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.

Monstrosity 2 Signing TONIGHT at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!

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MONSTROSITY II: Launch Event & Signing
Featuring J. Bone, Matt Daley, Brian Enivou, Adam Gorham, Eric Kim, Jason Loo, Nimit Malavia, Phil McClorey, and Katie Shannahan!
TONIGHT! Wednesday, March 18th, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.
FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/924401500991869/

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is proud to present a the launch and book signing event for MONSTROSITY II! Featuring nearly a dozen creators of this Toronto-centric anthology in attendance, this is going to be a spectacular book signing event!

Featuring Monstrosity II Creators In Attendance: J. Bone! Matt Daley! Brian Enivou! Adam Gorham! Eric Kim! Jason Loo! Nimit Malavia! Phil McClorey! and Katie Shannahan! PLUS! Noel Tuazon and Brian McLachlan have just been added…!

MONSTROSITY II is the follow up to last years indie anthology sensation. This volume continues the monster/horror theme of the original but this time adds a distinct sci-fi twist while holding onto all the things fans loved about the first book. Genetic abominations, robot gladiators, alien experimentation, intergalactic STD’s and a whole lot more!

Monstrosity II has over 20 heart stopping tales created by more then 40 of indie comic’s greatest young talents. Action, adventure, alien worlds, demons and devils, science fiction and fantasy all grace the pages of Monstrosity II!

So come by the all-new TCAF Shop on Wednesday March 18th, and check out this great new graphic anthology!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Cover image by James Stokoe

MAR 16: Cecil Castellucci in Toronto!

Cecil Castellucci in Toronto!
Writer of Sensation Comics Feat. Wonder Woman, Plain Janes, Odd Duck, and More!
Monday, March 16th, 2015
11:00am @ Barbara Frum Librarary
20 Covington Road (Bathurst & Lawrence)

6:30pm @ Maria A. Shchuka Library
1745 Eglinton Avenue West (Eglinton & Davenport)

FREE!

JanesInLove (1)Our good friend Cecil Castellucci is visiting Toronto this Monday! Cecil will be on hand to talk about her new book Stone in the Sky, a sequel to her hit Tin Star. 

Cecil is also the author of many great comics and graphic novel projects, including The Plain Janes, Janes in Love, Geektastic, Odd Duck, Year of the Beasts, and is currently serializing a Wonder Woman story in Sensation Comics!

Cecil will be at two events, one at 11am, and one at 6:30pm, so we hope you can make it out to say hi!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

MAR 18: Monstrosity II Book Launch & Signing

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MONSTROSITY II: Launch Event & Signing
Featuring J. Bone, Matt Daley, Brian Enivou, Adam Gorham, Eric Kim, Jason Loo, Nimit Malavia, Phil McClorey, and Katie Shannahan!
Wednesday, March 18th, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.
FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/924401500991869/

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is proud to present a the launch and book signing event for MONSTROSITY II! Featuring nearly a dozen creators of this Toronto-centric anthology in attendance, this is going to be a spectacular book signing event!

Featuring Monstrosity II Creators In Attendance: J. Bone! Matt Daley! Brian Enivou! Adam Gorham! Eric Kim! Jason Loo! Nimit Malavia! Phil McClorey! and Katie Shannahan!

MONSTROSITY II is the follow up to last years indie anthology sensation. This volume continues the monster/horror theme of the original but this time adds a distinct sci-fi twist while holding onto all the things fans loved about the first book. Genetic abominations, robot gladiators, alien experimentation, intergalactic STD’s and a whole lot more!

Monstrosity II has over 20 heart stopping tales created by more then 40 of indie comic’s greatest young talents. Action, adventure, alien worlds, demons and devils, science fiction and fantasy all grace the pages of Monstrosity II!

So come by the all-new TCAF Shop on Wednesday March 18th, and check out this great new graphic anthology!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Cover image by James Stokoe

MARCH 11: HOWARD THE ▯UCK SIGNING WITH CHIP ZDARSKY

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HOWARD THE ▯UCK
Chip Zdarsky signs Sex Criminals v2 & Howard The Duck #1
Wednesday, March 11, 6pm-8pm
@ No One Writes To The Colonel, 460 College St (at Bathurst)
Free To Attend

Presented by The Beguiling

TORONTO! We have great news for you! The one and only Chip Zdarsky, artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals, writer and co-creator of the forthcoming Kaptara, and star of our dreams, will be teaming with us from The Beguiling to do an event of sub-epic proportions, in celebration of his epic new HOWARD THE DUCK #1 and the long-awaited SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME 2!

htd_zdThe event takes place Wednesday March 11th, just down the street from The Beguiling at No One Writes To The Colonel (College & Bathurst). Chip Zdarsky will be doing a short presentation, having a drink or two, and signing your copies of HOWARD THE DUCK and SEX CRIMINALS and whatever else you bring! The Beguiling will ALSO be involved in the presentation, having three to six drinks, and will have ALL of the Howard The Duck #1 covers (including variants) on hand for your purchasing pleasure. Plus more-or-less every issue of Sex Criminals, the Sex Criminals trade paperbacks, and maybe some treasured-Zdarsky-rarities too!

So join us Wednesday March 11th at 6pm for a fun evening in a charming new venue!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

ANNOUNCING: MARCH 4: DESCENDER #1 / ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 SIGNING! WITH JEFF LEMIRE & RAMON PEREZ

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Descender #1 & All-New Hawkeye #1 Signing Event
With Jeff Lemire & Ramon Perez
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 5pm-7pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend!

Wednesday, March 4th, is the release date for TWO NEW comics from our good friend Jeff Lemire, and he’s going to drop by The Beguiling with pal Ramon Perez for a signing!

The first release is DESCENDER #1, from Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen, published by Image Comics. An epic cosmic odyssey, for folks who loved his series TRILLIUM… or folks that just love awesome new Image Comics #1s. :)

All-New_Hawkeye_Vol_1_1_TextlessBut, also? ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1! The Toronto team of Lemire and Ramon Perez are relaunching Hawkeye, following the awesome run by Matt Fraction and co. Ramon Perez will join Lemire to do a signing here in store!

So we hope to see you here at the shop on Wednesday May 4th, between 5pm and 7pm, for the big event! Thanks to Jeff and Ramon for coming out!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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Junko Mizuno in Toronto this week!

Hey folks! One of our favourite manga-ka and visual artists, Junko Mizuno, is in Toronto this week for a big show at Narwhal Gallery, and there’s a burlesque after party too! We’re huge fans of Junko from way back, and while this isn’t our event we wanted to make absolutely sure you knew about it! See you there!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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Ambrosial Affair – Gallery & Reception
With Junko Mizuno
Saturday, February 21st, 3pm-6pm
@ Narwhal Gallery, 2104 Dundas St. West
(Show runs Feb 21 to March 15)
http://narwhalcontemporary.com/exhibitions/current-exhibition/junko-mizuno/

Narwhal welcomes Japanese artist Junko Mizuno for Ambrosial Affair, her third Canadian exhibition. As the second body of work in her Food Obsession series, Mizuno takes us on an erotic, psychedelic journey through her world of delightfully dark food fetishes. The exhibition features 20 new pieces of work featuring Mizuno’s voluptuous females appeasing their appetite for all things edible.

JUNKO MIZUNO BURLESQUE AFTERPARTY:
The opening will be followed by a Junko Mizuno inspired Burlesque AfterParty hosted by Red Herring at the Revue Cinema. More information and RSVP. TICKETS: $15 in Advance (and VIP) or $20 at the door. Purchase here

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Bart Beaty in Toronto for 12 CENT ARCHIE, Feb 13

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Twelve-Cent Archie 
Book Talk by author Bart Beaty
Friday, February 13, 2015
Doors @ 6pm, Talk @ 6:30pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham St.
Free to attend

Have you heard about the new book Twelve-Cent Archie? Sure you have, it’s been featured on Canada AM, in The Toronto Star, and many more places besides! Well the book is out and in-store now, and author Bart Beaty is making a special trip to Toronto to celebrate the release! Bart will be giving a special talk (different than the one at Ryerson from a month or two back) about the book and the Golden Age of Archie Comics in the 1960s, and it’s sure to be a lot of fun for comics fans of all kinds.

Bart will be on hand from 6pm to sign books and chat with the audience, before giving his talk at 6:30pm. Twelve-Cent Archie by Bart Beaty is available now at The Beguiling, and will also be available at the event.

 

Win Passes to see HAPHEAD on Jan 22

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Hey Toronto! There’s a new webseries by Jim Munroe and the rest of the folks behind the film “Ghosts With Shit Jobs,” launching NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND! It’s called HAPHEAD, and if you’re in Toronto you can win passes to an exclusive screening of all 8 episodes!

ABOUT HAPHEAD

Haphead is the story of a girl who’s literally empowered by videogames.

Ten years from now, a new haptic peripheral makes videogames so immersive that people learn skills just by playing. Maxine makes less than minimum wage at the factory where they make them, so she decides to become an unofficial beta tester by stealing one for herself. At home, her favorite rabbit-ninja game gets a whole lot more punishing, with the haptic feedback loop beating lethal skills into her muscle memory. Which is good: she needs to level up quick once her employer discovers her on-the-job theft.

Luckily, she’s not alone. There are other hapheads out there, with a variety of game-trained abilities. But while some of them are kindreds, one of them brings death…

More at http://haphead.com/

Haphead is a new webseries, but you can win one of three double-passes to an exclusive screening of the whole thing on the big screen at The Royal on Wednesday, January 22nd, at 7pm. Keep reading…

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WIN 1 of 3 DOUBLE-PASSES TO AN EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF ALL 8 EPISODES OF HAPHEAD!

To enter to win one of three double passes to see HAPHEAD at The Royal, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of thebeguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “NOMEDIAKINGS” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Wednesday, January 21st, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on that day.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “NOMEDIAKINGS”, 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 Wednesday, January 21st at 11am.
  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