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.

REMINDER: Friends of the Merril Collection Flea Market Sep 12

Friends of the Merril SF/Anime Flea Market – Sept. 12th

Merril-Banner-SnippetThe Friends of the Merril Collection present our annual SF/Anime Flea Market, one-stop shopping for your genre bric-a-brac needs. We’ll have books, comics, DVDs, VHS, collectibles, games, costume supplies, you name it!…

The Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 12th, from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (please note the location).

Admission is FREE!! Come and shop!

If you have items you wish to sell, please contact Donald Simmons at dfs.engineer@gmail.com for table fees. Space must be reserved in advance.

RSVP @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1153303144686282

The Friends of the Merril Collection help support the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy, a public-access Special Collection located in the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Libraries.

Check out the Friends at www.friendsofmerril.org

EVENT: Batman Day! With writers Ray Fawkes & Brenden Fletcher!

Saturday September 26th is BATMAN DAY, and The Beguiling Books & Art and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop are celebrating with two great authors signing in-store!

On Saturday, September 26th, meet Brenden Fletcher, writer of ‘Batgirl,’ ‘Black Canary,’ and ‘Gotham Academy,’ and Ray Fawkes, writer of ‘Gotham by Midnight’ and ‘Batman Eternal,’ at BOTH The Beguiling and Page & Panel!

At Both Stores: We’ll be offering an all-day 10% off sale on all in-stock Batman and Batman-related comic books and graphic novels. Batman Day goodies will be available at both stores.

1:00pm-2:30pm: THE BEGUILING will host Ray Fawkes and Brenden Fletcher at 601 Markham Street! As a special bonus, from 1pm-3pm The Beguiling will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

3pm-4:30pm: PAGE & PANEL will host Fawkes and Fletcher at 789 Yonge Street! As a special bonus, from 3pm-5pm Page & Panel will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

So we’ll see you Saturday, September 26th for Batman Day!

EVENT: Batman Day! With writers Ray Fawkes & Brenden Fletcher!

Saturday September 26th is BATMAN DAY, and The Beguiling Books & Art and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop are celebrating with two great authors signing in-store!

On Saturday, September 26th, meet Brenden Fletcher, writer of ‘Batgirl,’ ‘Black Canary,’ and ‘Gotham Academy,’ and Ray Fawkes, writer of ‘Gotham by Midnight’ and ‘Batman Eternal,’ at BOTH The Beguiling and Page & Panel!

At Both Stores: We’ll be offering an all-day 10% off sale on all in-stock Batman and Batman-related comic books and graphic novels. Batman Day goodies will be available at both stores.

1:00pm-2:30pm: THE BEGUILING will host Ray Fawkes and Brenden Fletcher at 601 Markham Street! As a special bonus, from 1pm-3pm The Beguiling will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

3pm-4:30pm: PAGE & PANEL will host Fawkes and Fletcher at 789 Yonge Street! As a special bonus, from 3pm-5pm Page & Panel will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

So we’ll see you Saturday, September 26th for Batman Day!

EVENT: MS. MARVEL ARTIST SIGNING! WITH ADRIAN ALPHONA, TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, & IAN HERRING

MS. MARVEL ARTIST SIGNING!
Featuring Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, & Ian Herring
Wednesday, September 16th, 4pm-6pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street
FREE

20898019Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling Books & Art are proud to welcome the art team of smash-hit comic series MS. MARVEL to Page & Panel on Wednesday, September 16th, from 4pm-6pm!

This is a very rare event indeed! In addition to Ms. Marvel series artist and character designer Adrian Alphona (Runaways), and series colourist Ian Herring, we’re welcoming Ms. Marvel‘s other regular artist Takeshi Miyazawa all the way from Tokyo, Japan, for this very special event!

Copies of many issues of Ms. Marvel, as well as trade paperbacks, and the newly released hardcover edition will be available for sale at the event…!

This is a slightly early event, starting at 4pm and going to 6pm, so make plans if you gotta! And we’ll see you on the 16th!

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EVENT: MS. MARVEL SIGNING WITH ADRIAN ALPHONA, TAKESHI MIYAZAWA, & IAN HERRING

MS. MARVEL ARTIST SIGNING!
Featuring Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, & Ian Herring
Wednesday, September 16th, 4pm-6pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street
FREE

20898019Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling Books & Art are proud to welcome the art team of smash-hit comic series MS. MARVEL to Page & Panel on Wednesday, September 16th, from 4pm-6pm!

This is a very rare event indeed! In addition to Ms. Marvel series artist and character designer Adrian Alphona (Runaways), and series colourist Ian Herring, we’re welcoming Ms. Marvel‘s other regular artist Takeshi Miyazawa all the way from Tokyo, Japan, for this very special event!

Copies of many issues of Ms. Marvel, as well as trade paperbacks, and the newly released hardcover edition will be available for sale at the event…!

This is a slightly early event, starting at 4pm and going to 6pm, so make plans if you gotta! And we’ll see you on the 16th!

