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.

JULY 30: Midnight Magic! Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Release Party!

Midnight Magic! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party!
Saturday, July 30th, 2016. 11:30pm-12:30am
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend, Tickets Required
Tickets available July 7th, 9am: Click Here

Presented by Toronto Public Library, with Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

Celebrate the release of the eighth story and Harry Potter’s birthday! Countdown to midnight with magical activities and live entertainment. Witches, wizards and muggles are welcome, and magical attire is encouraged! Free the house elves by bringing a pair of new, unworn socks to donate to local homeless shelters.

Borrow the book or purchase your own copy from Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop while supplies last!

Enter a draw for a chance to win prizes. Light refreshments will be served.

Ages 9 and up. Free tickets available on July 7th at 9 a.m. Limit two tickets per library customer.

More information: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT253203&R=EVT253203

For inquiries, please call 416-393-7131.

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FIOR – Manuele Fior Exhibition Closes Thursday!

The very last exhibition from this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) closes on Thursday! But hosts the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are throwing a reception this Wednesday night!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St, Toronto
Free admission
Infoline: 416-921-3802 ext. 221

You’re invited to a closing reception for the exhibition FIOR. Join us for a last tour with food, drinks, and music! The Fior exhibition that opened on May 13, 2016 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, features 30 original illustrations from Italian and French newspapers, and 12 original illustrations from graphic novel “5000 KM per second” (2016, Fantagraphics) by Italian comic artist and illustrator Manuele Fior.

Born in Cesena in 1975. After getting a degree in architecture (Venice, 2000), he moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as a cartoonist, illustrator and architect. In 1994 he won the first prize at “Bienal do Juvenes Criadores do Mediteraneo,” Lisbon – comics. His collaboration with the German Avant-Verlag publisher Began in 2001 with the Plaque magazine, Which brings together a wide range of Italian authors, among them Mattotti, Igort, and Giandelli. Since then he began an intense work on comic short stories written by his brother Daniel, which appeared in Black, Bile Noire, Stripburger, Forresten, and Osmosa. He published the graphic novels Cinq Mille Kilomètres Par Seconde – Atrabile 2010 (Fauve d’Or – Meilleur Album – Festival International de Angoulême in 2011, Grand Guinigi Prize – Author Unico, Lucca 2010), Mademoiselle Else – Delcourt 2009 (Prix de la ville de Genève 2009), Icarus – Atrabile 2006 (Prix A. Micheluzzi Meilleur Dessin, Comicon 2006), Les Gens Le Dimanche – Atrabile 2004.
He collaborates with his illustrations for The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Feltrinelli, Einaudi, La Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore, Edizioni EL, Fabbri, International, Il Manifesto, Rolling Stone Magazine, Les Inrocks, Nathan, Bayard, Far East Festival.
Manuele lives in Paris.

http://torontocomics.com/exhibitors/manuele-fior/

JUL 7: DOUBLE BILL! Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 – Beguiling Anime @ The Revue

Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 Screening
@ The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvailles
Thursday, July 7th, 2016 
7PM: Evangelion 1.11, 9PM: Evangelion 2.22
Tickets $13 each or both for $24
Buy tickets online at Eventbrite

The Beguiling’s popular monthly anime series at the Revue kicks it up a notch in July with a double bill of Evangelion 1.11 and Evangelion 2.22! Doors open at 6:00PM – come meet fellow anime fans and check out The Beguiling’s awesome merch table! Prizes will be raffled before each film! Both films will be presented in Japanese w/ English subtitles. Buy the double pass and save on admission! Last month’s screening of AKIRA sold out long before the screening, so don’t miss out!

7:00PM: Evangelion: 1.11 You Are [Not] Alone
JAPAN 2007 98min. PG
Directed by Masayuki & Kazuya Tsurumaki

The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements.

Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.

Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind’s battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight – Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity’s survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.

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9:00PM: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance
JAPAN 2009 112 min. PG
Directed by Masayuki & Kazuya Tsurumaki

Brutal mechanized action explodes on a grand scale as towering cyborg gladiators – the Eva Units – fight for the fate of the world in Evangelion: 2.22.

In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens – but will they be able to save themselves?

