ON – Chester Brown Signing

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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

ON – Southern Cross Signing

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Artist Andy Belanger (Black Church, Kill Shakespeare) appears at The Beguiling on Saturday March 12, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM to sign SOUTHERN CROSS!

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

ON – D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016

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Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso sign at The Beguiling on Thursday February 18th, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

D&Q has an amazing winter line-up for you: Brian Chippendale (Puke Force) is hitting the road with Michael DeForge (Big Kids) and Nick Drnaso (Beverly), and the date for their Toronto tour stop is Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Come see all three present from their new work and sign and hang out and all that fun stuff. It should be good times.

Cartoonist and Lightning Bolt drummer Chippendale’s debut with Drawn & Quarterly, Puke Force, is a dark and dense social satire that comments on social media narcissism, the malice of the right, and the hypocrisies of the left.

DeForge’s Big Kids is a coming-of-age tale about the transformative years of high school.

Drnaso’s Beverly delves into the barely repressed anxieties and obsessions of suburban teens.

Join Brian Chippendale, Michael DeForge, and Nick Drnaso for an evening of great comics and book signings! Presented by The Beguiling Books & Art and Drawn & Quarterly.

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

ON – The Princess Who Saved Herself Signing

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The Beguiling is proud to welcome writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa to Toronto on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM! These two fellas are the incredible team behind the comic adaptations of Jonathan Coulton’s Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself, as well as numerous books for Marvel comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and more! Both of the brand-new Coulton books will be available for sale at the event for the first time, as will a huge assortment of other titles by the pair!

Greg Pak is the New York-based writer of the just-announced “Totally Awesome Hulk” starring the character he created, Amadeus Cho! He has had lengthy runs on Hulk, Hercules, and more for Marvel Comics, and recently announced his new creator-owned series Kingsway West for Dark Horse Comics!

Takeshi Miyazawa is Canadian but has been working and drawing comics in Tokyo, Japan for the past 5 years! He is the new main artist on Ms. Marvel (with Adrian Alphona), and has worked on numerous series including Runaways, Turok, Amadeus Cho, and more. Takeshi will also be signing the next day at Page & Panel.

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

ON – Batman Day 2016

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Saturday September 26th is BATMAN DAY, and The Beguiling Books & Art and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop are celebrating with two great authors signing in-store!

On Saturday, September 26th, meet Brenden Fletcher, writer of ‘Batgirl,’ ‘Black Canary,’ and ‘Gotham Academy,’ and Ray Fawkes, writer of ‘Gotham by Midnight’ and ‘Batman Eternal,’ at BOTH The Beguiling and Page & Panel!

At Both Stores: We’ll be offering an all-day 10% off sale on all in-stock Batman and Batman-related comic books and graphic novels. Batman Day goodies will be available at both stores.

1:00pm-2:30pm: THE BEGUILING will host Ray Fawkes and Brenden Fletcher at 601 Markham Street! As a special bonus, from 1pm-3pm The Beguiling will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

3pm-4:30pm: PAGE & PANEL will host Fawkes and Fletcher at 789 Yonge Street! As a special bonus, from 3pm-5pm Page & Panel will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

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

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

ON – Ms. Marvel Signing

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Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling Books & Art are proud to welcome the art team of smash-hit comic series MS. MARVEL to Page & Panel on Wednesday, September 16th, from 4pm-6pm!

This is a very rare event indeed! In addition to Ms. Marvel series artist and character designer Adrian Alphona (Runaways), and series colourist Ian Herring, we’re welcoming Ms. Marvel’s other regular artist Takeshi Miyazawa all the way from Tokyo, Japan, for this very special event!

Copies of many issues of Ms. Marvel, as well as trade paperbacks, and the newly released hardcover edition will be available for sale at the event

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Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

ON – Kaptara #1 Signing

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THE BEGUILING is very proud to present the launch of KAPTARA #1, featuring our good pals Kagan McLeod (he draws it!) and Chip Zdarsky (he writes it!). KAPTARA is the new ongoing Image Comics series by Chip & Kagan, a sci-fi adventure that Chip calls “Like ‘Saga’ but Gay.” (paraphrasing).

Chip and Kagan will join us next-door to the shop at The Central, 603 Markham Street, where they will each have a quick drink, before signing your comics, and entertaining you with stories of its creation, probably!

Kaptara #1 is release to comic stores everywhere on Wednesday April 22nd, but you should probably buy it at The Beguiling Books & Art.

ABOUT KAPTARA:
“A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!”

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The Central
603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7
+1 416-913-4586

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!

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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

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