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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.

SECONDS and THROUGH THE WOODS on sale Tuesday!

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Two of the most-anticipated books of the past few years will be available for sale Tuesday morning at 11am!

Emily Carroll shot to fame online for her amazing webcomics stories, including the multiple-award-winning horror short ‘His Face All Red.’ Now, her first collection Through The Woods sees ‘His Face All Red’ joined by 4 brand new short stories for a chilling new collection! Available in paperback and hard cover. And don’t forget the launch event tomorrow night at 7pm!

And we’re pretty sure our friend Bryan Lee O’Malley needs no introduction… but just in case: Dude wrote the six volume Scott Pilgrim series, which is amazing and was adapted into a feature film and our last few events with this fella have had hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people show up. Seconds is his highly-anticipated follow-up, and while it’s a very different book we’re sure Scott Pilgrim fans, and newcomers to his work, are gonna love it. And if you buy it from us, you get a free ticket to his event at the Bloor on July 30th!

Both of these books are great, both go on sale tomorrow, don’t miss them. :)

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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SAVE THE DATE: Wayward #1 Launch Party! With Jim Zub & Friends – August 27

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WAYWARD #1 – Launch Party
Featuring author Jim Zub, and cover artists Kalman Androsofzky, Alina Urusov, Adam Warren, & Chip Zdarsky
Wednesday, August 27th, 6pm-8pm (Presentation at 7pm)
@Guu Sakabar, 559 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
Free to attend (but you are encourage to buy a drink or some food)
Bring Cash to buy stuff, rather than cards, please!

Presented by The Beguiling

WAYWARD is the new series from Image Comics, Toronto’s-own Jim Zub, and Yokohama-based artist Steven Cummings! Set in Tokyo, Japan, the series focuses on a young woman new to Tokyo, trying to reconnect with her mother and, you know, fighting traditional Japanese monsters and demons and stuff.

The Beguiling is throwing a big ‘ole party to celebrate, at Toronto’s GUU (our favourite Japanese pub–or Izakaya), and we’d love for you to come out! Copies of the book will be available for sale (including a bunch of variants), and the artists will be on hand too!

Look for even more info soon!

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Event: Friends of the Merril Collection SF / Anime Flea Market Sept 13

Friends of the Merril Collection SF / Anime Flea Market
Saturday, September 13th, 10am-4pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St
Located in The Beaton Auditorium
FREE

The Friends of the Merril Collection present our annual SF/Anime Flea Market, one-stop shopping for your genre bric-a-brac needs. We’ll have books, comics, DVDs, VHS, collectibles, games, costume supplies, you name it!…
 
The Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (please note the location).
 
Admission is FREE!! Come and shop!
 
If you have items you wish to sell, please contact Donald Simmons at dfs.engineer@gmail.com for table fees. Space must be reserved in advance.
 
The Friends of the Merril Collection help support the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy, a public-access Special Collection located in the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Libraries.
 
Check out the Friends at www.friendsofmerril.org

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SAVE THE DATE: MONDAY AUGUST 25TH – KAZU KIBUISHI IN-STORE FOR AMULET V6

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Kazu Kibuishi in-store event for Amulet v6 Launch
At Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, around the corner from The Beguiling
5pm-ish
Free to attend.

The long-awaited Amulet v6 is coming… Kazu Kibuishi will be in store to sign copies and celebrate! Don’t miss out.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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JULY 15: THROUGH THE WOODS Book Launch & Discussion with Emily Carroll!

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THROUGH THE WOODS Book Launch Event
Featuring author Emily Carroll. Hosted by Sam Maggs.
Tuesday, July 15th, 7pm-9pm
@ The Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium,  239 College St, Toronto
FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/721116617949145/

through-the-woods--1000pxThe Beguiling & Simon & Schuster Canada will welcome Emily Carroll to Toronto on Tuesday, July 15th, to celebrate the release of her new comics collection Through The Woods.

In this special event, Emily Carroll will present from Through The Woods to the assembled audience. A spirited interview with journalist and writer Sam Maggs (The Mary Sue, The National Post) will follow. The event will take place at The Lillian H. Smith Library, home of The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, in their large auditorium. Through The Woods will be released for sale on Tuesday, July 15th, and be available for purchase at the event.

ABOUT THROUGH THE WOODS & EMILY CARROLL

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut. 

More info on Emily Carroll and her work can be found at http://www.emcarroll.com/

ABOUT SAM MAGGS

Voted “Awesome Geek Feminist of 2013,” Sam is (among other things) a writer and editor for geek girl culture website The Mary Sue, and a games journalist for the National Post. Sometimes you can catch her on MTV Canada, or on her two-lady Let’s Play YouTube channel, “the c_ntrollers.” Sam mostly loves Stargate, Victorian fiction, Pacific Rim, BioWare games, Carol Danvers, and Jeff Goldblum. 

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Store closed for Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1st.

21-e1348153641978So we don’t usually close for public holidays, but we’re actually going to take the day off on Tuesday, July 1st. The store will be closed. Happy Canada Day!

