Monday, October 22, The Beguiling is delighted to welcome Canadian comics legend LYNN JOHNSTON to the store to celebrate the recent release of For Better of For Worse: The Complete Library Volume 2 from IDW! Not only was Lynn the first woman *and* first Canadian to receive the prestigious Reuben Award, her influence remains strong in comics to this day, with Raina Telgemeier citing For Better or For Worse as “…the biggest impact on me as far as being a comic artist, writer and storyteller.”
This event will start at 7PM! Come by, meet Lynn Johnston and leave with your very own signed copies of the recently-released hardcover of For Better or For Worse!
We’ll see you there!!!
On Saturday, October 27th The Beguiling, Little Island Comics & Koyama Press are beyond pleased to welcome JOHN MARTZ and BRITT WILSON to the store for a fun-for-all-ages celebration of the release of their new books EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES and GHOST QUEEN!
Come on out Saturday, October 27th at the kid-friendly time of 12-2PM for a fun Halloweentime activity for all! Meet the creators, get your books signed, and lots more fun stuff to come! (I mean, it’s Halloween time, right? What’s Halloween without some CANDY?)
About EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES:
“We’ve all read about witches, those pointy hat wearin’, broom ridin’, spell castin’, superlative olfactory organ sportin’, child nappin’ creepies. But Evie wants to be scared, and Evie has found out the truth about witches, and she didn’t find it in a book.”
About GHOST QUEEN:
“Luey, Miri and Phil don’t need a babysitter, but they might need an exorcist. With dad out of town and mom hosting an emergency yoga retreat everything was junk food and scary movies until the ghosts popped up. Now it’s up to the kids to banish the banshees. Britt Wilson presents another rollicking romp in this fun-filled phantasmagorical fantasy.”
See you there!!
Little Island Comics and Owlkids invite you to celebrate the launch of the hilarious new picture book, Ira Crumb Feels the Feelings, from author Naseem Hrab and illustrator Josh Holinaty!
Morning fun includes:
Activities for kids!
Books for sale! And Naseem and Josh will be signing copieS!!!
ALSO??? THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE COOKIES.
About the Book:
Ira and Malcolm are best friends: they always make each other laugh, always eat lunch together, and always play together. But one day, a disagreement about whether to play tag or hide-and-seek sees the suddenly über-popular Malcolm run off with a crowd of tag-loving kids—and Ira all alone.
Ira’s tummy hurts, his chin is wibbling, and his eyes are leaking. What’s happening?! Any efforts to cheer him up fall flat. When Malcolm finally returns and asks what’s wrong, Ira tells him: “I had all these feelings…and I didn’t have you.”
The second Ira Crumb book marks the return of an endearing character full of personality, humor, and heart. With lots of laughs and comics-style storytelling, it’s a funny, touching look at how feelings can be confusing, and how processing emotions can take time—and a bit of help from a pretty good friend.
Thursday, October 18 we’re excited to welcome Koyamori to the store to celebrate the launch of their first collection, grow: The Art of Koyamori!
This event will be a bit of a different setup– Koyamori will be in-store starting at 3PM doing a live-drawing event in our gallery space! We’ll be projecting the artwork onto a screen so you can hang out and watch to your heart’s content before grabbing your very own signed copy of grow!
SEE YOU THEN! This is going to be amazing!
“This is the first art collection by the young Canadian artist/illustrator Koyamori (also known as Maruti_Bitamin). Over the past five years, she has gained attention through regularly sharing her fascinating illustrations on her Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter accounts. This work has been collected in grow and accompanied by a selection of specially created new illustrations.
Using mostly watercolor ink, Koyamori’s highly imaginative but intimate illustrations incorporate colorful natural elements such as plants, creatures, water and stars, and also feature super-cute manga-inspired characters. A reversible dust jacket includes the cover from the Japanese edition on the reverse side. Both covers are new illustrations exclusively drawn for this long-awaited book.”
If you shop at our store you know that this one is kind of a no-brainer for us to be hosting: two of our favourite people in comics releasing their new books from more of our favourite people in comics, and they all happen to be the best in the biz too! How’s that for luck?
