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Hi! I'm Jarrett Evan Samson, currently the events and social media manager at The Beguiling, along with lots of other things that we all just naturally do. Uh, that's all? Hello.

FEB 15: BACK ISSUE BASEMENT KARAOKE WITH MICHAEL DEFORGE & GINETTE LAPALME!

We’ve been talking about this for a long time but we decided to finally pull the trigger!
On Saturday, February 15 come on out to The Beguiling, then descend into the back issue basement for the first installment of The Beguiling’s BACK ISSUE BASEMENT KARAOKE!
Come on out and have a grand ol’ (early) evening as hosts MICHAEL DEFORGE and GINETTE LAPALME put in your requests and queue up the hits! And all the while, our back issue basement will be open and available to browse and buy from!
Things kick off around 7:00 and we’ll keep singing until 11pm! We can’t wait!

TONY MEERS “RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY” GALLERY SHOW & CONTEST!

Right now, in our gallery, we have a very special show leading up to Valentine’s Day: TONY MEERS— RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY. During his forty-year career Toronto artist TONY MEERS was a prolific commercial illustrator, with this selection of paintings from the 1980s and 1990s representing only a fraction of the hundreds of romance novel covers he produced.

All of the displayed pieces and more are ON SALE in-store for only $120, with $20 from every sale donated to Supporting Our Youth Toronto.

Plus, we’re holding a contest where you can WIN AN ORIGINAL PAINTING BY TONY MEERS! How, you ask? Well here’s how!

– Simply share an image from our Retroromancer art show on Twitter or Instagram! To win, you must follow and tag @TheBeguiling and use the hashtag #Retromancer. Winner will be chosen at random February 13th!

– Come up with an alternate title or a plot description based on one of the pieces! Share it and tag us on Instagram or Twitter and the staff will choose a winner February 14th! Just as before, you must be following and tag us (@TheBeguiling) and use the hashtag #Retromancer!

Thanks so much to Tony for allowing us to display his work, and swing on by and check it out! Seeing it all in display in the gallery is truly a sight to behold.

TONY MEERS “RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY” GALLERY SHOW & CONTEST!

Right now, in our gallery, we have a very special show leading up to Valentine’s Day: TONY MEERS— RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY. During his forty-year career Toronto artist TONY MEERS was a prolific commercial illustrator, with this selection of paintings from the 1980s and 1990s representing only a fraction of the hundreds of romance novel covers he produced.

All of the displayed pieces and more are ON SALE in-store for only $120, with $20 from every sale donated to Supporting Our Youth Toronto.

Plus, we’re holding a contest where you can WIN AN ORIGINAL PAINTING BY TONY MEERS! How, you ask? Well here’s how!

– Simply share an image from our Retroromancer art show on Twitter or Instagram! To win, you must follow and tag @TheBeguiling and use the hashtag #Retromancer. Winner will be chosen at random February 13th!

– Come up with an alternate title or a plot description based on one of the pieces! Share it and tag us on Instagram or Twitter and the staff will choose a winner February 14th! Just as before, you must be following and tag us (@TheBeguiling) and use the hashtag #Retromancer!

Thanks so much to Tony for allowing us to display his work, and swing on by and check it out! Seeing it all in display in the gallery is truly a sight to behold.

BOXING WEEK SALES AT THE BEGUILING, LITTLE ISLAND AND PAGE & PANEL!

BOXING DAY GROUND RULES

  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment!
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item to any customer for any reason.  We probably won’t do this, but this is a straightforward disclaimer in case there’s any dispute about what is or isn’t on sale.
  • Out-of-print items (books/comics/etc.) are generally marked as such and exempt from sale pricing. Determination of ‘out of print’ is at The Beguiling’s sole discretion. Ask at the counter if you’re unsure!
  • Anything put on hold prior to Boxing Day is entirely exempt from sale pricing.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales. (So if we already have a special price on something, it’s THAT price. You can ask, but be prepared to most likely hear this answer again)
  • “Regular Price” is determined as ‘Whatever the book would sell for not on Boxing Day’, whether that’s Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • ALL Items released in December 2019 or later are not eligible for sale. Determination for eligibility will be made at the cash register, at our sole discretion.

December 26th & 27th: 25% off almost EVERYTHING in the store, including in-print books, comics, graphic novels, manga, BD, art books and more!

(Excluded: out of print books, rare books, wall/rare comics. Please note WALL/RARE COMIC BOOKS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE TO BROWSE OR PURCHASE UNTIL DECEMBER 27TH.)

December 26-31: 35% off all bagged & priced back issues in our back issue basement! Buy 20 or more & get 50% OFF!

(wall/rare comics are not included in this sale; please note, sets for sale in the basement count as ONE ITEM)

December 27-31: WALL/RARE COMIC BOOKS 30% OFF!

These are our old comics priced above $15 in the back of the middle room! Come round out some gaps in your higher-end runs at a great price!!

December 28-31: 20% off almost EVERYTHING in the store, including in-print books, comics, graphic novels, manga, BD, art books etc!

(Excluded: out of print books, rare books, wall comics. All the same exceptions, but 5% less off. You get it? Cool.)

Starting January 2, we’ll have our recent back issue stock on sale! We’ll be bringing long boxes up into the middle room for weekly rotations at great discounts! Please note: Comics released in December 2019 or later are exempt from this sale!

January 2-8: Recent Marvel back issue overstock 50% off cover price, plus other deep discount specials!

January 9-15: Recent DC back issues back issue overstock 50% off cover price, plus other deep discount specials!

January 16-22: Recent Image back issue overstock 50% off cover price, plus other deep discount specials!

January 23-29: Recent Miscellaneous (Boom, IDW, Dark Horse etc etc..) back issue overstock 50% off cover price, plus other deep discount specials!

DOOR CRASHER SPECIALS!

  • Full Bleed Quarterly 02 & 03: Were $34 now $15! IDW’s hardcover quarterly anthology full of comics, writing, and presumably comics AND writing!
  • Neil Gaiman’s American Gods HC 02: Was $39.99, now $15! Jump right into the middle of the action, or start at the beginning at full price like a sucker!
  • The Agency by Katie Skelly: Was $33, now $15! Sexual misadventures! Secret agents! Great art! So much bang for your buck!
  • NOBROW 10 Studio Dreams: Was $46, now $15! A big ol’ special edition hardcover of creators’ ideal studio spaces! This is the rare hardcover edition too, because that’s how we do it!
  • Vagabond Valise by Siris: Was $25, now $12! A half-price edition of this book the google search TCJ review preview calls “…a new entrant for admission into the canon of very sad nonfiction graphic novels.”
  • Paul Pope Monsters & Titans: Was $32.99, now $8! It’s a Paul Pope art book based around Battling Boy! I don’t know what else to say, it looks good!

LITTLE ISLAND DOORCRASHER SALES!

  • SHARE YOUR SMILE for $10! Raina Telgemeier fans can become Raina Telgemeier’s colleagues with this book that shows you how to make your own life into a graphic novel!
  • DUGOUT for $10! The Walking Dead meets Little League in this adventure by Scott Morse!
  • GLINT for $10! Motorbike-riding grannies team up with an underdog kid from the space mines in this rollicking fantastical adventure by Ian McGinty and Samuel Sattin!
  • SWEET VALLEY HIGH for $10! Take a trip down memory lane or introduce your siblings and niblings to the wonderful world of Sweet Valley High with this new graphic novel adaptation based on the classic series!
  • GHOST HOG for $15! Joey Weiser pens a tale of a sweet pig who goes on a fury-fueled supernatural quest for discovery…and revenge!
  • SEVENTH VOYAGE for $15! Legendary sci-fi author Stanislaw Lem’s tale of outer space gets a gorgeous retelling in Jon Muth’s masterful watercolour adaptation of The Seventh Voyage.

And who knows but new doorcrasher deals might get added at any time! Want to stay in the loop on it? Why not follow us on twitter, which is like smaller chunks of this newsletter doled out a few times a day all the time, plus gifs?!

PAGE AND PANEL, 789 Yonge St

(inside the Toronto Reference Library)

Boxing week runs from December 27th to December 31st!

Nearly everything in store is 20% off!!
Exceptions include all “I’m Library People” Merchandise, New product released mid-December to present, and Canadian magazines. Any disputes between what is and is not on sale is at the discretion of the cashier on duty.

Special Discounts!

