All posts by Chris @ The Beguiling

Hi, I'm Christopher Butcher. I'm currently the Manager of Toronto's The Beguiling Books & Art, widely considered one of the best comic book stores in the world. I am also the co-founder and Festival Director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, an annual event promoting Canadian graphic novels and their authors. We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary on May 11th and 12th 2013, we hope you'll come visit.

WEDNESDAY: CAMERON STEWART & BRENDEN FLETCHER SIGN MOTOR CRUSH #1

MOTOR CRUSH #1 – RELEASE DAY SIGNING
Featuring Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
FREE

motorcrush_01-1The Beguiling is thrilled to welcome a special in-store signing featuring Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, 2/3rds of the team for the brand new Image Comics series MOTOR CRUSH! You may remember Brenden, Cameron, and artist Babs Tarr from their work on the acclaimed BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE relaunch for DC 52? Well they’re doing their own thing now and it’s going to be an amazing book, and we’re lucky enough to have Cameron and Brenden in-store on release day to sign the first issue!

MOTOR CRUSH: By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.

The Beguiling will have a BUNCH of copies on hand of Motor Crush #1 for the signing, and Brenden and Cameron might just be bringing a special few items as well! Of course we’ll also have a selection of previous work by the team available for purchase too, like Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Fight Club 2, and more! Cameron and Brenden will be signing on the second floor of the shop.

We hope to see you all next Wednesday!

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DEC 7: CAMERON STEWART & BRENDEN FLETCHER SIGN MOTOR CRUSH #1

MOTOR CRUSH #1 – RELEASE DAY SIGNING
Featuring Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
FREE

motorcrush_01-1The Beguiling is thrilled to welcome a special in-store signing featuring Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, 2/3rds of the team for the brand new Image Comics series MOTOR CRUSH! You may remember Brenden, Cameron, and artist Babs Tarr from their work on the acclaimed BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE relaunch for DC 52? Well they’re doing their own thing now and it’s going to be an amazing book, and we’re lucky enough to have Cameron and Brenden in-store on release day to sign the first issue!

MOTOR CRUSH: By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.

The Beguiling will have a BUNCH of copies on hand of Motor Crush #1 for the signing, and Brenden and Cameron might just be bringing a special few items as well! Of course we’ll also have a selection of previous work by the team available for purchase too, like Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Fight Club 2, and more! Cameron and Brenden will be signing on the second floor of the shop.

We hope to see you all next Wednesday!

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DEC 21: The Dinosaur Comics / Beguiling Holiday Extravaganza 2016

Hey! It’s the Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Starlord, TBA Holiday Extravaganza 2016! Featuring Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Loo, Scott Hepburn, and pals!
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 7pm-11pm
@ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor Street West, Toronto
FREE TO ATTEND

star-lord_1_coverThe Beguiling is proud to once again welcome one and all to our annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party! Things might be tough right now, but that makes getting together with friends, comics, and some secret Santa-ing. This year Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics and writer of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will be joined by Chip Zdarsky, writer of the to-be-released-that-day Star Lord from Marvel Comics, Jason Loo, creator of Toronto’s own superhero The Pitiful Human-Lizard, and Scott Hepburn, the artist of the released-that-day Power Man & Iron Fist Sweet Christmas! Annual #1! We’re also lining up a few other very special guests, but we wanted to let you know to Save The Date first and we’ll update this post with info as it comes in!

phl_1_covera_1024x1024If you’ve never been before, Ryan, Chip, and pals will be getting together and signing/mingling with folks, we’ll ask them some fun questions in front of an audience, and there’ll be books there for you to buy and get signed too (courtesy of The Beguiling). Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA trade at the event! Read on for details!

All of this is happening Wednesday, December 21st, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W., near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there!

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HEY EVERYONE! WHY NOT JOIN IN FOR OUR SECRET SANTA?

We’re holding a SECRET SANTA at this event! Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one has to if they don’t want to because choice is important!

If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of about $5-$10. Don’t go nuts, but find something cool. 🙂
– Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
– At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
– Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.

Thanks to Ryan, Chip, and Pauper’s for helping us throw this again this year! 🙂

The Beguiling: News About Our Move

Over the past few months, many of you have asked just what will be happening with The Beguiling when Mirvish Village shuts down in early 2017. Well, we’re ready to share the first part of what comes next.

Both our home at 601 Markham (since 1992!) and Little Island Comics at 742 Bathurst will shut down at the end of January, probably around January 28th. We’re currently making plans to say goodbye with a bang, and we look forward to sharing more details on that in the New Year.

In the meantime, we’re currently setting up a great space on College at Spadina (319 College St., south side) near the top of Kensington Market. This new space is a ten-minute walk from our current location; it’s serviced by both the TTC’s College streetcar line as well as the Spadina LRT. It’s easily walkable, accessible by transit, and a great space overall. We’re excited to join the neighbourhood.

