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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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Women Vs. Cosplay: The Calendar

Posted in Community Events on 05 Jul by Todd W


The 2017 Comicon convention season may be over, but there’s still time to celebrate those amazingly talented geeks who make comic conventions entertaining and visually stunning. That’s right, I’m talking about cosplayers! Most of time, media attention focuses on only male cosplayers, particularly those of the “hero” persuasion. The Women Vs. Cosplay project seeks to balance that out by shifting the focus to talented female cosplayers of many skill levels.

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Bookmans Recommends | A Darker Shade of Magic

Posted in Bookie Blog on 04 Jul by Todd W


Phoenix Comicon has become a well-known convention for many genre authors to attend, perhaps even more so than most comic conventions. This year, the author guest list was rounded out with such genre greats as Terry Brooks, Timothy Zahn, and Diana Gabadon. We had the opportunity to meet lesser known fantasy author V.E. Schwab, whose work we had been eyeing for some time, but had never gotten around to actually reading it. We were first introduced to V.E. Schwab’s work through an excerpt of her book, A Darker Shade of Magic, in a sci-fi/fantasy magazine. We enjoyed the Gaiman-esque style of her writing style. The story did not feel heavy or overly involved as many epic fantasies do, but still drew us in and kept us interested. She treats the concept of magic as something close to home rather than being otherworldly as many fantasies represent it.

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Bookmans Recommends | Fallout Shelter

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 Jun by Todd W


Fallout Shelter is a simulation game that is set in the post-apocalyptic universe of the Fallout series. Created by Bethesda Game Studios, the same developers responsible for the award-winning Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter allows players to do something that they have never been able to in the Fallout games: manage their own vault.

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Mesa | Top 5 Local Pet Adoption Agencies

Posted in Core Values on 22 Jun by Todd W


If you have never owned an animal or you are currently in the market for one, NOW is the time to act. The are many rewards to adopting a new animal, but the road to finding your perfect fur-ever friend may be a long one. You start with a lot of  questions. Why is adoption so important? Where should I adopt from? What are the pros and cons of adopting from shelters as opposed to breeders? We collected some of our favorite pet adoption agencies near Bookmans Mesa to help you find the right pet for your family.

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June’s Tunes | Top 5 Great Video Game Soundtracks

Posted in Musical Notes on 16 Jun by Todd W


June is Music Month here at Bookmans and we’re putting the spotlight on one genre that doesn’t get enough attention. Video game soundtracks make great background music for work and play because they are designed to enhance the setting and mood of a game, while not distracting from the gameplay experience. We use some of our favorite soundtracks to set the mood for our work, while we are in the office, as well as when relaxing at home in the tub. We present to you a few great video game soundtracks to use as background music for your life.

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Bookmans Mesa Giveaway | Win a Ukulele

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 09 Jun by Todd W


Aloha a me ke alohaia mai Bookmans heluhelu!  (Hello and greetings Bookmans readers!) It is June’s Tunes month, which means we are showcasing our love of all things music.  Of course you already know we have your favorite video games, books, electronics, movies and toys, but did you know we also sell both new AND used instruments?  That’s right! We have a large assortment of musical tools that are sure to let loose your inner rockstar. Grab a guitar, drum set, trumpet or ukulele. Have a gig coming up? Prepare yourself as we carry a large assortment of strings, supplies, mics, and amps. We know what you’re thinking and YES, you can even use your trade credit!

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Evolution of Wonder Woman | From Amazon Princess to Warrior

Posted in Bookie Blog on 02 Jun by Todd W


“Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.” With these words Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston set out to create the ultimate feminist icon. There were plenty of superheroes that were role models for boys, but what about girls? Great Hera! 

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Geeking Out | Phoenix ComicCon

Posted in Community Events on 25 May by Todd W


This summer’s comiccon season kicks off Memorial Day weekend with Phoenix Comic Con. There are an abundance of things to see and do at PHXCC. Here are some of the activities you can look forward to!

 

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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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