Author: Todd W

Geeking Out At Bookmans Mesa

Posted in Uncategorized on 24 May by Todd W

Have you wondered what it is like to be as close to paradise as humanly possible? If you haven’t been in our stores lately, now is the time to come back. Whether you are a collector, birthday shopping or doing some early holiday shopping, we have you covered. Let us tell you about what you can find in our Geeking Out corner at Bookmans Mesa!

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Geeking Out | Mass Effect: Andromeda

Posted in Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 16 May by Todd W

Five years after the release of the final climatic installment of the original Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware is back with the much anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda. The story of Andromeda begins around the same time as the first Mass Effect game, as tens of thousands of the diverse Milky Way races (human, asari, turians, salarians, and krogan) depart their home galaxy for a 600 year journey to the Andromeda galaxy.


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Mesa’s Great Geek Giveaway

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 May by Todd W

According to Urban Dictionary  “geeking out” is when one likes to  “spend an amount of time discussing geekish things with other geeks, or to participate in geeky undertakings and pastimes with one or more other geeks.” Let’s face it, we all have those things that make us geek out. You’re a member of the club if you enjoy fumbling through a new book, powering up with the latest video game, debating whether or not to open that new toy, or even collecting unusual tchotchkes. You like what you like. We understand that. We truly believe that geeking out is half the fun and we’d like to help you take it to the next boss level with a Great Geek Giveaway at Bookmans Mesa.

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Geeking Out | Con Man The Game

Posted in Uncategorized on 03 May by Todd W

Mobile gaming is the hottest thing right now, with thousands of games offered on Google Play and iTunes. As a long time gamer, it took me a while to get into the idea of casual mobile gaming, especially since my phone does little to rival the graphics and power of my PS4 or gaming PC. However, there is one genre of games that will always hook me no matter what platform it is on – simulation games. I adore any game that takes what should be the boring monotony of life and turns it into a fun time-management simulation game. Two games in particular have caught my interest recently: Con Man the Game and Fallout Shelter. Let’s take a look at Con  Man.


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Recycle & Reuse In Celebration Of Earth Day

Posted in Core Values on 14 Apr by Todd W

We believe it is our responsibility as a company to be compassionate citizens of the planet. We are continually striving to reduce our carbon footprint when we recycle and reuse. Awareness of environmental issues is part of our very business model. Every time you trade in or make a purchase at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, you’re recycling. Each item that is brought through our doors and placed on a shelf reflects the decision of a single individual to take a stand against unnecessary and harmful waste. Chances are you’ve never thought of shopping for used media as a green practice, but for more than 30 years our customers have been contributing to the environment by sharing their unwanted books, music, movies, magazines, and games with the Bookmans community.



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Bookmans Giveaway: Free Float at True REST Float Spa

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 04 Apr by Todd W

**CONTEST CLOSED**It’s giveaway time at Bookmans! As it starts to heat up here in the East Valley, stress and everyday life can start to take its toll.  We have found that the next best thing to curling up with our favorite book, or portal-ling through our favorite video game,  is definitely a day at the spa. Our friends at True Rest Float in Gilbert want to help with that by offering a FREE, yes thats right, FREE one hour float to wash those cares away. If you’ve never heard of True Rest, or have never experienced the effects of floating weightless, you have been missing out.


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For the Love of Bookbinding

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 31 Mar by Todd W

March is craft month at Bookmans and what better way to close out the month and celebrate crafts than to make your own books! Bookbinding is one of the longest running forms of human craft making, dating as far back as the 5th century with many cultures developing their own methods of binding pages together into a single tome. Modern bookbinding as a craft is much more accessible today and easier to learn than most people realize. There are a slew of tutorials online to learn basic skills and many retailers that sell the materials you need to bind your own books. Have you ever dreamed of having the perfect writing journal? Maybe you want a pocket watercolor journal? Why not make your own from scratch?!


