AMERICAN BLOOD – Book Launch and Film Screening
Featuring author Benjamin Marra
Saturday, October 1st, 7pm-10pm
@ Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George Ave., 1 block south of Bloor St. W.)
Free to attend. 

Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Suspect Video

Born from the crucible of 1980s trash culture and exploitation entertainment and focused like a laser through the prism of Marra’s brain comes this nasty brew of revenge, power, and passion.

American Blood is the new collection from Ben Marra, the definitive assembling of Marra’s most underground (and hardest to find) comics. Containing his provocative debut works including “Gangsta Rap Posse,” “The Naked Heroes,” “Lincoln Washington,” “Ripper,” and “The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd,” the new collection is perhaps more timely than ever as the lines blur ever greater between satire and reality.

American Blood will launch at a special event presented by The Beguiling and Suspect Video, featuring an audio/visual presentation by Ben Marra and a moderated Q&A. The launch will also include a free screening of the trash-cinema classic SAMURAI COP (1991). following the Q&A. Marra’s American Blood will be available for purchase at the event, as will a selection of his back catalogue and original artwork by Marra.


creator03913-_ql80_ttd_BENJAMIN MARRA received a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University; studied in Florence, Italy; and earned his M.F.A. degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York Toronto, where he draws comics.



CONTEST: Win Passes to The Fancy Video Game Party!

Do you like Video Games and cool parties? If you answered “no” I guess you can skip to the next section. If you answered “YES!” though, have we got a treat for you! The Third Annual Hand Eye Society Ball, a.k.a. The Fancy Video Game Party, is THIS SATURDAY, September 24th, from 8pm to 1am, at The Masonic Temple (888 Yonge Street). If you want to guarantee yourself a ticket, we HIGHLY recommend going over and purchasing one right away–it’s an evening of video games, 19+ fun times, and a great building. However, if you’re feeling lucky, read on to enter the contest…


To enter to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to the September 24th, 8pm, Fancy Video Game Party, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of beguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “MSPACMAN” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Friday, September 23rd, 2016, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners early that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “MSPACMAN” and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com
  2. All Entrants MUST be 19 years of age or older, as this event is licensed for alcohol sales.
  3. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  4. Entries must be received before Friday, September 23rd, 2016, at11am.
  5. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  6. One entry per person/phone number.
  7. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck to all entrants!


THE HAND EYE SOCIETY BALL – A Fancy Videogame Party
Saturday, Sept 24 20168pm-1am
@ The Masonic Temple – 888 Yonge St. at Davenport (Bloor/Yonge Station), Toronto
Tickets now available.
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his is a 19+ event. Please bring ID! ***

Event: Jean-Louis Tripp at Alliance Française

BD Author Jean-Louis Tripp Lecture
(French Language Event)
@ L’Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road (North of Bloor)
September 28th, 2016, @ 7:00pm
Free to attend

Jean-Louis Tripp published his first comics strips at 19 years old in Métal Hurlant. His first album, Le Bœuf n’était pas mode (in collaboration with Marc Barcelo) was published in 1978, then was the Futuropolis’s period, from 1982 to 1985. At the same time, he started the publication of Jacques Gallard’s adventures (4 volumes) Parfum d’Afrique, Soviet Zigzag (Angoulême 1987’s media award) Zoulou Blues (Angoulême 1988’s public award) et Afrikaans Baazart. In 1989, he stopped his comics production in order to engage himself in different artistic activities : painting, sculpture, furnitures and mosaic fresco. He came back to drawing though his books for children (Milan), illustration (Flammarion, Presse Pocket, Milan, Elle, Autrement) and storyboards. In 2002, he drew an adaptation of Tronchet’s movie, le Nouveau Jean-Claude, and the adaptation in comics Pizza Warrior (Drugstore). In 2003, he went to Quebec to teach comics at Quebec University and drew Paroles d’Anges (Glénat). He lives in Montréal and, from 2006 to 2014, co-created Magasin général with Régis Loisel (Editions Casterman). Since 2015, he has shared his time between Les Corbières and Montréal.

The meeting will be followed by the screening of the documentary ‘Loisel & Tripp, traits complices,’ by Patrick Foch and Adeline Le Guellaud, 2010 (54 min).


Dash Shaw Signing @ The Beguiling
For “Cosplayers” and “My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea”
Tuesday, September 13th, @ 6:30pm
The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Tickets for TIFF screening here.
Signing is free!

9781606999486-cosplayersThe Beguiling is proud to welcome our long-time pal Dash Shaw, creator of the graphic novels Cosplayers, New School, Body World, and so many more for a very special signing at the shop! See Dash is in town because one of his comics has been turned into a film, and it’s screening at The Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF, from September 11th through the 16th! Hooray!

Here’s where it gets super interesting: The film is screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (around the corner) on Tuesday, September 13, at 4:00pm. So Dash is gonna come by a do a little signing and meet and greet at The Beguiling afterwards, at 6:30pm! Go see the movie (tickets available here) and then come get your books signed, or pick up his new one COSPLAYERS, or just say hi to a great guy who makes great comics (my favourite is BodyWorld, but they’re all good).

The film sounds really great too, check out the synopsis below!

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
Directed by Dash Shaw
USA, 2016, 75m
U.S. Premiere
No matter your age, part of you never outgrows high school, for better or worse. Dash Shaw, known for such celebrated graphic novels as Cosplayers and New School, brings his subjective, dreamlike sense of narrative; his empathy for outsiders and their desire to connect; and his rich, expressive drawing style to his first animated feature. Packed with action but seen from the inside out, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea is about friends overcoming their differences and having each other’s backs in times of crisis, and its marvelously complex characters are voiced by Jason Schwartman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon,  Alex Karpovsky and John Cameron Mitchell. w/ Synopsis courtesy Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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October 18th: The Secret Path – New From Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire

Hey there folks!

We don’t normally run full press releases here on the blog, but we also know something special when we see it. Today it was announced that Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Jeff Lemire (Essex County) are spearheading a new multimedia project called The Secret Path. A new album, a graphic novel, and an animated film special converge to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, and indigenous boy who died running away from a residential school fifty years ago. This is an important project that will be talked about for years to come.

We’re working with the publisher to ensure we’ll have a substantial number of copies of The Secret Path graphic novel available on release day, October 18th, at both The Beguiling and Page & Panel.  We’re hoping to put something together with Jeff too (though he may be a little busy!). If you would like to pre-order a copy of The Secret Path, e-mail us at mail@beguiling.com with your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Anyway, please click the ‘read more’ and find out about this incredible new project.

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SEP14: “A Gentleman and a Scholar” Prose Book Launch @ Page & Panel


A Gentleman and a Scholar Book Launch
With author Rebecca Diem
Wednesday, September 14th, 6pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Free to attend
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Are you ready for another adventure?

13612289_1003270963126987_5498018340127494475_nJoin local author Rebecca Diem at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop to celebrate the launch of hew new prose book Tales of the Captain Duke: A Gentleman and a Scholar!

Signed copies of all three books in the Tales of the Captain Duke will be available, as well as prints of the cover art and other goodies.

In the thrilling third installment of the Tales of the Captain Duke, Clara and the Captain must seek out new allies to help their friends as the crew recovers from a terrible setback. From the towering heights of mechanical innovation to the darkest of London’s alleyways, our fearless airship pirates search for the truth behind the plot that threatens their crew…

Local author Rebecca Diem is a writer, music lover and nerd. She loves the steampunk genre for its ability to disrupt and re-imagine both history and the future. Somewhere between reading Virginia Woolf and Neil Gaiman she began to write her own stories.