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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SATURDAY MAY 7TH! CREATOR SIGNING, SALE, AND MORE!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
The Beguiling, 601 Markham St., 12pm-6pm
Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St., 12pm-6pm
Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St., 9am-5pm
w/ Special Creator Signing @ P&P

Come one, come all to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016! All three stores are going to be participating in the event this year and each will be offering a different selection of the available comics! In addition, all three stores will be offering  a sale of 10% off all in-print comics and graphic novels all day Saturday! 

At The Beguiling and Little Island Comics, the event will start at 12pm. The Beguiling will be set-up out in front of the store, and they’ll mostly be offering comics for grown-ups and bestsellers at the shop. Little Island will be set up inside the store, and will be offering all-ages friendly books. The rain-out location for the event is inside Litttle Island for all titles. There will be a limit on the number of titles at each store, TBD on the day of the event!

At Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, the event will start at the store’s open at 9am! They’ll They’ll have a broad selection of titles based on TCAF exhibitors and creator owned books. IN ADDITION, Page & Panel will welcome Dylan Burnett, artist of the new Boom Studios book WEAVERS #1 for an in-store signing from 9am until at least noon! Come meet Dylan, buy a copy of WEAVERS #1, get it signed, get a sketch!

Here’s a list of books that may be available at each store:

loveandrocketsAt The Beguiling: Archie #1, BOOM Studios Summer Blast, Dark Horse Serenity Hellboy Aliens, Suicide Squad #1, Camp Midnight, ROM: Space Knight, Avengers/Civil War II, Valiant 4001AD Special, MOONCOP!, Lady Mechanika, We Can Never Go Home / Young Terrorists, CBLDF: Defend Comics!, Bruce Lee Dragon Rises, Love & Rockets, Grant Morrison’s Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness, Attack On Titan, Captain America, The Tick, 2000AD Special, MARCH, Street Fighter V Special, Z2 Comics Lab, and ONE PUNCH MAN!!!. Plus comics from previous editions of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Limit 5 Books Per Person. 

dreamjumperAt Little Island: Archie, Bongo Comics (Simpsons!), Boom Studios Summer Blast, Bob’s Burgers, Camp Midnight, ROM, Perfect Square Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, CBLDF: Defend Comics! Legend of Korra/How To Train Your Fragon, DC Superhero Girls, SCIENCE COMICS! (First Second), Dream Jumper (Graphix), Strawberry Shortcake, Captain America, Hilda & The Stone Forest, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, Sanjay & Craig / Harvey Beaks, MARCH, Spongebob Squarepants, One Punch Man / My Hero Academia, Z2 Comics Lab, Plus comics from previous editions of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Limit 5 Books Per Person. 

sciencecomicsAt Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop: Archie, Bongo Comics, Boom Studios Summer Blast, Serenity/Hellboy/Aliens, DC Comics Gold, Bob’s Burgers, Camp Midnight, ROM Space Knight, Avengers, Doctor Who, Valiant 4001 AD, VIZ Perfect Square Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, Lady Mechanika, We Can Never Go Home / Young Terrorists, CBLDF: Defend Comics, Legend of Korra/How To Train Your Dragon, DC Super Hero Girls, MOONCOP!, Grumpy Cat, Love & Rockets, Science Comics, Grant Morrison’s Avatarex, Graphix: Dream Jumper, Attack on Titan Anthology, Captain America, The Tick, Hilda & The Stone Forest, Junior Braves of the Apocalupse, MARCH, Street Fighter V Special, Spongebob, VIZ One Punch Man, Z2 Comics Lab. Plus comics from previous editions of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Limit 5 Books Per Person. 

Alright! So we’ll see you this Saturday, May 7th, at Page & Panel, The Beguiling, and Little Island Comics for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

ABOUT WEAVERS #1

WEAVERS #1
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Dylan Burnett

What’s to Love: From The Godfather to The Sopranos, organized crime stories have always fascinated us. Weavers is a macabre story with a twist on the familiar drama of dons, capos, and made men, mixing in supernatural elements that only writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Cry Havoc) can think up. It’s perfect for fans of Day Men or Scalped!

What It Is: Sid, a young man with nothing going for himself, becomes an unlikely new addition to The Weavers, a brutal, East Coast crime family whose members are bound to loyalty thanks to the supernatural spider inside each one of them, granting them powerful—and often grotesque—abilities. Once he realizes what he’s capable of, Sid sets out to pursue his own secret agenda, counter to the group’s objectives. But he doesn’t have much time—the longer the spider is inside him, the more loyal he becomes to The Weavers…
32pgs, FC (1 of 6) US$3.99

Event: SPIRITED AWAY Screening! Beguiling Anime @ The Revue

Spirited Away Film Screening
Thursday, May 5th, 2016, @ 7PM
@ The Revue Cinema, 400 Rocesvalles Ave, Toronto
Tickets on sale now.