We hope to open those doors at 319 College in a matter of weeks, with a selection of our current merchandise geared toward holiday shopping and specials.

Our legendary Boxing Week sale will still take place as usual at 601, but then beginning Tuesday January 3rd, all the full regular operations of The Beguiling will be handled out of 319 College St. That means: pull files and all new releases.

If you’re a pull file customer, you have two options:

  1. Unless we hear otherwise, your pull-file will automatically continue at 319 College starting January 3rd.
  2. If you’d prefer to continue to do your comics shopping on the TTC Bloor subway line, Page & Panel (the TCAF shop in the Toronto Reference Library) will start offering full pull-file service that first week of January. We want this transition to be as convenient and comfortable as possible for all of our customers, so just let us know.

We’re also happy to say that much of Little Island’s all-ages material will be made available at Page & Panel. There will be more news to come in 2017.

As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say thank you to the Toronto comics community, and to our many loyal friends and customers for your continued support. We’re excited to enter this next phase of the shop with you.

– Peter Birkemoe, and the Staff of The Beguiling

DEC 3: ZINESTRAVANGANZA Free Zine-Making Workshop @ Off-Panel

ZINESTRAVANGAZA! Free Zine-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 1pm-4pm
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen Street West
Free To Attend

Part of the TCAF: Off-Panel Gallery Show & Pop Up Shop, Running until Decemeber 5th. 

Zines meet comics, comics meet zines!

Oh, that’s awkward— seems like you two already know each other…

Yes indeed, some of the world’s favourite comic artists and illustrators made their first break for the big time with zines and other forms of self-publishing.

But what goes into a zine? For some, all you’ll need is a sharpie and a photocopier. For others, you’ll have silk screens and sewing machines out before you’ve even come up with a title!

At this multi-media drop-in workshop, we’ll be talking with Jonathan Valelly of Broken Pencil Magazine about the intimate history of zines and comics. We’ll also be making three kinds of zines:

••• NEW YEAR’S LETTER REMIX! Remember those yearly holiday letters you’re great aunt used to send where she detailed the seasonal habits of her three pet rabbits and enumerated the various surgeries imminently affecting members of her bridge club? Yeah, I didn’t open them either. New Year’s letters could be so much better! We’ll be making page-turning zines you can use to share the highlights (or lowlights) of your year with loved ones and stuffed animals.

••• COLLAGE VS COMICS! Are you a scissors person or a sharpie person? Challenge yourself to be BOTH! Make a zine bringing together these two essential media! Will one prevail, or will they go together like salt and pepper (or, better yet, Salt-N-Pepa)? There’s only one way to find out!

••• COOL GUY DETECTIVE ZINE! Smell you Nancy Drew! Start with one of our templates and either make a top-secret dossier collecting clues to solve Nuvango’s latest mystery, or create a simple Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Zine to get you close to cracking the case!

Make one or try all three! We’ll have lots of supplies, surprises, and tips and tricks to get folks to make the zine of their dreams. Feel free to bring anything for your own projects or that you think might be useful to share!

Got any questions? Email Jonathan at jvalelly@gmail.com

Past Event – SAT NOV 26: OFF PANEL: Panel Discussion – Comics vs. Illustration

OFF PANEL: Panel Discussion: Comics vs. Illustration
Featuring Sanya Anwar, Ronnie Ritchie, and Eric Kim. Moderated by Julie Man.
Saturday, November 26th, 2pm-4pm
@ Nuvango, 639 Queen St. West, Second Floor
Free to Attend

Join OFF PANEL artists Sanya Anwar, Ronnie Ritchie, and Eric Kim in a spirited roundtable talk pitting the sequential against the static!

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DEC 3: ZINESTRAVANGANZA Free Zine-Making Workshop @ Off-Panel

ZINESTRAVANGAZA! Free Zine-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 1pm-4pm
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen Street West
Free To Attend

Part of the TCAF: Off-Panel Gallery Show & Pop Up Shop, Running until Decemeber 5th. 

Zines meet comics, comics meet zines!

Oh, that’s awkward— seems like you two already know each other…

Yes indeed, some of the world’s favourite comic artists and illustrators made their first break for the big time with zines and other forms of self-publishing.

But what goes into a zine? For some, all you’ll need is a sharpie and a photocopier. For others, you’ll have silk screens and sewing machines out before you’ve even come up with a title!

