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.

FEB 22: Margaret Atwood & Angel Catbird: Saving Birds, Saving Cats @ TPL

Margaret Atwood & Angel Catbird: Saving Birds, Saving Cats
Featuring Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas Launching Angel Catbird Volume 2, with host Mark Askwith
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 @ 7:00PM
@ Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend. No tickets required.

Book Sales provided by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas, creators of the graphic novel series Angel Catbird, come together in Toronto to present the launch volume 2 in the graphic novel series, in a wide-ranging interview hosted by Mark Askwith of SPACE.

This event will take place in Toronto Reference Library’s main Atrium. No tickets are required for this event and seating is first-come, first served. Angel Catbird is published in association with conservation charity Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe and Save Birds Lives initiative.

Illustration of Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood, by Johnnie Christmas.

 

CONTEST: FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE (CO-PRESENTATION)

The Beguiling is proud to co-present FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE, a new documentary about the first African American hired at Disney in 1956 screening at Hot Docs Bloor Cinema on Sunday, February 19th. It looks like a good one, so if you want to guarantee your ticket to the special presentation with the director and a Skype Q&A with Floyd Norman himself, go grab one now. We’ll also be running a contest this week for tickets! Stay tuned.

Doc Soup Sundays: FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE

Pick an influential era of American animation within the last 60 years, and there is a good chance Floyd Norman was there. In 1956, he was the first African American hired at Disney, starting a career that also took him to Hanna-Barbera and Pixar. He was forcibly retired at 65, but his creativity is matched only by his tenacity, so he continues to work out of a vacant cubicle at Disney publishing. “I miss being around the action,” says Norman. “I found an empty office and I moved in. I was probably in violation of some rule or law or whatever, but there I was.” Whether facing racism or ageism, this self-avowed troublemaker never backs down.

Filmmaker Michael Fiore will be in attendance for a Skype Q&A with Floyd Norman.
SUN, FEB 19, 11:00 AM
Details: http://ow.ly/tSS03085Xl6

WIN 1 of 8 DOUBLE-PASSES TO THE EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE!

To enter to win one of 8 double passes for the advance screening of FLOYD NORMAN: AN ANIMATED LIFE on February 19th, all you 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 “ANIMATED LIFE” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, February 13th, 2017, 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 “ANIMATED LIFE” 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, February 13th, 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, etc.

Good luck to all entrants! And yes, you can absolutely enter this contest AND any other contest we have going on at the same time. 

CONTEST: Win Passes to an advance screening of FIST FIGHT

We’ve got another interesting film contest for ya! This time, it’s for an advance screening of FIST FIGHT, a new comedy starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube.

“On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and may end up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.”

The film opens in theatres on February 17th, but if you wanna see it early here’s your chance:

WIN 1 of 3 DOUBLE-PASSES TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF FIST FIGHT!

To enter to win one of 3 double passes for an advance screening of FIST FIGHT, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day on February 15th, all you 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 “FIST FIGHT” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, February 13th, 2017, 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 “FIST FIGHT” 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, February 13th, 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, etc.

Good luck to all entrants! And yes, you can absolutely enter this contest AND any other contest we have going on at the same time. 

CONTEST: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE – WIN ADVANCE SCREENING PASSES

The Beguiling is back in black and yellow and offering 2 advance screening passes to see THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE on February 8th, 2017–2 days before it opens to the public on February 10th!

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Featuring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes.

WIN 1 of 2 DOUBLE-PASSES TO A SPECIAL FEBRUARY 8TH ADVANCE SCREENING OF THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE!

To enter to win one of 2 double passes for the advance screening of THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE February 8th, all you 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 “BACK IN BLACK AND YELLOW” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 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 “BACK IN BLACK AND YELLOW” 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, February 7th, 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, etc.

Good luck to all entrants! And yes, you can absolutely enter this contest AND any other contest we have going on at the same time. 

EVENT: IMAGE COMICS DAY: FEBRUARY 1ST – Signing Featuring J. Bone & Chip Zdarsky

Image Comics Day
With Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara) & J. Bone (The Saviors)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street, Toronto
Free To Attend

Image Comics is turning 25 in February 2017, and they’re celebrating the occasion with a year-long party, kicking-off with Image Comics Day on February 1st! The Beguiling is participating in the party with a special signing event, featuring Image Comics Creators J. Bone (The Savoirs) and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara)!

