ON – The Underwater Welder Signing

Author Jeff Lemire signs at Innis Town Hall on Saturday, July 28th, at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

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Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (at St. George, one block south of Bloor St.)
$5 admission or free with book purchase
Tickets and books on sale Monday, June 25th at The Beguiling

The Beguiling is proud to announce the official launch of The Underwater Welder, the new original graphic novel from Jeff Lemire. Lemire is the award-winning author of The Essex County Trilogy, picked as a Canada Reads finalist, the author of the graphic novels Sweet Tooth (series), Lost Dogs, and The Nobody, and a prolific contributor to DC Comics’ superhero line, including the hit series Animal Man and Justice League Dark.

The Underwater Welder is Lemire’s eagerly anticipated thematic ‘follow-up’ to Essex County; its seemingly benign rural slice-of-life tale set off the coast of Nova Scotia giving way to far more mysterious and unfathomable experiences. Lemire’s work has been praised with starred reviews by Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and the accolades are already pouring in for The Underwater Welder:

“The most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced. I really, really care about the people in this story… And I can pretty much guarantee you will too.”
—from the introduction by Damon Lindelof (LOST, Star Trek, Prometheus)

“A moving, brilliant, and fiercely original work about loss, longing, and love. Full of piercing moments that will stay with you for long after you’ve finished reading, The Underwater Welder is a testament to the basic truth that down in the depths or up on land, there’s nothing more haunting and wondrous than the human heart. A masterpiece of visual storytelling.”
— Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire)

The Underwater Welder Book Launch and Discussion will take place on Saturday, July 25th at Innis College Town Hall, and will feature a presentation by Lemire from the new work, an on-stage interview with Q&A, and a signing. Admission to this event is $5 for two persons, however, anyone purchasing The Underwater Welder in-store at The Beguiling will receive a free ticket good for two admissions and guaranteed seating. Tickets and The Underwater Welder advance copies go on sale Monday, June 25th at 11am.


As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.
Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.

The Underwater Welder, by Jeff Lemire. 224 pages, softcover, $19.95. Published by Top Shelf Productions


JEFF LEMIRE is one of the most acclaimed North American graphic novelists of recent years. He first entered the comics field with the self-published anthology series Ashtray (2003), followed by the Xeric-Award-winning graphic novel Lost Dogs (2005).

His Essex County trilogy of graphic novels (2007-2008, complete edition 2009) have received tremendous acclaim, including nominations for the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards. In 2008 Jeff won both the Joe Shuster Award and the Doug Wright Award, recognizing the best in Canadian cartooning, as well as the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, which recognizes books for adults that appeal to teenage readers. Essex County was named one of five official 2011 selection of the CBC’s Canada Reads program, recognizing the “Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade,” and landed first place in the “People’s Choice” poll with more votes than the other four books combined.

Jeff’s other works include the graphic novel The Nobody and the acclaimed ongoing series Sweet Tooth for Vertigo, as well as writing DC superhero series such as Superboy, Frankenstein, Animal Man, and Justice League Dark. He returns to Top Shelf this summer for The Underwater Welder.

ON – Conan the Barbarian Signing

March 13, 2012 by  
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Becky Cloonan appears at The Beguiling this Wednesday, March 14th to celebrate the release of the brand-new CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2, which she illustrated! She will sign and sketch from 5pm-7pm on the second floor.

The Beguiling will also have a bunch of Becky’s original artwork on display and for sale from her past series’ including DEMO, DRACULA, AMERICAN VIRGIN, and much more!

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601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7

ON – Dinosaur Comics Launch Party

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Ryan North appears on Monday, December 19, 2011 from 7:30 – 10pm, doors at 7pm.
Pauper’s Pub, (539 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON)
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Press Release:

Oh my gosh you guys! Just in time for Christmas, it’s the release of the long-awaited new collection of DINOSAUR COMICS, the awesome webcomic by Toronto’s own Ryan North! It’s called “Dinosaur Comics: Everybody Knows Failure is Just Success Rounded Down”, and collects all of the strips originally appearing in 2007—STILL IN FULL COLOUR! Author Ryan North will be on hand signing books and meeting and greeting with all types of fans! Copies of the new book will be on sale at the event, as will past books, shirts, and prints! Can you think of anything more awesome to do…ON A MONDAY?
We’re launching the book just a few days before a big holiday, and we figured “We can totally make this a party that EVERYONE can enjoy!!!” It’s also THE OFFICIAL DINOSAUR COMICS HOLIDAY PARTY! (woooo!) Food, drinks, and merriment! Wear your Santa hats! Bring a Secret Santa gift and you’ll receive one (details below)! Even more: December 19th is “Feel Free To Say Hi If I’m Wearing A Dinosaur Comics Shirt Day, Woooooo!” So wear your Dinosaur Comics shirt to spark a conversation! Or spot somebody wearing one and ask thon about it. Or feel free to observe the day silently — the holidays are for everyone!
All of this is happening Monday, December 19th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St W, near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there…!
If you would like to participate:
– Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of no more than $5.
– 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.
– Participation is by no means mandatory, but we thought it might be fun!
“Dinosaur Comics: Everybody Knows Failure is Just Success Rounded Down” is a new, 256 page, full colour collection of strips by Ryan North, and published by Topatoco. It will retail for $20 Canadian. You can find Dinosaur Comics online every day at http://qwantz.com .
The Beguilling is Canada’s premier retailer of comics, graphic novels, manga and more, and has been for more than 20 years!

