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Author: Todd W

Mesa’s ZapCon 6 Arcade and Pinball Convention

Posted in Community Events, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 14 Apr by Todd W


What is ZapCon?

Zapcon is a weekend-long party where gamers devote their love and attention to the classic arcade and pinball machines. No need for quarters as all of the games are set to free play! It’s a wonderful throwback to all the games you love and remember. Celebrating it’s SIXTH year anniversary, the list of arcade and pinball machines that are going to be in attendance and available to be played is sure to make even the most die hard gamer want to Power Up. But where did Zapcon originate from?

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Our Picks for the Top 5 Easter Films

Posted in Reel Chat on 29 Mar by Todd W


Other holidays like New Years, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day all have a plethora of films devoted to them. Easter, for some reason, gets so little love in the movie department. After a day filled with Easter egg hunts and Easter Bunny pictures, there is nothing wrong with a little post-Easter movie/nap to cap off the day’s events. Thankfully, there are some great Easter movies out there, and Bookmans is here to help you find the perfect Easter film for everyone. Here are our favorites!

Easter movie poster collage

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Get Active at Gilbert’s Ka-Pow! Superhero Adventure Run

Posted in Community Events, Uncategorized on 15 Mar by Todd W


Attention Super Heroes of all ages! Don your capes because… It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It… it… it could be YOU!

Superheroes? Capes? Adventure runs? What is this craziness that we speak of? We assure you, future saviors of the world, it’s no dream. Nestled deep within the greenery and tennis courts known as The City of Gilbert’s Freestone Park, lies a top-secret headquarters rumored to house one of the “Most Awesomely Impressive Superhero Training Courses Ever Imagined!”

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When Grace and Frankie Worked 9 to 5

Posted in In Our Stores on 28 Feb by Todd W


Undoubtedly, Netflix has created comedy gold with its hit “Frankie and Grace.” The mega-hit cast stars Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson, a retired cosmetics mogul of Say Grace, and Lily Tomlin as Frances “Frankie” Bergstein (née Mengela), a hippie art teacher.  Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when their husband’s Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. The wives caught in the middle, who have never been particularly fond of each other, are forced to live together and learn to unite as they cope with difficulties. Fans may be surprised to learn this is not the first time Fonda and Tomlin have teamed up. Superfans, however, know exactly what I’m talking about. Remember that 1980’s gem 9 to 5?

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My Bromance with Andre Norton’s “Outside”

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 05 Feb by Todd W


February may be our Love of Reading month, but face it, who doesn’t love books ALL the time? Everything from the cover art, to the feel of holding the book in your hands, to turning that page. Nothing truly compares to or has the smell of a book. This is the true story of a sometimes book collector.

Book cover of Andre Norton's Outside

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Pokémon League presented by Team Rocket Az

Posted in Games, In Our Stores on 18 Jan by Todd W


We’ve all been familiar with Pokémon for a very long time – more than two decades. Any kid will remember the endless Gameboy games, cards, and media surrounding these little, animated characters. Today, Pokémon leagues and meetups are popping up all over the place. That said, there has never been a better time to join one.

Pokemon League poster advertising Pokemon event for February 11th and 25th at 3 PM at Bookmans Mesa

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5 Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 08 Jan by Todd W


This year, forget all of the latest diet trends and save yourself from the worries of detoxing. Instead, make resolutions easy on yourself by making book-related goals! Here are some ideas on how to tackle that bookish list of to-dos and resolutions that will make your new year of reading your personal best.

Book store shelves with blog title 5 New Years Resolutions for Book Nerds

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Freebie Friday: Win Movie Passes to Downsizing

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 15 Dec by Todd W


***CONTEST CLOSED***

December is the Month of Merriment at Bookmans and what better way to celebrate than with some good satirical comedy?  That’s right, we are giving away passes to the screening of Downsizing Tuesday, December 19 at 7 PM at Harkins Scottsdale 101. (You MUST arrive by 6:20 PM). The winner could be YOU!.

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The Star Wars Holiday Special

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 04 Dec by Todd W


A long time ago in a holiday galaxy far, far, away…

A day that has been long remembered, the premiere of the Star Wars: The Holiday Special will continue to live on in hilarious infamy. Why? Because it has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video. It has become something of a cultural legend due to the underground nature of its existence. Of course, this status has made it all the more intriguing.

