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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.

Wednesday: WAYWARD #1 Launch Party! With Jim Zub & Friends


Wayward01A-585x900-webWAYWARD #1 – Launch Party
Featuring author Jim Zub, and cover artists Kalman Andrasofszky, 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 encouraged to buy a drink or some food)
Bring Cash to buy stuff, rather than cards, please!
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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. WAYWARD #1 debuts everywhere on Wednesday, August 27th…

But if you’re in TORONTO!? The Beguiling is throwing a big ‘ole party to celebrate, at Toronto’s GUU SAKABAR (our favourite Japanese pub–or Izakaya), and we’d love for you to come out! The event will be on release-day, Wednesday August 27th, from 6pm-8pm. The event is free to attend and there’ll even be Japanese snacks on hand!

Wayward #1 will be available for sale at the event, including all four of the standard covers and ALL of the rare/exclusive variants too! It’ll probably be the only place in the world to get every variant of Wayward #1 in one place! Also available, the rare Japanese-doujinshi edition of Wayward #1, and a special postcard set!

Wayward writer Jim Zub will be on hand at the event, as will variant cover artists Kalman Andrasofszky, Alina Urusov, Adam Warren, & Chip Zdarsky! Zub will be making a short presentation at 7pm too, but the part starts at 6pm. Come in, grab a beer (or other refreshment) with the writer and artists, pick up your copy of Wayward #1, and sample some of the great food available at Guu!

Hope to see you this Wednesday night!


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Hey! Go check out Michel Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO.


Hey! Comics muse, comics-to-screen adapter, and even occasional comics creator himself Michel Gondry has a brand new movie out and it’s exclusively at The Royal. It’s called MOOD INDIGO at the good folks at The Royal have a special offer for you because you shop with us at The Beguiling. Isn’t that nice?

Special 20% Discount For Friends of THE BEGUILING! Keep reading:

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Two great all-ages events this weekend! Kazu Kibuishi for Amulet Book 6, and Nicolas Bannister from France!


Hey Toronto Comics Fans! I hope you’re excited for two very rare and important in-store signings this weekend over at our sister store, Little Island!

First, on Saturday, all the way from France comes cartoonist Nicolas Bannister, author of The Elsewhere Chronicles, Tim & Tum, and contributor to numerous anthologies including FLIGHT. Bannister has also created a number of cool tribute images which have become very popular online, and you may find yourself already familiar with his work! Bannister will be signing and sketching for fans from 12pm to 4pm. More info on Facebook.

Then, Monday evening, Kazu Kibuishi will be launching AMULET BOOK SIX: ESCAPE FROM LUCIEN at Little Island Comics and Toronto Public Library, Palmerston Branch. The events kick-off at 6pm at Palmerston, and continue at 7:30pm at Little Island. Details at Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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‘Seth’s Dominion’ Competes at Ottawa International Animation Festival


Hey there! We just got word from The NFB that Seth’s Dominion, the hybrid film/animation documentary about Seth that’s been in the works for the past few years, is set to screen at The Ottawa International Animation Festival, September 17-21, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’ll be in official competition, woo-hoo! The full press release about the NFB at the OIAF is under the cut below.

Congrats to Seth and the filmmakers, we’re all really excited to see how this one turned out.

- Chris @ The Beguiling



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The Beguiling is happy to announce that we will begin carrying limited quantities of the new wave of gachi-muchi manga-inspired clothing produced by MASSIVE X OPENING CEREMONY, featuring the artwork of JIRAIYA. We can only carry a limited number of copies of these awesome pieces of apparel in-store, so we’re accepting pre-orders between RIGHT NOW and this MONDAY, AUGUST 18TH. This is a great way to guarantee you get what you want…!

All orders are for in-store pick-up only. If you need your order shipped, visit the MASSIVE online store.

All apparel is available in sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXL. Prices will be the same as the MASSIVE x OPENING CEREMONY online store but in Canadian funds instead of U.S. funds.

E-mail with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and the name and size of each item you would like. Orders larger than $100 will require a 50% deposit. Check out the full list of items below!



Jiraiya’s Best Couple are back! His famous gachimuchi lovers Asakichi (朝吉) and Seiji (清次), seen previously on the original Jiraiya Sweatshirt, make their return in the form of a breezy muscle tee.

Soft crewneck T-shirt printed all over. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for MASSIVE.



Jiraiya’s gachimuchi man of the cloth may be clasping Buddhist prayer beads, but his chiseled physique and mischievous wink suggest less than pious intentions.

Crewneck sublimation printed sweatshirt with green ribbing. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for GG Group.



Is this your first time in the big city? Jiraiya’s handsome young backpacker is looking for trouble in the neon wonderland of Shinjuku.

