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SEP22: The Wrenchies Release Party with Farel Dalrymple!

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THE WRENCHIES – Release Party
With author Farel Dalrymple!
Monday, September 22, @ 7PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Free to attend!

Presented by The Beguiling & First Second Books

Come one, come all, to fête Farel Dalrymple, author of one of this fall’s most confounding and excellent graphic novels, The Wrenchies, in a special event presented by The Beguiling!

Farel will be in Toronto this Monday, September 22nd, touring this excellent and highly-regarded new metatextual work. He’ll be doing a presentation from the book, answering questions about it, and just generally being charming and insightful. Farel is the author of Pop Gun War and Smith’s Adventures in the Supermundane and It Will All Hurt, and also teamed with Jonathan Lethem to illustrate Omega The Unknown for Marvel Comics! He’s an amazing talent!

If you haven’t read The Wrenchies yet: DO! It’s a post-apocalyptic piece of sci-fi, and a superhero book, and a story about how an awkward young man interacts with superhero books, and a story about creating a work that literally must echo through the ages in order to save the world, and save the author. It’s difficult and has a great energy and we’re really excited about it (can you tell?).

See you Monday!

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OCT30: OSCP Volume 6 Release Event with saicoink!

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OSCP: Open Spaces and Closed Places
Volume 6 Launch Event with author saicoink
Thursday, October 30, @ 6pm (Talk at 7pm)
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Presented by The Beguiling!

The Beguiling is proud to present the release of OSCP V6, by saicoink. The long-awaited conclusion to the OSCP series (which we’ve been carrying for a really long time! :D ) will be celebrated with an on-stage talk and signing with the cartoonist.

You may be familiar with saicoink’s work through the volumes carried at The Beguiling, or through her exhibiting at TCAF for years now! We’re really excited for the conclusion of this  shonen-ai (oldschool!) series, with its distinct Suehiro Maruo influences.

Hopefully we see you early on the 30th for our event!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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SEP 20: Eric Orchard launches ‘MADDY KETTLE’ at Little Island!

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Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch
Canadian Launch and Art Show, with author Eric Orchard!
Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 12pm-2pm
@ Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto
FREE!

Little Island Comics is delighted to host the Canadian launch of Toronto cartoonist Eric Orchard’s first full-length graphic novel, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch. Eric will be signing copies of his new book and doing a live drawing demonstration for kids at Little Island Comics on Saturday, September 20th. Original art from Maddy Kettle will be on display for your enjoyment! Hooray!

About Maddy Kettle:
Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents’ bookstore… especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats! Now Maddy’s on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she’ll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more… Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They’ll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy’s courage, compassion, and creativity. Full of surprises and stunning artwork, Maddy Kettle is a truly magical debut for Spectrum-Award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard. Climb aboard and let your imagination soar!

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TONIGHT! John Porcellino launch & film screening! 9:15PM

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A Night with John Porcellino + King Cat Comix
Book Launch & Film Screening
Presented by The Beguiling, D&Q,  and Hot Docs Bloor Cinema

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, @ 9:15PM
@ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
$$: Standard Bloor Cinema Admission

Come one, come all, to celebrate the King Cat himself, John Porcellino. John will be in town to launch his new graphic novel The Hospital Suite from Drawn & Quarterly, and to be fetted in the new documentary about his life, ‘Root Hog or Die.’

The evening will feature a slideshow presentation from the book by John, a screening of the film, a moderated Q&A, and a book signing too! It’s gonna be a great night. Tickets are available through Hot Docs Bloor Cinema, or at the door.

This is going to be an amazing evening, don’t miss out!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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LAUNCH PARTY! The Jewish Comix Anthology V1 October 16

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You’re cordially invited!

The Jewish Comix Anthology V1 Launch Party!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 7PM-10PM
@ The Koffler Center of the Arts,
180 Shaw Street, Toronto (between Dundas & Queen)
Free to attend!

Please join us for what is sure to be a great celebration of The Jewish Comix Anthology Volume 1, a brand new collection of comix artwork featuring over 40 comics creators from around the world! Includes full stories and excerpts from creators including Art SPiegelman, Clifford Meth, Ernie Chau, Harvey Pekar, Koe Infurnari, Joe Kubert, Karen Katz, Miriam Libicki, Terry LaBan, Trina Robbins, Will Eisner and more!

The party will be a wonderful event showcasing original artwork from the book, with many of the creators on hand to discuss their contributions and sign their work. There will also be an on-stage discussion, live music, and refreshments too!

The Jewish Comix Anthology Volume 1 is currently available for sale at The Beguiling, and will also be available at the event.

See ya there!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Mirvish Village Sidewalk Sale Sep 20-21, Feat: The Beguiling & Little Island

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Mirvish VIllage Sidewalk Sale
Featuring The Beguiling & Little Island
Saturday Sept 20 & Sun Sept 21, 10am-4pm
601 Markham Street and environs….

