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Comic Shop Ladies’ Night at The Beguiling, Saturday July 22!

Comic Shop Ladies Night @ The Beguiling
Saturday, July 22nd, 7pm – 11pm
@ The Beguiling,  319 College St., Toronto
FREE! With a list of your five favourite female comic creators, or maybe five you feel warrant further reading. #CSLNTO

Summer is finally here and so is Comic Shop Ladies Night! Join us at The Beguiling for a special ladies night event in July with comics, coloring, door prizes, snacks, drinks, lotsa ladies and even more fun!

Comic Shop Ladies Night is back in full sun for Summer! This is a ladies only event* where you can embrace your geeky side, share your opinions on movies, TV shows and video games, and discover new comics, as well as new friends! So come spend the evening with other nerdy ladies in a casual environment, surrounded by three of the greatest things ever, comics, merch and food.

This Ladies Night will be held at the new Beguiling location on College St in downtown Toronto. The store has tons of comics, toys and merch and will be open for business all night with special sales just for Ladies Night attendees. We’ll also have amazing door prizes being raffled off all night!

As always, we’ll have a nerdy photo booth and our popular colouring table, so bring your pencils and imagination. Check out pics from past events and share your own using #CSLNTO!

Snacks and beverages will be provided. We’re also pleased to welcome back Muskoka Breweries as our wonderful drink sponsor! (If you’d like to bring snacks to share too that’d be just swell, just make sure we know what’s in them.)

So come on out and enjoy the nice weather chatting and snacking with other great geeky gals. First timers and serial attendees are all welcome, but don’t forget to RSVP get your name entered for the door prizes!

*This event is intended for all women and is emphatically queer and trans friendly! 

** While this location is accessible, we regret that there are not accessible washrooms. 

About The Beguiling 
Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.

July 11: Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: LAUNCH w/ Jonny Sun

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too Book Launch
Featuring creator Jonny Sun and interviewer Anne T Donahue
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library Atrium
Free to attend

Internet sensation Jonny Sun has made a book! It wasn’t quite out yet at TCAF, but that didn’t stop hundreds of fans from visiting him at the show! Well now the book IS out, and Jonny is coming back to Toronto to launch it!

Join Jonny Sun for a special on-stage presentation and interview with writer Anne T. Donahue, on Tuesday, July  11th, at 7pm in Toronto Reference Library’s Atrium. Jonny will present from his new book Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. A signing will follow.

Books will be sold at the event courtesy of Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!

 

July 11: Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: LAUNCH w/ Jonny Sun

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too Book Launch
Featuring creator Jonny Sun and interviewer Anne T. Donahue
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library Atrium
Free to attend

Internet sensation Jonny Sun has made a book! It wasn’t quite out yet at TCAF, but that didn’t stop hundreds of fans from visiting him at the show! Well now the book IS out, and Jonny is coming back to Toronto to launch it!

Join Jonny Sun for a special on-stage presentation and interview with Anne T. Donahue on Tuesday, July  11th, at 7pm in Toronto Reference Library’s Atrium. Jonny will present from his new book Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. A signing will follow.

Books will be sold at the event courtesy of Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop!

JUNE 16: I AM A HERO – Movie Screening at TJFF

I AM A HERO – MOVIE SCREENING
Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 7:30PM
At The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
Tickets $12

Part of The Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are proud once again to help support The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, presented by The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. This year, we will be the screening partners for I AM A HERO, based on the excellent manga by Kengo Hanazawa, currently being released by Dark Horse! The sole screening will take place Friday, June 16th, 2017, at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available!

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is always filled with great films, many of them with their origins in popular manga. This year the two that really stand out to me are Midnight Diner, and This Corner of the World.

In Midnight Diner, four different but related short stories are told through visits to a small Japanese ‘diner’ and the somewhat mysterious cook and owner. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this one already and I liked it a lot, it was really well-crafted, and contemporary, and you could feel the depth of story that being adapted from manga brought to the page. This movie was also so successful in Japan that it has already spawned a sequel (maybe two!), and been continued on Netflix as Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, which you can watch even in Canada ;). Check it out.

