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Michael Franti and Spearhead: Stay Human Tour 2018

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 15 May by


Music with a message…  Music with substance is making a comeback with recent works like Childish Gambino’s music video “This is America”, Imagine Dragons’ strong lyrical compositions and even Hamilton taking the world by storm. The craving is real, and Tucson is getting a dose of some soul-groove with Michael Franti & Spear Head’s “Stay Human Tour” on  Friday, June 8, 2018.

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Win Big with Mesa’s “The Great Geek Giveaway”

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 11 May by


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 too. Enjoy fumbling through a new book? What about powering up with the latest video game? Like debating whether or not to open that new toy? What about collecting unusual tchotchkes? It’s your geek out, and 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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A Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl


Over the past few years, vinyl records have made a comeback in a big, big way. More and more music enthusiasts are heading to their local record stores to discover or collect music. There are a lot of reasons why vinyl has made a resurgence in recent years, and if you are just starting to create your own vinyl collection, you’ll want to know all about how to pick and choose records – and what else you need to make them play beautiful music.

Flagstaff Vinyl 2

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Tales From a VHS Tape

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 09 May by


Days of going to the video store to rent movies have long been a thing of the past. Movie chains and mom-and-pop shops have all but evaporated, replaced by rental kiosks and streaming platforms. While it is fairly easy to track down what you want to see with a little internet savvy, what do you do when there is no watchable digital version? More importantly, what do you do if your celluloid obsession was never even digitized? It’s a scary thought, I know.

Stack of VHS tapes and a lava lamp surrounding a television set with Tales from the Crypt playing on it

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Comics to Read Before Deadpool 2

Posted in Bookie Blog on 08 May by


If you haven’t seen someone cosplay as him or a trailer or, hell, pretty much anything else you can put a character on, you may want to check your surroundings. You either live under a rock or lead a miserable, cold, dark shell of an existence that is Deadpool-less. Seriously, he deserves your attention, maybe now more than ever. Deadpool 2 is already on its way to a theater near you, but before you grab your refillable popcorn bucket and head off, you should consider reading these comics to prepare yourself for all the awesome to come.

Deadpool 2 Movie PosterDeadpool 2, Marvel/20th Century Fox

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Learning an Instrument is Good for the Soul

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 04 May by


As summer approaches, you may be finding yourself with more free time on your hands. Yes, you can waste away the days on your smartphone scrolling through social media or mindlessly searching the web, but does that actually sound appealing? No, but most of us do it anyway, simply out of habit. Instead of having a summer not worth remembering, why not learn a new skill that you can carry with you and make it unforgettable? Learning how to play an instrument has TONS of hidden benefits that you might not know about and can contribute to your overall happiness.

Row of electric guitars hung on a wall at Bookmans

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Winners Happen Every Day at Bookmans!


Bookmans’ goal is to help our customers discover new and interesting things at every visit to our stores. In one trip you can find a new favorite comic book, unearth books you’ve been meaning to read for years, grab some décor for your house, score some Blu-rays for movie night, explore generations of music, and play a few levels of a classic video game to get reacquainted with it. Ah! Browsing never sounded so incredible!

Excited man winning free video games and movies at Bookmans

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Geek Out with Bookmans in May!


Bookmans is into geeking out any day, anytime, and anywhere. But there’s just something about May that makes us geek out harder than ever. From video games to comics to music to movies, Bookmans is the place people go to expand your geeky horizons. It’s where we dive deep into our respective fandoms with reckless abandon. Join Bookmans in celebrating all the little things we geek out about with these free in-store events this May!

May banner image that reads Your Purchase, On Us. 2 Winners. Every Store. Every Day. For More Than 20 Years. The image features 4 people excitedly holding up their free Bookmans purchases including books, comic books, and video games.

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The Best Star Wars Merch for Millennial Kids

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 29 Apr by


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

Star Wars: A 7.5-billion-dollar franchise. Since 1977, Star Wars has ruled the galaxy. With books, toys, novelties, video games, tv series, and of course the movies, Star Wars has inspired millions. Here is a list of some of the coolest Star Wars Merch from my childhood.

Star Wars Logo that reads "Star Wars the Best Of..." in yellow on a black background

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Recycle and Reuse: A Celebration Of Earth Month

Posted in Core Values on 26 Apr by


Bookmans believes it is our responsibility as a business to be compassionate citizens of the planet. We are continuously striving to reduce our carbon footprint. We do this through recycling, reusing, embracing alternative energies, and spreading the word about how you can join us in our efforts. Awareness of environmental issues is part of our very business model and one of our core values. As Earth Month comes to a close, let’s take a look at how you and Bookmans together can make our planet greener.

