The cold, calculating machine-brain of Challengers, Dal's professional demeanor hides a heart that runs almost entirely on comics and graphic novels. In the trenches of comics retail for almost as long as Patrick, Dal's ready to debate the merits of today's most acclaimed creators and point out the hidden gems of the past. He also occasionally smiles. I saw it once. I think.
It’s the first week in 13 weeks without a Jonathan Hickman-penned X-Men comic! But there’s MARAUDERS #1, so that’s almost the same thing! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- MARAUDERS #1 The X-Men sail at dawn! Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared! MONEY SHOT #1 In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device. Her big idea: She'll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT! SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY TP Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter? Chip Zdarsky and Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley unite to tell an entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end! From the Vietnam War to Secret Wars and Civil War, all the way through to what just might be a 72-year-old Spider-Man's final mission, prepare to watch Peter Parker age through 57 years of groundbreaking history. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- AMAZING MARY JANE #1 Mary Jane Watson just got her big shot - but at what cost? And can she really trust anyone as she pursues her Hollywood dreams on a movie directed by... Mysterio?? AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FULL CIRCLE #1 A summons from SHIELD leads Peter Parker into a globe-spanning adventure that will test him as never before, one in which the future of all mankind lies in his gloved, webbed hands! Who is the mysterious prisoner in the steel box who keeps propelling the wall-crawler onward? An all-star team of Marvel's biggest writers and artists take up the challenge to create the wildest, maddest, most unconventional AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of all! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Wolverine and Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham! COUNT CROWLEY RELUCTANT MONSTER HUNTER #1 Aspiring reporter Jerri Bartman is furious when she's demoted to hosting the nightly Creature Feature at her small-town TV station. But Jerri quickly learns that there is more to horror hosting than just introducing bad B-movies. Her first night in the costume of her missing predecessor, Count Crowley, finds her face to face with a living, breathing . . . werewolf. Or was she just that drunk? INVISIBLE KINGDOM TP VOL 01 In a far-flung galaxy's small solar system, two women-one a young religious acolyte, the other a hard-bitten freighter pilot-uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming megacorporation. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie-and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. Collects issues #1-#5. MY DOG IVY #1 The latest from the fertile mind of one of America's best cartoonists, Gabrielle Bell. Gabrielle is in for trouble when she over-enthusiastically answers a call to house sit a small Minnesota home for a month. Complete with 2 cats and a neurotic golden retriever named Ivy, the month long "vacation home" proves to be a gargantuan responsibility. As she awkwardly attempts to fill into the void left by the pet owners, Gabrielle's only salvation is the turbulent relationship forged with the dog Ivy. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #1, BATMAN CURSE WHITE KNIGHT #4, KING THOR #2, ACTION COMICS #1016, ASCENDER #6 and CRIMINAL #9. Comics! What would we do without you??
AJ Mendez (former wrestling champion, author of the New York Times-bestselling "Crazy Is My Superpower") and Aimee Garcia (award-winning actress, currently starring on "Lucifer") will be at Challengers Comics to meet fans and sign copies of the first issue of their new comic series, "GLOW vs the Babyface"!
"GLOW vs the Babyface" is a new four-issue series based on the characters from the hit Netflix series "GLOW". In this original story, the women of GLOW are preparing for an all-new sort of a foe... a news anchor! As they learn the art of the promo to convince the media that GLOW isn't a bad influence on children thank you very much, they discover a much bigger problem-a runaway who's been living under the ring!
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!
Time: Every Second Monday of the Month starting at 7pm!
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: WCN Facebook
HOUSE OF X is OVER! POWERS OF X is OVER! The DAWN of X starts NOW… with Jonathan Hickman’s X-MEN #1 (and it’s available at 12:01am on Wednesday!!) --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1 The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis' Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman! As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. By Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru!! X-MEN #1 The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Yu reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- MARKED #1 The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You'll believe in magic-terrifying, soul-destroying magic. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE BATMAN KNIGHTFALL Don't miss this twisted tale from the pages of the game-changing event "Batman: Knightfall"! Thirty years after Bruce Wayne was broken and failed to take back the mantle of the Bat, Jean-Paul Valley, now known as Saint Batman, has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams. In his new order, killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear-all in the name of justice. But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham City rises...the son of Bane! MASK I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE MASK #1 Gruesome hilarity from Christopher Cantwell (Doctor Doom, She Could Fly). Years ago, a weird mask of unknown origin and limitless power was buried in the cement of an apartment building's basement floor. Edge City and its residents have all but forgotten the mysterious green-faced killer known only as "Big Head." But now, decades later, the bizarre Tex Avery-style killings are happening all over again and are on a collision course with a bizarre political campaign where a homicidal maniac wants to "Make America Green Again"! CULT CLASSIC CREATURE FEATURE #1 Eons ago, visitors from outer space buried an item of unimaginable power in the primordial swamps that would one day become King Lake-a quaint little basin on the edge of Whisper, USA. Millions of years later, a comet's radioactive waves awaken the monster slumbering beneath the lake. As the beast feeds on America's sweet, delicious youth, brain-slugs infect the quiet town, causing victims to vomit up their kill-hungry, zombified skeletons. But for seventeen-year-old Jarrod Parker, none of that stuff matters much. For him, this isn't about the Apocalypse. It's about payback. Nothing-not his friends, not the undead, not even the end of the world-will keep him from vengeance. ROBOTECH REMIX #1 Robotech is reborn from the ashes of Event Horizon! New writer Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Marvel Mangaverse) boot up Robotech: Remix, an all-new series that will take beloved characters and iconic mecha to places fans have never seen before! METAL MEN #1 The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as we take a deep look into Doc Magnus' lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challengers Mountain that appears to have come through from the Dark Multiverse... --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN #81, JJ Abrams’ SPIDER-MAN #2, GIDEON FALLS #17, ONCE & FUTURE #3, SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #3, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #4, SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #2, and SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #4. It’s a bold new era of comics, and YOU are a part of it!!
Monday, October 28th, 2019 - LUKE HEALY, the artist behind How to Survive in the North and Permanent Press, will be at Challengers on Monday, October 28th for a cartooning workshop and a signing for his newest graphic novel, Americana (And the Act of Getting Over It)! Luke will be putting on a cartooning workshop at 7pm, called "How To Be The Best Pictionary Player In The World", a 30-minute cartooning workout where participants progress from representing simple ideas to more complicated ones while Luke explains the core principles of cartoon drawing. Afterwards, we'll have a signing for Luke's newest book, Americana!
This event runs from 7pm to around 9pm. Event is free to attend, but a book purchase would be appreciated.
More about Luke Healy: "Luke was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, where he also received a BA in Journalism. He has an MFA in Cartooning from the Centre for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, USA. His work has been exhibited in the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art in Manhattan, and his clients include Seven Days VT and Narratively."
More about Americana: "The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2660 miles, from California’s border with Mexico to Washington’s border with Canada. To walk it is to undertake a gruelling test of body and spirit… challenge accepted. This intimate, engaging autobiographical work recounts the author’s own attempt to walk the length of the USA’s west coast. Healy’s life-changing journey weaves in and out of reflections on his experiences in America and his development as an artist, navigating both the trail itself and the unique culture of the people who attempt to complete it."