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Dos and Do Nots of Free Comic Book Day

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 04 May by


This Saturday nerds and comic book readers once again take to the streets in an all out celebration of geek camaraderie. What joyous occasion sparks such action? What geekish event has us jazzed? What could occur that causes respectable members of society to squeeze into red spandex ala The Flash to run around the office breaking the space time continuum? Four fabulous words my friends, Free. Comic. Book. Day. Every year on the first Saturday of May the comic book gods bless us all by giving away free specialty comics. Oh, happy day indeed! Before you hit the mean streets to demand comics by the bucket load this Free Comic Book Day, let us discuss some dos and do nots.

Dos and Do Nots of Free Comic Book Day
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Convenient Textbook Buyback

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 03 May by


By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern

May–arguably the best month for those of us fortunate enough to live in Arizona. The weather is not yet too hot, the trees are still pleasingly yellow budded and, for some of us, SCHOOL IS OUT. Gone are the days, nights and weekends spent in a musty library. Gone are the assignments, exams and stressors of academic life. Well, almost gone. One stressor remains: what to do with those heavy, unwanted textbooks cluttering your room and life. The answer? Bring them to Bookmans and experience the wonder of our convenient textbook buyback!

Convenient Textbook Buyback
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Ticket Tuesday-ish: Phoenix Comicon Opening Night


Back by popular demand! Our April Phoenix Comicon Opening Night ticket giveaway was such a hit, we present an encore so epic we couldn’t wait for a Tuesday. We remain in high Geeking Out mode throughout May with events and news about your favorite books, movies, music, video games, characters and pop culture happenings. Speaking of that, The Signature Pop-Culture Event of the Southwest, Phoenix Comicon quickly approaches. Phoenix Comicon invites you to “Discover Your Inner Geek” from June 2-5, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center. This Ticket Tuesday-ish, we give away four passes to the Phoenix Comicon Opening Night on Thursday, June 2. Don’t miss this opportunity to preview all the awesomeness!

Ticket Tuesday-ish: Phoenix Comicon Opening Night
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Geeking Out with Events at Bookmans

Posted in Community Events, News on 01 May by


Bookmans honors the inner Trekkie, WOWer and Dungeons and Dragons master in all of us. Geeking Out month is a time to dust off those Whovian T-shirts, Millennium Falcon replicas and all the in-depth Zelda trivia you have rolling around in your noggin and head to Bookmans for wholesome, geektastic fun. We all know Geeking Out Is Half The Fun. If you’re a Melee connoisseur or a cosplay Casanova, wipe the fog from your glasses and pay attention because Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is where you want to be.

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Nate Avery and the Best Life Ever

Posted in Community Events on 29 Apr by


By Paul Lee, Event Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff

Residents of Flagstaff often see a bumper sticker with the letters “BLE” and many know immediately what those initials represent. Having relatively recently moved to Flagstaff, I often encounter this sticker and wonder what it means. In particular, I see BLE on a sign during my frequent visits to Buffalo Park. Eventually, I got around to looking it up.

Nate Avery and the Best Life Ever
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May The Fourth Be With You With These Helpful Tips

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 28 Apr by


Calling all intergalactic bounty hunters, Storm Troopers and Cantina players: The Force is strong in you. If you have a valid opinion on who shoots first or if you can successfully explain what Han means when he says the Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, then you, young Jedi, must attend May the Fourth festivities. If you are getting your Fourth on for the first time, before you borrow that Lando Calrissian baby blue blouse and cape, take a sec to learn some Lucas lingo. Prepare for celebrations bigger than the Death Star’s Kyber Crystal-powered superlaser.

May The Fourth Be With You With These Helpful Tips
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Stories of UFOs and Strange Phenomena

Posted in Bookie Blog, Community Events on 27 Apr by


Bookmans has excellent UFO and strange phenomena sections many of you peruse those titles. We have books by famed authors like Whitley Streiber, Zecharia Sitchin and Erick Von Dankin on topics ranging from alien contact, abductions by aliens and historical encounters with extraterrestrials (ETs).

Stories of UFOs and Strange Phenomena: Communion
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Bookmans Recommends: Straight Outta Compton

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 26 Apr by


Written By Flavio Collins, Bookmans Ina Customer Service Supervisor

Growing up in Barrio Hollywood during the mid-1990s, I connected with rap music and culture. I still appreciate the journalistic approach to writing lyrics. Rap is a way for people to express their views on events in their part of the world. For me, those events circulate around poverty, which people tend to ignore unless it affects them on a personal level. This early experience with rap music and poverty came back to me when I watched Straight Outta Compton, a film about the rap group N.W.A.

Bookmans Recommends: Straight Outta Compton
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Blessed Feathers Returns to Flagstaff after Denmark Tour

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 25 Apr by


It’s Bookmans’ good fortune to have so many talented coworkers and that includes Donivan Berube at Bookmans Flagstaff. Donivan and his collaborator/wife, Jacquelyn Beaupré, make up the alterna-folk band Blessed Feathers. This March and April, the duo took their magical sounds to Denmark for a 2-week tour.

Blessed Feathers Returns to Flagstaff after Denmark Tour

Donivan and Jacqulyn hanging in front of 1400 year old viking ruins in Sweden

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Caity Looks Forward to Tucson Attractions

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 22 Apr by


After three years at Bookmans Flag, I, Caity Evans, Events Liaison and lover of Flagstaff, move on to new and thrilling adventures. Before you start rioting/dancing in the streets, know that, though I leave this beautiful mountain town, I do not leave Bookmans. As if I could part ways with this rad company! Soon I make my way to Tucson, the birthplace of Bookmans, for a new position as Community Relations Manager. I am excited for this great job opportunity. I’m equally ecstatic to live in T-town, where I can soak up that desert culture. From attending the All Souls Procession to overcoming my fear of reptiles at the Sonora Desert Museum, the possibilities to #GeekOut are endless. I am making plans already!

