March Break Camps at The Dragon!

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Hey kids! Level up your March Break with Dragon D&D and Magic: the Gathering Camps! Take part in a custom Dungeons & Dragons campaign with in house Dungeon Master Sandy Maclean OR explore the LITERAL THOUSANDS of ways to play Magic cards with in house Magic Master Will Wellington!

D&D runs Monday through Friday 12-3 at The Dragon South.
Magic: the Gathering runs Monday through Friday 11-3 at The Dragon Downtown

Registration is $100 per kid for both camps! Hurry! Space is VERY LIMITED! Visit or call us at either location or email will@dragonguelph.com to reserve your spot! Or fill out this handy dandy form: goo.gl/forms/n2BtALwlsXzG1H9i2

Top Books of 2016

We present our 25 bestselling trade paper backs and graphic novels from 2016. For the sake of not repeating ourselves too much, we’ve removed multiple volumes of the same title, only showing the top selling volume of each series.

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We once again see Saga topping the list, with another Vaughn series coming right behind. And we also see the decline of the popularity of Walking Dead, which has been either 1 or 2 for the last few years, but now drops to #6. And as always, the list is full of Canadians and for the first time, we’re seeing a strong effect of movies on tpb sales, as seen at #5 and #15.

If you’re looking for something new to read, look no further than this list for inspiration!

  1. Saga vol.6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  2. Paper Girls vol.1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
  3. Lumberjanes vol.1 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen
  4. Amulet vol.7 by Kazu Kibuishi
  5. Batman Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
  6. Walking Dead vol.25 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  7. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  8. Rat Queens vol.3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler
  9. Descender vol.1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  10. Sex Criminals vol.3 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  11. East of West vol.1 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta
  12. Monstress vol.1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  13. Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire
  14. Ms Marvel vol.1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  15. Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven
  16. Darth Vader vol.1 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca
  17. Bait: Off-Colour Stories for You to Colour by Chuck Palahniuk and various
  18. Wicked and Divine vol.3 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
  19. DC Superheroes Origins: Superman by Matthew K Manning and Luciano Vecchio
  20. Chew vol.11 by John Layman and Rob Guillory
  21. Low vol.1 by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
  22. Batman vol.1 Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  23. Black Science vol.1 by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera
  24. Wytches vol.1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
  25. Batman the Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

Holiday Hours

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DOWNTOWN

in OLD QUEBEC STREET

DECEMBER 4 to 10: 
Sunday 10-5
Monday to Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday to Saturday 10-9

DECEMBER 11 to 17:
Sunday to Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday to Saturday 10-9

DECEMBER 18 to 24:
Sunday 10-6
Monday to Wednesday 10-9
Thursday to Friday 10-10
Saturday 10-4

DECEMBER 25 to 31
Sunday to Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10-6 with our BIG Holiday SALE
Wednesday to Friday 10-9
Saturday 10-4

SOUTH

at GORDON and KORTRIGHT

DECEMBER 4 to 10: 
Sunday 10-5
Monday to Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday to Thursday 10-7
Friday to Saturday 10-9

DECEMBER 11 to 17:
Sunday to Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday to Saturday 10-9

DECEMBER 18 to 24:
Sunday 10-6
Monday to Wednesday 10-9
Thursday to Friday 10-10
Saturday 10-4

DECEMBER 25 to 31
Sunday to Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10-6 with our BIG Holiday SALE
Wednesday to Friday 10-7
Saturday 10-4

NEW LOCATION OPENING IN THE SOUTH END!

The Dragon is opening a NEW second location in the South end of Guelph! Visit our new amazing home at 987 Gordon Street, at the corner of Gordon and Kortright, starting in mid-November.

Watch our Twitter (@dragonguelph) and Facebook (dragonguelphsouth) for more details!

We won’t be running gaming events there at first, but we do have a games room for future Magic and Pokemon events. Please note, due to gaming space restrictions, we will not be offering miniature games at the South end store.

We are excited to be able to offer Board Game Rentals on our top selling games at the South end store! One day rentals will be 10% of the purchase price of the game, and if you choose to buy the game later, we’ll take the rental fee off the purchase price!

Want to switch your subscription to the South end store? Give us a couple of weeks to get set up, and then we’d be happy to accommodate the move!

Phone Number: 519-265-4552

Hours:
Sunday 10-5
Monday to Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday to Friday 10-7
Saturday 10-6

Downtown Trick-or-Treating on October 29th

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Visit the Guelph Public Library main branch and pick up a map. Follow that map to participating businesses, who’ll be handing out candy (and maybe a few other treats)!

End your day at The Dragon, where you’ll get a pile of FREE comics, as part of www.halloweencomicfest.com.

Hand in your map at The Dragon, and be entered to win fabulous prizes from all the participating businesses!

Downtown Guelph Business Association (www.downtownguelph.com)
Guelph Public Library (www.guelphpl.ca)
Simply Wonderful (www.simplywonderfultoys.ca)
Tithorea (www.facebook.com/Tithoreaoliveoil/)
Killer Cupcakes (www.killercupcakes.ca)
Sweet! (www.facebook.com/sweetguelph/)
Play with Clay (www.playwithclayguelph.com)
Coriander (www.shopcoriander.com)
Boardroom (www.theboardroomguelph.ca)
Wyndham Art Supplies (www.wyndhamartsupplies.com)
Nutty Chocolatier (www.thenuttychocolatier.com)

Edge Opticians (www.edgeopticians.com)
Fantescapes Escape Rooms (www.fantescapes.com)

Although this event is intended for families with young children, The Dragon will have thousands of free comics for kids and adults alike.

New Subscription Policy

For 17 years, we have offered you one of the most flexible subscription policies of any store, anywhere. Unfortunately, we’ve had a large number of customers abandon their subscriptions over the years, resulting in us having to reshelve thousands upon thousands of dollars of books. There are three negative side-effects to this.

  1. Customers who really want those books can’t get them, because they’re being held by someone who isn’t actually going to pick them up.
  2. By the time they are pulled from an abandoned sub and placed on the shelves, they’re no longer in demand.
  3. This leads to an ever-growing stock of backissues, which pile up so quickly, that we have to rent an off-site storage unit just to house them all.

The long and short of this is that we have thousands of dollars in lost sales every year, with an increasing expense in staff costs to maintain the backissues and rental costs to store them.

We’ve been thinking long and hard about how to develop our policy so that it is fair to everyone, and also financially feasible for us. As a result, we have come up with this solution. This policy will go into place on Wednesday, August 3rd.

  • All subscribers must provide us with an email address
  • If we do not see you within 1 month, we will send a courtesy email
    • We hope you will take the time to come and clear out your box, or cancel your subscription
    • If we do not hear from you 1 week from the email being sent, we will put your books back on the shelf and stop your subscription
    • Everyone loses track of time – you can reactivate your subscription once after it has been stopped, however, if your subscription is stopped twice, we ask that you shop from the shelves, rather than subscription
  • If you know you will be unable to pick up your books within a month, you can choose to be put on credit card terms, where your books will be automatically charged to your credit card each week. You then own them and can pick them up when you return.
  • We expect you will clear out your subscription box on each visit. If you are leaving books in your box, books older than 1 month will be re-shelved.*
  • Please keep on top of your subscription – If you know you don’t want to keep reading a series, please cancel it as soon as possible.

*We will begin reshelving books older than a month after close on Tuesday, August 9th. If you have books lingering in your box, make a plan to pick them up asap!

Thank you for your understanding and your ongoing support of The Dragon.

SUMMER CAMPS!!

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After years of requests, we’re excited to announce our first ever summer camps! All camps include a summer camp t-shirt. Each camp is 3 hours a day for 1 week (Monday through Friday), and each includes special bonus items!

D&D
Join the mystery under the narration of our very own Dungeon Master for a week-long campaign.

Date: July 4th-8th, 1-4pm
Cost: $90
Description: For ages 8-12*; learn how to make a character and participate in a campaign. Includes a character miniature and a tube of dice.

Date: August 15th-19th, 10am-1pm
Cost: $90
Description: For ages 12-15*; learn how to make a character and participate in a campaign. Includes a character miniature and a tube of dice.
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Magic
Learn how to up your competitive edge and start playing in tournaments with the help of a Level 1 Magic Judge. For ages 10-14*.

Date: July 11th-15th, 10am-1pm
Cost: $120
Description: Learn how to play in a sealed event to prepare for the Eldritch Moon prerelease. Includes prerelease entry on July 16th or 17th, as well as 6 boosters.

Date: August 8th -12th, 1-4pm
Cost: $95
Description: Learn how to make a standard deck so you can play in one of the Eldritch Moon Game Days on August 13th and 14th. Includes a Magic intro deck.
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Pokemon
Learn how to play the game and even how to participate in a tournament, with our resident Professors. For Ages 8-14*

Date: July 25th– 29th, 10am-1pm
Price: $110
Description: For kids who have some Pokemon experience, this will prepare them to play in a prerelease. Includes Steam Siege prerelease during camp on the 29th.

Date: August 22nd -26th, 1-4pm
Price: $100
Description: For players with little to no experience. Learn to play the game! Includes a trainer kit and intro deck.

*age-limits are a guideline; some exceptions may be made.

Bestsellers 2015

Here’s our annual round-up of our top-selling books! As for the last few years, Saga is leading the pack. For the sake of removing repetition, we’ve included each series only once (wherever the top-selling volume falls). Looking for something new to read? This list is a great place to start!

1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

2. Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

3. Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

4. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen

5. East of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta

6. Mouse Guard by David Petersen

7. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and various

8. Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

9. Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

10. Batman (N52) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

11. Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wes Craig

12. Wicked & Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

13. DC Superheroes Origins by John Sazaklis and Luciano Vecchio

14. Batman Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

15. Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

16. Batman Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

17. Fables by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham

18. #Foodcrisis by Evan Fraser and Scott Mooney

19. Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

20. Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock

21. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

22. Star Wars Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca

23. Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory

24. Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various

25. Star Wars by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday