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  • ON – Hawkeye/Descender Launch Party

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    Writer/artist Jeff Lemire and artist Ramon Perez appears on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm at The Beguiling to to celebrate the release of both ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 and DESCENDER #1!

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

    ON – Art Spiegelman Lecture

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    The Koffler Centre of the Arts presents a remarkable evening with Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator, comic book legend and author of Maus, at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

    Tickets for this event, which are $39 General Admission, $29 for Students, are now on sale at The Beguiling (in-store only). All tickets purchased at The Beguiling will entitle the purchaser to $10 off the regular price of Spiegelman’s newest book, CO-MIX, an important and gorgeous career retrospective. Valid only at time of ticket purchase. Valid student I.D. required for Student Ticket pricing.

    About This Event:

    Art Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting cartoon styles and sometimes controversial contents. In his talk What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. In our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.” Presented by The Koffler Centre kofflerarts.org.

    About Art Spiegelman in Toronto:
    This December, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will pay homage to Art Spiegelman with an exhibition highlighting the breadth of his career. Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective opens at the AGO on December 20, 2014, and runs to March 14, 2015. Embracing the belief that comics are a medium for personal expression, Spiegelman once noted, “Spiegel means mirror in German, so what sounds like one more Jewish name co-mixes languages to form a sentence: Art mirrors man.” Spiegelman has drawn inspiration from a wide range of sources in his work including politics, the Holocaust, Cubism and hard-boiled detective fiction. Maus, a two-volume graphic novel that recounts his parents’ life in Nazi-occupied Poland and later at Auschwitz, was the first and only work of its genre to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1992. The AGO’s presentation of Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective will display original manuscripts of Maus, rarely seen due to their fragility. The exhibition also features 300 works on paper ranging from trading cards to magazine covers. For more information, please visit ago.net.

    About Art Spiegelman:
    Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the bookshelves. As part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids; in 1980 he foundedRAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine; and in 1992 won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus – which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. In 2004, Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004; in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People; and in 2006 was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. He was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2007, and in 2008 played himself on an episode of The Simpsons.

    Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2011, marking only the third time an American has received the honor. The honor also included a retrospective exhibition of his artwork, shown in the Pompidou Center and traveled to the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum in NYC, and the last stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

    Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
    506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3

    ON – Just The Tips Launch Party

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    Chip Zdarsky appears at The Beguiling on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    Just in time for the holidays, Chip Zdarsky and The Beguiling Proudly/Ashamedly team to bring you a book launch for the item that will be on all sexy peoples’ wish lists: Just The Tips: A sexual guide by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, authors of Sex Criminals.

    What is ‘brimping’? Or ‘Dutch microwaving’? And what is sexy (hint: butt stuff)? All of these questions and many more will be answered in a beautiful little hardcover book for just $12.99. Probably a bunch of questions in there you never thought of, and answers you could’ve done without knowing.

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

    ON – The Secret History of Wonder Woman Signing

    shwwJill Lepore appears on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 7:00 PM at The Merril Collection (Inside the Lillian H. Smith Library).

    Free to attend

    Sponsored by The Friends of The Merril Collection, The Beguiling, and Random House Canada

    Press Release:

    The Beguiling, The Friends of the Merril Collection, and Random House Canada, are proud to present author Jill Lepore, who will discuss her new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman in Toronto! Lepore will speak on the book at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, December 11 in the Merril Collection reading room, on the 3rd floor of the Lillian Smith branch at 7PM.

    For those not in the know, Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman is shaping up to be one of the fall’s biggest non-fiction releases, a scintillating and expertly-researched look behind the scenes of the creation of one of North America’s most important modern mythologies! Brilliantly excerpted in The New Yorker, the book is already a must-read for fans of the character as superhero, as feminist icon, and as a gateway to the social mores of the early 20th century. This is sure to be an amazing and entertaining talk!

    The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore, is currently available for purchase in-store at The Beguiling.

    About The Author:
    Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her Book of Ages was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    About The Secret History of Wonder Woman:
    A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism

    Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.

    Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator. Beginning in his undergraduate years at Harvard, Marston was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth—he invented the lie detector test—lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman.

    The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.

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    Lillian H. Smith Public Library
    239 College Street, Toronto, M5T 1R5, ON
    416-393-7746

    ON – Spider-Man Unlimited Signing

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    Fred Van Lente appears at The Beguiling on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    The Beguiling and Gameloft are happy to welcome Fred Van Lente, Marvel Comics, and Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited Game Writer, to the shop for a special event! Van Lente will be on hand to sign copies of his books from 4pm-6pm! As a special bonus, the folks from game studio Gameloft will have demo units of the Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited game available to try, which, not-at-all-coincidentally, Fred Van Lente wrote the script for! It’s gonna be a unique event for us, and we’re looking forward to it!

    About the author:
    Fred Van Lente is the author the Marvel Comics titles Marvel Zombies 3 (and on), Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Power Man and Iron Fist, and much more. His current series include Archer & Armstrong for Valiant, and Howtoons for Image. He has also created the historical comics series’ Action Philosophers and Comic Book Comics, both self-published.

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

    ON – Intersect #1 Launch Party

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    Ray Fawkes, Chip Zdarsky, and Jim Zub sign at The Beguiling on Wednesday, November 19th from 6:00 -8:00 PM!

    Press Release:

    The Beguiling is proud to announce that on Wednesday, November 19th, we will be hosting a signing featuring three great Toronto cartoonists being published by Image Comics, and in celebration of the brand new Intersect #1, written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes! Ray will be on hand for the event, and will be joined by his friends and colleagues Chip Zdarsky, artist of Sex Criminals, and Jim Zub, writer of Wayward and Skullkickers.

    This will be an in-store event at The Beguiling, beginning at 6pm and going until roughly 8pm. Treats and giveaways for all those who attend!

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

    ON – The Wrenchies Signing

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    Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies) appears on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 7-9PM at The Central! Presented by The Beguiling and First Second Books!

    The Beguiling is excited to welcome Farel Dalrymple, author of Pop Gun War and artist of Omega The Unknown, to celebrate the release of his massive new graphic novel The Wrenchies from First Second. Farel will present from the book and sign for fans!

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    The Central
    603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7

    ON – Shoplifter Launch Party

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    Cartoonist Michael Cho appears at The Central on Wednesday, September 3rd fro 6:00-8:00 PM for the launch of his new graphic novel Shoplifter! presented by The Beguiling and Random House Canada.

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    The Central
    603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7

    ON – Wayward Launch Party

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    Writer Jim Zub and cover artists Kalman Andrasofszky, Alina Urusov, Adam Warren, and Chip Zdarsky sign on Wednesday, August 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (presentation at 7:00 PM) at Guu Sakabar. Free to attend (but you are encourage to buy a drink or some food). Bring Cash to buy stuff, rather than cards, please! Presented by The Beguiling.

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    Guu SakaBar
    559 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y6

    ON – The People Inside Launch Event

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    Author Ray Fawkes, and interviewer Jeff Lemire appear on Wednesday August 13th, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 PM at The Lillian H. Smith Auditorium!

    Press Release:

    The Beguiling is proud to present a special event, celebrating the release of Ray Fawkes‘ new graphic novel THE PEOPLE INSIDE! In much the same vein as Fawkes‘ amazing ONE SOUL, THE PEOPLE INSIDE tells the story of 24 different people in a way that only the medium of comics can! Compelling, intertwining narratives and formalist experimentation meld to create a graphic novel that absolutely shouldn’t be missed.

    Joining author Ray Fawkes will be acclaimed writer and graphic novelist Jeff Lemire (Trillium, Essex County), who will interview his friend and colleague Fawkes on this new graphic novel.

    Presented by The Beguiling, with thanks to The Friends of The Merril Collection and Oni Press.

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    Lillian H. Smith Public Library
    239 College Street, Toronto, M5T 1R5, ON
    416-393-7746

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