Author: Todd W

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

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


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


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.

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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 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 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 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!


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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Bookmans Recommends | Levar Burton Reads for YOU

Posted in Bookie Blog on 26 Sep by Todd W

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

Reading Rainbow was a staple of the American childhood during the ’80s and ’90s. Levar Burton was the face, the voice, and the personality that made reading not only fun but magical. For over twenty years, Levar Burton brought the magic of reading straight into people’s homes via the half-hour television show. Now, those same children who grew up watching Reading Rainbow get the chance to experience that magic again with Levar Burton Reads, a new podcast in which the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor reads his favorite works of short fiction.

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Bookmans Recommends | Archie’s Weird Mysteries

Posted in In Our Stores on 18 Sep by Todd W

We all have fond memories of reading about Archie Andrews and the gang. We’re entranced by his ever faithful friend Jughead, his torn affections between nice girl Betty and rich Veronica, and of course his trouble maker pal, Reggie. Their misadventures filled many comic digests that we all grew up reading. Recently, there has been a resurgence in Riverdale popularity. The CW currently has their own take on the lives of the Riverdale gang in the aptly named “Riverdale“. Although a great show in its own right, storylines may be a little more adult than the original comics. A teen drama fully stocked with affairs, drugs, and a family of corrupt redheads, CW’s Riverdale is sure to have you biting your nails and pining for Jughead.

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#ArrestedReading | Banned Books for All Ages

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 11 Sep by Todd W

By Guest Blogger and Bookmans Enthusiast, Megan Maiden

Every year, the American Library Association releases a list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books. These are titles that were forced to be removed from libraries and schools for various reasons. Like most rebellious children, I never liked being told what to do. I never liked being told that I couldn’t watch a certain kind of movie, couldn’t listen to a certain kind of music or couldn’t read a certain kind of book. “Don’t tell me what I can’t read!” I would screech while causing a scene at the public library. Nothing has ever stopped me from reading what I wanted, whether it was appropriate or not (says the girl that used the novelization of Sleeping with the Enemy for her 4th grade book report). Bookmans opposes censorship of any kind all year, but September is #ArrestedReading Month which includes Banned Book Selfies, Blind Dates with Banned Books and a pretty all-around awesome Fight Censorship campaign. Fighting censorship is never about cramming scandal down people’s throats, but instead about allowing people to read whatever interests them. Banned books, shmanned books! Today, we are highlighting banned books for every age.

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Fight Censorship | When Toys Get Banned

Posted in Core Values on 05 Sep by Todd W

Censorship can affect many facets of life, not just literature. Toys often fall victim to censorship as well. This month, we celebrate the right to read and encourage getting caught reading with a banned book. But we also want to open up the conversation to all censored media and help you understand just how far reaching censorship can be. Over the years, many things ranging from Barbies to chemistry sets to candy have been banned and pulled from the shelves due to public outcry. Today, we highlight five of the most challenged (and strangest) toys ever made.

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Movie Madness | Cult Classics with Killer Soundtracks

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 28 Aug by Todd W

August may be almost over, but we’re still pulling out all the stops for Movie Madness Month! Today, we celebrate those Cult Classic films that are even more famous for their soundtracks. “Cult Classics” can be defined as: A film that has acquired a cult following and is known for its dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and at times, audience participation. Repeated viewings, quoting dialogue and audience participation? Count us in. Today, we bring to you a few of our favorite Cult Classic soundtracks.

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Movie Madness | Bewitched by Teen Witch On Blu-ray

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 21 Aug by Todd W

If you’ve had the absolute  pleasure of catching a screening of Teen Witch over the past 25 years on television, on an old-school VHS, on DVD, or at a live showing where the film is given the “Rocky Horror” cult experience, you know that Louise Miller is a teenager with magical powers who dreams of being the most popular girl at her high school. Just released in stunning HD on Blu-ray with a 5.1 soundtrack, Teen Witch is perfect for anyone who lived in or loved the ’80s. It’s a cult classic following the trials and tribulations of Louise, a teenager girl struggling to fit in and learn who she is. In the midst of her awkward adolescence, Louise learns she is a descendant of witches…and will become a witch on her 16th birthday.

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Movie Madness | Castlevania

Posted in Reel Chat on 14 Aug by Todd W

Netflix has been killing it lately with their original exclusive and original shows! After making a splash with various Marvel TV shows like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Netflix is now expanding into the realm of anime production with their newest original show, Castlevania. Based on the classic video game series by Konami, Castlevania follows vampire hunter Trevor Belmont as he tries to save the country of Wallachia from the undead maurading hordes of Dracula. The Netflix series features the voice talents of Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”) as the hero Trevor Belmont and Graham McTavish (Dwalin in “The Hobbit”) as the elusive Dracula. The series is written and produced by comic legend Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red), who originally penned the script for the adaptation of Castlevania back in 2007. After nearly ten years of being stuck in development hell, the series finally entered production in 2015 and aired on Netflix in July 2017.

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Bookmans Recommends | The Guild 10th Anniversary

Posted in In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Reel Chat on 11 Aug by Todd W

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Summer of 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the The Guild web series. It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since I was first introduced to the adorable awkwardness of Codex and her wonderful gang of unruly weirdos. For the uninitiated, The Guild is a comedy web series created by geek goddess Felicia Day. The series follows a group of MMO gamers in an online guild called “The Knights of Good” as they try to awkwardly navigate real life with little understanding about how to manage relationships outside of the virtual world of The Game. The series stars Felicia Day as “Codex”, aka Cyd Sherman, an unemployed violinist who spends 8-9 hours a day playing The Game with her guildmates, whom she has never actually met in real life. The other members of the guild include Zaboo the love interest of Codex (sort of), Vork the neurotic guild leader, Clara the alarmingly neglectful mother of three, Tinkerballa the ascerbic ranger, and Bladezz the vulgar teenager. The Guild aired for six seasons and featured a slew of geeky guest stars like Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, Erin Gray, Zachary Levi, Doug Jones, Neil Gaiman and even features a cameo by Stan Lee.

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Behind the Trade Counter | Meet Gus!

Posted in In Our Stores on 25 Jul by Todd W

If you have visited Bookmans Mesa recently, you have probably noticed some changes. What kind of changes? I’ll give you a hint. Someone new is responsible for providing even more rad products, even more great customer service and even more fun than ever. How is this possible, you might ask. To find out, let’s go behind the trade counter with Gus, our new assistant manager! Driven by his love of video games and musical instruments, Gus comes from the helm of our Electronics Department and is doing a bang-up job right out of the gate. His vision is clear, “To offer the best consumer electronics, books, musical instruments, and entertainment needs at the best prices available.” He loves talking to customers and hearing their Bookmans stories.

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Bookmans Recommends | Our Favorite Video Game Movies

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 18 Jul by Todd W

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Video games are extremely difficult to translate into film. After all, how do you transfer something that is designed to be played by an active audience into something that is purely meant to be viewed? How do you handle a story that is designed to be shaped by the decisions of the player? As a result, video game movies are notoriously bad. But just because a movie isn’t great doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable. If you’re anything like us, you can get plenty of enjoyment out of some pretty terrible video game movies. The following is a list of some of our favorites.

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