Update: New comics will be available on Wednesday July 2nd at 11am, as usual!

This closure comes mostly because it turns out we’re not getting our delivery of new comics from Diamond on Tuesday July 1st (we normally get our deliveries on Tuesdays so that they can be ready for you guys on Wednesdays). Our new comics delivery is arriving SOMETIME on Wednesday July 2nd. Which means pulls won’t be ready until the afternoon at the earliest. If you can come in a little later that day, you may want to. Of course, we’ll work as quickly and diligently as possible to get the books out as fast as possible, but it all depends on when the shipment arrives.

Thanks for your understanding!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Captain Canuck illustration by Kalman Andrasofszky

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SALE: 50% off Anime DVDs*

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From today until June 30th, all Anime DVDs are now being offered at 50% off the sticker price. This includes sets and stuff that’s already been marked down.

* Sale does not include Blu Rays, it does not include non-anime DVDs, it does not include anything by Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli, and it doesn’t include AKIRA. But, you know, everything else, 50% off. :)

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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CONTEST: Win passes to see BORGMAN

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Meanwhile, on a COMPLETELY different note, The Beguiling’s owner Mr. Peter Birkemoe rather enjoyed a film at TIFF this year. It was called Borgman, by Director Alex Van Wamerdam. It is “Surreal, Creepy, and Funny”. Want to see what sort of film Peter likes? Enter this contest.

WIN ONE OF 5 DOUBLE PASSES TO SEE BORGMAN

To enter to win one of five double passes to see BORGMAN at its exclusive engagement at The Royal Cinema, July 4th to 9th, 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 the website), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “BORGMAN” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Tuesday, July 1, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on the 1st

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “BORGMAN”, 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 Tuesday, July 1st, 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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Pre-purchase your copy of SECONDS beginning Monday, June 23rd, get a free ticket to the Toronto launch.

secondsThe short version: Come buy SECONDS from us, either by paying in advance starting June 23rd, or once we get the book in the store starting July 15th, and you get a free ticket to the Toronto launch event with Bryan Lee O’Malley and friends (a $10 value!). 

Long Version: SO! We’re doing a cool event to celebrate the launch of SECONDS, the new graphic novel by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. The event is on Wednesday, July 30th, and it’s at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema just around the corner from our store. It’s going to be a cool event, with an interview and a presentation and some fun stuff. We think you’ll enjoy it.

Because we’re expecting a lot of people, we had to rent a big space, and that’s The Bloor. We pay for things like this by selling books, and so if you’re buying your books from us 1) Thank you! and 2) we’ll give you a free ticket! If you’re choosing to buy your books elsewhere, well, ok I guess, but to help offset the cost of the event, we’re selling tickets for $10.

SECONDS goes on sale beginning Tuesday, July 15th, and we will have books that day (barring disaster). If you want to pre-purchase a copy of SECONDS, and get your ticket early, you can come and buy one in-store beginning Monday, June 23rd. You’ll get your ticket to the event, and we’ll give you something you can exchange for your copy of the book when it arrives in store July 15th.

(Oh, and we said that you could pre-purchase starting the 16th, originally. Our bad, the tickets aren’t ready yet. Pre-purchase starts on the 23rd.)

So! This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Come buy SECONDS from us, either buy paying in advance starting June 23rd, or once we get the book in the store starting July 15th, and you get a free ticket to the event (a $10 value!). 

Thanks for reading.

- Chris

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CONTEST: Win Passes to See Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising

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So, TIGER & BUNNY! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s effectively a Japanese anime superhero series, and it was blisteringly popular upon release in Japan and has cooled down to ‘major franchise’ there. It hasn’t really taken off in North America yet, perhaps because we have a lot (a lot) of our own superheroes to contend with, but for fans of cool mech designs, or superheroes, or even sentai shows like Kamen Rider or Power Rangers, there’s an awful lot to like about Tiger & Bunny. Check out the trailer:

Neat, huh? Oh and the name: One is ferocious and one is quick/young. Tiger & Bunny. Even if you’ve never seen the anime TV series, this movie is a great place to start. Tickets are available now at Cineplex.com

tigerbunnybookcoverFeeling lucky? The Beguiling is teaming with Eleven Arts to give away passes to see TIGER & BUNNY: THE RISING at either of its exclusive Toronto showings on Thursday, June 26, or Sunday, June 29, at Cineplex Odeon Theatres! Keep reading to enter.

Or if you’re feeling unlucky and want to buy a beautiful book, the first person who buys The Tiger & Bunny Artbook TIGER & BUNNY: MASAKAZU KATSURA ORIGINAL DRAWINGS from The Beguiling (shown to the right) will get two free passes with purchase, so there’s that…!

WIN ONE OF 3 DOUBLE PASSES TO SEE: TIGER & BUNNY: THE RISING

To enter to win one of three pairs of tickets to see TIGER & BUNNY: THE RISING on June 26 or 29, 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 “MASAKAZU KATSURA” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, June 23rd, at 11:00am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners then.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “MASAKAZU KATSURA”, 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, June 23rd, 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.

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