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Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Store News

      Post by Rick N – “Am I so biased against writers that I think we’re 100 per cent? No. I believe we are 51 per cent.” Those are the words of Todd McFarlane describing the balance between art and writing as it pertains to the craft of comics. He goes on to describe the process, fairly accurately I think, by which new readers are attracted to a shiny new comic on a store shelf someplace. I would have included spinner racks in that sentence just now but those days are long gone sadly. Art is 51 per cent of that magnetic force drawing you in to a title you’ve never tried before, and story along with the art, or McFarlane says, keeps you there. Thus we have the other 49 per cent. Before you start in...

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Blog UPdate! Stranger Things 2! Promotions!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Store News

Post by Kyle This is just a quick update today—just my fancy way of announcing a fun little Imaginary Wars “Imaginary Dollars” Points promotion that we’re running throughout November this year–really, it’s almost better handled as a simple Facebook post, but I’m trying to get into the habit of squeezing just a little more from my scant spare time and channel it into doing regular blog updates. That, and I’ve been really digging the new season of Stranger Things; so much so that I felt a simple Facebook post wasn’t enough. My wife and I watched the original series last year and loved it. And because it’s Netflix, and everything on the television is now binge-watched, we quickly forgot about the series while distracted by all the other things we’ve binged (we just finished the Handmaid’s tale–chilling). It was...

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Master of Pigments Painting Competition

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Store News

Post by Kyle As a store, Imaginary Wars has always been ‘Hobby First’ in it its gaming outlook: we’re always encouraging players to have fun with painting the models they buy to play their games with. With the events that we actively organise, we stress less on competitive elements and encourage all players to show up with fully painted armies. To help facilitate that, we even have our resident miniatures painter, Justin, on hand every Saturday afternoon to teach miniature painting techniques throughout the afternoon.   This year, we decided to wear our hobby a little more prominently on our sleeve by running a painting competition: enter Master of Pigments!   After running many different painting competitions and seeing so many ‘Best Painted’ portions of the multitude of events I’ve been to over the years, the one thing I...

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Summer Wrap-Up: Flames of War League!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Store News

Fall is here!  ….Even though the weather, what with its freakishly hot days and barely cool nights and mornings, makes it feel like summer is still in full swing. The end of summer at Imaginary Wars was marked not just by shorter daylight hours and kids’ returning to school but also by the closing of our in-store Flames of War campaign. If you’ve been following Imaginary Wars on Instagram, you’ve likely seen not just what comics I’m catching up on but also the painting progress of my German Afrika Korps tank army…along with its victories and many and various defeats. I use Instagram to highlight my hobby-involvement aspects of Imaginary Wars—be it painting, gaming or comic collecting (and perchance even reading them!). All my Flames of War pictures were part of the escalation league we had running weekly for...

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GAMES & GROGG-ing at the New Store!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Store News

Has it really been one year since our last Games and Grog? Has it really been FIVE MONTHS since our last blog post? Has it really been fifty-five days since we moved our store location? Today, we put things to right with by posting a new blog post, promoting our next Games and Grog event and (officially) the store’s change of location! COMING AUG.12: GAMES & GROG VI: the New Digs! We just finished the craziness of moving the store, welcoming in the newest edition of Warhammer 40,000, running multiple 40k tournaments, and bringing new staff on board! Now we’ve embraced the crazy again and have our next Games and Grog happening in TEN DAYS time! Because we wanted run it well before summer was on its way out, we opted for a closer date (which means less advertising...

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Age of Sigmar and the Art of Running Away

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Store News

On March 11, Imaginary Wars will be hosting an Age of Sigmar tournament–but it won’t be just a regular ‘Sigmar tournament, this time around, we’ll be doing a day-long campaign using the fan-made Hinterlands rules! (You can download the free rules HERE.) The Hinterlands rules focuses on skirmish gaming and also frames your Age of Sigmar games as an ongoing story, with your models gaining experience (and abilities). It also makes attrition and casualties a real factor in your games. No longer is it always a smart move to pour soldiers into the meat grinder when the are a finite resource available to your warlord. With that in mind, I asked one of the city’s more rabid Age of Sigmar fans, Paul Ting, if I could reprint a post he had made on the Alberta Age of Sigmar facebook...

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My New Favourite Artist: Pepe Larraz

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Store News

        Post by Jim – Once every few years it seems as if there is an explosion of great new artists on the comic book landscape. I remember being enamored with Mazzuchelli’s daredevil, Mignola’s Rocket Racoon, Mike Zeck’s fantastic Captain America run and of course John Byrne on everything he graced with his pencils.  Jim Lee led a new wave in the 90’s and ever since then the “next greatest artist” has been a thing-something fans of comics can look forward to as the artistic direction of the art form changes. In recent years I’ve really enjoyed Sara Pichelli, Olivier Coipel, Evan “Doc” Shaner, and Scott Hepburn and many many other fantastic artists but recently I’ve been seeking out the work of Pepe Larraz. Pepe has been tackling a few Marvel titles, most notably Star Wars: Kanan,...

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The Unmistakable Contribution of Canadians to Comics

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Store News

    Post by Rick N – As we enjoy/suffer a return to good old fashioned Canadian winters, it’s time to point out something that might have escaped the notice of the average comic book fan. We really rock comics! And not just that we like them, or buy loads of them (I actually enjoy DCs new twice-a-month schedule but you get the point.) No, we as Canadians make up some of the most talented comic creators in the industry. Far beyond our per capita, statistical allotment. There are 320 million (it would seem mostly non-voting) Americans versus our 35 million parka-wearing Canadians. That’s just over one-tenth the number of Canadians compared to Americans given those big numbers are just estimates. I mean, California has a larger population than Canada! And yet, the current roster of Canadians currently or...

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Heavy Gear!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Store News

Post by Kyle Was it really last summer when we did our first Learn-to-Play session for the new edition of Heavy Gear? It’s amazing how time flies! Just prior to Christmas (the real culprit, I think, in making the tail end of 2016 feel like such a blur), we did a second Learn-to-Play session for this made-in-Canada Mech game. At the end of that day the consensus among the group was that it was high time to move from rules tutorials and multiplayer megabattles over to more proper games. So that’s exactly what we’re doing next weekend! On Saturday, January 28, we’ll be running a gaming day for Heavy Gear—sure, everyone is still pretty new (or extremely new) to the system, but that’s actually more a benefit than it is a burden. Back in the early days of the...

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Out With 2016!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Store News

Post by Kyle Happy New Year! We hope your holiday season was restful, fun and fruitful to you and yours! Here at Imaginary Wars, with the Christmas and New Years area of the calendar being our busiest time, it’s usually not until well after the start of the New Year that we get a chance to reflect on the year we managed to make it through. (Hence why our blog’s ringing in the New Year a fair amount of days after the fact—still, not too bad when you consider the length of time between some of our posts last year!) But now that we’ve had that chance to look back at the year that was, we realised what really made an impact on us was our clientele–namely the quality, loyalty and the generosity with others that is regularly displayed...

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