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.

WEDNESDAY: Life, Death, and Sorcery #1 Comic Signing

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LIFE, DEATH, AND SORCERY #1
Book Launch & Signing with Danny Zabbal
Wednesday, May 29th, 5pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.
https://www.facebook.com/events/103600293387175/

Join us at Page & Panel for the launch of the first issue of LIFE, DEATH AND SORCERY, the latest monthly release from Canadian publisher Chapterhouse Comics (also known for Captain Canuck and The Human-Lizard). Series creator Danny Zabbal will be here for a special signing until 8pm. Stop by, say hello, grab a copy, and enjoy!

About LIFE, DEATH AND SORCERY: Follow the story of Amelia, Coco and Winnie, three sisters that run away from home and embark on an amazing adventure. Drama, humor, and magic await in what Bleeding Cool calls “legitimately one of the best books of the year!”

 

 

DC Rebirth #1 Midnight Launch This Tuesday at 11:45pm

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DC Rebirth #1 Midnight Launch
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free

Hey there! The DC Universe is REBIRTHING and you’re invited! We’re not gonna spoil it for you, but it sounds like the EIGHTY PAGE REBIRTH #1 is absolutely insane, and it’s only $3 for the first week (Canadian Cover Price thereafter), so if you are or were a DC fan you’re probably gonna want to check this out.

But wait! We’ll be having a 25% off sale on all in-print DC Comics and Graphic Novels, and a 52% off sale on DC Comics in the Back Issue Bins at The Beguiling (52%, get it?) (Does Not Include “Wall Books”).

And honestly, with the internet the way it is, if you don’t come pick up DC Rebirth #1 when it goes on sale at our store(s) at midnight someone will probably spoil it for you. Heck, 50/50 someone already has. Hurry to the shop this Tuesday night!

– @ PAGE & PANEL and THE BEGUILING
– DOORS at 11:45PM TUESDAY
– 25% OFF IN-PRINT DC COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
– 52% OFF DC BACK-ISSUES AT THE BEGUILING

DC Rebirth #1 Midnight Launch This Tuesday at 11:45pm

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DC Rebirth #1 Midnight Launch
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free

Hey there! The DC Universe is REBIRTHING and you’re invited! We’re not gonna spoil it for you, but it sounds like the EIGHTY PAGE REBIRTH #1 is absolutely insane, and it’s only $3 for the first week (Canadian Cover Price thereafter), so if you are or were a DC fan you’re probably gonna want to check this out.

But wait! We’ll be having a 25% off sale on all in-print DC Comics and Graphic Novels, and a 52% off sale on DC Comics in the Back Issue Bins at The Beguiling (52%, get it?) (Does Not Include “Wall Books”).

And honestly, with the internet the way it is, if you don’t come pick up DC Rebirth #1 when it goes on sale at our store(s) at midnight someone will probably spoil it for you. Heck, 50/50 someone already has. Hurry to the shop this Tuesday night!

– @ PAGE & PANEL and THE BEGUILING
– DOORS at 11:45PM TUESDAY
– 25% OFF IN-PRINT DC COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
– 52% OFF DC BACK-ISSUES AT THE BEGUILING

CONTEST: WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE TORONTO PREMIER OF LEWIS KLAHR’S “SIXTY SIX”

SIXTY SIX
A film by Lewis Klahr
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. Doors @ 6:30, Screening @ 7PM
@ Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue 
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Presented by Cinema Scope Magazine, the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, and The Beguiling Books & Art

In the feature-length collage film Sixty Six, Lewis Klahr pastes together an oblique and ominous narrative from scraps of 1960s printed ephemera (comic books, glossy magazines, advertisements), classical music, and Greek mythology. More than a decade in the making, Klahr’s densely constructed magnum opus is “one of the finest cinematic achievements of the year” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times),” and is the cover feature of the latest issue of Cinema Scope (the aptly numbered #66).

