ON – X-O Manowar Signing

Artist Cary Nord signs The Beguiling on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm!

Press Release:

Please join The Beguiling in welcoming Cary Nord, artist of many volumes of Conan and the artists of the current ongoing X-O Manowar series from Valiant, at his first signing here.

Cary Nord will be at The Beguiling in celebration of X-O MANOWAR VOLUME 1: BY THE SWORD, which will be released on that day. In addition, The Beguiling will have lots of copies of his previous issues, his work on Conan, and much more available for sale at the signing.

Cary has just moved back to Toronto, so we hope Toronto fans will come out and give him a warm welcome.

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The Beguilling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7

ON – Graphic Novels Debut

    

Adrian Tomine, Charles Burns, and Chris Ware appear at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:30 pm.

Press Release:

Prepare to welcome three of the most respected graphic novel creators in the world, as Charles Burns (Black Hole), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve), and Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library) visit Toronto this November to debut their new books. These three contemporaries and friends will each show an all-new audio/visual presentation based on their new works, both interacting with one another and the audience. This is the centerpiece autumn event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of venerable Toronto comics and alternative culture shop The Beguiling, at the nearby newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.) in the heart of the Annex neighborhood.

Sure to be the talk of the literary world this fall and winter, these three new releases blur the lines between ‘traditional’ graphic novels, illustration, and the publishing avant-garde!

Charles Burns’ stunning follow-up to 2010’s bestselling X’ed Out is The Hive. It takes readers further into the recesses of the diseased world of X’ed Out, shattering the boundaries between comics and the people who read them.

Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings collects over a decade of the comics, illustrations, and covers produced by the artist for publishing institution The New Yorker, alongside a number of other rare and uncollected pieces in a lavish oversized hard cover.

Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth has been hailed as a modern literary masterpiece, and Building Stories is Ware’s first and much-anticipated graphic novel length follow-up. Ware experiments further with form and medium: the story is a literal box. Beautifully presented as variously formatted and sized comics, graphic novels, newspapers and pamphlets, the ensemble creates a fascinating and compelling portrait of a seemingly ordinary young woman, and the building where she lives.

All three of these compelling arguments for the necessary survival of the printed word will be on sale at The Beguiling in advance of this event, each on different release dates (see below).

Admission to the 25th anniversary event is $10, but admissions tickets are free (while supplies last) with every advance purchase of any of the above new books at The Beguiling.

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

ON – Tomi Ungerer Signing

Illustrator Tomi Ungerer signs at Little Island Comics on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00pm.

Press Release:

Tomi Ungerer is perhaps the most famous children’s book author you have never heard of. Just over 50 years ago, Ungerer landed in New York City with only $60 in his pocket and a suitcase full of drawings. A brilliant illustrator, he became an overnight sensation. Ungerer went on to publish an astonishing 80 books in ten years, including beloved classics Moon Man, Otto, and The Three Robbers.

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are honoured to host Tomi Ungerer for a special signing event at Little Island Comics on Saturday, September 8th, at 2pm in Little Island Comics’ event space. Ungerer will be signing copies of all of his work, including his work for adults, and a wide selection of books will be available for sale at the event.

The Three Robbers in particular remains one of our favourite children’s books carried at the store, and its darkly humourous message and brilliant and evocative illustrations have made it a classic for generations of parents and children since its original publication in 1962.

Tomi Ungerer is in Toronto as part of the promotional tour for the new film Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, a documentary about his life and work screening as part of TIFF. While this film is definitely intended for an adult audience, Ungerer’s work has a broad appeal and this signing is intended for readers of all ages.

ABOUT TOMI UNGERER
Tomi Ungerer (b.1931) was born in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France. He moved to New York City in 1956 and instantly found success as a caricaturist, illustrator, and children’s book author. As graphic artist he created advertising campaigns for Willy Brandt and The New York Times. In 1998 he was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Award for Illustration, which is the Nobel Prize of the world of children’s literature. He now divides his time between Strasbourg and Ireland.

ABOUT FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY
“Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story” is a brilliant, original and highly engrossing feature-length documentary depicting the life and times of the best-selling children’s author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer. This French artist’s wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art and biting social satire is fully explored in this entertaining, 98-minute film which will have its North American premiere at TIFF 2012. While you may not be familiar with Ungerer or his work, you will quickly be entranced by the force of nature that is Tomi Ungerer.

