News Letter June 2nd



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Hello Everyone!

Lisa takes time to clue us all in on her interview with Sci-fi Author Emily St. John Mandel.
Star Wars brings us Star Wars #6, Darth Vader #6 and Princess Leia #4.
DC Comics shows us the post Convergence world with such titles as Bat Mite #1 and Bizarro #1.
Winners of our Fight Club drawing have been chosen and informed via phone.  Pictures of the happiness to follow on twitter @SourceComicGame

Wolverine is still dead.The Source Crew

Interview with Emily St. John Mandel by Lisa


Watching a book you adore get nominated for prestigious award after prestigious award is like seeing your home sports team of choice plow through a glorious playoff series. That’s how I’ve felt for the last year watching Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel pop up all over the internet, get shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction and, most recently, win the Arthur C Clarke award. I’m still trying to figure out what the literary version of crushing a beer can on my forehead is.


It’s a virus-decimates-the-population-survival-of-the-fittest book, but with smarts and feels. The structure of the book is a logistical nightmare I can’t imagine trying to pull off, but Mandel makes it seem obvious, crafting what Andrew Butler (Chair of the Judges for the Arthur C Clarke Award) called “an elegy for the hyperglobalised present.” The befores and afters that the story unravels largely follow an assortment of actors, musicians, and an aspiring comic book artist. The caravan of busted former vehicles traveling between small settlements to perform what orchestral music and Shakespeare scripts they could salvage is stunning. And written in a prose so sad and hopeful and graceful that is almost physically painful.

Coincidentally, I liked the book, which is why I was so excited when Mandel agreed to answer a few questions about it and her fictional comic book that the novel takes its name from.


How did you come to use a comic book in such a central role in the novel?


I always knew that the character Miranda was going to be an artist, and I was interested in the comic book form. Given the complexity of Station Eleven’s structure-multiple points of view, shifts back and forth in time, etc.-I thought it would be a good idea from a technical standpoint to have a couple of objects that appear in both the pre-apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic sections of the book, as a kind of through-line, to help hold the whole thing together. So one of the objects is a comic book, and the other is a paperweight.


Did you make a mock up of the comic Station Eleven  for your own reference, or just have a mental image? Was writing about the comic in any way different from writing the rest of the novel?


I just had a mental image of the Station Eleven comic. I can’t really draw very well. My UK publisher commissioned an artist, the wonderful Nathan Burton, to design a page from the comic as an insert in the UK first edition. The result was completely different from what I’d imagined, but it was somehow perfect. Writing about the comic was no different from writing the rest of the novel.


What comics or graphic novels have you read?


Not as many as I’d like. I didn’t grow up reading comics, so I’m a bit late to this, but I love the form and think it’s a fascinating way to tell a story. The first I read was a Sandm  an book, a few years ago. The most recent was Jeff Lemire’s Trillium series, which I found immensely impressive. I’ve also found myself unexpectedly drawn to graphic memoirs lately. I usually have very little patience for memoirs, but I found Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME profoundly moving.


Are you interested in writing a comic or graphic novel at some point? Do you think being a novelist would make it easier to write a comic or is there anything intimidating about the process?


I’m actually working on a script for the comic book in Station Eleven, between other deadlines. The process isn’t intimidating, but it is new to me, which makes it exciting. I think that being a screenwriter would make it easier to write a comic. If you look at a comic script, the form is very similar to a screenplay.



In spite of Station Eleven being on the short list for the Nation Book Award and books like Persepolis getting due praise, it feels like sci-fi, speculative fiction and graphic novels are still sort of dirty words in the world of literature. Have you gotten any sense that people are seeing more potential in speculative fiction or any kind of sequential storytelling, or are they still a sort of redheaded lit stepchild?


You know, it’s interesting, the only real friction I’ve encountered has actually been in the opposite direction: sci-fi fans who seem to think I’m somehow trespassing on their territory by writing a book set partly in the future. Some of them seem to feel that novelists coming out of the literary fiction tradition somehow don’t have the right to write speculative fiction, and that it’s “appropriation” when we do so, even though a lot of us grew up reading sci-fi and love the genre. I can appreciate how having to defend one’s genre against snobs over a long period of time could lead to a certain insularity, but my personal feeling on the matter is that I can write whatever I want.


In the non-genre literary world, there are still people who won’t pick up Station Eleven because it’s “too sci-fi,” but there’s absolutely more openness to “genre”-influenced works than there used to be. I mean, Cormac McCarthy won the Pulitzer for a post-apocalyptic fable with cannibals in it. And as for more mainstream acceptance of graphic works in general, Allison Bechdel recently won a MacArthur fellowship.



Lastly, what have you been reading or recommending lately?


The books I’ve been recommending the most recently are Atticus Lish’s PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT LIFE, which is his debut novel and something of a masterpiece, and Michel Faber’s THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS.




The paperback version of Station Eleven goes on sale on Tuesday, June 2.




Bizarro #1



Tuesday, Friday & Special Event Schedule!




Tuesday, Friday & Special Event Schedule! 


Tuesday Night Magic at the Source! Lots of great tournaments are coming up this Fall at the Source. We are now running Friday Night Magic every Friday night so you don’t have to travel far anymore for chance at those exclusive foil prizes.



Tuesday, May 12th – Standard – 5:30pm – $5.00

Tuesday, May 19th – Booster Draft – 5:30pm – $15.00 Tuesday, May 26th – Standard – 5:30pm – $5.00

Tuesday, June 2nd, Booster Draft – 5:30pm – $15.00

Tuesday, June 9th – Standard – 5:30pm – $5.00

Tuesday, June 16th – Booster Draft – 5:30pm – $15.00

Tuesday, June 23rd – Standard – 5:30pm – $5.00

Tuesday, June 30th – Booster Draft – 5:30pm – $15.00


Thursday Night Magic at the Source


Modern Format Every Thursday at 5:30pm – $5.00

Win a $50 Gift Certificate



FNM @ Source – Sign up  at 5PM – Space Limited!

Friday, May 15th – Booster Draft – 6pm Start – $15.00

Friday, May 29th – Modern Masters Booster Draft – 6pm $40.00 Entry (Limit 32), Tickets On Sale 4:30pm Friday, May 29th – Commander Multiplayer – 6pm Start $5.00

Friday, June 5th – Standard – 6pm Start – $5.00 Friday, June 12th – Booster Draft – 6pm Start – $15.00 Friday, June 19th – Commander Multi-Player – 6pm Start $5.00 Friday, June 26th – Booster Draft – 6pm Start – $15.00

Friday Late Night Booster Draft

Every Friday Night @ 10pm- $15.00


Saturday Kids League


Saturday, May 9th – Mini-Masters – 1:00 pm Start – $5.00

Saturday, May 23rd – Mini-Masters – 1:00 pm Start – $5.00


Saturday, June 13th – Mini-Masters – 1:00 pm Start – $5.00


Saturday, June 27th – Mini-Masters – 1:00 pm Start – $5.00


PPTQ Saturday July 25th 11am Sealed – $35.00
We Still (as of Tuesday) Have Modern Masters II Boosters $9.99/pack  



This Week at Source Comics and Games
Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX #1
This Week at Source Comics and Games
Amazing Spider-Man #18.1
Order Yours Now


Hoodie & Mask
Sizes SM-3XL
$56.00 each
We will only be carried as a Special Order Only

New This Week at Source Comics and Games Darth Vader #6
Welcome back to Tim’s corner. 

Hello from Tim’s corner. Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at Comicon and came to the store as well.  It is appreciated.  Restocking at the store includes titles from Elephantmen through Fantastic Force.  From collections, I put out a bunch of golden age books including Donald Duck issues, some Four Color Duck Albums, Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery, and Doctor Solar Man of the Atom.  In the drawers, I put out Adventure Comics in the late 300s, the Atom, pre 100 Daredevils, Mystery in Space, My Greatest Adventures, late 100s Superboys, mid 100 Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson, Dead of Night, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.  See you soon




Princess Leia #4



New this Week at Source Comics and Games


Secret Wars #3 


New this Week at Source Comics and Games
Broken World #1
Chad’s Pick of the Week    
New this week at Source Comics and Games
Action Comics #41  

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 – 6pm

events calendar!


Everyone Welcome!


Tyranny of Dragons OP Event

Month Six
Thursday, June 18th at 6pm 


D&D ENCOUNTERS @ SOURCE!     Wednesdays @  Source Starting at 6PM – FREE!  

Hosted by our very own Burl Zorn, on Wednesday nights.  Wednesday nights begin at 6 pm.

Games are 5th Edition. All you need is a pencil and dice.  All skill levels, newbies and players are welcome! For more info harrass Burl at 651.645.0386  – 24/7 New kits coming next season.


Every Saturday From 10AM to 1PM

One of our best and longest running game groups at the Source is our Pokemon League. It’s run and maintained by the mighty Raymond Steinke II. The Pokemon league welcomes all players, all skill levels and is reallly a ton of fun to participate in! So much so that many of the parents of our players have gotten involved. Honestly, if you’re thinking about you or someone you know trying out Pokemon, this is the place to do it! Everyone is welcome!


Pokemon Facebook Page:!/groups/335998246041/


Hosted By Jim, Todd and our very own Bob!

You’re invited to participate to growing, regularly scheduled event, here at the Source Comics & Games. Every Monday night a group of dedicated military miniatures game players assemble for a night of comradery, revelry and table top miniature fun! Themes change week to week and they’re open to game suggestions as well. Bring your stuff if you have any, if you don’t, show up anyway and we’ll get you in the game. All players and skill levels are welcome! Here’s the general schedule for the next upcoming few weeks.For More Info:



Expect a Flow of Randomness!




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