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MAR 30: HIROMI GOTO + ANN XU “SHADOW LIFE” VIRTUAL LAUNCH

Tuesday March 30th at 8PM EST we are very excited to celebrate the launch of award-winning Canadian writer and poet Hiromi Goto’s Shadow Life, a graphic novel illustrated by Ann Xu. The event will be broadcast virtually over Crowdcast.

The book follows Kumiko, a tenacious 76-year-old woman who refuses to while away her remaining years in an old folks’ home and submit to death – even as death comes knocking. It’s a brilliant, heart-rending, beautiful piece that defies stereotypes about age, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, and celebrates the importance of families both born and chosen.

This book is shaping up to be a favorite of the year! Hiromi Goto and Ann Xu will be present for a reading and discussion moderated by Loyalty Bookshop’s Christine Bollow.

RSVP for the Crowdcast event here
Preorder your copy (with a signed bookplate) from our webstore here

FEB 27: Tintin, Astérix & cie : la timide aventure américaine de la BD franco-belge au XXe siècle

ENGLISH FOLLOWS
Cette conférence sera en français uniquement.
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Comment ça marche ?
1/ RSVP ici https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tintin-astrix–cie–la/register
2/ Recevez un lien peu avant l’événement.
3/ Profitez bien de la conférence !
This talk will be in French.
How does it work ?
1/ RSVP here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tintin-astrix–cie–la/register
2/ Receive a link shortly before the event.
3/ Enjoy the conference!
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Vous avez grandi en lisant Tintin, Astérix et Lucky Luke ? Vous avez toujours aimé les BD ? À l’occasion de cette conférence, sortez de votre bulle et venez explorer l’aventure des bd franco-belges en Amérique du nord.
La grande bande dessinée franco-belge a connu un énorme succès dans la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, contrastant fortement avec la réception décevante dont elle a fait l’objet dans le Nouveau Monde : à partir de la fin des années 50, Tintin, Astérix, Lucky Luke et nombre de leurs coreligionnaires ont été accueillis en Amérique avec une indifférence inexplicable par rapport à la popularité dont ils ont bénéficié dans leurs pays d’origine — à l’exception notable des Schtroumpfs, qui ont percé à Hollywood, mais au prix d’une américanisation radicale qui a annihilé leurs racines belges.
Cette exportation “ratée” de chefs d’œuvre populaires de la francophonie Européenne d’après-guerre s’explique par des facteurs économiques, mais aussi et surtout culturels : s’acclimater à l’Amérique du nord a été mission impossible pour des œuvres, séries et personnages dont la modernité était encore très fortement marquée par leurs racines européennes.
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Qui est votre conférencier ?
Jean-Paul Gabilliet est professeur de civilisation nord-américaine au département des mondes anglophones de l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Il est spécialisé depuis trente ans dans l’histoire culturelle de la bande dessinée et de l’illustration aux États-Unis et au Canada ainsi que de leurs circulations transatlantiques.
Outre de nombreux articles, il est l’auteur de Des Comics et des hommes : histoire culturelle des comic books aux Etats-Unis (Editions du Temps, 2005) et de la première biographie consacrée au “pape” de la bande dessinée underground américaine, R. Crumb (Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2012). Il a récemment dirigé le numéro du Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, New York) consacré à « US Comics in France / Bandes Dessinées in America ».
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You maybe grew up reading Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke? You’ve always liked comic books? On the occasion of the talk, get out of your bubble and come explore the adventures of Franco-Belgian comics in North America.
Franco-Belgian comics have met an enormous success in the second part of 20th century, strongly contrasting with the disappointing reception they went through in the New World: At the end of the 50s, Tintin, Astérix, Lucky Luke and many of their coreligionists were welcomed in America with an unexplainable indifference, compared to the popularity they received in their origin country – except for the Smurfs who made it to Hollywood, at the cost of a radical Americanisation that annihilated their Belgian roots.
This “failed” exportation of popular masterpieces of post-war European Francophonie can be explained by economic factors, but first and foremost cultural factors: adapting to North America was mission impossible for works, series and characters whose modernity was still strongly marked by their European roots.
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Who is your speaker?
Jean-Paul Gabilliet is a teacher of North-American civilisation in the department of Anglophone worlds at University Bordeaux Montaigne. He’s specialised for 30 years in the comic and illustration cultural history in the United-States and in Canada, as well as their transatlantic circulations.
In addition to many articles, he is the author of “Of Comics and men : A cultural history of American comic books” and the first biography dedicated to the “pope” of underground American comics, R. Crumb. He recently directed the edition of Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, New York) devoted to « US Comics in France / Bandes Dessinées in America »

FEB 4: JASON LOO + CHIP ZDARSKY “AFTERLIFT” LAUNCH ZOOM PANEL

Thursday, February 4th at 6:30PM EST,  JASON LOO and CHIP ZDARSKY will grace all of us with their presence to celebrate the  physical release of their 2020 EISNER AWARD WINNING book AFTERLIFT, out now from Darkhorse.

