Challengers Comics + Conversation

1845 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Current & Upcoming Events

Nov. 17, 2018: Form of a Question Signing

Graphic novel writer and JEOPARDY! Contestant Andrew Rostan is coming to Challengers to sign his brand new book Form of a Question on Saturday, November 17th, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM!

Andrew Rostan is excellent at remembering facts and recalling the memories he associates with those facts. Memories of deaths in the family and extraordinary people. At the age of twenty-two and suddenly a contestant on the very game show he associates with the happiest moments in his life, Andrew is about to realize that existence is like JEOPARDY! and that all the answers are staring you in the face if only you ask the right questions.

Form of a Question is a moving memoir from writer Andrew Rostan (An Elegy for Amelia Johnson), along with artists Kate Kasenow (All Saint’s Day) and Jenna Ayoub (Adventure Time Comics), that revisits one of the most formative moments in his life and reveals how a chance opportunity to appear on a game show taught him much more about living than he knew he needed.

Dec. 1, 2018: Lumberjanes Day with Lilah Sturges and Kat Leyh

What the junk? It’s Lumberjanes Day at Challengers—the perfect day to celebrate friendship to the max!! We’re making it easy for you, because we’ll have 2, count ‘em 2, Lumberjanes creators on-hand! LILAH STURGES, writer of the original graphic novel “Lumberjanes Infernal Compass” and current Lumberjanes comic writer KAT LEYH!

We’ll be well-stocked on all things Lumberjanes and we encourage you to come dressed as your very own Lumberjane!

Dec. 10, 2018: Women's Comics Night: Holiday Special

Winter in Chicago can be brutal, and while technically it won't be quite winter yet, we all know its gonna be cold!

First, we are doing an in-kind donation drive for Sarah's Circle! Sarah's Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Located in Chicago's Uptown Community, Sarah's Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979. You can read more about them on their website:

Check here for a complete list of item that are looking for this winter:

Typically, these items are always in high demand:

- travel-sized toiletries
- new underwear
- over the counter medications

Also, this night, we are going to play White Elephant this night! Here's how that works:

1. Each player brings one wrapped gift* to contribute to a common pool.
2. Players draw numbers to determine in what order they will pick gifts.
3. Players sit in a circle or line where they can see the gift pile.
4. The first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it.
5. The following players can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift from the pool, or steal a previous player’s gift. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else.
6. After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift they are holding for any other opened gift. Anyone whose gift is stolen may steal from someone else (as long as that person hasn’t been stolen from yet). When someone declines to steal a gift, the game comes to an end.

*No need to buy a gift; grab something fun from home you don't mind giving away. If you do buy a gift, lets keep the purchasing limit at $10 or less.

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

What is Women’s Comics Night?

The Mission: Once a month casual hangout after hours at Challengers Comics + Conversation meant to build community and foster friendship thru comics! Intended for all women and is unequivocally Queer, Non-Binary, & Trans friendly!

Dec. 22, 2018: Present Wrapping, Cocoa and Cookies

What’s better than cookies and milk? How about Christmas Cookies and Hot Cocoa!?! Challengers is offering FREE GIFT WRAPPING for anything you buy in-store on Saturday, December 22 between 11am and 3pm. And while your gifts are being wrapped, enjoy some homemade holiday COOKIES and HOT COCOA on us!

Gift wrapping is only for items you buy at Challengers. If you bought it earlier, you must bring your receipt in to be eligible for free wrapping. And we repeat, only items bought at Challengers.

Past Events

Nov. 12, 2018: Women's Comics Night: Friends Giving

Bring some food and let's share & eat together and talk about nerd stuff! We don't have a kitchen at Challengers so if you are bringing warm stuff, it will need to already be cooked. But bring anything you want: snacks, sides, desserts, drinks! You're not obligated to bring any food either! We would love for you to hang and eat even if you don't have any snacks to bring.

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 or projects you are currently working on!

Nov. 3, 2018: Midnight Mystery #1 Signing with Bernie Gonzalez

Follow the strange adventures of detective Zeke King as his latest horrifying case goes from freaky to fatal when he's hired to find the lost son of a deceased horror host. The mystery begins in the first issue of Alterna Comics' new supernatural horror series MIDNIGHT MYSTERY written and drawn by BERNIE GONZALEZ!

Bernie will be signing copies of the $1.50 first issue from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, November 3rd.

Oct. 18, 2018: Last Pick Vol. 1 Signing with Jason Walz

An alien abduction has left behind only those younger than sixteen, older than sixty-five, or too "disabled" to work. In other words, people who weren't a threat - until now. Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels, break free from their captors, and inspire others to do the same. It's time for "the last picked" to step into the game. Jason Walz pairs vivid world-building and a fast-paced adventure in a beautiful story of sibling devotion. With humor and action, Last Pick shares an empowering message about the dangers of labeling and writing people off. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.

Jason Walz will be signing copies of Last Pick vol. 1 from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, October 18th.

Oct. 17, 2018: Onrie Kompan Signing

Onrie Kompan returns to Challengers! The YI SOON SHIN and MARX writer will be here in support of his upcoming series YI SOON SHIN: HUNTER AND DESTROYER!

Onrie will be appearing from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 17th.

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