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Every business hates to do this, but I must admit, we’ve been running a lot tighter than we'd like. Due to various reasons – work schedules, weather, hockey even – customers have been behind on picking up their files. This, combined with a few extra expenses on our end lately - the cost of bringing in Free Comic Book Day product, along with a significant leak from our ceiling that damaged product and wrecked some of our lighting - has necessitated a harder line. Brandon and I have been understanding for as long as we comfortably could, and then beyond that. It’s...

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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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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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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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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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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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Happy long weekend everyone! It’s been a while since our last full business update, so we figured we’d send out a sleepy communication through our exhausted collection of limbs and features. That’s a way normal humans communicate things, yes? Yes. [caption id="attachment_348824" align="aligncenter" width="225"] A look at the space in the very early days of painting.[/caption] Sunday, Aug 28th After a long night of conducting a quick inventory (which spilled into Sunday morning) the store was packed and ready to move. We put the word out to the community in hopes that folks would be around to help a bit with the moving process...

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It’s that time of year again! The seasons are beginning to change, and just because Variant Edition is in a new location, that doesn’t mean the events will stop. Nope, in fact, we’ll be having more! Brandon and I will be kicking off our tenure in the new space with an expanded swap meet. The same rules apply as before, but we’re holding it over an entire weekend! On Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, the swap will be open to all. Please bear with me, I’m still looking for a charity to donate the remaining items, but am taking suggestions...

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Hey there everyone. It's a beautiful Wednesday, and we are just two short weeks away from opening in our brand new location - at 10132 151 Street here in Edmonton, Alberta! There's a lot that we have to do before then, and we're hoping you'll be able to help us out with one of the bigger problems we'll have: moving. Turns out, when you move, you have to take everything you have with you. Suffice to say, we'd like to move a whole lot less when the time comes...

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