THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO – BOOK LAUNCH

The World of Steve Ditko Book Launch, with author Blake Bell
In partnership with The Merrill Collection
Wednesday, June 18th 7PM-9PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. (at Spadina)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=14508822758
FREE

The fabulous world of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko comes to life in the fantastic new book by Toronto’s Blake Bell, published by Fantagraphics! THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO is an exhaustively researched tome on the life and work of the reclusive author.

The Beguiling and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in association with The Merril Collection and The Toronto Public Library, and Fantagraphics Books, are proud to present the official hometown launch of this book! The evening will feature a presentation from the book and moderated Q&A featuring author Blake Bell.

U.K. television and radio personality Jonathan Ross, who debuted his hour-long “In Search of Steve Ditko” documentary on the BBC last September, has granted us the rights to show the documentary at the Toronto event. It hasn’t been seen since, but you’ll get to see it if you attend the event!

For more information on the book, visit Blake Bell’s website at http://www.ditko.comics.org/.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping This Week: No Delays! May 28, 2009

Hello folks! Just a reminder that The Beguiling will not be suffering any shipping delays due to the American Memorial Day Holiday this week. New comics will arrive Wednesday morning as scheduled.

Here’s what’s shipping this Wednesday:

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A friend and fellow retailer has passed away…

The Beguiling and its staff would like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Rory Root, the owner of Comic Relief in Berkeley, California, who passed away yesterday.

Rory was a long-time professional acquaintance of The Beguiling, and ran one of the greatest comic stores in the world. Comic Relief won The Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award in its inaugural year alongside The Beguiling and now-defunct store Moondog’s, and Comic Relief had only become a stronger and larger store in subsequent years. Rory’s success was inspiring to us, and it was always an honour for The Beguiling to be mentioned alongside Rory Root and Comic Relief.

Comics is poorer for his loss, and we hope that friends and fellow retailers step up to try and match his unwavering dedication to quality works, to the small press, and to making the comics industry a better place.

Sincerely,

– The Staff of The Beguiling

5 Upcoming Comics Events in Toronto!

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Stuart Immonen signs CENTIFOLIA @ The Beguiling
Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 5PM-7PM
The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto
http://www.beguiling.com
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=18138572227
FREE

Join Stuart Immonen, artist of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, and NEXTWAVE at The Beguiling for the launch of his new sketchbook collection CENTIFOLIA. CENTIFOLIA is a lovely 128 page book featuring 32 full colour pages, retailing for $19.99 and includes a wide variety of Stuart’s personal, illustration, and comics work. Stuart will be signing copies of this book and all of his work from 5PM-7PM.

Find out more about Stuart Immonen and his work at http://immonen.ca/.

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The Political Graphic Novel
Sunday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.
The Al Green Theatre (at the Miles Nadal JCC)
750 Spadina Avenue (Spadina at Bloor)
http://www.luminato.com/
$10.00

From the war in Iraq to the life of revolutionary icon Ché Guevera, the medium of graphic novels becomes political in this stimulating evening of literature, illustration and discussion.

With award-winning Canadian author and illustrator Bernice Eisenstein (I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors), Spain Rodriguez (Che: A Graphic Biography) and the Canadian premiere of Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman’s Shooting War, which explores the war in Iraq and the influence of alternative news media. The Village Voice describes Shooting War as a “light-handed but searing political satire Shooting War…taking the Sunday comic strip places it could never have gone before.” The evening will be moderated by Peter Birkemoe, owner of Toronto’s top graphic novel and comics bookstore, The Beguiling.

For more information on the various Luminato Events, please visit http://www.luminato.com/index.php

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JASON: Pocket Full of Rain
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
5PM-7PM: The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
8PM-9PM: CENTRAL, 603 Markham Street
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=13911258210
FREE

Enigmatic Norwegian Cartoonist ‘Jason’ will be visiting Toronto on Tuesday, June 10th in support of his newest graphic novel collection “Pocket Full of Rain”. Jason will be signing at The Beguiling from 5PM-7PM, and will give a short reading and presentation from his work at The Central (just next door) at 8PM.

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Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards
Saturday, June 14th, 2008, 10AM (All Day)
Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium, 239 College St.
http://joeshusterawards.com/story.asp?storyID=111
FREE

On Saturday, June 14th at the Lillian Smith Library Auditorium (239 College St., E. of Spadina Ave., Toronto), the CCBCAA will be holding a Sequential Art Symposium. The Symposium will run from 10AM to 5PM and will be followed by the presentation of the 4th Annual Joe Shuster Awards at 8PM. Full details on the programming will be made available soon.

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The World of Steve Ditko Book Launch, with author Blake Bell
In partnership with The Merrill Collection
Wednesday, June 18th 7PM-9PM
Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. (at Spadina)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=14508822758
FREE

The fabulous world of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko comes to life in the fantastic new book by Toronto’s Blake Bell, published by Fantagraphics! THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO is an exhaustively researched tome on the life and work of the reclusive author.

