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About 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.

Beguiling to Auction Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963) on April 30th

First and Second Appearance of

The Amazing Spider-Man

up for Auction on April 30th @ Toronto’s The Beguiling!

Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1,
to be auctioned in-store. 

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small_amazingTORONTO: Comic fans in-the-know are eagerly anticipating the return of Peter Parker after a year-long absence in the all-new Amazing Spider-Man #1 next Wednesday, April 30th… but Toronto-area comic book shop The Beguiling is going all the way back to Spider-Man’s creation in 1963, and auctioning copies of the wall-crawler’s first appearances!

On Wednesday April 30th at 7pm, The Beguiling will auction off Amazing Fantasy #15 (1963) and Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963) published by Marvel Comics and created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in honour of the character’s 2014 rebirth!

“Are we going to have Amazing Spider-Man #1? Why, yes, we are,” says The Beguiling’s owner Peter Birkemoe. “We’ll have the new first issue by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, and their team, but we’ll also have a copy of the original, by Ditko and Lee, and his first appearance too!

“These two books are what you might call ‘Holy Grail’ books for comic book collectors,” continued Birkemoe. “They’re two of the most valuable and sought-after issues from the ‘silver age’ of comics, and we’ve had tons of interest already from fans looking to add them to their collections.”

The Beguiling has recently had these books professionally “graded” to ensure their condition. They will be auctioning Amazing Fantasy #15 (CGC Graded 2.0 Good) and Amazing Spider-man #1 (CGC Graded 3.0 Good/Very Good) in-store on Wednesday, April 30th.   Starting bids are $5000 CDN for Amazing Fantasy #15, and $2500 CDN for Amazing Spider-Man #1.

But those aren’t the only books to be auctioned! To commemorate the release of the new Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014), the issue will be released in multiple, sometimes rare and expensive editions, each with unique cover artwork. Three of the rarest and most highly sought-after editions of the new issue will ALSO be auctioned off to benefit The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)! The covers feature exclusive artwork by comics superstars Marcos Martin, Jerome Opena, and Alex Ross.

“The Beguiling is internationally well-known for its support of comics authors and works that fall outside of the mainstream,” said Peter Birkemoe. “We want to spread the joy (and money) around a little bit with this superhero-centric event to support the next generation of comics creators, and supporting TCAF is a great way to do that.”

The additional books to be auctioned are: two copies of “Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Marcos Martin Variant”, 1 copy of “Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Jerome Opena Sketch Variant”, and 1 copy of “Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Alex Ross Sketch Variant.” All proceeds from the auction of these four comic books will be donated to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014, Canada’s premier comic book festival. The next Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place May 10th and 11th, 2014, visit www.torontocomics.com for more info.

Fans and collectors interested in owning a piece of comic book history are requested to show up to The Beguiling to register for the auction no later than Wednesday, April 30th, at 6:00pm. Auction will begin promptly at 7pm. For more information on how to register and how to bid, visit www.beguilingbooksandart.com.

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ABOUT The Beguiling

Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.

In its long history The Beguiling sponsored many book launches, author signings, readings, and other comics events with legendary creators including Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Jamie & Gilbert Hernandez, Neil Gaiman, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and literally hundreds more. In 2003 The Beguiling founded The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, bringing alternative and independent comics creators from around the world to Toronto to celebrate the best of comic art. It remains the Festival’s premiere sponsor. The next Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be held May 10th and 11th at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

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ABOUT The Auction

The following books will be auctioned at the event:

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1963) (CGC Graded 2.0  Good), reserve price $5000 CDN.

Amazing Spider-man #1 (1963) (CGC Graded 3.0 Good/Very Good), reserve price $2500 CDN.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Marcos Martin Variant, no reserve, proceeds to TCAF (2 copies). 1 in 50 rareness ratio.*

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Jerome Opena Sketch Variant, no reserve, proceeds to TCAF. 1 in 200 rareness ratio. *

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) Alex Ross Sketch Variant, no reserve, proceeds to TCAF. 1 in 300 rareness ratio.*

- Sealed reserve bids will be accepted up until Apri 29th 6PM for those who cannot bid in person and will be opened at the beginning of the auction. Send sealed reserve bids to mail@beguiling.com.

- All bidders must register in-store on April 30th. All bidders must register before 6pm.

- All sales subject to 13% HST, there is no buyers premium, auction fees, or any additional charges.

- Final bid price is subject to a 2% rebate for payment by cash, cheque or debit.

*: The “1 in XXX” rareness ratio refers to the number of regular editions of a comic that a retailer most purchase to be able to order 1 copy of the special, variant cover edition. Total rarity is not guaranteed.

ABOUT Amazing Spider-Man #1 Release Date Event

The Beguiling will be holding a special release event for Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014) on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. The Beguiling will have multiple versions of the comic available for sale.

