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.

The Beguiling Artstore Welcomes Kate Beaton!

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The Beguiling Artstore is very happy to welcome Kate Beaton as the newest creator whose original art we represent! Beaton has provided us with about a dozen pieces of her original art, including strips from Hark, A Vagrant!, available for sale for the first time!

You can find the selection of Original Artwork for sale at our online art store in the brand new Kate Beaton section, at http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=158.

Kate Beaton’s Hark A Vagrant! is an incredible and incredibly popular web comic, and her work has been collected in the New York Times bestselling Hark, A Vagrant from Drawn & Quarterly, and Never Learn Anything From History from Topatoco.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Lorenzo Mattotti Exhibition on until June 26th

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TCAF may be over, but the brilliant exhibition of original artwork by TCAF Featured Guest Lorenzo Mattotti will continue until June 26th! Drawn from his masterful adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, this exhibition of originals is truly incredible, and we strongly recommend you visit it while it’s still up!  Our thanks to The Istituto Italiano di Cultura for their incredible support.

HANSEL & GRETEL: An exhibit by Lorenzo Mattotti
runs at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St.)
from May 9th through June 26th
Open Mon – Fri: 10:00am. – 1:00pm.; 2:30pm. – 4:30pm.

About Hansel & Gretel: In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story of “Hansel and Gretel” about a brother and sister who must survive abandonment by their parents and being captured by a hungry witch.

In 2007, Mattotti created compelling black-and-white artwork for the fairy tale. While not in the traditional graphic novel format, this illustrated short story alternates between images and words, allowing for full spreads of the artist’s drawings, punctuated by intermittent spreads of text. There is no question that Gaiman is an incredibly gifted wordsmith, and his retelling hearkens back to the Grimms’s original narrative. The most inspirational part of this book is Mattotti’s artwork. Pitch-black India ink is used to great effect, creating dark and terrifying landscapes that threaten to envelop the tiny figures of the children.

About Lorenzo Mattotti: Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. He is a Featured Guest of TCAF 2015, and attends the festival with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Mattotti’s English-language works include Fires and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (from NBM, which won an Eisner Award in 2003) , Murmur (Penguin Books), Chimera (Ignatz/Fantagraphics) and The Raven (Fantagraphics). Mattotti also contributed to the groundbreaking alternative comix anthology RAW, and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker–including many cover illustrations.

In addition to his comics and illustration work, Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly respected multi-disciplinary artists, from reinterpreting reinterpreting the models of the most famous fashion designers for “Vanity” magazine, to designing the title sequences for the film “Eros” by Wong Kar-wai, to directing an animated version of his work in the animation anthology “Fears of the Dark.”

FREE COMICS BOOK DAY! SAT MAY 2, @ The Beguiling, Little Island, and The TCAF Shop!

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Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 2nd, 11am-5pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham St. (Grown-Up Comics)
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St. (Kids Comics)
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St. (TCAF Exhibitors)
Special guests at all three stores, TBA!

The Beguiling, Little Island Comics, and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, are all participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015, on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 11am-5pm. All three comic shops are going to have free comics to give away, both the ones from this year and remainders from previous years as well! We’ll have special guests too! Details TBA.

The Beguiling will be giving away comics intended for an older teen and adult audience, Little Island will be giving away comics for kids and young adult audiences, and Page & Panel will be giving away books where TCAF exhibitors have work in them! You’re welcome to grab between 3-5 books from each location, while supplies last.

cf_cover_finalAs a special note, TCAF and The Beguiling made their own official Free Comic Book Day comic this year. It’s called Comics Festival 2015! It features work (mostly) appearing for the first time in print, by Kate Beaton, Svetlana Chmakova, Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang, Gillian Goerz & Mariko Tamaki, Zac Gorman, Dave Roman, and a cover by Isabelle Arsenault (seen to the right). It’s super great for readers who like good stories, and in particular we wanted to create something that teen girls and boys could enjoy, as those sorts of books tend to be missing from those available at FCBD usually.

112027 cover v2 4C_OK-Proofs.pdfAs an extra special note, The Beguiling overprinted 10,000 copies of Comics Festival with an alternate cover, and is distributing them free to all Toronto Public Library branches for Free Comic Book Day. Neat, huh? Free comics for everyone!

Finally, please remember that this is a holiday designed to get new folks reading comics! If you’re headed out for FCBD, why not bring a friend, a young relative, or someone who’s never read comics before? Get them hooked on the medium!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 9-10!

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015
Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, & Sunday May 10, 11am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
@ The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 80 Bloor St. E.
http://torontocomics.com/
Free to attend

Presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling

Next weekend, it’s the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 400 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centeredat Toronto Reference Library, May 9th and 10th!

For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast, and a special celebration of Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th Anniversary!

