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.

March 30: Humber College Graphic Novel Event

Hey there! This isn’t our event but we thought we’d let you know about it!

Humber College Graphic Novel Event
Featuring Ryan North, Teva Harrison, and Rosena Fung
Thursday, March 30th, 1pm-3pm
@ Humber College North Campus, LRC Building, 3rd Floor Atrium
203 Humber College Blvd, Etobicoke

The Graphic Novel Event will be held on March 30th, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Learning Commons located on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resource Centre at the North Humber Campus.

Acclaimed graphic novelists Ryan North (Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure), Teva Harrison (In-Between Days), and Rosena Fung (comics in the Globe and Mail, The Boston Globe, and more) will be available to interact with the audience, answer questions, and show examples of their work.

For more information Franc Jamieson 416.675.6622×7658 or franc.jamieson@humber.ca

CONTEST: Win passes to an advance screening of WILSON!

It’s coming! The long-awaited film adaptation based on Dan Clowes’ graphic novel WILSON hits theatres next week, March 24th! Here’s what the film is all about:

Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.

But WHAT if you wanna see it at a special advance screening on Monday, March 20th? Well we’ve teamed up with Fox Searchlight to give away seven passes good for two admissions each! Keep reading for details on how you can win.

WIN ONE OF SEVEN DOUBLE-PASSES
TO SEE WILSON ON MARCH 20TH!

To enter to win one of 7 double passes to see a special March 20th Advance screening of WILSON, starring Woody Harrelson,  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 “PEOPLE PERSON” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Friday, March 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 “PEOPLE PERSON” 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 Friday, March 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.
  7. Film is restricted to persons 18 years of age and older. Anyone can enter but not everyone can actually use the tickets if they win, so maybe only enter if you’re over 18? Thanks.

Good luck to all entrants!

Wilson opens in Theatres everywhere March 24th.

 

Uniqlo X The Beguiling in #UniqloMeetsToronto

The Beguiling is proud to team with international fashion retailer Uniqlo to present a unique selection of comics, graphic novels, and merchandise, featuring Toronto creators and works set in and around our fair city at their Toronto Flagship location at The Eaton Centre.

The display and sale is part of Uniqlo’s #UniqloMeetsToronto spotlight on local retailers, and The Beguiling is featured alongside fellow indie retailers Soundscapes, Gravity Pope, and BYOB.

The display will continue through May, and a selection of graphic novels will be rotated through the space during that time. Of course, you’re always welcome to visit us at 319 College Street to see all the greatest graphic novels that Toronto has to offer. 🙂

Our thanks to Uniqlo for setting up this unique retail ‘pop-in.’

Uniqlo X The Beguiling in #UniqloMeetsToronto

The Beguiling is proud to team with international fashion retailer Uniqlo to present a unique selection of comics, graphic novels, and merchandise, featuring Toronto creators and works set in and around our fair city at their Toronto Flagship location at The Eaton Centre.

The display and sale is part of Uniqlo’s #UniqloMeetsToronto spotlight on local retailers, and The Beguiling is featured alongside fellow indie retailers Soundscapes, Gravity Pope, and BYOB.

The display will continue through May, and a selection of graphic novels will be rotated through the space during that time. Of course, you’re always welcome to visit us at 319 College Street to see all the greatest graphic novels that Toronto has to offer. 🙂

Our thanks to Uniqlo for setting up this unique retail ‘pop-in.’

APRIL 5: Gene Yang speaks at Toronto Reference Library

Gene Yang: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Special talk and presentation
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 789 Yonge Street
Wednesday, April 5th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Free to attend

Award winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will appear at the Toronto Reference Library. On January 4, 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and The Children?s Book Council, appointed Gene the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016-2017).

Throughout his career, Gene has advocated for the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy and learning. On April 5, Gene will speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in this Toronto Public Library and Toronto Comic Arts Festival co-presentation.

About Gene Yang:

Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

APRIL 5: Gene Yang speaks at Toronto Reference Library

Gene Yang: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Special talk and presentation
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 789 Yonge Street
Wednesday, April 5th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Free to attend

Award winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will appear at the Toronto Reference Library. On January 4, 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and The Children?s Book Council, appointed Gene the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2016-2017).

Throughout his career, Gene has advocated for the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy and learning. On April 5, Gene will speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in this Toronto Public Library and Toronto Comic Arts Festival co-presentation.

About Gene Yang:

Gene Yang is the cartoonist behind books including the Printz-Award-winning American Born Chinese, as well as The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, and Animal Crackers. He is the co-creator of The Shadow Hero with Sonny Liew, and Secret Coders with Mike Holmes, and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Gene Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MAR 8: Ben Marra @ UofT

Benjamin Marra Talk
Wednesday, March 8th, from 6pm-7pm
at The University of Toronto, Alumni Hall room 400
121 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
Free to attend

Benjamin Marra is the notorious, controversional, and influential comic creator of the comic books Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse, The Incredible Fantastic Adventiures of Maureen Dowd, and most recently, American Blood and Terror Assaulter. Marra has drawn comparisons to mainstrem masters like Paul Gulacy and Jim Steranko, as well as underground comix legends like Crumb and Spain, and even the Beat writers. His art is beyond the cutting edge. His work is in the cut itself.

Marra will speak at U of T as part of their “The Graphic Novel” program.

All are welcome, tickets not required.

CONTEST: Win tickets to see Chicano Batman April 4th!

So there’s this band, Chicano Batman, they’re out of L.A., and the promoters are nice folks who thought that because of the naming connection between them and comics and us, that we might want to give away tix to you folks here on the mailing list for their Toronto show. They’re appearing with 79.5 and SADGIRL at the Velvet Underground on April 4th at 7:30pm. 19+ event!

We gave them a listen and yeah, they’re pretty legit and so we’re giving away tix. You can check out their music yourself at http://chicanobatman.com/, and buy tickets at http://bit.ly/2lPQwr5, or you can keep reading and try to win tickets!

WIN 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to see Chicano Batman on April 4th!

To enter to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to CHICANO BATMAN with 79.5 and SADGIRL at The Velvet Underground April 4th, 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 “EMBRACE CHICANO BATMAN” in the subject line, to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Monday, April 13th, 2017, 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 “EMBRACE CHICANO BATMAN” 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, March 13th, 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.
  7. Concert is 19+. Anyone can enter but not everyone can actually use the tickets if they win, so maybe only enter if you’re over 19? Cool? Cool.

Good luck to all entrants!

FEB 22: Margaret Atwood & Angel Catbird: Saving Birds, Saving Cats @ TPL

Margaret Atwood & Angel Catbird: Saving Birds, Saving Cats
Featuring Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas Launching Angel Catbird Volume 2, with host Mark Askwith
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 @ 7:00PM
@ Toronto Reference Library, Atrium, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend. No tickets required.

Book Sales provided by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas, creators of the graphic novel series Angel Catbird, come together in Toronto to present the launch volume 2 in the graphic novel series, in a wide-ranging interview hosted by Mark Askwith of SPACE.

This event will take place in Toronto Reference Library’s main Atrium. No tickets are required for this event and seating is first-come, first served. Angel Catbird is published in association with conservation charity Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe and Save Birds Lives initiative.

Illustration of Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood, by Johnnie Christmas.