IL – Batman Day 2016 Signing

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Nightwing writer Tim Seeley and artists Alex Rosado, BD Mead, and Luke Smarto appear at Challengers Comics on Saturday, September 17, 2016 for their Batman Day 2016 celebration!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Voracious TPB Signing

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Press Release:

Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers Comics to celebrate the release of the very first VORACIOUS collection on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM! VORACIOUS has been so successful that there will be a second series premiering in the fall, so if you grab the collection of volume 1 on Wednesday, August 10th you’ll be caught up just in time for volume 2! Plus, Markisan and Jason are really great guys AND are from Chicago, so you can feel extra good about buying their work! Civic pride, baby!

“Haunted by the death of his sister, NYC Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his tiny hometown in Utah, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! With a little help from his knife-wielding Grandmother Maribel, and friends Starlee and Captain Jim, Nate opens a restaurant that secretly serves dinosaur meat. Can he survive long enough to make it a success and turn his life around?”

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

5th Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

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Press Release:

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago for its fifth year on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 11am to 6pm, with over 200 local, national, and international exhibitors at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 North Halsted Avenue. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the diverse community of underground and alternative comics artists, publishers, and fans, both in Chicago and the United States, as well as the rest of the world. Comics, prints, and other artwork will be available for purchase, and in addition to the expo itself, several off-site events will occur throughout the weekend.

In addition to art for sale, the expo also features workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions with special guests Chester Brown, Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Sammy Harkham, Cathy G. Johnson, Laura Park, Patrick Kyle, Trina Robbins, and Leslie Stein. Independent publishers appearing at CAKE include 2D Cloud, Alternative Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, Koyama Press, Retrofit Comics, Secret Acres, and a number of Chicago-based publishers. For a full list of this year’s exhibitors, visit the website.

CAKE is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization and would not be possible without the help of generous donations from supporters and sponsors, including Blick Art Materials, Busy Beaver Button Company, the Center on Halsted, Graham Crackers Comics, Challengers Comics, Halfwit Coffee, Print Ninja, Quimby’s Books, and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

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For more information about the expo, please visit www.cakechicago.com.

IL – Something New Signing

Cartoonist Lucy Knisley (Relish, French Milk) appears at Challengers Comics on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00 till 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of SOMETHING NEW!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Brobots Release Party

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Artist and co-creator SEAN DOVE appears at Challengers Comics on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 6:00 till 9:00 PM to celebrate the release of BROBOTS!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Beasts of Burden Signing

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Artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, The Sandman) returns to Challengers Comics for a release day signing for the brand new BEASTS OF BURDEN one-shot “WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN” on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5:00 till 7:00 PM!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Free Comic Book Day 2016 Signing

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TIM SEELEY, LUKE SMARTO and RYAN BROWNE will be signing at Challengers Comics all day on Saturday May 7, 2016 for Free Comic Book Day!

ZACH LEHNER, artist of the “JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE” Free Comic Book Day comic from Oni Press will also be signing! Junior Braves is the perfect younger-readers zombie book for those too young for the Walking Dead.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Space Mullet/Battlepug Signing

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Daniel Warren Johnson (SPACE MULLET) and Mike Norton (BATTLEPUG) appear at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – Touching Evil Signing

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Dan Dougherty, creator of Beardo and Bob Howard: Plumber of the Unknown, appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of the hardcover collection for TOUCHING EVIL vol. 1.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

IL – The Nameless City Signing

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Challengers is honored to host Eisner Award-winning cartoonist FAITH ERIN HICKS for a discussion and signing for the first volume in her new NAMELESS CITY trilogy. This event will start with a discussion between Faith Erin Hicks and local journalist (and comics fan) Web Behrens, with a signing to follow. Challengers will have copies of Nameless City Volume 1 on hand for sale, as well as other fantastic books from Faith’s career, but fans are invited to bring their own copies if they’d like. We’re enormously excited to have as talented a creator as Faith Erin Hicks here for an event. Don’t miss your chance to meet her!

This event runs from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, April 6th, and is intended for all ages. Bring the whole family!

Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don’t let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let’s hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.

Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her graphic novels include Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and the Nameless City series.

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Challengers Comics
1845 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-0155

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