Category Archives: Important

70sww

Nathalie Atkinson (Globe & Mail) to interview Jill Lepore at The Secret History Of Wonder Woman Event December 11

nathalie-headshotThe Beguiling is proud to welcome arts writer, film critic, and Globe & Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson as the special guest interviewer for our event, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, with author Jill Lepore. Atkinson will delve into the incredible revelations in Lepore’s exciting new work of comics history, in what is sure to be an exciting event!

As a reminder, this event is now Thursday, December 11th, moved from its original date of one day earlier. Full information about the event below!

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Toronto Book Talk with author Jill Lepore
Interviewed by The Globe & Mail’s Nathalie Atkinson

Thursday, December 11th, 2014, @ 7PM
@ The Merril Collection, 239 College Street (Inside the Lillian H. Smith Library)
Free to attend

Sponsored by The Friends of The  Merril Collection, The Beguiling, and Random House Canada

secrethistoryofwonderwomanThe Beguiling, The Friends of the Merril Collection, and Random House Canada, are proud to present author Jill Lepore, who will discuss her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman in Toronto! Lepore will speak on the book, and be interviewed by The Globe & Mail’s Nathalie Atkinson, at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, December 11 in the Merril Collection reading room, on the 3rd floor of the Lillian Smith branch at 7PM.

Continue reading

spigelman_1200px

Art Spiegelman: What the %@&*! Happened to Comics? – Tickets now on sale @ The Beguiling

Art Spiegelman: What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?
Monday, January 26, 2015 | 7 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W, Toronto
General $39, Students $29 

This winter, The Koffler Centre of the Arts will present a remarkable evening with Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator, comic book legend and author of Maus.

Tickets for this event, which are $39 General Admission, $29 for Students, are now on sale at The Beguiling (in-store only). All tickets purchased at The Beguiling will entitle the purchaser to $10 off the regular price of Spiegelman’s newest book, CO-MIX, an important and gorgeous career retrospective. Valid only at time of ticket purchase. Valid student I.D. required for Student Ticket pricing.

comix-spiegelman

About This Event:
Art Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting cartoon styles and sometimes controversial contents. In his talk What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. In our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.” Presented by The Koffler Centre kofflerarts.org.

About Art Spiegelman in Toronto:
This December, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will pay homage to Art Spiegelman with an exhibition highlighting the breadth of his career. Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective opens at the AGO on December 20, 2014, and runs to March 14, 2015. Embracing the belief that comics are a medium for personal expression, Spiegelman once noted, “Spiegel means mirror in German, so what sounds like one more Jewish name co-mixes languages to form a sentence: Art mirrors man.” Spiegelman has drawn inspiration from a wide range of sources in his work including politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction. Maus, a two-volume graphic novel  that recounts his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz, was the first and only work of its genre to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1992. The AGO’s presentation of Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective will display original manuscripts of Maus, rarely seen due to their fragility. The exhibition also features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers. For more information, please visit ago.net.

About Art Spiegelman:
Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the bookshelves. As part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids; in 1980 he founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine; and in 1992 won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus – which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. In 2004, Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004; in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People; and in 2006 was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. He was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2007, and in 2008 played himself on an episode of The Simpsons.

Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2011, marking only the third time an American has received the honor. The honor also included a retrospective exhibition of his artwork, shown in the Pompidou Center and traveled to the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum in NYC, and the last stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Items are now in stock! Pre-Order: MASSIVE X OPENING CEREMONY Apparel Line

massive_advertisement

The Beguiling is happy to announce that we will begin carrying limited quantities of the new wave of gachi-muchi manga-inspired clothing produced by MASSIVE X OPENING CEREMONY, featuring the artwork of JIRAIYA. We can only carry a limited number of copies of these awesome pieces of apparel in-store, so we’re accepting pre-orders between RIGHT NOW and this MONDAY, AUGUST 18TH. This is a great way to guarantee you get what you want…!

All orders are for in-store pick-up only. If you need your order shipped, visit the MASSIVE online store.

All apparel is available in sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXL. Prices will be the same as the MASSIVE x OPENING CEREMONY online store but in Canadian funds instead of U.S. funds.