Soft crewneck T-shirt printed all over. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for GG Group.



Jiraiya’s signature looms behind the massive body of one of his trademarkgachimuchi figures: a pouty-lipped, soft-eyed behemoth whose yukata is barely hanging on.

Soft crewneck muscle tee. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for GG Group.



He’s a Judo black belt bulging with muscles, but don’t let that intimidate you–this guy never stops smiling.

Soft crewneck T-shirt. Jiraiya’s signature custom embroidered on the sleeve. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for GG Group.



Jiraiya’s larger than life gachimuchi lifeguard will keep you dry and safe whether you’re at the beach or catching some sun by the pool.

Soft beach towel with oversized embroidered label. 60″ x 27″ (152cm x 69 cm)

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for GG Group.


Note: This item is pre-order only, will not be carried at The Beguiling

Jiraiya’s signature is emblazoned across the right leg of these shorts, while one of his trademark gachimuchi figures clasps his hands in prayer on the left. We hope his prayers are answered!

White rugby shorts with a drawstring elastic waistband. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for GG Group.

To submit your pre-order, e-mail with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and the name and size of each item you would like. Orders larger than $100 will require a 50% deposit.

Thanks to MASSIVE and OC for making this happen!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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Wednesday: ‘The People Inside’ launch! Free 5″ x 7″ mini-prints!


With author Ray Fawkes, and interviewer Jeff Lemire
Wednesday August 13th, 7pm-9pm
The Lillian H. Smith Auditorium, 239 College St., in association with The Friends of The Merril Collection

The Beguiling is proud to present a special event, celebrating the release of Ray Fawkes‘ new graphic novel THE PEOPLE INSIDE! In much the same vein as Fawkes‘ amazing and award-winning ONE SOULTHE PEOPLE INSIDE tells the story of 24 different people in a way that only the medium of comics can! Compelling, intertwining narratives and formalist experimentation meld to create a graphic novel that absolutely shouldn’t be missed.

Joining author Ray Fawkes will be acclaimed writer and graphic novelist Jeff Lemire (Trillium, Essex County), who will interview his friend and colleague Fawkes on this new graphic novel. Lemire also recently celebrated an important book release, as the graphic novel of his science fiction epic Trillium made its way to comic book stores on August 6th!

BONUS: As a special thank-you to fans who come out to this event, The Beguiling will be giving away free, exclusive 5″ x 7″ mini-prints from both Ray Fawkes’ THE PEOPLE INSIDE and Jeff Lemire’s TRILLIUM. The images for these prints are below. Thanks to Ray and Jeff for helping us make this happen!

Presented by The Beguiling, with thanks to The Friends of The Merril Collection and Oni Press.



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Announce: Nicolas Bannister @ Little Island Sept 23!


Creator Appearance: Bannister
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12PM until 4PM
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Free to attend!

We’re delighted to announce that Bannister, known for his work on The Elsewhere Chronicles (Les enfants d’ailleurs) and Tib & Tumtum (Tib et Tatoum), will be in the store meeting fans and signing copies of his books on Saturday, August 23rd! Please join us!

From the ElseWhere Chronicles website:
Bannister has been creating graphic novels since the was 17. Starting in 2002, he gave up “normal” jobs for a life of pencils and pens. His work has appeared in Flight Explorer (Villard Books/Random House) and several editions of the Flight anthology, and he is also the artist for the series Félicité Bonaventure (Éditions Soleil) and Zombie Love Story (Éditions La Boîte Aluminium). He blogs on his LiveJournal and his website is here (it’s still in the works).

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Save the date: Gotham Academy #1, with Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, October 4


The Beguiling & Little Island Comics will be teaming up for an event to celebrate the launch of Gotham Academy #1, with the creative team of Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl in attendance! The event will take place Saturday, October 4th, the week of the book’s release. Further details are forthcoming! :D

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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Save the date: Farel Dalrymple’s THE WRENCHIES September 22


The Beguiling is proud to welcome Farel Dalrymple to Toronto in support of his (incredible) new graphic novel The Wrenchies. Farel will be here September 22nd, 2014, in an event at/around the shop.

Details forthcoming.

- Chris @ The Beguiling


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Save the date: John Porcellino & The Hospital Suite – September 16


A Night with John Porcellino + King Cat Comix
Book Launch & Film Screening
Presented by The Beguiling, D&Q,  and Hot Docs Bloor Cinema

Wednesday, September 16, 2014
@ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
$$: Standard Bloor Cinema Admission

Join us for the launch of John Porcellino’s new graphic novel The Hospital Suite from D&Q. We’ll also be screening the international premiere of the new documentary on John Porcellino, Root Hog or Die. It’s gonna be super cool.

More details to come.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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