A Busy Comics Weekend In Toronto

If you enjoy comic books and live in the City of Toronto, this is going to be a very busy weekend for you. Tighten your laces, sharpen your pencils, and bring a comfy cushion to sit on:

Saturday October 20th: 24 Hour Comics Day @ The Burrow
The Beguiling is proud to be sponsoring an event for 24 HOUR COMICS DAY, at The Burrow, an Art Centre and Shop just down the street from us. 24 Hour Comics Day is an event for people to create a 24 page comic in just 24 hours. Have you got what it takes? Starts at 2PM Saturday and goes until 2PM Sunday. Free to attend, but you’ve gotta register in advance. For info, head over to The Burrow Blog at http://burrownews.blogspot.com/.

Saturday October 20th: Rutu Modan & James Sturm @ Harbourfront
As part of the International Festival of Authors going on at Harbourfront, graphic novelists Rutu Modan (Exit Wounds) and James Sturm (Golem’s Mighty Swing) will be reading from their work at 12pm in the Brigantine Room this Saturday. Tickets are $15, and are available at The Beguiling and at the Harbourfront Box Office.

Also! Purchase a ticket to this event (or to Adrian Tomine’s signing the following weekend) from us at The Beguiling and you’ll be eligible for a 30% discount off of the new books by these authors. That’s 30% off of EXIT WOUNDS, JAMES STURM’S AMERICA, or SHORTCOMINGS. That doesn’t make your ticket to these events free, but it makes it pretty darned close.

Note: The sale price is only valid at the time of purchase of the ticket. Sale price is good for all three books, regardless of which ticket is purchased. There is a limit of 5 of each book per customer.

Sunday, October 21st: TRANSMISSION-X Art Show @ Insomnia
Just up the street from The Beguiling on Bloor is Insomnia, a bar and restaurant with an artistic bent. For the month of October, Insomnia is going to be featuring art from the Toronto online comics collective TRANSMISSION-X, and the big party to celebrate the event goes down this Sunday at 7pm. You can find out more about T-X and the art show at http://www.transmission-x.com/?p=44.

Monday October 22nd: Comics Stenography at Trampoline Hall
Okay, bear with me here. Trampoline Hall is a literary salon and lecture series, where non-experts give lectures on a variety of subjects. And then some of the city’s best comics artists will interpret the proceedings–the speakers, the attendees, the bartender–in comics form. It’s all going down at Fort York’s blue Barracks at 8pm (just take the 511 streetcar south from Bathurst station).

The artists in attendance include Roxanne Bielskis, Arthur de la Cruz, Shannon Gerard, Emily Holton, Stuart and Katherine Immonen, Eric Kim, Blair Kitchen, Jeff Lemire, Steve Manale, Kagan McLeod, Ramon Perez, Ben Shannon, Fiona Smyth, Diana Tamblyn, Zach Worton, and Reverend Aitor.

Tickets are $5 at the door, it starts at 8 sharp, find out more at http://www.trampolinehall.net.

I think there’s something else going on as well… pay attention to this space for updates.

– Christopher