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MAY DAY AT THE BEGUILING

The Beguiling – May Day 
This Wednesday, May 1st  isn’t just  New Comic Book Day– it’s also International Workers’ Day, popularly known as May Day. And there’s so much going on that day in the city, to resist and to voice opposition to the many attacks on civil society from our current governments!
It’s hard to know how a small business like ours can participate in labour actions, especially when both staff and proprietors are fully on-side with the cause! We put our heads together and came up with a few ideas for May Day, and are thinking about other ways  we might show our support in the future too. For now, this is what we came up with!

What do we want? Protest Signs! When do we want them? Some time after 11am!

In solidarity with the rage and resistance we all have, The Beguiling will be offering its gallery space as a free sign-making station (from 11am until things peter out), perfect for stopping by and adding that last bit of flare to your messaging before heading over to Queen’s Park or City Hall.
Bristol board, paint, and other sign-making supplies will be available (courtesy of The Beguiling and Gwartzman’s) for you to use, but BYOStick! In addition,  members of Toronto’s comics community will be on hand to help you out with design, lettering, kerning, etc., to make sure your message looks sharp! Come by! Make a sign! No purchase necessary!

Putting Our Proceeds Where Our Protest Is!

We’re also having a one-day drive to raise funds for four of our favourite charities. 100% of money spent in the shop on May Day on comic back issues will be donated to the following organizations (purchase definitely necessary!):
Whether you want to pick up some 50-cent favourites or spend several hundred dollars on an old Weird Science – all of that cash will go directly to these organizations which are fighting the good fight every day of the year!
 
May Day Reads
The Beguiling carries books to inspire resistance and liberation all year round! We’ve gathered lots of these May Day-themed reads together in one spot – check out the display this week at the shop!
Bonus Contest: Sing for a Discount!
It’s a little-known tradition here at the shop that anyone shopping on May Day who can sing a full verse of The Internationale” – in any language – gets 10% off their purchase of regularly priced, in-stock books and/or comics. This deal is redeemable directly with Peter only, and is available at his sole discretion! Ask in person for more details, and the opportunity to serenade us with the international workers’ anthem!
Thanks very much, and see you on Wednesday!

FEB 2: DEFEND THE 11 FUNDRAISER SHOW

FEBRUARY 2
It’s a benefit show at The Beguiling in support of the #DefendThe11 fundraiser!
Hooded Fang, Brigitte Bardon’t, Moul D and “t.b.a” will play music! Help defend members of the comics community who had the courage to speak out against a sexual predator!

Learn more about the cause here:
https://www.gofundme.com/SPX-Support-The-11

Doors at 7
First band 7:30
Done by 10:00
NO LATECOMERS admitted!

The Grand Re-Opening of LITTLE ISLAND COMICS!!

Art by Steve Manale

The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce the return of

LITTLE ISLAND COMICS

The world’s first and only comic shop exclusively for kids!

Little Island Comics is BACK!!! Offering the widest possible array of graphic novels, manga, and comics for people 12 years old and younger, Little Island celebrates its Grand Re-Opening during March Break 2018 with a slate of creator appearances, refreshments and activities– with a sale to jumpstart your library of great comics for kids!

 

When it opened in 2011, Little Island served thousands of young readers, grateful parents, enthusiastic educators, and cool aunts and uncles for five years until the original Mirvish Village location closed due to redevelopment. During that time Little Island was more than a retail destination — it was a local hub: a venue for comics-making classes and teacher/librarian sessions, and hosted many book launches and events with kid-lit luminaries like Tomi Ungerer (The Three Robbers), Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Jon Klassen (We Found a Hat).

“Little Island has proven to be a key part of The Beguiling’s business overall,” says proprietor Peter Birkemoe. “I’m thrilled to once again devote space where kids and parents can learn, read and start loving comics. And we really missed giving our youngest customers the specific attention they deserve.”

“Little Island Comics responded to the public’s continuing need for specialized books shops as points of discovery, interaction, and creative community,” Little Island Comics manager Andrew Woodrow-Butcher adds. “It’s a bricks-and-mortar success story!”

A year after closing its previous Mirvish Village location, Little Island Comics re-opens in March next door to its parent shop The Beguiling’s newly expanded location at the top of Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood. As The Beguiling enters its fourth decade as North America’s premier comic book retailer, the move to College Street has allowed it to add a gallery and events space, which Little Island will share.

Little Island Comics will be staffed by the same team that worked at the previous location, who also work for The Beguiling’s Library Services business, which has been helping school and  public libraries curate their comics collections for more than 15 years. Comics as a medium has become a mainstay of educational library collections in the last decade, and parents and educators will appreciate the expert help in selecting titles that address curriculum objectives, learning challenges, and a wide variety of reading levels. Kids will appreciate the engaging visual storytelling in some of today’s most popular books for young people!

Little Island will offer a 20% discount on all in-print kids comics, picture books, and graphic novels throughout March Break (March 10-18, 2018) to encourage families to dig into graphic novels! The week will culminate in a Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, March 17th, with refreshments, drop-in activities, story time, and appearances by such creators as:

  • Scott Chantler (The Three Thieves series)
  • Naseem Hrab (Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend)
  • Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story)
  • Ryan North (Adventure Time, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Kean Soo (March: Grand Prix, Jellaby)
  • Britt Wilson (Cat Dad, King of the Goblins)
  • Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind, Science Comics: The Brain)

…and more! For details on the line-up for the Grand Re-Opening, please follow Little Island Comics on Facebook and Twitter (@littleislandcmx) and visit our website: http://littleislandcomics.com

We’re VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS and we hope you are too!!