Chip and J. will join us at The Beguiling, 319 College Street, from 6pm-8pm. We should have lots of special Image Comics goodies on hand, including the new Image Classics books, and discounts and other giveaways from Image Comics and us here at The Beguiling!

So come on our to our new location on February 1st, and celebrate 25 years of Image!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

J. Bone is an Eisner-nominated comics creator living in Toronto, Canada. He is the illustrator and co-creator of The Saviors (with James Robinson) for Image Comics, released in trade paperback in 2016. His other work includes numerous collaborations with the late Darwyn Cooke, including the series DC: The New Frontier, and stints on popular characters including The Rocketeer, The Super-Friends, The Spirit, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Force/X-Statix, and The Justice League, and creator-owned series including The Owl in True Patriot, and Alison Dare for Oni Press (with J. Torres). His first work for Image was actually on the comic Witchblade Animated with writer Paul Dini.

Chip Zdarsky is a multi-talented comics creator living in Toronto, Canada. He is the co-creator and illustrator of the Time Magazine Book Of The Year Sex Criminals (with Matt Fraction), and the co-creator and writer of the series Kaptara (with Kagan McLeod), both from Image Comics. His other work includes writing Jughead for Archie Comics, Howard The Duck and Star-Lord for Marvel Comics, and that comic book where Justin Trudeau met Alpha Flight and Iron Man, which got him on the news (again).

BONUS FUN FACT: Did you know The Beguiling’s Alex Hoffman modeled for characters in both Sex Criminals and in The Saviors? 

THE LAST TWO DAYS OF 601 MARKHAM ST: JAN 23 & 24

FINAL DAYS OF 601 MARKHAM ST.
Monday January 23rd and Tuesday January 24th are your final chances to visit & shop at 601 Markham St.

Moving a store, especially a book store that’s existed at the same location for nearly 25 years, is not a small or easy task, and until now we’ve been a little bit unsure as to when the actual final-day would be at our historic 601 Markham Street location. Well we’ve done the math, seen the progress we’ve made moving, and figured out everyone’s schedules, and we’ve got the date.

If you ever wanted to visit and shop at our historic 601 Markham Street Location, the final two days of 601 Markham Street for shopping will be Monday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 24th. We will be open 11am to 7pm each day. 

The store will have one final event in it on Saturday the 28th (details below), but it is highly unlikely that there will be any comics or books still available for purchase in the space.

FINAL CLEARANCE SALE: 75% OFF!

The discount for our final clearance sale has been increased to 75% off the regular sale price! Sale runs until end-of-business on Tuesday, January 24th.

Hundreds more books have been brought out of storage and been put on sale for as low as $1 each! The rest are 75% off regular price!

 

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.

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!

The Beguiling’s new location at
319 College Street now up and running!

We’re settling into our great new location at 319 College Street and adding more product every day. While it’s not having a clearance sale, it IS getting new comics and trade paperbacks every Wednesday, and some of the great unique and rare items we’re digging out of the warehouse are making an appearance on store shelves there too! Why not come visit us? 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! Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11am to 7pm, 11am until 9pm on Wednesday and Friday, and 12pm-6pm on Sunday.

Thanks for 30 years of support (1987-2017!)
Here’s to 30 more!

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 – Tickets Required! Get your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seth-making-history-in-conversation-with-michael-deforge-tickets-31892076058

Sponsored by The Graduate English Association (GEA) in the Department of English at the University of Toronto is working in collaboration with the Beguiling Books & Art and the Portcupine’s Quill.

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. Hosted by Daniel Marrone, author Forging the Past: Seth and the Art of Memory.

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 – Tickets Required! Get your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seth-making-history-in-conversation-with-michael-deforge-tickets-31892076058

Sponsored by The Graduate English Association (GEA) in the Department of English at the University of Toronto is working in collaboration with the Beguiling Books & Art and the Portcupine’s Quill.

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. Hosted by Daniel Marrone, author Forging the Past: Seth and the Art of Memory.

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