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Discovering 锦绣未央, “The Princess Weiyoung” | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 24 Mar by Todd W

On my vacation recently, I forgot to stock up on new Manga. I was in desperate need of a new book, movie or TV series to binge. I have a great love of period dramas of all types, but it had been a while since I had found one that really captured my imagination. In researching this years Chinese New Year, I came across a random post of gorgeous historical Chinese costumes on Tumblr, I was then turned on to the Chinese drama Princess Weiyoung. It is inspired from the novel The Poisonous Daughter (庶女有毒) by Qin Jian.

The story of Princess Weiyoung begins with the Princess of Northern Liang escaping death as her entire family is slaughtered by the Chiyun clan of Northern Wei, her father having been framed for rebelling against the Emperor. She takes on the persona of Li Weiyoung, the estranged illegitimate daughter of the Prime Minister of Northern Wei, in order to infiltrate their clan and take vengeance upon those responsible for the death of her family.

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Celebrate #allthingsart with Mesa’s Local Art and Craft Fair | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 23 Mar by Todd W

With it being the month of March, what first comes to mind? Is it March Madness? The Ides Of March? St. Patrick’s Day? To us, it means all things art. Art, and crafts are such an integral part of our everyday lives. The East Valley is full of such a wide array of diverse artists, we thought what better time to showcase some of this talent by bringing them to you. On March 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, local artists from around the valley will be in our Mesa location selling their unique art. Interactive tables will open up opportunities to discuss and learn various techniques with local artists, try your hand at something completely new or finally try out that new craft idea you’ve been putting off and best of all give a chance to network with others who love what you love.

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

Posted in Community Events on 22 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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Ticket Tuesday Giveaway: Winneth Tickets to Arizona Ren Fest | Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Uncategorized on 28 Feb by Todd W

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**Heareth ye, heareth ye all bookmans fans beholdeth! A contest liketh nay oth’r we presenteth f’r thee. Looking f’r an uplifting valorous timeth? It’s easy! Taketh a trippeth backeth in timeth to the wildly popular and ent’rtaining Arizona Renaissance Festival. Ent’r the w’rld of kings, queens, knights and mermaids.. Locat’d at 12601 e. Us highway 60 gold canyon az 85118. The annual faire begins at 10 am ev’ry Saturday, Sunday, and on Presidents’ Day Monday, from February 11th thru April 2nd.

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Food, Shows & Crafts, Oh My! Arizona Renaissance Festival | Bookmans Recommends

Posted in Community Events on 21 Feb by Todd W

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of my annual “must go” local events. I’ve been going to the Renaissance Festival since I was in high school and it was the first geeky event I ever attended, long before I started going to Phoenix Comicon. The Renaissance Festival is also accredited with sparking my interest in cosplay. I made my first costume, a purple cloak out of crushed velvet, for the Renaissance Festival nearly ten years ago. Years later I eventually went all out and made a full on Elizabethan gown which ended up being a hit at the festival. Bookmans is very happy to partner with them again this year.

While there are tons of things to look forward to at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, here are a few things I particularly love to experience every time I go:

The food.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is most known for its smoked turkey legs and copious amounts of beer, however my particular favorites are the Steak on a Stick (a thick piece of tender steak on a stick), dessert crepes and funnel cakes, and the numerous variety of pastries at the Cottage Bakery which is conveniently located right at the entrance of the festival.

This year I stopped by the Cottage Bakery for a delicious sticky bun for breakfast, along with some coffee from the Cappuccino Inn (always nice to have on a cool, cloudy and potentially rainy day). Later in the afternoon, I munched on some fish and chips from the Queen’s Kitchen. I also make it a point every year to chase down the pickle guy who always has a bucket of crunchy, ice cold pickles which are especially refreshing after a beer, although this year it was a pickle lady.

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Love Of Reading: My Bromance with Andre Norton’s “Outside” | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 09 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 that smell), quite like a book. This is the true story of a sometimes book collector.