Caity Looks Forward to Tucson Attractions
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Bookmans Recommends: Mermaids

Posted in Reel Chat on 21 Apr by


The power of three! Cher is a queen unto herself but with the aid of Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, there’s no way the movie Mermaids wouldn’t become an immediate favorite. This movie is a female powerhouse with every moment packed full of womanly angst and emotion!

Bookmans Recommends: Mermaids
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Bookmans Recommends: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Posted in Bookie Blog on 20 Apr by


Long ago, in the center of the Central Dominance, was a land called Luthadel. It was here, almost a thousand years ago, where the city’s prophesied hero from myth and legend rose to slay a great and terrifying evil. He lost. The powerful Lord Ruler took over and controls the lands where ash pours from the sky and thick mists cover the lands every night. How do you come back from such a loss? Assemble the best heist this world has ever seen and take the power back! How? That’s where Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson gets good.

Bookmans Recommends: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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The Bogus and Real Celestial Views of Tucson

Posted in Bookie Blog on 19 Apr by


Humans have long had the urge to ply the skies and that desire continues unabated. Tucson has amazing celestial views. The University of Arizona has a stellar (heh) astronomy department and Kitt Peak and Flandrau Observatories add to our interplanetary dreams. Bookmans stretches our love for Earth to include all the planets and everything surrounding us. Amazing astronomical events occur in the vista above us and brilliant scientists continue to go even farther with our discoveries. Sometimes we see bogus events touted along with the real celestial views in Tucson.

The Bogus and Real Celestial Views of Tucson
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I’m Paul Lee, the New Event Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff

Posted in In Our Stores, News on 18 Apr by


Hi guys, I’m Paul Lee. Wow, here I am working for one of my favorite stores in the country! As the new Events Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff, I will continue the great work of Caity Evans, who is moving up in the organization, and add my spin to the events here. I hope to make a difference for our store and in the community and have plenty of fun along the way.

I'm Paul Lee, the New Event Liaison for Bookmans Flagstaff
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Freebie Friday: Phoenix Comicon Opening Night


** THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED – But be sure to check back in May for another chance to win! **

Bookmans lives for “Geeking Out” with you about our favorite books, movies, music, video games, characters, events and all things magical. Soon we’ll have a chance to geek out about all of these things together in one ginormous building. The Signature Pop-Culture Event of the Southwest, Phoenix Comicon. Phoenix Comicon invites you to “Discover Your Inner Geek” from June 2-5, 2016, at the Phoenix Convention Center. We are giving away four passes to the Phoenix Comicon Opening Night on Thursday, June 2. Don’t miss this opportunity to preview all the awesomeness!

Freebie Friday: Phoenix Comicon Opening Night
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Bookmans Recommends: Glass Animals

Posted in Musical Notes on 13 Apr by


If you haven’t already, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the work of Glass Animals. Whatever playlist you craft for yourself–be it a Friday Night Groove or a Slumped Sunday Motivator–this indie group fits any mood and setting. Glass Animals conquered the electronic vibes, putting the feels into sound. Their music is a unique mix of indie psychedelia with trip hop beats and organic sounds, evolving a mellow vibe.

Bookmans Recommends: Glass Animals
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Steampunk 101

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 12 Apr by


Tucson has a large and enthusiastic Steampunk community who hosts or attends multiple events throughout the year. Even if you are not a member of this thriving group, you likely know someone who is. We suggest you attend at least one of these events or go all out and join their ranks because these folks bring the fun. Steampunks are creative, talented, intelligent and entertaining friends. That is why Bookmans asked the Tucson Steampunk Society to return for a 2nd Annual Steampunk Invasion of Bookmans Speedway. We thought this might be a good opportunity to go over a few basics with a Steampunk 101, or at least try. The greatest thing about the Steampunk movement is that it’s inclusive. The next greatest thing is that, while some activities are common to most Steampunk events, the party is an ever-changing, highly-personalized vision of a future past. It’s not exactly “anything goes” but it is close.

Steampunk 101
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The Rise and Fall of American Idol

Posted in Musical Notes, News on 11 Apr by


By Todd W., Visual Merchandiser and Event Liaison at Bookmans Mesa

It was the Summer of 2002. Some may remember it as when the Euro became the official currency of twelve of the European Union’s Members. Some may remember it as the year Brazil wins the World Cup. I remember this as the year Kelly Clarkson came out of Burleson, Texas to become the first to win a singing competition known as American Idol.

The Rise and Fall of American Idol
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What On Earth Are You Going to Do with an English Degree?

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Apr by


By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern

Two years and four majors into my undergraduate career, I decided to get my Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. My mom sighed, my dad yelled and my friends squinted their eyes and tried to be supportive. I, on the other hand, was over the moon. I was doing well in classes, getting to know professors who believed in my work and applying for internships that directly correlate my English degree with real world experience! If you visit the Bookmans website, I assume you’re a book lover–and perhaps a current or former English major yourself–and can relate! When anyone asks, “What on Earth are you going to do with an English degree?” this is what I say.

What On Earth Are You Going to Do with an English Degree?

An English Major In the Wild.

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The Sims 3 Retail Therapy

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 07 Apr by


By C’Loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

It began with a sudden, intense need to have my own castle. Perhaps it was because I am in the process of house hunting and my modest means are not conducive to owning an actual castle, so I did the next best thing. I got myself a virtual castle. Five of them, actually. So it was that I found myself falling back in love with The Sims games again.

The Sims 3 Retail Therapy
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