Category Archives: Events

MARCH 22: UNINSTRUCTED LIFE DRAWING WITH KAGAN MCLEOD!

Starting Sunday, March 22 we’re going to be holding the first of what we hope will be a regular uninstructed life drawing session with Toronto artist Kagan McLeod!

Kagan has been illustrating for newspapers, magazines and design firms since 1999. He has received awards for his work from such groups as the Society of Newspaper Design, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Illustration and the Society of Publication Designers. Kagan’s latest book Draw People Every Day: Short Lessons in Portrait and Figure Drawing Using Ink and Color was released last summer by Watson-Gupti, and this isn’t even mentioning his numerous comics works, including Infinite Kung-Fu and Kaptara!

This session will feature a live model and a playlist curated by Kagan McLeod!! There is a $10 cover charge to help pay our model, Meredith!

Here’s the details all in handy point form!

-UNINSTRUCTED LIFE DRAWING WITH KAGAN MCLEOD
-SUNDAY, MARCH 22
-6:30-9:30PM
-THE BEGUILING, 319 COLLEGE ST

Hope to see you there!

MARCH 25: SAMI ALWANI “THE MISFORTUNES OF VIRTUE” NOW #8 LAUNCH & GALLERY SHOW!

On Wednesday, March 25th, The Beguiling welcomes artist SAMI ALWANI to the store to celebrate two-fold!

First: to celebrate the release of his story “THE MISFORTUNES OF VIRTUE” in NOW #8, published by Fantagraphics and out that day!

Second: to observe the launch of Sami’s show in our gallery featuring original art from The Misfortunes of Virtue, The Dead Father and other works!

Sami will be reading from his piece and answering some questions and just generally Hanging Around!

Everything starts at 7PM! We hope to see you there!!

MARCH 19: VICTOR MARTINS “CABRA CABRA” LAUNCH AT THE BEGUILING!

On Thursday, March 19 at 7PM we’re thrilled to present the launch for the release of our very own VICTOR MARTINS and his new comic “Ley Lines #22: Cabra Cabra” from Czap Books & Grindstone Comics!

Victor will be in conversation with illustrator/zine-maker Cleopatria Peterson and signing copies of Cabra Cabra! We’ll have a bunch available, as well as copies of Victor’s other works too!

We’re very excited to celebrate the release of Cabra Cabra with Victor and all of you, and we hope you are too! See you there!

MARCH 12: MICHAEL DEFORGE “FAMILIAR FACE” BOOK LAUNCH!

It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it! Well, Thursday, March 12th at 7PM Michael will be here in support of his new book FAMILIAR FACE from the great folks at Drawn & Quarterly!

If you’ve been to one of our events with Michael before, you know that surprises abound—in the past we’ve been treated to readings from yet-to-be-released works, for starters—and that it will definitely be something you don’t want to miss! Plus, a chance to get your ownj copy of FAMILIAR FACE, and signed at that? Say no more, just click RSVP on our Facebook event and get ready!

Thanks as always to Drawn & Quarterly for helping to set this up!

About Familiar Face:

Familiar Face’s narrator works in the government’s department of complaints, reading through citizens’ reports of the issues they’ve had with the system updates. DeForge’s ability to find the humanity and emotional truth within the outlandish bureaucracy of everyday life is unparalleled. 

Advance Praise: 

“In Familiar Face, Michael DeForge’s genius brain foreshadows a not-so-distant future where optimization is the ruling dictator. Underneath DeForge’s hyper-coloured, fragmented style and signature deadpan is a prescient mourning for what is lost after the onslaught of updates and upgrades. One of the most compelling works to date by my favourite Canadian writer.”Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat and I’m Afraid of Men

“At first glance, Familiar Face may seem to be set in a far-off dystopia, but the longer you remain in this strange world, the more it begins to feel uncannily familiar, an almost-too-accurate depiction of our world. Yet, for all its disquiet, this was a pleasure to read. Michael DeForge’s elastic, friendly line is full of humour and wistful charm.”Ling Ma, author of Severance

FEB 15: BACK ISSUE BASEMENT KARAOKE WITH MICHAEL DEFORGE & GINETTE LAPALME!

