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.

TOKYO GODFATHERS FEB 8 – The Beguiling & Revue Cinema

The Revue Cinema and The Beguiling Books & Art present…
SATOSHI KON’S TOKYO GODFATHERS
First Canadian Screening of new digital print!

February 8, 2016. 7PM
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.

The Beguiling is proud to join The Revue Cinema for the return of their monthly anime series, kicking off with a special screening of the acclaimed TOKYO GODFATHERS (2003).

From the award winning anime director Satoshi Kon, the visionary behind PERFECT BLUE and MILLENIUM ACTRESS, and the legendary anime studio Madhouse, the creative force behind X, VAMPIRE HUNTER D and NINJA SCROLL, TOKYO GODFATHERS tells the story of three homeless people who discover an abandoned baby and join together to reuinte mother and child. Now in a brand new digital print, premiering at this screening!

Running time 92 min. Rated 14A
Screening at 7PM – doors open at 6PM!
Admission $12 general / $9 students/members
Prizes!

January’s screening of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO was entirely sold out, so get your tickets fast!

Tickets: http://tokyogodfathers.eventbrite.ca

Tokyo-Godfathers

UPDATE: Chippendale / DeForge / DrNaso event now at Smiling Buddha, FEB 18, 6pm

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D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Featuring Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso
Thursday February 18th, 2016
Doors at 6pm, creators go on stage around 6:30pm.

@ Smiling Budda, 961 College St (at Dovercourt)
Free to attend

UPDATE: This event is now at Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., to give all involved a little elbow room.

Hey Toronto! D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

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Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

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DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

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Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

New in the Art Store: Jason Lutes’ BERLIN Book One & Two

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The Beguiling has long represented art sales for Jason Lutes, the incredibly talented creator of the series BERLIN, published by Drawn & Quarterly. He was one of our very first clients in fact!

Today we’re happy to announce that Lutes has provided us with all of the remaining original artwork for Berlin Book One (issues #1-#8 of the regular series) and Berlin Book Two (issues #9-#16), and it is all now available for sale on The Beguiling Art Store.

http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=31

In addition, we have a very rare piece of promotional art for the series, two strips that ran in Nickelodeon Magazine, and most of the original artwork for Berlin #19.

So please head over to our Original Art store, and check out some of the hundreds of pages of beautiful artwork that Jason Lutes has created over the past two decades.

– Christopher

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NOW SHIPPING THE EXCLUSIVE 2016 KATE BEATON “PONY” TEA TOWEL!

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Hey there everyone!

Due to popular request, we are now shipping our exclusive 2016 Kate Beaton Tea Towel to customers in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.! As you can see from the picture above, this 100% cotton tea towel features the titular Pony from Beaton’s bestselling children’s book The Princess & The Pony from Scholastic!

Because these are less than 100g and will fit in a letter-sized envelope, we can ship these out lettermail. No tracking information is available, but luckily shipping is very inexpensive!

Prices are:
Within Canada: $20.16 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)
Within the U.S.: $18.00 US Dollars – (includes shipping & HST)
United Kingdom: $26.00 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)

Orders are accepted only via PayPal. Please pay the amount listed to contact@torontocomics.com, including your shipping address and any further details in the comments field.

Supplies are limited, and we will update this page when we run out. Thanks!

 

NOW SHIPPING THE EXCLUSIVE 2016 KATE BEATON “PONY” TEA TOWEL!

 

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Hey there everyone!

Due to popular request, we are now shipping our exclusive 2016 Kate Beaton Tea Towel to customers in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.! As you can see from the picture above, this 100% cotton tea towel features the titular Pony from Beaton’s bestselling children’s book The Princess & The Pony from Scholastic!

Because these are less than 100g and will fit in a letter-sized envelope, we can ship these out lettermail. No tracking information is available, but luckily shipping is very inexpensive!

