JAN 26: Joe Ollmann launches THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK


Featuring Joe Ollmann
Thursday, January 26th, 2016, 7pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street (NEW LOCATION!)
Free to attend. 

Join cartoonist Joe Ollmann as he discusses his latest graphic tour de force: The Abominable Mr. Seabrook. In Seabrook, Ollmann chronicles the trials and tribulations of notorious journalist William Buehler Seabrook: famed member of the Lost Generation known for participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals, and popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. Exposing both the highs and extreme lows of a turbulent life, Ollmann often weaves in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers. This biographical account, however, posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, leaving the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.

This event will take place in, or very near to, The Beguiling’s new space at 319 College Street. See you there!

joeollmann_self2016ABOUT JOE OLLMANN:

Joe Ollmann lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He won the Doug Wright Award for Best Book in 2007.


In the early twentieth century, travel writing represented the desire for the expanding bourgeoisie to experience the exotic cultures of the world past their immediate surroundings. Journalist William Buehler Seabrook was emblematic of this trend – participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals and most notably, popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. A string of his bestselling books show an engaged, sympathetic gentleman hoping to share these strange, hidden delights with the rest of the world. He was willing to go deeper than any outsider had before. But, of course, there was a dark side. Seabrook was a barely functioning alcoholic who was deeply obsessed with bondage and the so-called mystical properties of pain and degradation. His life was a series of traveling highs and drunken lows; climbing on and falling off the wagon again and again. What led the popular and vivid writer to such a sad state?

Cartoonist Joe Ollmann spent seven years researching Seabrook’s life, accessing long neglected archives in order to piece together the peripatetic life of a forgotten American writer. Often weaving in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers, Ollmann posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, and leaves the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.

TONIGHT! WE FOUND A HAT! Picture Book Event with Jon Klassen and Friends!

WE FOUND A HAT! Picture Book Event!
With Jon Klassen, Matt Forsythe, John Martz, and special moderator Kyo Maclear
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 3rd floor Hinton Theatre
Free to attend!

Presented by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and Candlewick Press / Penguin Random House Canada, with thanks to Toronto Public Library

Do you like amazing picture books or know someone who does? Or have you ever wanted to MAKE kids picture books but never knew how or where to start? Well then, have we got an event for you!

On Wednesday, December 14th join the staff of Page & Panel as they celebrate the release of We Found A Hat, with author Jon Klassen! To truly celebrate this release, we’ve invited some of Jon’s friends and fellow picturebook creators to join him, and Matt Forsythe (My Name is Elizabeth), John Martz (Burt’s Way Home), and Kyo Maclear (The Wish Tree) will join Jon at the event!

At 6pm, Jon, John, and Matt will take turns presenting from their newest books in a reading/presentation for all ages of attendees. Kids and families welcome.

At 7pm, we’ll take a short break to reset our stage, and then at approximately 7:10pm all four authors will take the stage to discuss how they create their works, and answer audience questions about picture books in a discussion moderated by Kyo Maclear.

Then at 8pm, all four authors will sign copies of their work! The signing may be moved downstairs to page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, just in case we run a little long.

Our thanks to all of the authors for participating, and Penguin Random House and Toronto Public Library, for their help in putting together this event.



Matt Forsythe

Born in Toronto, Matthew Forsythe grew up in London. After publishing his first books, he moved to LA, where he worked on Adventure Time. He now lives in Montreal, working on animations, picture books, and comics. His works include the comics Comics Class, Ojingogo, and Jinchalo, and illustrations for the picture books Warning: Do Not Open This Book, Please! Open This Book, My Name Is Elizabeth, and the forthcoming Spring 2017 title The Gold Leaf.


Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, which was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He returned with another hat and another thief in This Is Not My Hat, which won the Caldecott Medal became a New York Times bestseller. His most recent work is the conclusion of the hat trilogy, I Found My Hat.

He is also the illustrator of House Held Up By Trees, a picture book written by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Ted Kooser, as well as Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, which won the Governor General’s Award; Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; and the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood.

Jon Klassen has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. His animation projects include design work for DreamWorks Feature Animation as well as LAIKA Studios on their feature film Coraline. Other work includes designs for a BBC spot used in the coverage of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which won a 2010 BAFTA award. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.


John Martz

John Martz is an illustrator, cartoonist, and designer living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of Burt’s Way Home (Koyama Press, 2016), A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2014), Destination X (Nobrow, 2013), and the online comic strip Machine Gum. I am the illustrator of Dear Flyary by Dianne Young (Kids Can Press, 2011), Who’s on First? by Abbott & Costello (Quirk Books, 2013), and Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder (Kids Can Press, 2013).


Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclearis a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four. Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral student at York University, where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, The Letter Opener and Stray Love, and numerous beloved books for children, including Julia, Child and The Good Little Book. Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, a musician and a truckload of books.


