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MAGICIAN A NOW AVAILABLE FROM BDP PRESS!

After a successful Kickstarter and only mild delays in the grand scheme of pandemics, we are thrilled to announce that the first title from BDP Press, MAGICIAN A by Natsuko Ishitsuyo, is now officially for sale!

With art heavily influenced by Ishitsuyo’s time studying art in the Czech Republic, the six stories collected in Magician A focus on young women discovering and playing with their own sexuality. The feelings in these stories are universal, but Ishitsuyo’s approach is not for the squeamish.

The translation was spearheaded and executed by Eisner Award winning translator Jocelyne Allen– you might be familiar with her translations of Juniji Ito (Fragments of HorrorSmashedShiverFrankenstein), Kabi Nagata (My Lesbian Experience with LonelinessMy Solo Exchange Diary), Riyoko Ikeda (Claudine!Rose of Versailles), Yuhki Kamatani (Our Dreams at Dusk), Fumi Yoshinaga (What Did You Eat Yesterday?) and Asumiko Nakamura (ClassmatesMaiden Railways) to name just a few!
On top of that, The Beguiling’s own Penny Clark served as editor on the book!

If you lice in Canada, you can buy a copy for yourself RIGHT HERE ON OUR NEW WEBSTORE!

International customers (including USA): please email us at orders@beguiling.ca with your full mailing address and we will send you a paypal invoice!

Now that the book’s here, why not go check out how it all started by reading Jocelyne’s story of discovering Magician A on her brainvsbook blog!

ABOUT BDP:

Publisher Peter Birkemoe is the owner and operator of the world-famous Beguiling comic store in Toronto, Canada, and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. After years of supporting comic artists behind the scenes through his work as a bookseller, he’s made the decision that it’s time to again dip his toes into the world of publishing, with a focus on books both in English and in translation that aren’t finding a publisher elsewhere, in part because they are a little bit dirty. Dirty books need a home, too! 

MAGICIAN A NOW AVAILABLE FROM BDP PRESS!

After a successful Kickstarter and only mild delays in the grand scheme of pandemics, we are thrilled to announce that the first title from BDP Press, MAGICIAN A by Natsuko Ishitsuyo, is now officially for sale!

With art heavily influenced by Ishitsuyo’s time studying art in the Czech Republic, the six stories collected in Magician A focus on young women discovering and playing with their own sexuality. The feelings in these stories are universal, but Ishitsuyo’s approach is not for the squeamish.

The translation was spearheaded and executed by Eisner Award winning translator Jocelyne Allen– you might be familiar with her translations of Juniji Ito (Fragments of HorrorSmashedShiverFrankenstein), Kabi Nagata (My Lesbian Experience with LonelinessMy Solo Exchange Diary), Riyoko Ikeda (Claudine!Rose of Versailles), Yuhki Kamatani (Our Dreams at Dusk), Fumi Yoshinaga (What Did You Eat Yesterday?) and Asumiko Nakamura (ClassmatesMaiden Railways) to name just a few!
On top of that, The Beguiling’s own Penny Clark served as editor on the book!

If you lice in Canada, you can buy a copy for yourself RIGHT HERE ON OUR NEW WEBSTORE!

International customers (including USA): please email us at orders@beguiling.ca with your full mailing address and we will send you a paypal invoice!

Now that the book’s here, why not go check out how it all started by reading Jocelyne’s story of discovering Magician A on her brainvsbook blog!

ABOUT BDP:

Publisher Peter Birkemoe is the owner and operator of the world-famous Beguiling comic store in Toronto, Canada, and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. After years of supporting comic artists behind the scenes through his work as a bookseller, he’s made the decision that it’s time to again dip his toes into the world of publishing, with a focus on books both in English and in translation that aren’t finding a publisher elsewhere, in part because they are a little bit dirty. Dirty books need a home, too! 

DIAMOND SHIPMENTS RESUME MAY 20!! NEW COMICS WEDNESDAY FAQ

It’s official: new comic shipments from Diamond have resumed! Whew!

We are very excited to be able to get you your comics, but obviously things are going to be a little different than they have been, so here’s a handy little FAQ outlining how things are gonna be working!

