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.

MARCH 4: Seth & Michael DeForge at U of T

MAKING HISTORY: The Cartoon Worlds of Seth
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, Room JH 100
170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
Free to attend

SETH · cartoonist · illustrator · book-maker · designer · model-builder · installation artist

For decades Seth has been making and re-making histories – often uniquely Canadian histories – while cultivating a distinctive graphic style that calls to mind a golden age of cartooning. In comics and illustrations, in published sketchbooks, in gallery installations, on New Yorker covers, Seth gives substance to an imagined past that hovers at the edge of memory.

The historical inventions and interventions of his work draw attention to the representation of the past, and in doing so reveal the amount of the artifice involved in the construction of history. By allowing his readers to explore a vividly rendered, materially rich collection of overlapping cartoon worlds, Seth makes tangible a complicated longing for the past.

Join Seth and fellow cartoonist Michael DeForge for a discussion about comics, world-building, and capturing the past.

Also featuring: short talks by Tom Smart, curator and author of Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography, and Andrew Lesk, editor for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and past president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics.

EVENT: Seth & Michael DeForge at U of T March 4, 2017

MAKING HISTORY: The Cartoon Worlds of Seth
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, Room JH 100
170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
Free to attend

SETH · cartoonist · illustrator · book-maker · designer · model-builder · installation artist

For decades Seth has been making and re-making histories – often uniquely Canadian histories – while cultivating a distinctive graphic style that calls to mind a golden age of cartooning. In comics and illustrations, in published sketchbooks, in gallery installations, on New Yorker covers, Seth gives substance to an imagined past that hovers at the edge of memory.

The historical inventions and interventions of his work draw attention to the representation of the past, and in doing so reveal the amount of the artifice involved in the construction of history. By allowing his readers to explore a vividly rendered, materially rich collection of overlapping cartoon worlds, Seth makes tangible a complicated longing for the past.

Join Seth and fellow cartoonist Michael DeForge for a discussion about comics, world-building, and capturing the past.

 

Also featuring: short talks by Tom Smart, curator and author of Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography, and Andrew Lesk, editor for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and past president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics.

 

THURS JAN 26: Abominable Mr. Seabrook Launch with Joe Ollmann!

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THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK LAUNCH
Featuring Joe Ollmann
Thursday, January 26th, 2016, 7pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street (NEW LOCATION!)
Free to attend. 

Join cartoonist Joe Ollmann as he discusses his latest graphic tour de force: The Abominable Mr. Seabrook. In Seabrook, Ollmann chronicles the trials and tribulations of notorious journalist William Buehler Seabrook: famed member of the Lost Generation known for participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals, and popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. Exposing both the highs and extreme lows of a turbulent life, Ollmann often weaves in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers. This biographical account, however, posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, leaving the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.

This event will take place in, or very near to, The Beguiling’s new space at 319 College Street. See you there!

joeollmann_self2016ABOUT JOE OLLMANN:

Joe Ollmann lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He won the Doug Wright Award for Best Book in 2007.

ABOUT THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK

In the early twentieth century, travel writing represented the desire for the expanding bourgeoisie to experience the exotic cultures of the world past their immediate surroundings. Journalist William Buehler Seabrook was emblematic of this trend – participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals and most notably, popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. A string of his bestselling books show an engaged, sympathetic gentleman hoping to share these strange, hidden delights with the rest of the world. He was willing to go deeper than any outsider had before. But, of course, there was a dark side. Seabrook was a barely functioning alcoholic who was deeply obsessed with bondage and the so-called mystical properties of pain and degradation. His life was a series of traveling highs and drunken lows; climbing on and falling off the wagon again and again. What led the popular and vivid writer to such a sad state?

Cartoonist Joe Ollmann spent seven years researching Seabrook’s life, accessing long neglected archives in order to piece together the peripatetic life of a forgotten American writer. Often weaving in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers, Ollmann posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, and leaves the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.

601 Markham Street Opening Hours Reminder

Hey there, just a quick update and clarification around our stores’ hours.

The Beguiling at 319 College will keep the same store hours as the previous location, meaning they will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11am to 7pm, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-9pm, and Sundays from 12noon to 6pm.

The old location at 601 Markham Street is now closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 11am-7pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 12noon to 6pm on Sundays, until January 28th. Clearance sales on now (details elsewhere on this site).

Little Island Comics is now closed to the public. Some of it’s inventory will move to 601 Markham Street as part of the Clearance Sale, while a great selection of it will be made available at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, in the coming weeks.

