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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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First off, we’d like to thank everyone who has come into the store and contacted us to congratulate us on the upcoming changes. When you start a small business, you have certain plans in mind, and you never know just where life will take you. As it happens, this year we’re moving in a different direction. We’re moving to Canora. A photo posted by stonyplainroadbrz (@stonyplainroadbrz) on Jul 3, 2013 at 1:53pm PDT As of August 31st, 2016, you’ll be able to find your favourite comic shop at 10132 151st Street NW - just a hair north of Stony Plain Road. As...

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WE’RE MOVING! After a little over a year in business, the current version of Variant Edition will be splitting off into two separate businesses, in two separate locations. This will allow both businesses to further expand on what’s already been built, creating two great, vibrant hubs for pop culture. Brandon Schatz and Danica LeBlanc will be taking Variant Edition Comics + Culture to the west end of Edmonton as of August 31st - at a location to be announced in the coming days - and Brendan Capel will remain at the shop’s current location under a name to be announced soon! What Will...

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Note: This article was originally posted to Submetropolitan - a site owned by myself and Danica. At the time of publication, we didn't feel comfortable posting it to the main Variant Edition site as the company was not entirely ours, and we didn't want to speak for all parties involved. This situation has since changed, and being the sole owners of Variant Edition, we re-submit this stance as part of our vision for the store going forward. Thank you. When you’re running a comic shop that is trying to be mindful about the product being brought in and the creators being promoted, there will be times when your ideals...

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Hello and thanks for joining me here for The Most Inaccurately Named Column On The Internet! Since we last spoke I had a birthday, which means that I have officially survived another year on this great big beautiful blue rock. How have you been? Still trying to make headway on that work project? Still watching that television show that you like? The people and/or animals that live with you still providing you with joy? That’s great!

What’s that? What have I been enjoying lately? Oh my friend, I am glad you asked. Let me break it down for you quickly and succinctly.

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Cover to Black Science #20 by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio.

Cover to Black Science #20 by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio.

Initially I looked at Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera’s Black Science as a meditation on the Fantastic Four, and more specifically Reed Richards. After all, the lead character in Black Science is Grant McKay, member of the Anarchist League of Scientists, and the first few issues focus on his family and his team breaking through dimensional barriers and exploring alternate earths with his invention, The Pillar. There’s a lot more going on in this series than that simple surface reading, of course; Black Science has a diverse cast of characters, each of whom contribute to the plot and themes of the book, and take it in surprising directions. No matter what happens in the book, though, it’s that elevator pitch that stuck with me: a scientist who is often seen as aloof and arrogant endangers his family, friends, and loved ones on crazy science adventures. Sounds a lot like Mr. Fantastic to me, even if Grant McKay has more of an attitude and less stretchability. I know that Remender has a lot going on in that beautiful creative brain of his, so I should have suspected that there was more coming. But I didn’t expect it to take the turn it did in the fourth story arc, “Godworld.”

SOMEHOW IT IS DECEMBER.

I don’t really know how that happened, but I’m happy it did, because December is my favourite month of the year. Too bad it takes so long to get here. But now that it’s here, let’s celebrate it in the tradition of my people: by getting excited about awesome nerdy things.

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Cover to The Superman/Madman Hullabaloo! #1 by Mike & Laura Allred.

Cover to The Superman/Madman Hullabaloo! #1 by Mike & Laura Allred.

Ah, The Superman/Maman Hullabaloo. This book has some sentimental value for me, as it was my first exposure to both the character of Madman, the superhero identity of the undead amnesiac known as Frank Einstein, and the comic book work Mike and Laura Allred. Which means it completely changed the way I looked at superhero comic books and what I could expect from the genre. Not bad for a book that I got as a giveaway at a Fringe show over 10 years ago.

I don't know how September has been for everyone else, but as far as I'm concerned I can bury that month in the cold ground with a stake through its heart and pray that it never returns. Enough of that, though. It's October now, and there are all kinds of wonderful things out there to discover and share with people. I've been going through my comicbookshelves in advance of this Saturday's Geek Swap at Variant Edition, and there were a few books that I thought were worth a mention. I know, I know, talking about pop culture isn't exactly as emotionally satisfying as going for a walk...

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