FAQ: 

I heard new comics are coming out again. Is that true?

Yes! Diamond shipments have resumed. DC has switched distributors, but orders from the new distributor have also been established.

DC comics said something about Tuesday?

Sorry, that was idiocy. You can ignore that. New comics will be available Wednesday morning as usual.

Does this mean you are open?

The store has remained operational filling orders for pickup and/or mail-out throughout this first wave of the pandemic.  We remain closed for in-store shopping, and browsing.  All of our graphic novels are up on our webstore www.beguilingbooks.com. Please note, single issues will not be available for sale through the website. We will be posting our Diamond lists on this site every Friday with a list of titles coming out the following week, and taking orders througb email. If you have a pullfile with us, we will pull your books as per usual!

We have also begun to offer CURBSIDE BROWSING every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays! We have our new single issues displayed in the window, and you can place an order with a clerk at the door for any product we have in store! We are also accepting payment in-person these days by all means, including cash.

So I can’t just come to the store and yell what I want to you through the glass?

…No. But you can come on Wednesdays and Saturdays and talk to someone with no glass between you! That’s a better form of yelling!

When will you be open to the public again?

Once  we feel it can be done safely.  When that does happen, keep in mind that it may very well still be in a limited capacity-  we may allow only a certain number of people in the shop at once, and you will need to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.  It could be a very long time before shopping is back to normal, but we’ll roll with the punches as best we can and hope you’ll join us in, uh, getting punched. By life.

Can I see the single issue comics on-line?

We always post a list of the new issues that arrive each week, and we’ll also be posting videos of the new release rack to OUR INSTAGRAM every Tuesday night.  We’ll be filling orders from our pull-file customers first, email requests second, and phone inquiries after that.

If you’re looking for issues, send us an email at ORDERS@BEGUILING.CA and let us know what you’re looking for!

As mentioned above, as of June 24th 2020 the Beguiling will offer in-person curbside shopping Wednesdays and Saturdays! This means you can come pick up comics and pay directly at the store for your stuff, all from the (relative) comfort of the street!

How do I pay for my comics?

We accept Visa and Mastercard over the phone as well as Interac e-transfers and Paypal payments to mail@beguiling.ca. You can also pay in-person Wednesdays and Saturdays ONLY between 11 and 6!

Can I pay at the door?

Only on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11-6.

How do I set up a pull file?

I’m so glad you asked! Pullfiles are wonderful. They make sure a copy of what you’re looking for is ordered for you, and it’s put aside so you can pick it up at your own convenience!

Go here to see how to set up your very own pullfile!

If you still have any questions, please send us an email about it and we’ll do our best to get back to you asap!

DIAMOND SHIPMENTS RESUME MAY 20!! NEW COMICS WEDNESDAY FAQ

It’s official: new comic shipments from Diamond have resumed! Whew!

We are very excited to be able to get you your comics, but obviously things are going to be a little different than they have been, so here’s a handy little FAQ outlining how things are gonna be working!

FAQ: 

I heard new comics are coming out again. Is that true?

Yes! Diamond shipments have resumed. DC has switched distributors, but orders from the new distributor have also been established.

DC comics said something about Tuesday?

Sorry, that was idiocy. You can ignore that. New comics will be available Wednesday morning as usual.

Does this mean you are open?

The store has remained operational filling orders for pickup and/or mail-out throughout this first wave of the pandemic.  We remain closed for in-store shopping, and browsing.  All of our graphic novels are up on our webstore www.beguilingbooks.com. Please note, single issues will not be available for sale through the website. We will be posting our Diamond lists on this site every Friday with a list of titles coming out the following week, and taking orders througb email. If you have a pullfile with us, we will pull your books as per usual!

We have also begun to offer CURBSIDE BROWSING every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays! We have our new single issues displayed in the window, and you can place an order with a clerk at the door for any product we have in store! We are also accepting payment in-person these days by all means, including cash.

So I can’t just come to the store and yell what I want to you through the glass?

…No. But you can come on Wednesdays and Saturdays and talk to someone with no glass between you! That’s a better form of yelling!