Prices are:
Within Canada: $20.16 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)
Within the U.S.: $18.00 US Dollars – (includes shipping & HST)
United Kingdom: $26.00 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)

Orders are accepted only via PayPal. Please pay the amount listed to contact@torontocomics.com, including your shipping address and any further details in the comments field.

Supplies are limited, and we will update this page when we run out. Thanks!

 

New in the Art Store: Jason Lutes’ BERLIN Book One & Two

berlin_art_edit

The Beguiling has long represented art sales for Jason Lutes, the incredibly talented creator of the series BERLIN, published by Drawn & Quarterly. He was one of our very first clients in fact!

Today we’re happy to announce that Lutes has provided us with all of the remaining original artwork for Berlin Book One (issues #1-#8 of the regular series) and Berlin Book Two (issues #9-#16), and it is all now available for sale on The Beguiling Art Store.

http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=31

In addition, we have a very rare piece of promotional art for the series, two strips that ran in Nickelodeon Magazine, and most of the original artwork for Berlin #19.

So please head over to our Original Art store, and check out some of the hundreds of pages of beautiful artwork that Jason Lutes has created over the past two decades.

– Christopher

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EVENT: CHIPPENDALE & DEFORGE & DRNASO TORONTO FEB 18

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D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Featuring Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso
Thursday February 18th, 2016
Doors at 6pm, creators on around 6:30pm.

@ Smiling Buddha, 961 College st (At Dovercourt)
Free to attend

Hey Toronto! D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

pukeforcecover

Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

BIG-KIDScover

DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

beverly-cover

Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

EVENT: CHIPPENDALE & DEFORGE & DRNASO TORONTO FEB 18

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D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Featuring Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso
Thursday February 18th, 2016
Doors at 6pm, creators on around 6:30pm.

@ Smiling Buddha, 961 College st (At Dovercourt)
Free to attend

Hey Toronto! D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

pukeforcecover

Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

BIG-KIDScover

DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

beverly-cover

Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

New Books on December 30th this year! Shipping December 30th!

UPDATE: Due to a shipping error, we were shipped some Marvel titles early, that are not allowed to go on sale until January 6th. At Diamond’s request, we will be holding them and not selling them until the 6th. Those titles are:

Amazing Spider-Man #6
Howard The Duck #3
Nova #3
Oni-Wan and Anakin #1
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1
Spider-Man 2099 #5
Spidey #2

Sorry for any confusion/hassle.

9781632361950-450x675Hey there! For the first time in a VERY long time, we’re getting new books on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years! Here’s a complete list of what to expect on Wednesday, December 30th, the last Wednesday of the year!

Also: Hiroki Samura, the creator of Blade of the Immortal, launched his brand new series this week! It’s got a real Tarantino feel, if that’s your thing. Check it out…!

Continue reading New Books on December 30th this year! Shipping December 30th!

BEGUILING BOXING DAY SALE PHASE 1: DEC 26-29

The Beguiling, Little Island, and Page & Panel’s

Boxing Day Sale 2015!

Well hello! If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the folks who eagerly anticipates this mailing, coming as it has for years on Christmas Eve, detailing all of the great special deals we’ll be unveiling on Boxing Day. So, we hope you have (or had) a great holiday, and we’ll see you on the morning of the 26th at 11am.

Boxing Day Sales!

Phase 01: Everything except back issues: Dec 26 – Dec 29
Pages 02: Back issues and wall books: Jan 2 – Jan 5
PLUS: Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, Boxing Day SpecialsDecember 27th through December 31st. Scroll to the bottom for details!

The short version: Only 2 weeks of sales are planned!

So we’re doing something a little different this year! We’ve been doing a long run of sales for the past few years, but this year, your window is a lot tighter, and the discounts are great!

Also, in other years we’ve done deep discounts on single issues in the weeks going into January & February. This year we’ve been discounting some of that same inventory into the space above Little Island, which we call “The Longbox Archipelago.” If you have not checked this out you really owe it to yourself! This space is closed on December 26th, but will be open during Little Island’s regular business hours thereafter. Ask at Little Island’s front desk to be shown in. And as always, keep your eye on the mailing list for further details…!

