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 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

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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!

 

PRIDE MONTH: Support LGBT Youthline!

June is Pride Month, and this year we’re raising money for the LGBT Youth Line. If you buy a copy of Love is Love from The Beguiling, or Little Heart from Page & Panel, all proceeds will be donated to the LGBT Youth Line. We’ll also be accepting cash donations at each location.

The LGBT Youth Line is a youth to youth phone, email and instant message support service for queer, trans and questioning folks 26 and under in Ontario. For more information, visit youthline.ca!

PRIDE MONTH: Support LGBT Youthline!

June is Pride Month, and this year we’re raising money for the LGBT Youth Line. If you buy a copy of Love is Love from The Beguiling, or Little Heart from Page & Panel, all proceeds will be donated to the LGBT Youth Line. We’ll also be accepting cash donations at each location.

The LGBT Youth Line is a youth to youth phone, email and instant message support service for queer, trans and questioning folks 26 and under in Ontario. For more information, visit youthline.ca!

 

FCBD Update! Jay Baruchel & Kalman Andrasofszky signing @ P&P! Chip Zdarsky signed Spider-Man comics!

Hey there, we’ve got 2 big updates for FCBD!

First up, we’re happy to announce that actor/comedian/writer Jay Baruchel and writer/artist Kalman Andrasofszky will be signing at Page & Panel from 2pm-4pm! Jay and Kalman have the lead story in Chapterhouse’s Captain Canuck Free Comic Book Day issue! You may also know Jay Baruchel from his many film and television appearances, including Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, and This is the End, among many others. So that’s pretty cool! Again, that’s just at P&P, not The Beguiling (this time around…).

Speaking of signed books, Chip Zdarsky, the writer of the all new Spectacular Spider-Man, came in to both shops and signed all of our copies of his story in the Marvel SECRET EMPIRE/SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN free comic book day title! Chip was nice enough to come sign all of our copies even though he’ll be outta town, whatta champ! Thanks, Chip!

We’ve also had some other awesome additions, with Jenn Woodall and Ally Rom Colthoff joining our signings. See you Friday! The full schedule and list of available books is here: http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/sat-may-6-free-comic-book-day/

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

 

SAT MAY 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Free comics, great creator signings, and more!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 11am-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend – Limit 5 Comics Per Person

Update! Page & Panel will now welcome Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) signing from 2pm-4pm!

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are happy to announce that they will be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a day where you can come to either shop and grab a few free comic books, from a special selection of titles that we’ll have available on the day of (list below). And remember, this event is all about introducing new readers to comics, so if you can, bring a friend out, check out the new stores, make a day of it. 🙂

But wait, there’s more! We’re also super lucky to have some great creators who will be signing at both shops on Saturday, doing free sketches for folks and with their own books for sale (and some giveaways too!). Here’s the schedule:

Jason Loo has a new story in the Chapterhouse FCBD book!

The Beguiling

  • 11:00-2:00: Meaghan Carter (Take Off!), Brian McLachlan & Son (Draw Out The Story), Andrew Wheeler (Freelance, Another Castle), and until Jason Loo (Incredible Human-Lizard).
  • 2:00-5:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow

Page & Panel: 

  • 11:00-2:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow! Plus Danny Zabbal (Life, Death, & Sorcery), and Andrew Sebastian Kwan (GEL).
  • 2:00-5:00: Caitlin Major (Space Pyrates), Kelly Bastow (Moosekleenex) & Luke Humphris (Luke at Sea). Just added: Jenn Woodall!
  • SPECIAL: 2:00-4:00: Update! Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) will now be signing the Chapterhouse FCBD special from 2pm-4pm!

See you Saturday, May 6th!

FCBD Header image from Bad Machinery, by John Allison.

Check under the cut to see the list of comics available at both stores for Free Comic Book Day. While supplies last, of course…! This selection may not be available all day…!

Continue reading SAT MAY 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Sat May 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ THE BEGUILING + PAGE & PANEL!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Free comics, great creator signings, and more!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 11am-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend – Limit 5 Comics Per Person

Update! Page & Panel will now welcome Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) signing from 2pm-4pm!

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are happy to announce that they will be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a day where you can come to either shop and grab a few free comic books, from a special selection of titles that we’ll have available on the day of (list below). And remember, this event is all about introducing new readers to comics, so if you can, bring a friend out, check out the new stores, make a day of it. 🙂

But wait, there’s more! We’re also super lucky to have some great creators who will be signing at both shops on Saturday, doing free sketches for folks and with their own books for sale (and some giveaways too!). Here’s the schedule:

Jason Loo has a new story in the Chapterhouse FCBD book!

The Beguiling

  • 11:00-2:00: Meaghan Carter (Take Off!), Brian McLachlan & Son (Draw Out The Story), Andrew Wheeler (Freelance, Another Castle), and until Jason Loo (Incredible Human-Lizard).
  • 2:00-5:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow

Page & Panel: 

  • 11:00-2:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow! Plus Danny Zabbal (Life, Death, & Sorcery), and Andrew Sebastian Kwan (GEL).
  • 2:00-5:00: Caitlin Major (Space Pyrates), Kelly Bastow (Moosekleenex) & Luke Humphris (Luke at Sea). Just added: Jenn Woodall!
  • SPECIAL: 2:00-4:00: Update! Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) will now be signing the Chapterhouse FCBD special from 2pm-4pm!

See you Saturday, May 6th!

FCBD Header image from Bad Machinery, by John Allison.

Check under the cut to see the list of comics available at both stores for Free Comic Book Day. While supplies last, of course…! This selection may not be available all day…!

Continue reading Sat May 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ THE BEGUILING + PAGE & PANEL!