The Beguiling & Little Island will be participating in the Mirvish Village Sidewalk Sale! It’s taking place Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st, from 10am to 4pm each day. We’ll have a bunch of special deals on all manner of product, so swing by and say hello!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Event: Chilly Tales!
Book Launch Event October 23rd

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Chilly Tales: Comics From The Canadian Undertundra
Book Launch and Party!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 7PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Presented by The Beguiling

The Beguiling is proud to present a launch party for CHILLY TALES, an anthology of Canadian independent and underground comic book artists and writers. The event will take place at The Central on October 23rd, featuring some of the many artists featured in the book!

About Chilly Tales: Featuring previously-unpublished works by a huge range of Canadian cartoonists, this book will not disappoint! The complete roster of artists includes:

Fiona Smyth, Keith McLean, Dakota McFadzean, Somya Singh, Elaine Will, Ian McMurray, Oliver Henry McTavish-Wisder, Ksenia Kozhevnikova, Josh Rosen, Marc Bell, Mark Connery, Josh Holinaty, Jesse Bochner, Jay Moysey, Colin Upton, Jeff Fenwick, Robb Mirsky, Rosena Fung, Angel Chen, Wm Brian MacLean, Shira Haberman, Noam Sussman, Marta Chudolinska, Drue Langlois, Myles Langlois, Jason Bradshaw, Hyein Lee, and Jordan Bursach.

Strap on your snowshoes and get to your nearest comic book store. Slap down a mitten full of toonies and get yourself a copy of CHILLY TALES, a veritable Hinterland Who’s Who of Canadian underground art.

Thanks to 11th Dimension Press for supporting this event!

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Event: Aaron Manczyk’s PANTHOR #1 Launch October 9

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Featuring author Aaron Manczyk
Thursday, October 9, 2014
@ The Central, 603 Markham St.
Presented by The Beguiling
18+

From the author of “Cumlung” and “Strokes of Genius” comes his latest and greatest creation: PANTHOR. He’s a mercenary, and some bad men need him to do a an even worse job. He’ll do it, but on HIS terms. And there’ll be a whole lot of nude killing. Really, really nude.

Look, this is going to be a book launch, but there might also be wrestling? At least arm wrestling. And an interview. And PANTHOR.

You were warned.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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ART SPIEGELMAN: WHAT THE %@&*! HAPPENED TO COMICS? – TICKETS NOW ON SALE @ THE BEGUILING

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Monday, January 26, 2015 | 7 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema,
506 Bloor St W, Toronto
General $39, Students $29 

This winter, The Koffler Centre of the Arts will present a remarkable evening with Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator, comic book legend and author of Maus.

Tickets for this event, which are $39 General Admission, $29 for Students, are now on sale at The Beguiling (in-store only). All tickets purchased at The Beguiling will entitle the purchaser to $10 off the regular price of Spiegelman’s newest book, CO-MIX, an important and gorgeous career retrospective. Valid only at time of ticket purchase. Valid student I.D. required for Student Ticket pricing.

For more info visit: http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/art-spiegelman-what-the-happened-to-comics-tickets-now-on-sale-the-beguiling/

 

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Art Spiegelman: What the %@&*! Happened to Comics? – Tickets now on sale @ The Beguiling

Art Spiegelman: What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?
Monday, January 26, 2015 | 7 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W, Toronto
General $39, Students $29 

This winter, The Koffler Centre of the Arts will present a remarkable evening with Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator, comic book legend and author of Maus.

Tickets for this event, which are $39 General Admission, $29 for Students, are now on sale at The Beguiling (in-store only). All tickets purchased at The Beguiling will entitle the purchaser to $10 off the regular price of Spiegelman’s newest book, CO-MIX, an important and gorgeous career retrospective. Valid only at time of ticket purchase. Valid student I.D. required for Student Ticket pricing.

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About This Event:
Art Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting cartoon styles and sometimes controversial contents. In his talk What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. In our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.” Presented by The Koffler Centre kofflerarts.org.

About Art Spiegelman in Toronto:
This December, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will pay homage to Art Spiegelman with an exhibition highlighting the breadth of his career. Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective opens at the AGO on December 20, 2014, and runs to March 14, 2015. Embracing the belief that comics are a medium for personal expression, Spiegelman once noted, “Spiegel means mirror in German, so what sounds like one more Jewish name co-mixes languages to form a sentence: Art mirrors man.” Spiegelman has drawn inspiration from a wide range of sources in his work including politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction. Maus, a two-volume graphic novel  that recounts his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz, was the first and only work of its genre to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1992. The AGO’s presentation of Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective will display original manuscripts of Maus, rarely seen due to their fragility. The exhibition also features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers. For more information, please visit ago.net.

About Art Spiegelman:
Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the bookshelves. As part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids; in 1980 he founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine; and in 1992 won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus – which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. In 2004, Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004; in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People; and in 2006 was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. He was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2007, and in 2008 played himself on an episode of The Simpsons.

Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2011, marking only the third time an American has received the honor. The honor also included a retrospective exhibition of his artwork, shown in the Pompidou Center and traveled to the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum in NYC, and the last stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario.