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SUMMER WARS: Anime @ The Revue Sept 26th!

Anime @ The Revue! SUMMER WARS (Sama Wozu)
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
JAPAN 2010 114min. STC
A modern-day anime classic! Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes.

Join us at 6:15PM! We’ll have merch on sale, and prizes courtesy The Beguiling and TCAF Shop!

Tickets $10 – $13, available on Eventbrite, http://bit.ly/2vGYnjG

SEP10: I KILL GIANTS SIGNING W/ JOE KELLY & KEN NIIMURA #TIFF17

JOE KELLY & KEN NIIMURA SIGNING!
The ‘I Kill Giants’ Team in Toronto for #TIFF17
Sunday, September 10th, 5pm-6:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Free to attend

I KILL GIANTS is the brand new #TIFF17 debuting film based on the graphic novel from the Man Of Action Entertainment imprint of Image Comics, and by the creative team of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura. Tickets are still available for several screenings at the TIFF website.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling are proud to welcome Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura to a special signing event at Page & Panel on Sunday, September 10th, from 5pm-6:30pm. Copies of the I Kill Giants Graphic Novel, and other work by the creators, will be available for sale! As well, a special limited edition I Kill Giants print by Niimura has been produced!

In addition to their collaboration on I Kill Giants, both Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura are known for a number of other huge comics properties, including Joe Kelly’s beloved runs on Deadpool, JLA, and Uncanny X-Men, and Ken Niimura’s graphic novel Henshin and his work on Gotham Academy.

Both creators will be signing copies of all of their work. We are enforcing a limit of five signed items per person.

Tell your friends!

About Man of Action Entertainment/Joe Kelly

Man of Action Entertainment is the bi-coastal writers’ collective behind comic’s largest franchise characters as well as original characters published by their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. The four met while working on Marvel and DC most prized franchises from Superman to X-Men and realized that they were stronger together. Their original creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion boys’ action franchise for which they’re also executive producing the new iteration, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create/write/executive produce the all new Mega Man  series that debuts on Cartoon Network next year. Man of Action launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action also created the characters and team Big Hero 6, featured in Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature and the only comic book IP to win that award.

In comics, Kelly’s Eisner-nominated I Kill Giants (illustrated by Ken Niimura) received numerous awards and accolades domestically and internationally including the “International Manga Award” in 2012 and was named the one of the “Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the Young Adult Library Services Association upon its release. Now I Kill Giants is in post-production as a feature film with a script by Kelly and produced by Kelly, Man of Action Entertainment, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures, XYZ Films and UMedia. Kelly’s legendary Superman story, Action Comics #775: “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?” was turned into a hit DC Universe 2012 animated film, Superman vs. The Elite, scripted by Kelly. He’s long been credited with revising and revitalizing Deadpool and his creative thumbprint informed the characters, villains and origin story featured in the mega-hit film franchise.

Kelly’s  recent comic book projects  include the dark irreverent comedy, Bad DogFour Eyes, the genre-splicing revenge tale about dragon-fighting in depression-era Manhattan, and BANG!TANGO, a crime noir thriller that is violent, sexy, and perverse while simultaneously an examination of violence, sex, and perversion. Kelly also launched the New York Times Bestseller Spider-Man/Deadpool for Marvel. His MOA/Image series, Kid Savage, debuted in May and was Image’s FCBD selection in 2017.and his Kickstarter-funded short film, Poughkeepsie, debuts this year. Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming live-action feature films and TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, Kafka, The Crusades and The Great Unknown.

If you want to know more about Man of Action, you can follow them at their not-so-secret headquarters Online:  www.ManOfAction.TV Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ManOfActionEnt

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ManOfActionEnt and @JoeKellyMOA

ABOUT KEN NIIMURA

At the crossroads of Japanese, European and American comics, Ken Niimura has developed a dynamic, vibrant and humorous style of his own.

His breakthrough in the industry came with the publication of the acclaimed graphic novel, “I Kill Giants,” earning co-creators illustrator Niimura and writer Joe Kelly nominations for the prestigious Eisner Award and won the International Manga Award in 2012. “I Kill Giants” is now a soon-to-be released feature film.

