‘The Variants’ season 1 on DVD

You could make a case that what The Office is to corporate America, The Variants is to quirky small business on the fringe of society: gay-run comic book store. (OK, maybe The Office is just the corporate version of Clerks, but you get the comparison.) The folks at Zeus Comics who created this webseries make fun of themselves, their customers and their own queer nerdiness, but it never gets mean-spirited.

The Variants began last summer as an experiment, but generated enough traffic that it’s already back for season 2 (the next episode, airing Wednesday, features Celeste Martinez). Until then, it’s a hoot to see all the local people and places in the season 1 DVD, now available.

The DVD contains lots of cool extras — audio commentary, a blooper reel, a slideshow or art and rants from misanthrope clerk Barry — but the best things about the DVD? Watching the entire series play out at once like one long feature … and not having to worry about bandwidth problems interrupting your stream.

— A.W.J.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 1, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Rep. Johnson to host small business summit

State Rep. Eric Johnson

State Rep. Eric Johnson is hosting a small business summit at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s a summit for small businesses in District 100,” said Andrew Smith, an intern in Johnson’s local office. The district includes parts of Oak Lawn.

He said groups such as the Southern Dallas Development Corp. and Plan Fund would attend.

“They will discuss funds available to small business and how to access those funds,” Smith said.

Johnson will be there to answer questions after the groups make their presentations.

The event takes place in the Glorig Auditorium, 1966 Inwood Road, across the street from St. Paul Hospital.

—  David Taffet