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News Wed Feb 04 2009

(Free) Comics + Conversation

Ice cubes clinked, well-inked pages flipped and conversation was lively as notable local comic book artists Tim Seeley (Loaded Bible), Mike Norton (Green Arrow, Black Canary), Jenny Frison (Hack/Slash) and many more mingled at Challengers last Saturday. A relative newcomer to the comic shop scene, the press conference highlighted their latest promotion, which involves giving away comic books. Comic books, for free. That's right. They've left "Free Comic Challenge" cards all around the city: on trains and buses, in the backs of cabs, at local bars, record stores and more. But if your spirit of adventure withers when it's below 20 degrees, you can print one off here.

This gesture reflects the inclusive spirit owners Patrick Brower and Dal Bush want to foster between fans. "You open a store to sell comics and talk to people, encourage their interests -- you don't want to be the Comic Book Guy [on the Simpsons], where you're just there to make fun of someone else," Bush said. "Every fan has to start somewhere." Challengers is located at 1845 N. Western Ave (look for the big "C"). For more information, call (773) 278-0155 or visit their website.

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