When will you be open to the public again?

Once  we feel it can be done safely.  When that does happen, keep in mind that it may very well still be in a limited capacity-  we may allow only a certain number of people in the shop at once, and you will need to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.  It could be a very long time before shopping is back to normal, but we’ll roll with the punches as best we can and hope you’ll join us in, uh, getting punched. By life.

Can I see the single issue comics on-line?

We always post a list of the new issues that arrive each week, and we’ll also be posting videos of the new release rack to OUR INSTAGRAM every Tuesday night.  We’ll be filling orders from our pull-file customers first, email requests second, and phone inquiries after that.

If you’re looking for issues, send us an email at ORDERS@BEGUILING.CA and let us know what you’re looking for!

As mentioned above, as of June 24th 2020 the Beguiling will offer in-person curbside shopping Wednesdays and Saturdays! This means you can come pick up comics and pay directly at the store for your stuff, all from the (relative) comfort of the street!

How do I pay for my comics?

We accept Visa and Mastercard over the phone as well as Interac e-transfers and Paypal payments to mail@beguiling.ca. You can also pay in-person Wednesdays and Saturdays ONLY between 11 and 6!

Can I pay at the door?

Only on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 11-6.

How do I set up a pull file?

I’m so glad you asked! Pullfiles are wonderful. They make sure a copy of what you’re looking for is ordered for you, and it’s put aside so you can pick it up at your own convenience!

Go here to see how to set up your very own pullfile!

If you still have any questions, please send us an email about it and we’ll do our best to get back to you asap!

FUNDRAISER FOR PAGE & PANEL: THE TCAF SHOP

“Since 2014, Page & Panel has strived to provide a community-focused retail destination for comics, art, and book culture. As some of you may already know, Page & Panel is not just a place to buy books and merchandise, but a vibrant space for comics and arts events and a partner in creating original art. Since our inception, we have been proud to support the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, playing our part in growing the visibility of comics as a medium and fostering the growth of a community we hold dear. Now, during these unprecedented times, Page & Panel is asking for your support.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious and immediate financial impact on Page & Panel. The closure of the Toronto Reference Library and State of Emergency in Ontario led us to close our doors on March 17. As a result, we have lost nearly all of our revenue and made the painful decision of letting go some of our staff members. In addition, the cancellation of TCAF has meant losing our best weekend for sales, which supports the store and the festival year-round,  while we are still liable for mounting overhead fees.

We are asking for your support to help us recover from our financial losses during this time. Funds raised during this time will go directly to our areas of greatest priority:

Overhead: Towards the payment of rent, merchandise orders made prior to the pandemic, and other fixed costs
Recuperation of lost revenue: Page & Panel makes  significant sales during our festival weekend and we will not be able to recoup them. These sales support the festival and organization throughout the year.
Staff: Towards retaining staff and re-hiring staff as the economy slowly re-opens.”

 

P&P is the year-round means of supporting TCAF, and with the loss of not only the festival but its day to day operations both have been hit hard. Any help is much appreciated– and hey, you can also support by, you know, buying stuff! Get goods in return! Hit up the Page & Panel Shopify store!

SHOP THE BEGUILING ONLINE!!! BEGUILINGBOOKS.COM!

Look, you shouldn’t leave your house. We all know this. But we also know you all miss shopping at the store! (Look, give this to us ok?) How, you may ask, could I possibly make my house look like I’m in The Beguiling, ie overflowing with comics, when I can’t go down to The Beguiling and shop?

Well, my friends, we have a surprise for you.

BEGUILINGBOOKS.COM !!!!!!

Browse our inventory! Look at some staff picks! See some curated-by-staff lists of books! And BUY COMICS!

The store is live NOW and we encourage one and all to visit!!

FOR SINGLE ISSUE REQUESTS please note this inventory isn’t on the website! Feel free to email us for any single issues you’re looking for, new or old!

Thanks one and all for your passion and support during these difficult times and we hope this makes it a little bit easier for you to browse, shop and BUY BUY BUY from the BEGUILING!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us or fire an email to BEGUILINGORDERS@GMAIL.COM!