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Freebie Fridays: Win a Gift Card to “Mango’s Mexican Cafe” In Mesa

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Uncategorized on 24 Nov by Todd W


***CONTEST CLOSED***
As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts our annual Freebie Fridays. This series showcases different local businesses every week. It’s also your chance to experience parts of the East Valley that deserve a broader audience and show some #LocalLove. As a community, we find not only is it about local business, but it’s about you too! Our last week we travel to Old Town Mesa to Mango’s Mexican Cafe.

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Freebie Fridays: Win a Gift Card to “Rocket A Go-Go” in Tempe

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Uncategorized on 17 Nov by Todd W


***CONTEST CLOSED***

As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts our annual Freebie Fridays. This series showcases different local businesses every week. It’s also your chance to experience parts of the East Valley that deserve a broader audience and show some #LocalLove. As a community, we find not only is it about local business, but it’s about you too! This week we travel to Tempe to “Rocket A Go-Go

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Freebie Fridays: Win a Gift Card to La Bocca Urban Pizzeria

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 10 Nov by Todd W


***CONTEST CLOSED***

As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts an annual contest called Freebie Fridays. This series showcases different local businesses every week. It’s also your chance to experience parts of the East Valley that deserve a broader audience. As a community, we find not only is it about local business, but it’s about you too! This week we travel to Downtown Tempe. We have for one lucky winner a $25.00 to La Bocca Urban Pizzeria.

La Bocca Urban Kitchen Logo

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Farewell, Vox Machina: Critical Role Season Finale

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog, Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 08 Nov by Todd W


After 3 years on the air (and 2 years off-air), the Critical Role campaign of Vox Machina has finally come to a dramatic close as the intrepid adventurers face off against Vecna, a powerful lich who became a god. For fans of Critical Role that have followed Vox Machina’s journey, this ending is bittersweet. Over the months and years, we have come to love the characters of Vox Machina and share in their highs and lows, loves and loses, and look forward every week to be enthralled in how a completely improvised story can truly capture our hearts.

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Freebie Fridays: Shop Local Downtown Mesa Association Gift Cards

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 03 Nov by Todd W


**CONTEST CLOSED**As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts a new contest called Freebie Fridays. This series showcases a different local business every week and offers you a chance to experience parts of Mesa that deserve a broader audience. This last week brings us back to the heart of Mesa, Downtown itself. As a community, we find not only is it about local business, but it’s about you too! We have for one lucky winner a $30 gift card that can be used at ANY of these Downtown Mesa Association local business that YOU choose!

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Shop Local, Give Local with Bookmans Mesa on Freebie Fridays

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 02 Nov by Todd W


In our ongoing effort to give back to our local community and support local business, Bookmans Mesa presents Freebie Friday, a giveaway every Friday throughout November. What is this crazy talk of free things AND Fridays? We assure this all to be true! Who doesn’t love giveaways? We certainly do–especially when the giveaway is for somewhere new-to-you that maybe you haven’t even heard of before and are hesitant to try but you end up loving the place and can’t wait to go there again. Isn’t that the greatest joy when it happens? The whole scenario only gets better when you learn that awesome new place is locally owned and operated. Shop Local, Give Local, and enjoy Freebie Fridays with Bookmans Mesa.

Shop Local, Give Local and enjoy Freebie Fridays with Bookmans Mesa.

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Freebie Friday: Win Passes to Thor: Ragnarok 3D

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Uncategorized on 27 Oct by Todd W


**CONTEST CLOSED**October is Frightful Fall at Bookmans and what better way to celebrate than with a bone-chilling superhero/action hero movie?  We are giving away FOUR passes to the 3D screening of Thor: Ragnarok on October 30th at 7 P.M. at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX!

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Write Your Own Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo 2017

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 Oct by Todd W


Gird your loins! The 18th Annual NaNoWriMo writing marathon is upon us. For those unacquainted, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is an annual writing marathon runs throughout the month of November. Whether you are a seasoned amateur or someone who hasn’t written a sentence longer than a tweet, NaNoWriMo encourages anyone and everyone who loves to write to participate. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days beginning at 12:00 a.m. on November 1 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

 

Not sure how to prepare to tackle a challenge like this? The book No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is a good place to start. NaNoWriMo creator Chris Baty wrote the book to motivate NaNoWriMo participants and other writers to stop stressing and get writing. The official NaNoWriMo website Nanowrimo.org also has tons of resources to inspire authors new and old to write.