NEW SAMMY HARKHAM ARTWORK IN THE ART STORE

Fresh from his appearance at The Beguiling last week, we’re happy to say we have a great selection of new artwork by Sammy Harkham in The Beguiling’s Original Art Store!

You can see all of Sammy’s artwork here:
http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=39

And you can see the new pieces in the “General” section here:
http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=39_111

The recently added pages include:

Kramers Ergot #5 – Alexander the Greatest Page 01, 02
Crickets #2 – Title Page
Crickets #4 – Page 20, 33, 36, 39
Crickets #5 – Pages 15, 18, 32
Elisha – Pages 01, 02

Sammy Harkham is best known as editor and contributor to the groundbreaking Kramers Ergot series of comics anthologies, as well as for his self-published series Crickets, which is also pretty-darned excellent.  Head over and check out all of his artwork now!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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NEW SHINTARO KAGO ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE: TRACT

The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce that we are now selling pages from Shintaro Kago’s TCAF-debuting graphic novel TRACT in our artstore! The pages can be seen at http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=82.

We have made available 28 pages from chapters 2 and 3 of TRACT, the title page of each chapter plus 13 interior pages from each. As TRACT is an entirely wordless work, the pages tell a story all on their own and are perfect for framing. This is Shintaro Kago’s first full-colour manga, and first entirely wordless manga, making these pages a true rarity. Please note: Many of these pages are very graphically violent. Maybe that’s not for you?

The Beguiling would like to thank artist Shintaro Kago, and TRACT publisher Hollow Press, for their assistance with these art sales. For more info on Hollow Press, visit http://hollow-press.net/collections/shintaro-kago.

ABOUT SHINTARO KAGO and TRACT

TRACT is a 64 page wordless graphic novella that features Shintaro Kago’s trademark combinations of formalist experimentation, 21st century anxiety, body modification, and erotic grotesquery. Not for the faint of heart, Kago’s work has been lauded internationally for its uncompromising takes on sexuality and modern culture. Darkly humourous and often unsettling, Kago’s “fashionable paranoia” drags the dark underground of contemporary society into the light for all to see. Published by Hollow Press.

ABOUT THE BEGUILING ORIGINAL ART

The Beguiling is Canada’s premiere retailer of comics, graphic novels, and original comics art. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. Visit The Beguiling online at http://www.beguiling.ca.

Artists with original art represented by The Beguiling include: Jessica Abel, Rafael Albuquerque, Ho Che Anderson, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Marc Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Eddie Campbell, Genevieve Castree, Ben Catmul, Scott Chantler, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, Farel Dalrymple, Vanessa Davis,  Kim Deitch, Ray Fawkes, Brandon Graham, Sammy Harkham, David Heatley, Kevin Huizenga, Chris Hutsul, Jesse Jacobs, Jason,  Shintaro Kago, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Jason Little, Jason Lutes, Matt Madden, Benjamin Marra, Kagan McLeod, Anders Nilsen, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagilati, Brian Ralph, Ron Rege Jr., Graham Roumieu, Seth, Jay Stephens, Jillian Tamaki, Peter Thompson, Maurice Vellekoop, Steve Weissman, Zach Worton, and Chip Zdarsky.

NEW SHINTARO KAGO ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE: TRACT

The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce that we are now selling pages from Shintaro Kago’s TCAF-debuting graphic novel TRACT in our artstore! The pages can be seen at http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=82.

We have made available 28 pages from chapters 2 and 3 of TRACT, the title page of each chapter plus 13 interior pages from each. As TRACT is an entirely wordless work, the pages tell a story all on their own and are perfect for framing. This is Shintaro Kago’s first full-colour manga, and first entirely wordless manga, making these pages a true rarity. Please note: Many of these pages are very graphically violent. Maybe that’s not for you?

The Beguiling would like to thank artist Shintaro Kago, and TRACT publisher Hollow Press, for their assistance with these art sales. For more info on Hollow Press, visit http://hollow-press.net/collections/shintaro-kago.

ABOUT SHINTARO KAGO and TRACT

TRACT is a 64 page wordless graphic novella that features Shintaro Kago’s trademark combinations of formalist experimentation, 21st century anxiety, body modification, and erotic grotesquery. Not for the faint of heart, Kago’s work has been lauded internationally for its uncompromising takes on sexuality and modern culture. Darkly humourous and often unsettling, Kago’s “fashionable paranoia” drags the dark underground of contemporary society into the light for all to see. Published by Hollow Press.

ABOUT THE BEGUILING ORIGINAL ART

The Beguiling is Canada’s premiere retailer of comics, graphic novels, and original comics art. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. Visit The Beguiling online at http://www.beguiling.ca.

Artists with original art represented by The Beguiling include: Jessica Abel, Rafael Albuquerque, Ho Che Anderson, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Marc Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Eddie Campbell, Genevieve Castree, Ben Catmul, Scott Chantler, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, Farel Dalrymple, Vanessa Davis,  Kim Deitch, Ray Fawkes, Brandon Graham, Sammy Harkham, David Heatley, Kevin Huizenga, Chris Hutsul, Jesse Jacobs, Jason,  Shintaro Kago, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Jason Little, Jason Lutes, Matt Madden, Benjamin Marra, Kagan McLeod, Anders Nilsen, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagilati, Brian Ralph, Ron Rege Jr., Graham Roumieu, Seth, Jay Stephens, Jillian Tamaki, Peter Thompson, Maurice Vellekoop, Steve Weissman, Zach Worton, and Chip Zdarsky.

 

A quick note…

Hey everyone,

It’s been a really rough week and weekend. I’m personally pretty upset about Orlando, and I know a bunch of our staff are as well. We’re all trying to work through it the best we can, and one of the ways I personally do that is doubling down on the good stuff that we do, like creating, facilitating, and promoting great art. I don’t always feel like it’s enough, but it’s what I can do right now.

So: We’ve still got a lot going on, we’re gonna keep doing cool stuff, but we didn’t want to let this tragedy go unobserved. I hope we all have a happy, resilient, and loud Pride month.

We’ve also got some cool Pride displays at Little Island and Page & Panel, and the deepest selection of queer graphic novels in the city at The Beguiling. Hope you can check’em out.

– Chris @ The Beguiling
(Header image by Jiraiya, remixed by Terrell Davis, for Massive)

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Window Display @ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

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Kids Book & Comic Pride Display @ Little Island Comics

CONTEST: Win A Festival Pass or Screening TIX for The Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
June 9th-23rd, 2016
@ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
PARASYTE Screening June 18th, 7pm
PARASYTE 2 Screening June 21st, 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.

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival has provided a bunch of great tickets to give away to the festival!

  • One (1) person will win a DELUXE FESTIVAL PASS, good for 10 film screenings for the run of the festival!
  • Three (3) people will win a pair of tickets for Parasyte on Saturday, June 18, and Parasyte 2, on Thursday July 21st, based on the manga!

Here’s how to win:

HOW TO WIN EITHER A FESTIVAL PASS, or 1 OF 3 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE PARASYTE & PARASYTE 2

To enter to win the festival pass or one of 3 pairs of tickets to see the exclusive screenings of PARASYTE on Saturday June 18th and PARASYTE 2 onThursday July 21st, 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 “IWAAKI” to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Thursday, June 16th, 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 “IWAAKI” 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 Thursday, June 16th, 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!

THURSDAY: Kat Verhoeven’s BEFORE THE SNOWS COME Launch

(Hey there! This isn’t our event but Kat is great, check out her book launch! It’s a 10 minute walk from the shop, just north of Christie Pits!)

Before The Snows Come – Book Launch
@ Scout & Cash Cafe, 146 Christie Street (North of Christie Pits)
Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Free to attend
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The official book launch for Kat Verhoeven’s new comic Before the Snows Come! The book will be available for purchase + signing, and the author will be answering questions and just like, hanging out. Come talk comics! Beers, vegan snacks, wine good coffee, good company!

About the book:
Before the Snows Come is a book of experimental and isolated comics by Verhoeven, exploring themes of loneliness, independance and nihilism through the vehicle of the city cyclist. Told in poetic vignettes, this company of stories paints a full picture.
38 pages, risographed in blue.
13$

About the venue:
Scout & Cash has been super kind in not only providing a workspace in their cafe in the last months, but they are donating the venue for the launch! Please be generous in purchasing drinks and in tipping ♥