Named one of the top five experimental filmmakers of the 2000s by Film Comment, Lewis Klahr is a Los Angeles-based artist and Guggenheim Fellow who has been hand-making films since 1977. Specializing in collage, he has exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Biennial, and his work has been purchased by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where Sixty Six debuted in December.

HOW TO WIN 1 OF 3 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE SIXTY-SIX

To enter to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to see the exclusive screening of SIXTY SIX on Tuesday, May 24th, 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 “SIXTYSIX” to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, May 23rd, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners early that day.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “SIXTYSIX”, 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, May 23rd, 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!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

The Beguiling Proudly Supports The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, June 9-23

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
June 9th-23rd, 2016
@ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
PARASYTE Screening June 18th, 7pm
More info at: http://jccc.on.ca/tjff/

Now in its fifth year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. Held annually at The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Festival will screen two dozen films this June.

The Beguiling will be presenting the screening of PARASYTE, based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki and currently published by Kodansha Comics. That screening takes place on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, at 7pm @ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center.

But wait there’s more! We’ll be organizing a free ticket give-away the first week of June EXCLUSIVE to our mailing list, so sign up today in the upper right corner of this site!

Even more! The Beguiling will also be coming on board to present the second Parasyte movie on July 21st! Stay tuned for details!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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Page & Panel: Comic Shop Ladies Night June 18th

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Comic Shop Ladies Night
Saturday, June 18th, 2016
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street. 7pm-11pm

Comic Shop Ladies Night is a quarterly social, community building and networking event, and their June event will take place at Page & Panel!

We invite all female-identifying comic book fans to come out and share you love of comics, games, shows, books, movies & pop culture! We look forward to seeing old faces and new ones, catching up on projects and pursuits, and relaxing together with awesome nerdy women!

Page & Panel is located on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Enter off of Yonge Street, just north of the main library entrance.

Note from The Beguiling: Hey folks! We’ve been asked a bunch about hosting a Ladies Night event at The Beguiling, following on some of the great events that have been happening at comic shops around North America. Well our pals over at Page & Panel are working with the Ladies Night Social Group to host just such an event! We hope that some of the many folks who’ve been hoping for such an event with us will swing by P&P, which is an absolutely great space for an event like this thanks to it being accessible, with access to washrooms and centrally located at Yonge & Bloor.

AKIRA: The Beguiling Anime @ The Revue June 2nd

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AKIRA
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. 7pm
@ The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door

One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.

Doors open at 6:30. Come early and check out Page & Panel’s merch table, and be sure to grab a raffle ticket on your way in – our sponsors have fantastic prizes to give away!

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Tickets available at akirarevue.eventbrite.ca.

AKIRA: The Beguiling Anime @ The Revue June 2nd

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AKIRA
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. 7pm
@ The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door

One of the best-known examples of contemporary Japanese animation, this cyberpunk adventure takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo. A teen-age boy is exposed to a mysterious energy source and develops telekinetic powers that place him at the center of a conflict that may destroy the world.

Doors open at 6:30. Come early and check out Page & Panel’s merch table, and be sure to grab a raffle ticket on your way in – our sponsors have fantastic prizes to give away!

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Tickets available at akirarevue.eventbrite.ca.

 

TCAF Went Well!

Another year has come and gone, and TCAF 2016 was a rousing success. As usual, The Beguiling has acquired a smattering of great minis, comics, books, and other ephemera from the assembled exhibitors. Drop by over the next week or two as we unpack these treasures to our first floor shelves.

Also of note, the two TCAF 2016 posters are now available for purchase in store. $10 each.

– Chris

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SATURDAY MAY 7TH! CREATOR SIGNING, SALE, AND MORE!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
The Beguiling, 601 Markham St., 12pm-6pm
Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St., 12pm-6pm
Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St., 9am-5pm
w/ Special Creator Signing @ P&P

Come one, come all to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016! All three stores are going to be participating in the event this year and each will be offering a different selection of the available comics! In addition, all three stores will be offering  a sale of 10% off all in-print comics and graphic novels all day Saturday! 

