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Brandon Schatz & Danica LeBlanc

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Brandon Schatz and Danica LeBlanc are the owners of Variant Edition Comics + Culture located in Edmonton, Alberta. They specialize in matching people with the comics and books they never knew they wanted. In their spare time, they write articles and produce podcasts at Submetropolitan.com

The Retailer’s View: A Confluence of Events (Part One)

2014 is swiftly drawing to a close. In the midst of making sure my shelves will weather the upcoming Christmas season, I’ll be placing...

The Retailer’s View // Scheduling Issues

Navigating monthly orders is a bone-numbing pain. I feel as though this is something I write a variation of in most of these columns....

TGI-FOC // Adventures in Marketing

Welcome to TGI-FOC, a weekly feature at The Beat about comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of the retail process that don’t...

Grant Morrison and Steve Niles Headline Black Mask’s Second Phase

Black Mask Studios started their NYCC with a bang, announcing a slate of exciting new titles that will be hitting the shelves in 2015. The...

Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

If you’re picking up Batman #35 this week, do yourself a favour and check out the price point. See that $4.99 price sticker? Originally...

The Retailer’s View // Speculative Non-Fiction

The Death of Wolverine has gone over exceedingly well - or at least it has in my shop. Putting aside sales numbers (which were...

Go FOC Yourself // The Latest

Welcome to Go FOC Yourself, a weekly column at The Beat about comics on Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) and bits of the retail process...

Go FOC Yourself // More Like Deathstroke the Terminated, Amirite?

This is being written on the day that initial orders are due for my store, and with the three week vacation I took, I’m...

The Retailer’s View: Eventful

In August, I went on vacation with my girlfriend (who is now my fiancée) and took some well deserved time away from the store...

The Retailer’s View: Greed, Avarice, Power, and Responsibility

The first superhero comic I paid for with my own money was Sensational Spider-Man #0. It arrived at the pharmacy my mom worked at...