We’ve been talking about this for a long time but we decided to finally pull the trigger!
On Saturday, February 15 come on out to The Beguiling, then descend into the back issue basement for the first installment of The Beguiling’s BACK ISSUE BASEMENT KARAOKE!
Come on out and have a grand ol’ (early) evening as hosts MICHAEL DEFORGE and GINETTE LAPALME put in your requests and queue up the hits! And all the while, our back issue basement will be open and available to browse and buy from!
Things kick off around 7:00 and we’ll keep singing until 11pm! We can’t wait!

TONY MEERS “RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY” GALLERY SHOW & CONTEST!

Right now, in our gallery, we have a very special show leading up to Valentine’s Day: TONY MEERS— RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY. During his forty-year career Toronto artist TONY MEERS was a prolific commercial illustrator, with this selection of paintings from the 1980s and 1990s representing only a fraction of the hundreds of romance novel covers he produced.

All of the displayed pieces and more are ON SALE in-store for only $120, with $20 from every sale donated to Supporting Our Youth Toronto.

Plus, we’re holding a contest where you can WIN AN ORIGINAL PAINTING BY TONY MEERS! How, you ask? Well here’s how!

– Simply share an image from our Retroromancer art show on Twitter or Instagram! To win, you must follow and tag @TheBeguiling and use the hashtag #Retromancer. Winner will be chosen at random February 13th!

– Come up with an alternate title or a plot description based on one of the pieces! Share it and tag us on Instagram or Twitter and the staff will choose a winner February 14th! Just as before, you must be following and tag us (@TheBeguiling) and use the hashtag #Retromancer!

Thanks so much to Tony for allowing us to display his work, and swing on by and check it out! Seeing it all in display in the gallery is truly a sight to behold.

JAN 30: OLA MIXER @ THE BEGUILING!

Save the Date Thursday, January 30th from 6-8pm for a special informal evening social for Library workers 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 while perusing Little Island Comics (one of the only all-younger readers comic shops!), plus get more information on how to apply for the American Librarian Association Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries (valued at $7000 USD) — now open to Canadian Libraries and Schools! Applications close Feb 9th. Oh yeah — also, meet some fellow library folx and educators — and have some refreshments on the house!

ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable 

Instagram and Twitter: @libcomix

Website: http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/

2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant Application: http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/eisner

2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant Application:

http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/eisner

Event Details:

  • Thursday January 30, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm 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 bring friends and family from teaching, librarianship etc. is encouraged – no RSVP needed. Looking forward to seeing you!

NOV 22: DAKWÄKÃDA WARRIORS LAUNCH WITH CREATOR COLE PAULS!

The Beguiling is thrilled to welcome one of our favourite creators to the store for the launch of their first book!

On Friday, November 22 COLE PAULS will be in-store to celebrate the recent release of their debut book DAKWÄKÃDA WARRIORS!

Cole will be in-conversation with another one of our favourite creators, ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS for what is sure to be an amazing conversation, followed by a signing!

It’s FREE to attend and kicks off in-store at 7PM on November 22! We can’t wait!

Learn some more about Cole over here at the CBC!!

NOV 13: CONUNDRUM PRESS FALL LINE LAUNCH!

Well HEY look at that!! On Wednesday, November 13th The Beguiling is pleased to welcome FOUR amazing Conundrum Press creators for a Conundrum Fall 2019 launch!

Joining us will be:

ALEXANDER FORBES, artist of THE CURSED HERMIT!

SHERWIN TJIA with his new book PLUMMET!

and HOWARD CHACKOWICZ with the brand-new NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

There will be a presentation from all the creators followed by a chance to get your copies of all their new books signed!

It all happens Wednesday, November 13th at 7PM in-store! See you there!