Female hands holding ground with inscription Earth Day on wooden table

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Ultimate Movie Party: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Posted in Reel Chat on 24 Apr by


Time is fleeting, isn’t it? It’s almost astounding, really. Whatever happened Saturday nights that meant something? When madness takes its toll and you’ve just got to keep control, trade in the tired make-your-own-pizza party night at your house and jump to the left for once. That’s right – it’s time to do the Time Warp with your nearest and dearest!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster of Dr. Frank-N-Furter sitting on a a pair of red lips

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Weird Facts About Superman for His 80th Anniversary

Posted in Bookie Blog on 23 Apr by


The man of steel just turned 80 on April 18th and he still looks like a spring chicken. I don’t know what his secret is but clearly, he is doing something right. The man looks like he’s still in his 30’s! With 80 years under his belt, he’s had some pretty amazing adventures and story arcs. I know everyone likes to focus on the awesome moments. But with 80 years also comes some questionable moments and powers. Oh, the strange powers that have come up over the years… My point is that Superman is super weird. Here are some weird facts about everyone’s favorite last son of Krypton.

Superman panel in a DC Comics comic book

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Bookmans Welcomes a New Community Outreach Coordinator!

Posted in News on 21 Apr by


Bookmans has been working with the local communities our stores serve for more than 40 years. From school and charity donations to festivals to animal rescue events, Bookmans has been proud to work hand-in-hand with community leaders and representatives to make our cities outstanding. Of course, we couldn’t do that without talented individuals who make the community connections that matter. In the booming Tucson community, we needed someone with the know-how and infectious smile to make those important connections, and that’s what our new Community Outreach Coordinator Stephanie Engs brings to the table. We already know that she’s an expert at building bridges and working with the Tucson community, but Bookmans loves to find and share what people geek out about too. Let’s get to know a bit more about Stephanie with some Q&A, Bookmans-style!

Two photo booth sheets of Stephanie, Bookmans new Community Outreach Coordinator for Tucson. The image has a rose pattern background and reads "Welcome Stephanie!" Read More…

Welcome to the World of Dungeons and Dragons!

Posted in Games, In Our Stores on 20 Apr by


Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

Hello Adventurer! While I hope this note finds you well, let’s get straight to the point. I have a job for you! I’ve found something big… BIG I tell you! I need my supplies delivered to Barthen’s Provisions in Phandalin, while I ride ahead to take care of business. You get my wares safely to Barthen’s and there’s ten gold in it for you.

Cheers- Gundren Rockseeker

A set of polyhedral dice used for role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, the dice are used to determine how successful a player is in their actions within the game. The twenty sided dice is the most common used die in these tabletop games

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Record Store Day is Almost Here!


*Bookmans is NOT A PARTICIPATING RECORD STORE DAY STORE*

If you’ve ever been to Bookmans, you know that we LOVE our VINYL! Our stores across Arizona are proud to share our love of music with the world. Visit any Bookmans store and you’ll find row after row of shiny, supremely cool vinyl records, both new and used. it should be no surprise that we are so excited to celebrate vinyl in all its glory on Record Store Day 2018.

Bookmans Record Store Day sale and event flyer

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Mesa’s ZapCon 6 Arcade and Pinball Convention

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


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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Alienated Audiences of the 1980s

Posted in Reel Chat on 12 Apr by


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982.  It was greeted by a tsunami of money so violent it caused other studios to jealously raise their fists and greenlight any child fantasy films they had in their stables. From The Never Ending Story to The Explorers to the Flight of the Navigator everyone wanted a piece of that monetary influx that E.T. brought home. While quality peaked and dipped across different properties, it wasn’t until 1988 that a wilted contender lazily emerged and said just what was on its mind.

Mac and Me Movie still frame of the boy and the alien

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Nintendo Switch Review

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 10 Apr by


The Nintendo Switch has been out for a little over a year now, and I must say it is one of the most clever consoles Nintendo has come out with. Like, ever. IMHO, the Wii and Wii U were a bit of a flop. Although owning a Wii myself, it is frustrating sometimes using the motion sensor in the controller to aim directly at the sensor bar. You’re pointing the controller directly at the Wii yet nothing is happening. I JUST WANT TO PLAY THE GAME. Enter the Nintendo Switch and my new endless gaming smile. Nintendo Switch console with controller in red and blue

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I’m With the Banned: Banned Musicians

Posted in Core Values, Musical Notes on 09 Apr by


Bookmans knows the importance of fighting censorship. Taking a stand against censorship is what keeps this nation free. Got a favorite musician from the good old days? From political rallies to terribly staged photographs, you may be surprised about some of these famous banned musicians!

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Freebie Friday: Rampage Movie Ticket Giveaway!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 06 Apr by


***CONTEST CLOSED***
It’s #FreebieFriday! 3 WINNERS will score a pair of ADVANCED SCREENING tickets for the new Warner Bros. Pictures movie Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson! These tickets are for the 7 PM screenings at the Harkins Arizona Mills in Phoenix (April 9th or April 10) or the Century El Con theater in Tucson (April 9).  (Winners must arrive at theaters by 6:30 PM.) Find out how to enter below!
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