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Phoenix Comicon 2016 Preview

Posted in Community Events on 25 May by


By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa)

Phoenix Comicon 2016 fast approaches! There’s only a week until the biggest pop culture convention in Arizona kicks off on June 2-5. Here are few things you can look forward to!

Phoenix Comicon 2016 Preview
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Ticket Tuesdays–VIP Passes to Flagstaff Hullabaloo


It’s time for the glorious Flagstaff Hullabaloo, taking place June 4-5, 2016 at Rogers Park. This Ticket Tuesday, two lucky winners will win two VIP tickets to this wonderful celebration of community, which Bookmans Flagstaff co-sponsors.

Ticket Tuesdays--VIP Passes to Flagstaff Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo is one of Northern Arizona’s most exciting and diverse celebrations of Flagstaff’s awesomness. Included in the event are two stages of live entertainment featuring Calexico on Saturday night, a bike parade, a costume contest, Circus Bacchus, Vendor Village, a VIP section, local microbrews, and great local food. We Bookman-ites appreciate the outdoorsy focus on cycling, climbing, hiking, disc golfing and rafting, all for the greater good of the community.

Celebrate the Flagstaff community in a responsible and fun atmosphere that families and funksters alike enjoy. Hullabaloo brings together neighbors, families, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, local businesses and non-profits. By honoring the best of local culture, the festival coordinators throw the party of the year with something for everyone while making the community a better place. Since it’s beginning, Hullabaloo has raised over $65,000 in donations for local non-profits and is dedicated to continuing its mission.

To enter our contest to win two VIP passes to Hullabaloo, in our comments section please tell us why you love Flagstaff and what makes it such a great city. A winner will be chosen using random.com and notified via email on May 31.

Get ready to launch into a great Summer with Hullabaloo in just a few weeks.

Help Wanted: Online Content Coordinator

Posted in Job Postings on 23 May by


The Online Content Coordinator’s job responsibility is to manage the online presence of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and Bookmans Sports Exchange through the creation and management of website content, social media and other web applications. The position’s goal is to translate the Bookmans’ marketing department’s message to the web, to reinforce the brand online, to build and maintain a relationship between employees, customers and our web presence, and to implement web-based internal marketing techniques.

Apply online now or keep reading for additional details.

Help Wanted: Online Content Coordinator
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Geeking Out with Bookmans Grant

Posted in In Our Stores on 20 May by


We take pride in being Arizona’s go-to shop for all the things you geek out about. Even better than selling geek-worthy merchandise is being surrounded by it for 40 hours a week! Bookmans attracts the freaks and geeks and we take pride in that. Customers and employees alike are  drawn to us for the unique items found on our orange shelves. As we celebrate geeking out this month, it’s easy to think of your typical “geekery” such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, Marvel and DC superheros and villains, LOTR or Star Wars but when we asked our employees at Bookmans Grant what they geek out about, we found that our crew blurs the geekery boundaries. We love that and we hope you do too.

Geeking Out
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Kaitlin’s Salad Days as a Bookmans Intern

Posted in In Our Stores on 19 May by


By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern

I sat in the library until midnight one Friday night in late October because at midnight the cashiers who work the parking garages at the U of A campus go home. There’s no automatic payment system for parking, so at midnight you can trick the system and take your car out for free. I’ve always been one to do things last minute and applying to intern for Bookmans was no different. Stressed and pressed for time, I exchanged emails with my now manager/mentor/hero Rebecca Ballenger–web editor and social media manager at Bookmans resource center–who told me I was more than welcome to submit an application, but that they were only selecting one person. Looking back, I can’t imagine why they hired me–I submitted all my writing samples as individual Word documents (oy vey) and had so little web publishing experience that I nearly had an anxiety attack every time I posted a tweet. But, somehow, they took a chance on me and gave me the best internship experience I’ve yet to have–my salad days at Bookmans.

Kaitlin's Salad Days as a Bookmans Intern: My Sugar Skull Apron
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A Rock ’em Sock ’em Free Comic Book Day

Posted in Community Events on 18 May by


Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is a glorious celebration of our passion for paneled images and comic book awesomeness. This year, I attended FCBD at Flagstaff’s Cab Comics across the street from Bookmans Flagstaff. Our mighty superhero Book Man brought delight to the denizens and comic addicts of Flagstaff.

A Rock 'em Sock 'em Free Comic Book Day

Me about to get offed by a Tusken Raider. Actually, he was quite funny and had sounds effects for greater effect.

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Cursive and Calligraphy Are the New Adult Coloring Books

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 17 May by


By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern

The Follett letters make up a set of correspondence between a politician named Oran and his fiancee Eliza. The letters chronicle the year 1832, from March to October, while Oran lived in Buffalo, NY and Eliza was in Rochester, NY. The hardest part of transcribing Oran’s long messages to his beloved is the scrawling cursive handwriting. It was beautiful to look at from a distance, but nearly impossible to read up close. Not only has the English language changed since the 1800s, but cursive handwriting has as well. However, the beauty of the words is evident. We at Bookmans predict a new trend: cursive and calligraphy–the next adult coloring books!

