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8th Street Books now on 8th Street

By in Culture

GREG REESE
Arts Editor

Pat Thompson took over 8th Street Books and Comics in 1994. Now, in its 26th year of operation, 8th Street Books has moved next door.

Located in the same building, but facing directly onto 8th Street, it may seem like a small change but Thompson says it’s making a huge difference.

“It’s been a boom to the business like you can’t believe,” said Thompson.

Thompson attributes much of the increased foot traffic to his new signs facing directly onto 8th Street. Signage laws had previously barred the old location from advertising right along Saskatoon’s main vein.

Another added bonus of the new location is that it’s about twice the size of the old place, which was a charming store but a little cramped.

With all this new space, the graphic novels section will have some substantial breathing room, allowing for a more impressive presentation of materials. Also, a section of magic tricks and costumes are slated to have a prominent space in the new location.

“Superhero costumes in a comic store; I mean, come on!” said Thompson, excited for his ability to expand upon some of his ideas for new merchandise.

Though the store is in a transitional phase — still changing the lay-out of comic stands and bookshelves — in many ways, it’s business as usual at 8th Street Books.

On Sept. 23, local comic writer Kurtis Wiebe will be doing a book signing for his new comic Beautiful Creatures. Published by Edmonton’s Red 5 Comics, Wiebe could become a local success story, breaking out into the comic profession.

In addition to his enthusiasm for Wiebe’s new comic, Thompson says to check out Blackest Night, Dark Reign or current issues of Spiderman. All are available at the new location at 1006 8th St. East, right on the corner of Clarence and 8th Street.

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