The Beguiling

The Beguiling

319 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1S2

Phone Number
(416) 533-9168
E-Mail
mail@beguiling.com
Website
http://www.beguiling.com/
Twitter
@TheBeguiling
Facebook
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Hours
Sunday: noon - 6 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Current & Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Authors for Indies Day 2017
April 29, 2017

The Beguiling Books & Art is joining in for its first Authors for Indies Day on Saturday April 29th at the new shop location! Authors for Indies is an event where selected authors come hang out at independent book stores, and volunteer their time as store clerks, recommending great reads! We think The Beguiling is the first comics-focused bookstore to take part, and hopefully it’s something we’ll be able to do for years to come.

Participating authors:

Brian McLachlan, 11am-3pm: Brian is the author of the young-person-oriented Draw Out The Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics, and What Noise Do I Make?, a children’s picture book, both published by Owlkids. Brian has a wide range of taste in comics, and is just as happy suggesting great graphic novels for grownups as he is some of the best comics out there for younger readers.

Claudio Ghirardo, 3pm-4pm: A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon 19& Graphic Art, Inc., Claudio Ghirardo contributed to small press zines before focusing on freelance illustration and then being a full time artist. He has his own monthly experimental webcomic, “UNTITLED” where he combines modern art with sequential storytelling. He publishes his own graphic novels/zines, and has contributed to numerous anthologies.

The Abominable Mr. Seabrook Signing
Jan. 26, 2017

Guest: Joe Ollmann

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.

Motor Crush Launch Party
Dec. 7, 2016

Guests: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher

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.

The Collected Cat Rackham Signing
Sept. 21, 2016

Guest: Steve Wolfhard

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

ZdarsCon 2016
Sept. 3, 2016

Guests: Chip Zdarsky, Chester Brown, Valentine De Landro, Marguerite Bennett, Ray Fawkes, Ryan North, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Ryan Stegman, Sam Maggs

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.

Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 Signing
Aug. 31, 2016

Guests: Ramon K. Perez, Chip Zdarsky

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.

Romeo And/Or Juliet Signing
June 7, 2016

Guests: Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky, Kean Soo

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!

D&Q Winter Book Launch 2016
Feb. 18, 2016

Guests: Brian Chippendale, Nick Drnaso, Michael DeForge

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.

Batman Day 2016
Sept. 26, 2015

Guest: Ray Fawkes

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!

The Princess Who Saved Herself Signing
Sept. 15, 2015

Guests: Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa

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.

SuperMutant Magic Academy Launch Party
April 28, 2015

Guest: Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki appears at The Beguiling on Tuesday April 28th at 6:30 PM for the official launch-day event of her new comic, giving a talk about her work, reading from SuperMutant Magic Academy, and signing books. This is a great opportunity to ask vital questions about variant strains of Dungeons & Dragons, characters’ fates, transgressive performance art, and more.

Store signing will take place at The Beguiling with a performance venue to be announced later. SuperMutant Magic Academy will be on sale at the event. Jillian’s books (with writer Mariko Tamaki) ‘Skim’ and ‘This One Summer’ are available in store now!

Hawkeye/Descender Launch Party
March 4, 2015

Guests: Jeff Lemire, Ramon K. Perez

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!

Just The Tips Launch Party
Dec. 3, 2014

Guest: Chip Zdarsky

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.

Spider-Man Unlimited Signing
Nov. 28, 2014

Guest: Fred Van Lente

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!

Intersect #1 Launch Party
Nov. 19, 2014

Guests: Jim Zub, Ray Fawkes, Chip Zdarsky

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!

The Wrenchies Signing
Sept. 22, 2014

Guest: Farel Dalrymple

Farel Dalrymple signs The Wrenchies appears on Monday, September 22, 2014 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!

New Avengers Annual #1 Signing
June 25, 2014

Guest: Marco Rudy

Marco Rudy, artist of Uncanny X-Men, Swamp Thing, and more, appears at The Beguiling to sign his newest illustrated work: New Avengers Annual #1! Marco will be in store signing for fans on Wednesday June 25th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, and all are welcome.

Free Comic Book Day 2014
May 3, 2014

Guests: Tom Scioli, Ed Piskor

The Beguiling is proud to welcome two of the creators that are doing official Free Comic Book Day Books, Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree, and Tom Scioli, writer/artist of GI Joe vs. Transformers. Both creators will be signing and sketching their FCBD books for fans on Saturday May 3rd from 12pm-6pm (with a few breaks in there), and copies of both of their books will also be available for sale. The Beguiling will also have a great selection of other FCBD books for teens and adults on hand!

Kaptara #1 Signing
April 22, 2014

Guests: Kagan McLeod, Chip Zdarsky

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.

Sex Criminals Signing
April 16, 2014

Guest: Chip Zdarsky

Artist Chip Zdarsky signs at The Beguiling on Wednesday April 16th from 6:00 till 9:00 pm! With a special guest appearance by Tiffy Thompson, the real life Suzie!