  • 30% off Kikkerland Log Pillows!
  • 30% off Art Geko sketchbooks!
  • 30% off all videogame artbooks!
  • 40% off Ridley’s Games Room Chess & Checkers sets!
  • 40% off all Jump from Paper bags!
  • Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell: Was $31.99 now $10!
  • Black Dog by Dave McKean: Was $33.99, now $10!
  • Dinosaur Comics Enamel Pins: Regularly $10.99 now $5 each or all 4 for $12!
  • Destiny 2 7-inch figures: Were $29.99, now $5!
  • TCAF posters: Regularly $10, now $5!
  • Past TCAF Volunteer shirts: $5!
  • Hartley Lin TCAF shirt & Anders Nilsen TCAF shirt now $10!

Special Note: Page & Panel will be closed January 2nd for our annual inventory. 

 

Announcing BDP’s first release: MAGICIAN A by Natsuko Ishitsuyo!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Beguiling owner and TCAF co-founder Peter Birkemoe is stepping back into the publishing game with the launch of the new publishing imprint BDP, and the first book on offer to you, gentle reader, is the astounding debut collection Magician A from Japanese artist Natsuko Ishitsuyo, translated by Jocelyne Allen!

With art heavily influenced by Ishitsuyo’s time studying art in the Czech Republic, the six stories collected in Magician A focus on young women discovering and playing with their own sexuality. The feelings in these stories are universal, but Ishitsuyo’s approach is not for the squeamish.

The translation was spearheaded and executed by Eisner Award winning translator Jocelyne Allen, who has worked on almost too many books to count at this point! You might be familiar with her translations of Juniji Ito (Fragments of HorrorSmashedShiverFrankenstein), Kabi Nagata (My Lesbian Experience with LonelinessMy Solo Exchange Diary), Riyoko Ikeda (Claudine!Rose of Versailles), Yuhki Kamatani (Our Dreams at Dusk), Fumi Yoshinaga (What Did You Eat Yesterday?), Asumiko Nakamura (ClassmatesMaiden Railways) to name just a few! The Beguiling’s own Penny Clark edited this collection to boot!

And guess what? The Kickstarter for the book is LIVE! GO AND BACK THE BOOK RIGHT NOW!! ❤

You can also read more of Jocelyne’s thoughts on Magician A over here on her brainvsbook blog!

Publisher Peter Birkemoe is the owner and operator of the world-famous Beguiling comic store in Toronto, Canada, and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. After years of supporting comic artists behind the scenes through his work as a bookseller, he’s made the decision that it’s time to again dip his toes into the world of publishing, with a focus on books both in English and in translation that aren’t finding a publisher elsewhere, in part because they are a little bit dirty. Dirty books need a home, too!   

Announcing BDP’s first release: MAGICIAN A by Natsuko Ishitsuyo!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Beguiling owner and TCAF co-founder Peter Birkemoe is stepping back into the publishing game with the launch of the new publishing imprint BDP, and the first book on offer to you, gentle reader, is the astounding debut collection Magician A from Japanese artist Natsuko Ishitsuyo, translated by Jocelyne Allen!

With art heavily influenced by Ishitsuyo’s time studying art in the Czech Republic, the six stories collected in Magician A focus on young women discovering and playing with their own sexuality. The feelings in these stories are universal, but Ishitsuyo’s approach is not for the squeamish.

The translation was spearheaded and executed by Eisner Award winning translator Jocelyne Allen, who has worked on almost too many books to count at this point! You might be familiar with her translations of Juniji Ito (Fragments of HorrorSmashedShiverFrankenstein), Kabi Nagata (My Lesbian Experience with LonelinessMy Solo Exchange Diary), Riyoko Ikeda (Claudine!Rose of Versailles), Yuhki Kamatani (Our Dreams at Dusk), Fumi Yoshinaga (What Did You Eat Yesterday?), Asumiko Nakamura (ClassmatesMaiden Railways) to name just a few! The Beguiling’s own Penny Clark edited this collection to boot!

And guess what? The Kickstarter for the book is LIVE! GO AND BACK THE BOOK RIGHT NOW!! ❤

You can also read more of Jocelyne’s thoughts on Magician A over here on her brainvsbook blog!

Publisher Peter Birkemoe is the owner and operator of the world-famous Beguiling comic store in Toronto, Canada, and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. After years of supporting comic artists behind the scenes through his work as a bookseller, he’s made the decision that it’s time to again dip his toes into the world of publishing, with a focus on books both in English and in translation that aren’t finding a publisher elsewhere, in part because they are a little bit dirty. Dirty books need a home, too!