Featuring Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

motorcrush_01-1The Beguiling is thrilled to welcome a special in-store signing featuring Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, 2/3rds of the team for the brand new Image Comics series MOTOR CRUSH! You may remember Brenden, Cameron, and artist Babs Tarr from their work on the acclaimed BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE relaunch for DC 52? Well they’re doing their own thing now and it’s going to be an amazing book, and we’re lucky enough to have Cameron and Brenden in-store on release day to sign the first issue!

MOTOR CRUSH: By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.

The Beguiling will have a BUNCH of copies on hand of Motor Crush #1 for the signing, and Brenden and Cameron might just be bringing a special few items as well! Of course we’ll also have a selection of previous work by the team available for purchase too, like Batgirl, Gotham Academy, Fight Club 2, and more! Cameron and Brenden will be signing on the second floor of the shop.

We hope to see you all next Wednesday!


DEC 21: The Dinosaur Comics / Beguiling Holiday Party!

It’s The Dinosaur Comics & The Beguiling Holiday Party 2016!

It’s the Dinosaur Comics, Beguiling, Starlord, Pitiful Human-Lizard, Power Man & Iron Fist, WIcked & Divine Holiday Extravaganza 2016!
Featuring Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Loo, Scott Hepburn, and special guest Jamie McKelvie!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 7pm-11pm
@ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor Street West, Toronto

star-lord_1_coverThe Beguiling is proud to once again welcome one and all to our annual Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party! Things might be tough right now, but that makes getting together with friends, comics, and some secret Santa-ing even more important. This year Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics and writer of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will be joined by a bunch of pals with brand new books, out today!

  • Chip Zdarsky will be there, and today is the day of release for his new comic book Star-Lord #1 from Marvel Comics!
  • Jason Loo will be there, and he’ll have a brand new issue of Toronto’s own superhero The Pitiful Human-Lizard!
  • Scott Hepburn will be there, and he’s the artist of the Power Man & Iron Fist: Sweet Christmas Annual #1, brand new today!
  • AND ALL THE WAY FROM ENGLAND, Mr. Jamie McKelvie will be in attendance, and he’s the co-creator of The Wicked and The Divine.

If you’ve never been before, Ryan, Chip, and pals will be getting together and signing/mingling with folks, we’ll ask them some fun questions in front of an audience, and there’ll be books there for you to buy and get signed too (courtesy of The Beguiling). Plus, returning for another year is the popular SECRET SANTA trade at the event! Read on for details!


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. Don’t go nuts, but find something cool.
  • 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.

Thanks to Ryan, Chip, and Pauper’s for helping us throw this again this year!

DEC 3: ZINESTRAVANGANZA Free Zine-Making Workshop @ Off-Panel

ZINESTRAVANGAZA! Free Zine-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, 1pm-4pm
@ Nuvango Gallery, 639 Queen Street West
Free To Attend

Part of the TCAF: Off-Panel Gallery Show & Pop Up Shop, Running until Decemeber 5th. 

Zines meet comics, comics meet zines!

Oh, that’s awkward— seems like you two already know each other…

Yes indeed, some of the world’s favourite comic artists and illustrators made their first break for the big time with zines and other forms of self-publishing.

But what goes into a zine? For some, all you’ll need is a sharpie and a photocopier. For others, you’ll have silk screens and sewing machines out before you’ve even come up with a title!

At this multi-media drop-in workshop, we’ll be talking with Jonathan Valelly of Broken Pencil Magazine about the intimate history of zines and comics. We’ll also be making three kinds of zines:

••• NEW YEAR’S LETTER REMIX! Remember those yearly holiday letters you’re great aunt used to send where she detailed the seasonal habits of her three pet rabbits and enumerated the various surgeries imminently affecting members of her bridge club? Yeah, I didn’t open them either. New Year’s letters could be so much better! We’ll be making page-turning zines you can use to share the highlights (or lowlights) of your year with loved ones and stuffed animals.

••• COLLAGE VS COMICS! Are you a scissors person or a sharpie person? Challenge yourself to be BOTH! Make a zine bringing together these two essential media! Will one prevail, or will they go together like salt and pepper (or, better yet, Salt-N-Pepa)? There’s only one way to find out!

••• COOL GUY DETECTIVE ZINE! Smell you Nancy Drew! Start with one of our templates and either make a top-secret dossier collecting clues to solve Nuvango’s latest mystery, or create a simple Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Zine to get you close to cracking the case!

Make one or try all three! We’ll have lots of supplies, surprises, and tips and tricks to get folks to make the zine of their dreams. Feel free to bring anything for your own projects or that you think might be useful to share!

Got any questions? Email Jonathan at jvalelly@gmail.com

Past Event – SAT NOV 26: OFF PANEL: Panel Discussion – Comics vs. Illustration

OFF PANEL: Panel Discussion: Comics vs. Illustration
Featuring Sanya Anwar, Ronnie Ritchie, and Eric Kim. Moderated by Julie Man.
Saturday, November 26th, 2pm-4pm
@ Nuvango, 639 Queen St. West, Second Floor
Free to Attend

Join OFF PANEL artists Sanya Anwar, Ronnie Ritchie, and Eric Kim in a spirited roundtable talk pitting the sequential against the static!

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