Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Sunday March 31, 2019 - It's time for WOMEN'S COMICS MONTH! Challengers is once again celebrating Women and Non-binary comic creators for the month of March, and this year we’ll have 2 creators exhibiting their work, showing off their comics and talking shop each Saturday and Sunday of the month.
The schedule so far: Sat Mar 2: Marie Enger • Rachel Bard Sun Mar 3: Sage Coffey • Bianca Xunise Fri Mar 8 (Special Night & Time):Lucy Knisley 7-9pm Sat Mar 9: Ashley Woods • Steph Stanga Sun Mar 10: Stephanie Mided • Ali Cantarella Sat Mar 16: Lizzy Tiritilli • Ashly Powley Sun Mar 17: Kara DuVall • SAS-E Sat Mar 23: Rebecca McConnell • Rebecca Rothschild Sun Mar 24: Cathy Hannah • Corinne Halbert Sat Mar 30: Andrea Bell • Vixtopher Sun Mar 31: Alex Kostiw • Amber Huff
Keep checking back as more creators are added. Header image by Stephanie Mided.
Friday, March 8, 2019 - Lucy Knisley ("Relish", "French Milk", "An Age of License") returns to Challengers for an event 9 months in the making! It's the debut 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.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Melbourne vs. Chicago! Challengers vs. All Star! With LITTLE BIRD #1 caught in the middle!
Little Bird, the new Image comic from writer Darcy Van Poelgeest and artist Ian Bertram (House of Penance), offers the intoxicating, dystopian journey of a young girl rebelling against an oppressive theocracy in an ultra-nationalist North America that has been devastated by three decades of war. As the American Empire expands, a 12-year old girl sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire. If she’s not fighting against an evil, theocratic empire that wants her land and soul—then who is she?
All Star Comics in Melbourne, Australia thinks their clientele is going to love LITTLE BIRD and that they are going to sell a tonne of it. Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, IL thinks our customer base is perfect for LITTLE BIRD #1 and that we’re going to sell even more!
Who will sell more? Which city has the more passionate comic book fan base? Where does your civic pride lie?
If All Star sells more copies of LITTLE BIRD #1, Challengers will send them a Vienna Beef Chicago Style Hot Dog kit. If Challengers sells more copies of LITTLE BIRD #1, All Star will send them Tim Tam biscuits. The shop that sells the most copies will also receive a copy of Little Bird #1 signed by creators Darcy van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram!
This Store-vs-Store, City-vs-City contest runs from March 13, 2019 (the release date of LITTLE BIRD #1) to April 17, 2019 (the release date of Little Bird #2). The store that sells fewer copies will also post a video conceding defeat.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 – 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!