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Choose Your Own Book Launch! Ryan North’s To Be Or Not To Be VS. This Is How You Die!

The Beguiling Presents

CHOOSE YOUR OWN BOOK LAUNCH

To Be Or Not To Be
VS. This Is How You Die!

The most-funded publishing Kickstarter of all time
VS. The sequel to the #1 Amazon bestseller!

Monday, July 29th, 7pm-10pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto

Featuring authors Ryan North and David Malki !, and artists Gillian Georz, Dara Gold, Chris Jones, John Martz, Kean Soo, Jim Zubkavich, Matt Yantha, and more!

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TORONTO—Which book launch will you choose? The release date of two very highly-anticipated new novels has almost arrived, and authors Ryan North, David Malki !, and The Beguiling are going to celebrate!On Monday, July 29th, readers, fans, and media alike are invited to attend the launches of these two books, to be held simultaneously next door to one another, in the CHOOSE YOUR OWN BOOK LAUNCH event!To Be Or Not To Be became the most-funded Kickstarter publishing project of all time! An interactive choose-your-own-path retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by New York Times bestselling author Ryan North, it raised more than half a million dollars on Kickstarter and is extensively illustrated by more than 50 top comics artists!This Is How You Die is the second installment in the bestselling Machine Of Death series! Based on a concept by Ryan North about an incredible machine that tells the user how they will die but which will still leave you surprised when it happens, This Is How You Die is the second short-story collection featuring work by more than two-dozen contributors. Machine of Death became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon.com on the day it launched, proving that indie publishing can beat the big publishing houses.  It’s edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki !

In honour of the spirit of these fine books, we are holding simultaneous book launches where attendees will pit the books against each other to choose their favourite! Both launches will take place at restaurant/bars next to The Beguiling, the event’s host.

At the TO BE OR NOT TO BE launch:

  • Meet author Ryan North and illustrators featured in the book!
  • Epic Shakespeare Rap Battle!
  • Live choose-your-own-path reading of the book!
  • Original art exhibition!
  • Get your copy of To Be or Not To Be! Get it signed!
At the THIS IS HOW YOU DIE launch:
  • Meet author and editor David Malki ! and creators involved in the book!
  • Get your fate foretold by the ACTUAL Machine of Death!  No refunds.  Also, it’s free.
  • Machine Of Death Pictionary-Esque Game! Two teams of artists compete to draw a randomly-drawn death prediction while some else guesses what they’re drawing.  Hilarious!  Fun!  Not nearly as morbid as it sounds!
  • Get your copy of This Is How You Die! Get it signed!
Copies of both books sold at the event! Fabulous prizes to be won by purchasing the books at the event!So come out on Monday July 29th to The Beguiling and Mirvish Village for one of the biggest and best book launches of the year!MEDIA
To Be Or Not To Be author and This Is How You Die editor Ryan North is available for advance media via e-mail. Contact via ryanqnorth@gmail.com.ABOUT: TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Full title: To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure. Received positive coverage from The Guardian UK, CBC, Book Machine, and more. Featuring thousands of possible story paths, and illustrations by more than three dozen artists from Toronto and around the world. Published by Breadpig, distributed by PGW, 764 pages, 100+ illustrations, available for sale at this event.ABOUT: THIS IS HOW YOU DIE
Full title: This Is How You Die: Stories of the inscrutable, infallible, inescapable Machine of Death. Sequel to the best-selling Machine of Death, it displaced Glenn Beck’s then-new book from the top spot, causing him to go on a tirade about it. 512 pages, published by Grand Central Publishing, distributed in Canada by Hachette, available for sale at this event.ABOUT: David Malki !
David Malki! is the author of the comic strip Wondermark, co-editor of the Machine of Death fiction anthology series, and creator of Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination. His work appears regularly in The Onion AV Club and other periodicals nationwide. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and he likes to fly airplanes.ABOUT: Ryan North
Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling writer living in Toronto, Canada. He is also the creator of the hit webcomic Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner-nominted Adventure Time comic book series.

Presenting: AXE COP @ TAAFI!

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Axe Cop Premiere and Skype Q&A
w Ethan and Malachai Nicolle from Los Angeles
(Moderated by Mike Valiquette of Canadian Animation Resources)
Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 10:00am
TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF Cinema 2
http://taafi.com/festival/films/shorts/?id=94
Tickets $15.

axe_cop_1200pxThe Beguiling Books & Art and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to partner with TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, for the premiere of AXE COP, based on the graphic novel by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle.

Developed as a webcomic between 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle and his 5-year-old brother, Malachai, AXE COP has evolved into a world-wide phenomena. Fox TV just picked it up as a late-night cartoon and it premieres on the Saturday night of TAAFI! TAAFI will show that first episode, followed by a live Skype interview with Ethan and Malachai from L.A. lead by Mike Valiquette (Canadian Animation Resources).

Get A Discount! To receive a 10% discount on TAAFI Passes, use the code BEGUILINGTAAFI2013 at checkout!

Thanks to the folks at TAAFI for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event! If you want to get caught up on all of the great AXE COP comics and graphic novels, copies of all books are currently in stock at The Beguiling!

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ABOUT:
TAAFI is Toronto’s first and foremost international animation festival, developed to celebrate the many forms of animation from around the world, supporting and nurturing the community that creates this art form. July 26-28 Corus Quay & TIFF Bell Lightbox. More info at http://taafi.com/festival/.

It’s the Little Island Picture Book Sale! June 22nd to July 6th

sendakIt’s true that Little Island Comics is North America’s only comic shop just for kids. But in addition to the all the best comic books, did you know that we also carry a wide range of picture books and board books? Well, we do! You can find all kinds of illustrated stories at Little Island, for everyone from infants to young adults. And if you haven’t had a chance to browse our picture-book selection lately, we’re about to give you an excellent reason to do just that!

From this Saturday, June 22nd until Saturday July 6th, 2013, Little Island Comics is having its first ever picture book sale! For two weeks, customers will receive discounts off of our expertly curated selection of picture books, and the more you buy, the more you’ll save!

Buy one picture book* at 10% off.
Buy two picture books and get 20% off.
Buy three or more picture books and get 30% off!!!
Plus even deeper discounts on selected titles, as marked! Hooray!

All of our picture books and board books are included in this sale, including everything from classics by Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak to new works from Jeremy Tankard and Neil Gaiman! Start your summer off with amazing deals on amazing stories!

*Yes, there’s a blurry line between picture books and comics. We’ll have helpful signage and distinct displays to help you figure out what’s on sale!

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

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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

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