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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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  [caption id="attachment_348932" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Cover to All-New Doop #5 by Mike and Laura Allred.[/caption] Full disclosure: All-New Doop is a strange, strange book. And I really like strange. I sometimes like things just because they are strange and for no other reason. Even for me: this is a strange book. For those who might not be aware, Doop is a character introduced in Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's critically acclaimed X-Force run from Marvel in 2001. Doop was a mystery for most of the series, a floating green blob with two arms who followed the team of feuding mutants around filming their escapades for their reality television...

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Greetings everyone! We hope that your Thanksgiving weekend is going well, and that family hasn’t stressed you out too much. Or that the Presidential debates didn’t boil your brain. (Or hey, maybe you skipped all of it and watched some wrestles instead? WWE’s Smackdown brand usually puts on a good show.) Anyway, this week is a monster, as we’ve finally got a massive restock in after our big move. It’s… robust, to say the least, and this post was clocking in at over 1800 words before we wrote the introduction. Basically? Lots of stuff. So much stuff, there was no time...

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So this is exciting. Over the past couple of weeks, as we’ve been settling into the new space, we’ve been putting together something that will make Variant Edition stronger and better than ever. We decided that today, would be the announcement of this big change, and in solidarity, Edmonton decided to turn the weather dial, and coat the city in fresh, white snow. The first snowfall is a great metaphor - arriving and changing the landscape in a moment. While some don’t look forward to snow, we like what it brings to the city. It unites us in strange ways, all of...

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