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.

OCT 1: BEN MARRA’S AMERICAN BLOOD LAUNCH / SAMURAI COP (1991) SCREENING

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AMERICAN BLOOD – Book Launch and Film Screening
Featuring author Benjamin Marra
Saturday, October 1st, 7pm-10pm
@ Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George Ave., 1 block south of Bloor St. W.)
Free to attend. 

Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Suspect Video

Born from the crucible of 1980s trash culture and exploitation entertainment and focused like a laser through the prism of Marra’s brain comes this nasty brew of revenge, power, and passion.

American Blood is the new collection from Ben Marra, the definitive assembling of Marra’s most underground (and hardest to find) comics. Containing his provocative debut works including “Gangsta Rap Posse,” “The Naked Heroes,” “Lincoln Washington,” “Ripper,” and “The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd,” the new collection is perhaps more timely than ever as the lines blur ever greater between satire and reality.

American Blood will launch at a special event presented by The Beguiling and Suspect Video, featuring an audio/visual presentation by Ben Marra and a moderated Q&A. The launch will also include a free screening of the trash-cinema classic SAMURAI COP (1991). following the Q&A. Marra’s American Blood will be available for purchase at the event, as will a selection of his back catalogue and original artwork by Marra.

ABOUT BEN MARRA

creator03913-_ql80_ttd_BENJAMIN MARRA received a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University; studied in Florence, Italy; and earned his M.F.A. degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he draws comics and is a designer for MLB Advanced Media.

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OCT 1: BEN MARRA’S AMERICAN BLOOD LAUNCH / SAMURAI COP (1991) SCREENING

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AMERICAN BLOOD – Book Launch and Film Screening
Featuring author Benjamin Marra
Saturday, October 1st, 7pm-10pm
@ Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George Ave., 1 block south of Bloor St. W.)
Free to attend. 

Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Suspect Video

Born from the crucible of 1980s trash culture and exploitation entertainment and focused like a laser through the prism of Marra’s brain comes this nasty brew of revenge, power, and passion.

American Blood is the new collection from Ben Marra, the definitive assembling of Marra’s most underground (and hardest to find) comics. Containing his provocative debut works including “Gangsta Rap Posse,” “The Naked Heroes,” “Lincoln Washington,” “Ripper,” and “The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd,” the new collection is perhaps more timely than ever as the lines blur ever greater between satire and reality.

American Blood will launch at a special event presented by The Beguiling and Suspect Video, featuring an audio/visual presentation by Ben Marra and a moderated Q&A. The launch will also include a free screening of the trash-cinema classic SAMURAI COP (1991). following the Q&A. Marra’s American Blood will be available for purchase at the event, as will a selection of his back catalogue and original artwork by Marra.

ABOUT BEN MARRA

creator03913-_ql80_ttd_BENJAMIN MARRA received a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University; studied in Florence, Italy; and earned his M.F.A. degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York Toronto, where he draws comics.

 

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CONTEST: Win Passes to The Fancy Video Game Party!

Do you like Video Games and cool parties? If you answered “no” I guess you can skip to the next section. If you answered “YES!” though, have we got a treat for you! The Third Annual Hand Eye Society Ball, a.k.a. The Fancy Video Game Party, is THIS SATURDAY, September 24th, from 8pm to 1am, at The Masonic Temple (888 Yonge Street). If you want to guarantee yourself a ticket, we HIGHLY recommend going over and purchasing one right away–it’s an evening of video games, 19+ fun times, and a great building. However, if you’re feeling lucky, read on to enter the contest…

WIN 1 OF 2 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE 2016 HAND EYE SOCIETY BALL

To enter to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to the September 24th, 8pm, Fancy Video Game Party, 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 “MSPACMAN” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 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 “MSPACMAN” and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com
  2. All Entrants MUST be 19 years of age or older, as this event is licensed for alcohol sales.
  3. 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.)
  4. Entries must be received before Friday, September 23rd, 2016, at11am.
  5. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  6. One entry per person/phone number.
  7. 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!

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THE HAND EYE SOCIETY BALL – A Fancy Videogame Party
Saturday, Sept 24 20168pm-1am
@ The Masonic Temple – 888 Yonge St. at Davenport (Bloor/Yonge Station), Toronto
Tickets now available.
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his is a 19+ event. Please bring ID! ***

Event: Jean-Louis Tripp at Alliance Française

BD Author Jean-Louis Tripp Lecture
(French Language Event)
@ L’Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road (North of Bloor)
September 28th, 2016, @ 7:00pm
Free to attend

Jean-Louis Tripp published his first comics strips at 19 years old in Métal Hurlant. His first album, Le Bœuf n’était pas mode (in collaboration with Marc Barcelo) was published in 1978, then was the Futuropolis’s period, from 1982 to 1985. At the same time, he started the publication of Jacques Gallard’s adventures (4 volumes) Parfum d’Afrique, Soviet Zigzag (Angoulême 1987’s media award) Zoulou Blues (Angoulême 1988’s public award) et Afrikaans Baazart. In 1989, he stopped his comics production in order to engage himself in different artistic activities : painting, sculpture, furnitures and mosaic fresco. He came back to drawing though his books for children (Milan), illustration (Flammarion, Presse Pocket, Milan, Elle, Autrement) and storyboards. In 2002, he drew an adaptation of Tronchet’s movie, le Nouveau Jean-Claude, and the adaptation in comics Pizza Warrior (Drugstore). In 2003, he went to Quebec to teach comics at Quebec University and drew Paroles d’Anges (Glénat). He lives in Montréal and, from 2006 to 2014, co-created Magasin général with Régis Loisel (Editions Casterman). Since 2015, he has shared his time between Les Corbières and Montréal.

