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JUNE 24: “The Good Fight” Launch w/ Ted Staunton & Josh Rosen

On Thursday, June 24th at 7pm EST, Ted Staunton and Josh Rosen will be taking to our Instagram Live to celebrate the launch of their new YA graphic novel The Good Fight, out now from Scholastic Canada. The Good Fight is a middle grade historical fiction book centered around Toronto’s historic Riot at Christie Pits, shedding light on prejudice, xenophobia and social injustice.

This is an online event which will be streaming via Instagram Live on Thursday, June 24th at 7pm EST at instagram.com/thebeguiling/

Ted and Josh will be in conversation to talk about the book, their collaborative process, and the significance of revisiting this important moment in local and Canadian history.

The Good Fight is available now at The Beguiling and in our webstore. Ted Staunton and Josh Rosen will be signing copies for us in time for the event.

More about The Good Fight:

A fast-paced story set in the turbulent summer of 1933, this graphic novel sheds light on prejudice and racial injustice.

The summer is stiflingly hot and the growing city feels small as a xenophobic wave rises. Everyone flocks to the lake, where in one area of the beach, a neighbourhood protective association has formed to keep out “undesirables” and its members patrol wearing silver swastika pins. Meanwhile, as the world witnesses an alarming rise of anti-Semitism overseas, the local police chief believes the immigrant Jewish community is at the root of a communist threat.

Sid and his pop live nearby in Toronto’s immigrant slum, where they rent a room. Times are tough, and Sid faces difficult choices as he wrestles with honesty, bigotry, poverty and expectations as a member of a “whiz mob” — a gang of pickpockets. When Sid and his friends get coerced into assisting the police after they’re caught stealing a wallet, they become caught up in something much bigger than themselves. They must decide how far they will go to do what’s right and to protect those they love.

With extraordinarily cinematic artwork that immediately transports readers back in time, this incredible graphic novel shines a striking light on many contemporary issues: the immigrant experience, the roots of prejudice and taking a stand against injustice.

June 3: “PLEASURE OF THE TEXT” Launch w/ Sami Alwani

A celebration of Toronto comic artist Sami Alwani’s debut graphic novel: THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT

Join us on Zoom to celebrate Toronto comic artist and store favorite Sami Alwani’s new graphic novel, The Pleasure of the Text, published by Conundrum Press.

The event, hosted by Selena the Stripper, will include a multimedia reading of the book, accompanied by a soundtrack, a voice actor, and at least one puppet. Audience members will be encouraged to participate via chat and social media, and be entered to win a “party favour” bag containing some of Alwani’s favourite things.

You can register for the zoom event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-lit-up-sami-alwani-tickets-148635724453

Order your copy from our webstore here!

Note: although this event is open to all ages, attendees should be aware that The Pleasure of the Text contains mature content.

This event is sponsored by Toronto Lit Up.

About The Pleasure of the Text

In The Pleasure of the Text, Sami Alwani weaves together themes of art induced dissociation, queer intergenerational polyamory, racial capitalism and esoteric mystical experiences into 20 slice of life comic stories that are equal parts comedy and tragedy.

These stories question society and individual identity. A talking baby philosophizes away his own emotions. A half-man, half-dog cartoonist’s spirit burns too bright when he alienates the entire alternative comics industry, drunk on his own power. A friendly ghost survives COVID quarantine with the help of CBD pot cookies and essential oil diffusers.

There’s something for everyone in this cheerful volume collecting all of award-winning Alwani’s previous work to date (Vice, Now) with plenty of never-before-seen material.

MAY 31: DAKOTA MCFADZEAN’S TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE

***This event has been rescheduled for Monday, May 31st, now on ZOOM***

On Monday May 31st at 8pm, Toronto Lit Up presents a live zoom event to celebrate TO KNOW YOU’RE ALIVE,  the latest collection of short comics by DAKOTA MCFADZEAN from Conundrum Press.

Hosted by theatre artist Jayden Pfeifer, this event will feature a live reading with a soundscape by actor and composer Daniel Maslany.

Register for the free online event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/147832640407

We are excited to be the official bookseller to this event, so grab your copy of To Know You’re Alive (with a signed bookplate) from our webstore

To Know You’re Alive:

Graphic shorts filled with horror, humour, and the absurd.

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Dakota McFadzean returns with a brilliantly dark collection that offers a glimpse into the cracks between childhood imagination and the disappointing harshness of adulthood. Populated by cruel bullies, exhausted parents, and relentless cartoon mascots, the world of To Know You’re Alive renders the familiar into something that is alien and absurd. The characters in these stories long to uncover something uncanny in shadowy attics and beneath masks, only to discover that sometimes it’s worse to find nothing at all.