The Beguiling is proud to continue sponsoring The Revue Cinema’s monthly anime screenings, with a special screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece SPIRITED AWAY! An absolutely incredible film, packed with rich details that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Page & Panel will be on hand at the screening selling anime-related goodies, and there’ll be prizes too!  See you there!

SPIRITED AWAY
Japan, 2001, 125min. Eng. dub
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, SPIRITED AWAY cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

Digital print (2K) courtesy GKids Inc.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Kramers Ergot 9 In-Store Signing

Kramers Ergot 9 In-Store Signing
With Editor Sammy Harkham & Friends
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
(Final location TBD)

Good news everyone! Our good friend Sammy Harkham is bringing the tour for the release of the brand new KRAMERS ERGOT 9 to Toronto on Tuesday, June 14th! We’ve been fortunate to work on a number of great Kramers events with Sammy over the years, including volume 4, volume 6, and volume 7, not to mention lots of great visits to Toronto for TCAF.

For this tour-stop, the final list of participating cartoonists is still coming together but is currently scheduled to include Andy Burkholder, Michael DeForge, Sammy Harkham, Kevin Huizenga, Patrick Kyle, and John Pham. We think more cartoonists will be joining too, keep your eyes peeled for updates.

The utterly gorgeous Kramers Ergot 9 is now available at The Beguiling, and it is so much nicer than any sort of digital photo can capture, come see it in person a.s.a.p.

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EVENT: JOYRIDE #1 LAUNCH WITH CREATORS MARCUS TO, IRMA KNIIVILA, NIMIT MALAVIA

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JOYRIDE #1 LAUNCH AND SIGNING
with Marcus To, Irma Kniivila, and Nimit Malavia
Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

Come one, come all, to the launch of the new mini-series JOYRIDE, illustrated by Toronto’s own Marcus To! Previous of the hacktivist minis, and soon to be regular pencil artist on Nightwing for DC Rebirth, JOYRIDE is a far-future sci-fi series about a group of rebellious young people that bring try to bring down an oppressive government, and all involved getting more than they bargained for!

Marcus To will be signing at Page & Panel on April 21st, the day after the book’s release, and he’ll be joined by Toronto artist and Joyride series colourist Irma Kniivila, AND the first issue’s variant cover artist Nimit Malavia (that’s their cover up-top). It’s gonna be a great signing and a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll come by and check it out!

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ABOUT JOYRIDE #1:

In the future, Earth sucks. The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the dumb World Government Alliance watching over them, training children to join the militarized Allied Youth and eliminating all resistance with a giant ray gun. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first and leaps before she looks, and when she gets a strange message from outside the barricades of SafeSky, she jacks a spaceship and punches through the stratosphere with an unlikely crew of teens who are totally not ready for what they’re about to find.

UPDATE: EVENT: CHESTER BROWN’S ‘MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS’ APRIL 20

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Chester Brown, in conversation with Reverend Maggie Helwig and Alex Tigchelaar
In support of his new book Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus
Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00pm
@ St. Stephen’s-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Free to attend. Presented by The Beguiling.

UPDATE: This event will be taking place on Wednesday April 20th, not the previously announced date.

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A Comic­Strip Memoir about being a John returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked ­about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

MARYWEPT_coverBrown will discuss his new work on stage with Reverend Maggie Helwig and writer Alex Tigchelaar in what is sure to be a fascinating conversation at St. Stephen’s-In-The-Fields Church, at College and Bellvue Street. The event takes place Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm, and is free to the public to attend.

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

About Chester Brown:

Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award­-winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self­publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at 23, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. His latest publication is Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.

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APR 21: Joyride #1 Launch with To, Kniivila, Nimit @ Page & Panel

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JOYRIDE #1 LAUNCH AND SIGNING
with Marcus To, Irma Kniivila, and Nimit Malavia
Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

Come one, come all, to the launch of the new mini-series JOYRIDE, illustrated by Toronto’s own Marcus To! Previous of the hacktivist minis, and soon to be regular pencil artist on Nightwing for DC Rebirth, JOYRIDE is a far-future sci-fi series about a group of rebellious young people that bring try to bring down an oppressive government, and all involved getting more than they bargained for!