The meeting will be followed by the screening of the documentary ‘Loisel & Tripp, traits complices,’ by Patrick Foch and Adeline Le Guellaud, 2010 (54 min).

DASH SHAW @ BEGUILING & TIFF SEP 13 – MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

Dash Shaw Signing @ The Beguiling
For “Cosplayers” and “My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea”
Tuesday, September 13th, @ 6:30pm
The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Tickets for TIFF screening here.
Signing is free!

9781606999486-cosplayersThe Beguiling is proud to welcome our long-time pal Dash Shaw, creator of the graphic novels Cosplayers, New School, Body World, and so many more for a very special signing at the shop! See Dash is in town because one of his comics has been turned into a film, and it’s screening at The Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF, from September 11th through the 16th! Hooray!

Here’s where it gets super interesting: The film is screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (around the corner) on Tuesday, September 13, at 4:00pm. So Dash is gonna come by a do a little signing and meet and greet at The Beguiling afterwards, at 6:30pm! Go see the movie (tickets available here) and then come get your books signed, or pick up his new one COSPLAYERS, or just say hi to a great guy who makes great comics (my favourite is BodyWorld, but they’re all good).

The film sounds really great too, check out the synopsis below!

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
Directed by Dash Shaw
USA, 2016, 75m
U.S. Premiere
No matter your age, part of you never outgrows high school, for better or worse. Dash Shaw, known for such celebrated graphic novels as Cosplayers and New School, brings his subjective, dreamlike sense of narrative; his empathy for outsiders and their desire to connect; and his rich, expressive drawing style to his first animated feature. Packed with action but seen from the inside out, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea is about friends overcoming their differences and having each other’s backs in times of crisis, and its marvelously complex characters are voiced by Jason Schwartman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon,  Alex Karpovsky and John Cameron Mitchell. w/ Synopsis courtesy Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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The Secret Path – New from Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire

Hey there folks!

We don’t normally run full press releases here on the blog, but we also know something special when we see it. Today it was announced that Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Jeff Lemire (Essex County) are spearheading a new multimedia project called The Secret Path. A new album, a graphic novel, and an animated film special converge to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, and indigenous boy who died running away from a residential school fifty years ago. This is an important project that will be talked about for years to come.

We’re working with the publisher to ensure we’ll have a substantial number of copies of The Secret Path graphic novel available on release day, October 18th, at both The Beguiling and Page & Panel.  We’re hoping to put something together with Jeff too (though he may be a little busy!). If you would like to pre-order a copy of The Secret Path, e-mail us at mail@beguiling.com with your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Anyway, please click the ‘read more’ and find out about this incredible new project.

Continue reading The Secret Path – New from Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire

October 18th: The Secret Path – New From Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire

Hey there folks!

We don’t normally run full press releases here on the blog, but we also know something special when we see it. Today it was announced that Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Jeff Lemire (Essex County) are spearheading a new multimedia project called The Secret Path. A new album, a graphic novel, and an animated film special converge to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, and indigenous boy who died running away from a residential school fifty years ago. This is an important project that will be talked about for years to come.

We’re working with the publisher to ensure we’ll have a substantial number of copies of The Secret Path graphic novel available on release day, October 18th, at both The Beguiling and Page & Panel.  We’re hoping to put something together with Jeff too (though he may be a little busy!). If you would like to pre-order a copy of The Secret Path, e-mail us at mail@beguiling.com with your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Anyway, please click the ‘read more’ and find out about this incredible new project.

Continue reading October 18th: The Secret Path – New From Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire

NOV17: WENDY’S REVENGE! Book launch with Walter Scott

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WENDY’S REVENGE! Book launch with Walter Scott
Thursday, November 17th, 7pm-9pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham (Final Location TBD)
Free to attend

“Scott takes a snarky scene report, and subtly shades it into an affecting character study — how’s that for art?”
— Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail

wendyWendy’s back and as flustered as ever in Wendy’s Revenge from Koyama Press, the sequel to Walter Scott’s hit art-world satire Wendy. One of our best selling books of the past few years, Wendy’s art school travails struck a hell of a chord here in Toronto, and now we’ve got a whole-nother book of great comics to read and enjoy!

Walter Scott will be on hand to present from the book and sign copies for fans on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 here in Toronto. The final venue is still being worked out, but for now we’re planning on somewhere with a stage and drinks and a fun time, so mark your calendars!

Wendy’s Revenge will be available at the end of October, or the begininning of November, and we’ve just restocked the first volume so come grab yourself a copy!

ABOUT

 

WALTER SCOTT is an artist from Montréal, QC. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt. The eponymous first volume of Wendy was released in 2014 and was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.

OCT13: Sarah Glidden launches ROLLING BLACKOUTS @ TRL

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Sarah Glidden presents from Rolling Blackouts
Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend
Book sales provided by Page & Panel

sarah-glidden-150x185Join cartoonist Sarah Glidden as she discusses her latest graphic nonfiction tour de force: Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. In Rolling Blackouts, Glidden interweaves the experiences of displaced people, the legacy of the War in Iraq, and the origin of the ongoing refugee crisis. Observing and documenting the work of the two journalists she’s shadowing and the former Marine who’s accompanying and assisting them, Glidden’s reportage illustrates a complex situation with pastel-hued clarity and nuance.

Glidden is the author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, which has been translated into five languages. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nib, Ha’aretz, and The Jewish Quarterly, as well as the Best American Comics anthology.

Please note that this event is held in the Atrium of Toronto Reference Library and no tickets are required.

Biography:

Sarah Glidden’s debut book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less landed on several best of the year lists, including Entertainment Weekly, earned a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teen distinction; and won an Ignatz Award. Her comics has appeared in The Guardian, The Nib, Ha’aretz, and The Jewish Quarterly. A graduate of Boston University, she now lives in Seattle.