Hi, My name is Todd and I am a nostalgic reader…

I was recently reminded of how much I actually do enjoy a good book. I don’t consider myself a “Bookie” by any means. But I do love nostalgia. As an adult, I lean toward collecting those forgotten or hidden gems I had found as a youngster. Everytime I re-read one of these text ridden treasures, I am instantly taken back to the time and place of where I originally read it and that excitement floods through me all over again.

Recently, one of our long time customers brought in a large amount of books for trade. Some newer, some vintage. A great collection that had just a little bit of every genre in it. As we were going through the piles of books, from the middle of one of the piles, I pull out a light blue hardcover book and noticed the name Andre Norton. My heart jumped. There it was! My absolute favorite book as a child. I couldn’t believe it. A story I had read over and over again.  A tale originally my third grade English/Science teacher made us read. It was a tale set in the future, yet seemed in the present. It touched on a very real reality that was as scary and even worse now. The subject of  Pollution.

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Bookmans Giveaway: Free Float at True REST Float Spa in Gilbert | Bookmans

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 24 Jan by Todd W

It’s Giveaway time at Bookmans!

The holiday stress is over, the elections have ended, and a brand new year is just beginning! Discover all the potential and possibility of 2017 at Bookmans Mesa. This is the perfect time to set ambitious resolutions, try unfamiliar things and reevaluate lofty goals. But remember to put that special someone first – YOU! We celebrate Jan-YOU-Ary by helping you get motivated, all throughout Jan-YOU-ary, we want to encourage you to get out and try something new!#TreatYoSelf!

How can we help YOU?  Stop in Bookmans Mesa anytime between now and JanYOUary 31st and enter to win a gift card good for one free hour float at True REST Float Spa in Gilbert.

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Enjoy JanYOUary With The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 20 Jan by Todd W

If your 2016 resulted in a longest period of artist block good thing 2017 is here and seems to want to stay and JanYOUary is off to a brilliant start. During the latter half of 2016 I had been creatively trapped behind a seemingly insurmountable wall and now that the year is over it’s time to shake the dust off my creative engine and give it a kickstart. To do this, I am turning to my favorite inspirational book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron.

I originally came across this book over a decade ago when I was still struggling to find some sort of outlet for my creativity but was unsure which direction I should go. The Artist’s Way taught me that the creative process is a reward in and of itself and when you divorce yourself from needing to produce something perfect and instead give yourself over to the shear joy of creating, you not only create more often and regularly, but you create better and with a greater sense of direction.


It’s one of the ironies of the creative process that the more you focus on perfection and trying to get something right, the less likely you are to create something of quality that you can be happy with. If you let go of the need for perfection and instead focus on the process, the experience is far more rewarding and the results often end up better than you expect. Quantity not quality is one of the major sayings of the book. It’s more important to create often and regularly than to get hung up on perfection. Read More…

Bookmans Giveaway: Tix To Arizona Ren Fest (JanYOUary 15-21)

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, In Our Stores on 17 Jan by Todd W

Huzzah! It’s JanYOUary! Chilvary is alive and well! If you are in the market to try something different this month, stop in store anytime between JanYOUary 15th and the 21st to enter to win tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. The ultimate 16th-century European fantasy village, is complete with royal court, dueling knights, an artisan marketplace, singing minstrels, mermaids, gypsies, torture chambers, animals and MORE!


What do these passes include? Free parking, all entertainment shows, including the Tournament Jousting and Birds of Prey show. You may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverage, or enjoy some rides and games (costs vary). Read More…

Bookmans Giveaway: Now Through JanYOUary 14th – Admission to MIM and a Ukulele

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Merchandise on 09 Jan by Todd W

The holidays may be over, but a brand new year is just beginning! Discover all the potential and possibility of 2017 at Mesa Bookmans. This is the perfect time to set ambitious resolutions, try unfamiliar things and reevaluate lofty goals. But remember to put that special someone first – YOU! We celebrate Jan-YOU-Ary by helping you get motivated, all throughout Jan-YOU-ary, we want to encourage you to get out and try something new!#TreatYoSelf!

How can we help YOU?  Stop in Bookmans Mesa anytime between NOW and JanYOUary 14th and enter to win Admission to The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and a Brand New UKULELE! One lucky winner will win both!


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Bookmans Recommends: Critical Role by C’loni Bailey

Posted in Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Reel Chat on 05 Jan by Todd W

The creeping crud has been going around and I spent the last week bedridden with little to do but watch videos on my phone. Fortunately for me, a week in bed is the perfect amount of time to catch up on my current geeky addiction, “Critical Role”.

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For the uninitiated, Critical Role is a show on Geek and Sundry that features famous voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons. Dungeon Mastered by Matthew Mercer, the voice of McCree in Overwatch and huge D&D enthusiast, he and a group of his voice actor friends play through his original campaign every Thursday. The main cast features Liam O’Brien (Illidan Stormrage in World of Warcraft), Laura Bailey (Jaina Proudmoore in World of Warcraft), Travis Willingham (Thor in Avengers Assemble animated series), Sam Reigel (Donatello in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series), Taliesin Jaffe (Blanka in Street Fighter IV), Ashley Johnson (Patterson in Blindspot), and Marisha Ray (Batgirl in Batgirl: Spoiled). In addition to the regular cast, the show also often features many famous guest players such as The Name of the Wind author Patrick Rothfuss, Wil Wheaton, Chris Hardwick, and many more. Read More…

Bookmans Recommends Post Apocalyptic Gifts to Fill Stockings This Season

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 19 Dec by Todd W

If you are stuck trying to find the perfect gifts for your favorite survivalist out there, we have a couple of our favorite survival movies to help you out and stuff the stockings of your apocalyptic junkies and that are sure to get them gleaming under the tree.

“The Road” is about a father and his son trying to survive long enough to make it to a safe space in a post-apocalyptic world. The Man, played by Viggo Mortensen, and the Boy, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, experience a very realistic and probable lifestyle in a world of this nature. The Man is a very effective protector and takes as few chances as possible in order to keep his son alive. Together the Man and the Boy travel south through the United States, starting presumably in Pennsylvania. Throughout their travels, the pair endures very honest and probable situations such as weather, food, and defense.


The film is shot very well. The cinematography is simplistic and honest. The camera work excellently fits the situation the characters are currently experiencing. Whether it is a playful or calm setting, the camera work stays either static, or with minimal movement. Any intense shifts in camera or lighting styles are motivated by situation our characters are in.

We would recommend this film to any post-apocalyptic junkie or someone who would enjoy a genuine drama within a genre that is usually over saturated with action and unnecessary stunt work. The film does an excellent job developing the characters, showing the growth of the boy as he learns from his father, and depicting an accurate portrayal of how the average person would most likely experience life after the apocalypse. Gifts for your cousins Chris and Jessie, check.  Read More…

Bookmans Recommends: Elder Scrolls Online: One Tamriel

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 13 Dec by Todd W

If you’re anything like me you’ve had an ongoing obsession with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim for the past five years and with good reason. Skyrim was a fantastic open world game with plenty of lore to engulf even the most staunch lore hound and a world massive enough to capture your attention for years to come. I played a bit of Oblivion before getting sucked into Skyrim, so I had great expectations when Bethesda and Zenimax teamed up to make The Elder Scrolls universe into an MMORPG. I have a weakness for online RPGs and the idea that one of my favorite game worlds was going multiplayer got me really excited!

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Unfortunately, upon participating in the beta just before the game’s launch in April 2014, I found myself feeling anything but thrilled. The world of Tamriel felt strangely small and restrictive, with favorite zones out of reach until much higher levels. The questing felt too linear for an Elder Scrolls game and the crafting was confusing. All in all, it felt like much of what made Skyrim and the other Elder Scrolls games feel so special, that go-anywhere-do-anything style of gameplay, was sorely missing from The Elder Scrolls Online. Upon release, I decided not the purchase the game after all and promptly forgot about it. Read More…

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