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Wednesday Double-Header: DeForge&Kyle + Comeau

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A VERY CASUAL BOOK LAUNCH
Featuring Lose #4, New Comics #1, Very Casual
By Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle
Wednesday, June 19th, 7PM-8:30PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street

PRISON GIRLS DETERRED LAUNCH
By Michael Comeau
Wednesday June 19th, 9pm-12
Eyesore Cinema 801 Queen St. W

$5 cover, includes book

Hey Toronto! You get two amazing alt-comix events on the same evening, aren’t you incredibly fortunate to live in this amazing City? Woo hoo!

First up, it’s the previously announced launch for Patrick Kyle’s NEW COMICS #1 and Michael DeForge’s LOSE #5 and VERY CASUAL trade paperback collection. The two artists will be at The Central, signing books and what not, and Chris from The Beguiling will interview them about process and comics creation.

Then! 30 minutes after that ends and 2.5km directly south, it’s PRISON GIRLS DETERRED LAUNCH, the new book from Doug Wright Award winning cartoonist Michael Comeau. $5 cover gets you a copy of the book and admission to the event, which includes a performance by Comeau’s new band New Horizzzons.

Awwwwesome

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REMINDER: Michael DeForge & Patrick Kyle BOOK LAUNCH JUNE 19

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Michael Deforge Debuting LOSE #5 and VERY CASUAL
Patrick Kyle Debuting NEW COMICS #1
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 7pm-9pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/175576765941499/

Presented by Koyama Press, The Beguiling, and TCAF

All are invited to the official Toronto launch of new work by hometown heroes Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle! The boys will be forced on stage to discuss these new works and their impressive young careers with TCAF’s Christopher Butcher. Books New And Old available at the event!

VERY CASUAL: New from Mr. Michael DeForge after a very successful preview at TCAF. VERY CASUAL is an important new collection of DeForge’s short works, including the Doug Wright Award-winning SPOTTING DEER–it is basically impossible to get everything DeForge does, so get this handy and attractively designed compilation! $15

LOSE #5: The latest installment of Deforge’s one-man anthology, featuring 3 awesome self-contained short and more, you basically absolutely need this, come get it. $8

NEW COMICS #1: 3 all new stories by Patrick Kyle (Black Mass, Distance Mover). Awesome stuff. $8

These works as well as a selection of previous releases by these fine gentlemen will be available for sale at this event. We hope to see you there!

Panel Discussion: LGBT issues in SF / Fantasy / Comics

Panel Discussion: LGBT issues in SF / Fantasy / Comics
Tuesday June 25th, 7PM
@ The Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., 3rd Floor
FREE

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As part of Toronto Pride Week, the Friends of the Merril will be holding a panel discussion on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues as explored by science fiction, fantasy, and comics.

The panel will be chaired by Chris Szego of Bakka-Phoenix books, and will include authors Gemma Files (The Hexslinger Trilogy) and J.M. Frey (Triptych), Christopher Butcher of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, and others TBA.

The discussion will be held at the Merril Collection Reading Room, 3rd floor of the Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., on Tuesday June 25th, starting at 7 PM.

The event is free and open to all. Hope to see you there!

Win tickets to see HELTER SKELTER this Friday!

HELTER SKELTER
Co-presented by The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
& The Beguiling Books and Art

Screening Friday, June 14th, at 9:15pm
@ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1z5
(Don Mills & Eglinton)
18+ | Buy Tickets Online

The Beguiling is a proud supporter of The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, opening this Thursday at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Please visit their website at: http://jccc.on.ca/torontojff/

The Beguiling will be co-presenting the Friday, June 14th screening of HELTER SKELTER, a live-action paen to beauty, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, and based on the manga by Kyoko Okazaki (岡崎 京子). If you want to win passes to this screening, keep reading!

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WIN ONE OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO SEE HELTER SKELTER THIS FRIDAY!

For a chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to this screening, send an e-mail with your name, daytime telephone number, and “OKAZAKI” in the subject line to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Thursday, June 13th, at 12pm (noon). Winners will be drawn and contacted at that time.

