IL – The Chronicles of Fortune Launch Party

Press Release:

Challengers is excited to host four noted graphic novelists in a narrative panel discussion on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 PM, in celebration of Coco Picard’s “The Chronicles of Fortune” graphic novel. Fortuna. Allegedly “the greatest superhero in the world” she suffers from a bad case of ennui and as such is more or less ineffective.

Please join us as moderator NEIL BRIDEAU (Radiator Comics) talks with COCO PICARD (“The Chronicles of Fortune”), ANYA DAVIDSON (“Band for Life”), JESSICA CAMPBELL (“Hot or Not”) and MARNIE GALLOWAY (“In the Sounds and Seas”) on the narrative of comics, followed by a Q&A and signings. This event starts at 6:00pm on Friday, June 30th.

Coco Picard is the pen name of Caroline Picard an, artist, publisher and curator. Coco’s work has appeared in such publications as Tender Journal, Projecttile, Diner Journal, Everyday Genius, and Bicycle Review, and she has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press). Coco’s alter-ego, Caroline is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press, a nonprofit publishing house, and Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago, IL.

Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist & illustrator working in Chicago, Illinois. She was born in Austin, Texas and studied philosophy & logic at Smith College. Her debut graphic novel In the Sounds and Seas was published in 2016 by One Peace Books, a collection of the Xeric Award winning self-published series. It made the Notable Comics list in Best American Comics, and was mentioned in the Best Comics of 2016 round-up by the AV Club. Other comics of note include Particle/Wave, published by So What? Press, and Burrow, self-published with support from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Jessica Campbell was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and currently resides in Chicago, IL. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Campbell has recently exhibited solo and two-person exhibitions at The Sub-Mission (Chicago, IL); Roots & Culture (Chicago, IL); Trunk Show (Chicago, IL); Laroche/Joncas (Montreal, QC, Canada); and recent group exhibitions include Monique Meloche (Chicago, IL); The Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada); and the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). She is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute and DePaul University, and one of the organizers of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Her most recent book, Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists, was released in September, 2016.

Anya Davidson is an artist, printmaker and musician living in Chicago. She’s the author of three graphic novels, including Band for Life from Fantagraphics Books.

Neil Brideau runs Radiator Comics, a distributor of hand-made and self-published comics. Radiator Comics recently published its first graphic novel, Coco Picard’s The Chronicles of Fortune. Neil worked for six years at Quimby’s Bookstore, and co-founded the Chicago Zine Fest, and the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. When he can, he draws kid-friendly comics, including his ongoing serialized coming-of-age adventure, The Plot!

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

IL – Street Angel Signing

Jim Rugg, the creator of STREET ANGEL, is signing at Challengers! Jim will be at Challengers from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, June 23rd. He’ll be signing copies of his work, and everyone who buys one of his books during the event will get a free STREET ANGEL GANG print! Don’t miss out!

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

IL – Curse Words Van Tour Kickoff Party

Writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, Letter 44) and artist Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) appear at Challengers Comics on Friday, July 21st at 6:00 PM! Team CURSE WORDS will be travelling the United States during the Summer of ’17 in a decked out Wizard Van and Challengers is the Chicago stop– and the kickoff to the whole tour! They will also have an EXCLUSIVE hardcover collection from Image Comics.

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

IL – Voracious: Feeding Time Signing

Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr return to Challengers Comics with the 2nd Voracious collection VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM.

Hunting dinosaurs and secretly cooking and serving them at his diner has helped Chef Nate Willner become a big success. But when he discovers his hunts take place on an alternate Earth where dinosaurs evolve to rule the far future, his world begins to burn around him faster than any beast he’s ever roasted. This second volume collects the critically acclaimed VORACIOUS: Feeding Time #1-5.

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

IL – Pix Signing

Gregg Schigiel, the creator/writer/artist of PIX, appears at Challengers Comics on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 till 7:00 PM.

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

IL – Tethered Signing

David Faroz Precht will be at Challengers Comics on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00 PM to sign copies of Tethered and talk philosophy (and zombie philosophy) and more.

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

IL – Free Comic Book Day 2017

MATT KINDT (X-O Manowar, Dept. H, Ether, Mind MGMT, Ninjak, Divinity, so much more), ALEX ROSADO (Ocean Marauders, Sofa Kingdom, Element Factor) and DAN DOUGHERTY (Beardo, Touching Evil) sign at Challengers Comics on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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

IL – Revival Wake

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REVIVAL is coming to the end of its 5-year journey, and we want to send it off in style. Join Revival creators Tim Seeley, Mike Nortonand Jenny Frison on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM as we all come together to celebrate 47 issues of one of the best creator-owned series Chicago has ever seen. And yes, that means there will be beer. Revival beer. So bring a hankey and prepare to shed a tear as we lay this comic to rest. Funeral dress optional.

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(773) 278-0155

IL – Ladycastle #1 Launch Party

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Ashley A. Woods, artist of the brand new BOOM! Studios comic LADYCASTLE, appears at Challengers Comics on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. Ashley will be signing for 5 or 6 hours (starting at 2pm) and will be doing commissions!

“When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out-that’s a lot less armor polishing for them to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle…well, the women take umbrage with that. Now the blacksmith’s wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had been doing while the women assumed they were just drunk. Novelist Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon, As Wicked as She Wants, Wake of Vultures) brings her first original series to comics, and is joined by breakthrough illustrator Ashley A. Woods (Niobe: She Is Life) for a rollicking fantasy adventure featuring women reclaiming their lives on their terms.”

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

IL – Curse Words #1 Release Signing

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Artist Ryan Browne (Bedlam, Smoke & Mirrors) appears at Challengers Comics all day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for the release of Curse Words #1 from Image Comics.

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

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