Junko Mizuno in Toronto this week!

Hey folks! One of our favourite manga-ka and visual artists, Junko Mizuno, is in Toronto this week for a big show at Narwhal Gallery, and there’s a burlesque after party too! We’re huge fans of Junko from way back, and while this isn’t our event we wanted to make absolutely sure you knew about it! See you there!

– Chris @ The Beguiling


Ambrosial Affair – Gallery & Reception
With Junko Mizuno
Saturday, February 21st, 3pm-6pm
@ Narwhal Gallery, 2104 Dundas St. West
(Show runs Feb 21 to March 15)

Narwhal welcomes Japanese artist Junko Mizuno for Ambrosial Affair, her third Canadian exhibition. As the second body of work in her Food Obsession series, Mizuno takes us on an erotic, psychedelic journey through her world of delightfully dark food fetishes. The exhibition features 20 new pieces of work featuring Mizuno’s voluptuous females appeasing their appetite for all things edible.

The opening will be followed by a Junko Mizuno inspired Burlesque AfterParty hosted by Red Herring at the Revue Cinema. More information and RSVP. TICKETS: $15 in Advance (and VIP) or $20 at the door. Purchase here


EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Bart Beaty in Toronto for 12 CENT ARCHIE, Feb 13


Twelve-Cent Archie 
Book Talk by author Bart Beaty
Friday, February 13, 2015
Doors @ 6pm, Talk @ 6:30pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham St.
Free to attend

Have you heard about the new book Twelve-Cent Archie? Sure you have, it’s been featured on Canada AM, in The Toronto Star, and many more places besides! Well the book is out and in-store now, and author Bart Beaty is making a special trip to Toronto to celebrate the release! Bart will be giving a special talk (different than the one at Ryerson from a month or two back) about the book and the Golden Age of Archie Comics in the 1960s, and it’s sure to be a lot of fun for comics fans of all kinds.

Bart will be on hand from 6pm to sign books and chat with the audience, before giving his talk at 6:30pm. Twelve-Cent Archie by Bart Beaty is available now at The Beguiling, and will also be available at the event.


Shipping January 21, 2015

first_year_healthyThe following items are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling from Diamond Comics Distributors on January 21st, 2015. All prices should be accurate, but in the case of a dispute between a listed price here and in store, we always defer to the in-store price. The US dollar is worth $1.20 to 1 Canadian dollar, however, we will still be selling a majority of this week’s new product at the US cover price. Manga is now being sold at the Canadian cover price.

Please see in-store for details. No variant prices are listed this week, so please check in-store prices.

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Win Passes to see HAPHEAD on Jan 22


Hey Toronto! There’s a new webseries by Jim Munroe and the rest of the folks behind the film “Ghosts With Shit Jobs,” launching NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND! It’s called HAPHEAD, and if you’re in Toronto you can win passes to an exclusive screening of all 8 episodes!


Haphead is the story of a girl who’s literally empowered by videogames.

Ten years from now, a new haptic peripheral makes videogames so immersive that people learn skills just by playing. Maxine makes less than minimum wage at the factory where they make them, so she decides to become an unofficial beta tester by stealing one for herself. At home, her favorite rabbit-ninja game gets a whole lot more punishing, with the haptic feedback loop beating lethal skills into her muscle memory. Which is good: she needs to level up quick once her employer discovers her on-the-job theft.

Luckily, she’s not alone. There are other hapheads out there, with a variety of game-trained abilities. But while some of them are kindreds, one of them brings death…

More at http://haphead.com/

Haphead is a new webseries, but you can win one of three double-passes to an exclusive screening of the whole thing on the big screen at The Royal on Wednesday, January 22nd, at 7pm. Keep reading…



To enter to win one of three double passes to see HAPHEAD at The Royal, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of thebeguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “NOMEDIAKINGS” to beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Wednesday, January 21st, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “NOMEDIAKINGS”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Wednesday, January 21st at 11am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

EVENT: Richard McGuire, author of HERE, in Toronto FEB 12


We’re quite happy to announce that Richard McGuire, graphic novelist and creator of one of 2014’s greatest books, “HERE”, will be in Toronto on Thursday, February 12th, as part of the Daniels Fora, in a program called @home: Architecture Inside Out, in an event by The University of Toronto and Random House Canada.

Tickets to the event are free, and must be acquired via Eventbrite in order to attend. You can get’em here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-architecture-inside-out-tickets-15403644716

Daniels Fora – @home: Architecture Inside Out
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Free (Tickets Required)

On Thursday, February 12th graphic novelist Richard McGuire, author of the acclaimed book HERE will join Danielle Aubert, co-creator of the book: Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette, Detroit, to discuss the architecture of domesticity, depictions of the home, and how they frame our understanding of the changing ways that our private and public lives play out in the space of the city. Part of the Daniels Fora series, the event — @home: Architecture Inside Out — will explore how the architecture and urbanism that we inhabit is not just the setting for but the narrative subject of human life.

Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and Associate Professor Robert Levit, director of the Daniels Faculty’s Master of Architecture program will moderate.

While conceptions of domestic life and our everyday experiences have been an established focus of modern literature, modern architecture and urbanism have, with few exceptions, remained steadfastly committed to an abstract and conceptual aesthetic. Nevertheless, the sometimes-idiosyncratic way that we occupy our homes and other domesticated spaces can not only inform representations of the built environment, but also influence the way in which we design buildings and cities.

Architects are just beginning to imagine buildings and cities by populating them with people, ephemera, and stories that were deliberately absent a generation ago. Drawing directly on modes of visual description associated with photography, comics, graphic novels, film, painting and historical modes of architecture, the most pioneering work in this area can be found at the boundaries of conventional architectural drawings, narrative description, storytelling, and an expanding repertoire of other media (including digital models, computational language, net-based sound and image archives).

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