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.

Saturday November 18: Local Comic Shop Day @ The Beguiling and Page & Panel

It’s that time once again, as Local Comic Shop Day returns to brighten our store shelves with variants comics and special edition graphic novels.  The fun happens on Saturday, November 17th, from open to close at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, and The Beguiling.

What’s involved? Well, like we said, mostly just limited edition versions of existing work, and for the most part we won’t know until next week sometime how many of each item we’ll be getting. Here’s the full list of items:

LCSD 2017 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK HARD COVER
LCSD 2017 ANIMOSITY THE RISE HARD COVER
LCSD 2017 BATMAN HUSH 15TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HARD COVER
LCSD 2017 BLACK HARD COVER
LCSD 2017 CALEXIT BANDANA
LCSD 2017 CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 SAMNEE VARIANT
LCSD 2017 COMIXTRIBE “THE BLACK BAG” w. SINK #1
LCSD 2017 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS SUICIDE SQUAD #1 (OF 6)
LCSD 2017 MAESTROS #1
LCSD 2017 OPTIMUS PRIME FIRST STRIKE #1
LCSD 2017 PLANET HULK HARD COVER
LCSD 2017 RICK & MORTY TREASURY EDITION
LCSD 2017 ROBOTECH KERSCHL SUPER PACK
LCSD 2017 SABAN POWER RANGERS BLIND BOX
LCSD 2017 SECRET WEAPONS DELUXE EDITION
LCSD 2017 SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & LEGION OF EVIL #1
LCSD 2017 STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1
LCSD 2017 TALES FROM JOHNNY WANDER
LCSD 2017 WWE ROYAL RUMBLE PRINT
LCSD 2017 YOUNG TERRORISTS HC
You can see more info and images about each book at the Local Comic Shop Day website.
Otherwise, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for shopping with and otherwise supporting us and other comic shops year-round…!
– The Beguiling Staff

OCT 11: Queen Street Book Launch w/ Emmanuelle Chateauneuf

Queen Street Book Launch
With author Emmanuelle Chateuneuf
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 6pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to Attend!

Page & Panel is proud to host the launch of the new book QUEEN STREET from Emmanuelle Chateauneuf and Chapterhouse Press. Emmanuelle will be in store on the book’s release day, signing and sketching for fans! Hope to see you there!

ABOUT QUEEN STREET VOLUME ONE: 

Meet Aimee– an overworked junior partner at a prestigious law firm in Manila, Philippines. One storybook romance, four back-to-back flights, and nine years later, in the small of mind but big in spirit town, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, she now lives; still overworked. But as a lower class serial-full-timer and mother to her only child, Melodie– an intelligent and eccentric seven-year-old, whose big personality is only rivaled by her even bigger imagination. Join them and a cast of unlikely characters just as confused and lost, as they stumble blindly for twelve consecutive hours through the beautifully disastrous comedy of Life. Don’t miss this breakout semi-autobiographical slice of life tale from Emmanuelle Chateauneuf, depicting the modern world as seen through the eyes of a woman and a girl, navigating the meanings of family and purpose in the complexities of simply being alive.

Written and Illustrated by Emmanuelle Chateauneuf
96 pages, 6/8 | Black & White

EVENT: Chihiro Takeuchi Book Signing & Art Demonstration

Chihiro Takeuchi Book Signing & Art Demonstration
For her first English-Language Picture Book “Can You Find My Robot’s Arm” from 
Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 6pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend
Chihiro Takeuchi is a renowned paper cut artist living in Osaka, Japan. In 2015 and 2016, Chihiro was part of a select group of artists to exhibit at the prestigious Bologna Book Fair. She has created several books in Japanese, “Can You Find My Robot’s Arm?” is her first children’s picture book in English.
 
In addition to the private workshop that Chihiro is producing for Toronto Public Library, Chihiro will be doing a signing and in-store demonstration of her artistic paper-cut process at Page & Panel on Monday, October 2nd, from 6pm-8pm. All-ages are welcome to attend. Copies of her book “Can You Find My Robot’s Arm?” will be available for sale. 🙂
 
See you there!

SEP10: I KILL GIANTS SIGNING W/ JOE KELLY & KEN NIIMURA #TIFF17

JOE KELLY & KEN NIIMURA SIGNING!
The ‘I Kill Giants’ Team in Toronto for #TIFF17
Sunday, September 10th, 5pm-6:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Free to attend

I KILL GIANTS is the brand new #TIFF17 debuting film based on the graphic novel from the Man Of Action Entertainment imprint of Image Comics, and by the creative team of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura. Tickets are still available for several screenings at the TIFF website.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling are proud to welcome Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura to a special signing event at Page & Panel on Sunday, September 10th, from 5pm-6:30pm. Copies of the I Kill Giants Graphic Novel, and other work by the creators, will be available for sale! As well, a special limited edition I Kill Giants print by Niimura has been produced!

In addition to their collaboration on I Kill Giants, both Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura are known for a number of other huge comics properties, including Joe Kelly’s beloved runs on Deadpool, JLA, and Uncanny X-Men, and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel Henshin and his work on Gotham Academy.

Both creators will be signing copies of all of their work. We are enforcing a limit of five signed items per person.

Tell your friends!

About Man of Action Entertainment/Joe Kelly

Man of Action Entertainment is the bi-coastal writers’ collective behind comic’s largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. The four met while working on Marvel and DC most prized franchises from Superman to X-Men and realized that they were stronger together. Their original creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys’ action franchise for which they’re also executive producing the new iteration, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create/write/executive produce the all new Mega Man  series that debuts on Cartoon Network next year. Man of Action launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action also created the characters and team Big Hero 6, featured in Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature and the only comic book IP to win that award.

In comics, Kelly’s Eisner-nominated I Kill Giants (illustrated by Ken Niimura) received numerous awards and accolades domestically and internationally including the “International Manga Award” in 2012 and was named the one of the “Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the Young Adult Library Services Association upon its release. Now I Kill Giants is in post-production as a feature film with a script by Kelly and produced by Kelly, Man of Action Entertainment, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures, XYZ Films and UMedia. Kelly’s legendary Superman story, Action Comics #775: “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?” was turned into a hit DC Universe 2012 animated film, Superman vs. The Elite, scripted by Kelly. He’s long been credited with revising and revitalizing Deadpool and his creative thumbprint informed the characters, villains and origin story featured in the mega-hit film franchise.

Kelly’s  recent comic book projects  include the dark irreverent comedy, Bad DogFour Eyes, the genre-splicing revenge tale about dragon-fighting in depression-era Manhattan, and BANG!TANGO, a crime noir thriller that is violent, sexy, and perverse while simultaneously an examination of violence, sex, and perversion. Kelly also launched the New York Times Bestseller Spider-Man/Deadpool for Marvel. His MOA/Image series, Kid Savage, debuted in May and was Image’s FCBD selection in 2017.and his Kickstarter-funded short film, Poughkeepsie, debuts this year. Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming live-action feature films and TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown.

If you want to know more about Man of Action, you can follow them at their not-so-secret headquarters Online:  www.ManOfAction.TV Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ManOfActionEnt

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ManOfActionEnt and @JoeKellyMOA

ABOUT KEN NIIMURA

At the crossroads of Japanese, European and American comics, Ken Niimura has developed a dynamic, vibrant and humorous style of his own.

His breakthrough in the industry came with the publication of the acclaimed graphic novel, “I Kill Giants,” earning co-creators illustrator Niimura and writer Joe Kelly nominations for the prestigious Eisner Award and won the International Manga Award in 2012. “I Kill Giants” is now a soon-to-be released feature film.

Niimura is also the author of the short story collection “Henshin,” published originally in Japan by Shogakukan. His new series, “Umami,” is scheduled to launch this fall.

OCT 3: Patrick Kyle and GG – Signing and Book Launch @ The Beguiling

Koyama Press’ Patrick Kyle & GG – Signing & Book Launch
For the new books Everywhere Disappeared and I’m Not Here
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, @ 7:30pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street. Free to attend.

In conjunction with Koyama Press we’re pleased to announce the Toronto launch event for not one but TWO of CBC’s Fall 2017 “Canadian comics and graphic novels we can’t wait for,” Patrick Kyle’s Everywhere Disappeared and GG’s I’m Not Here!

Join us in-store at The Beguiling (319 College St) Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:30PM for a Q&A session followed by a signing with both artists. We’ll have tons of copies of both titles for your purchasing and receiving-signatures-in-said-purchased-copies pleasure (in fact copies are now available in-store!)

More details TBA!

About Patrick Kyle:
Patrick Kyle lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don’t Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.

About “Everywhere Disappeared”:
A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

About GG:
GG lives and works in the small Canadian prairie city where she grew up during the 1980s. In this pre-Internet era, isolated geographically and culturally, drawing and making up stories was the means to connect to something more. It was romantic and lonely. In 2016 she was included in The Best American Comics edited by Roz Chast.

About “I’m Not Here”:
A young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.

OCT 7: Chihiro Takeuchi Paper Cut Workshop

Chihiro Takeuchi in Toronto

Paper Cut Workshop Saturday, October 7, 2pm-4pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge
RSVP Required, details below

Gallery Display October 2nd-8th @ Page & Panel
In-store Appearance on October 2nd @ Page & Panel (Time TBD)

Chihiro Takeuchi is a renowned paper cut artist living in Osaka, Japan. In 2015 and 2016, Chihiro was part of a select group of artists to exhibit at the prestigious Bologna Book Fair. She has created several books in Japanese, “Can You wFind My Robot’s Arm?” is her first children’s picture book in English, out now from Penguin Random House Canada.

Join Chihiro for a paper cut workshop to create your own robot pop-up cards (first half) and mobile (second half). Recommended for ages 10 to adults. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with a parent helper!

Space in this program is limited. Register in advance to guarantee a spot by e-mailing takeuchipapercraft@outlook.com. Drop in spaces may be available if the program is not full.

JUL 26: COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE – Anime @ The Revue

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE: ANIME! AT THE REVUE!
Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
Wednesday, July 26, 6:45PM
Tickets $10-$13
Directed by Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura
Japan 2001 115min. 14A

The fan-favourite returns! A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. “Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept,” wrote Entertainment Weekly upon its release.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!

Advanced tickets available HERE

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE – Anime @ The Revue

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE: ANIME! AT THE REVUE!
Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
Wednesday, July 26, 6:45PM
Tickets $10-$13
Directed by Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura
Japan 2001 115min. 14A

The fan-favourite returns! A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. “Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept,” wrote Entertainment Weekly upon its release.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!

Advanced tickets available HERE

Comic Shop Ladies’ Night at The Beguiling, Saturday July 22!

Comic Shop Ladies Night @ The Beguiling
Saturday, July 22nd, 7pm – 11pm
@ The Beguiling,  319 College St., Toronto
FREE! With a list of your five favourite female comic creators, or maybe five you feel warrant further reading. #CSLNTO

Summer is finally here and so is Comic Shop Ladies Night! Join us at The Beguiling for a special ladies night event in July with comics, coloring, door prizes, snacks, drinks, lotsa ladies and even more fun!

Comic Shop Ladies Night is back in full sun for Summer! This is a ladies only event* where you can embrace your geeky side, share your opinions on movies, TV shows and video games, and discover new comics, as well as new friends! So come spend the evening with other nerdy ladies in a casual environment, surrounded by three of the greatest things ever, comics, merch and food.

This Ladies Night will be held at the new Beguiling location on College St in downtown Toronto. The store has tons of comics, toys and merch and will be open for business all night with special sales just for Ladies Night attendees. We’ll also have amazing door prizes being raffled off all night!

As always, we’ll have a nerdy photo booth and our popular colouring table, so bring your pencils and imagination. Check out pics from past events and share your own using #CSLNTO!

Snacks and beverages will be provided. We’re also pleased to welcome back Muskoka Breweries as our wonderful drink sponsor! (If you’d like to bring snacks to share too that’d be just swell, just make sure we know what’s in them.)

So come on out and enjoy the nice weather chatting and snacking with other great geeky gals. First timers and serial attendees are all welcome, but don’t forget to RSVP get your name entered for the door prizes!

*This event is intended for all women and is emphatically queer and trans friendly! 

** While this location is accessible, we regret that there are not accessible washrooms. 

About The Beguiling 
Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.

CONTEST: Win Passes to see VALERIAN in an advance screening!

VALERIAN! Based on the French BD series ‘Valerian et Laureline’ and now a big-screen sci-fi blockbuster that’s getting surprisingly great reviews! Valerian is in theatres July 21st, but we’ve got advance passes to a special July 19th screening! Keep reading to figure out how you can get them…!

WIN ONE OF 10 DOUBLE-PASSES TO SEE VALERIAN ON JULY 19TH!

To enter to win one of 10 double-passes (good for 2 people!) to see VALERIAN on July 19th, all you need to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of beguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “AND LAURELINE” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, July 17th, at 11am.  We’ll draw and e-mail the winners that day.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “AND LAURELINE” 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 Monday July 17th, 2017, 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.

Good luck to all entrants!

Check out the trailer: