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.

CONTEST: Win passes to GEMMA BOVERY

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Did you miss your chance to see ‘Gemma Bovery,’ the new film based on the graphic novel of the same name by Posy Simmonds, at this year’s TIFF? You’re in luck! It’s opening tonight, December 5th, and running for at least the next week. We’ve got passes to give away good for the run of engagement, starting Monday.

Peter rather liked this one, by the by. Some really strong acting and fun stuff with language and accents that felt very authentic. He recommends it. Fun Fact: Simmonds’ most recent book, Tamara Drewe, was also made into a film in 2010, and the same actress plays the titular character in both films!

WIN ONE OF 5 DOUBLE PASSES TO SEE GEMMA BOVERY

To enter to win one of five double passes to see GEMMA BOVERY good at participating theatres during its run of engagement, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-right corner of thebeguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “POSY” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, December 8th, at 10am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on that day.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “POSY”, 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, December 8th, at 10am.
  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!

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TCAF OPENS RETAIL POP-UP SHOP @ TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to introduce

THE TCAF POP-UP SHOP @ TPL

at Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada, M4W 2G8
E-mail: store@torontocomics.com
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

http://torontocomics.com/store

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3 @ 6PM
OPENING NIGHT AND ‘JUST THE TIPS’ BOOK LAUNCH
FEATURING AUTHOR CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS)

TORONTO, Canada – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand new TCAF Pop-Up Shop @ TPL! Located inside Toronto Reference Library (where TCAF is held annually), The TCAF Shop will offer a taste of the Festival spirit this holiday season–a boutique showcase for the very best comics, graphic novels, and goods by Canadian and international cartoonists! All purchases directly benefit the not-for-profit Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

The TCAF Pop-Up Shop will open with a spectacular event, the book launch for the new comedy sex-advice book Just The Tips, with author Chip Zdarsky (recently profiled in the Globe & Mail!). The event and shop opening will take place December 3rd at 6pm, opening regularly for business the next day. We sincerely hope to see you there!

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ABOUT Just The Tips BOOK LAUNCH

Just in time for the holidays, Chip Zdarsky launches Just The Tips, a humorous sexual advice guide by the creators of Time Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013, Sex Criminals. Recently profiled in The Globe & Mail, Zdarsky will sign copies and present from the book in The TCAF Pop-Up Shop’s first ever in-store event, Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, from 6pm-8pm.

More info at:

http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/dec-3-just-the-tips-book-launch-with-chip-zdarsky/
https://www.facebook.com/events/357957584385193/

ABOUT TCAF

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is an annual festival celebrating comic art and its creators, occurring annually in Toronto, Canada. Featuring over 400 artists from 19 countries, and 22,000 attendees across Festival events in 2014, the festival is the premiere showcase for independent comics art in North America. It is a not-for-profit festival, presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art. www.torontocomics.com

MEDIA

Please direct all media inquiries to store@torontocomics.com to speak with TCAF Pop-Up Shop runners Miles Baker, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, and Christopher Butcher.

The Beguiling Books & Art Owner and TCAF Co-Founder Peter Birkemoe can be reached at 416-533-9168.

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EVENT: TCAF Announces Pop-Up Retail Shop @ Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to introduce

THE TCAF POP-UP SHOP @ TPL

at Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada, M4W 2G8
E-mail: store@torontocomics.com
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
http://torontocomics.com/store

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3 @ 6PM
OPENING NIGHT AND ‘JUST THE TIPS’ BOOK LAUNCH
FEATURING AUTHOR CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS)

TORONTO, Canada – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand new TCAF Pop-Up Shop @ TPL! Located inside Toronto Reference Library (where TCAF is held annually), The TCAF Shop will offer a taste of the Festival spirit this holiday season–a boutique showcase for the very best comics, graphic novels, and goods by Canadian and international cartoonists! All purchases directly benefit the not-for-profit Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

The TCAF Pop-Up Shop will open with a spectacular event, the book launch for the new comedy sex-advice book Just The Tips, with author Chip Zdarsky (recently profiled in the Globe & Mail!). The event and shop opening will take place December 3rd at 6pm, opening regularly for business the next day. We sincerely hope to see you there!