BOXING DAY GROUND RULES

  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment!
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item to any customer for any reason.  We probably won’t do this, but this is a straightforward disclaimer in case there’s any dispute about what is or isn’t on sale.
  • Out-of-print items (books/comics/etc.) are generally exempt from sale pricing. Determination of ‘out of print’ is at The Beguiling’s sole discretion. Ask at the counter if you’re unsure.
  • Anything put on hold prior to Boxing Day is entirely exempt to sale pricing.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales.
  • “Regular Price” is determined as ‘Whatever the book would sell for not on Boxing Day, whether that’s U.S. Cover Price, Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • Items released in December 2015 or later are not eligible for sale. Determination for eligibility will be made at the cash register, at our sole discretion.

Phase 01: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS, NOT BACK-ISSUES
Dates: Sat Dec 26, 11am-7pm, through Tues Dec 29, 2015
The Beguiling & Little Island Comics
(Back issue bins, wall books, variants completely unavailable during this time.)

  • General sale, 20% off of almost everything, including in-print books, comics, and graphic novels, plus anime, toys, art books, smut, & more. At Little Island & The Beguiling.
  • THE BIG SALE: Beguiling 2ND Floor: 50% OFF ALL HARDCOVERS! You read that right! That includes regular hard covers, absolutes, artist editions, omnibuses, all of it! Some will already have been marked down more than 50% and that will be the price. Second Floor Only!
  • Beguiling & Little Island: 40% off any comics the originally appeared in a Newspaper! From Peanuts to Pogo, The Spirit Archives to Hagar The Horrible, get your classic strip collections!
  • Beguiling: Main Floor Art Books on the back wall, 50% off! Tattoo Books 25% off!
  • Little Island Comics: All Picture Books are Buy 2, Get 1 Free (of equal or lower price).
  • Amazing Door-Crasher Specials, while supplies last (see list below)
  • No discount on back issues, ‘wall books’, or variant covers. Please do not come for these items until January 2nd. They will be inaccessible, with other stuff on top of them.
  • Does not include items released after December 1, 2015

BACK ISSUE BINS and WALL BOOKS and VARIANTS will not be browseable at this time. They are not on sale, they aren’t even really FOR sale. We are sorry, but we’re focusing on other product during this part of the sale, and we need the space and attention for other things. Thanks!

Door Crashers @ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Pricing Valid December 26 through December 29, 2015.
ONE COPY PER BOOK, PER CUSTOMER

First Floor Books & Discounts:

  • Art Books on the back wall, 50% off! Tattoo Books 25% off! Newspaper strip collections 40% off!
  • Worn Fashion Journal – Was $29.95, NOW: $8
  • Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings, either HC or SC: Was $18.85-$22.95, NOW $10ea!
  • Scott McLeod’s The Sculptor HC Signed Bookplate Edition: Reg: $34.50, NOW $15!
  • Paul Pope’s 100% HC: Was $45.99, NOW: $20
  • Jesse Reklaw’s Couch Tag – Was $37.50, NOW: $20
  • Frederik Peeter’s Koma – Reg $39.95, NOW: $20
  • SPECIAL! Frank King’s Walt & Skeezix Volumes 1-5 SET: Was $200,NOW $100 (only 2 sets available!)
  • Juxtapoz: All issues NOW $3!

