All posts by Jarrett Samson

TICKET GIVEAWAY: REIMAGINING MYTHS & LEGENDS WITH AUTHOR MARLON JAMES MARCH 03!

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than winning some tickets to an amazing event for your sweetheart?!
Curious Minds Weekend is coming up this March 1- 3 and
Man Booker Prize winner MARLON JAMES will be there in support of his new novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf!

Originally from Jamaica and now based in the United States, Marlon James is one of the world’s most electrifying authors. In 2015, he won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings. Now he returns with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the stunning first installment of his Dark Star trilogy that is being hailed as an “African Game of Thrones.” At this Canadian debut, James will introduce Toronto readers to the unforgettable story of Tracker, a mercenary scouring the ancient cities of Africa on a hunt for a missing child. As he unveils this epic fictional universe, James will discuss how he created a new kind of contemporary mythology—a work of prodigious imagination that is quickly becoming the year’s most talked-about novel.

“A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made.” – Neil Gaiman

Book sale and signing to follow

In conversation with Craig OffmanThe Globe and Mail‘s Arts Editor

“Reimagining Myths and Legends” is happening Sunday, March 3 at 5PM and Hot Docs have been kind enough to supply us with 6 sets of tickets to this amazing event! To enter, send an email to beguilingcontests@gmail.com with the subject line “MYTHS” and we’ll pick 6 winners next Thursday, February 21!

Thanks again to Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema for the tickets and GOOD LUCK!

TICKET GIVEAWAY: REIMAGINING MYTHS & LEGENDS WITH AUTHOR MARLON JAMES MARCH 03!

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than winning some tickets to an amazing event for your sweetheart?!
Curious Minds Weekend is coming up this March 1- 3 and
Man Booker Prize winner MARLON JAMES will be there in support of his new novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf!

Originally from Jamaica and now based in the United States, Marlon James is one of the world’s most electrifying authors. In 2015, he won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings. Now he returns with Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the stunning first installment of his Dark Star trilogy that is being hailed as an “African Game of Thrones.” At this Canadian debut, James will introduce Toronto readers to the unforgettable story of Tracker, a mercenary scouring the ancient cities of Africa on a hunt for a missing child. As he unveils this epic fictional universe, James will discuss how he created a new kind of contemporary mythology—a work of prodigious imagination that is quickly becoming the year’s most talked-about novel.

“A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made.” – Neil Gaiman

Book sale and signing to follow

In conversation with Craig OffmanThe Globe and Mail‘s Arts Editor

“Reimagining Myths and Legends” is happening Sunday, March 3 at 5PM and Hot Docs have been kind enough to supply us with 6 sets of tickets to this amazing event! To enter, send an email to beguilingcontests@gmail.com with the subject line “MYTHS” and we’ll pick 6 winners next Thursday, February 21!

Thanks again to Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema for the tickets and GOOD LUCK!

APR 03: Michael DeForge LEAVING RICHARD’S VALLEY LAUNCH!

On Wednesday, April 3rd at 7PM join Michael DeForge for a reading and book signing to launch Leaving Richard’s Valley, his new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly!
Leaving Richard’s Valley documents a group of forest creatures attempting to survive in the big city after being forced out of their cultish community– what unfolds is an entertaining meditation on the meaning of community and the many forms it takes.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and has written eight books including Ant Colony, First Year Healthy, Big Kids, and Sticks Angelica. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Buttertart Festival. He is currently on a treadmill.
 
This event is, as always, FREE to attend!

APR 03: Michael DeForge LEAVING RICHARD’S VALLEY LAUNCH!

On Wednesday, April 3rd at 7PM join Michael DeForge for a reading and book signing to launch Leaving Richard’s Valley, his new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly!
Leaving Richard’s Valley documents a group of forest creatures attempting to survive in the big city after being forced out of their cultish community– what unfolds is an entertaining meditation on the meaning of community and the many forms it takes.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and has written eight books including Ant Colony, First Year Healthy, Big Kids, and Sticks Angelica. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Buttertart Festival. He is currently on a treadmill.
 
This event is, as always, FREE to attend!

FEB 7: ISSUES MAGAZINE TORONTO LAUNCH!

You are invited to join us at Toronto’s Beguiling to celebrate the fourth issue of Issues Magazine, an international biannual-ish riso-publication dedicated to modern day issues.

Enjoy homemade cookies while listening to readings of texts by Coco Guzman and Re’e E Hagai; followed by a discussion regarding matters of domesticity between Issues’ creator Tal Sofia and Issues’ contributors: Adrienne Matheuszik and Kristi Poole; with special guest commentator Nassim J. Abu Sarari.

We’ll be closing the event with a special acoustic performance by The Blue Lights, promised to be fuzzy wuzzy dark and swirly spaced hypnotic boy and girly!
(Bandcamp: thebluelightsto.bandcamp.com/)

When: Thursday 7 February, 7pm
Where: The Beguiling,
319 College Street, Toronto
This event is free and all are welcome.

FEB 2: DEFEND THE 11 FUNDRAISER SHOW

FEBRUARY 2
It’s a benefit show at The Beguiling in support of the #DefendThe11 fundraiser!
Hooded Fang, Brigitte Bardon’t, Moul D and “t.b.a” will play music! Help defend members of the comics community who had the courage to speak out against a sexual predator!

Learn more about the cause here:
https://www.gofundme.com/SPX-Support-The-11

Doors at 7
First band 7:30
Done by 10:00
NO LATECOMERS admitted!

FEB 6: DAREDEVIL #1 SIGNING WITH WRITER CHIP ZDARSKY!

Daredevil #1 comes out February 6th! It’s being written by a certain wonderful man named CHIP ZDARSKY. How wonderful is Chip? Well, he decided ‘why not go to the Beguiling Books & Art (located at 319 College St) and sign copies of Daredevil #1 the day it comes out?’ So that’s exactly what he’s going to do! Yes, Chip Zdarsky of SEX CRIMINALS, INVADERS, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and many, many more amazing comics will be here, signing for you! Chip will be signing copies of Daredevil in-store from 5:30-8PM on Wednesday, February 6th! (He’ll also sign other things for you as well, provided you bought something for him to sign in-store). We’re excited! You’re excited! It’s a win-win scenario! See you then!

OLA Librarians & Educators Mixer at The Beguiling!

Save the Date Fri Feb 1st from 7-9pm for a special informal evening social for Librarians and Educators at the Beguiling!

Finish off OLA by learning about the Beguiling Library Services, doing some graphic novel shopping for your school or library (20% Educator/Librarian discount available) while perusing the recently re-opened Little Island kids comics shop (the first of its kind!), plus get more information on the upcoming Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) Librarian and Educator Day Friday May 10th — and learn how to apply for the American Librarian Association Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries (valued at $6000 USD) — now open to Canadian Libraries and Schools! Applications close Feb 8th. Also, meet some fellow librarians and educators. And, did we mention…? There WILL be door prizes!
More details TBA – stay tuned and follow The Beguiling and the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable @libcomix http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/

Event Details:
Friday February 1, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm at The Beguiling 319 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2

Agenda is open and designed to encourage people to stop in whenever they are able; please pop in to say hello, do some shopping, and meet some fellow library workers and educators.
This event is open to ALL – attendees do not need an OLA badge to attend and bringing friends and family from teaching, librarianship etc. is encouraged
No RSVP needed! Looking forward to seeing you there!

MARCH 10: JAIME HERNANDEZ “IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME?” LAUNCH AT THE BEGUILING!

On Sunday, March 10 at 4PM we’re beyond thrilled to welcome comics legend JAIME HERNANDEZ to our new store to celebrate the release of IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME? from Fantagraphics!
 
Starting at 4 Jaime will be in conversation with Jane van Koerverden from CBC. After the discussion there’ll be a chance to ask questions and then get your books signed!!!
 
Jaime is the co-creator with his brothers Gilbert & Mario of the legendary LOVE & ROCKETS, one of the titles that has defined the purpose and voice of our shop since the earliest days, so it obviously means a lot to us to welcome Jaime to The Beguiling’s new location!
If for some reason you have never read any of Jaime’s groundbreaking work you still have time to come to the shop and get started and see for yourself what the big deal is! Or: maybe you have, but you’ve fallen behind lately? Well, now you have time to discover that the stories collected in THE LOVE BUNGLERS (also available in Angels & Magpies) and IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME? Represent not only some of the best comics of recent years, but also some of the finest of Hernandez’s career!
 
Don’t miss this rare chance to meet one of the greatest living cartoonists! We’ll see you there!

 

MARCH 10: JAIME HERNANDEZ “IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME?” LAUNCH AT THE BEGUILING!

On Sunday, March 10 at 4PM we’re beyond thrilled to welcome comics legend JAIME HERNANDEZ to our new store to celebrate the release of IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME? from Fantagraphics!
 
Starting at 4 Jaime will be in conversation with Jane van Koerverden from CBC. After the discussion there’ll be a chance to ask questions and then get your books signed!!!
 
Jaime is the co-creator with his brothers Gilbert & Mario of the legendary LOVE & ROCKETS, one of the titles that has defined the purpose and voice of our shop since the earliest days, so it obviously means a lot to us to welcome Jaime to The Beguiling’s new location!
If for some reason you have never read any of Jaime’s groundbreaking work you still have time to come to the shop and get started and see for yourself what the big deal is! Or: maybe you have, but you’ve fallen behind lately? Well, now you have time to discover that the stories collected in THE LOVE BUNGLERS (also available in Angels & Magpies) and IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME? Represent not only some of the best comics of recent years, but also some of the finest of Hernandez’s career!
 
Don’t miss this rare chance to meet one of the greatest living cartoonists! We’ll see you there!