At The Beguiling and Little Island Comics, the event will start at 12pm. The Beguiling will be set-up out in front of the store, and they’ll mostly be offering comics for grown-ups and bestsellers at the shop. Little Island will be set up inside the store, and will be offering all-ages friendly books. The rain-out location for the event is inside Litttle Island for all titles. There will be a limit on the number of titles at each store, TBD on the day of the event!

At Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, the event will start at the store’s open at 9am! They’ll They’ll have a broad selection of titles based on TCAF exhibitors and creator owned books. IN ADDITION, Page & Panel will welcome Dylan Burnett, artist of the new Boom Studios book WEAVERS #1 for an in-store signing from 9am until at least noon! Come meet Dylan, buy a copy of WEAVERS #1, get it signed, get a sketch!

Here’s a list of books that may be available at each store:

loveandrocketsAt The Beguiling: Archie #1, BOOM Studios Summer Blast, Dark Horse Serenity Hellboy Aliens, Suicide Squad #1, Camp Midnight, ROM: Space Knight, Avengers/Civil War II, Valiant 4001AD Special, MOONCOP!, Lady Mechanika, We Can Never Go Home / Young Terrorists, CBLDF: Defend Comics!, Bruce Lee Dragon Rises, Love & Rockets, Grant Morrison’s Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness, Attack On Titan, Captain America, The Tick, 2000AD Special, MARCH, Street Fighter V Special, Z2 Comics Lab, and ONE PUNCH MAN!!!. Plus comics from previous editions of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Limit 5 Books Per Person. 

dreamjumperAt Little Island: Archie, Bongo Comics (Simpsons!), Boom Studios Summer Blast, Bob’s Burgers, Camp Midnight, ROM, Perfect Square Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, CBLDF: Defend Comics! Legend of Korra/How To Train Your Fragon, DC Superhero Girls, SCIENCE COMICS! (First Second), Dream Jumper (Graphix), Strawberry Shortcake, Captain America, Hilda & The Stone Forest, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, Sanjay & Craig / Harvey Beaks, MARCH, Spongebob Squarepants, One Punch Man / My Hero Academia, Z2 Comics Lab, Plus comics from previous editions of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Limit 5 Books Per Person. 

sciencecomicsAt Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop: Archie, Bongo Comics, Boom Studios Summer Blast, Serenity/Hellboy/Aliens, DC Comics Gold, Bob’s Burgers, Camp Midnight, ROM Space Knight, Avengers, Doctor Who, Valiant 4001 AD, VIZ Perfect Square Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, Lady Mechanika, We Can Never Go Home / Young Terrorists, CBLDF: Defend Comics, Legend of Korra/How To Train Your Dragon, DC Super Hero Girls, MOONCOP!, Grumpy Cat, Love & Rockets, Science Comics, Grant Morrison’s Avatarex, Graphix: Dream Jumper, Attack on Titan Anthology, Captain America, The Tick, Hilda & The Stone Forest, Junior Braves of the Apocalupse, MARCH, Street Fighter V Special, Spongebob, VIZ One Punch Man, Z2 Comics Lab. Plus comics from previous editions of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Limit 5 Books Per Person. 

Alright! So we’ll see you this Saturday, May 7th, at Page & Panel, The Beguiling, and Little Island Comics for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

ABOUT WEAVERS #1

WEAVERS #1
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Dylan Burnett

What’s to Love: From The Godfather to The Sopranos, organized crime stories have always fascinated us. Weavers is a macabre story with a twist on the familiar drama of dons, capos, and made men, mixing in supernatural elements that only writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Cry Havoc) can think up. It’s perfect for fans of Day Men or Scalped!

What It Is: Sid, a young man with nothing going for himself, becomes an unlikely new addition to The Weavers, a brutal, East Coast crime family whose members are bound to loyalty thanks to the supernatural spider inside each one of them, granting them powerful—and often grotesque—abilities. Once he realizes what he’s capable of, Sid sets out to pursue his own secret agenda, counter to the group’s objectives. But he doesn’t have much time—the longer the spider is inside him, the more loyal he becomes to The Weavers…
32pgs, FC (1 of 6) US$3.99