Al Parker: Illustrator ★ Innovator

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Al Parker: Illustrator Innovator has over 500 beautiful – mostly full colour – illustrations in 208 24x31cm pages.

The artwork spans Parker’s career through advertising, magazine covers, and prose story illustration along with reproductions of his reference photos, essays, and an interview with Parker from 1964.

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MARCH 11: HOWARD THE ▯UCK SIGNING WITH CHIP ZDARSKY

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HOWARD THE ▯UCK
Chip Zdarsky signs Sex Criminals v2 & Howard The Duck #1
Wednesday, March 11, 6pm-8pm
@ No One Writes To The Colonel, 460 College St (at Bathurst)
Free To Attend

Presented by The Beguiling

TORONTO! We have great news for you! The one and only Chip Zdarsky, artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals, writer and co-creator of the forthcoming Kaptara, and star of our dreams, will be teaming with us from The Beguiling to do an event of sub-epic proportions, in celebration of his epic new HOWARD THE DUCK #1 and the long-awaited SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2!

htd_zdThe event takes place Wednesday March 11th, just down the street from The Beguiling at No One Writes To The Colonel (College & Bathurst). Chip Zdarsky will be doing a short presentation, having a drink or two, and signing your copies of HOWARD THE DUCK and SEX CRIMINALS and whatever else you bring! The Beguiling will ALSO be involved in the presentation, having three to six drinks, and will have ALL of the Howard The Duck #1 covers (including variants) on hand for your purchasing pleasure. Plus more-or-less every issue of Sex Criminals, the Sex Criminals trade paperbacks, and maybe some treasured-Zdarsky-rarities too!

So join us Wednesday March 11th at 6pm for a fun evening in a charming new venue!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

ANNOUNCING: MARCH 4: DESCENDER #1 / ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 SIGNING! WITH JEFF LEMIRE & RAMON PEREZ

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Descender #1 & All-New Hawkeye #1 Signing Event
With Jeff Lemire & Ramon Perez
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 5pm-7pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend!

Wednesday, March 4th, is the release date for TWO NEW comics from our good friend Jeff Lemire, and he’s going to drop by The Beguiling with pal Ramon Perez for a signing!

The first release is DESCENDER #1, from Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen, published by Image Comics. An epic cosmic odyssey, for folks who loved his series TRILLIUM… or folks that just love awesome new Image Comics #1s. :)

All-New_Hawkeye_Vol_1_1_TextlessBut, also? ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1! The Toronto team of Lemire and Ramon Perez are relaunching Hawkeye, following the awesome run by Matt Fraction and co. Ramon Perez will join Lemire to do a signing here in store!

So we hope to see you here at the shop on Wednesday May 4th, between 5pm and 7pm, for the big event! Thanks to Jeff and Ramon for coming out!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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Junko Mizuno in Toronto this week!

Hey folks! One of our favourite manga-ka and visual artists, Junko Mizuno, is in Toronto this week for a big show at Narwhal Gallery, and there’s a burlesque after party too! We’re huge fans of Junko from way back, and while this isn’t our event we wanted to make absolutely sure you knew about it! See you there!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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Ambrosial Affair – Gallery & Reception
With Junko Mizuno
Saturday, February 21st, 3pm-6pm
@ Narwhal Gallery, 2104 Dundas St. West
(Show runs Feb 21 to March 15)
http://narwhalcontemporary.com/exhibitions/current-exhibition/junko-mizuno/

Narwhal welcomes Japanese artist Junko Mizuno for Ambrosial Affair, her third Canadian exhibition. As the second body of work in her Food Obsession series, Mizuno takes us on an erotic, psychedelic journey through her world of delightfully dark food fetishes. The exhibition features 20 new pieces of work featuring Mizuno’s voluptuous females appeasing their appetite for all things edible.

JUNKO MIZUNO BURLESQUE AFTERPARTY:
The opening will be followed by a Junko Mizuno inspired Burlesque AfterParty hosted by Red Herring at the Revue Cinema. More information and RSVP. TICKETS: $15 in Advance (and VIP) or $20 at the door. Purchase here

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Bart Beaty in Toronto for 12 CENT ARCHIE, Feb 13

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Twelve-Cent Archie 
Book Talk by author Bart Beaty
Friday, February 13, 2015
Doors @ 6pm, Talk @ 6:30pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham St.
Free to attend

Have you heard about the new book Twelve-Cent Archie? Sure you have, it’s been featured on Canada AM, in The Toronto Star, and many more places besides! Well the book is out and in-store now, and author Bart Beaty is making a special trip to Toronto to celebrate the release! Bart will be giving a special talk (different than the one at Ryerson from a month or two back) about the book and the Golden Age of Archie Comics in the 1960s, and it’s sure to be a lot of fun for comics fans of all kinds.

Bart will be on hand from 6pm to sign books and chat with the audience, before giving his talk at 6:30pm. Twelve-Cent Archie by Bart Beaty is available now at The Beguiling, and will also be available at the event.