The Beguiling and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in association with The Merril Collection and The Toronto Public Library, and Fantagraphics Books, are proud to present the official hometown launch of this book! The evening will feature a presentation from the book and moderated Q&A featuring author Blake Bell.

UPDATED TUE MAY 13 – U.K. television and radio personality Jonathan Ross, who debuted his hour-long “In Search of Steve Ditko” documentary on the BBC last September, has granted us the rights to show the documentary at the Toronto event. It hasn’t been seen since, but you’ll get to see it if you attend the event!

For more information on the book, visit Blake Bell’s website at http://www.ditko.comics.org/

See ya there.

– Christopher

What It Is!

Hey Daddy-O! Lynda Barry’s spectacular new graphic novel dropped yesterday and it is fan-frick’n tastic, totally worth your time and hard-earned money. It’s a graphic novel, no doubt, but it’s also an inspirational (aspirational?) ‘art instruction’ book too… It’s entirely unique in the medium in our humble opinion, and if you ever wanted to write, or draw, or just create, this is totally the book for you.

What It Is retails for $24.95, and is currently in stock at the store and online.

– Chris

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2008 WRAP-UP


(l to r: Jeremy Tankard, Steve Manale, Mike Cho, Brian McLachlan, Christopher Butcher)

On behalf of The Beguiling I’d like to thank everyone who came out for Free Comic Book Day — and Free Comics For Kids Day — this past weekend. Despite some pretty terrible weather, we still had a great turnout at both events, with hundreds of free comics finding their way to good homes.


(Tara Tallan (left) speaking with a fan)

Because of the torrential downpour on Saturday, our planned outdoor event at The Beguiling had to be moved indoors, and since the store is packed floor-to-ceiling with comics and graphic novels, moving it into The Beguiling wasn’t an option. Luckily, our neighbors at The Central lent us their entire restaurant for the day, as we gave out comics to all comers, young and old. Thanks to Stephen and everyone at The Central for going above and beyond the call of duty in the pursuit of great comics.

I bet ours was the only FCBD event with beer on tap…


(A young reader and his Dad brave the elements for free comics and Owl Magazines.)


(The main library set-up.)


(The never-ending line-up of kids looking for sketches!)

Meanwhile, over at The Palmerston Library, Free Comics For Kids Day was a roaring success. At its busiest point, I counted over 50 kids in the room with about 30-40 parents, and the numbers hovered around the 30-kid mark all day. We figure we had about 300 kids come through in the four-and-a-half hours the event was open, taking part in our crafts and activities, readings, engaging our artist guests, and of course Reading! Reading! Reading! (Comics). It was pretty awesome.

The event was an outgrowth of our Free Comic Book Day events, where we used the momentum generated by the event not only to promote ourselves and the medium, but also the the launches of new comics and related books from some of our favourite artists. The event was a launch/celebration of Jeremy Tankard’s Me Hungry from Candlewick, Steve Manale’s You Crack Me Up from Owlkids, and Mike Cho’s Max Finder Mystery Volume 3 from Owlkids. Even though it was a ‘free’ event the books were for sale, and while we didn’t move a ton I was happy to see that quite a few books made it to good homes.


(Mike Cho sketches for fans.)


(Grumpy Bird author Jeremy Tankard was surprised how many superheroes he drew…)


(Jeremy Tankard reads from his books Grumpy Bird and Me Hungry)

Our Free Comics For Kids Day events also included readings and presentations from our participating authors. Here, Jeremy Tankard is reading from his award-winning picture-book Grumpy Bird. Also making its official debut at this event was his new book, Me Hungry, the story of an adorable cave-boy looking for something to eat.


(Steve Manale draws an old-school Mario.)


(Brian McLachlan teaches kids how to write and draw ‘gag’ comics’)

Owl magazine illustrators and webcomics creators Brian McLachlan and Steve Manale doubled up in a presentation, teaching kids how to write and draw their own gag cartoons. It was a well-attended presentation both times they gave it.


(Mike Cho drew non-stop, all day, and even emptied out one of his markers doing this amazing ‘Venom’ drawing for a young fan. Kids love Venom.)


(Brian McLachlan makes a custom sketch for a young fan.)


(Volunteer Amanda is no worse the wear after a full day of giving away Owl Magazine, Chirp, Simpsons, Tiny Titans, Owly, and many, many more comics.)


(Almost everyone in attendance was drawing up a storm. Here’s our lil’est artist.)

But all good things must eventually come to an end, and so at 5 o’clock we all trudged back out into the rain with our comics safely bagged, waiting to be read at home.

(Actually, the whole staff went for dinner at Central because we were exhausted, and their food is as good as their nature, in our very humble opinion.)

Once again, thanks to everyone who came out for the event, to everyone who spread the word, to our sponsors at The Toronto Public Library, Owl, Penguin Canada, and espescially The Burrow Art Centre, and to our volunteers and staff Amanda, Becca, Dan, Derek, James, Jason, Jerry, Jim, Kai, Kayla, Maggie, Naseem, Parrish, and Zach… and anyone I’m forgetting of course.

