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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!

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!

 

 

NOV 28: ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS “OUR WRETCHED TOWN HALL” LAUNCH!

Get excited! On Wedensday, November 28, ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS will be in-store as we hold a launch event for his new book from Retrofit, OUR WRETCHED TOWN HALL! Eric is one of our favourite local creators so we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate the release of his new book!

Everything will kick off at 7PM in our Gallery Space, where Eric will be exhibiting some new prints just for the launch! Eric will read from Our Wretched Town Hall followed by a conversation with Broken Pencil editor/Beguiling staffer Jonathan Valelly and a Q&A!

In short: it’s gonna be G R E A T.

NOV 16: LORENZ PETER “ON VINYL” & REBECCA ROSEN “FLEM” CONUNDRUM FALL LAUNCH EVENT!

November 16 we’re excited to have two great creators in store to celebrate their new books from CONUNDRUM PRESS!

Local creator LORENZ PETER will be here with his new comic ON VINYL!

REBECCA ROSEN will be joining us all the way from Brussels to launch her new book FLEM!

It’ll all kick off at 7PM in our gallery space with a presentation, Q&A and a chance to get your books signed by the authors!!

About On Vinyl:
On Vinyl is a love letter to vinyl and an exploration of the role nostalgia plays in the decisions we make. When Lenny opens a second-hand record store in Toronto, it’s the realization of a dream, and a welcome break from the chaos at home, where developers—and his landlord—are determined to push him out.
Unfortunately, Lenny’s store isn’t much more stable than his home life. Rent is sky-high, and sales are sporadic. Some days, he’s run off his feet while other days, smashing unwanted records is the only way to pass the time.
When he finds an old press release tucked away in the sleeve of a record, the discovery launches Lenny into his next quest: to track down the long-lost record collection of Hot Walter, an elusive and aging disco DJ, and maybe, just maybe, save the store.

About Lorenz Peter
Lorenz Peter was born in Montreal and grew up in Northern Alberta. In 1990, he left school to pursue cartooning and music. Lorenz has released five full length graphic novels since then: Chaos MissionDark Adaptation (winner of the Doug Wright award for Best Emerging Artist), Side EffectGrey Museum and his newest, On Vinyl. In 1997, Lorenz joined Corpusse, forming a power duo that would influence Toronto’s underground art rock/noise scene for nearly 15 years and record 3 albums together. Lorenz lives in Toronto where he continues to work independently on comics, illustrations, and musical acts Processor and Off World.

About FLEM:
Fictional biography of a disturbed performance artist
Julia Maarten’s a mess: she’s running out of inheritance money, failing out of art school, and haunted by the ghost of her depressed mother. And then there’s the compulsive nose-picking thing…
When Julia meets a group of radical feminist performance artists in a Brussels squat, she is convinced by their political perspective and enchanted by their counter-cultural lifestyle. But has she found her tribe… or lost her mind?
FLEM, by newcomer Rebecca Rosen, takes the reader on a colour-coded journey into the dark heart of the “other” Brussels by way of a damaged young woman’s inflamed nasal canal.
About Rebecca Rosen
Rebecca Rosen is an artist, originally from Montreal, who now makes her home in Brussels. She runs the silkscreening studio l’Appat.

NOV 1: WAVERING LINE 5 RELEASE PARTY!

Join us Thursday, November 1 to celebrate the release of WAVERING LINE 5! Not only will this be your first chance to get a copy of the new issue and meet the creators, but we’ll also be presenting an art show in our gallery with lots of work from the artists!

It all kicks off at 7PM! Come, buy a book, hang out, have a great time!

NOV 2: WAYWARD FINALE PARTY WITH WRITER/CO-CREATOR JIM ZUB!

Wedneday, October 31 sees the release of the final issue of the hit series WAYWARD from Image Comics! When the series began, we held the launch party at The Beguiling so now that it’s wrapping up it only made sense to team up with series co-creator/writer JIM ZUB to throw a big ol WAYWARD FINALE PARTY at the store on Friday, November 2nd!

Join us starting at 6PM for a chance to get your books signed, make mirth and mark the end of Wayward! We’ll also be stocked up on lots of copies of Jim’s other comics such as CHAMPIONS, AVENGERS, RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and plenty more! Jim will also be bringing his own selection of back issues and variant covers just for this event, and to top it all of we’ll have a PRINT GIVEAWAY!

It’s no secret that we love Jim here at the store so we’re super excited we could welcome him back and send WAYWARD off with the party it deserves!
SEE YOU THERE!