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Friday! EVENT: DAVE ROSS’ FIGURE DRAWING BOOK LAUNCH & FREE DRAWING CLASS!

Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators
Book Launch & Free Drawing Class with Author/Artist Dave Ross
Friday, August 14th, 2015, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
FREE

9780385346238 (1)Veteran artist David H. Ross comes to Page and Panel: The TCAF Shop to launch his new book: Freehand Figure Drawing For Illustrators! Perfect for the beginner just starting to learn their craft, and the working artist needing to draw figures without the reference point of a model, the book takes you through Ross’ techniques for learning to draw figures quickly, covering topics including posture, motion and the difference between male and female physique.

At 7pm, join us in Toronto Reference Library’s Beeton Auditorium for a FREE drawing class led by David Ross himself, featuring lessons from the new books, alongside a slideshow and Q&A session.

At 8pm, we’re moving to Page & Panel (just across the Atrium) to hang out with Ross, grab a copy of his book and get it signed!

ABOUT DAVID H. ROSS: David H. Ross is a comics veteran who has had numerous works published by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse, as well as other great comic publishers. He has run comics and illustration workshops for many years, and is co-coordinator and instructor of a 3-year Sequential Arts Diploma program at the Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design in Toronto.

Fight Club 2 Scratch & Sniff Bookmarks Now Available! Enter the contest!

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Hey folks! We finally got our FIght Club 2 Scratch & Sniff Bookmarks in! They’re now available at the store, and we threw one in each pullfile subscriber’s bin just to make sure the hardcore fans got them.

Once you have the bookmark you can head to http://joinprojectmayhem.com/contest/ and enter a contest to win a bunch of Fight Club 2 swag. Neat, eh?

Oh, and Fight Club 2, issues #1-3 by Chuck Palahniuk &Cameron Stewart, are currently available at the store. As is the disembodied bloody arm, signed by Chuck Palahniuk.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

EVENT! TONIGHT! SKULLKICKERS #100 SIGNING w/ JIM ZUB

TONIGHT: Jim Zub signs Skullkickers #100
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Free to attend

Hey! Sorry for the late notice! But we were thinking that since TODAY is the release of THE LAST ISSUE OF SKULLKICKERS, and that SKULLKICKERS #1 was launched at The Beguiling almost five years ago, that it might be nice to mark the occasion!

Skullkickers writer Jim Zub is gonna swing by from 6:30pm-8:30pm to hang out and sign copies of SKULLKICKERS #100, released today. Or Wayward, Figment, Conan/Red Sonja, Samurai Jack, or whatever else you want him to sign.

Come say hi if you can!

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Event: Kate Beaton Launches ‘Step Aside, Pops!’ @ Toronto Reference Library

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Kate Beaton in Conversation
for the release of Step Aside, Pops
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015, 6pm-8:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
FREE, Tickets available starting August 25th

https://www.facebook.com/events/465113477000184/

stepasidepops_300dpiThe New York Times bestselling creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant presents its fantastically feminist follow up, Step Aside, Pops. With National Post’s Books Editor Emily M. Keeler.

This event ins produced by the good folks at Toronto Reference Library and The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop will be on hand with copies of all of Kate Beaton’s books for sale both in shop and at the event as official bookseller! Hooray!

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Free tickets become available online August 25th, 2015 at this link:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kate-beaton-tickets-17528868317

Ticket Holders: Doors open at 6 pm. Please join us for a cash bar reception starting at 6 pm. As most Appel Salon events are free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. Ticket holder lineups for sold out events begin as early as 4pm.

Room Capacity: Based on fire code regulations the Appel Salon can accommodate seating for 458 in the main room. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Additional overflow seating as well as standing room is available in the adjoining room.

Rush Seats: A limited number of rush seats will be made available on the day of the event, beginning at 6 pm. Rush seat ticket holders are not guaranteed admittance and will be admitted into the event at 6:50 pm if seats are available. Unclaimed reservations will be released to customers in the rush seat lineup 10 minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

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EVENT: Kean Soo Launches MARCH GRAND PRIX at Little Island

MARCH GRAND PRIX Book Launch Event
With author Kean Soo!
Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 1pm-3pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

https://www.facebook.com/events/864617526957621/

61qxFxeU9aL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Little Island Comics is thrilled to welcome author Kean Soo, creator of the Jellaby series of graphic novels, to launch his brand new all-ages graphic novel MARCH GRAND PRIX: THE FAST AND THE FURRIEST!

March Hare wants to be the fastest and furriest racecar driver around. But first, this rabbit racer will have to prove his skill at the speedway, on the streets, and in the desert. With pedal-to-the-metal illustrations and full-throttle action, March is sure to be a winner!

Kean Soo will be visiting Little Island Comics on Saturday, August 15th, and you’re invited to join him to celebrate the release of the new graphic novel! Kean will be drawing and signing for fans in what is sure to be a hoot! 😀

See you there!