Category Archives: Events

WENDY’S REVENGE – A play by Walter Scott at the Rhubarb Festival!

51VzBZoF-mL._SX359_BO1,204,203,200_Hey! We’re super-excited to let you know that Torontonian Graphic Novelist Walter Scott has a brand new piece of experimental theatre premiering at the Rhubarb Festival! Walter Scott is the author of WENDY, which is a graphic novel about art school, which is a graphic novel we all liked a great deal over here. We think you’ll like it too, and if this play is just is good, well, make sure to pick up your ticket.

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WENDY’S REVENGE  February 25 // 10:00PM  // in the chamber
Wendy, an armoured space pirate, is informed by her naturopath that in order to exorcize her abdominal pain, she has to find her ex-boyfriend and kill him.
Created and performed by Walter Scott // curated by Videofag

Full event and ticket info available online at
http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-37th-rhubarb-festival/

– Chris @ The Beguiling

P.S.: Official friend of The Beguiling “Art is Hard Productions” also has a show at the Rhubarb, on February 21st as part of the “Take Your Space” Installation, 7pm-9pm.  Check that out too!

TOKYO GODFATHERS FEB 8 – The Beguiling & Revue Cinema

The Revue Cinema and The Beguiling Books & Art present…
SATOSHI KON’S TOKYO GODFATHERS
First Canadian Screening of new digital print!

February 8, 2016. 7PM
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.

The Beguiling is proud to join The Revue Cinema for the return of their monthly anime series, kicking off with a special screening of the acclaimed TOKYO GODFATHERS (2003).

From the award winning anime director Satoshi Kon, the visionary behind PERFECT BLUE and MILLENIUM ACTRESS, and the legendary anime studio Madhouse, the creative force behind X, VAMPIRE HUNTER D and NINJA SCROLL, TOKYO GODFATHERS tells the story of three homeless people who discover an abandoned baby and join together to reuinte mother and child. Now in a brand new digital print, premiering at this screening!

Running time 92 min. Rated 14A
Screening at 7PM – doors open at 6PM!
Admission $12 general / $9 students/members
Prizes!

January’s screening of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO was entirely sold out, so get your tickets fast!

Tickets: http://tokyogodfathers.eventbrite.ca

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UPDATE: Chippendale / DeForge / DrNaso event now at Smiling Buddha, FEB 18, 6pm

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D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Featuring Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso
Thursday February 18th, 2016
Doors at 6pm, creators go on stage around 6:30pm.

@ Smiling Budda, 961 College St (at Dovercourt)
Free to attend

UPDATE: This event is now at Smiling Buddha, 961 College St., to give all involved a little elbow room.

Hey Toronto! D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

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Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

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DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

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Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

EVENT: CHIPPENDALE & DEFORGE & DRNASO TORONTO FEB 18

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D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Featuring Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso
Thursday February 18th, 2016
Doors at 6pm, creators on around 6:30pm.

@ Smiling Buddha, 961 College st (At Dovercourt)
Free to attend

Hey Toronto! D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

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Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

BIG-KIDScover

DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

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Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

EVENT: CHIPPENDALE & DEFORGE & DRNASO TORONTO FEB 18

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D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Featuring Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso
Thursday February 18th, 2016
Doors at 6pm, creators on around 6:30pm.

@ Smiling Buddha, 961 College st (At Dovercourt)
Free to attend

Hey Toronto! D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

pukeforcecover

Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

BIG-KIDScover

DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

beverly-cover

Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

ANNOUNCING: DAN CLOWES IN TORONTO FOR ‘PATIENCE’

12d79188-dd8a-4be7-8c82-4b09dcb2425fThe Beguiling and Toronto Public Library are proud to announce that they will host the kick-off for Daniel Clowes’ PATIENCE book tour, on Monday, February 29th, 2016, at Toronto Reference Library in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. The event will start at 7:00pm and last approximately 90 minutes.

Advance copies of PATIENCE will be made available for sale at this event (its official release date is not until March), and Clowes and Seth will both be signing for fans following the event.

If you would like a guaranteed ticket to the event, and a guaranteed copy of the new book, The Beguiling is currently selling VOUCHERS in store, good for one copy of the book and a ticket to the event, and redeemable at the event itself.

Further tickets will be made available via the Toronto Public Library website, some time in the new year.

Our thanks to Fantagraphics, Daniel Clowes, Seth, and Toronto Public Library for their support of this event.

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ABOUT PATIENCE:

Patience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination.

Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.

ABOUT DANIEL CLOWES:

Daniel Clowes was born in Chicago, Il. on April 14, 1961. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 1984.

He began his career as an “alternative” or “underground” cartoonist in 1985 with the short-lived comic book series Lloyd Llewellyn, a feature loosely based around the adventures of a private detective which, in its gleeful embrace of the detritus of post-war pop culture (1950s science fiction, bad detective fiction, Russ Meyer movies, EC comics, etc) predated many of the popular art trends of subsequent decades. He ended the series in 1987, anxious to move forward with different types of storytelling.

In 1989, he created the seminal comic book series, Eightball, which has since housed almost his entire body of work. Eightball’s consistent evolution has been remarkable, continually setting new standards for comic art for 17 years. The first among many stories to gain notice were the darkly comic Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, and his savage take on the comics industry, Pussey!. These were followed in the mid-90s by the breakthrough hit Ghost World, the dark, complex magnum opus, David Boring, and an acclaimed short story collection, CaricatureEightball has earned the artist a large following and amassed multiple Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Comics Awards (the Oscars, Golden Globes, and ISP awards of the comics industry), more than any other cartoonist during the past 20 years. His most recent issue of Eightball features The Death Ray, a dazzling tale of deranged teen superheroics, and stands among the very best work of his career, as he continues to expand in both form and content the parameters of his comic book universe.

In 2001, the adaptation of his graphic novel Ghost World, based on a script by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff, was released to great acclaim, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and winning the Independent Sprit award, among many others. Their second collaboration, Art School Confidential, written by Clowes and starring John Malkovich and Jim Broadbent, was released in 2006.

Clowes was the first cartoonist to be selected for Esquire’s annual fiction issue in 1998. In 1995 he created the much-praised animated video for the Ramones’ “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.” He designed the packaging for Coca-Cola’s OK Soda, and created the poster illustration for Todd Solondz’s Happiness. His work has appeared in The New Yorker,TimeNewsweek and many other magazines.

He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Erika and son Charles, and their beagle Ella. His most recent books are Ice Haven (Pantheon), Wilson (Drawn & Quarterly), Mister Wonderful (Pantheon), which compiles his 20-episode strip in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Death Ray (Drawn & Quarterly), which reprints the story from Eightball#23 in hardcover format.

In 2011 Clowes received the PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature.

WEDNESDAY: The Secret Loves of Geek Girls Book Launch Event!

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls Book Launch & Party!
Wednesday, December 9th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St.
FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/542442252587035/

11988683_1725291301024703_7084644556586977135_n (1)This summer’s hottest Kickstarter sensation is here and it’s time to party! Please join us in celebrating the launch of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls at Page and Panel: The TCAF Store!

An all-female comic/text anthology of true stories about love, romance, and sex, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a celebration of the stories we tell each other but never make public–until now! Clocking in at 250 pages, it contains new work by Margaret Atwood, Sam Maggs, Roberta Gregory, Fiona Smyth, and Mariko Tamaki!

Guests in attendance at the launch may include: Sanya Anwar (webcomic creator), Meaghan Carter (webcomic creator), Alicia Constabile (game designer), Stephanie Cooke (writer), Erin Cossar (writer, artist), Leslie Doyle (artist), Gillian G (writer, artist), Megan Kearney (webcomic creator), Janet Hetherington (writer, artist), Cherelle Higgins (writer), Adrienne Kress (young adult author), Diana McCallum (creator Texts From Superheroes, Cracked.com writer), Twiggy Tallant (The Nerdy Stripper), and Emma Woolley (Games critic).

There will be special cocktails available as well as hors d’oeuvres without waiters… aka snacks!

If you ordered a copy through the Kickstarter, you can pick it at the event. There will also be copies available for sale. Pick up a book and get it signed by many of the contributors!

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is The Book of 2015 and the launch will be The Party, so don’t miss it!

DEC 17: It’s The Beguiling & Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party!

The Fifth-Ever Beguiling, Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Jughead, Kaptara, A Softer World Holiday Party 2015!
Featuring Erica Henderson, Emily Horne, Kagan McLeod, Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, & Special Guests!
Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 7:30pm-10pm (Doors at 7pm)
@ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor
FREE TO ATTEND

A holiday tradition returns, as The Beguiling is once again thrilled to welcome one and all to our almost-annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party & Book Launch, featuring our good friend Ryan North! This year Ryan will be joined by a star-studded list of good pals and collaborators on his projects, including Erica Henderson (artist on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Jughead), Chip Zdarsky (writer on Jughead and Kaptara), Kagan McLeod (aritst on Kaptara), and Emily Horne, of the recently-completed comic strip A Softer World! Plus, who knows, a few special guests and a few special books might make an appearance as well!

All of our guests will be getting together for some holiday cheer, with a fun on-stage interview, and a book signing too! Get your comics signed, or buy comics there (courtesy of The Beguiling) to get signed for yourself or for gifts! There’s nothing better than signed comics for Christmas gifts!

Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA event! Read on for details!

All of this is happening Thursday, December 17th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W., near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there!

SECRET SANTA RULES:

We’re holding a SECRET SANTA at this event! Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one has to if they don’t want to because choice is important!

If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of about $5-$10.
– Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
– At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
– Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.

Local Comic Shop Day at The Beguiling

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On Saturday, November 28th, The Beguiling (along with Little Island Comics and Page & Panel) will be celebrating Local Comic Shop Day!

We’ll have a selection of LCSD exclusives for sale, in addition to our usual selection of every comic you could possibly desire! You should come!

There are a bunch of great comics that are Local Comic Shop Day exclusives, some of which are available in super-limited quantities. For the make sure the maximum number of people get a chance to take part, we’ll be instituting an exciting game of chance! Roll the dice for a chance to purchase the rarest of LCSD books!

See you there!

UPDATED AGAIN: Craig Thompson is at U of T this Thursday, 4pm-5pm!

Please note the updated location and time:

Craig Thompson @ U of T
Interviewed by The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4pm-5pm
@ St Michael’s College Muzzo Family Alumni Hall – AH 100
121 St. Joseph Street
Free to attend

Just a quick note that the good folks at the University of Toronto have opened up a bunch of spaces for non-students to see a lecture and presentation by Craig Thompson this Thursday. The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe will be interviewing Craig Thompson and moderating a Q&A between him and the attendees, so it should be really good actually. We’ll also be on hand selling books, including the new Drawn & Quarterly edition of Blankets and many of his other fine releases.

This event is in addition to our already-announced event, with Craig reading/presenting from his new all-ages graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS, which takes place at 6pm on Wednesday.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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