WEDNESDAY COMICS for 03/18/2020

(Wanted to keep a record of this post, but its contents are long out of date and should only be read in an archival appreciation sort of way. go visit our webstore and buy books! beguilingbooks.com)

For those that have been asking, here’s how WEDNESDAY COMICS are going to work!

– Curb-side pick-up is available! We can take payment via paypal, process a credit card over the phone or meet you curb-side with a wireless card reader! Our paypal address is: mail@beguiling.ca

– So long as delivery companies or Canada Post are running, we’ll be offering mail-outs. Shipping is free in the GTA on all orders over $50. Contact us to set this up either via email or telephone!

– Our doors will be open in a controlled, limited capacity (probably 1-2 customers max in the store at any time) only on Wednesdays. That’s the plan for 11-6 tomorrow, but it could easily change by next week.

– We do not plan to be open at all Thursday through Tuesday, although mail-outs & curb-side will be available all week!

– If none of those methods work for you, let us know and I’m sure we can arrange something that works with your schedule and transportation options!

IMPORTANT: IN-STORE SHOPPING IS UNAVAILABLE

We’ll be closing indefinitely for regular in-store shopping end of business day today, 03/16. This Wednesday, we’ll open in a limited capacity for customers to pick up their comics.

Shipping and curb-side pick-up are still available! Send us an email at mail@beguiling.ca or give us a call between _____ and we can arrange your order.

Thanks to all of the kind souls who have already phoned in to buy books or gift-certificates– In the days to come we’ll be trying out our legendary hand-selling skills by phone & email!

Also, you can also purchase a GIFT CERTIFICATE electronically through our paypal by sending money, with a note specifying it’s for a gift certificate, to:

mail@beguiling.ca

or over the phone during our normal hours to process your order via Visa/MC/Debit!

Thanks everyone for your support, it means the world.

–The Beguiling

THANK YOU/NEW WAYS TO SHOP (NOW LONG OUT OF DATE)

(Wanted to keep a record of this post, but its contents are long out of date and should only be read in an archival appreciation sort of way. go visit our webstore and buy books! beguilingbooks.com)

 

WE just wanted to take a moment to say to all of our customers:

THANK YOU.

Not only for the amazing, generous and warm support you have shown to The Beguiling already but that you are showing to all booksellers, independent shops, artists customer service employees and many others working without a safety net, one day at a time.

When you’re a bookseller, there isn’t a work from home option– we need to be out here, interacting with everyone who walks through our doors. That’s the lifeblood of our industry, the personal connection that an independent bookseller cab bring, and it’s been incredible to still feel it from our amazing customers.

At the moment, we’re taking everything day to day but as of now we’re still maintaining regular hours and we’ve introduced some other options and standards for those who want to support and shop with us but are understandably a bit wary. You can check out what we’re doing below!

We’re here for you, snd you’re here for us. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s look at what a beautiful small thing that is– it means the world to us, and to so many independent business in the GTA and beyond.

THANK YOU.

Still want to get your comics but feeling a bit wary of regular visits to the store? Talk to us!

We’re very happy to work with you to figure out getting you your books! Here’s some starter options!

SHIPPING: We’ll be offering FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE GTA ON ORDERS OVER $50!

For orders under $50 we’ll charge a flat rate of $6.50, the equivalent cost of taking the TTC to/from the store!

(Added bonus: no one will demand to see proof you paid us your shipping fee while it’s in transit)

If you don’t live in Toronto, we can arrange it too! Just get in touch!

CURBSIDE PICKUP: Pre-arrange your order and we can bring it straight out to you in your car! You can pay ahead of time, or with Visa/Mastercard/Debit in your car when you pick up!

Would you like to get your books some other way? Well, we’re probably open to it! Just get in touch with us, and we’re happy to discuss whatever works best for you!

For in-store shopping we’ll also be introducing some methods to minimize the handling of your books at the till and by others too! More details to com, as well as some great suggestions for some comics long-reads!

XOXO, THE STAFF AT THE BEGUILING & LITTLE ISLAND COMICS