ABOUT Just The Tips BOOK LAUNCH

Just in time for the holidays, Chip Zdarsky launches Just The Tips, a humorous sexual advice guide by the creators of Time Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013, Sex Criminals. Recently profiled in The Globe & Mail, Zdarsky will sign copies and present from the book in The TCAF Pop-Up Shop’s first ever in-store event, Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, from 6pm-8pm.

More info at:

http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/dec-3-just-the-tips-book-launch-with-chip-zdarsky/
https://www.facebook.com/events/357957584385193/

ABOUT TCAF

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is an annual festival celebrating comic art and its creators, occurring annually in Toronto, Canada. Featuring over 400 artists from 19 countries, and 22,000 attendees across Festival events in 2014, the festival is the premiere showcase for independent comics art in North America. It is a not-for-profit festival, presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art. www.torontocomics.com

MEDIA

Please direct all media inquiries to store@torontocomics.com to speak with TCAF Pop-Up Shop runners Miles Baker, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, and Christopher Butcher.

The Beguiling Books & Art Owner and TCAF Co-Founder Peter Birkemoe can be reached at 416-533-9168.

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Event: Jason Loo ‘Pitiful Human-Lizard’ Talk
@ U of T

Jason Loo Talk – The Pitiful Human Lizard
Tuesday, December 2nd, 4pm-5pm
@ U of T, MC102, The Mechanical Engineering Building, 5 King’s College Road
Andrew Lesk talk on Loo’s work @ 3:15pm, same place
Free, Open to the Public

humanlizardHead over to U of T Tuesday, for a discussion by and about Jason Loo, creator of The Pitiful Human Lizard. This is a free event, and all are welcome.  For more info contact Andrew Lesk,  andrew.lesk@utoronto.ca.

Jason Loo is a Writer/Artist/Letterer/Layout in comic book publishing, most recently the force behind The Pitiful Human-Lizard. He illustrates children’s books, magazines, newspapers, and graphic fiction, and has been featured in web, print, and radio and television.

Shop The Neighbourhood November 29th – 20% Off Comics & Graphic Novels Sale!

The Beguiling is proud to be participating in The Yellow Pages’ SHOP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD promotion on Saturday, November 29th, 2014.

As part of the promotion, we will be having a special, one-day sale, where we will be offering a 20% discount off of the regular price of all in-print comic books and graphic novels, with the exception of items released in November, 2014! Pretty good, eh? Sale prices are in-store only, no rain-cheques.

Thanks,

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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Lecture: Twelve-Cent Archie: America’s Most Iconic Teenagers in Comics, with Bart Beaty! DEC 8

Twelve-Cent Archie: America’s Most Iconic Teenagers in Comics
Lecture with Bart Beaty
Monday, December 8, 5pm-7pm
@ MLC Gallery, 111 Gerrard Street East, Ground Floor
Free, RSVP Required

12centarchie_tinyComics academic Bart Beaty will speak about his discoveries on comics figure Archie at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Monday, December 85-7 PM. The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Location: MLC Gallery, 111 Gerrard Street East, Ground Floor.

For more information about the event, contact bpostema@ryerson.ca
To RSVP, contact: admin@mlc.ryerson.ca | 416-979-5000 ext. 7668

Beaty’s book Twelve-Cent Archie will be published early next year by Rutger’s University Press. Bart Beaty is a professor at the University of Calgary, in the Department of English. A renowned comics scholar, he has written several books, including Fredric Wertham and Critique of Mass Culture, Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s, and Comics Versus Art.

This event is hosted by the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre and sponsored by the English Department and the Faculty of Arts through a Special Events Grant.

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DEC 3: Just The Tips: Book Launch with Chip Zdarsky – NOW AT TCAF SHOP!

Just The Tips: A Sexual Guide from the Creators of Sex Criminals
Book Launch Event, with Chip Zdarsky
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 6pm-8pm
EVENT MOVED! NOW @ The TCAF Pop-Up Shop,
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/357957584385193/

Just in time for the holidays, Chip Zdarsky and The Beguiling Proudly/Ashamedly team to bring you a book launch for the item that will be on all sexy peoples’ wish lists: Just The Tips: A sexual guide by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, authors of Sex Criminals.

What is ‘brimping’? Or ‘Dutch microwaving’? And what is sexy (hint: butt stuff)? All of these questions and many more will be answered in a beautiful little hardcover book for just $12.99. Probably a bunch of questions in there you never thought of, and answers you could’ve done without knowing. Look, it’s a mixed bag, but so’s sex, right? Or is that just for me….?

So, seriously, block out your evening, Wednesday, December 3rd, and come see Chip and get this excellent little slice of heaven, which he will mark-up for you in ways you probably weren’t prepared for. Christmas!

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DEC 3: Just The Tips: Book Launch with Chip Zdarsky – NOW AT TCAF SHOP

Just The Tips: A Sexual Guide from the Creators of Sex Criminals
Book Launch Event, with Chip Zdarsky
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 6pm-8pm
EVENT MOVED: NOW @ TCAF POP-UP SHOP
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.!
FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/357957584385193/

Just in time for the holidays, Chip Zdarsky and The Beguiling Proudly/Ashamedly team to bring you a book launch for the item that will be on all sexy peoples’ wish lists: Just The Tips: A sexual guide by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, authors of Sex Criminals.

What is ‘brimping’? Or ‘Dutch microwaving’? And what is sexy (hint: butt stuff)? All of these questions and many more will be answered in a beautiful little hardcover book for just $12.99. Probably a bunch of questions in there you never thought of, and answers you could’ve done without knowing. Look, it’s a mixed bag, but so’s sex, right? Or is that just for me….?

So, seriously, block out your evening, Wednesday, December 3rd, and come see Chip and get this excellent little slice of heaven, which he will mark-up for you in ways you probably weren’t prepared for. Christmas!

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Nathalie Atkinson (Globe & Mail) to interview Jill Lepore at The Secret History Of Wonder Woman Event December 11

nathalie-headshotThe Beguiling is proud to welcome arts writer, film critic, and Globe & Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson as the special guest interviewer for our event, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, with author Jill Lepore. Atkinson will delve into the incredible revelations in Lepore’s exciting new work of comics history, in what is sure to be an exciting event!

As a reminder, this event is now Thursday, December 11th, moved from its original date of one day earlier. Full information about the event below!

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Toronto Book Talk with author Jill Lepore
Interviewed by The Globe & Mail’s Nathalie Atkinson

Thursday, December 11th, 2014, @ 7PM
@ The Merril Collection, 239 College Street (Inside the Lillian H. Smith Library)
Free to attend

Sponsored by The Friends of The  Merril Collection, The Beguiling, and Random House Canada

secrethistoryofwonderwomanThe Beguiling, The Friends of the Merril Collection, and Random House Canada, are proud to present author Jill Lepore, who will discuss her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman in Toronto! Lepore will speak on the book, and be interviewed by The Globe & Mail’s Nathalie Atkinson, at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, December 11 in the Merril Collection reading room, on the 3rd floor of the Lillian Smith branch at 7PM.

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EVENT: Fred Van Lente, Writer of Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited, In-Store Nov 28

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Writer Fred Van Lente – Autograph Session
Featuring the Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited App
Friday, November 28, 4pm-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend

The Beguiling and Gameloft are happy to welcome Fred Van Lente, Marvel Comics & Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited Game Writer, to the shop for a special event! Van Lente will be on hand to sign copies of his books from 4pm-6pm! As a special bonus, the folks from game studio Gameloft will have demo units of the Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited game available to try, which, not-at-all-coincidentally, Fred Van Lente wrote the script for! It’s gonna be a unique event for us, and we’re looking forward to it!

About the author:
Fred Van Lente is the author the Marvel Comics titles Marvel Zombies 3 (and on), Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Power Man and Iron Fist, and much more. His current series include Archer & Armstrong for Valiant, and Howtoons for Image. He has also created the historical comics series’ Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics, both self-published.

Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited is available now for Android and iDevices.