Amazing Spider-Man #1: Standard Edition, Blank-Sketch-Cover Edition, J. Scott Campbell Connecting Edition, Skottie Young “Baby” Edition will all be on hand and available for the U.S. Cover price of $5.99, with a limit of one non-Standard Edition cover per customer.

 

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EVENT: CHIP ZDARSKY SIGNS SEX CRIMINALS

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SEX CRIMINALS: THE COLLECTED EDITION SIGNING
Featuring artist Chip Zdarsky
Wednesday, April 16, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Stree
Free To Attend, Not At A Sex Club

So, here’s the deal. Sex Criminals is the bestselling comic at The Beguiling right now, because it’s EXCELLENT. We’ve sold lots of copies of every issue, we’re still selling the first issue for people who are discovering the series late! Well, now there’s a collected edition (“trade paperback”) of the first five issues coming out, so if you’re one of the very few people who haven’t read it, now’s your opportunity to come pick and up. It’s only $9.99. And as a special treat, you can get your copy signed by series artist and co-creator and our pal Chip Zdarsky.

It’ll be new comics day, and it’ll be a MADHOUSE, but what the heck, right?

We’re all going for drinks after too, you can ask Chip secrets.

See you there!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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Free Comic Book Day 2014 @ The Beguiling and Little Island Comics!

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Free Comic Book Day 2014
Saturday, May 3rd, 12pm-6pm
Teen/Adult Comics @ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Kids Comics @ Little Island Comics, 752 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

save-the-date-120x240The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are proud to be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014, happening Saturday, May 3rd, from noon to 6. For those of you who aren’t familiar, we’ll be giving out specially created comic books, free, all day, usually in front of The Beguiling and in the event space at Little Island.

AT THE BEGUILING: This year, The Beguiling is proud to welcome two of the creators that are doing official Free Comic Book Day Books, Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree, and Tom Scioli, writer/artist of GI Joe vs. Transformers. Both creators will be signing and sketching their FCBD books for fans from 12pm-6pm (with a few breaks in there), and copies of both of their books will also be available for sale.  The Beguiling will also have a great selection of other FCBD books for teens and adults on hand!

AT LITTLE ISLAND COMICS: Meanwhile, over at Little Island Comics, they will be having their own Free Comic Book Day event for the younger set! Little Island will be welcoming special guest author Eric Orchard, whose book Maddy Kettle is featured in and on the front cover of Top Shelf Kids Club 2014! Eric’s final signing schedule is TBA. All of the kid-oriented FCBD books this year will be available at Little Island Comics.

We’re hoping to add even more great comic book creators to this outstanding line-up, so please pay attention to The Beguiling and Little Island blogs for more info! See you on Free Comic Book Day!

 

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New Gay Manga from Tagame in stock!

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Good news, fans of hardcore gay manga! We’ve just gotten Gengoroh Tagame’s two newest English-language manga, Endless Game and Gunji. For those of you that enjoyed (loved) last year’s The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, but were flummoxed by not understanding the Japanese dialogue in our other Japanese Tagame releases, you’re in luck! You’ll now know exactly why those terrible, sexy things are happening to those poor, lucky men.

Speaking of which, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame and our exclusive print, “Tornado” are still available in store.

- Chris

 

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Contest: QUAI D’ORSAY, film based on the graphic novel by Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain!

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The Beguiling and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to join with French film festival CINEFRANCO to present a screening of Quai d’Orsay,  based on the graphic novel by TCAF Featured Guests Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain. The film, about the fast-baced, coniving, and hilarious world of international diplomacy, is adapted from the bestselling French graphic albums, which will be released in North America at TCAF under the title Weapons of Mass Diplomacy. We are of course thrilled to present this very special screening, and we encourage all of our customers and friends to encourage this screening ahead of Blain and Lanzac’s rare North American appearance at TCAF, May 10th and 11th. The Cinefranco website is http://cinefranco.com

About Quai d’Orsay:

Arthur Vlaminck, a young graduate from the prestigious National School of Administration, thinks he has hit the jackpot with his new job as the speechwriter of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, the exuberant Alexandre Taillard de Worms. Little does he know that he is stepping into the hellish maze of diplomacy filled with armies of advisors, assistants, a well-attuned to power Chief of staff … and all of them pulling dirty tricks on each other.

Bertrand Tavernier delivers a crazy, fast-paced comedy deriving its rhythm from the script lines, the theatrical gestures and the nervous way he shoots the film in split screens and tracking shots. We never get tired of watching Thierry Lhermitte flail around, slam doors and make everybody’s life miserable. Raphaël Personnaz and Niels Arestrup, to name a few actors, follow his brilliant footsteps.

Screening Saturday, April 5, at 6:15pm at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. Tickets available at cinefranco.com.

Contest: Win Passes to see Quai d’Orsay and a rare advance copy of the English-language Weapons of Mass Diplomacy graphic novel!