Some of the participating artists and exhibitors in TCAF 2015 include:

Sam Alden – Penelope Bagieu – Lynda Barry – Kate Beaton – Andy Belanger – Marc Bell – Sandra Bell-Lundy – Ruben Bolling – Boulet – Chester Brown – Nina Bunjevac – Charles Burns – Becky Cloonan – Conundrum Press – Jordan Crane – Eleanor Davis – Etienne Davodeau – Michael Deforge – Julie Delporte – Julie Doucet – Drawn & Quarterly – Hunt Emmerson – Fantagraphics Books – Ray Fawkes – Jess Fink – Matthew Forsythe – Pascal Girard – Gurihiru – Simon Hanselmann – Dustin Harbin – Matt & Jenni Holm – Kathryn Immonen – Stuart Immonen – Jeph Jacques – Keith Jones – Aya Kanno – Karl Kerschl – Killoffer – Koyama Press – Lucy Knisley – Blaise Larmee – Kate Leth – Ed Luce – Jason Lutes – MASSIVE – Lorenzo Mattotti – Scott McCloud – Ken Niimura – Anders Nilsen – Ryan North – Sydney Padua – John Porcellino – Editions Pow Pow – Ethan Rilly – Jon Rosenberg – Jim Rugg – Seth – R. Sikoryak – Noelle Stevenson – Cameron Stewart – Barbara Stok – Gengoroh Tagame – Babs Tarr – Mariko Tamaki – Jillian Tamaki – Raina Telgemeier – Tin Can Forest – Wowee Zonk – Chip Zdarsky – Jim Zub

…and more than 400 more cartoonists! Plus lots of programming both days:

  • D&Q 25th Anniversary Programming Area, featuring some of the biggest cartoonists in the business in conversation with each other!
  • Two full days of panels, interviews, and readings!
  • Gallery shows featuring Lorenzo Mattotti’s Hansel & Gretel and an amazing show, Comics in Glass, from Finland!
  • This year’s Comics vs. Games exhibition, featuring 20 different indy game makers from around the world!
  • Much, much more!

Tons of guests, exhibitors, programming and events are now online at http://torontocomics.com! Hope to see you there!

TCAF 2015 poster by Pascal Blanchet. On sale now at The Beguiling.

Venue change for Jillian Tamaki Launch: Revival

Due to INCREDIBLE demand, we’re moving our launch event for Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy to REVIVAL BAR, 783 College Street! You may remember Revival from numerous past Beguiling events, including our Battling Boy Launch, and our Tsunami Relief Event. Thanks to Revival for stepping in for this event late! We’re expecting a great crowd, don’t miss out!

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SuperMutant Magic Academy Book Launch
with author Jillian Tamaki, interviewed by Anna Fitzpatrick
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
@ Revival Bar, 783 College Street
Free To Attend
https://www.facebook.com/events/1583560678597190/

Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy hits stores everywhere on Tuesday April 28th, and we are T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D to present the official launch-day event here in Toronto! Jillian Tamaki will be on hand, giving a talk about her work, reading from SuperMutant Magic Academy, and signing books. This is a great opportunity to ask vital questions about variant strains of Dungeons & Dragons, characters’ fates, transgressive performance art, and more.

Join us for this special event, where Jillian will present from the book and be interviewed on stage by Anna Fitzpatrick, writer for The Hairpin, Rookie, and more, at Revival Bar, 783 College Street (at Shaw).

SuperMutant Magic Academy will be on sale at the event. Jillian’s books (with writer Mariko Tamaki) ‘Skim’ and ‘This One Summer’ are available in store now!

About SuperMutant Magic Academy:
SuperMutant Magic Academy paints a teenage world that is moody and ennui-filled but also wry and irreverent: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Wendy, Marsha, Cheddar, Frances, and the other students will be your guides through the D&D games, performance art, unrequited crushes, andspell class tests that are the staples of life at the Academy.

Special thanks to Drawn & Quarterly for helping us set up this event!

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CONTEST & DISCOUNT TIX: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

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Hey there! The fine folks behind the upcoming play, MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY have given us some tickets to give away, and provided a discount code for you to buy tickets just in case you aren’t the lucky type (or need more than 2). We’re pretty happy about this, because one of our employees, Rielle Braid, is featured in the show!

About the show:

From the people who brought Toronto Terminus, Mr. Marmalade, Vitals, Evil Dead: The Musical, and Potted Potter, comes Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.

Two-time Dora Award-Winning Company Outside the March teams up with Starvox Entertainment & Crow’s Theatre to take on both The Simpsons and The Apocalypse in this brand-new immersive experience, staged entirely without the use of electricity.

Front row audience members will get to kick back and watch the end of the world from the comfort of interactive couch seating, and participate in the lighting of the show!