ON – Sweetness Signing

November 30, 2011 by  
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Adrian Alphona signs on Wednesday December 7, 2011 from 5pm-7pm!

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SWEETNESS is the gorgeous new sketchbook collection from Toronto’s own Adrian Alphona. Fans will likely remember Adrian from his stint as the artist of RUNAWAYS with Brian K. Vaughn for Marvel, and in addition to his comics work he’s a top-notch illustrator!

SWEETNESS is a brand new sketchbook collection, with all of Adrian’s sketches (really: finished pencil pieces) coloured by writer/colourist Christian Strain. The book features original pencil art, finish coloured pages, even special vellum-insert overlays to let you compare the two! All of this wrapped up in a gorgeous hardcover book (it’s even got little embossed snowflakes on it!). It retails for just $25 and is worth every penny… and you can really only find it in a few select stores in the world!

Adrian Alphona will be signing at The Beguiling on the evening of Wednesday, December 7th, from 5pm-7pm. Everyone’s welcome!

Please note: “Sweetness” is available in-store now, on both floors of The Beguiling.

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

ON – Orchid Signing

November 30, 2011 by  
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Artist Scott Hepburn signs on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 5pm-7pm!

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Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Nightwatchmen) has entered the wild world of comics with his new series ORCHID, and it is being illustrated by none other than Toronto’s own Scott Hepburn! Please join us in celebrating the third momentous issue of the series’ release!

Scott did sign copies of issues #1 & #2 in store, but on release day for #3 from 5pm-7pm, we’re going to do an official signing! Get your books personalized, maybe even a sketch, and pay a compliment to Mr. Hepburn for his lovely work.

Scott was also the artist on several Star Wars comics, Marvel’s Sentinel, and many other UDON projects.

About Orchid:

When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid.

Issues #1 and #2 are now available, and issue #1 is only a buck!

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

ON – Infinite Kung Fu Launch Party

August 12, 2011 by  
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Kagan McLeod signs on Friday September 2nd, 2011 at Revival Bar – Featuring Hop Fu!
Doors open at 8:30 – Presentations start at 9pm!
$5 or free admission with book purchase.
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Presented by The Beguilling, Top Shelf Books, and Revival Bar 

THE LONG-AWAITED DEBUT! It’s the official book launch for Kagan McLeod’s INFINITE KUNG FU, a massive 464-page graphic novel by Kagan McLeod. Serialized in comics, serialized on the internet, with short stories in jams across the world, the whole story is now complete and ready for you to put in your hot little hands! 

FEATURING HEADLINERS HOP FU – New York-based scratch champions DJ 1XL and DJ Excess perform as Hop Fu, providing a live remixed score to a screening of the Shaw Brothers classic kung fu film “Super Ninjas.” Must be seen to be believed! 

CHIP ZDARSKY hosts the evening and interviews Kagan about the book!
KAGAN McLEOD signs copies for fans!
TBA DJS keep the evening lively and fun, dance if you wanna!
THE BEGUILING will be on hand selling books and prints 

This will be the biggest book launch of 2011, don’t miss out! 

8:30pm: Doors Open
9:00pm: Q&A with Kagan McLeod, followed by book signing
11:00pm: Hop Fu performance…!

Revival Bar
783 College Street, Toronto, ON

ON – DC 52 Signing

August 11, 2011 by  
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Jeff Lemire signs at The Beguiling on September 7th and 14th at 6pm!

Press Release:

This September, DC Comics will relaunch their entire universe with brand new first issues! 52 books in 4 weeks, 2 of those new #1s are written by Toronto’s own Jeff Lemire! Please join us in supporting and celebrating the work of Mr. Lemire with two signings on two consecutive weeks, each featuring a brand new book…!

On September 7th at 6PM, Jeff Lemire will be on hand to sign copies of ANIMAL MAN #1! Here’s what it’s about: “Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series!”

On September 14th at 6PM: Join Jeff Lemire in store as he signs copies of FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1: “It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before! Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?”

Jeff will be on hand both days to sign copies of all of his work, including his acclaimed series Sweet Tooth and his graphic novels The Nobody and Essex County.

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

ON – Scott Pilgrim Signing

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Bryan Lee O’Malley signs on July 9th from 2-4pm at The Beguilling!

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COME ONE, COME ALL! Our very good friend Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the international bestselling graphic novel series SCOTT PILGRIM, makes his triumphant return to Toronto, a year since the awesome midnight release party for Scott Pilgrim volume 6!

The Scott Pilgrim Midnight Release Party drew 2,000 fans to normally quiet and quaint Markham Street last July to grab a copy of the new graphic novel and meet the creator of this epic series of epicness. O’Malley hasn’t been back to Toronto since then, and this Saturday, July 9th, he returns to meet and greet fans, sign books, and hang out in the neighbourhood that inspired that graphic novels and the cult-classic movie!

This event will feature an exclusive and limited-edition print designed by O’Malley featuring Ramona Flowers, and will be made available for sale for just $5! But all Scott Pilgrim fans are invited to show up in costume, and if they do they get a copy of the print for free!

Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, box sets, action figures, t-shirts, and other posters will be made available for sale at the event courtesy of The Beguiling.

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The Beguilling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON