Subscribe to On Spec

On Spec depends on the ongoing support of our readers, and the best way to show this support is by subscribing. Your subscription to On Spec will have a copy of the newest issue arrive in your mailbox soon after it’s delivered from the printer.

On Spec Subscription Rates Canada United States International
4 issues CDN$24 US$30  US$45 
8 issues CDN$40 US$55 US$85
12 issues CDN$54 US$80 US$135

On Spec has both a print and a digital version. See below for details on how you can purchase On Spec today!

Make a monthly donation to On Spec through Patreon

If you set up a $5 / month or higher donation to On Spec through our Patreon page, we’ll start your subscription to On Spec in print or digital format, whichever you prefer. This means you can stop worrying about expiring subscriptions, and it gives us a steady revenue source to be able to make long-term planning.

Print Subscriptions

Subscribe by PayPal

You can use your secure PayPal account to order On Spec! Click on an appropriate link below, then pick the subscription length you want. Remember 1 year = 4 issues. Click the button that will take you to PayPal. If the order is for a Gift, make sure that you include this information in the Comments when you order. 

Please note that the high costs of postage needed to send On Spec to destinations outside Canada, compels us to increase our subscription prices to US and International subscribers. You might consider getting the digital version, which saves time and money. 

If you’re in Canada, Click Here!

If you’re in the U.S., Click Here!

If you are any other country, Click Here!

Subscribe by Mail

To subscribe to On Spec magazine by mail, please download a copy of the subscription form and mail it with your payment to: ON SPEC, c/o Variant Edition Comics, 10132-151 St. NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 1T4, Canada. Cheques and credit cards are both accepted.

Digital Subscriptions

See below for information on how On Spec may be obtained in digital formats (PDF, epub and mobi) through our external providers :

Weightless Books provides subscription and single copy sales for On Spec and many other well-regarded SF books and magazines. Subscriptions are four issues per year, available in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF formats. You can buy a single issue of On Spec, in case you just want a sample.

Variant Edition: Variant Edition is a comic and used book shop located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They have a limited selection of print back issues of the magazine and you can purchase digital versions through their website. Just scroll down and click the On Spec Magazine button. For comic lovers outside Edmonton, they offer a mail order service, and would gladly include On Spec with your comics file.

Single Print Issues

Direct Orders

We sell single print copies of our current  issue while supplies last. Single issues are available for delivery at the following rates:

  • In Canada: CDN $6.95 current issues + $3 shipping
  • In the USA: US $6.95 current issues + $5 shipping
  • International: US $6.95 current issues + $10 shipping

Please email us at onspecmag(at) to order a single issue. We will contact you with a total to submit via PayPal, and ship your order with 6-8 business days on receipt of payment. Please note: if you are in the US or International, we highly recommend selecting one of our digital options, as shown above.

Retail Outlets (Edmonton and area only)

On Spec is carried by two great Edmonton stores: Happy Harbor Comics and Variant Edition. Both carry the latest edition as well as a selection of back issues, and both are great Edmonton comic book shops. You can get your mitts on a physical copy, support On Spec, and support local retailers in one fell swoop!

You can also find us at the Carvel General Store  while you enjoy some time in the country. Check out their amazing array of giftwares.

Become a Retailer for On Spec

If you’re an independent Canadian nerdy retailer who would like to carry On Spec, please contact our business manager at onspecmag(at) We’d love to talk to you!

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