ANTHONY OLIVEIRA moderates a panel with these two Canadian comic darlings.  Click here to register for the webinar, starting at 6:30 EST, February 4th on Zoom.

Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell.

 

THE BEGUILING BOXING WEEK 2020 SALES INFO!

BOXING DAY! Most in-stock books are 20% off.
Shop from the comfort of your home and get some truly amazing comics!

The medium-sized print:
Almost every in-stock, in-print book* ordered on December 25th, 26th, and 27th will be discounted 20% after checkout when we process your order.

You won’t see the discount when you check out. Even if you enter a credit card number. Nothing is charged until we have the books in our hands and have manually applied your discount. No worries!
The fine print:

  • This deal is on books that are in stock. You can see which books are supposed to be in stock on the webstore, and we’ll confirm that they are when we pick your order. Because inventory management systems (and the humans who operate them) are imperfect, there may be some things which show as in-stock but aren’t. Our intention is to give you a deal on the books we have here in the store, and this is the best way we’ve figured out to do this in these pandemic times. Please bear with us!
  • This deal is for regular, in-print books. Not rarities. Not old comics. Normal, regular, in-print books, as determined by us at our sole discretion.
  • This deal excludes December new arrivals. A brand-new release that came out on December 20th, for example, or stock of a zine we just got in on December 5th, would not be part of this deal. Again: this will be determined at our sole discretion.
  • This deal does not combine with any other discounts or promotions. The 20% off will be assessed against the Canadian publisher’s list price or the Canadian price based on The Beguiling’s current exchange rate
  • This deal does not apply to any items placed on hold or ordered before 25 December 2020. And it only applies to purchases placed on the dates of the sale.

Can I take advantage of this amazing sale without shopping online?
We’re taking a much deserved break during this sale, so online is your only option for getting these deals. We won’t be answering the phone, and we won’t be checking our email. If you want 20% off – place your order online!

You don’t need to have a credit card though! You can order online during the sale and pick up and pay by cash or debit at our curbside wicket after we reopen on the 28th.

So, to summarize: place your order online on the 25th-27th, get 20% off, and pick up (or have it shipped to you) when we’re back to business the following week.

Is that all there is?!
Nope! We’re going to have a bunch of rotating deals throughout the month of January. Really good ones, too. Follow us on Instagram @TheBeguiling or sign up for our mailing list to keep up with all of them and maximize your comics habit!

AUG 10: “THE MONTAGUE TWINS” VIRTUAL EVENT WITH CREATORS NATHAN PAGE & DREW SHANNON

Penguin Random House Canada, The Beguiling, and Little Island Comics invite you join us in a virtual Zoom celebration for Ontario creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon’s new middle-grade mystery series, The Montague Twins! We’ll mark the publication of the first book in this new series, The Witch’s Hand, as writer Anne Thériault interviews them about their historical adventure full of thrills, witchcraft, and sass, before opening it up to your questions!

Additionally, you can enter a raffle to win one of two pages of original art from The Witch’s Hand. Simply donate to Friends of Ruby (minimum donation: $25) and send your e-receipt to YoungReaders@penguinrandomhouse.com (you can black out the amount and your real name, if you wish), and we’ll randomly select two attendees as winners at the end of the virtual event! Friends of Ruby work with LGBTQI2S youth with a focus on mental health, even providing food and shelter.

The Beguiling is so pleased to be serving as the official bookseller of this event! You can buy a copy of the book RIGHT HERE! We’ll also have copies signed by Nathan and Drew available! If you’d like a signed copy, just be sure to mention it in your order notes!

About The Montague Twins:

“Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first instalment of a new graphic novel series that mashes the Hardy Boys with Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls.

Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought! After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there’s more to their detective know-how than they’d previously thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents. At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David’s daughter, Charlie, the Twins discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever.”

AUG 10: “THE MONTAGUE TWINS” VIRTUAL EVENT WITH CREATORS NATHAN PAGE & DREW SHANNON

Penguin Random House Canada, The Beguiling, and Little Island Comics invite you join us in a virtual Zoom celebration for Ontario creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon’s new middle-grade mystery series, The Montague Twins! We’ll mark the publication of the first book in this new series, The Witch’s Hand, as writer Anne Thériault interviews them about their historical adventure full of thrills, witchcraft, and sass, before opening it up to your questions!