Little Island Comics 
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R6 Canada
Phone: 416-901-7489

ON – Marceline & the Scream Queens Signing

Meredith Gran and Ryan North sign at both Little Island Comics (742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R6) and The Beguiling (601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7) on Wednesday July 25, 2012!

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Press Release:

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are teaming up to throw a kick-butt ADVENTURE TIME event on Wednesday, July 25th, and you’re all invited! There will be signings by the creators of the ADVENTURE TIME comics, kids costume contests, and more! It’s gonna be mathematical… TO THE MATH!

SPECIAL GUESTS!

From New York City, it’s MEREDITH GRAN, writer and artist of the brand new mini-series ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS, as well as her own awesome series Octopus Pie! MARCELINE #1 ships to comic stores on Wednesday July 11th, and we’ll have copies of the issue available for sale that day and every day up to the event itself!

From here in Toronto, it’s RYAN NORTH, writer of the ongoing ADVENTURE TIME WITH FINN AND JAKE comic book series, as well as one of our favourite web comics, Dinosaur Comics! ADVENTURE TIME #6 comes out on Wednesday July 25th, and we’ll have that and the first 5 issues of Adventure Time available for sale at the event!

JUST ADDED: Everyone welcome the awesome Michael DeForge, who will join the festivities at 6pm! Michael is a Toronto-local who works on the Adventure Time cartoon, who will sign your comics including the awesome “Breakfast Princess” one he wrote a few months back! AWESOME!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1PM-3PM: LITTLE ISLAND COMICS!
Just for kids (and their parents), Meredith and Ryan will be signing copies of Adventure Time for younger fans, at Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street, just south of Bloor. The staff of Little Island will have Adventure Time-themed crafts and activities! Ryan and Meredith might even lead some of the activities! It’s going to be super fun!

There will be an Adventure Time Costume Contest for Kids, too, at 1PM sharp! Kids are encouraged to show up dressed in costume from Adventure Time, and prizes will be awarded to all participants! Yay!

6PM-6:45PM: The Central
How To Make Adventure Time Comics is the name of a short presentation that Meredith and Ryan will give on stage at The Central, 603 Markham Street, just next to The Beguiling. They’ll take questions from the audience! It’ll be fun!

7PM: Costume Contest for Grown-ups in front of The Beguiling!
Do you have a burning passion to be dressed up as FINN or JAKE or LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS almost solely for the bragging rights of winning a contest? Then show up dressed as one of the characters from Adventure Time at 7PM, and Celebrity Guest Judges Meredith, Ryan, and secret-judges-to-be-named will pick the winner! (IF IT IS RAINING THE COSTUME CONTEST FOR GROWN-UPS IS CANCELLED. No space to do it inside the store, sorry!).

7:15PM-9PM: THE BEGUILING!!!
Meredith Gran and Ryan North will be signing copies of ADVENTURE TIME comics from 7PM to 9PM at The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street! It’s gonna be sweet! If the weather is nice they will be signing under a tent in front of the store! If the weather is rainy they will be signing inside the store, but part of the line-up might STILL be outside depending on how many people show up, so bring an umbrella!

SEE YOU WEDNESDAY JULY 25TH!

The Beguiling Books & Art at SDCC 2012

Press Release:

The Beguiling Books & Art is pleased to announce that it will once again be returning to The San Diego Comic-Con to sell a truly outstanding collection of illustrations and original comic book artwork on behalf of its represented artists. The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe will be on hand and exhibiting in a small corner of booth #1629, owned by venerable Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly, from Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th, through Sunday, July 15th.

The Beguiling represents original art by some of art comics’ greatest names at their online art store, including D&Q cartoonists Kevin Huizenga (Gloriana), Anders Nilsen (Big Questions), and Seth (Palookaville), and comics superstars Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (Casanova), and Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim). The Beguiling will have over 400 pieces of original art on hand by 26 different artists at San Diego this year. Previews of most pages available online now at http://www.beguilingoriginalart.com/.

Highlights of this year’s mix of comics art and illustration include: 

The Beguiling proudly announces that it will begin selling original art work from creators Pascal Girard, Matt Kindt, and Shintaro Kago! Girard is the author of the recently released graphic novel The Reunion from Drawn & Quarterly, and pages from that work and other illustrations will be on hand. Matt Kindt is the author of the graphic novels Super Spy, The Tooth, and 3:Story. His current series is MIND MGMT, an ongoing comic from Dark Horse, and art will be on hand from these and other series’! Kago is a renowned Ero-guro manga artist in Japan, and his work includes truly unique formalist experiments (and some very disturbing imagery), and has been praised by sources as diverse as Scott McCloud and Vice Magazine.