At this multi-media drop-in workshop, we’ll be talking with Jonathan Valelly of Broken Pencil Magazine about the intimate history of zines and comics. We’ll also be making three kinds of zines:

••• NEW YEAR’S LETTER REMIX! Remember those yearly holiday letters you’re great aunt used to send where she detailed the seasonal habits of her three pet rabbits and enumerated the various surgeries imminently affecting members of her bridge club? Yeah, I didn’t open them either. New Year’s letters could be so much better! We’ll be making page-turning zines you can use to share the highlights (or lowlights) of your year with loved ones and stuffed animals.

••• COLLAGE VS COMICS! Are you a scissors person or a sharpie person? Challenge yourself to be BOTH! Make a zine bringing together these two essential media! Will one prevail, or will they go together like salt and pepper (or, better yet, Salt-N-Pepa)? There’s only one way to find out!

••• COOL GUY DETECTIVE ZINE! Smell you Nancy Drew! Start with one of our templates and either make a top-secret dossier collecting clues to solve Nuvango’s latest mystery, or create a simple Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Zine to get you close to cracking the case!

Make one or try all three! We’ll have lots of supplies, surprises, and tips and tricks to get folks to make the zine of their dreams. Feel free to bring anything for your own projects or that you think might be useful to share!

Got any questions? Email Jonathan at jvalelly@gmail.com

NOV 24 to DEC 5: TCAF Gallery Print Show & Pop Up Shop!

OFF PANEL: a TCAF-curated comic illustration print show
November 24 to December 5, 2016
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen St. W., Toronto (at Bathurst)
Vernissage Opening November 24th, 2016 (7-11pm)
FREE TO ATTEND

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Nuvango Gallery are proud to present OFF PANEL, a curated comic and illustration print show featuring over 40 exhibitors  of TCAF. Come out to support your favourite comic artists and to bring new artwork into your home!

In addition to the print show, Page & Panel: the TCAF Shop will be hosting a pop-up holiday shop over the duration of the show. Browse through a selection of premium books and comics-related goods alongside your gallery-viewing. The show will exhibit in the lounge/annex space of Nuvango Gallery (2nd floor), the Flagship Shop for art & lifestyle brand manufacturer Nuvango, located at 639 Queen St. W., from Thursday, November 24th through December 5th, 2016.

A special opening night party will take place on Thursday, November 24th, from 7pm to 11pm at the Nuvango Gallery, with many participating artists from the show in attendance. The event is open to the public. In addition, learn more about comics x illustration from the artists themselves at the panel event and workshop, held each Saturday for the duration of the show. Please bring your friends and join us to get the first pick of the best of comics illustration for the holidays!

For media inquiries or information, contact media@torontocomics.com.

Special events in the gallery, all free to attend and open to the public:

  • Opening Night Party (with cash bar) Thursday, November 24th, 7-11pm
    Artist Roundtable: Comics vs. Illustration Saturday, November 26th, 1-4pm
    Zine-Making Workshop Saturday, December 3rd, 1-4pm

Participating Artists:

Kalman AndrasofszkySanya AnwarWai AuHeidi BertonAmrit BrarMichael ChoMatthew DaleyClaudia DávilaDirchanskyJulie DoucetVictoria Grace ElliottEst EmMatthew ForsytheMaiji/Mary HuangLeslie HungJesse JacobsJames JeanJiraiyaCathy G. JohnsonKelly KKonami KanataKarl KerschlEric KimKoyamoriChris KuzmaJenn LivJohn MartzKris MukaiAn NguyenArlin OrtizYuko OtaRamón K PérezSean PhillipsSethRichie PopePunimeltRonnie RitchieAnuj ShresthaGengoroh TagameMaurice VellekoopKat VerhoevenMary VerhoevenJenn WoodallLis XuChip ZdarskyAmei Zhao

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DEC 14: WE FOUND A HAT! Picture Book Event with Jon Klassen and Friends!

WE FOUND A HAT! Picture Book Event!
With Jon Klassen, Matt Forsythe, John Martz, and special moderator Kyo Maclear
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 3rd floor Hinton Theatre
Free to attend!

Presented by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and Candlewick Press / Penguin Random House Canada, with thanks to Toronto Public Library

Do you like amazing picture books or know someone who does? Or have you ever wanted to MAKE kids picture books but never knew how or where to start? Well then, have we got an event for you!

On Wednesday, December 14th join the staff of Page & Panel as they celebrate the release of We Found A Hat, with author Jon Klassen! To truly celebrate this release, we’ve invited some of Jon’s friends and fellow picturebook creators to join him, and Matt Forsythe (My Name is Elizabeth), John Martz (Burt’s Way Home), and Kyo Maclear (The Wish Tree) will join Jon at the event!

At 6pm, Jon, John, and Matt will take turns presenting from their newest books in a reading/presentation for all ages of attendees. Kids and families welcome.

At 7pm, we’ll take a short break to reset our stage, and then at approximately 7:10pm all four authors will take the stage to discuss how they create their works, and answer audience questions about picture books in a discussion moderated by Kyo Maclear.