MAY 20: Joe Ollmann’s FICTIONAL FATHER Launch w/ Seth!

Thursday, May 20th at 8PM EST, cartoonist JOE OLLMANN will be live on zoom to celebrate the release of his new book FICTIONAL FATHER from Drawn and Quarterly. Joe will be joined in conversation by the one and only SETH!

While supplies last, bookplates signed by Joe Ollmann will be available at the Beguiling with purchase of FICTIONAL FATHER, available May 18th. Preorder yours here on our webstore

RSVP to the zoom event here or watch it on our Facebook Live

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About Fictional Father:

A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC LIVES IN THE SHADOW OF A WORLD FAMOUS COMIC STRIP AND ITS TYRANNICAL CREATOR

Caleb is a middle-aged painter with a non-starter career and a checkered past. He also happens to be the only child of one of the world’s most famous cartoonists, Jimmi Wyatt. Known for the internationally beloved father and son comic Sonny Side Up, Jimmi made millions drawing saccharine family stories while neglecting his own son.

Now sober, Caleb is haunted by his wasted past and struggling to take responsibility for his present before it’s too late. His always patient boyfriend, James, is reaching the end of his rope. When Caleb gets the chance to step out from his father’s shadow and shape the most public aspect of the family business, he makes every bad decision and watches his life fall apart. Is it too late to repair the harm? Are we forever doomed to make the same mistakes our parents did?

May 13: Alison Bechdel launching The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Bestselling cartoonist Alison Bechdel launches her newest graphic memoir, THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH, in this exclusive Canadian event presented by Librairie D+Q and The Beguiling. Alison will guide the audience through a visual presentation, followed by an audience Q+A hosted by fellow cartoonist and friend Sophie Yanow (THE CONTRADICTIONS).
This event is organized by independent booksellers Librairie Drawn & Quarterly and The Beguiling.

Purchase the book from either store and you will be emailed access to the webinar, co-presented by TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Buy the book from Librairie D+Q: https://bit.ly/329jF7e
Buy the book from The Beguiling: https://bit.ly/325z88e

MAR 30: HIROMI GOTO + ANN XU “SHADOW LIFE” VIRTUAL LAUNCH

Tuesday March 30th at 8PM EST we are very excited to celebrate the launch of award-winning Canadian writer and poet Hiromi Goto’s Shadow Life, a graphic novel illustrated by Ann Xu. The event will be broadcast virtually over Crowdcast.

The book follows Kumiko, a tenacious 76-year-old woman who refuses to while away her remaining years in an old folks’ home and submit to death – even as death comes knocking. It’s a brilliant, heart-rending, beautiful piece that defies stereotypes about age, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, and celebrates the importance of families both born and chosen.

This book is shaping up to be a favorite of the year! Hiromi Goto and Ann Xu will be present for a reading and discussion moderated by Loyalty Bookshop’s Christine Bollow.

RSVP for the Crowdcast event here
Preorder your copy (with a signed bookplate) from our webstore here

MAR 25: MICHAEL DEFORGE “HEAVEN NO HELL” ZOOM LAUNCH W/ ELEANOR DAVIS

“It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it!”  – The Beguiling, 1 year ago

Well, that’s mostly true again, as we are beyond excited to launch Michael’s new book HEAVEN NO HELL. This time Michael will be live on Zoom for anyone in the world to attend, and joined by none other than Eleanor Davis! That’s just something that a virtual event allows us to do!

Michael and Eleanor will be live on Zoom on March 25th at 8pm.  RSVP RIGHT HERE: https://t.co/y5nN17ksWX?amp=1

Heaven No Hell is available for preorder here on our webstore. Preorder yours now as we’ll have signed copies available!

About Heaven No Hell:

Heaven No Hell collects DeForge’s best work yet. His ability to dig into a subject and break it down with beautiful drawings and sharp writing makes him one of the finest short story writers of the past decade, in comics or beyond. Heaven No Hell is always funny, sometimes sad, and continuously innovative in its deconstruction of society.

“ONE OF THE MOST INVENTIVE AND PROLIFIC CARTOONISTS WORKING TODAY.”—VULTURE

MAR 18: Shira Spector + Fiona Smyth at The Beguiling

Join cartoonists Shira Spector and Fiona Smyth for a virtual book launch celebration of Shira’s debut graphic memoir, Red Rock Baby Candy!

