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THE LAST TWO DAYS OF 601 MARKHAM ST: JAN 23 & 24

FINAL DAYS OF 601 MARKHAM ST.
Monday January 23rd and Tuesday January 24th are your final chances to visit & shop at 601 Markham St.

Moving a store, especially a book store that’s existed at the same location for nearly 25 years, is not a small or easy task, and until now we’ve been a little bit unsure as to when the actual final-day would be at our historic 601 Markham Street location. Well we’ve done the math, seen the progress we’ve made moving, and figured out everyone’s schedules, and we’ve got the date.

If you ever wanted to visit and shop at our historic 601 Markham Street Location, the final two days of 601 Markham Street for shopping will be Monday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 24th. We will be open 11am to 7pm each day. 

The store will have one final event in it on Saturday the 28th (details below), but it is highly unlikely that there will be any comics or books still available for purchase in the space.

FINAL CLEARANCE SALE: 75% OFF!

The discount for our final clearance sale has been increased to 75% off the regular sale price! Sale runs until end-of-business on Tuesday, January 24th.

Hundreds more books have been brought out of storage and been put on sale for as low as $1 each! The rest are 75% off regular price!

 

CLEARANCE SALE RULES:

  • All listed sale prices are for 601 Markham Street ONLY. 
  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment!
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item to any customer for any reason.  We probably won’t do this, but this is a straightforward disclaimer in case there’s any dispute about what is or isn’t on sale.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales.
  • “Regular Price” is determined as ‘Whatever the book would sell for not on Boxing Day, whether that’s Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.

We are entertaining all sorts of wholesale offers! That means you could show up one day and all of the Marvel trades, or all of the back issues, or who knows what could just be GONE, sold to another comics dealer! Come early, come often!

The Beguiling’s new location at
319 College Street now up and running!

We’re settling into our great new location at 319 College Street and adding more product every day. While it’s not having a clearance sale, it IS getting new comics and trade paperbacks every Wednesday, and some of the great unique and rare items we’re digging out of the warehouse are making an appearance on store shelves there too! Why not come visit us? The Beguiling at 319 College Street is only a 10 minute walk from the old store, and can easily be reached by either the College or Spadina streetcar lines! Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11am to 7pm, 11am until 9pm on Wednesday and Friday, and 12pm-6pm on Sunday.

Thanks for 30 years of support (1987-2017!)
Here’s to 30 more!

601 Markham Street Opening Hours Reminder

Hey there, just a quick update and clarification around our stores’ hours.

The Beguiling at 319 College will keep the same store hours as the previous location, meaning they will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11am to 7pm, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-9pm, and Sundays from 12noon to 6pm.

The old location at 601 Markham Street is now closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 11am-7pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 12noon to 6pm on Sundays, until January 28th. Clearance sales on now (details elsewhere on this site).

Little Island Comics is now closed to the public. Some of it’s inventory will move to 601 Markham Street as part of the Clearance Sale, while a great selection of it will be made available at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, in the coming weeks.

Thanks,

  • Chris @ The Beguiling

NEW COMICS & COMICS PULLFILES AT 319 COLLEGE STARTING JAN 4TH

Hey everyone! The New Year is upon us and changes are afoot! It’s a good time to remind you as of this Wednesday, January 4th 2017, all new comics, graphic novels, and book product will begin to arrive at and be made available for sale at our new store on 319 College Street. Our store at 601 Markham will be open until January 28th, but will not be receiving any new product, and will just be used for some AMAZING clearance specials (details TBA).

The Beguiling at 319 College Street is only a 10 minute walk from the old store, and can easily be reached by either the College or Spadina streetcar lines! We hope to see you there every new comic book day, starting Wednesday January 4th.

Pullfile Customers:

We know that some of our customers, especially pull file customers, depend on the subway to get their comics.  In order to keep pullfile subscriptions as accessible as possible we’re offering pullfile pick up at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.  Page & Panel is located on the ground floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, just a block North of Bloor Street and the Bloor/Yonge TTC.