I wanted to mention In This Corner of the World because it was also adapted from a bestselling manga by Fumiyo Kono, but also because of a connection it has to another important animated movie. In This Corner of the World is about a young woman in Kure, in the south of Japan, who is married to a Navy Officer in the Japanese military. Her life is radically changed when the war and the intense shelling and bombing comes to Kure. What you might not know is that the powerful Studio Ghibli film Grave of the Fireflies is also set in and around the Kure region of Japan, in roughly the same time period, and that will inevitibly make these two films interesting companions going forward. I’m looking forward to seeing In This Corner of the World a great deal now.

The full program for The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is online now at http://jccc.on.ca/tjff/films/, and we hope you get a chance to get out and see some great movies.

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

 

JUNE 15: ZEROWAVE BOOK LAUNCH @ PAGE & PANEL

ZEROWAVE Book Launch
With Author Chris Eng
Thursday, June 15th, 7pm-9pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1313421292087045/

Celebrate the release of new punk/K-pop queer romance novel, ZeroWave, at Page & Panel in the Toronto Reference Library with a reading by author Chris Eng and maybe some K-pop talk. Okay, probably some K-pop talk. Look, he talks about K-pop a lot – we can pretty much guarantee some K-pop talk. Anyway, join him, won’t you?

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Kettle’s got a lot on her mind. There’s the usual – stupid stuff at home, crappy job, even crappier boyfriend, and then there’s a couple of other things, too. Like the realization that she’s not so into that four-chord, two-minute, hard-driving punk scene, and that just maybe 12 really pretty boys as they sing some pretty shiny pop is more her thing. And maybe – just maybe – that the hot girl with the tattoos and the pretty shiny life might just be more her thing, too.

ZeroWave, the second Hoodieripper punk romance from writer Chris Eng, is set against the dueling, fervent fandoms of DIY punk and the glossy, complicated world of K-Pop. A sexy, thoughtful love letter to being an outsider in a scene of outsiders, ZeroWave is about finding the courage to find yourself – and your ultimate bias.

SAT MAY 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Free comics, great creator signings, and more!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 11am-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend – Limit 5 Comics Per Person

Update! Page & Panel will now welcome Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) signing from 2pm-4pm!

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are happy to announce that they will be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a day where you can come to either shop and grab a few free comic books, from a special selection of titles that we’ll have available on the day of (list below). And remember, this event is all about introducing new readers to comics, so if you can, bring a friend out, check out the new stores, make a day of it. 🙂

But wait, there’s more! We’re also super lucky to have some great creators who will be signing at both shops on Saturday, doing free sketches for folks and with their own books for sale (and some giveaways too!). Here’s the schedule:

Jason Loo has a new story in the Chapterhouse FCBD book!

The Beguiling

  • 11:00-2:00: Meaghan Carter (Take Off!), Brian McLachlan & Son (Draw Out The Story), Andrew Wheeler (Freelance, Another Castle), and until Jason Loo (Incredible Human-Lizard).
  • 2:00-5:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow

Page & Panel: 

  • 11:00-2:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow! Plus Danny Zabbal (Life, Death, & Sorcery), and Andrew Sebastian Kwan (GEL).
  • 2:00-5:00: Caitlin Major (Space Pyrates), Kelly Bastow (Moosekleenex) & Luke Humphris (Luke at Sea). Just added: Jenn Woodall!
  • SPECIAL: 2:00-4:00: Update! Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) will now be signing the Chapterhouse FCBD special from 2pm-4pm!

See you Saturday, May 6th!

FCBD Header image from Bad Machinery, by John Allison.

Check under the cut to see the list of comics available at both stores for Free Comic Book Day. While supplies last, of course…! This selection may not be available all day…!

Continue reading SAT MAY 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Sat May 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ THE BEGUILING + PAGE & PANEL!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
Free comics, great creator signings, and more!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 11am-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend – Limit 5 Comics Per Person

Update! Page & Panel will now welcome Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) signing from 2pm-4pm!

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are happy to announce that they will be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a day where you can come to either shop and grab a few free comic books, from a special selection of titles that we’ll have available on the day of (list below). And remember, this event is all about introducing new readers to comics, so if you can, bring a friend out, check out the new stores, make a day of it. 🙂

But wait, there’s more! We’re also super lucky to have some great creators who will be signing at both shops on Saturday, doing free sketches for folks and with their own books for sale (and some giveaways too!). Here’s the schedule:

Jason Loo has a new story in the Chapterhouse FCBD book!

The Beguiling

  • 11:00-2:00: Meaghan Carter (Take Off!), Brian McLachlan & Son (Draw Out The Story), Andrew Wheeler (Freelance, Another Castle), and until Jason Loo (Incredible Human-Lizard).
  • 2:00-5:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow

Page & Panel: 

  • 11:00-2:00: The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Ally Rom Colthoff, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow! Plus Danny Zabbal (Life, Death, & Sorcery), and Andrew Sebastian Kwan (GEL).
  • 2:00-5:00: Caitlin Major (Space Pyrates), Kelly Bastow (Moosekleenex) & Luke Humphris (Luke at Sea). Just added: Jenn Woodall!
  • SPECIAL: 2:00-4:00: Update! Jay Baruchel (Movies! Captain Canuck!) and Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck!) will now be signing the Chapterhouse FCBD special from 2pm-4pm!

See you Saturday, May 6th!

FCBD Header image from Bad Machinery, by John Allison.

Check under the cut to see the list of comics available at both stores for Free Comic Book Day. While supplies last, of course…! This selection may not be available all day…!

Continue reading Sat May 6: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ THE BEGUILING + PAGE & PANEL!

SAT APR 29: Authors for Indies Day @ The Beguiling

Authors for Indies
Featuring Brian McLachalan and Claudio Ghirardo
Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 11am-4pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
Free to attend

The Beguiling Books & Art is joining in for its first Authors for Indies Day at the new shop location! Authors for Indies is an event where selected authors come hang out at independent book stores, and volunteer their time as store clerks, recommending great reads! We think The Beguiling is the first comics-focused book store to take part,  and hopefully it’s something we’ll be able to do for years to come.

Participating authors:

Brian McLachlan, 11am-3pm: Brian is the author of the young-person-oriented Draw Out The Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics, and What Noise Do I Make?, a children’s picture book, both published by Owlkids. Brian has a wide range of taste in comics, and is just as happy suggesting great graphic novels for grownups as he is some of the best comics out there for younger readers.

Claudio Ghirardo, 3pm-4pm: A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc., Claudio Ghirardo contributed to small press zines before focusing on freelance illustration and then being a full time artist. He has his own monthly experimental webcomic, “UNTITLED” where he combines modern art with sequential storytelling. He publishes his own graphic novels/zines, and has contributed to numerous anthologies.

So we’ll see you this Saturday, April 29th! And we hope that wherever you are, you’ll stop by an Indie Bookstore, meet an author, and pick a book or two up!

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

 

MAY 1: Critical Crossroads with Douglas Rushkoff

Critical Crossroads with Douglas Rushkoff
Mon May 01, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
@ Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon
Free to attend. Tickets Required

Presented by Toronto Public Library and the Canadian Film Centre

One of todays most critically acclaimed media critics and theorists, Rushkoff discusses his new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, which explores the rise of new companies like Facebook and Google and why their successes have not translated into more equitable prosperity.

Rushkoff is also well known to comics fans for his many works, including this past October’s Aleister & Adolf (with Michael Avon Oeming), and Testament, and A.D.D. Adolescent Demo Division,  from Vertigo. This will be a great, free event! Page & Panel will be on-site doing book sales, and although we’re not actually hosting it, we encourage you to attend!

 

MAY 12: TCAF KICK-OFF! Celebrating 25 Years of Image Comics!

TCAF Kick-Off: Celebrate 25 Years of Image Comics!
Friday, May 12th, Doors at 6pm, Event from 6:30pm-8:00pm
at Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Free tickets required! See ticket link below!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it’s 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will see an amazing panel discussion about the history, impact, and future of Image by some of their most famous cartoonists. Featuring Governeor General’s Award nominee Jeff Lemire (Secret Path, Royal City), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Sana Takeda (Monstress), Emma Rios (Island), Brandon Graham (Island, King City), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara), and more to be announced, in a rollicking discussion of where Image Comics has come from and where it’s going in the future! A signing will follow.

Tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be made available for FREE on Eventbrite starting Monday, April 17th, at 11:00am. Ticket link: https://tcaf2017.eventbrite.com. Limit 2 per person.