Challengers Comics + Conversation

1845 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Current & Upcoming Events

July 28, 2018: WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana and Mecha Wolf 450 Signing

Join us for this signing!

July 30, 2018: My Boyfriend is a Bear Graphic Novel Club

The next meeting of CHATTINGERS, the Challengers Book Club, is for MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris, published by Oni Press.

Bear meets girl.

Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she's ever had! He's considerate, he's sweet, he takes care of her. But he's a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all?

Through July 29th, we're offering MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR at 20% off! Then, on July 30th at 7pm, come back to hang out and chat with other fans about it! Snacks and cheap beer will be served.

Aug. 8, 2018: Zach Lehner "Junior Braves of the Apocalypse" Book 2 Signing

ZACH LEHNER returns to Challengers for an All-Day signing! The scouts from Troop 65 return in JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE BOOK 2: OUT OF THE WOODS, Oni Press' all-ages Zombie graphic novel series, and artist Zach will be signing it ALL DAY!

"In a zombie wasteland of unknown origin, scout Troop 65 marshals onwards in the hopes of finding their families in Seattle, the nearest logical evacuation location. After a difficult journey by land and river, they make a stop in a suburban town that serves as ground zero of a battle between a corporate office that may have caused the apocalypse and the survivors staying in the nearby tribal casino."

Zach will be signing from 11am to 7pm on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018.

Aug. 13, 2018: Women's Comics Night: Free-For-All

It's the lazy days of summer, and rather than make anyone have to plan ahead, let's all get together and just hang out! No pressure; no expectations, just fun and friends!

And per usual, this event is BYOB and BYO-SNACKS. However, some snacks and beverages will be provided. You’re also more than welcome to bring any of your own crafts or cosplay or art you are currently working on!

Past Events

July 19, 2018: Correspondence Club

Join Donovan Challenger for an evening of corresponding postally with your favorite comics via letter. Every month, we'll focus on sending mail (real, physical mail) to a specific comic and we're kicking it off with SAGA. Need to talk about your feelings on WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT THING? Or WHY DID THEY DO THE OTHER THING? Or HOW DARE THEY? Or even HEY, I LIKE YOU A LOT! We know you have opinions. Time to share them with the people who are actually responsible. No more excuses! We'll have stationery and stamps, envelopes and everything else you need to take the conversation out of the store and into the mail.

Correspondence Club meets the third Thursday of each month, from 7pm to 9pm.

July 9, 2018: Women's Comics Night: Speed Friending

Okay so you’ve heard of speed dating, right? Well Speed Friending is kind of the same thing, except, platonic! For five minutes, two participants will be paired together to get to know one another, suggested questions will be provided.

After five minutes have passed you will move on to a new participant and get to know them for the next five minutes! The outcome is to get to know one another and just have a good time.

Speed Friending will only be the first half, then we’ll just hang out for the rest of the night, drink our drinks and snack the night away while hanging out. No craft this time around, since we are crafting friendships!

And per usual, this event is BYOB and BYO-SNACKS. However, some snacks and beverages will be provided. You’re also more than welcome to bring any of your own crafts or cosplay or art you are currently working on!

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

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! Intended for all women and is unequivocally Queer, Non-Binary, & Trans friendly!

Time: Every Second Monday of the Month starting at 7pm!

July 4, 2018: Batman 50 and Captain America 1 Midnight Release

We're doing it again! We'll be open at Midnight to sell you copies of BATMAN #50 and CAPTAIN AMERICA #1, as well as ALL of DC Comics' and Marvel Comics' offerings for the week!

BATMAN #50 written by Tom King
It's the wedding you never thought you'd see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can't-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?

We will be open right at Midnight, until roughly 12:45am, and then we'll re-open at 11:00am.

June 11, 2018: Women's Comics Night: A Slumber (Less) Party!

To some, a slumber party theme could come off as cheesy, but we want to celebrate those nights of vulnerability, bonding, and laughter. Sleepovers were so important to young people growing up; it gave them a sense of freedom and empowerment, but also a safe space to be themselves without interruption. Let’s don our PJs and have ourselves a sleepover, without the whole sleeping over part.

Come in with your PJ’s on and lets make some paper fortune tellers! Paper and instructions will be provided but the responsibility of knowing the future is a weight you will have to carry on your own.
(Don’t worry: if you don’t want to wear pajamas outside of your own home, pjs are not required to attend! Or, you can change into them once you get to Challengers.)

Joining us for our pajama related shenanigans, we have a special guest! Gabi Mendez, the creator of Lemonade Summer will be in attendance for a reading and QA! Hosting the reading and QA will be none other than Cow House Press founder, Sheika Lugtu!

  • 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.