All posts by Jarrett Samson

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.

JULY 26: THE BEGUILING IS CLOSING EARLY!

Fridays! We’re usually open late for all your weekend comic-browsing needs! Well, on Friday, July 26th we gotta close up a little early!
We’ll be amending our regular store hours on the 26th, from 11am till 7pm, and then closing up for a private function that evening. We’ll be open regular hours every other day, and back to our normal 11-9 opening hours the next week!

AUG 1: GRIMOIRE NOIR LAUNCH WITH ARTIST YANA BOGATCH!

On Thursday, August 1st, The Beguiling welcomes local illustrator Yana Bogatch to the store in celebration of the release of Grimoire Noir, published by First Second!  Yana will be in attendance to speak about the book, her path to publication, answer questions and sign copies of this “brooding gothic fare brimming with style” (Kirkus Reviews)!

It’ll all kick off at 7PM in-store (319 College St)! We can’t wait to see you there!

About the author:
Yana Bogatch is a freelance illustrator/character designer/comic artist currently residing in Toronto, Canada. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Traditional Animation, and a background in music. She is committed to creating an immersive experience with her illustrations / comics, and her ultimate desire is to let the viewer step through the veil and feel like they are there with the characters.

JULY 27: COMIC SHOP LADIES NIGHT AT THE BEGUILING!

Come join us for some summer fun at The Beguiling! Bring your friends for a warm-but-chill evening of comics, coloring, door prizes, snacks, drinks, and a room full of your comics-loving peers.

Time: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7pm – 10pm
Location: The Beguiling Books & Art
319 College St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T1S2
(On College Between Spadina & Augusta)
Cost: FREE!

Comic Shop Ladies Night is back with another summer event! 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.

For our July event, we will be returning to The Beguiling and 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 colouring book action in town, so bring your pencils and imagination.

We’re trying something a little different with our Muskoka beer sponsorship this time — instead of an in-store tasting, we’ll be doing giveaways!

Don’t forget to invite your friends and 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, but we regret that the washrooms are not.

JULY 17: KAGAN MCLEOD LIVE DRAWING DEMONSTRATION/ DRAW PEOPLE EVERY DAY LAUNCH!

On Wednesday, July 17th at 7PM we’re thrilled to welcome artist KAGAN MCLEOD to the store to celebrate the release of his new book DRAW PEOPLE EVERY DAY from Watson-Guptill!

To mark the occasion, Kagan will be holding an in-store live drawing demonstration!!! We’ll have lots of copies of his new book to get signed as well to make the evening even better!

Everything kicks off at 7PM! We’ll see you there!!

JULY 4: OLD GROWTH PRESS LAUNCH EVENT!

OLD GROWTH PRESS PRESENTS…

Our second summer launch! Join us at the Beguiling as we present to you the work of Misbah Ahmed (Five Minutes in Karachi), Natalie Mark 麥月明 (From Yesterday) and Riley J. Piñeros (What They Don’t Know).

We will be hosting a zine-making workshop led by Rabeea Syed (https://rabeeasyed.com/) before the launch begins. This workshop is FREE of charge and all materials will be provided. Feel free to bring in a current project or make something brand new!

All three books as well as our artists’ other work will be available for sale (both cash and credit accepted). We will also be having a raffle to win all three of the publications, so arrive early to be sure you get a ticket!

More details to come! Stay tuned.

Old Growth Press acknowledges that it is based in Tkaronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Tkaronto and the surrounding area is still home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. By acknowledging the past, present, and future Indigenous persons living on this land, we aim to aid in the continued effort of decolonization across this land known as Canada.

Location:
The Beguiling
319 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1S2

Accessibility: the Beguiling’s main floor, where our event will be held, is an accessible space, however there is no automatic button to open the door from the street. There are gender neutral washrooms available on the main floor. This will be a dry space; no alcohol will be served. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact us at oldgrowthpress@gmail.com.

June 30: LORELEI QUEEN OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE Launch Event!

Come one, come all! On Sunday, June 30th  the Beguiling & Little Island Comics welcome David Missio and his comics making class to the shop for an event to celebrate Lorelei: Queen of the Whole Entire Universe!
Lorelei developed out of David’s work with youth in the TDSB through Story Planet and the JCC after school programme where he has been teaching cartooning and story-making workshops.
Drawing with all of the students, has now drawn David to bring Lorelei Queen of the Whole Entire Universe with him to help spark ideas and give kids a place to publish their work. It’s an open source shared universe that spans the cosmos!
Art from the year will be on display, a collection will be available in print and refreshments will be served as we celebrate the first art and stories for “Lorelei: Queen of the Whole Entire Universe”!
As if that wasn’t enough, there will be  a comics-making workshop led by one of our favourites, Georgia Webber, writer/artist of Dumb!
It all begins Sunday, June 30th at 1PM! See you there!

HEADS UP! No Manga May 24-26 ! Back issue basement is open (buuut)

Yup, it’s just what it says, all of our manga is offsite with us at another exciting year at ANIME NORTH! As such, we won’t have any of our manga available for purchase at the store this weekend but we will have TONS at Anime North so come see us there!

As well, we took all of the tables from our back issue basement to use at the convention, so while our basement is open it’s a little bit worse for wear. We apologize for the mess but it was either close it down or have it operate a little messily so we opted for the latter!

Thanks for all your understanding! May is bananas around here and we appreciate you rolling with it, with us!

WED JUNE 26: THE STRUCTURE IS ROTTEN, COMRADE LAUNCH WITH AUTHOR VIKEN BERBERIAN!

The amazing June events keep on coming, and this one is no exception!!

On Wednesday, June 26th The Beguiling welcomes author  VIKEN BERBERIAN to the store in celebration of the release of his new book (with artist Yann Kebbi) THE STRUCTURE IS ROTTEN, COMRADE from Fantagraphics!

 

 

 

 

 

Viken will be in attendance to talk about the book, answer questions and sign your very own copy of The Structure Is Rotten,  Comrade!!

It all starts at 7PM here in our gallery space! See you then!

Thanks so much to Fantagraphics for all they do and all they did to help arrange this!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Viken Berberian is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books,and The Believer. His novels include The Cyclist  and Das Kapital: A Novel of Love and Money Markets. He lives in Armenia.

 

THU JUNE 6: POPNOIR EDITIONS DOUBLE-LAUNCH FOR APOLOGETICA & GHOST WATER KISS!

On Thursday June 6th at 7PM The Beguiling is pleased to welcome creators BEN O’NEIL and JESSICA BROMLEY BARTRAM to the store to celebrate the release of their new books APOLOGETICA & GHOST WATER KISS from Popnoir Editions!

Ben & Jessica will be in-house talking about their books and giving you a chance to get your own copy signed!

It all takes place from 7-9 in our gallery space on June 6th! See ya there!