Niimura is also the author of the short story collection “Henshin,” published originally in Japan by Shogakukan. His new series, “Umami,” is scheduled to launch this fall.

OCT 3: Patrick Kyle and GG – Signing and Book Launch @ The Beguiling

Koyama Press’ Patrick Kyle & GG – Signing & Book Launch
For the new books Everywhere Disappeared and I’m Not Here
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, @ 7:30pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street. Free to attend.

In conjunction with Koyama Press we’re pleased to announce the Toronto launch event for not one but TWO of CBC’s Fall 2017 “Canadian comics and graphic novels we can’t wait for,” Patrick Kyle’s Everywhere Disappeared and GG’s I’m Not Here!

Join us in-store at The Beguiling (319 College St) Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:30PM for a Q&A session followed by a signing with both artists. We’ll have tons of copies of both titles for your purchasing and receiving-signatures-in-said-purchased-copies pleasure (in fact copies are now available in-store!)

More details TBA!

About Patrick Kyle:
Patrick Kyle lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don’t Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.

About “Everywhere Disappeared”:
A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

About GG:
GG lives and works in the small Canadian prairie city where she grew up during the 1980s. In this pre-Internet era, isolated geographically and culturally, drawing and making up stories was the means to connect to something more. It was romantic and lonely. In 2016 she was included in The Best American Comics edited by Roz Chast.

About “I’m Not Here”:
A young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.

OCT 7: Chihiro Takeuchi Paper Cut Workshop

Chihiro Takeuchi in Toronto

Paper Cut Workshop Saturday, October 7, 2pm-4pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge
RSVP Required, details below

Gallery Display October 2nd-8th @ Page & Panel
In-store Appearance on October 2nd @ Page & Panel (Time TBD)

Chihiro Takeuchi is a renowned paper cut artist living in Osaka, Japan. In 2015 and 2016, Chihiro was part of a select group of artists to exhibit at the prestigious Bologna Book Fair. She has created several books in Japanese, “Can You wFind My Robot’s Arm?” is her first children’s picture book in English, out now from Penguin Random House Canada.

Join Chihiro for a paper cut workshop to create your own robot pop-up cards (first half) and mobile (second half). Recommended for ages 10 to adults. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with a parent helper!

Space in this program is limited. Register in advance to guarantee a spot by e-mailing takeuchipapercraft@outlook.com. Drop in spaces may be available if the program is not full.

MOTHRA: Kaiju! @ The Revue

KAIJU! At the Revue!
Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
MOTHRA
Wednesday, August 30, 6:45PM
Tickets $10-$13
Directed by Ishirô Honda

JAPAN 1961 101min. PG

The Beguiling’s monthly anime series goes live-action this month with Toho’s classic Mothra. Amidst a pantheon of fire-breathing dinosaurs, flying lizards and three-headed behemoths – not to mention their various robotic incarnations – who would think that one of the most enduring characters in Toho’s kaiju (“giant monster”) universe would be the colourful, Mother Earth-loving Mothra? We sure think so. Mothra marks a departure in both tone and colour of previous kaiju films. Gone is the dark, metaphorical havoc brought on by Godzilla’s nuclear stomping of Tokyo. While the irradiated subtext is still obvious and Mothra’s wrath ain’t a laughing matter, the film borders on comedic whimsy, as clumsy reporter hero Sen-Chan (Frankie Sakai) comes off as a buffoonish Lou Costello, and the miniature twins (played by the singing duo “The Peanuts”) are downright adorable. No wonder Mothra wants them back.

The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!

Presented in 2K. Dubbed English.

Special event. Admission $13 General, $10 Members, Seniors and Students. All membership benefits welcome.

Advance tickets available  HERE!

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE – Anime @ The Revue

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE: ANIME! AT THE REVUE!
Sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art!
Wednesday, July 26, 6:45PM
Tickets $10-$13
Directed by Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura
Japan 2001 115min. 14A

The fan-favourite returns! A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. “Honors the affectless beauty of the original anime art and maintains the outlaw boppiness of the series concept,” wrote Entertainment Weekly upon its release.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Beguiling will be on site with a merch table, plus prizes to raffle off!

Advanced tickets available HERE

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