Beguiling customers! Get 35% off the price of tickets with the exclusive code BEGUILING. For tickets, visit http://www.mrburns.ca

WIN ONE OF 3 PAIRS OF RUN-OF-ENGAGEMENT TICKETS TO MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

Want to win one of three pairs of tickets to see the play, good for the entire run from May 9th to May 31st? Here’s what you have to do: 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 “MRSMITHERS” in the subject line to beguilingcontests@gmail.com  before Monday, April 27th, at 10am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on that day.
 
RULES & REGULATIONS:

  • Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “MRSMITHERS”, and must be sent to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com .
  • 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.)
  • Entries must be received before Monday, April 27th, at 10am.
  • Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  • One entry per person/phone number.
  • 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 see SETH’S DOMINION at Hot Docs!

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to partner with the HOT DOCS Festival in presenting Seth’s Dominion, the award-winning Documentary on the life and work of Canadian cartoonist Seth! Directed by Luc Chamberland, and produced by The National Film Board of Canada, Seth’s Dominion has been highly-anticipated by comics fans and makers since it was first announced, and we’re thrilled to be a part of its premiere Toronto screening as part of the Hot Docs Festival.

The film will screen three times as part of the Festival: Friday April 24 @ 8:45pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox; Saturday April 25 @ 1:00pm at The Royal Cinema; Thursday April 30 @ 9:45pm at Scotiabank Theatre. Tickets are now available for all screenings, via the Hot Docs website: http://goo.gl/rJUxdj.

Here’s the description from the Hot Docs Website:

“Memory and how it moulds us rests at the heart of Luc Chamberland’s delightful film Seth’s Dominion, which celebrates the Canadian cartoonist known as Seth. “You’re not aiming for the detail so much as the overall feeling,” Seth says of his artistic process. Through moving animated vignettes that are narrated by Seth himself, the stillness of the comic book page is brought to life as we are given a window into Seth’s inner world. Childhood moments are captured with emotional vividness, while a late night stroll lost in thought is evoked with intimate attention to detail. We also learn of Seth’s manifold side projects, including his 1950s city of Dominion: an idiosyncratic cardboard creation 10 years in the making. Dotted with warm testimony from cartoonist friends Joe Matt and Chester Brown, Seth’s Dominionprovides a thoughtful portrait of a man who, like so many of his comic character creations, wrestles with a present that’s constantly moving into the past. ” – Description by Justin Mah

For more on Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, visit hotdocs.ca

CONTEST: Win passes to see SETH’S DOMIONION!

Okay then! TCAF is sponsoring the screening, and WE are gonna give away a pair of tickets to see the Friday, April 24th, 8:45pm screening! Both Seth and Director Luc Chamberland are going to be in attendance, it’s gonna be a whole thing!

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE SETH’S DOMINION

To enter to win a pair of tickets to see SETH’S DOMINION on Friday, April 28th, at 8:45pm, 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 beguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “KAO-KUK” to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, at 10am. 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 “KAO-KUK”, 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 Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, at 10am.
  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!

APR22: CHIP ZDARSKY & KAGAN MCLEOD SIGN KAPTARA #1

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Kaptara #1 Launch & Signing
With Chip Zdarsky & Kagen McLeod
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1421927258114387/
Free

THE BEGUILING is very proud to present the launch of KAPTARA #1, featuring our good pals Kagan McLeod (he draws it!) and Chip Zdarsky (he writes it!). KAPTARA is the new ongoing Image Comics series by Chip & Kagan, a sci-fi adventure that Chip calls “Like ‘Saga’ but Gay.” (paraphrasing).

Chip and Kagan will join us next-door to the shop at The Central, 603 Markham Street, where they will each have a quick drink, before signing your comics, and entertaining you with stories of its creation, probably!

Kaptara #1 is release to comic stores everywhere on Wednesday April 22nd, but you should probably buy it at The Beguiling Books & Art.

ABOUT KAPTARA:
“A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!”

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APR22: CHIP ZDARSKY & KAGAN McLEOD SIGN KAPTARA #1

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Kaptara #1 Launch & Signing
With Chip Zdarsky & Kagen McLeod
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1421927258114387/
Free

THE BEGUILING is very proud to present the launch of KAPTARA #1, featuring our good pals Kagan McLeod (he draws it!) and Chip Zdarsky (he writes it!). KAPTARA is the new ongoing Image Comics series by Chip & Kagan, a sci-fi adventure that Chip calls “Like ‘Saga’ but Gay.” (paraphrasing).

Chip and Kagan will join us next-door to the shop at The Central, 603 Markham Street, where they will each have a quick drink, before signing your comics, and entertaining you with stories of its creation, probably!

Kaptara #1 is release to comic stores everywhere on Wednesday April 22nd, but you should probably buy it at The Beguiling Books & Art.

ABOUT KAPTARA:
“A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!”

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