If you are a pullfile customer and you want to move your pullfile to Page & Panel, just email chris@beguiling.ca with “Pull File Pickup at Page & Panel” in the subject line and we’ll make sure your new comics get there.  Please do so by Monday, January 2nd. Otherwise, your pullfile will be available at our 319 College Street location starting on the 4th.

If you’ve already let us know where you’d rather pick up your file, thanks! No further action is necessary on your part.

Thanks to everyone, and we hope to see you soon at any one of our locations!

Sincerely,

The staff of The Beguiling

Holiday Hours and Store Opening info for The Beguiling, Little Island, and Page & Panel

Guess what? There are currently four stores now open to serve your comics-buying needs this holiday season, and into early 2017!

TL;DR Version: The Beguiling @ 601 Markham Street will remain open under regular operations until December 31st. Starting January 3rd, operations will move to the new location (now open!) at 319 College Street. Little Island’s last day is December 30th. From January 3rd to 28th, 601 Markham Street and 742 Bathurst Street will be used to liquidate older stock (details forthcoming).

This past weekend we did a ‘soft’ open for our new shop location at 319 College Street to get the ball rolling on our big move next month. It was a success and a good handful of friends and well-wishers came out to welcome us to Kensington Market, which is super nice! We’re slowly stocking, curating, and arranging the shop to make it a great place to visit. Oh, and it’s an accessible space as well, which is great. 🙂

BUT! The ‘official’ opening isn’t until January 3rd, and the majority of the stock (including new comics) still lives at 601 Markham Street, and it will until that date. Afterwards all regular operations, including pullfiles, will move to The Beguiling’s new location at 319 College Street (and Page & Panel, for those that requested it). The 601 Markham Street Location will be used to liquidate older stock from January 3rd to January 28th.

As for Little Island Comics, we’re very sad to say that it’s last day of regular operations will be Friday, December 30th. At that point much of the kid-focused stock will move to Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street, which will hopefully become a great new home for kids comics in the city of Toronto. We can’t really say enough about how important Little Island was, and how much it exemplified our overall mission statement to broaden the audience for comics. We hope that the generation of young readers we served there will continue to love and cherish this medium, and we’ll try to keep serving them at all future locations of the shop.

Finally, we’re happy to announce that Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop (which is actually a completely separate shop, run by TCAF) is doing well and will be open for years to come. If you haven’t been in a while (or haven’t been at all), Page & Panel is a great space filled with a unique array of comics and book items, apparel, merchandise, and more. It’s not quite like anything in the city, we recommend checking it out.

Alright! Now that you’re up to date about what’s going on at all three stores in general, here are the Holiday Hours through the first week of January…

Holiday Hours:

Until and including December 22nd: All stores operate on regular hours.
Fri Dec 23: 11am-9pm for 601, LI, and 319. 10am-8:30pm for P&P
Sat Dec 24: 11am-3pm for all stores.
Sun Dec 25: All Stores Closed
Mon Dec 26: Boxing Day! 10am-6pm for 601, LI, and P&P. 11am-5pm for 319
Tue Dec 27: Regular Hours All Stores
Wed Dec 28: Regular Hours All Stores
Thu Dec 29: Regular Hours All Stores
Fri Dec 30: Regular Hours All Stores. Little Island Last Day!
Sat Dec 31: 11am-6pm for 601. 10am-3pm P&P. LI & 319 are Closed.
Sun Jan 1: All Stores Closed
Mon Jan 2: All Stores Closed
Tues Jan 3: The Beguiling @ 319 College Street Grand Opening, 11am-7pm. P&P regular hours. Other store hours TBD.

The Beguiling: News About Our Move

Over the past few months, many of you have asked just what will be happening with The Beguiling when Mirvish Village shuts down in early 2017. Well, we’re ready to share the first part of what comes next.

Both our home at 601 Markham (since 1992!) and Little Island Comics at 742 Bathurst will shut down at the end of January, probably around January 28th. We’re currently making plans to say goodbye with a bang, and we look forward to sharing more details on that in the New Year.

In the meantime, we’re currently setting up a great space on College at Spadina (319 College St., south side) near the top of Kensington Market. This new space is a ten-minute walk from our current location; it’s serviced by both the TTC’s College streetcar line as well as the Spadina LRT. It’s easily walkable, accessible by transit, and a great space overall. We’re excited to join the neighbourhood.

We hope to open those doors at 319 College in a matter of weeks, with a selection of our current merchandise geared toward holiday shopping and specials.

Our legendary Boxing Week sale will still take place as usual at 601, but then beginning Tuesday January 3rd, all the full regular operations of The Beguiling will be handled out of 319 College St. That means: pull files and all new releases.

If you’re a pull file customer, you have two options:

  1. Unless we hear otherwise, your pull-file will automatically continue at 319 College starting January 3rd.
  2. If you’d prefer to continue to do your comics shopping on the TTC Bloor subway line, Page & Panel (the TCAF shop in the Toronto Reference Library) will start offering full pull-file service that first week of January. We want this transition to be as convenient and comfortable as possible for all of our customers, so just let us know.

We’re also happy to say that much of Little Island’s all-ages material will be made available at Page & Panel. There will be more news to come in 2017.

As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say thank you to the Toronto comics community, and to our many loyal friends and customers for your continued support. We’re excited to enter this next phase of the shop with you.

– Peter Birkemoe, and the Staff of The Beguiling

NOV 24 to DEC 5: TCAF Gallery Print Show & Pop Up Shop!

OFF PANEL: a TCAF-curated comic illustration print show
November 24 to December 5, 2016
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen St. W., Toronto (at Bathurst)
Vernissage Opening November 24th, 2016 (7-11pm)
FREE TO ATTEND

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Nuvango Gallery are proud to present OFF PANEL, a curated comic and illustration print show featuring over 40 exhibitors  of TCAF. Come out to support your favourite comic artists and to bring new artwork into your home!

In addition to the print show, Page & Panel: the TCAF Shop will be hosting a pop-up holiday shop over the duration of the show. Browse through a selection of premium books and comics-related goods alongside your gallery-viewing. The show will exhibit in the lounge/annex space of Nuvango Gallery (2nd floor), the Flagship Shop for art & lifestyle brand manufacturer Nuvango, located at 639 Queen St. W., from Thursday, November 24th through December 5th, 2016.

A special opening night party will take place on Thursday, November 24th, from 7pm to 11pm at the Nuvango Gallery, with many participating artists from the show in attendance. The event is open to the public. In addition, learn more about comics x illustration from the artists themselves at the panel event and workshop, held each Saturday for the duration of the show. Please bring your friends and join us to get the first pick of the best of comics illustration for the holidays!

For media inquiries or information, contact media@torontocomics.com.

Special events in the gallery, all free to attend and open to the public:

  • Opening Night Party (with cash bar) Thursday, November 24th, 7-11pm
    Artist Roundtable: Comics vs. Illustration Saturday, November 26th, 1-4pm
    Zine-Making Workshop Saturday, December 3rd, 1-4pm

Participating Artists:

Kalman AndrasofszkySanya AnwarWai AuHeidi BertonAmrit BrarMichael ChoMatthew DaleyClaudia DávilaDirchanskyJulie DoucetVictoria Grace ElliottEst EmMatthew ForsytheMaiji/Mary HuangLeslie HungJesse JacobsJames JeanJiraiyaCathy G. JohnsonKelly KKonami KanataKarl KerschlEric KimKoyamoriChris KuzmaJenn LivJohn MartzKris MukaiAn NguyenArlin OrtizYuko OtaRamón K PérezSean PhillipsSethRichie PopePunimeltRonnie RitchieAnuj ShresthaGengoroh TagameMaurice VellekoopKat VerhoevenMary VerhoevenJenn WoodallLis XuChip ZdarskyAmei Zhao

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NOV 24: OFF PANEL: A TCAF Print Show & Pop Up Shop!