Thanks,

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

EVENT JAN 28: Farewell Markham Street Show @ The Beguiling

The Beguiling Moving BLOWOUT Show!
Saturday, January 28th, 2016. 9pm to Midnight
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto
Tickets Required. Details Below.

THE BEGUILING is moving from its longtime home on Markham Street to its new digs at 319 College, so we’re gonna celebrate with a big blowout show on both floors of the old store!

Featuring:
NEW FRIES // https://newfries.bandcamp.com/
CREEP HIGHWAY // https://creephighway.bandcamp.com/
TONKAPUMA // http://www.tonkapuma.com/
MAN MADE HILL // https://manmadehill.bandcamp.com/
TOUGH AGE // https://tough-age.bandcamp.com/
PAUL TJEPKEMA // https://soundcloud.com/paultjepkema
& ITALIAN BOYFRIEND DJing all night!

$10 in advance. FIRST ROUND OF TICKETS SOLD OUT! 20 MORE TICKETS GO ON SALE exclusively at our NEW LOCATION at 319 College Street starting Saturday, January 7th at 11. Limit 2 per person/household/whatever // 20 more tix available at door, $15

DOORS 8:30PM
First Band 9:30PM

Poster by Michael DeForge & Patrick Kyle// SHIRTS featuring the poster available exclusively at the show, limited to 50/ $20

Let’s have a safe time & take care of each other– If anyone is made to feel unsafe, please let a Beguiling staff member know & we will rectify the situation IMMEDIATELY.

xoxoxo

THE BEGUILING – CLEARANCE SALE @ 601 MARKHAM ST. UNTIL JAN 28

From today until January 28th, The Beguiling will be offering a massive selection of comics, graphic novels, books, manga, and more at STEEP (and ever-increasing!) discounted prices in our 601 Markham Street location.

In addition to the sale prices listed below, we have MANY titles featured at even deeper discounts, some as low as a dollar. Look to our Twitter and/or Instagram for sale prices, or heck, just come see them yourself in-store!

CLEARANCE SALE RULES:

  • All listed sale prices are for 601 Markham Street ONLY. 
  • 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.
  • 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 Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • The Beguiling 601 Markham Street’s new store hours are:
    Monday & Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday to Saturday: 11a-7p. Sunday: 12p-6p.
SALE WEEK ONE: JAN 3RD TO JAN 8TH:
50% OFF ALL REGULARLY PRICED ITEMS
 –
SALE WEEK TWO: JAN 11TH TO JAN 15TH:
60% OFF ALL REGULARLY PRICED ITEMS
 –
SALE WEEK THREE: JAN 18TH TO JAN 22ND:
75% OFF ALL REGULARLY PRICED ITEMS
 –
FINAL WEEK: JAN 25TH TO JAN 28TH:
DETAILS TO BE REVEALED!
 –

These are GREAT books that we just won’t have space for in our new location, and we’re making some VERY attractive offers on these books so that we don’t have to move and/or store them somewhere.

The best selection overall is available now, so if you see something you want you might want to pick it up now for 50% off, rather than chancing waiting for it at 75% off and being disappointed!

We will be restocking the store as often as we can, so it’ll be worth your while to drop by every few days to unearth a new treasure!

We are entertaining all sorts of wholesale offers! That means you could show up one day and all of the Marvel trades, or all of the back issues, or who knows what could just be GONE, sold to another comics dealer! Come early, come often!

Buy next year’s Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday gifts NOW! Wasn’t it great giving comics and graphic novels as gifts for the holidays this year? There are seriously hundreds of truly excellent books available at 601 Markham Street right now. Why not pick up a bunch of comics for an incredible discount and do next year’s shopping early?

Final Week Details Will Be Announced Closer To The Date: We’re actually a little worried about selling literally everything before the final week, but if we don’t: don’t worry! We’ll make it worth your while to come back one more time.

Thanks for 30 years of the greatest comics in the world, 1987-2017!
Here’s to 30 more!

THE BEGUILING 601 MARKHAM CLEARANCE SALE

From today until January 28th, The Beguiling will be offering a massive selection of comics, graphic novels, books, manga, and more at STEEP (and ever-increasing!) discounted prices in our 601 Markham Street location.

In addition to the sale prices listed below, we have MANY titles featured at even deeper discounts, some as low as a dollar. Look to our Twitter and/or Instagram for sale prices, or heck, just come see them yourself in-store!