A selection of pages from recent Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel releases, including pages from Kevin Huizenga’s Gloriana HC and The Wild Kingdom HC, Brian Ralph’s Cave-In, and Anders Nilsen’s Eisner Award nominated graphic novel Big Questions.

Dozens of new, never-before offered pages by artist Farel Dalrymple. Including new pages from Dalrymple’s work on the series’ Prophet, Fantastic Four, Omega The Unknown, Vice Magazine, and more! So new these aren’t even on our website yet!

Dozens of new pages by Norwegian artist Jason, from across his many popular graphic novels.

All of the “new-since-last-Comic-Con” artwork by artists Gabriel Ba, Jeffrey Brown, Sammy Harkham, Jeff Lemire, Kagan McLeod, Fabio Moon, Marco Rudy, Maurice Vellekoop, and Zach Worton. All of these fine cartoonists have provided The Beguiling with new artwork since exhibiting at Comic-Con 2011, from across their many projects. Highlights include Jeff Lemire’s Sweeth Tooth, and the complete artwork (!) for Maurice Vellekoop’s The World of Gloria Badcock.

- A selection of quality originals by Rafael Albuquerque, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, David Heatley, Miriam Katin, Jason Lutes, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, Jay Stephens, and Chip Zdarsky. With over 5,000 pieces of original art represented by The Beguiling, a selection of the best and most interesting pieces by these creators will be available for sale in San Diego.

Hate paying for shipping? If you will be at the San Diego Comic-Con and are interested in purchasing a specific piece of art from our website, we will happily bring it to the show for you. If you’d like us to bring a specific piece from our website to take a look at, please contact us at mail at beguiling dot com. Unfortunately we are not “holding” art for people unless they have purchased it outright, but we will try to accommodate all requests.

ABOUT:
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, The Beguiling is a book store and original art dealer in Toronto, Canada. We represent original art sales from over three dozen comics creators and illustrators from around the world. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. To see our collection of original art, visit us online at http://www.beguilingoriginalart.com/

TO – Jinchalo Launch Party

Matt Forsythe appears on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 signs at Little Island Comics from 3pm-4pm and at The Central from 6pm-8pm.

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Matt Forsythe is the Doug Wright Award-winning, Eisner nominated author of Ojingogo, a wonderful wordless graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly Books. Forsythe is also one of the founing editors of the incredibly popular art + inspiration website Drawn: The Illustration Weblog at Drawn.ca, and has done countless illustrations for magazines, websites, and other outlets across the world.

Now Matt is coming to Toronto to celebrate the releases of a trio of excellent new books for all ages and interests!

Little Island @ 3pm: Join Matt as he signs and sketches for young fans and their parents at Little Island Comics from 3pm-4:30pm, in support of his first children’s picture book My Name Is Elizabeth. A fun read for parents and grown-ups alike who’ve always hated getting stuck with a nick-name, My Name Is Elizabeth is a New York Times Notable picture book.

Little Island will have a variety of original paintings by Forsythe from My Name is Elizabeth on display during this event, a rare opportunity to see some of the beautiful originals he’s created, so don’t miss out!

The Central @ 6pm: Then in the evening, join us for the launch of Jinchalo, Matt Forsythe’s new full-length wordless graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly, and for his brand new comic book about teaching comics, Comics Class, from Koyama Press! Forsythe will be on stage at The Central (just next door to The Beguiling), and he has put together a great presentation about his new project(s)! Forsythe will be interviewed on stage about creating comics, teaching kids, travelling and more! Plus a signing session will follow.

It’s gonna be a full, awesome day of great comics, graphic novels, and picture books for all ages. Come on out and enjoy!

Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6
Phone: 416-901-7489

ON – Skullkickers Signing

Jim Zub signs on Wednesday, November 16th from 5pm-8pm at The Beguiling!
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COME ONE, COME ALL, TO THE SECOND OFFICIAL LAUNCH FOR THE SKULLKICKERS COMICK BOOK SERIES!
 
The Beguiling will play host to SKULLKICKERS author Jim Zub on Wednesday, November 16th, to celebrate the release of the second Skullkickers Trade Paperback!
 