Marcus To will be signing at Page & Panel on April 21st, the day after the book’s release, and he’ll be joined by Toronto artist and Joyride series colourist Irma Kniivila, AND the first issue’s variant cover artist Nimit Malavia (that’s their cover up-top). It’s gonna be a great signing and a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll come by and check it out!

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ABOUT JOYRIDE #1:

In the future, Earth sucks. The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the dumb World Government Alliance watching over them, training children to join the militarized Allied Youth and eliminating all resistance with a giant ray gun. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first and leaps before she looks, and when she gets a strange message from outside the barricades of SafeSky, she jacks a spaceship and punches through the stratosphere with an unlikely crew of teens who are totally not ready for what they’re about to find.

MAY 4: Teva Harrison’s IN-BETWEEN DAYS BOOK LAUNCH

In-Between Days Book Launch
With author Teva Harrison and host Rachel Giese
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, @ 7PM
@ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W., Toronto
Free to attend

Please join us in celebrating the launch of Teva Harrison’s new memoir In-Between Days.  You may have seen excerpts from this important work in The Walrus over the past year or so, an unique mix of prose, poetry, and comics. Teva will be in attendance presenting from the book, and will be interviewed on stage by co-host Rachel Giese. The Beguling will be in attendance at this event as the official booksellers, and we hope to see you at this event.

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ABOUT IN-BETWEEN DAYS

Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.

Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.

EVENT: Svetlana Chmakova at Page & Panel Saturday March 19th!

Sevetlana Chmakova signs AWKWARD
Saturday, March 19th, 2pm-4pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St
(Inside Toronto Reference Library)
Free to attend!

Awkward-CoverLittle Island Comics and Page & Panel are proud to welcome author Svetlana Chmakova as she signs her new graphic novel Awkward! Perfect for fans of the work of Raina Telgemeier, like Smile, Sisters, or Drama, Awkward is a great middlegrade graphic novel about the difficulty making friends outside of your social circle. It’s been one of Little Island Comics’ bestsellers since its release late last year, and we’re so thrilled that Svetlana will be back in Toronto so we can have an official signing with her!

Svetlana will be signing at Page & Panel, located in Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, on Saturday, March 19th, from 1pm-3pm. Please stop by to get your copy of Awkward signed!

ABOUT

Svetlana Chmakova broke onto the scene with the release of the popular graphic novel series DramaCon, published by Tokyopop. Since then she has created another original series, Nightschool, and adapted James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series into a manga format, both for Yen Press/Hachette.

ANDY BELANGER SIGNS “SOUTHERN CROSS” @ THE BEGUILING SATURDAY MARCH 12

Andy Belanger, artist & co-creator of SOUTHERN CROSS
In-Store Signing 
THIS SATURDAY, March 12, 1pm-3pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
FREE

This Saturday, come meet Andy Belanger, co-creator of the hit Image Comics sci-fi series SOUTHERN CROSS, in-store at The Beguiling! He’ll be signing copies of Southern Cross and all of his work from 1pm to 3pm in store.

SOUTHERN CROSS is a great, atomspheric, intense comic series, the first trade paperback is now available, you should absolutely be reading it anyway, so why not come grab a trade and meet the guy drawing it all at the same time?

See you Saturday!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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EVENT: ANOTHER CASTLE #1 SIGNING @ P&P MARCH 2nd

ANOTHER CASTLE #1 Book Launch!
With author Andrew Wheeler
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St.
Free to attend

ACASTLE-1-4x6-COMP-SOLICIT-WEB-600x923Page & Panel is proud to welcome Andrew Wheeler to the shop, to sign his very first comic, Another Castle, a new series from Oni Press! Wheeler will be in-store signing on the book’s release date, March 2nd, from 6pm-8pm.

You may have seen ANOTHER CASTLE previewed in the recent “Coming Soon” free preview that we’ve been giving away from our friends at Oni Press! You may not have known that the author of one of those stories was Torontonian, but, surprise! He is, and it’s his first comic, and wouldn’t it be nice for you to come say hello and support him at his launch? Also, the comic’s good, so that helps.

tumblr_inline_nwp0ytfU601r2ab65_540ANOTHER CASTLE is about a princess who decides to take control of her story, to save herself when captured, and fight for her kingdom and her freedom. If you’ve been enjoying books like Zodiac StarforceBatgirlJem and the HologramsMs. Marvel, or Hellcat, we think you’ll probably want to give this one a shot. 🙂

See you March 2nd!