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Announcing BDP’s first release: MAGICIAN A by Natsuko Ishitsuyo!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Beguiling owner and TCAF co-founder Peter Birkemoe is stepping back into the publishing game with the launch of the new publishing imprint BDP, and the first book on offer to you, gentle reader, is the astounding debut collection Magician A from Japanese artist Natsuko Ishitsuyo, translated by Jocelyne Allen!

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, who has worked on almost too many books to count at this point! 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?), Asumiko Nakamura (ClassmatesMaiden Railways) to name just a few! The Beguiling’s own Penny Clark edited this collection to boot!

And guess what? The Kickstarter for the book is LIVE! GO AND BACK THE BOOK RIGHT NOW!! ❤

You can also read more of Jocelyne’s thoughts on Magician A over here on her brainvsbook blog!

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!   

OLA Librarians & Educators Mixer at The Beguiling!

Save the Date Fri Feb 1st from 7-9pm for a special informal evening social for Librarians and Educators at the Beguiling!

Finish off OLA by learning about the Beguiling Library Services, doing some graphic novel shopping for your school or library (20% Educator/Librarian discount available) while perusing the recently re-opened Little Island kids comics shop (the first of its kind!), plus get more information on the upcoming Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) Librarian and Educator Day Friday May 10th — and learn how to apply for the American Librarian Association Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries (valued at $6000 USD) — now open to Canadian Libraries and Schools! Applications close Feb 8th. Also, meet some fellow librarians and educators. And, did we mention…? There WILL be door prizes!
More details TBA – stay tuned and follow The Beguiling and the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable @libcomix http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/

Event Details:
Friday February 1, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm at The Beguiling 319 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2

Agenda is open and designed to encourage people to stop in whenever they are able; please pop in to say hello, do some shopping, and meet some fellow library workers and educators.
This event is open to ALL – attendees do not need an OLA badge to attend and bringing friends and family from teaching, librarianship etc. is encouraged
No RSVP needed! Looking forward to seeing you there!

our back issue basement is open!

WELL! It took us a little bit but we’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of our  organized, stocked and permanent back issue section!

We now have plentiful stock of silver, bronze and current back issues and plenty more in our back issue basement! We also continue to offer our great selection of high-grade back issues with a newly-expanded selection as well!

We’ll be adding more and more pretty consistently over the next few months as we continue to make it better and better!

Come on in and shop till you feel satisfied with how much you have shopped and then leave our store feeling good about life!

 

NEW IN THE ART STORE: AARON COSTAIN & ZACH WORTON!

It’s a literal A-to-Z of comics art new in our web store!

Aaron Costain‘s debut graphic novel ENTROPY came out from Secret Acres earlier this year & now we have a selection of original art from it for you to take home, put in a frame and look at lovingly!

Zach Worton recently released both THE WEIRD WORLD OF LAGOOLA GARDNER and THE CURSE OF CHARLEY BUTTERS and we have a selection of art from both of them and it is BEAUTIFUL!

Head over now to our art store and seize your chance to get some great art!

 

NEW IN THE ART STORE: TOMMI PARRISH & SHINTARO KAGO!

We’ve added a bunch of new original art to our art store from two amazing & very disparate artists!

First, we have a selection of pages from three of Tommi Parrish’s newest releases, allowing the incredible range of their work to be on full display! This includes many pages from  from their debut book for Fantagraphics, The Lie and How We Told It!

Next, we have  a selection of affordably-priced works by renowned ero guro artist Shintaro Kago! Kago’s gorgeously realized horror artwork is not for the faint of heart but his surprisingly lighthearted (and off-kilter) sense of humour shines throughout this selection of pieces.

Head over to our art store to check out both of these artists and take some of their work home!

The Grand Re-Opening of LITTLE ISLAND COMICS!!

Art by Steve Manale

The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce the return of

LITTLE ISLAND COMICS

The world’s first and only comic shop exclusively for kids!

Little Island Comics is BACK!!! Offering the widest possible array of graphic novels, manga, and comics for people 12 years old and younger, Little Island celebrates its Grand Re-Opening during March Break 2018 with a slate of creator appearances, refreshments and activities– with a sale to jumpstart your library of great comics for kids!

 

When it opened in 2011, Little Island served thousands of young readers, grateful parents, enthusiastic educators, and cool aunts and uncles for five years until the original Mirvish Village location closed due to redevelopment. During that time Little Island was more than a retail destination — it was a local hub: a venue for comics-making classes and teacher/librarian sessions, and hosted many book launches and events with kid-lit luminaries like Tomi Ungerer (The Three Robbers), Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Jon Klassen (We Found a Hat).

“Little Island has proven to be a key part of The Beguiling’s business overall,” says proprietor Peter Birkemoe. “I’m thrilled to once again devote space where kids and parents can learn, read and start loving comics. And we really missed giving our youngest customers the specific attention they deserve.”

“Little Island Comics responded to the public’s continuing need for specialized books shops as points of discovery, interaction, and creative community,” Little Island Comics manager Andrew Woodrow-Butcher adds. “It’s a bricks-and-mortar success story!”

A year after closing its previous Mirvish Village location, Little Island Comics re-opens in March next door to its parent shop The Beguiling’s newly expanded location at the top of Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood. As The Beguiling enters its fourth decade as North America’s premier comic book retailer, the move to College Street has allowed it to add a gallery and events space, which Little Island will share.

Little Island Comics will be staffed by the same team that worked at the previous location, who also work for The Beguiling’s Library Services business, which has been helping school and  public libraries curate their comics collections for more than 15 years. Comics as a medium has become a mainstay of educational library collections in the last decade, and parents and educators will appreciate the expert help in selecting titles that address curriculum objectives, learning challenges, and a wide variety of reading levels. Kids will appreciate the engaging visual storytelling in some of today’s most popular books for young people!

Little Island will offer a 20% discount on all in-print kids comics, picture books, and graphic novels throughout March Break (March 10-18, 2018) to encourage families to dig into graphic novels! The week will culminate in a Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, March 17th, with refreshments, drop-in activities, story time, and appearances by such creators as:

  • Scott Chantler (The Three Thieves series)
  • Naseem Hrab (Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend)
  • Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story)
  • Ryan North (Adventure Time, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Kean Soo (March: Grand Prix, Jellaby)
  • Britt Wilson (Cat Dad, King of the Goblins)
  • Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind, Science Comics: The Brain)

…and more! For details on the line-up for the Grand Re-Opening, please follow Little Island Comics on Facebook and Twitter (@littleislandcmx) and visit our website: http://littleislandcomics.com

We’re VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS and we hope you are too!!

THE BEGUILING IS EXPANDING!

If you’ve been in the store lately, you’ve probably noticed some commotion. Were those strange noises your imagination? Were we *really* getting into Halloween this year? Or maybe we were just listening to weird music?? (we do that)
Your senses have not been misleading you– we’re thrilled to say that The Beguiling is growing!
Over the course of the next year we will be expanding our College St location from a space a little bit smaller than our old location to one several times larger–  same great taste, even more filling.
We’ll announce more concrete things as they approach, but our initial expansion should be open to the public very soon so stop on by and maybe you’ll get to see for yourself!
(art from Bringing Up Father by George McManus)