Announcing: The Variant Edition Location

If you read this week’s newsletter, you already have a good idea of where we’re going to be located. That said, we figured it would be a good idea to do up a proper post at our site, so that we can go into more detail.

Location

That “For Lease” sign? That’s us. Or that will be us. The papers have been signed, money has been exchanged, and The Trials have been completed. Soon, we’ll be open at Suite 102 – 10441 123rd Street in Edmonton’s beautiful Oliver district.

The decision to set down roots here was a fairly easy one. While there are several prime locations for a new comic store in Edmonton, there was something about the Oliver district that spoke to us.

Oliver melds with our outlook. It’s a very community minded area that is extremely supportive of small businesses. It’s also one of the most artistically-minded sections of the city, with tons of art galleries and small little community libraries scattered about. We know that we can be a vibrant part of this community, and genuinely look forward to working with those around us to help build something wonderful.

As for now, we’re remodelling the space and getting our fixtures made. Once we have a solid timeline locked down, we’ll be announcing our soft launch date, which will see our doors open, and the full version of this site arrive in full force. And after that? Well, after that, things will get really interesting…

Stay tuned for more!

Hindsight // Time For The Flash

A series wherein we use the time and life experience we’ve been given to revisit old favourites with fresh eyes. When you’re mired in the crush of the weekly comic book grind, it can be easy to get lost in the minutiae of the moment, where continuity is king and the reverberating effects of events inside real and imagined universes deeply affect our enjoyment of single issues. This is a series where we take a look at older issues outside of the context of time and space and experience them for their current merits. It will also give me a good excuse to dig through the backlog of things I need to read and use that time to create content. So.

The Flash – Vol. 2 #62

Flash Vol 2 #62

The first issue written by Mark Waid.

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Watch: The New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Is everyone excited to see this in May? We’re pretty excited to see this in May.

Reading: Battle Royale

2015 has been an interesting year for me. Every year, I usually start off with a list of goals that I want to accomplish, all of which I swiftly abandon within the first 30 days. This year has been different so far.

While comics have been a large focus of the year (obviously), I also wanted to make sure I didn’t lose myself in them like I did near the end of last year. In 2013, I read somewhere around 20 prose books. Last year I think I got around to 4 or 5. Similarly, my writing dwindled, and the time I had toward watching television I really wanted to see seemed to evaporate regularly. I decided to change all of that, and it seems to be working pretty good so far. I’m on my third prose book of the year, and uh… well, it’s a doozy.

Battle Royale is the book (and the movie) a lot of pop culture types will pull out when they want to roll their eyes about the popularity of The Hunger Games. On the surface, I can see why: both involve groups of teens murdering each other at the whims of an all powerful governing body – but honestly, that’s where the similarities end. Continue reading

The Regularity – Issue 005

In this week’s edition of The Regularity, you’ll find the first details of where our store will be located! It’s pretty exciting, and it’s really the centrepiece of the whole issue. That said, we throw in a little pop culture talk in the form of an Agent Carter finalé chat.

You can look at this week’s issue here – and you can subscribe to our newsletter here.

Pics Or It Didn’t Happen // Murder Face, The Cat Drummer

From Spider-Gwen #1 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi and VC's Clayton Cowles

From Spider-Gwen #1 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi and VC’s Clayton Cowles

Other rad names for a cat drummer:

  • Thug Hugs
  • Road Warrior
  • Pasta
  • Rummy Tumpkins
  • Robert (full name only – none of this “Rob” nonsense.)
  • Turd

Something Different: Descender #1

Every Monday and Thursday, we like to showcase a book that blew us away. Today, we’re talking about Descender, which will be out this Wednesday.

The Pitch: A young robot struggles to stay alive in a universe where androids have been outlawed.

What It Is: A cosmic odyssey depicting the struggle of man against machine while both are seeking a little humanity. Descender follows in the tradition of space epics like Star Wars and Star Trek – large scale stories with a heart filled with hope and heroism.

Descender #1

Recommendation: If you’re a fan of space epics, or if you’re in the mood for a sweeping story about a robot boy and his robot dog attempting to seek connection in a universe that no longer wants him around, this is the book you want to read.

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Descender is written by Jeff Lemire with art from Dustin Nguyen, and published by Image Comics.

Incoming // New Releases for March 4th, 2015

The work week begins with another Monday, as it seems to have done for years now – barring the odd holiday thrown in here and there. At this point, I’m a little bored by the predictability of it all. What would the harm be in throwing the odd Friday up in there? Maybe take the days of the week, put ‘em in a Scrabble bag with a bunch of knives and have them Hunger Games their way to some kind of victor, and start with the surviving day for a year or so? But then I suppose that would bring up weird ethical things, not to mention cause people to question my sanity. Let’s… let’s forget any of this happened. Let’s do that.

As always, we’re kicking things off with a list of titles hitting the shelve of comics stores. When we’re open, it will very specifically be a list of things that will be on our shelves, but we’re getting the practice in now. In this case, practice won’t make perfect, but we can try.

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Watch: R-Rated Power Rangers In Potential Legal Trouble & Sexy Film News – The Jay Runham Show

It’s The Jay Runham Show!

On this week’s show, Jay has a bevy off cool news, including bits about Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction starting up the television production arm of their company, Spider-Man casting rumours, and a take on the Power Rangers “deboot” that hit the internet a few days ago.

You can catch The Jay Runham Show every Friday at JayRunham.com.

Hindsight // Brandon vs. The Clone Saga Part One

Anyone who has read our newsletter knows that I’ve been digging into The Clone Saga over the past few weeks and… well, let’s just say the results have been interesting.

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Vol 1

The Clone Saga is a nearly universally reviled storyline from the Spider-Man comics in the 90s, where it was revealed that the Spider-Man readers had been following for years was (gasp!) a clone. There was a big to-do and everything was eventually reversed, but for over two years, if you wanted to read Spider-Man, you were going to get a heaping dose of clones thrown into the mix. It was a crazy time, and in my heart, I know that these aren’t the best comics but…

The first comic I ever really wanted, and the first superhero book that I bought with my own money, was The Sensational Spider-Man #0. It appeared at the drug store my mom worked at one day when I was… 10? I think? Wrapped in plastic with a lenticular cover that showed Spider-Man coming right at you. It was the first issue that Ben Reilly (Peter’s clone) officially took over as Spider-Man, believing himself to be the genuine article. It… it isn’t the greatest, but even when I read that book today, with it’s worn edges and detached middle pages, I can’t help but fall in love with comics all over again. The Clone Saga, for all it’s ills, is the series of comics that brought me into superhero comics, so as I revisit them now with an adult pair of eyes, it feels both strange and amazing.

I began with the first volume in Marvel’s The Complete Clone Saga Epic series, which features the first appearances of Ben Reilly as a wandering clone of Peter Parker and ends with him becoming the Scarlet Spider. Large chunks of the story are problematic, with the clone at certain points threatening a man’s life and attempting a form of suicide. Meanwhile, Peter Parker has had a rough go of things lately, and has decided to abandon his civilian identity and embrace “The Spider”, who is kind of a jerk. It’s a complete antithesis to the current brand of Spider-Man comics, which is all about identity, and what makes Peter special as a superhero. In a way, it’s been interesting to read the stark contrast, and appreciate the comics that are coming out today… while still enjoying and understanding what came before.

Anyway, I have the first volume down, and I’m working hard on digging my way through the second volume. You’ll be hearing more about this in the future. Until then, if you’re interested in checking this stuff out, definitely seek out the Clone Saga trades that Marvel has available. Trying to collect and follow the stories in single issues would be a bit of a trick, as there were four regular Spider-Man titles running at the time, along with a few special series, and they’re always crossing over.

Until next time…

 

 

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