SKULLKICKERS VOLUME 2: FIVE FUNERALS AND A BUCKET OF BLOOD collects issues 7-11 of the noble-shooting, thief-ganking, faerie-smushing series, as our two heroes are alternately rewarded and reviled just for being… skull kickers. Great fantasy fun, local comics creators, and an Image comic that released 11 issues in a row ON TIME, it’s a f*cking miracle. Come celebrate.
 
Note: SKULLKICKERS vol 1, vol 2, and select issues from the series will be available for sale at the event.

The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON

ON – Little Island Comics Grand Opening

Fiona Smyth, Claudia Dávila, Clayton Hammer, Jeremy Tankard, Kean Soo, and Tory Woollcott appear at the Little Island Comics grand opening!

Press Release:

The Beguiling is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of North America’s first children’s comic shop—Little Island Comics! Offering the widest possible array of graphic novels, manga and comics for people 12 years old and younger, Little Island Comics had a successful soft open in early September. Little Island Comics’ inaugural events on the first weekend of October 2011 will mark the debut of its event space with visits from local comics creators and the launch of Claudia Dávila’s new book Luz Sees the Light.

Little Island’s Grand Opening festivities will be a celebration of children’s comics and of Toronto’s comics community. A stellar schedule of local creator visits will be augmented by informal activities for kids from open to close each day during the Grand Opening weekend. As well, select titles will be offered at door-crasher prices, making Little Island Comics’ Grand Opening weekend an ideal time to stock your comics library!

Scheduled creator appearances include:

Saturday October 1st

1:00pm – Fiona Smyth (The Never Weres)

3:00pm – LAUNCH: Claudia Dávila (Luz Sees the Light)

Sunday October 2nd

12:00pm – Clayton Hammer (Cton’s Super A-Maze-Ing Year Of Crazy Comics!)

2:00pm – Jeremy Tankard (Boo-hoo Bird)

4:00pm – Kean Soo (Jellaby) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind)

Little Island Comics is located on Bathurst Street just south of Bloor, a short block from its parent store and just a few doors away from the recently-moved Sonic Boom record shop, making their Mirvish Village neighbourhood a single stop for comics and culture for the whole family! Through a schedule of kids’ events and how-to comics workshops, Little Island will inspire a new generation of comics writers and artists!

Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2R6
Phone: 416-901-7489

ON – Habibi Signing

Craig Thompson appears on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue, Btwn Dundas & Queen
Doors Open at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm sharp
Admission: $10* or Free with Purchase of Habibi

Press Release:

Craig Thompson’s long-awaited, highly anticipated follow-up to BLANKETS is will make its debut on September 20th, and just 2 days later he’ll be in Toronto to celebrate!

Please join us in welcoming Craig Thompson to Toronto to launch HABIBI, a sprawling and epic love story that is sure to be one of the most-talked about books of 2011. Thompson will be giving a presentation from HABIBI that will take us behind the scenes of its gestation and creation, and he will then be interviewed on stage, with a moderated Q&A and a signing to follow. This will all take place at The Toronto Underground Theatre, an exciting indy theatre and event space on Spadina between Dundas and Queen.

Admission to this event will be $10, or free with the purchase of Habibi at the event or in advance of the event at The Beguiling Books & Art. Those purchasing the $10 Admission will be given a $10 gift certificate for The Beguiling, good until September 23rd 2012. Tickets for the event and pre-sales of HABIBI will both go on sale Tuesday, August 16th, at 11am, in-store only. We will be selling HABIBI for $30 Canadian.

The Beguiling is proud to team with Random House Canada to present this event.

About HABIBI:
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

TO – Footnotes in Gaza Lecture

Joe Sacco speaks on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 8PM as a part of the UofT Arts Council 2011 Speakers Series
Innis Town Hall, St. George Street at Sussex Ave (MAP)
Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students & seniors
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Joe Sacco is one of the world’s premier comic book artists and is widely recognized as a central figure in bringing graphic novels and sequential art into the cultural mainstream. His works including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer and Other Stories are frequently featured on university syllabi, in programs ranging from English to Political Science to Peace and Conflict Studies.

A Guggenheim fellow, Sacco’s work has been profiled by the BBC, Time Magazine, Details, Harper’s and the New York Times. He will be speaking on a variety of subjects including his newest work, Footnotes in Gaza, his return to the Gaza strip and his attempt to get to the heart of a brutal incident from the region’s past.

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