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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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Hey folks! Welcome to our new weekly segment where I show you all the cool and crazy things we've picked up in the past week for the used book section.  We've had a good week for new buys with a bit of everything showing up. Here's a selection of some of the most interesting Graphic Novels:  We just got in a huge selection of trades for our used graphic novel section, all priced half off retail.  Several of the series we have in are The Goon, Northlanders, Marvel's Annihilation and Annihilation Conquest, Atomic Robo, Invincible, Fear Agent, Rex Mundi, Battlestar Galactica, and...

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Some weeks I have the urge to get extra-artsy about things. To focus on the craft of the culture I'm consuming, to really deconstruct the subjects, to uncover the deeper meaning of everything. This week is different. It's about the excitement and the power of the art. How it can excite as well as enlighten. Here are three quick little gut punches that got my blood boiling. * * * * * [caption id="attachment_348984" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Cover to Gon, Volume 2.[/caption] This week I finished up the last three volumes of Masashi Tanaka's Gon and by the time I'd finished the last book my cheeks were sore from smiling...

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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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Now that we’ve had a few days to get things started with our new Used Book Section we are ready to answer the most asked questions we’ve been getting.  Those being in relation to “How can we get our books to you?”  Hopefully this post will shed some light on the process. The question I’ve been asked the most so far is “what sort of books are you looking for”.  As mentioned previously, my main sections will be Genre Fiction, Non-Fiction and All Ages books.  And while these may be a bit general, they allow me to look through books without...

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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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[caption id="attachment_348950" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Cover to Batgirl #14 by Stanley Lau.[/caption] This week I finally read all 25 issues (24 regular issues plus one Bruce Wayne: The Road Home tie-in special) of Batgirl, Volume 3.  It ran from 2009 to 2011, when it was cancelled along with the rest of the DC Universe thanks to the Flashpoint-New 52 reboot. Which is a damned shame because this title was a load of fun. Batgirl, Volume 3 stars Stephanie Brown, former Spoiler, former Robin, and formerly-dead daughter of C-list Batman villain The Cluemaster, as she tries to prove herself in a Gotham City where Bruce Wayne is presumed...

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Hey all, Jared here! Things are progressing fast at the shop in preparation for the big launch party coming up on Saturday.  The new shelves have been assembled and the mountain of exciting new stock is starting to dwindle as each item is being processed.  We’re just about ready to turn the page and begin our exciting new chapter!   But you may be wondering, “ok yeah, you guys are doing used books now.  But what sort of books will you be carrying?”  I’m here to answer that in this post and give you an idea of the vision we have behind...

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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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