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.

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!

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July 11: Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: LAUNCH w/ Jonny Sun

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too Book Launch
Featuring creator Jonny Sun and interviewer Anne T Donahue
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library Atrium
Free to attend

Internet sensation Jonny Sun has made a book! It wasn’t quite out yet at TCAF, but that didn’t stop hundreds of fans from visiting him at the show! Well now the book IS out, and Jonny is coming back to Toronto to launch it!

Join Jonny Sun for a special on-stage presentation and interview with writer Anne T. Donahue, on Tuesday, July  11th, at 7pm in Toronto Reference Library’s Atrium. Jonny will present from his new book Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. A signing will follow.

Books will be sold at the event courtesy of Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!

 

July 11: Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: LAUNCH w/ Jonny Sun

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too Book Launch
Featuring creator Jonny Sun and interviewer Anne T. Donahue
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library Atrium
Free to attend

Internet sensation Jonny Sun has made a book! It wasn’t quite out yet at TCAF, but that didn’t stop hundreds of fans from visiting him at the show! Well now the book IS out, and Jonny is coming back to Toronto to launch it!

Join Jonny Sun for a special on-stage presentation and interview with Anne T. Donahue on Tuesday, July  11th, at 7pm in Toronto Reference Library’s Atrium. Jonny will present from his new book Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. A signing will follow.

Books will be sold at the event courtesy of Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!

Toronto Public Library seeking Comic/Graphic Artist In Residence – Apply by July 14th

The Toronto Public Library contacted us to let us know that they are seeking a Comic/Graphic Artist-In-Residence for their Young Voices program…! This sounds pretty exciting, and could be a great fit for a working comic artist. Details are in the attached PDF, and a text version is included under the cut below.

YV comic artist in residence 2017

Continue reading Toronto Public Library seeking Comic/Graphic Artist In Residence – Apply by July 14th

JUNE 16: I AM A HERO – Movie Screening at TJFF

I AM A HERO – MOVIE SCREENING
Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 7:30PM
At The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
Tickets $12

Part of The Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are proud once again to help support The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, presented by The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. This year, we will be the screening partners for I AM A HERO, based on the excellent manga by Kengo Hanazawa, currently being released by Dark Horse! The sole screening will take place Friday, June 16th, 2017, at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available!

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is always filled with great films, many of them with their origins in popular manga. This year the two that really stand out to me are Midnight Diner, and This Corner of the World.

In Midnight Diner, four different but related short stories are told through visits to a small Japanese ‘diner’ and the somewhat mysterious cook and owner. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this one already and I liked it a lot, it was really well-crafted, and contemporary, and you could feel the depth of story that being adapted from manga brought to the page. This movie was also so successful in Japan that it has already spawned a sequel (maybe two!), and been continued on Netflix as Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, which you can watch even in Canada ;). Check it out.

I wanted to mention In This Corner of the World because it was also adapted from a bestselling manga by Fumiyo Kono, but also because of a connection it has to another important animated movie. In This Corner of the World is about a young woman in Kure, in the south of Japan, who is married to a Navy Officer in the Japanese military. Her life is radically changed when the war and the intense shelling and bombing comes to Kure. What you might not know is that the powerful Studio Ghibli film Grave of the Fireflies is also set in and around the Kure region of Japan, in roughly the same time period, and that will inevitibly make these two films interesting companions going forward. I’m looking forward to seeing In This Corner of the World a great deal now.

The full program for The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is online now at http://jccc.on.ca/tjff/films/, and we hope you get a chance to get out and see some great movies.

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

 

JUNE 15: ZEROWAVE BOOK LAUNCH @ PAGE & PANEL

ZEROWAVE Book Launch
With Author Chris Eng
Thursday, June 15th, 7pm-9pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1313421292087045/

Celebrate the release of new punk/K-pop queer romance novel, ZeroWave, at Page & Panel in the Toronto Reference Library with a reading by author Chris Eng and maybe some K-pop talk. Okay, probably some K-pop talk. Look, he talks about K-pop a lot – we can pretty much guarantee some K-pop talk. Anyway, join him, won’t you?

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Kettle’s got a lot on her mind. There’s the usual – stupid stuff at home, crappy job, even crappier boyfriend, and then there’s a couple of other things, too. Like the realization that she’s not so into that four-chord, two-minute, hard-driving punk scene, and that just maybe 12 really pretty boys as they sing some pretty shiny pop is more her thing. And maybe – just maybe – that the hot girl with the tattoos and the pretty shiny life might just be more her thing, too.

ZeroWave, the second Hoodieripper punk romance from writer Chris Eng, is set against the dueling, fervent fandoms of DIY punk and the glossy, complicated world of K-Pop. A sexy, thoughtful love letter to being an outsider in a scene of outsiders, ZeroWave is about finding the courage to find yourself – and your ultimate bias.

JUNE 6: AKIRA Screening & Contest

AKIRA: Screening at The Revue Cinema
Thursday, June 8, 6:45pm
@ The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvailles
Tix $13/$10 Members
Buy online at: revuecinema.eventbrite.ca

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are proud to sponsor AKIRA, subtitled (for real this time!) at the Revue Cinema on Thursday, June 6th. This masterpiece of animation needs to be seen on the big screen, particularly before Hollywood comes in and messes it up, so run, don’t walk, to the Revue this Thursday.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/anime-at-the-revue-akira-on-the-big-screen-tickets-34251445997 or at the door if it doesn’t sell out in advance.

Or, you can try to win tickets below. Keep reading:

WIN ONE OF TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS
TO SEE AKIRA JUNE 6!

 

To enter to win one of 2 pairs of tickets to see AKIRA on June 6th, 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 “TETSUO!!!” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Wednesday, June 5th, 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 “TETSUO!!!” (with all three exclamation points) 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 Wednesday, June 5th, 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!