Here are a few basic tips to help you reach your word goal:

Get ahead on your word count during the first week
Writing 50,000 words in 30 days may seem like an impossible feat, but when you break it down it averages to about 1,667 words a day or 2-3 hours of writing each day. Combat this by starting early and strong and to get ahead of your daily word count during the first week while your enthusiasm is high. It will help make up for falling behind in the third or fourth week which will inevitably happen as your ardor to write starts to wane.

Attend or host writing meet-ups
Having other writers around you helps keep your own creative momentum going, and other writers can give you suggestions and ideas for settings, names, and even plot points if you find yourself feeling stuck. They can also provide what every writer wants – feedback!

There are “official” local NaNoWriMo meet-ups organized by Municipal Liaisons (ML) which are posted in the local forums on Nanowrimo.org. You can also challenge friends to try Nano with you and write in a group of your own creation.

Don’t edit
It’s very important that you don’t waste precious marathon writing hours editing. This is going to be extremely hard for some of you writers. There will be plenty of time after the marathon is over to fix things. The point of NaNoWriMo is to get to 50,000 words, not necessarily 50,000 well-written words. The quality doesn’t matter; you’re just trying to get down as much of the story as possible in 30 days.

Accept that your story is going to be, well, crap
Your NaNoWriMo story is probably going to be lacking whether you’re a professional or an amateur – but that doesn’t mean you should give up doing it. Like any marathon, the reasons we push ourselves past the finish line has less to do with finishing first than it does with finishing at all. NaNoWriMo is no different. The goal is to challenge yourself to finish, not to create a polished novel in 30 days. If you finish the marathon and decide you like your story, you’ll have plenty of time to edit it after. For now, JUST WRITE!

Ready to get started? Sign up at Nanowrimo.org to track your word count as you go, see how well your fellow writers and friends are doing, submit your completed novel for word count verification, and browse the forums to see what events your local ML’s have cooked up to help you get to 50,000 words!

HAPPY WRITING!

By C’loni Bailey, (Bookmans Enthusiast and Cosplay Connoisseur)

 

Frightful Fall | Obscure Halloween Soundtracks

Posted in In Our Stores on 16 Oct by Todd W


October is Frightful Fall at Bookmans! Whether you are a soundtrack guru or you just like spooky music, Halloween is arguably one of the best times of the year to break out those scary soundtracks. Of course, we know the staples such as Tubular Bells from The Exorcist or This is Halloween from The Night Before Christmas but did you know there are also soundtracks available for some of your favorite Halloween films? Get ready to be bewitched and bewildered because today we are counting down three of our MUST-HAVES for this haunted holiday season.

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Bookmans Recommends | Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Posted in Merchandise on 10 Oct by Todd W


If you couldn’t get enough of Archie’s Weird Mysteries, move over because there’s a new witch in town! Long before the super mega hit that is currently the CW’s Riverdale, even before the magical TV mishaps of Melissa Joan Hart and Caroline Rhea, there was simply Sabrina. Originating in the Archie comics, Sabrina was a teenager who just happens to be a witch. As the DVD Box explains “Sabrina The Teenage Witch is no ordinary girl. She’s the sweetest and sassiest magical girl in all of Riverdale. Teen life is tricky enough, but there can be double trouble when magic is involved. When Sabrina tugs on her earlobe, there’s no telling what might happen. Join Sabrina and her friends, cat Salem, warlock Cousin Ambrose and the rest of the Riverdale gang in all 31 episodes.”

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Geek & Sundry | The Wednesday Club

Posted in News on 02 Oct by Todd W


By Guest Blogger, C’loni Bailey, Bookmans Enthusiast and Cosplay Connoisseur.

Have you ever wanted to get into comics but didn’t know where to begin? Have you been reading comics but don’t know what to read next? Do you enjoy watching awesome people geek out about the comics they love? Then The Wednesday Club is for you! The Wednesday Club is a Geek and Sundry Twitch show about everything comics, hosted by Matt Key, Amy Dallen, and Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role), three of the most wonderful geeks you could ever watch. The Wednesday Club is the perfect show for comic newbies who want to get into comics but feel overwhelmed with all possibilities because, let’s face it, there are a LOT of the comics and it can be hard to know where to even start. Even just picking a superhero to start with can be complicated – there are so many timelines and alternate universes and mash-ups, oh my!

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