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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.

MARCH 12: MICHAEL DEFORGE “FAMILIAR FACE” BOOK LAUNCH!

It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it! Well, Thursday, March 12th at 7PM Michael will be here in support of his new book FAMILIAR FACE from the great folks at Drawn & Quarterly!

If you’ve been to one of our events with Michael before, you know that surprises abound—in the past we’ve been treated to readings from yet-to-be-released works, for starters—and that it will definitely be something you don’t want to miss! Plus, a chance to get your ownj copy of FAMILIAR FACE, and signed at that? Say no more, just click RSVP on our Facebook event and get ready!

Thanks as always to Drawn & Quarterly for helping to set this up!

About Familiar Face:

Familiar Face’s narrator works in the government’s department of complaints, reading through citizens’ reports of the issues they’ve had with the system updates. DeForge’s ability to find the humanity and emotional truth within the outlandish bureaucracy of everyday life is unparalleled. 

Advance Praise: 

“In Familiar Face, Michael DeForge’s genius brain foreshadows a not-so-distant future where optimization is the ruling dictator. Underneath DeForge’s hyper-coloured, fragmented style and signature deadpan is a prescient mourning for what is lost after the onslaught of updates and upgrades. One of the most compelling works to date by my favourite Canadian writer.”Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat and I’m Afraid of Men

“At first glance, Familiar Face may seem to be set in a far-off dystopia, but the longer you remain in this strange world, the more it begins to feel uncannily familiar, an almost-too-accurate depiction of our world. Yet, for all its disquiet, this was a pleasure to read. Michael DeForge’s elastic, friendly line is full of humour and wistful charm.”Ling Ma, author of Severance

MARCH 12: MICHAEL DEFORGE “FAMILIAR FACE” BOOK LAUNCH!

It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it! Well, Thursday, March 12th at 7PM Michael will be here in support of his new book FAMILIAR FACE from the great folks at Drawn & Quarterly!

If you’ve been to one of our events with Michael before, you know that surprises abound—in the past we’ve been treated to readings from yet-to-be-released works, for starters—and that it will definitely be something you don’t want to miss! Plus, a chance to get your ownj copy of FAMILIAR FACE, and signed at that? Say no more, just click RSVP on our Facebook event and get ready!

Thanks as always to Drawn & Quarterly for helping to set this up!

About Familiar Face:

Familiar Face’s narrator works in the government’s department of complaints, reading through citizens’ reports of the issues they’ve had with the system updates. DeForge’s ability to find the humanity and emotional truth within the outlandish bureaucracy of everyday life is unparalleled. 

Advance Praise: 

“In Familiar Face, Michael DeForge’s genius brain foreshadows a not-so-distant future where optimization is the ruling dictator. Underneath DeForge’s hyper-coloured, fragmented style and signature deadpan is a prescient mourning for what is lost after the onslaught of updates and upgrades. One of the most compelling works to date by my favourite Canadian writer.”Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat and I’m Afraid of Men

“At first glance, Familiar Face may seem to be set in a far-off dystopia, but the longer you remain in this strange world, the more it begins to feel uncannily familiar, an almost-too-accurate depiction of our world. Yet, for all its disquiet, this was a pleasure to read. Michael DeForge’s elastic, friendly line is full of humour and wistful charm.”Ling Ma, author of Severance

FEB 15: COMIC SHOP LADIES NIGHT AT PAGE & PANEL!

Will you be our Galentine, again? We’re going back to Page and Panel for another special night this February to celebrate ladies, friendships and all things nerdy with comics, coloring, door prizes, snacks, drinks, lotsa ladies and even more fun!

Time: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7pm – 11pm
Location: Page & Panel
Toronto, Ontario
Dress code: Geek Tie
Cost: FREE!

Comic Shop Ladies Night is back with another Galentine’s edition, a day to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives! This is a ladies only event* where you can embrace your geeky side, discover new comics, share your opinions on movies, TV shows and video games, and cozy in from the cold with some comics! So put on your favorite Geek Tie attire (whether it’s a floofy dress or your favorite jeans) and come spend the evening with other nerdy ladies in a casual environment, surrounded by comics and merch.

This Galentines Celebration will be held at one of our favorite venues, Page & Panel, which will be open for business all night with special sales just for Ladies Night attendees.

Every hour we’ll also be giving away amazing door prizes, but you have to be there to win, so be there is what we’re saying! We’ve got comics, games, a nerdy photo booth, and of course our popular table for the best coloring book action in town, so bring your pencils and imagination. And we’ll also have Galentines for purchase to give to your favorite gals.

So why not spend this February celebrating Galentine’s Day, chatting and snacking with other great geeky gals? First timers and serial attendees are all welcome, but don’t forget to RSVP to get yourself on the guest list and to get your name entered for the door prizes!

This event is inclusive to all women, including those that identify as cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary. Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting our intentions to build this event as a safe(r) space! We couldn’t do it without you. ♥

Accessibility:
This location is accessible.

About Page & Panel
Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is a Toronto retail destination for comics, art, and book culture. Located inside The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s primary venue, Toronto Reference Library, the shop provides a permanent home to the very best of the comics medium, as well as the wonderful art and objects that flow from it.

FEB 15: COMIC SHOP LADIES NIGHT AT PAGE & PANEL!

Will you be our Galentine, again? We’re going back to Page and Panel for another special night this February to celebrate ladies, friendships and all things nerdy with comics, coloring, door prizes, snacks, drinks, lotsa ladies and even more fun!

Time: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7pm – 11pm
Location: Page & Panel
Toronto, Ontario
Dress code: Geek Tie
Cost: FREE!

Comic Shop Ladies Night is back with another Galentine’s edition, a day to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives! This is a ladies only event* where you can embrace your geeky side, discover new comics, share your opinions on movies, TV shows and video games, and cozy in from the cold with some comics! So put on your favorite Geek Tie attire (whether it’s a floofy dress or your favorite jeans) and come spend the evening with other nerdy ladies in a casual environment, surrounded by comics and merch.

This Galentines Celebration will be held at one of our favorite venues, Page & Panel, which will be open for business all night with special sales just for Ladies Night attendees.

Every hour we’ll also be giving away amazing door prizes, but you have to be there to win, so be there is what we’re saying! We’ve got comics, games, a nerdy photo booth, and of course our popular table for the best coloring book action in town, so bring your pencils and imagination. And we’ll also have Galentines for purchase to give to your favorite gals.

So why not spend this February celebrating Galentine’s Day, chatting and snacking with other great geeky gals? First timers and serial attendees are all welcome, but don’t forget to RSVP to get yourself on the guest list and to get your name entered for the door prizes!

This event is inclusive to all women, including those that identify as cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary. Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting our intentions to build this event as a safe(r) space! We couldn’t do it without you. ♥

Accessibility:
This location is accessible.

About Page & Panel
Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is a Toronto retail destination for comics, art, and book culture. Located inside The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s primary venue, Toronto Reference Library, the shop provides a permanent home to the very best of the comics medium, as well as the wonderful art and objects that flow from it.

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.