Challengers Comics + Conversation

1845 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Current & Upcoming Events

May 4, 2019: FCBD 2019: Challengers Comics

Brian Crowley, Dan Dougherty, Don Cardenas, Brian Mead, Alex Rosado, Andrea Bell, Tyrell Cannon, Archangelo, Ashley Riot, and more appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, May 4, 2019 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

May 13, 2019: Release Party for Image Comics' “Little Girls”

It’s a Signing, a Concert and a Party all-in-one! Image Comics creators Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine are on a national tour for their brand new graphic novel LITTLE GIRLS and they’re coming to Challengers! And, they’re bringing a party with them, including live music from both KACHI and GENTLE HEAT!

And, of course, beer!

This event is tentatively set to start at 7:00pm on Monday, May 13th, 2019.

About “Little Girls”: Something hunts people on the outskirts of town... Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia. They're dealing with the kind of problems that all kids have: judgmental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation... and a legendary brain-eating monster straight out of folklore. Sure, it's not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it.

Showcasing a quietly unsettling plot and building tension similar to NICK DRNASO's Sabrina and ADRIAN TOMINE's Killing and Dying, debut creative team NICHOLAS AFLLEJE and SARAH DeLAINE construct a poignant story of otherness and mystery.

May 13, 2019: Little Girls Signing Tour

In celebration of Little Girls hitting shelves, debut creators Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine will go on a 12 city national book tour this May—with events featuring live band performances—to promote the release of this haunting new standalone graphic novel.

May 20, 2019: Women's Comics Night: Star Wars

Oh wow! Star Wars! May the force be with you! In honor of May the 4th, we are having a Star Wars themed night! Due to scheduling, this night of WCN has been pushed from our usual Second Monday of the month time slot to the third Monday of the month, May 20th!

Never seen a single Star Wars movie? Don't panic! We got plenty of people that would love to talk about where to start and their fan theories.

Let's talk the movies, the video games, the novels, the comics, the universe, and the epic storytelling! And maybe we will watch the infamous Star Wars Christmas special.

Per usual, this event is BYOB and BYO-SNACKS. However, some snacks and beverages will be provided. And you're more than welcome to bring any crafts you're currently working on!

Don’t forget you can always join our Facebook Group and hang in the downtime between meetups:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/880309332129833

Sept. 28, 2019: Champion's Day with Marty and Sarah (Who Love Wrestling)!

Trism Books
Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling
Challengers Comics + Conversation
all proudly present...

CHAMPION'S DAY
A book party, live show, and activities for the whole family all-in-one!

$20 per Family (up to 4 people) includes:
• Your choice of either WRESTLING DREAMS (Colt Cabana) or YOUNG BUCKS STAND TALL illustrated hardcover kids book
• "What's In a Name" mini-comic from Marty & Sarah
• A Comic Book from Challengers
• A Marty & Sarah pin
• A Bookmark

Activities include:
• Live reading of both books by illustrator Erica Weisz and Sarah Shockey.
• Family-friendly Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling show
• Live drawings
• More!
• Wrestling Dreams signing by illustrator Erica Weisz.

Also:
• A MARTY & SARAH LOVE WRESTLING Merch Table!
• Additional copies of WRESTLING DREAMS and YOUNG BUCKS STAND TALL available for purchase (as well as plenty of non-wrestling themed comics!)

Past Events

April 21, 2019: Champion's Day with Marty & Sarah

Trism Books
Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling
Challengers Comics + Conversation
all proudly present...

CHAMPION'S DAY
A book party, live show, and activities for the whole family all-in-one!

$20 per Family (up to 4 people) includes:
• Your choice of either WRESTLING DREAMS (Colt Cabana) or YOUNG BUCKS STAND TALL illustrated hardcover kids book
• "What's In a Name" mini-comic from Marty & Sarah
• A Comic Book from Challengers
• A Marty & Sarah pin
• A Bookmark

Activities include:
• Live reading of both books by illustrator Erica Weisz and Sarah Shockey.
• Family-friendly Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling show
• Live drawings
• More!
• Wrestling Dreams signing by illustrator Erica Weisz.

Also:
• A MARTY & SARAH LOVE WRESTLING Merch Table!
• Additional copies of WRESTLING DREAMS and YOUNG BUCKS STAND TALL available for purchase (as well as plenty of non-wrestling themed comics!)

March 27, 2019: Detective Comics #1000 12:01am Release

It’s time for another DC Comics milestone… the release of DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 and you’ll be able to get it at 12:01am on the day it comes out!

That’s right, we’ll be opening at 12:01am to sell DETECTIVE COMICS #1000, all of its covers, and (probably) anything else DC releases that week!

And then we’ll close around 12:30 and re-open at 11:00am.

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-MIDNIGHT!

March 11, 2019: Women's Comics Night: Cosplay Crunch Time

This WCN will be a mere 10 days before the first day of C2E2-- which is only like 240 hours to finish up your Steam-Punk Gender Swapped Joker costume!! Or maybe you decided last minute you want to cosplay after dragging your feet for months; well let's buckle down and start hot-gluing. That Bulma costume ain't going to make itself!! This is a bring your own supplies sort of thing.

Not a cosplayer? Not a problem! Let's figure out who's going on what days and plan a meet-up. You can prep for the fun weekend with the rest of us and just chat about the long autograph lines we are planning to wait in, or how much money we plan to not use towards our student loans but on artist alley, instead. Wait, why do we even like cons again? Oh yeah, because they're awesome.

March 8, 2019: Lucy Knisley "Kid Gloves" Signing Event

Lucy Knisley ("Relish", "French Milk", "An Age of License") returns to Challengers for an event 9 months in the making! It's the bedut of her brand new graphic novel KID GLOVES!

"If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you're smart and talented and "good enough," you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she'd ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience in labor and delivery. Kid Gloves follows Lucy's personal transition into motherhood, and it also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, full of curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery."

This event starts at 7:00pm on Friday, March 8th and will be family friendly. More details to be announced.

  • Shop Hours

    Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.