OFF PANEL: a TCAF-curated comic illustration print show
November 24 to December 5, 2016
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen St. W., Toronto (at Bathurst)
Vernissage Opening November 24th, 2016 (7-11pm)
FREE TO ATTEND

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Nuvango Gallery are proud to present OFF PANEL, a curated comic and illustration print show featuring over 40 exhibitors  of TCAF. Come out to support your favourite comic artists and to bring new artwork into your home!

In addition to the print show, Page & Panel: the TCAF Shop will be hosting a pop-up holiday shop over the duration of the show. Browse through a selection of premium books and comics-related goods alongside your gallery-viewing. The show will exhibit in the lounge/annex space of Nuvango Gallery (2nd floor), the Flagship Shop for art & lifestyle brand manufacturer Nuvango, located at 639 Queen St. W., from Thursday, November 24th through December 5th, 2016.

A special opening night party will take place on Thursday, November 24th, from 7pm to 11pm at the Nuvango Gallery, with many participating artists from the show in attendance. The event is open to the public. In addition, learn more about comics x illustration from the artists themselves at the panel event and workshop, held each Saturday for the duration of the show. Please bring your friends and join us to get the first pick of the best of comics illustration for the holidays!

For media inquiries or information, contact media@torontocomics.com.

Special events in the gallery, all free to attend and open to the public:

  • Opening Night Party (with cash bar) Thursday, November 24th, 7-11pm
    Artist Roundtable: Comics vs. Illustration Saturday, November 26th, 1-4pm
    Zine-Making Workshop Saturday, December 3rd, 1-4pm

Participating Artists:

Kalman AndrasofszkySanya AnwarWai AuHeidi BertonAmrit BrarMichael ChoMatthew DaleyClaudia DávilaDirchanskyJulie DoucetVictoria Grace ElliottEst EmMatthew ForsytheMaiji/Mary HuangLeslie HungJesse JacobsJames JeanJiraiyaCathy G. JohnsonKelly KKonami KanataKarl KerschlEric KimKoyamoriChris KuzmaJenn LivJohn MartzKris MukaiAn NguyenArlin OrtizYuko OtaRamón K PérezSean PhillipsSethRichie PopePunimeltRonnie RitchieAnuj ShresthaGengoroh TagameMaurice VellekoopKat VerhoevenMary VerhoevenJenn WoodallLis XuChip ZdarskyAmei Zhao

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 19: JEFF LEMIRE SIGNING @ PAGE & PANEL

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Jeff Lemire Signing @ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
Secret Path regular & vinyl, Descender, & Black Hammer
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7pm-9pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

Multi-award winning, internationally renowned Canadian comics superstar Jeff Lemire makes his first signing appearance at Page & Panel with a trio of amazing books!

As a writer, Jeff launches two new comics on Wednesday: BLACK HAMMER #4 (with Dean Ormston) and Descender #16 (with Dustin Nguyen).

As an artist, Wednesday sees the launch of SECRET PATH the hotly anticipated book and album made in collaboration with Gord Downie. SECRET PATH tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died fifty years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School.

Jeff will be in-store at Page & Panel to sign these new issues, books, as well as the limited-edition deluxe vinyl and book edition of SECRET PATH.

Please note! Gord Downie will not be at this signing. We appreciate how many people would be interested in meeting him, but aside from the concerts he isn’t doing any press or public appearances for this launch. Thanks for your understanding!

October 18th: The Secret Path – New From Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire

Hey there folks!

We don’t normally run full press releases here on the blog, but we also know something special when we see it. Today it was announced that Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Jeff Lemire (Essex County) are spearheading a new multimedia project called The Secret Path. A new album, a graphic novel, and an animated film special converge to tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, and indigenous boy who died running away from a residential school fifty years ago. This is an important project that will be talked about for years to come.

We’re working with the publisher to ensure we’ll have a substantial number of copies of The Secret Path graphic novel available on release day, October 18th, at both The Beguiling and Page & Panel.  We’re hoping to put something together with Jeff too (though he may be a little busy!). If you would like to pre-order a copy of The Secret Path, e-mail us at mail@beguiling.com with your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Anyway, please click the ‘read more’ and find out about this incredible new project.

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