comics t-shirt that's ONLY available during the sale, after which that design is retired.
We only do one sale a year, so make it count!
Comedian/Actor/Deadpool Writer BRIAN POSEHN is coming to Challengers! Brian is in town for a show at the Abbey Pub and he’s graciously agreed to come by and scribble all over your Marvel Now Deadpool comics, and we’ll have a stack of his previous comic work, The Last Christmas. And, as an added bonus, he and Patrick will talk about heavy metal THE ENTIRE TIME! Maybe. We’ll see. Brian is a crazy talented guy and as cuddly as a panda. A deadly panda that does not want to be hugged. Huzzah!
Tickets for his Abbey Pub show: http://www.abbeypub.com/event/187839-brian-posehn-chicago/
PANEL BABBLE - live comic readings from live comic creators! Come for the free event on Thursday, January 31st and stick around afterwards for the creator meet and greet! Scheduled participants include Jeffrey Brown, Kat Leyh, David Alvarado, RJ Casey and more.
This event is co-sponsored by Yeti Press.
5 - 7pm
Mike Norton comes to Challengers for the VERY FIRST TIME (of 2013).
Celebrating the Dark Horse debut of THE ANSWER!, Mike Norton will be meeting fans and signing copies of the first issue for his long-awaited superhero creation.
1 to 4pm
Celebrating the release of the new ongoing STAR WARS comic by Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda, Challengers is hosting a Star Wars party!
CRIS MACHT: Star Wars documentary filmmaker of "The Force Among Us" and the upcoming "The Force Within Us"
MEMBERS of the 501st & REBEL LEGION: Get your picture taken with Stormtroopers!
FOOD! Star Wars themed food & cake.
PODCASTING! Jimmy Mac will be interviewing people at Challengers and they may appear on The ForceCast!
PRIZES! Everyone that buys a copy of Star Wars #1 will be entered in a chance to win a prize provided by Lucasfilm.
Come on out for a day of Star Wars fun!
Ag47 (a nonprofit that amplifies girls' voices through the arts) and Atomic Sketch (a fantastic monthly live art-making spectacle) are pairing together in January, to bring together a collaborative evening-a three-hour event of live art-making with an exquisitely corpse-like twist. Girls from the arts mentorship non-profit, Ag47, will be paired up with talented Chicago artists to create unique work based on requests from the crowd! This event is a fundraiser for Ag47, so that we can continue to bring art and exploration in all shapes and forms to our girls from Logan Square.
Katie Cook returns to Challengers for a month-long art show featuring thousands* of mini paintings! Katie is the creator of the weekly web comic GRONK, the writer of the brand new MY LITTLE PONY comic book, beloved by STAR WARS fans world-wide, co-creator of GRAYSON The MIGHTY and is also the masked pro-wrestler SIN CARA!** We will also have an exclusive print available for the opening.
*actual number TBD; may be less than thousands
**this one is a complete lie
For the release of the first collection of REVIVAL, creators Tim Seeley and Mike Norton will be meeting fans and signing comics on Wednesday, December 12th from 5pm to 7pm. An exclusive bookplate for REVIVAL Volume 1 will be included with any purchase of the collection.
The first day of a two-day SIXTH GUN event! Brian Hurtt returns to The Rogues Gallery for a special one-week art exhibition! To celebrate the release of the fourth collection of the award-nominated series The Sixth Gun, "A Town Called Penance", Brian will be displaying every page of art from the silent issue of The Sixth Gun, #21. Alongside writer Cullen Bunn, Brian will be meeting fans at a 21+ opening event. No books will be signed, but plenty of merchandise will be available for purchase, including an exclusive bookplate edition of "A Town Called Penance". After the opening night, the artwork will remain on display through December 6th.
The SIXTH GUN two-day event continues on Saturday at noon, when Brian and Cullen will be signing for fans until 3pm.
This year, a variety of publishers large and small have created giveaway comics for Halloween, which we'll be, uh, giving away. Specifically, we'll be giving them away on Saturday, October 27th, and Wednesday, October 31st. Anyone (kid or adult) who shows up either day gets a free comic, and anyone who shows up in costume gets a STACK of comics, while supplies last. Additionally, attendees to our Saturday night Halloween party and our Sunday afternoon pumpkin carving will walk out with some free Halloween comics.
Once again, Challengers is hosting a PUMPKIN CARVING! $10 gets you one pumpkin, plenty of tools, and a ton of stencils from which to choose. Every participant will also get assistance from the Challengers Carvemaster, Joel Q!
Space is limited, as are pumpkins. Please consider reserving both in advance.
12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Get your costumes ready for Challengers' HALLOWEEN PARTY! Saturday, October 27th, we'll be throwing our annual Halloween Party for adults, with free beer and free candy. No kids, costumes required. See you then!
08:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Once again, Challengers is a host site for 24-Hour Comics Day, a nationwide event that challenges (sorry) participants to create an original 24 page comic in 24 hours. The event itself is free, but we require a reservation in advance as space is limited. If you're interested in participating this year, please call or e-mail Challengers.
This year's event starts at 11am on Saturday, October 20th, although we'll open for artists at 10:30am so they can get set up.
We'll also be providing, for a $10 fee, three meals and unlimited drinks and snacks for the duration of the event. Payment can be made up to (and including) the day of the event.
NOTE: Joining this event here on Facebook does NOT guarantee you space for the event. If interested you must register thru the store, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 773-278-0155.
We will update this event once all spaces are filled. We will be taking a reserve list because people ALWAYS drop out. Also, spectators are welcome and Challengers WILL BE OPEN for the duration of the event.
Artist of AMERICAN VAMPIRE and BATMAN, Rafael Albuquerque will be sigining books and comics at the opening of his month-long art exhibition on Friday, October 19th. Beer will be served, and an exclusive full-color print will be available for FREE (opening night only) with any Rafael Albuquerque purchase.
An acoustic concert in The Rogues Gallery with THE DOUBLECLICKS and MOLLY LEWIS! Show starts at 7pm, but space is limited, so an early arrival is recommended. Standing room only. Merch will be available for purchase after the show. This show is All Ages!
The August 2012 book for CHATTINGERS, the monthly Challengers book club, is THE FOUNTAIN by Darren Aronofsky and Kent Williams. Join us Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm for a brief discussion of the graphic novel and a viewing of Aronofsky’s “sister-project”, the film version of The Fountain. A longer discussion of both book and film will follow.
THE FOUNTAIN graphic novel will be available for 20% off from July 25th through August 29th.
8:00pm until 10:00pm
CHRIS BURNHAM (artist of Batman Incorporated and Officer Downe) will be signing books and comics at the opening of his original art exhibition on Friday, August 10th at The Rogues Gallery. Wine and beer will be served, and an exclusive print will be available free (one night only) with purchase of any Chris Burnham work.
From visionary cartoonist Ray Fawkes comes one of the most original and thought-provoking graphic novels of all-time! A unique and poetic narrative, One Soul takes the experiences of 18 individuals and weaves them into the spiritual journey of a lifetime. Gracefully flowing from character to character, moment to moment, Fawkes has crafted a stunning mosaic that takes advantage of the medium of sequential art in a way few creators dare.
The July 2012 book for CHATTINGERS, the monthly Challengers book club, is One Soul by Ray Fawkes. Join us Wednesday, July 25th at 7pm for an hour-long discussion.
To celebrate the release of their terrific new “farm noir” series REVIVAL, writer Tim Seeley and artist Mike Norton will be at Challengers ALL DAY on Wednesday, July 11th (with a small lunch break, probably) to sign copies of the first issue and meet fans. Mike and Tim will be at Challengers from 11am until 7pm that Wednesday, and we’ll have plenty of copies of REVIVAL for you to get signed.
Challengers’ own Mike Norton will be at Challengers from 2pm until 5pm, signing copies of the Dark Horse hardcover collection for his hit Eisner-nominated webcomic
But that’s not all! To celebrate Mike’s new book and to benefit the Logan Square Dog Park, we’ll be holding a charity hot dog cookout! Hot dogs will be available throughout the day for a $1 donation (per hot dog) to the Logan Square Dog Park. Additional donations are more than welcome.
Writer/Artist Brian Wood (DMZ, DV8, Northlanders, Local, Demo, Conan) will be at Challengers on Saturday, June 30th from 8pm-10pm for a signing and party to celebrate his outstanding new releases for June 2012, THE MASSIVE and CHANNEL ZERO: THE COMPELTE COLLECTION. Copies of both will be available for purchase, as well as other past and current work.
An original print, designed by Brian Wood, will be provided free with any purchase during the event.
The multiple-sellout miniseries Newsarama calls "a modern noir package that is not to be missed" and MTV "couldn't put down." Jon Moore is a mercenary spy on the run, protected only by Jake Ellis, a man invisible to everyone except Jon.
The June 2012 book for CHATTINGERS, the monthly Challengers book club, is Who Is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic. Join us Wednesday, June 27th at 7pm for an hour-long discussion.
Rebekah Isaacs will be at The Rogues Gallery on Friday, June 22nd for the opening of her month-long exhibition. Ms. Isaacs will be signing copies of the first collection of ANGEL & FAITH as well as an exclusive Rogues Gallery print.
Event runs 7pm-10pm. 21+ event, wine and beer will be served. Exhibition will be available to the public through August 6th 2012.
Tim Seeley - (Top Cow) Writer for FCBD 2012 Witchblade. (12:00 noon)
Christoper Mitten - (Oni) Artist on FCBD 2012 Bad Medicine. (12:00 noon)
Mike Norton - (Image) Artist on FCBD 2012 Image 20. (12:00 noon)