Streaming via Instagram Live at instagram.com/thebeguiling/

Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner.

Order Red Rock Baby Candy from The Beguiling, and receive a free signed bookplate with your copy!

FEB 27: Tintin, Astérix & cie : la timide aventure américaine de la BD franco-belge au XXe siècle

ENGLISH FOLLOWS
Cette conférence sera en français uniquement.
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Comment ça marche ?
1/ RSVP ici https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tintin-astrix–cie–la/register
2/ Recevez un lien peu avant l’événement.
3/ Profitez bien de la conférence !
This talk will be in French.
How does it work ?
1/ RSVP here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tintin-astrix–cie–la/register
2/ Receive a link shortly before the event.
3/ Enjoy the conference!
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Vous avez grandi en lisant Tintin, Astérix et Lucky Luke ? Vous avez toujours aimé les BD ? À l’occasion de cette conférence, sortez de votre bulle et venez explorer l’aventure des bd franco-belges en Amérique du nord.
La grande bande dessinée franco-belge a connu un énorme succès dans la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, contrastant fortement avec la réception décevante dont elle a fait l’objet dans le Nouveau Monde : à partir de la fin des années 50, Tintin, Astérix, Lucky Luke et nombre de leurs coreligionnaires ont été accueillis en Amérique avec une indifférence inexplicable par rapport à la popularité dont ils ont bénéficié dans leurs pays d’origine — à l’exception notable des Schtroumpfs, qui ont percé à Hollywood, mais au prix d’une américanisation radicale qui a annihilé leurs racines belges.
Cette exportation “ratée” de chefs d’œuvre populaires de la francophonie Européenne d’après-guerre s’explique par des facteurs économiques, mais aussi et surtout culturels : s’acclimater à l’Amérique du nord a été mission impossible pour des œuvres, séries et personnages dont la modernité était encore très fortement marquée par leurs racines européennes.
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Qui est votre conférencier ?
Jean-Paul Gabilliet est professeur de civilisation nord-américaine au département des mondes anglophones de l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Il est spécialisé depuis trente ans dans l’histoire culturelle de la bande dessinée et de l’illustration aux États-Unis et au Canada ainsi que de leurs circulations transatlantiques.
Outre de nombreux articles, il est l’auteur de Des Comics et des hommes : histoire culturelle des comic books aux Etats-Unis (Editions du Temps, 2005) et de la première biographie consacrée au “pape” de la bande dessinée underground américaine, R. Crumb (Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2012). Il a récemment dirigé le numéro du Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, New York) consacré à « US Comics in France / Bandes Dessinées in America ».
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You maybe grew up reading Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke? You’ve always liked comic books? On the occasion of the talk, get out of your bubble and come explore the adventures of Franco-Belgian comics in North America.
Franco-Belgian comics have met an enormous success in the second part of 20th century, strongly contrasting with the disappointing reception they went through in the New World: At the end of the 50s, Tintin, Astérix, Lucky Luke and many of their coreligionists were welcomed in America with an unexplainable indifference, compared to the popularity they received in their origin country – except for the Smurfs who made it to Hollywood, at the cost of a radical Americanisation that annihilated their Belgian roots.
This “failed” exportation of popular masterpieces of post-war European Francophonie can be explained by economic factors, but first and foremost cultural factors: adapting to North America was mission impossible for works, series and characters whose modernity was still strongly marked by their European roots.
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Who is your speaker?
Jean-Paul Gabilliet is a teacher of North-American civilisation in the department of Anglophone worlds at University Bordeaux Montaigne. He’s specialised for 30 years in the comic and illustration cultural history in the United-States and in Canada, as well as their transatlantic circulations.
In addition to many articles, he is the author of “Of Comics and men : A cultural history of American comic books” and the first biography dedicated to the “pope” of underground American comics, R. Crumb. He recently directed the edition of Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace University Press, New York) devoted to « US Comics in France / Bandes Dessinées in America »

FEB 4: JASON LOO + CHIP ZDARSKY “AFTERLIFT” LAUNCH ZOOM PANEL

Thursday, February 4th at 6:30PM EST,  JASON LOO and CHIP ZDARSKY will grace all of us with their presence to celebrate the  physical release of their 2020 EISNER AWARD WINNING book AFTERLIFT, out now from Darkhorse.

ANTHONY OLIVEIRA moderates a panel with these two Canadian comic darlings.  Click here to register for the webinar, starting at 6:30 EST, February 4th on Zoom.

Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell.