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New in the Art Store: Jason Lutes’ BERLIN Book One & Two

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The Beguiling has long represented art sales for Jason Lutes, the incredibly talented creator of the series BERLIN, published by Drawn & Quarterly. He was one of our very first clients in fact!

Today we’re happy to announce that Lutes has provided us with all of the remaining original artwork for Berlin Book One (issues #1-#8 of the regular series) and Berlin Book Two (issues #9-#16), and it is all now available for sale on The Beguiling Art Store.

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In addition, we have a very rare piece of promotional art for the series, two strips that ran in Nickelodeon Magazine, and most of the original artwork for Berlin #19.

So please head over to our Original Art store, and check out some of the hundreds of pages of beautiful artwork that Jason Lutes has created over the past two decades.

– Christopher

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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!

 

New Books on December 30th this year! Shipping December 30th!

UPDATE: Due to a shipping error, we were shipped some Marvel titles early, that are not allowed to go on sale until January 6th. At Diamond’s request, we will be holding them and not selling them until the 6th. Those titles are:

Amazing Spider-Man #6
Howard The Duck #3
Nova #3
Oni-Wan and Anakin #1
Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1
Spider-Man 2099 #5
Spidey #2

Sorry for any confusion/hassle.

9781632361950-450x675Hey there! For the first time in a VERY long time, we’re getting new books on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years! Here’s a complete list of what to expect on Wednesday, December 30th, the last Wednesday of the year!

Also: Hiroki Samura, the creator of Blade of the Immortal, launched his brand new series this week! It’s got a real Tarantino feel, if that’s your thing. Check it out…!

Continue reading New Books on December 30th this year! Shipping December 30th!

It’s 3 days ‘til Christmas, here are some great gift suggestions!

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or: Wouldn’t you like a few good comics gifts suggestions?

It’s actually fewer than 7 shopping days until Christmas, not to rush you or anything, but we figured that you might want a few very cool, very unique gift suggestions courtesy of The Beguiling. We’ve come up with this list of hard-to-find items that are perfect for the hard-to-buy-for folks on your list, and better still, might just express a little bit of your own personality to the recipient as well.
So without any further ado…

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Item #1:
KAPTARA VOLUME 1, $13.50, by Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod
The short version: Awesome Comic, Toronto Creators, Just released!

Launched this year, the brand new fantasy/adventure/comedy series KAPTARA comes to the world from Image Comics and Toronto’s own Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod. An outstanding take on the beloved toys of our youth, from one of the folks who brought you Sex Criminals, Howard The Duck, and more. Oh, and it just came out, so there’s almost no chance anyone you buy it for will already have it.

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ITEM #2:
HELLBERTA, $20, by Michael Comeau
The short version: Limited edition art comix for your friends who grew up reading X-Men.

Toronto-based zine and printmaker Michael Comeau presents a very unauthorized satire, as Weapon X returns to Canada to fight Stephen Harper. An incredible pastiche of politics, religion, comics, and exploitation films, so good it won a fancy award. New edition now available.

ITEM #3:
Regular Recommendation, Any Budget, Various
The short version: Let us pick the perfect gift

Hey, we here at The Beguiling are TRAINED BOOKSELLERS. We’ve been doing this thing for a very long time, and we’ve gotten pretty good at it! Tell us about the recipient of this gift, and we’ll pick out something perfect for them.

ITEM #4:
Bargain Recommendation, ANY Budget, Various
The Short Version: Let us pick the perfect inexpensive gift

We’ve got a big move on the horizon, and we’ve been pulling all sorts of crazy overstock out of the depths of the store and offering it at fantastic prices. Whether you need to look like you spent way more than you did, or just need to stretch your budget to make it count, we can find something great. Help us by helping you.

ITEM #5:
ChristmasdaysChristmas Days & The Juggler of our Lady, $14-95-$23.00, Various
The short version: Nothing says Christmas like a book about Christmas

If you want to give the gift of Christmas, at Christmas, we highly recommend these two excellent books. First up, Christmas Days is a beautiful illustrated guide to how the holiday was celebrated in Canada, courtesy of Derek McCormack and Seth. One of my personal fav X-Mas books, goes well with David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs. And if you want something a little less wry, check out The Juggler of Our Lady, by R.O. Blechman. A 1952 retelling of a medieval legend, this proto-graphic-novel is somewhat unknown, but comes with an incredible pedigree thanks to introductions by Jules Feiffer and Maurice Sendak.

Anders Nilsen artwork for D&Q 2006 Holiday Card, Pen & Ink, $350.
Anders Nilsen artwork for D&Q 2006 Holiday Card, Pen & Ink, $350.

ITEM #6:
Original art from a bunch of great artists, $100 and up, Various
The Short Version: A one-of-a-kind item for a comic art fan

The Beguiling represents the original art sales of a few dozen artists. While it’s probably too late to ship art to you, if you buy art from our site you CAN pick it up in store and gift it for the holidays! We have everything from TCAF Posters for $10, all the way up to gorgeous original works by Kate Beaton, Marc Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Marian Churchland, Farel Dalrymple, Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Ray Fawkes, Anders Nilsen, Sammy Harkham, Brandon Graham… the list goes on! Head over to http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/ and select PICK UP IN STORE when checking out as your shipping options! Items can be ready for pick-up in-store in 2-3 business days.

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ITEM #7:
Dan Clowes’ PATIENCE Voucher, $40, Dan Clowes
The Short version: If you’ve got a PATIENT giftee, get them the promise of future fun.

SO! This March, The Beguiling will be hosting Dan Clowes in an exclusive speaking engagement as he’s on tour for PATIENCE, his new graphic novel. The book isn’t released until the week AFTER our event, but if you want to get a voucher for an early copy of the book (available at our event) AND a ticket to his event, we can hook you up. Just know that you’re getting a VOUCHER, and not the actual book or ticket yet, because they won’t be released until like March.

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ITEM #8:
Other Peoples’ Suggestions, Various, Various
The Short Version: We have more-or-less everything on every best-of-the-year list. 
So, you don’t HAVE to take our word for it. There are tons of best-of-the-year lists being released right now in comics, and The Beguiling has one of the deepest and broadest selections of comics in North America! Minis, floppies, trades, graphic novels, hard covers, manga, and much more–if you read someone talking about it, there’s a very good chance we have it in store. For example, the Drawn & Quarterly 25th Anniversary Book makes an excellent gift…! :)

See you in store!
Header image: “Palefire Cover” by Farel Dalrymple, $800. Link

DEC 9: The Secret Loves of Geek Girls Book Launch Event!

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls Book Launch & Party!
Wednesday, December 9th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St.
FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/542442252587035/

11988683_1725291301024703_7084644556586977135_n (1)This summer’s hottest Kickstarter sensation is here and it’s time to party! Please join us in celebrating the launch of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls at Page and Panel: The TCAF Store!

An all-female comic/text anthology of true stories about love, romance, and sex, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a celebration of the stories we tell each other but never make public–until now! Clocking in at 250 pages, it contains new work by Margaret Atwood, Sam Maggs, Roberta Gregory, Fiona Smyth, and Mariko Tamaki!

Guests in attendance at the launch may include: Sanya Anwar (webcomic creator), Meaghan Carter (webcomic creator), Alicia Constabile (game designer), Stephanie Cooke (writer), Erin Cossar (writer, artist), Leslie Doyle (artist), Gillian G (writer, artist), Megan Kearney (webcomic creator), Janet Hetherington (writer, artist), Cherelle Higgins (writer), Adrienne Kress (young adult author), Diana McCallum (creator Texts From Superheroes, Cracked.com writer), Twiggy Tallant (The Nerdy Stripper), and Emma Woolley (Games critic).

There will be special cocktails available as well as hors d’oeuvres without waiters… aka snacks!

If you ordered a copy through the Kickstarter, you can pick it at the event. There will also be copies available for sale. Pick up a book and get it signed by many of the contributors!

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is The Book of 2015 and the launch will be The Party, so don’t miss it!

DEC 17: It’s The Beguiling & Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party!

The Fifth-Ever Beguiling, Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Jughead, Kaptara, A Softer World Holiday Party 2015!
Featuring Erica Henderson, Emily Horne, Kagan McLeod, Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, & Special Guests!
Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 7:30pm-10pm (Doors at 7pm)
@ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor
FREE TO ATTEND

A holiday tradition returns, as The Beguiling is once again thrilled to welcome one and all to our almost-annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party & Book Launch, featuring our good friend Ryan North! This year Ryan will be joined by a star-studded list of good pals and collaborators on his projects, including Erica Henderson (artist on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Jughead), Chip Zdarsky (writer on Jughead and Kaptara), Kagan McLeod (aritst on Kaptara), and Emily Horne, of the recently-completed comic strip A Softer World! Plus, who knows, a few special guests and a few special books might make an appearance as well!