Cursive and Calligraphy Are the New Adult Coloring Books
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Transcribing the Letters of Oran Follett

Posted in In Our Stores on 16 May by


By Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern and UofA Student

When the Bookmans Flagstaff roof collapsed, locals visited us in a temporary tent that we set up. They brought us their used books, music and movies for us to buy and trade, and–in the process–refill our depleted stock. The Oran Follett Letters are one of such items. The letters are between a couple, Oran and Eliza Follett, though they are not married at the time of this correspondence. The letters span the spring, summer and fall of 1832, sent from Oran’s home of Buffalo, NY to Eliza’s place of residence in Rochester, NY. We only have Oran’s letters and responses to Eliza. Though a clearly intelligent and caring man, Oran is not always the romantic fiancé one dreams of reading about in love letters.

Transcribing the Letters of Oran Follett
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Transcription: The Oran Follett Letters

Posted in In Our Stores on 16 May by


Posted by Kaitlin Hooker, Bookmans Editorial Assistant Intern and UofA Student

When the Bookmans Flagstaff roof collapsed in 2010, we were left with only a small stock of salvageable items. To rebuild our inventory, we set up temporary tents for locals to sell us their used books, movies and music as they had done for over two decades. In this manner, we encountered the Follett letters. Although we don’t typically do business in historic letters, the Follett letters intrigued us. Bookmans founder, Bob Oldfather, realized that these are more than just old letters and brought them to our resource center in Tuscon for archiving. Our web editor, Rebecca Ballenger, cleaned and preserved this bit of history–a piece of one couple’s legacy. The letters from Oran Follet to his dearest Eliza span from March 10, 1832 to October 24, 1832. The transcription, by Nina Flannery and Kaitlin Hooker, follow.

Transcription: The Oran Follett Letters
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Hip Hip YA: A Look at Young Adult Literature

Posted in Bookie Blog on 13 May by


What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Young Adult literature? A typical response from someone who hasn’t delved into this newer movement might include something about sparkling vampires. The true YA fan knows that there is so much more hidden among the rows beyond rows of books that glisten figuratively on our orange shelves. Although Twilight remains a staple, other plots rise above the realm of vampires to capture hearts of all ages. Today, we brandish our copies of teen fiction with pride.

Hip Hip YA: A Look at Young Adult Literature
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Geeking Out with Fandom Tattoos

Posted in In Our Stores on 12 May by


The people of Bookmans never shy away from our passions. We also understand why you are excited by your favorite things. Geeking out with you over our shared fandoms is not just what we do, it’s part of who we are. Many of us choose to forever commit our allegiance to the things we love by inking them on our skin. Today we cover, or rather UNcover, some of the tat geeks at Bookmans Speedway. Their fandom tattoos represent characters from movies, comics, animation or video games. We wear them proudly and so should you!

Geeking Out with Fandom Tattoos: Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants
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Bookmans Recommends: Books About Books

Posted in Bookie Blog on 11 May by


Every reader at Bookmans has a favorite genre, although most of us read books from multiple genres. Why choose one when you can have them all? And books about books–any book nerd understands the appeal of reading a book about books! These works express our overwhelming love for books and for reading. If this describes you, try one of these four books (fiction and nonfiction) about books (fiction and nonfiction).

Bookmans Recommends: Books About Books
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Let Your Geek Flag Fly

Posted in In Our Stores on 10 May by


So much cool stuff happens in May! The weather warms, we celebrate our mothers and Bookmans gets pumped for all things geeky. Bookmans loves to party and not just in our stores. With Phoenix Comicon right around the corner, what better time than now to let our geek flags fly? Whether you’re a Whovian with a spark of interest in Sherlock, a Trekker* who can’t get enough of GoT or a die hard Marvel fan who dabbles in the DC Universe without guilt, this month is dedicated to you!

Let Your Geek Flag Fly
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Captain America: Civil War and the Ultimate Captain Ameri-Thon

Posted in Reel Chat on 09 May by


By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager for Bookmans Mesa

Movie marathons are kind of my thing. I sat through 21 hours in a movie theater for a Star Wars marathon when The Force Awakens came out, so spending 12 hours in the Harkins Theater at Tempe Marketplace for the Ultimate Captain America Marathon for the release of Captain America: Civil War was a piece of cake! Part of the fun of movie marathons is connecting with other fans. Only die hard fans would suffer together through so many movies. For this marathon, everyone was in great spirits. We cheered at the beginning of each film and during our favorite scenes. Cosplayers, including the local Arizona Avengers, showed up in support of the new Civil War film. And what a film it is!

Captain America: Civil War and the Ultimate Captain Ameri-Thon
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Geeking Out with Electra Woman, Dyna Girl and the World of Sid and Marty Krofft

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 06 May by


By Todd W., Vintage Star Wars Toys Guy for Bookmans Mesa

Hollywood, oh, Hollywood. You did it again. With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the new Electra Woman and Dyna Girl movie coming out June 7 and starring Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, I am compelled to revisit the original series of the same name.

Geeking Out with Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
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Men Vs. Cosplay Calendar

Posted in Community Events, News on 05 May by


By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager for Bookmans Mesa

The 2016 convention season is in full swing and it’s 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 female cosplayers, particularly those of the “sexy” persuasion. The Men Vs. Cosplay project seeks to balance that out by shifting the focus to talented male cosplayers of many skill levels.

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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


***THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED***

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.

Geeking Out with Events at Bookmans
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