To enter to win one of two prize packages, which include two tickets to the April 5th screening of Quai d’Orsay and one advance copy of Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this site), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “ISAACTHEPIRATE” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, March 31st, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners by noon on that day. Film screens Saturday, April 5th, at 6:15pm.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “ISAACTHEPIRATE”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. 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.)
  3. Entries must be received before Monday, March 31st, 2014, at 11:00am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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CONTEST: Win passes to see JODOROWSKY’S DUNE!

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JODOROWSKY’S DUNE: This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. The film was never made.

(As an aside: Many of the ideas that Jodorowski developed for this project ended up heavily informing his comics careeer, which came out of the ashes of DUNE. We have quite a few different Jodorowsky books in stock at The Beguiling now!)

A hit at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, JODOROWSKY’s DUNE is now returning to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a limited run beginning April 4th… and we’ve got five run-of-engagement double passes to see it! Want to win one? Keep reading to find out how.

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CONTEST: JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

To Enter to win one of five double passes to see “Jodorowsky’s Dune”,  all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this site), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “ELTOPO” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, March 31st, at11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners by noon on that day. Film opens on Friday, April 4th.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “ELTOPO”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. 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.)
  3. Entries must be received before Monday, March 31st, 2014, at 11:00am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck!

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HELLBOY DAY @ THE BEGUILING – w/ Tonci Zonjic, Lobster Johnson Artist (BOOK SALE UPDATE!!!)

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HELLBOY DAY @ THE BEGUILING
w/ Tonci Zonjic, Lobster Johnson Artist
Saturday, March 22nd. 2pm-4pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
FREE

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The Beguiling is proud to welcome Tonci Zonjic, artist of the Hellboy title LOBSTER JOHNSON, for a special signing at the store in honour of HELLBOY DAY, March 22nd!

Tonci Zonjic will be signing and sketching from 2pm-4pm on the second floor of The Beguiling. In honour of this event (and Hellboy Day!) we will be offering specials on Hellboy comics and graphic novels all day! See in-store for details.

Our thanks to Mr. Zonjic and Dark Horse Comics for helping set up this event!

DAMN(ED) HOT DEALS!

In honour of Hellboy Day, we’ve put some great Hellboy-related books on sale (plus one that’s similar but different). Get ready to save some money on your favourite new holiday!

  • Hellboy The Art of The Movie……….$2!!!
  • Assorted Hellboy Novels………………$2!!!
  • The Art of Sin City……………………….$3!!!
  • The Art of Hellboy……………………….$5!!!
  • Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction….$5!!!

These deals are as hot as the fiery pits from whence Hellboy came.

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 Variant Information + Pre-order Discount

Amazing-Spider-Man-1Hi folks, we’ve had a lot of inquiries about the variant editions for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #1 this April. People like Spider-Man, and they like Spider-Man variants, and so we just wanted to do a little post clarifying rarity, availability, and pricing on these books.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering some of the rare variants for this series, or are just curious what’s coming out with regards to this title, click “Keep Reading” for all of the details!

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CONTEST: Win Passes to see “The Art of the Graphic Novel” at Pages Festival + Conference!

The Beguiling Books & Art is happy to support the graphic novel programming at the 2014 Pages Festival + Conference, a new literary conference in the city of Toronto. The Festival will be held this week, March 13th-15th, at the Tranzac and Randolph Academy.

There will be a plethora of interesting talks, readings, and presentations at the event, including two graphic novel presentations! Here’s one:

An Evening with Seth and Friends: the Art of the Graphic Novel
With Seth, Fiona Smyth and Michael DeForge, hosted by Jeet Heer.
Sat. March 15, 9 pm, Festival Event, Randolph Theatre
http://www.pagesfestival.com/program.html#Seth_and_Friends
Jeet Heer, hosts a special evening on the graphic novel with Seth, Fiona Smyth and Michael DeForge presenting their work on screen, followed by a lively conversation.

Tickets for this and all events can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

However, if you’re feeling lucky and you want to try your hand at winning one of 5 double-passes to the Saturday night event, keep reading…!

CONTEST:
To Enter to win a double pass to see The Art of the Graphic Novel: An Evening with Seth and Friends:

All you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of this page!), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “GRAPHICPAGES” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Friday, March 14th, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners by noon on that day.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “GRAPHICPAGES”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. 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.)
  3. Entries must be received before Friday, March 14th, at 11:00am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

For more information on all of the graphic novel and art-related events at The Pages Festival + Conference UNBOUND, click ‘Continue Reading’!

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Event: Bitstrips – Democratizing Comics, April 30 (TCAF)

Bitstrips: Democratizing Comics
Wed Apr 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium
http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT161478&R=EVT161478

Presented by The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Jacob Blackstock discusses his immensely popular app Bitstrips, which people around the world use to express themselves through the comic book medium. Presentation followed by a moderated Q&A with The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s Christopher Butcher. Part of the “Monthly MeetUp” series hosted by the Toronto Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub. No registration required.

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