All of our guests will be getting together for some holiday cheer, with a fun on-stage interview, and a book signing too! Get your comics signed, or buy comics there (courtesy of The Beguiling) to get signed for yourself or for gifts! There’s nothing better than signed comics for Christmas gifts!

Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA event! Read on for details!

All of this is happening Thursday, December 17th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W., near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there!

SECRET SANTA RULES:

We’re holding a SECRET SANTA at this event! Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one has to if they don’t want to because choice is important!

If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of about $5-$10.
– Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
– At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
– Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.

EVENT: Comic Book Workshop for Teens w/ Evan Munday

Comic Book Workshop with Evan Munday
Wednesday, November 25, 5-7pm
@ TPL Runnymede Branch
Link: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT222341&R=EVT222341

51MuIp3CvCL._SX283_BO1,204,203,200_Hone your comic book creation skills with writer and illustrator Evan Munday! Participants will be guided through the process of writing and illustrating their own comic books. Bring your ideas to life in this practical workshop that will cover character design, panel structure, composition, pacing and more. For youth ages 12-19.

Space is limited. Register in person or by phone at 416-393-7697.

New Original Art by Mahendra Singh available in the art store, from Adventure Time: Enchiridion

The Beguiling is proud to announce that we now have available for sale ALL NEW original art by incredible artist Mahendra Singh! This time, the pieces come from the just-released ADVENTURE TIME: THE ENCHIRIDION & MARCY’S SUPER SECRET SCRAPBOOK (but mostly the Enchiridion parts).

You can find his work at: http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=165

Singh’s art is more evocative of the history of the Adventure Time universe in this book, and so the pages are as unique and strange as they are beautiful. I mean, check this out:

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Mahendra Singh has a very unique illustration style that closely resembles traditional engraving. His beautiful images are created by using dip pens with English or German nibs on Denril paper, a special type of vellum which never cracks/stretches/warps. The whole page is then treated with Krylon Spray Fix afterwards to further protect it. All of this combines to create a slightly textured, unique, and truly compelling work of original art. You can see some of the texture in this image:

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It’s really cool stuff!

Check it out.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

New Original Art by Mahendra Singh available in the art store, from Adventure Time: Enchiridion

The Beguiling is proud to announce that we now have available for sale ALL NEW original art by incredible artist Mahendra Singh! This time, the pieces come from the just-released ADVENTURE TIME: THE ENCHIRIDION & MARCY’S SUPER SECRET SCRAPBOOK (but mostly the Enchiridion parts).

You can find his work at: http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=165

Singh’s art is more evocative of the history of the Adventure Time universe in this book, and so the pages are as unique and strange as they are beautiful. I mean, check this out:

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Mahendra Singh has a very unique illustration style that closely resembles traditional engraving. His beautiful images are created by using dip pens with English or German nibs on Denril paper, a special type of vellum which never cracks/stretches/warps. The whole page is then treated with Krylon Spray Fix afterwards to further protect it. All of this combines to create a slightly textured, unique, and truly compelling work of original art. You can see some of the texture in this image:

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It’s really cool stuff!

Check it out.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

THIS SUNDAY: The Comic Book History of Beer Book Launch & Author Talk!

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EVENT: The Comic Book History of Beer Book Launch
With author Jonathan Hennessey!
Sunday, October 4th, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St. (Enter from Yonge St. doors)
Free to attend

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is thrilled to welcome Jonathan Hennessy, writer and researcher of the brand new graphic novel THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF BEER for the official Toronto Book Launch! Join Jonathan at Page & Panel on Sunday, October 4th, at 5pm, for a talk and signing!

This book has been getting RAVE reviews from NPR, Huffington Post, Food Republic and more, and it’s a fascinating subject too! Hopefully you can make it out for the event.

Please note, unfortunately no beer will be served on the premises. But! An official ‘after party’ will happen just down the street (location TBC) where we can all enjoy the fruits of the labours of the fine brewers who inspired this book’s creation.

The Comic Book Story of Beer is now available for sale at The Beguiling and Page & Panel.