ON – Making History: The Cartoon Worlds of Seth

Seth and fellow cartoonist Michael DeForge for a discussion about comics, world-building, and capturing the past on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

SETH · cartoonist · illustrator · book-maker · designer · model-builder · installation artist

For decades Seth has been making and re-making histories – often uniquely Canadian histories – while cultivating a distinctive graphic style that calls to mind a golden age of cartooning. In comics and illustrations, in published sketchbooks, in gallery installations, on New Yorker covers, Seth gives substance to an imagined past that hovers at the edge of memory.

The historical inventions and interventions of his work draw attention to the representation of the past, and in doing so reveal the amount of the artifice involved in the construction of history. By allowing his readers to explore a vividly rendered, materially rich collection of overlapping cartoon worlds, Seth makes tangible a complicated longing for the past.

University of Toronto
170 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3C5, Canada

 

ON – Image Day 2017 Signing

Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara) and J. Bone (The Saviors) sign at The Beguiling on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!

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The Beguiling
319 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
416-533-9168

ON – The Abominable Mr. Seabrook Signing

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Press Release:

Join cartoonist Joe Ollmann at The Beguiling on Thursday January 26th at 7:00 PM 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.

The Beguiling
319 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
416-533-9168

ON – Motor Crush Launch Party

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Writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher appear at The Beguiling on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 from 6:oo till 8:00 PM for celebrate the first issue of MOTOR CRUSH from Image Comics.

Press Release:

The 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!

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.

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The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

ON – Dinosaur Comics Holiday Party 2016

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Press Release:

The 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. This year Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics and writer of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will be joined by Chip Zdarsky, writer of the to-be-released-that-day Star Lord from Marvel Comics. We’re also lining up a few other very special guests, but we wanted to let you know to Save The Date first and we’ll update this post with info as it comes in!

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!

All of this is happening Thursday, December 17th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W., near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there!

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.

ON – The Collected Cat Rackham Signing

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Steve Wolfhard appears The Beguiling and The Central on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 from 6 PM – 9 PM to sign The Collected Cat Rackham!

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The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

ON – ZdarsCon 2016

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Press Release:

The Beguiling features on Saturday, September 3rd, 11am-6pm Marguerite Bennett, Chester Brown, Valentine DeLandro, Ray Fawkes, Sam Maggs, Ryan North, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Ryan Stegman! And also Chip Zdarsky. Secret Location TBA

Press Release:

It’s happening again! #ZDARSCON is the official comic book event of Chip Zdarsky, but this time he’s bringing some special pals to the event! You have no idea what to expect, even if you went last time, because this is nothing like last time or anytime for that matter.

Details will be announced in the #ZDARSCON tag on Twitter on Saturday morning (Follow @zdarsky @thebeguiling & #zdarscon on Twitter for deets), and on the Facebook event page.

#ZDARSCON Facts:

  • #ZDARSCON is an experience. But, sadly, it will be an experience which lasts for roughly 5-10 minutes per person. Do not travel to Toronto JUST for #ZDARSCON. Just trust Chip on this one.
  • #ZDARSCON will be located within 5-10 minutes walking of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where we presume nothing related is going on this weekend. Maybe the gift show? Anyway.
  • #ZDARSCON will announce the MYSTERY LOCATION the morning of! And the signing schedule the night before!
  • #ZDARSCON will have a selection of books and products from all participating creators available for purchase at the event itself, on the off chance you didn’t get up Saturday morning and lug a box of books downtown.
  • #ZDARSCON will be a very nice time.

ON – Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 Signing

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Ramón Pérez (Hawkeye, A Tale of Sand, Civil War II: Choosing Sides) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, Howard the Duck) appear at The Beguiling on Wednesday, August 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 PM! They will be signing the variant cover of Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 featuring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! Copies will be available while supplies last.

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The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

 

ON – Romeo And/Or Juliet Signing

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Come one, come all, to a very special launch event for ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, the new chooseable-path novel from Ryan North! You may remember Ryan North from his first chooseable-path novel To Be Or Not To Be, or great works like Machine of Death, Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time, and many more!

This event starts with a fun gathering and informal signing in front of The Beguiling on Tuesday, June 7th at 5:00 PM, followed by a group read-along at 6:00 PM, and informal signing with Ryan and some of the many excellent artists included in the book at 7:00 PM. Location is all outside, in front of The Beguiling, with rain-out location being inside The Central bar next door.

Joining us for this event will be the following artists of Romeo and/or Juliet:

Ryan North
Chris Jones
Dara Gold
Kean Soo
Lucie Whitehead
Chip Zdarsky
…and quite possibly more!

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
416-533-9168

ON – Chester Brown Signing

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Press Release:

Cartoonist Chester Brown appears to discuss his new work on stage with Reverend Maggie Helwig and writer Alex Tigchelaar in what is sure to be a fascinating conversation at St. Stephen’s-In-The-Fields Church, at College and Bellvue Street. The event takes place Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm, and is free to the public to attend. Presented by The Beguiling.

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A Comic­ Strip Memoir about being a John returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked ­about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

About Chester Brown:

Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award­-winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at 23, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. His latest publication is Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.

St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church
103 Bellevue Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 1P1
Canada

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