Challengers Comics + Conversation

750 N. Franklin St. #103
Chicago, IL 60654

Past Events

March 2, 2020: A Letter to Jo Signings

Renowned comics illustrator/writer KELLY WILLIAMS will be at Challengers Comics to celebrate the release of A LETTER TO JO, the heart-wrenching graphic novel of a real-life WWII Polish-American machine gunner’s letter home. Kelly has also illustrated for CREEPY and EERIE, the graphic novel METAPHASE, WWE comics, and written and illustrated THE DARK.


As Leonard fights on the front lines of World War II, memories of Josephine and home help keep him alive. As Josephine contends with life, family, and work in Cleveland, letters from Leonard sustain her. But official censorship forces him to leave out much of the most significant action he sees.
Finally, with the war coming to an end, Leonard is able to tell his full story. In a quietly beautiful letter to Josephine, Leonard writes of the loneliness he felt, the camaraderie he experienced, and the terrible violence he witnessed.

Now, Josephine and Leonard’s grandson has carefully researched the battles Leonard describes and expanded the letter into a moving tale of a young man’s fears and bravery far from home. Brought to heart-wrenching life by the paintbrushes of Kelly Williams (The Dark, Metaphase, WWE), A Letter to Jo is at once a tender love story and a harrowing battlefield memoir.

Includes appendices with photographs, scans of the letter, developmental art, and an illustrated poem by WWII machine-gunner Leonard Sieracki (the author’s grandfather).

Kelly will be signing at Challengers in BUCKTOWN on Thursday, February 27th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Kelly will also be at Challengers in RIVER NORTH on Monday, March 2nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Feb. 27, 2020: Zenescope In-Store at Challengers Comics + Conversation

Zenescope Entertainment is joining Challengers Comics + Conversation in River North for a Pre-C2E2 In-Store Event on February 27th! We will be bringing new and rare exclusives, new comic books and graphic novels. We're looking forward to hanging out with our beloved friends and fans in Chicago, IL!

Feb. 7, 2020 to Feb. 13, 2020: I Love You But I've Chosen Comics 25% Off Storewide Sale

It's that time-- time for our only STOREWIDE Sale of the year!

25% OFF (just about) EVERYTHING*

One FULL Week-- February 7th thru February 13th!

If you spend over $100 (after discount; before tax) you'll get a FREE, EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT, designed by ROSEMARY VALERO-O'CONNELL ("Laura Jean Keeps Breaking Up With Me"). And, for the first time ever, we're offering it in both RED and BLUE colors! But, you have to earn it at the corresponding store. So if you want a RED shirt, you have to earn it in Bucktown and if you want it in BLUE, you have to qualify for it in River North! We think this design is SO GOOD that you'll want both colors!!

*does not included items marked "New This Week", held items, items previously discounted, consignment items and C2E2 tickets.

Jan. 29, 2020: Ryan Browne "Quantum & Woody" #1 Signing(s)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 - RYAN BROWNE returns to Challengers for the debut of his and Chris Hastings' new Valiant series QUANTUM & WOODY! Ryan will be appearing at BOTH Challengers Comics to sign books and provide quick head sketches on Quantum & Woody #1, as well as Curse Words, God Hates Astronauts, and all of his awesomely hilarious comics!

You can catch Ryan on Wednesday, January 29th at...

RIVER NORTH (750 N Franklin St #103, 312.285.2252) from 4pm to 5:30pm

...and then...

BUCKTOWN (1845 N Western Ave, 773.278.0155) from 6pm to 7:15pm.

Also, we'll have a Quantum & Woody #1 Sketch Cover with an original sketch by Ryan Browne that we'll be raffling off to anyone that buys a #1 at the signings! Don't miss meeting this great creator and starting a terrific new series!