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We posted a version of this a year ago, just before the first ever Local Comic Shop Day. Our feelings on the matter remain the same, and we thought it would be best to reiterate that stance, now that the "event" is nearly upon us once more. The TL;DR version? We do not participate in this day, as it promotes the idea that comics are for collecting at premium prices over the idea that comics should be read, first and foremost, for enjoyment. Today, many in the comic book industry will be taking part in Local Comic Shop Day. We will not - or rather, we won't be...

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A quick post this week - no comments, just the books! We'll return to our regularly scheduled commentary next week! ALIENS LIFE AND DEATH #3 (OF 4) ALL NEW CLASSIC CAPTAIN CANUCK #3 ALL NEW WOLVERINE #14 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19 2ND PTG AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21 CC ANGEL CITY #2 (OF 6) (MR) AQUAMAN #11 ARCHIE #14 ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES ONE SHOT 2ND PTG BACKSTAGERS #4 (OF 8) BATMAN #1 DIRECTORS CUT BATMAN #11 BATTLESTAR GALACTICA VOL 3 #4 BLACK HAMMER #5 BLACK PANTHER #8 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #147 BRIGGS LAND #4 CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #15 CARNAGE #14 CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #2 (MR) CHAMPIONS #2 CINEMA PURGATORIO #7 (MR) COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS #1 (OF 6) CYBORG #5 DEADPOOL #22 DEATH...

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We will not be quiet about this. We can't. For most, a business is a means to an end, where efforts are transformed into money, and the transaction stops there. We've never been that business. We lead with our hearts. It's the reason we moved locations this year - not because it was easy in the short term, but because it would be emotionally better for ourselves and our customers in the long run. We understand the importance of emotional well being, and have endeavoured to make that a vital part of what we do. So. Yesterday, the world watched as an overwhelming amount of Americans...

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Greetings fellow humans, and welcome to a brand new week of fun and pop culture here at Variant Edition. There's a lot to get to this week, so let's jump right into it - what follows is a list of all the new comics hitting our shelves this week. If you see anything that you want, let us know, and we'll put a copy aside for you! ACTION COMICS #967 ADVENTURE TIME #58 ALL NEW X-MEN #15 ALL STAR BATMAN #4 ALTERS #2 (MR) AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 NOW // Marvel returns to a reality where Peter Parker and Mary Jane stayed married and had kid…...

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Ever since we started the new chapter of Variant Edition, we've been looking for ways to help people connect with ourselves and each other in positive ways. That was the thinking behind our now-regular Introverts Reading Night events, and it's the thinking behind a brand new initiative, which we're announcing today.   The Variant Edition Affirmatron 3000   Built using the teaching tool Remind.com, we've set up a program where you can receive regular texts of encouragement from the crew here at Variant Edition. The goal is to release positive messages into the wild, hopefully finding you in moments of need, or generally giving you a boost during your week. This program will not be used to...

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  Here at Variant Edition, we're always looking for ways to make ordering comics easier for you - and in that spirit, we're reintroducing the ability to add titles to your subscription file through the magic of the internet. Each and every month, we'll be gathering a list of new title you can order and put them up on our website. Over the course of the month, we'll be creating articles that let you know more about the product, including spotlights on titles that we're particularly excited for. At any point in time, you can fill out the handy form included at the bottom of...

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Good morning, Edmonton, and welcome to a brand new week of pop culture here at Variant Edition. It's almost the end of the year - something that I can't quite believe is happening already! - and the great comics are still rolling in. This week, we have a small reorder of Mockingbird collections coming in that are already spoken for - with a slew more on the way. We intend to keep quite a good stock of this book in as we roll into the holiday season, but as always, if you want a copy, let us know so we can get it to...

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Hello everyone, and welcome to another great week of pop culture and fun here at Variant Edition. Last week was pretty busy, with the official launch of our used book section, as well as hosting the latest Edmonton Podcasting Meet-Up, and this week will be just as busy, as we are holding the launch of E.C. Bell's latest book in store at 7pm on Tuesday, October 25th - and then this weekend, we'll be handing out FREE COMICS to everyone who stops by the store this Saturday. All that, plus the usual madness that happens in store. But before we get to all of that, let's take a look at the...

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Earlier this week, we took to our Twitter account to give our take on a topic that's been making the rounds in the comics social media circles. What follows are our collected tweets, put in one place for easy reading. Some notes on art and aesthetic: regardless of opinion, you have to be cognizant of what your actions are saying to people. Intent doesn't necessarily matter if you are mindless about what your actions are saying. Mindfulness is key. Which is to say: you might not think something is harmful to you, but that doesn't mean it isn't harmful to others. ...

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Good morning folks! A quick introduction today, as there's so much happening! This past week, we held our first ever Introverts Reading Night, had a creator signing featuring future industry star Curt Pires, and teamed up with Zoe's Animal Rescue for our first Dogs and Comics Event. While we were there, we started putting the pieces together for our next cat event, and started some more painting projects, as the store gets ready for the official launch of our used prose books section on this Saturday...

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