E-mail chris@beguiling.com with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and the name and size of each item you would like. Orders larger than $100 will require a 50% deposit. Check out the full list of items below!

best-couple-1

BEST COUPLE MUSCLE TEE – OCxMASSIVE – $55.00

Jiraiya’s Best Couple are back! His famous gachimuchi lovers Asakichi (朝吉) and Seiji (清次), seen previously on the original Jiraiya Sweatshirt, make their return in the form of a breezy muscle tee.

Soft crewneck T-shirt printed all over. Available in sizes XS-XXXL.

Artwork by Jiraiya (児雷也) for MASSIVE.

Continue reading

SECONDS and THROUGH THE WOODS on sale Tuesday!

bryan_emily

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Two of the most-anticipated books of the past few years will be available for sale Tuesday morning at 11am!

Emily Carroll shot to fame online for her amazing webcomics stories, including the multiple-award-winning horror short ‘His Face All Red.’ Now, her first collection Through The Woods sees ‘His Face All Red’ joined by 4 brand new short stories for a chilling new collection! Available in paperback and hard cover. And don’t forget the launch event tomorrow night at 7pm!

And we’re pretty sure our friend Bryan Lee O’Malley needs no introduction… but just in case: Dude wrote the six volume Scott Pilgrim series, which is amazing and was adapted into a feature film and our last few events with this fella have had hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people show up. Seconds is his highly-anticipated follow-up, and while it’s a very different book we’re sure Scott Pilgrim fans, and newcomers to his work, are gonna love it. And if you buy it from us, you get a free ticket to his event at the Bloor on July 30th!

Both of these books are great, both go on sale tomorrow, don’t miss them. :)

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Store closed for Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1st.

21-e1348153641978So we don’t usually close for public holidays, but we’re actually going to take the day off on Tuesday, July 1st. The store will be closed. Happy Canada Day!

Update: New comics will be available on Wednesday July 2nd at 11am, as usual!

This closure comes mostly because it turns out we’re not getting our delivery of new comics from Diamond on Tuesday July 1st (we normally get our deliveries on Tuesdays so that they can be ready for you guys on Wednesdays). Our new comics delivery is arriving SOMETIME on Wednesday July 2nd. Which means pulls won’t be ready until the afternoon at the earliest. If you can come in a little later that day, you may want to. Of course, we’ll work as quickly and diligently as possible to get the books out as fast as possible, but it all depends on when the shipment arrives.

Thanks for your understanding!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Captain Canuck illustration by Kalman Andrasofszky

Pre-purchase your copy of SECONDS beginning Monday, June 23rd, get a free ticket to the Toronto launch.

secondsThe short version: Come buy SECONDS from us, either by paying in advance starting June 23rd, or once we get the book in the store starting July 15th, and you get a free ticket to the Toronto launch event with Bryan Lee O’Malley and friends (a $10 value!). 

Long Version: SO! We’re doing a cool event to celebrate the launch of SECONDS, the new graphic novel by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. The event is on Wednesday, July 30th, and it’s at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema just around the corner from our store. It’s going to be a cool event, with an interview and a presentation and some fun stuff. We think you’ll enjoy it.

Because we’re expecting a lot of people, we had to rent a big space, and that’s The Bloor. We pay for things like this by selling books, and so if you’re buying your books from us 1) Thank you! and 2) we’ll give you a free ticket! If you’re choosing to buy your books elsewhere, well, ok I guess, but to help offset the cost of the event, we’re selling tickets for $10.

SECONDS goes on sale beginning Tuesday, July 15th, and we will have books that day (barring disaster). If you want to pre-purchase a copy of SECONDS, and get your ticket early, you can come and buy one in-store beginning Monday, June 23rd. You’ll get your ticket to the event, and we’ll give you something you can exchange for your copy of the book when it arrives in store July 15th.

(Oh, and we said that you could pre-purchase starting the 16th, originally. Our bad, the tickets aren’t ready yet. Pre-purchase starts on the 23rd.)

So! This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Come buy SECONDS from us, either buy paying in advance starting June 23rd, or once we get the book in the store starting July 15th, and you get a free ticket to the event (a $10 value!). 

Thanks for reading.

– Chris

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Variant Information + Pre-order Discount

Amazing-Spider-Man-1Hi folks, we’ve had a lot of inquiries about the variant editions for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man #1 this April. People like Spider-Man, and they like Spider-Man variants, and so we just wanted to do a little post clarifying rarity, availability, and pricing on these books.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering some of the rare variants for this series, or are just curious what’s coming out with regards to this title, click “Keep Reading” for all of the details!

Continue reading