Hellboy Day
March 22, 2014

March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola's career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character's somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse's San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved "beast of the apocalypse."

In December, Dark Horse declared that March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!

Samurai Jack #1 Signing
Dec. 7, 2013

Guest: Jim Zub

Writer Jim Zub will be signing and sketching Samurai Jack #1 and all of his various comics issues on the second floor of The Beguiling on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from noon till 3:00pm. Jim is also the writer and creator of the series’ Skullkickers and Makeshift Miracle, the writer of the monthly Pathfinder comics series, and recently wrote Shadowman #11, among other works!

Blue is the Warmest Color Signing
Dec. 5, 2013

Guest: Julie Maroh

Join artist and author Julie Maroh at the Central on Thursday, December 5th, from 7:00pm till 9:30pm for a special evening featuring a discussion of her acclaimed graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Color, adapted into the award-winning feature film released this fall.

Julie Maroh is an author and illustrator originally from northern France. Visit her website at juliemaroh.com

Presented by Arsenal Pulp Press and The Beguiling, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Boxers & Saints Signing
Sept. 21, 2013

The Beguiling is proud to welcome respected author Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Eternal Smile) to Toronto for the debut of his new pair of graphic novels, Boxers and Saints. Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes – the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift, the Boxer Rebellion of 1898. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

Gene Yang will visit The Beguiling for an afternoon moderated Q&A session with store manager Christopher Butcher, which will be followed by an in-store signing. This is a rare visit to Toronto for Yang, a highly-regarded New York Times bestselling author, so we hope you can make it out!

Batman: Black & White Signing
Sept. 4, 2013

Guest: Michael Cho

The Beguiling is pleased to welcome acclaimed Toronto illustrator Michael Cho to the store, signing his story in the new BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1 anthology. Cho will be in-store on Wednesday, September 4th, from 6:30pm to close, signing and even sketching for fans!

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE is the next iteration of the critically-acclaimed, highly-influential series of black and white stories featuring The Caped Crusader, and written and illustrated by some of the biggest names in contemporary comics. BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1 features a plethora of comics talent, including Michael Cho illustrating a story by Friend-Of-The-Beguiling Chip Kidd! The issue also features contributions from Neal Adams, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, John Arcudi, Howard Mackie, Sean Murphy, and Chris Samnee, with a cover by Marc Silvestri.

Michael Cho is a fantastic Toronto illustrator and comics creator. His most recent major work is Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes, a collection of paintings depicting the gentle urban decay of Toronto published by Drawn & Quarterly. His illustration clients include The New York Times, National Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, the Village Voice, Billboard, Scientific American, Boston Magazine, Toronto Life, Random House, Penguin Classics, Marvel and DC Comics.

Brian Wood Signing
April 13, 2013

Guest: Brian Wood

Brian Wood signs at The Beguiling on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM!

Brian Wood is the multiple-award-winning, critically acclaimed author of literally dozens of your favourite series, and he will be doing a very special signing at The Beguiling on Saturday, April 13th, at 3pm. Bring your comics along to get signed and meet Brian, and check out some of the very cool/rare comics we’ll have available for sale at the event.

SUSCEPTIBLE Book Launch & Talk with author Geneviève Castrée
Feb. 18, 2013

Guest: Genevieve Castree

The Beguiling is proud to present Susceptible, the important new graphic novel from Geneviève Castrée.

Susceptible is the story of Goglu, a daydreamer growing up in Quebec in the ’80s and ’90s with a single mother. From a skillful artist comes a moving, beautiful story about families, loss, and growing up. Whether she’s discussing nature versus nurture or the story of her birth, Castrée imbues her storytelling with a quiet power and a confidence in the strength of imagery.

As you may remember, this book launch was originally scheduled for November, but we’re happy to be say it’s been rescheduled and Genevieve will be coming to town to celebrate its release and discuss this new work.

We think this is one of the most important graphic novel releases of the season, from an enormously talented young Canadian cartoonist. Best of all, we’ve been told her presentation from the book is excellent, so we hope you’ll be able to make it out for this.

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THE BEGUILING, DINOSAUR COMICS, ADVENTURE TIME, HARK, A VAGRANT!, BRAVEST WARRIORS, A SOFTER WORLD, HOLIDAY PARTY!
Dec. 17, 2012

Woo-hoo! Come one, come all, to the 3rd annual Dinosaur Comics & The Beguiling holiday party and book launch, featuring Ryan North! This year we'll be welcoming some new friends into the holiday fold, including Joey Comeau (Bravest Warriors, A Softer World), and Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!), and celebrating Ryan's stint on the New York Times Bestselling ADVENTURE TIME comic book series! There's nothing better to do on a Monday night!

Ryan, Joey, Kate, and even more buddies to be announced will be getting together to hoist a mug of holiday cheer, interview each other in front of an audience, and maybe if everyone's been nice instead of naughty, sign some books. :) We'll also have a Secret Santa, and all of our creators' work will be available for sale at the event including comics, books, calendars, shirts, and more!

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

SECRET SANTA RULES:

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 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.