Additionally, you can enter a raffle to win one of two pages of original art from The Witch’s Hand. Simply donate to Friends of Ruby (minimum donation: $25) and send your e-receipt to YoungReaders@penguinrandomhouse.com (you can black out the amount and your real name, if you wish), and we’ll randomly select two attendees as winners at the end of the virtual event! Friends of Ruby work with LGBTQI2S youth with a focus on mental health, even providing food and shelter.

The Beguiling is so pleased to be serving as the official bookseller of this event! You can buy a copy of the book RIGHT HERE! We’ll also have copies signed by Nathan and Drew available! If you’d like a signed copy, just be sure to mention it in your order notes!

About The Montague Twins:

“Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first instalment of a new graphic novel series that mashes the Hardy Boys with Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls.

Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought! After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there’s more to their detective know-how than they’d previously thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents. At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David’s daughter, Charlie, the Twins discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever.”

AUG 5: GILLIAN GOERZ “SHIRLEY & JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER” VIRTUAL EVENT!

Virtual launches! We did one, it was fun! Now it’s time to do…more?
Ok!
On August 5th at 6PM EST, join creator GILLIAN GOERZ in conversation with RYAN NORTH as she launches her debut middle grade graphic novel, SHIRLEY & JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER!

We’re giving the keys to the store Instagram over to Gillian & Ryan for this event so they can go LIVE and talk all about the book and whatever else might cross their minds too!

As an added treat, if you order a copy from The Beguiling you’ll get a signed bookplate from Gillian herself! Just make sure to mention BOOKPLATE in your order!
ORDER YOUR COPY RIGHT HERE

AUG 5: GILLIAN GOERZ “SHIRLEY & JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER” VIRTUAL EVENT!

Virtual launches! We did one, it was fun! Now it’s time to do…more?
Ok!
On August 5th at 6PM EST, join creator GILLIAN GOERZ in conversation with RYAN NORTH as she launches her debut middle grade graphic novel, SHIRLEY & JAMILA SAVE THEIR SUMMER!

We’re giving the keys to the store Instagram over to Gillian & Ryan for this event so they can go LIVE and talk all about the book and whatever else might cross their minds too!

As an added treat, if you order a copy from The Beguiling you’ll get a signed bookplate from Gillian herself! Just make sure to mention BOOKPLATE in your order!
ORDER YOUR COPY RIGHT HERE

JULY 29: JOE SACCO “PAYING THE LAND” VIRTUAL EVENT!

The Beguiling is pleased to be the official bookseller for a special virtual launch event with Joe Sacco in celebration of his new book PAYING THE LAND!

Joe Sacco is one of the recognized masters of the form of comics journalism, a sub-genre of both comics and journalism that he was instrumental in pioneering. In his first full-length work of comics journalism in a decade, Paying the Land, Sacco brings his razor sharp intelligence and insight to Canada’s Mackenzie River Valley in the Yukon and the day to day struggles of the Dene people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. As many lands have experienced in the recent past where the money that follows development is both a blessing and a curse, Sacco travels through the far North and shows us how these conflicts play out on and in the ground and how the Canadian government’s legacy of racism and neglect in this stunning landscape still lingers.

Joe Sacco will discuss Paying the Land and his travels through Canada’s far North with author and storyteller, Richard Van Camp, member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation of the Northwest Territories.

REGISTER TO ATTEND NOW!

From now through August 5, any order on BEGUILINGBOOKS.COM including a copy of PAYING THE LAND will ship free to most locations in Canada! A shipping charge will appear as you check out but will be removed before charging your card.  Additionally, we are getting signed bookplates to go with the book, and if you would like your order to include one all you need to do is put the word BOOKPLATE in the notes when checking out!!

 

MAY 22: VICTOR MARTINS “LEY LINES: CABRA CABRA” VIRTUAL LAUNCH ON INSTAGRAM!

We were supposed to have an in-store launch for our very own VICTOR MARTINS and his new comic Ley Lines #22: Cabra Cabra from Czap Books & Grindstone Comics in March, and it Did Not Happen. When things get back up and running we hope we will be able to reschedule the in-person launch but in the meantime, we’re gonna try our hand at doing an online one!

Friday, May 22 at 6:30 Eastern, Victor will be in informal conversation with Beguiling Events Coordinator Jarrett Evan Samson talking about Cabra Cabra, Victor’s other work, comics in general, and probably getting pretty off-topic as well!

This event will go live on THE BEGUILING‘S INSTAGRAM! It’ll be nice!