RULES & REGULATIONS:

  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “OKAZAKI”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of beguiling dot com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Thursday June 13th at 12pm.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per household/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

ABOUT HELTER SKELTER:

Director:Mika Ninagawa
Writer: Kyoko Okazaki(manga), Arisa Kaneko
Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Kaori Momoi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kozue Yoshikawa, Mieko Harada and Shinobu Terajima
Genre: Suspense Drama
Release Type: North American Premiere
Year of Release: 2012
Film Length: 127 min
Restricted 18

In this wildly over-the-top and unique piece of sensationally visual cinema, dangerously beautiful superstar model LiLiCo has the world at her feet. She also has a secret: she owes her entire ‘perfect’ body to plastic surgery. When a naturally gorgeous new talent arrives on the scene, LiLiCo’s reign is threatened – but this is just a precursor to her startling physical and psychological collapse. Erika Sawajiri’s controversial and terrifying central performance was nominated for a Japanese Academy Award prize.

Based on the popular manga by Kyoko Okazaki and directed by fashion photographer Mika (Sakuran) Ninagawa, Helter Skelter is a crazed, provocative and hallucinogenic tour-du-force. Starring Erika Sawajiri,  Kaori Momoi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kozue Yoshikawa, Mieko Harada and Shinobu Terajima (nominated for best supporting actress).

ABOUT THE TORONTO JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

tjff-poster-frontThe Toronto Japanese Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. TorontoJFF acts as a forum to connect Canadian audiences, Japanese filmmakers, industry professionals and supporters. The festival is a bridge between the Japanese film industry and the Canadian/North American film industry and distribution professionals.

For many films, TorontoJFF is the first step to broader recognition and appreciation by North American and Canadian audiences. The second Toronto Japanese Film Festival will be held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre between June 13th and 27th, 2013. Programming will again address popular genres such as historical (samurai) jidaigeki, contemporary dramas and comedies, pop culture manga-based action thrillers, art house fare, children’s and anime films. All films will be Canadian or Toronto premieres with the exception of some special screening events.

At TorontoJFF we choose films that reflect the tastes of Japanese audiences, those celebrated by the Japanese Academy Awards, as well as films recommended by the community as those they would like to share with Canadians. In other words, we believe our film project has been “programmed by Japan.”

More at http://jccc.on.ca/torontojff/

 

FREE SCREENING: PING PONG, based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto – June 6

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The Japan Foundation, The Beguiling, and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival Present

“Ping Pong”
The live action film based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 pm
@ The Japan Foundation, Toronto, 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor of the Colonnade
Admission: Free
Reservation required: http://www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php

Film Language: In Japanese with English subtitles

pingpong_postersAs a part of its presentation of “The World of Taiyo Matsumoto” gallery show, The Japan Foundation, The Beguiling, and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are pleased to present an intimate screening of PING PONG, a live-action film based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto.

Join Curator Christopher Butcher as he gives a brief introduction to the film and the manga that it’s based upon, including how the film may have changed the course of Matsumoto’s career!

“The movie has some of the feel of a good graphic novel and offers a lot of Japanese pop pleasures as well. The images are eye-catching and highly colorful, the pacing is fast, and the story and the characters are simple, grabby and archetypal.” -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

This is a really fun movie, and I’m going to try to put together a very cool presentation based on the adaptation of the film. I hope you’ll come out to see it (and hey, RSVP to guarantee a space!).

– Chris @ The Beguiling

 

BOOK LAUNCH: Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle’s New Work

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Michael Deforge Debuting LOSE #5 and VERY CASUAL
Patrick Kyle Debuting NEW COMICS #1
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 7pm-9pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/175576765941499/

Presented by Koyama Press, The Beguiling, and TCAF

All are invited to the official Toronto launch of new work by hometown heroes Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle! The boys will be forced on stage to discuss these new works and their impressive young careers with TCAF’s Christopher Butcher. Books New And Old available at the event!

VERY CASUAL: New from Mr. Michael DeForge after a very successful preview at TCAF. VERY CASUAL is an important new collection of DeForge’s short works, including the Doug Wright Award-winning SPOTTING DEER–it is basically impossible to get everything DeForge does, so get this handy and attractively designed compilation! $15

LOSE #5: The latest installment of Deforge’s one-man anthology, featuring 3 awesome self-contained short and more, you basically absolutely need this, come get it. $8

NEW COMICS #1: 3 all new stories by Patrick Kyle (Black Mass, Distance Mover). Awesome stuff. $8

These works as well as a selection of previous releases by these fine gentlemen will be available for sale at this event. We hope to see you there!

Free Comic Book Day – Saturday May 4th

FCBD_nodateFree Comic Book Day 
Saturday May 4th, 12pm-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
@ Little Island, 742 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

Facebook Event

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are happily participating in industry-wide celebration FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Drop by The Beguiling for all your teen-to-grown-up-to-arrested-development needs, and Little Island Comics for age-appropriate freebies for the little ones.

