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.

EVENT: Richard McGuire, author of HERE, in Toronto @ U of T

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We’re quite happy to announce that Richard McGuire, graphic novelist and creator of one of 2014’s greatest books, “HERE”, will be in Toronto on Thursday, February 12th, as part of the Daniels Fora, in a program called @home: Architecture Inside Out, in an event by The University of Toronto and Random House Canada.

Tickets to the event are free, and must be acquired via Eventbrite in order to attend. You can get’em here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-architecture-inside-out-tickets-15403644716

Daniels Fora – @home: Architecture Inside Out
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Free (Tickets Required)

On Thursday, February 12th graphic novelist Richard McGuire, author of the acclaimed book HERE will join Danielle Aubert, co-creator of the book: Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette, Detroit, to discuss the architecture of domesticity, depictions of the home, and how they frame our understanding of the changing ways that our private and public lives play out in the space of the city. Part of the Daniels Fora series, the event — @home: Architecture Inside Out — will explore how the architecture and urbanism that we inhabit is not just the setting for but the narrative subject of human life.

Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and Associate Professor Robert Levit, director of the Daniels Faculty’s Master of Architecture program will moderate.

While conceptions of domestic life and our everyday experiences have been an established focus of modern literature, modern architecture and urbanism have, with few exceptions, remained steadfastly committed to an abstract and conceptual aesthetic. Nevertheless, the sometimes-idiosyncratic way that we occupy our homes and other domesticated spaces can not only inform representations of the built environment, but also influence the way in which we design buildings and cities.

Architects are just beginning to imagine buildings and cities by populating them with people, ephemera, and stories that were deliberately absent a generation ago. Drawing directly on modes of visual description associated with photography, comics, graphic novels, film, painting and historical modes of architecture, the most pioneering work in this area can be found at the boundaries of conventional architectural drawings, narrative description, storytelling, and an expanding repertoire of other media (including digital models, computational language, net-based sound and image archives).

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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

CONTEST: WIN PASSES TO EXCLUSIVE ‘HAPHEAD’ SCREENING 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…

Eyes

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

EVENT: Richard McGuire, author of HERE, in Toronto FEB 12

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We’re quite happy to announce that Richard McGuire, graphic novelist and creator of one of 2014’s greatest books, “HERE”, will be in Toronto on Thursday, February 12th, as part of the Daniels Fora, in a program called @home: Architecture Inside Out, in an event by The University of Toronto and Random House Canada.

Tickets to the event are free, and must be acquired via Eventbrite in order to attend. You can get’em here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-architecture-inside-out-tickets-15403644716

Daniels Fora – @home: Architecture Inside Out
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Free (Tickets Required)

On Thursday, February 12th graphic novelist Richard McGuire, author of the acclaimed book HERE will join Danielle Aubert, co-creator of the book: Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette, Detroit, to discuss the architecture of domesticity, depictions of the home, and how they frame our understanding of the changing ways that our private and public lives play out in the space of the city. Part of the Daniels Fora series, the event — @home: Architecture Inside Out — will explore how the architecture and urbanism that we inhabit is not just the setting for but the narrative subject of human life.

Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and Associate Professor Robert Levit, director of the Daniels Faculty’s Master of Architecture program will moderate.

While conceptions of domestic life and our everyday experiences have been an established focus of modern literature, modern architecture and urbanism have, with few exceptions, remained steadfastly committed to an abstract and conceptual aesthetic. Nevertheless, the sometimes-idiosyncratic way that we occupy our homes and other domesticated spaces can not only inform representations of the built environment, but also influence the way in which we design buildings and cities.

Architects are just beginning to imagine buildings and cities by populating them with people, ephemera, and stories that were deliberately absent a generation ago. Drawing directly on modes of visual description associated with photography, comics, graphic novels, film, painting and historical modes of architecture, the most pioneering work in this area can be found at the boundaries of conventional architectural drawings, narrative description, storytelling, and an expanding repertoire of other media (including digital models, computational language, net-based sound and image archives).

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Sunday: Official rally in solidarity after the terror attacks in France / Rassemblement de solidarité après les attaques terroristes en France

This Sunday, there will be a ‘rally in solidarity’ at Nathan Phillips Square, for the cartoonists, journalists, and police, killed in the recent terror attacks in France.  While this is not our event, we feel it is important to pass along the information. Hopefully it will provide catharsis for a community still very much reeling from a devastating attack. Facebook event is here.

NOT AFRAID! Come to stand up for freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience.

A condolence book will be available on site and officially delivered to the Consulate of France in Toronto

Two minutes of silence will be observed for the French victims of terrorism and hate crimes, killed for being journalists, cartoonists, policemen, Jewish or ordinary citizens.

Don’t hesitate to bring pens, candles, flowers (and music
instruments)

MEME PAS PEUR. Venez défendre les libertés – liberté d’expression, liberté de la presse, liberté de conscience.

Deux minutes de silence seront observées en l’honneur des victimes françaises du terrorisme et de la haine – journalistes, dessinateurs, policiers, juifs ou simples
citoyens.

N’hésitez pas à apporter crayons, bougies, fleurs (et
instruments de musique). Un registre de condoléances sera disponible
sur place.

When: Sunday January 11 @ 2pm
Where: Nathan Philips Square, City Hall (100 Queen Street West)

JAN 10: LUMBERJANES WRITER GRACE ELLIS SIGNING!

The Beguiling & Little Island Comics proudly present

A signing with LUMBERJANES writer Grace Ellis!
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 2pm-4pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics cordially invite you to meet Grace Ellis, writer and co-creator of The Lumberjanes, one of our bestselling titles and one of the greatest new series of 2014! Ellis will be on hand to sign copies of The Lumberjanes at Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst, on Saturday, January 10th, at 2pm. Copies of The Lumberjanes are currently available for sale at Little Island Comics.

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What’s The Lumberjanes all about?

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.

We sincerely love this series, and we’re thrilled to welcome Grace Ellis to Toronto! Hooray!

– Chris

JAN 10: LUMBERJANES WRITER GRACE ELLIS IN-STORE!

The Beguiling & Little Island Comics proudly present

A signing with LUMBERJANES writer Grace Ellis!
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 2pm-4pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics cordially invite you to meet Grace Ellis, writer and co-creator of The Lumberjanes, one of our bestselling titles and one of the greatest new series of 2014! Ellis will be on hand to sign copies of The Lumberjanes at Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst, on Saturday, January 10th, at 2pm. Copies of The Lumberjanes are currently available for sale at Little Island Comics.

lumberjanes_a

What’s The Lumberjanes all about?

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.

We sincerely love this series, and we’re thrilled to welcome Grace Ellis to Toronto! Hooray!

– Chris

Now In Stock! Adventure Time Prints by Matt Forsythe

Do you love Adventure Time? Then you’ll love these very, very limited edition prints featuring Adventure Time characters, by Matthew Forsythe, who worked on Adventure Time! The prints measure 11″ x 17″, and are really awesome! They retail for $30 each, or you can get all 3 for $75. A few of each print are available at The Beguiling, Little Island Comics, and The TCAF Shop…!