Thursday, October 11th we’re thrilled to have MICHAEL DEFORGE & PATRICK KYLE here to help launch their new books from KOYAMA PRESS, BRAT and ROAMING FOLIAGE! Patrick & Michael will be here! We’ll be here! Koyama will be here! A screen will be pulled down, and images will be projected upon it! It’ll be glorious!
Things will kick off at 7PM! We’ll see you there!
On Wednesday, October 10th, The Beguiling is honoured to welcome GORD HILL, creator of THE 500 YEARS OF RESISTANCE COMIC BOOK and THE ANTI-CAPITALIST RESISTANCE COMIC BOOK to the store to celebrate the launch of THE ANTIFA COMIC BOOK from Arsenal Pulp Press!
Things will kick off at 7PM! More exact details are coming soon but there will definitely be a chance to meet Gord Hill, get your book signed and plenty more! This is going to be an AMAZING event!
Our thanks to Arsenal Pulp for making this possible!
The fourth and final volume of the Almost Summer series will be available in bookstores on September 13th and Pow Pow Press will be celebrating its release with a book launch in Toronto! Join us at The Beguiling on September 22nd for an evening with the Pow Pow crew. Sophie Bédard will be there, alongside Michel Hellman (Nunavik), Cathon (Vampire Cousins) and publisher Luc Bossé!
“Almost Summer strikes a perfect balance between drama and comedy, chronicling the daily life of a group of teenagers. In this final chapter, Anthony is looking for an apartment while Michelle is looking for a prom dress. Matthew is trying to make sense of his own feelings while Emily is trying to assert herself. High school is almost over. But you know what they say: it’s not over till it’s over. And even then, it’s not really the end.”
This event will kick off at 7PM! There’ll be a presentation and talk along with a Q&A and a chance to get your books signed! See you there!
MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS
ELEVEN ARTS has been kind enough to supply us with one double pass to attend a screening of MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS, in theatres July 28 & 29!
“The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives her life in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels “alone”. But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life. Maquia manages to escape, but loses her friends and her home in the chaos. She then encounters an orphaned baby who is “alone”. Maquia raises this boy “Ariel”, with the help of some new friends. But as the era changes, the bond between Maquia and Ariel changes too, amidst a backdrop of racial tensions between the Iorph and the Mezarte. This is a story of irreplaceable time, woven by two lonely people who can only find solace in each other.”To enter, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “BLOOMED” and you’ll be entered in our raffle! One winner will be chosen July 20th, and can pick which screening they would like to attend!
For more info on the movie, go check out the Eleven Arts website! GOOD LUCK!
We’re co-presenting a screening of a film obviously very near-and-dear to our hearts, Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Brian Lee O’Malley’s SCOTT PILGRIM!
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD captures the Annex neighbourhood at a time when Honest Ed’s was still standing and Lee’s Palace still featured its original mural (not to mention a little place called THE BEGUILING!).
Keeping the laughs coming, POLE is an absurdist slapstick comedy about a turf war between two postering professionals who happen to be working the same beat at the same time near Dupont station. OK-TV is a parodical short about some recognizable Toronto figures: Toronto City Councillors, cyclists, police officers, and crosswalk guards play their part in the city’s daily “news” coverage.
Films @ Sundown (9:15pm)
Eats & Treats @ 7pm by Buster’s Sea Cove, Sweet Ride, & popcorn at the festival canteen
Free yoga class @7pm by YOGAthletix
Free / PWYC (suggested donation $10), not a ticketed event
Films are screened with captioning
More info at TOpictureshow.com
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Edgar Wright, 2010)
With short films
POLE (Peter Pasyk, 2014)
OK-TV (Chris Deacon, 2012)
Thursday, July 12th at 7PM join us at The Beguiling to celebrate the launch of two new releases from legendary* Toronto artist Aaron Manczyk, ASCEND and LOVE YOU BAE!
Not only will there be a smorgasbord of new books from Aaron to buy but also a visual feast of Aaron’s original artwork in our gallery space!
Aaron’s body of work has always contained a range of humour and emotion that rejects any throughline, from 80s action-movie indulgence to subtle, refined storytelling, and his two new books show that beautifully, showcasing two sides of Manczyk’s consistently great work.
Everything kicks off at 7PM at The Beguiling on July 12th! See you there, and bring your appetites!