To see some of the free comic books that will be on hand, visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

– Chris @ The Beguiling

https://www.facebook.com/events/274830185987398/

TONIGHT: Keep Toronto Reading: Graphically Speaking – Dirty Comics

Manga-is-not-a-crimeKEEP TORONTO READING: GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING – DIRTY COMICS
Tuesday April 16, 2013
North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street
7:00 PM • FREE

Once again, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to partner with the Toronto Public Library on Keep Toronto Reading to present lively and informative graphic novel programming.

This year’s program will feature Charles Brownstein, head of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to discusses censorship in comics. His presentation will be Followed by a Q&A moderated by Christopher Butcher; manager, The Beguiling, and festival director of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Charles Brownstein has served as the executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002.  During his years at the helm of the organization, the CBLDF has successfully managed several First Amendment cases, including a notable win in Georgia v. Gordon Lee. Brownstein has also written extensively about comics for more than fifteen years for a variety of publications including The Comics Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Wizard. His books Eisner/Miller and The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen are award-winning and award-nominated, respectively. Brownstein also serves on the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition and the Stumptown Comics Foundation, and on the Steering Committee of SPX, the Small Press Expo.

ANNOUNCE: Brian Wood @ The Beguiling April 13!

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Brian Wood is the writer of:
STAR WARS – THE MASSIVE – MARA – CONAN THE BARBARIAN – THE X-MEN – NORTHLANDERS – DMZ – CHANNEL ZERO – DEMO – ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN – COURIERS – FIGHT FOR TOMORROW – POUNDED – LOCAL – NEW YORK FOUR – NEW YORK FIVE – SUPERMARKET – TOURIST – WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN ALPHA & OMEGA – LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR OF THE NORTH

BRIAN WOOD @ THE BEGUILING
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 3PM
The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Free To Attend

https://www.facebook.com/events/323536931083133/

Brian Wood is the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of literally dozens of your favourite series, and he will be doing a very special signing at The Beguiling on Saturday, April 13th, at 3pm. Bring your comics along to get signed and meet Brian, and check out some of the very cool/rare comics we’ll have available for sale at the event.

BONUS: All attendees at the signing who make any purchase will receive one of two limited edition prints from THE MASSIVE absolutely free:

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There is likely to be a speaking event as well, and it will be announced soon.

See you on the 13th!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

 

 

UPDATED: Geneviève Castrée launches SUSCEPTIBLE @ Little Island Comics!

THE EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO LITTLE ISLAND COMICS (742 Bathurst). See you at 7pm!
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SUSCEPTIBLE Book Launch & Talk
with author Geneviève Castrée
Monday, February 18th, 2013
7:00pm @ LITTLE ISLAND COMICS, 742 Bathurst
Free to attend

http://www.facebook.com/events/446235965441778/

The Beguiling is proud to present Susceptible, the important new graphic novel from Geneviève Castrée.

Susceptible is the story of Goglu, a daydreamer growing up in Quebec in the ’80s and ’90s with a single mother. From a skillful artist comes a moving, beautiful story about families, loss, and growing up. Whether she’s discussing nature versus nurture or the story of her birth, Castrée imbues her storytelling with a quiet power and a confidence in the strength of imagery.

We think this is one of the most important graphic novel releases of the season, from an enormously talented young Canadian cartoonist. Best of all, we’ve been told her presentation from the book is excellent, so we hope you’ll be able to make it out for this.

For more information on exactly what this graphic novel is all about, please visit  the Drawn & Quarterly blog.

Praise for Geneviève Castrée

“With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending.” –Miranda July, authorofitchoosesyouand noonebelongsheremorethanyou

“[Castrée] offers three connected minimalist fables dreamily portraying a young woman’s reactions to depression, domesticity, and mother hood in delicate watercolors that, thanks largely to her keen graphic skills, made them whimsical without being cloying.” –Booklist

“[Castrée’s work], illustrated in a delicately watercolored style that suggests Richard Scarry in the throes of an Edward Gorey obsession, is an episodic meditation on love, belonging, and personal identity. The visual metaphors for depression and home will break your heart; the care taken with their rendering will join the broken pieces back together on every page.” —The Austin Chronicle

About the Author

Geneviève Castrée was born in Québec in 1981. Sometimes interdisciplinary, she is mostly known for her work as an illustrator and cartoonist. Impatient and lazy, Geneviève never officially studied “art”. She has made a few books and has had a few exhibitions in places such as Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Geneviève Castrée lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. She also has a music project called “Ô PAON”