CLEARANCE SALE RULES:

  • All listed sale prices are for 601 Markham Street ONLY. 
  • 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.
  • 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 Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • The Beguiling 601 Markham Street’s new store hours are:
    Monday & Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday to Saturday: 11a-7p. Sunday: 12p-6p.
SALE WEEK ONE: JAN 3RD TO JAN 8TH:
50% OFF ALL REGULARLY PRICED ITEMS
 –
SALE WEEK TWO: JAN 11TH TO JAN 15TH:
60% OFF ALL REGULARLY PRICED ITEMS
 –
SALE WEEK THREE: JAN 18TH TO JAN 22ND:
75% OFF ALL REGULARLY PRICED ITEMS
 –
FINAL WEEK: JAN 25TH TO JAN 28TH:
DETAILS TO BE REVEALED!
 –

These are GREAT books that we just won’t have space for in our new location, and we’re making some VERY attractive offers on these books so that we don’t have to move and/or store them somewhere.

The best selection overall is available now, so if you see something you want you might want to pick it up now for 50% off, rather than chancing waiting for it at 75% off and being disappointed!

We will be restocking the store as often as we can, so it’ll be worth your while to drop by every few days to unearth a new treasure!

We are entertaining all sorts of wholesale offers! That means you could show up one day and all of the Marvel trades, or all of the back issues, or who knows what could just be GONE, sold to another comics dealer! Come early, come often!

Buy next year’s Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday gifts NOW! Wasn’t it great giving comics and graphic novels as gifts for the holidays this year? There are seriously hundreds of truly excellent books available at 601 Markham Street right now. Why not pick up a bunch of comics for an incredible discount and do next year’s shopping early?

Final Week Details Will Be Announced Closer To The Date: We’re actually a little worried about selling literally everything before the final week, but if we don’t: don’t worry! We’ll make it worth your while to come back one more time.

Thanks for 30 years of the greatest comics in the world, 1987-2017!
Here’s to 30 more!

NEW COMICS & COMICS PULLFILES AT 319 COLLEGE STARTING JAN 4TH

Hey everyone! The New Year is upon us and changes are afoot! It’s a good time to remind you as of this Wednesday, January 4th 2017, all new comics, graphic novels, and book product will begin to arrive at and be made available for sale at our new store on 319 College Street. Our store at 601 Markham will be open until January 28th, but will not be receiving any new product, and will just be used for some AMAZING clearance specials (details TBA).

The Beguiling at 319 College Street is only a 10 minute walk from the old store, and can easily be reached by either the College or Spadina streetcar lines! We hope to see you there every new comic book day, starting Wednesday January 4th.

Pullfile Customers:

We know that some of our customers, especially pull file customers, depend on the subway to get their comics.  In order to keep pullfile subscriptions as accessible as possible we’re offering pullfile pick up at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.  Page & Panel is located on the ground floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, just a block North of Bloor Street and the Bloor/Yonge TTC.

If you are a pullfile customer and you want to move your pullfile to Page & Panel, just email chris@beguiling.ca with “Pull File Pickup at Page & Panel” in the subject line and we’ll make sure your new comics get there.  Please do so by Monday, January 2nd. Otherwise, your pullfile will be available at our 319 College Street location starting on the 4th.

If you’ve already let us know where you’d rather pick up your file, thanks! No further action is necessary on your part.

Thanks to everyone, and we hope to see you soon at any one of our locations!

Sincerely,

The staff of The Beguiling

NEW COMICS & COMICS PULLFILES AT 319 COLLEGE STARTING JAN 4TH

Hey everyone! The New Year is upon us and changes are afoot! It’s a good time to remind you as of this Wednesday, January 4th 2017, all new comics, graphic novels, and book product will begin to arrive at and be made available for sale at our new store on 319 College Street. Our store at 601 Markham will be open until January 28th, but will not be receiving any new product, and will just be used for some AMAZING clearance specials (details TBA).

The Beguiling at 319 College Street is only a 10 minute walk from the old store, and can easily be reached by either the College or Spadina streetcar lines! We hope to see you there every new comic book day, starting Wednesday January 4th.

Pullfile Customers:

We know that some of our customers, especially pull file customers, depend on the subway to get their comics.  In order to keep pullfile subscriptions as accessible as possible we’re offering pullfile pick up at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.  Page & Panel is located on the ground floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, just a block North of Bloor Street and the Bloor/Yonge TTC.

If you are a pullfile customer and you want to move your pullfile to Page & Panel, just email chris@beguiling.ca with “Pull File Pickup at Page & Panel” in the subject line and we’ll make sure your new comics get there.  Please do so by Monday, January 2nd. Otherwise, your pullfile will be available at our 319 College Street location starting on the 4th.

If you’ve already let us know where you’d rather pick up your file, thanks! No further action is necessary on your part.

Thanks to everyone, and we hope to see you soon at any one of our locations!

Sincerely,

The staff of The Beguiling