Of course, extra-special thanks to our artist and author friends who came out and signed and sketched for hours! You made a lot of fans of all ages happy, and you’re all invited back whenever you like (maybe rest up a bit first though…). Here’s where you can find out more about all of our participating artists:

Michael Cho (Transmission-X, Max Finder): http://www.transmission-x.com/ , http://chodrawings.blogspot.com/
Willow Dawson (Violet Miranda): http://www.willowdawson.com/
J. Korim (Neozoic): http://www.jkorim.ca/main.htm
Jessie Lam (Neozoic): http://axl99.net/
Steve Manale (Superslackers, You Crack Me Up): http://www.superslackers.com/
Nick Mandaag (Artist): no website!
Tyrone McCarthy (Corduroy High): http://www.corduroyhigh.com/
Alana McCarthy (Illustrator): http://www.alanaland.com/
Brian McLachlan (Princess Planet): http://www.theprincessplanet.com/, http://www.transmission-x.com/
Tara Tallan (Galaxion): http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/galaxion.php
Jeremy Tankard (Grumpy Bird, Me Hungry): http://www.jeremytankard.com/
Chip Zdarsky (Monster Cops): http://chipzdarsky.livejournal.com/

See you all again next year!
Chris @ The Beguiling

Please join us at The Beguiling for a fun day of givin’ out free comics and getting signatures and sketches from cool artists. We’re going to be going rain-or-shine! Meet awesome creators like:

From 12 noon to 3pm:
J. Korim (Penciler, Atomic Robo FCBD Edition)
Jessie Lam (Colorist, Neozoic)
Tyrone McCarthy (Creator, Corduroy High)
Alana McCarthy (Illustrator)
Tara Talan (Creator, Galaxion)

From 3pm-6pm:
Willow Dawson (Artist, Violet Miranda)
Nick Mandaag (Artist and self-publisher)
Chip Zdarsky (Creator, Monster Cops)

See you there!

– Christopher

REMINDER: FREE COMICS FOR KIDS DAY THIS SATURDAY!

UPDATED: Free Comics For Kids Day Toronto

Saturday May 3rd, 2008. 12noon – 5pm
Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave (at Bathurst Subway Station)
Featuring authors Michael Cho, Steven Manale, and Jeremy Tankard.
Plus, now welcoming Brian McLachlan!
FREE!

In conjunction with comics industry holiday FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, The Beguiling is teaming up with The Toronto Public Library, Owlkids, and The Burrow Art Centre to present FREE COMICS FOR KIDS DAY! It’s a mini-convention that will feature all kids of events for kids ages 3 and up!

  • Running from 12 noon until 5pm on Saturday May 3rd, 2008!
  • Author presentations by top-notch graphic novel artists and authors, at 1pm and 3pm, including story readings, how-to-draw sessions, and more!
  • Art and craft activites provided by The Burrow Art Centre!
  • FREE COMICS and Owl Magazines for kids under the age of 13! Limit of 3 comics/magazines per person, please.

Who are the fantastic authors participating in the event? Check this out!

Jeremy Tankard is an award-winning illustrator and graphic novelist. His first picture book is Grumpy Bird, published by Scholastic, and it’s become an instant classic! Join Jeremy to celebrate the release of his brand-new picture book Me Hungry! published by Candlewick Press. Me Hungry! is a charming story about a little cave-boy trying to find something to eat while his cave-parents are busy with their daily chores! Visit Jeremy online at http://www.jeremytankard.com/.
(Me Hungry! is recommended for Ages 3+)

Steven Manale is one half of the artistic duo responsible for the awesome Chick and Dee! comics that run monthly in chickaDEE Magazine. Join Steven for the release of the new graphic novel collection of his work You Crack Me Up! from Owlkids, the funniest graphic novel around! Visit Steven online at http://superslackers.com/.
(You Crack Me Up! is recommended for ages 6+)

Michael Cho is the artist of the incredibly popular Max Finder Mystery series, which features mysteries that you and Max solve together! There are three Max Finder Mystery books published by Owlkids! Michael will be conducting a presentation on writing and drawing gag-comics with Owl Magazine illustrator Brian McLachlan. Visit Michael online at http://chodrawings.blogspot.com/, and Brian online at http://adept.wire-fu.com/.
(Max Finder Mystery is recommended for ages 9+)

It’s all going down at The Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Avenue (just west of Bathurst Subway Station) and just around the corner from The Beguiling. And if you’re a more grown-up comic book reader, don’t worry! The Beguiling will be having a more grown-up Free Comic Book Day event as well that day at the same time.

Sponsored by The Toronto Public Library, Owlkids, The Beguiling, The Burrow Art Centre, Penguin Canada, and Scholastic Canada.

Visit our sponsor websites:

Owlkids: http://owlkids.com/
Burrow Art Centre: http://www.burrowartcentre.ca/
Toronto Public Library: http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/
Penguin Canada: http://www.penguin.ca/
Scholastic Canada: http://www.scholastic.ca/kids/

– Chris