Second Floor Books:

  • Beguiling 2ND Floor: 50% OFF ALL HARDCOVERS! Some will already have been marked down more than 50% and that will be the price. Second Floor Only!
  • SPECIAL: UDON Entertainment Art Books & Graphic Novels: Buy 1, get 1 free! Does not combine with other discounts.
  • SPECIAL: Grant Morrison’s Zenith Vol 1 & 2
    – Was $28.99ea, NOW: Both for $20! 
  • Alan Moore’s UNEARTHING Ltd. Ed. HC, reg $99, NOW $20
  • Batman: Harley and Ivy: Was $18.99, NOW $5
    – The Paul Dini & Bruce Timm classic, for only five bucks!
  • Dave McKean’s Pictures that Tick TP, reg: $27.50, NOW: $10
  • Diggle & Jock’s SNAPSHOT: Normally $17.50, NOW $10
    – A great mini-series by the creators of The Losers that flew under the radar for a lot of people.
  • Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man TP NOW $5ea
    – The original ultimate trades! Not the “Ultimate Comics ___” or Ultimate-Edition versions. Volumes will be clearly marked in store.
  • SPIKE: Into the Light, Was $24,95, NOW $5
  • Ed Brisson’s Comeback: Was $14.99, NOW $5
    – Another great, missed series! Sci-fi Crime Noir from Canada’s Ed Brisson, published by Image Comics. Great read!
  • Black Kiss 2, Was $21.99, NOW $10
    – Not really that available in Canada, thanks to some very disturbing sex! Thanks, Howard Chaykin!
  • Wasteland (Oni Series): Various softcover volumes, NOW $5ea
    – A great sci-fi series that ended this year, we’re keeping the HCs in stock, so we’re clearing out the TPs.
  • Blue Estate Complete HC, was $39.99, NOW $15
  • Morning Glories HC Editions: Were $49.99ea, NOW $10
  • Mnemovore HC: Was $33.50, NOW, $10
  • Rocketeer HC, various IDW Volumes, were $24.95ea NOW, $5
  • Joe Hill’s The Cape: 1969: Was $30.50, NOW $5!
  • Fairest HC: In All The Land: Was $31.99, NOW $10
  • Special: $10 UDON Entertainment Art Books: Choose from UDON’S ART OF CAPCOM VOLUME 2, DARKSTALKERS GRAPHIC FILE, EYES OF BAYONETTA, STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN, RESIDENT EVIL 5, ROBOT 5,
    HATSUNE MIKU GRAPHICS 1 & 2

All this, plus even more can’t-miss specials in store! Runs Dec 26-29.

December 30 (Weds): New Comic Book Day!
December 31 (Thurs): Open 11am-4pm for NYE!
January 1 (Friday): Closed

Phase 02: WALL COMICS, BACK ISSUES

Dates: Sat Jan 2, 11am-7pm, through Tues Jan 5, 2016
@ The Beguiling:
– Wall books (i.e.: Back Issues $20 or over) 30% off sticker price.
– Back issue bins (i.e.: Back issues under $20) 50% off sticker price.
– Variant Covers (i.e.: Variant Cover Boxes behind 2nd floor cash) 75% off sticker price or $5, whichever is higher.
– This sale does not continue in any form after January 5th, 2016.
– Does not include items released after December 1, 2015
@ Little Island: Select spot sales may continue. See in-store for details.

Alright that’s it for The Beguiling and Little Island!

Boxing Day @ Page & Panel!

December 27th to December 31st
@ Page & Panel, The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.

Page & Panel is having its first-ever Boxing Day sale this year! Page & Panel matches the opening dates of Toronto Reference Library, in general, so it will NOT be open on Boxing Day (December 26th). It’ll open up on the 27th though, and the sale runs the 27th through the 31st.
  • General Sale, 20% off almost all in-stock items at the shop!
  • 30% off all 2016 Calendars and Organizers! Includes Moleskin, Tintin, Moomin, and even the BRAND NEW KATE BEATON 2016 PONY TEA TOWEL! WOW!
  • 30% off all SHFiguarts Super Mario Bros. Figures
  • SPECIAL: 25% off Secret Loves of Geek Girls, this Christmas season’s bestselling book at Page & Panel!
  • Word Balloon Academy Sketchbooks – $5!
  • MASSIVE: Special sale on the Green JIRAIYA “PRIEST” SWEATSHIRT. Now only $40 (regularly $100), but only sizes L and XL left in stock.
  • Does not include items release on or after December 1st, 2015.