Then at 8pm, all four authors will sign copies of their work! The signing may be moved downstairs to page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, just in case we run a little long.

Our thanks to all of the authors for participating, and Penguin Random House and Toronto Public Library, for their help in putting together this event.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Matt Forsythe

Born in Toronto, Matthew Forsythe grew up in London. After publishing his first books, he moved to LA, where he worked on Adventure Time. He now lives in Montreal, working on animations, picture books, and comics. His works include the comics Comics Class, Ojingogo, and Jinchalo, and illustrations for the picture books Warning: Do Not Open This Book, Please! Open This Book, My Name Is Elizabeth, and the forthcoming Spring 2017 title The Gold Leaf.

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Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, which was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He returned with another hat and another thief in This Is Not My Hat, which won the Caldecott Medal became a New York Times bestseller. His most recent work is the conclusion of the hat trilogy, I Found My Hat.

He is also the illustrator of House Held Up By Trees, a picture book written by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Ted Kooser, as well as Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, which won the Governor General’s Award; Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; and the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood.

Jon Klassen has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. His animation projects include design work for DreamWorks Feature Animation as well as LAIKA Studios on their feature film Coraline. Other work includes designs for a BBC spot used in the coverage of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which won a 2010 BAFTA award. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.

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John Martz

John Martz is an illustrator, cartoonist, and designer living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of Burt’s Way Home (Koyama Press, 2016), A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2014), Destination X (Nobrow, 2013), and the online comic strip Machine Gum. I am the illustrator of Dear Flyary by Dianne Young (Kids Can Press, 2011), Who’s on First? by Abbott & Costello (Quirk Books, 2013), and Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder (Kids Can Press, 2013).

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Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclearis a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.

DEC 14: WE FOUND A HAT! Picture Book Event with Jon Klassen and Friends!

WE FOUND A HAT! Picture Book Event!
With Jon Klassen, Matt Forsythe, John Martz, and special moderator Kyo Maclear
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 3rd floor Hinton Theatre
Free to attend!

Presented by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and Candlewick Press / Penguin Random House Canada, with thanks to Toronto Public Library

Do you like amazing picture books or know someone who does? Or have you ever wanted to MAKE kids picture books but never knew how or where to start? Well then, have we got an event for you!

On Wednesday, December 14th join the staff of Page & Panel as they celebrate the release of We Found A Hat, with author Jon Klassen! To truly celebrate this release, we’ve invited some of Jon’s friends and fellow picturebook creators to join him, and Matt Forsythe (My Name is Elizabeth), John Martz (Burt’s Way Home), and Kyo Maclear (The Wish Tree) will join Jon at the event!

At 6pm, Jon, John, and Matt will take turns presenting from their newest books in a reading/presentation for all ages of attendees. Kids and families welcome.

At 7pm, we’ll take a short break to reset our stage, and then at approximately 7:10pm all four authors will take the stage to discuss how they create their works, and answer audience questions about picture books in a discussion moderated by Kyo Maclear.

Then at 8pm, all four authors will sign copies of their work! The signing may be moved downstairs to page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, just in case we run a little long.

Our thanks to all of the authors for participating, and Penguin Random House and Toronto Public Library, for their help in putting together this event.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

goldleaf

Matt Forsythe

Born in Toronto, Matthew Forsythe grew up in London. After publishing his first books, he moved to LA, where he worked on Adventure Time. He now lives in Montreal, working on animations, picture books, and comics. His works include the comics Comics Class, Ojingogo, and Jinchalo, and illustrations for the picture books Warning: Do Not Open This Book, Please! Open This Book, My Name Is Elizabeth, and the forthcoming Spring 2017 title The Gold Leaf.

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Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, which was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He returned with another hat and another thief in This Is Not My Hat, which won the Caldecott Medal became a New York Times bestseller. His most recent work is the conclusion of the hat trilogy, I Found My Hat.

He is also the illustrator of House Held Up By Trees, a picture book written by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Ted Kooser, as well as Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, which won the Governor General’s Award; Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; and the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood.

Jon Klassen has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. His animation projects include design work for DreamWorks Feature Animation as well as LAIKA Studios on their feature film Coraline. Other work includes designs for a BBC spot used in the coverage of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which won a 2010 BAFTA award. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.

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John Martz

John Martz is an illustrator, cartoonist, and designer living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of Burt’s Way Home (Koyama Press, 2016), A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2014), Destination X (Nobrow, 2013), and the online comic strip Machine Gum. I am the illustrator of Dear Flyary by Dianne Young (Kids Can Press, 2011), Who’s on First? by Abbott & Costello (Quirk Books, 2013), and Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder (Kids Can Press, 2013).

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Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclearis a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.