BEGUILING HOLIDAY HOURS 2017

Here’s our hours for this holiday season! For days not listed, we’ll be open our regular hours.

(What else clever can I add here?…nothing comes to mind)

Thu Dec 21: 11-9PM

Fri Dec 22: 11-9PM

Sat Dec 23: 11-9PM

Sun Dec 24: 11-3PM

Mon Dec 25: CLOSED

Tues Dec 26: 11-7PM

Sun Dec 31: 12-4PM

Mon Jan 1: CLOSED

 

THE BEGUILING IS EXPANDING!

If you’ve been in the store lately, you’ve probably noticed some commotion. Were those strange noises your imagination? Were we *really* getting into Halloween this year? Or maybe we were just listening to weird music?? (we do that)
Your senses have not been misleading you– we’re thrilled to say that The Beguiling is growing!
Over the course of the next year we will be expanding our College St location from a space a little bit smaller than our old location to one several times larger–  same great taste, even more filling.
We’ll announce more concrete things as they approach, but our initial expansion should be open to the public very soon so stop on by and maybe you’ll get to see for yourself!
(art from Bringing Up Father by George McManus)

Toronto Public Library seeking Comic/Graphic Artist In Residence – Apply by July 14th

The Toronto Public Library contacted us to let us know that they are seeking a Comic/Graphic Artist-In-Residence for their Young Voices program…! This sounds pretty exciting, and could be a great fit for a working comic artist. Details are in the attached PDF, and a text version is included under the cut below.

YV comic artist in residence 2017

Continue reading Toronto Public Library seeking Comic/Graphic Artist In Residence – Apply by July 14th

FCBD Update! Jay Baruchel & Kalman Andrasofszky signing @ P&P! Chip Zdarsky signed Spider-Man comics!

Hey there, we’ve got 2 big updates for FCBD!

First up, we’re happy to announce that actor/comedian/writer Jay Baruchel and writer/artist Kalman Andrasofszky will be signing at Page & Panel from 2pm-4pm! Jay and Kalman have the lead story in Chapterhouse’s Captain Canuck Free Comic Book Day issue! You may also know Jay Baruchel from his many film and television appearances, including Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, and This is the End, among many others. So that’s pretty cool! Again, that’s just at P&P, not The Beguiling (this time around…).

Speaking of signed books, Chip Zdarsky, the writer of the all new Spectacular Spider-Man, came in to both shops and signed all of our copies of his story in the Marvel SECRET EMPIRE/SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN free comic book day title! Chip was nice enough to come sign all of our copies even though he’ll be outta town, whatta champ! Thanks, Chip!

We’ve also had some other awesome additions, with Jenn Woodall and Ally Rom Colthoff joining our signings. See you Friday! The full schedule and list of available books is here: http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/sat-may-6-free-comic-book-day/

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

 

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.

 

MAY 12: SEE DAVE MCKEAN’S ‘BLACK DOG: THE DREAMS OF PAUL NASH’

TCAF and Seneca College present:

BLACK DOG: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean
Friday, May 12th, 2017, Doors at 8:30pm, Performance at 9:00pm

@ The Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Tickets: $10. Purchase at tcafblackdog.eventbrite.com

TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Seneca College are proud to present the incredible live performance of BLACK DOG: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean, as part of TCAF 2017. This special multimedia presentation will be performed by McKean, alongside bassist Matthew Sharp and Violinist Clare Haythornthwaite.

Traveling to Canada after its performances in England after being commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Black Dog – The Dreams of Paul Nash is a multimedia performance and new graphic novel by illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean. Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, McKean explores the work of Paul Nash, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, whose First World War experiences inspired him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power.

Doors will open at 8:30pm, with the performance scheduled to begin at 9:00pm. A short Q&A will follow, but there will be no signing at this event. Autograph opportunties will take place at the main Festival on Saturday May 13 and Sunday May 14, see TorontoComics.com for details.

I’d like to explore Paul Nash’s role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-/nightmare-like battlefields of the war. He used the landscape that he loved to try to deal with what he’d been through, and to try and find calm and solace beyond.’ Dave McKean

This performance is presented by Seneca College, and by LICAF: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, with special thanks to Dark Horse Comics.

This presentation is part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a citywide celebration of comics, graphic novels, and their authors. For more information and full festival programme, visit torontocomics.com.

Uniqlo X The Beguiling in #UniqloMeetsToronto

The Beguiling is proud to team with international fashion retailer Uniqlo to present a unique selection of comics, graphic novels, and merchandise, featuring Toronto creators and works set in and around our fair city at their Toronto Flagship location at The Eaton Centre.

The display and sale is part of Uniqlo’s #UniqloMeetsToronto spotlight on local retailers, and The Beguiling is featured alongside fellow indie retailers Soundscapes, Gravity Pope, and BYOB.

The display will continue through May, and a selection of graphic novels will be rotated through the space during that time. Of course, you’re always welcome to visit us at 319 College Street to see all the greatest graphic novels that Toronto has to offer. 🙂

Our thanks to Uniqlo for setting up this unique retail ‘pop-in.’