September 23rd, acclaimed graphic novelist Seth Tobocman will present War in the Neighbourhood, a classic study of anti-gentrification activism in New York, recently re-issued by Ad Astra Comix. At a time when gentrification threatens to change the face of Kensington Market, and other areas of Toronto which have traditionally been home to those on the margins, this story is more important for us than ever. We’ll also hear from some local activists (details to be confirmed).
We’re very excited about this event, and we hope you can join us!
Part of the Faith, Art and Activism festival, an annual collaboration between St Stephen’s, the Trinity College Chaplaincy, and the Student Christian Movement.
We are co-sponsoring this event with St. Stephen-in-the-Fields!
Anime @ The Revue! SUMMER WARS (Sama Wozu)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
JAPAN 2010 114min. STC
A modern-day anime classic! Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes.
Join us at 6:15PM! We’ll have merch on sale, and prizes courtesy The Beguiling and TCAF Shop!
Tickets $10 – $13, available on Eventbrite, http://bit.ly/2vGYnjG
We’re thrilled to now be offering new art in our online store from Dash Shaw and Jason Little!
Dash Shaw has supplied us with some gorgeous original background paintings from his animated film My Entire High School
Sinking into the Sea, and has combined them with acetate overlays reproducing the line art which he then been panted in gouache
paint! (Dash explains his process in a video you can view HERE)
The Beguiling is the only place to find original art from My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, and we couldn’t be happier about that!
Jason Little has also added a number of originals from artist Jason Little to the store from his 2015 comic Borb! These pieces include pages from the books, covers to foreign editions, t-shirt designs and lots more! Jason’s detailed, intricate art manages to contain both heartbreak and humour in equal, black-hearted doses.
Go feast your eyes on these pieces and lots more over at our art site: store.beguilingoriginalart.com
KAIJU! At the Revue!
Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
Wednesday, August 30, 6:45PM
Directed by Ishirô Honda
JAPAN 1961 101min. PG
The Beguiling’s monthly anime series goes live-action this month with Toho’s classic Mothra. Amidst a pantheon of fire-breathing dinosaurs, flying lizards and three-headed behemoths – not to mention their various robotic incarnations – who would think that one of the most enduring characters in Toho’s kaiju (“giant monster”) universe would be the colourful, Mother Earth-loving Mothra? We sure think so. Mothra marks a departure in both tone and colour of previous kaiju films. Gone is the dark, metaphorical havoc brought on by Godzilla’s nuclear stomping of Tokyo. While the irradiated subtext is still obvious and Mothra’s wrath ain’t a laughing matter, the film borders on comedic whimsy, as clumsy reporter hero Sen-Chan (Frankie Sakai) comes off as a buffoonish Lou Costello, and the miniature twins (played by the singing duo “The Peanuts”) are downright adorable. No wonder Mothra wants them back.
The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!
Presented in 2K. Dubbed English.
Special event. Admission $13 General, $10 Members, Seniors and Students. All membership benefits welcome.
Advance tickets available HERE!