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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.

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

NEW SHINTARO KAGO ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE: TRACT

The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce that we are now selling pages from Shintaro Kago’s TCAF-debuting graphic novel TRACT in our artstore! The pages can be seen at http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=82.

We have made available 28 pages from chapters 2 and 3 of TRACT, the title page of each chapter plus 13 interior pages from each. As TRACT is an entirely wordless work, the pages tell a story all on their own and are perfect for framing. This is Shintaro Kago’s first full-colour manga, and first entirely wordless manga, making these pages a true rarity. Please note: Many of these pages are very graphically violent. Maybe that’s not for you?

The Beguiling would like to thank artist Shintaro Kago, and TRACT publisher Hollow Press, for their assistance with these art sales. For more info on Hollow Press, visit http://hollow-press.net/collections/shintaro-kago.

ABOUT SHINTARO KAGO and TRACT

TRACT is a 64 page wordless graphic novella that features Shintaro Kago’s trademark combinations of formalist experimentation, 21st century anxiety, body modification, and erotic grotesquery. Not for the faint of heart, Kago’s work has been lauded internationally for its uncompromising takes on sexuality and modern culture. Darkly humourous and often unsettling, Kago’s “fashionable paranoia” drags the dark underground of contemporary society into the light for all to see. Published by Hollow Press.

ABOUT THE BEGUILING ORIGINAL ART

The Beguiling is Canada’s premiere retailer of comics, graphic novels, and original comics art. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. Visit The Beguiling online at http://www.beguiling.ca.

Artists with original art represented by The Beguiling include: Jessica Abel, Rafael Albuquerque, Ho Che Anderson, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Marc Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Eddie Campbell, Genevieve Castree, Ben Catmul, Scott Chantler, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, Farel Dalrymple, Vanessa Davis,  Kim Deitch, Ray Fawkes, Brandon Graham, Sammy Harkham, David Heatley, Kevin Huizenga, Chris Hutsul, Jesse Jacobs, Jason,  Shintaro Kago, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Jason Little, Jason Lutes, Matt Madden, Benjamin Marra, Kagan McLeod, Anders Nilsen, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagilati, Brian Ralph, Ron Rege Jr., Graham Roumieu, Seth, Jay Stephens, Jillian Tamaki, Peter Thompson, Maurice Vellekoop, Steve Weissman, Zach Worton, and Chip Zdarsky.

 

A quick note…

Hey everyone,

It’s been a really rough week and weekend. I’m personally pretty upset about Orlando, and I know a bunch of our staff are as well. We’re all trying to work through it the best we can, and one of the ways I personally do that is doubling down on the good stuff that we do, like creating, facilitating, and promoting great art. I don’t always feel like it’s enough, but it’s what I can do right now.

So: We’ve still got a lot going on, we’re gonna keep doing cool stuff, but we didn’t want to let this tragedy go unobserved. I hope we all have a happy, resilient, and loud Pride month.

We’ve also got some cool Pride displays at Little Island and Page & Panel, and the deepest selection of queer graphic novels in the city at The Beguiling. Hope you can check’em out.

– Chris @ The Beguiling
(Header image by Jiraiya, remixed by Terrell Davis, for Massive)

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Window Display @ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop

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Kids Book & Comic Pride Display @ Little Island Comics

Buy TCAF Goods Online from The TCAF Shop!

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In March 2015, we made it official that TCAF’s new festival shop, Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, would become a permanent addition to Toronto’s retail and comics landscape. Celebrating our first full year as a store we’ve grown tremendously, offering a uniquely curated look at the comics, graphic novels, art, and sundries, that are available today. Today we announce that we’re going online, offering international shipping–but only on the merchandise and materials we make ourselves, and with our artist partners!

pony_square_largeLaunching the store is the brand-new PONY Enamel Pin by Kate Beaton, produced in association with comic shops Strange Adventures and The Beguiling! Featuring a super cute farting pony drawn by Kate Beaton, this is the first of many new items we hope to debut in the coming weeks.

This enamel pin is currently available in-store at The Beguiling, Little Island Comics, Page & Panel, all Strange Adventures stores, and online at the new TCAF Shop store too! All stores are selling this item for $7.99 CDN.

Kate Beaton’s Pony Enamel Pin joins some of the great t-shirts, bags, and booklets we’ve designed over the years. And best of all, like everything bought from The TCAF Shop, all proceeds go to supporting the Festival and ensuring it has a healthy future ahead of it. Our thanks to Kate and all of the artists that have worked with us over the years!

So head over to http://page-panel.myshopify.com/ to see the materials that are available now, and look for a bunch of updates as we get closer to the Festival!

Sincerely,

The TCAF Staff

P.S.: We have lots more in store than on the website, and TCAF’s Festival Posters will continue to be sold exclusively online from The Beguiling Original Art Store.

NOW SHIPPING THE EXCLUSIVE 2016 KATE BEATON “PONY” TEA TOWEL!

 

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Hey there everyone!

Due to popular request, we are now shipping our exclusive 2016 Kate Beaton Tea Towel to customers in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.! As you can see from the picture above, this 100% cotton tea towel features the titular Pony from Beaton’s bestselling children’s book The Princess & The Pony from Scholastic!

Because these are less than 100g and will fit in a letter-sized envelope, we can ship these out lettermail. No tracking information is available, but luckily shipping is very inexpensive!

Prices are:
Within Canada: $20.16 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)
Within the U.S.: $18.00 US Dollars – (includes shipping & HST)
United Kingdom: $26.00 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)

Orders are accepted only via PayPal. Please pay the amount listed to contact@torontocomics.com, including your shipping address and any further details in the comments field.

Supplies are limited, and we will update this page when we run out. Thanks!