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The Beguiling celebrates 25 years with panel of greats

Posted by Guest Contributor / November 13, 2012

Beguiling 25th anniversaryThe Beguiling comic book store hosted a talk between graphic novelists Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware last night at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema as part of the store's 25th anniversary celebrations. The almost-full house was treated to a thoughtful discussion, moderated by local cartoonist Seth, between the artists, about their motivations and inspirations in their careers, and how they see their occupation now as compared to how they thought it would be when they started their careers.

Beguiling 25th anniversaryOne interesting point was how all three have made frequent contributions to the New Yorker magazine, in large part due to a shared connection to (and respect for) the magazine's cover editor, Francoise Mouly, who worked previously for the influential comic magazine RAW - giving her a unique viewpoint and enthusiasm for cartoon covers.

Beguiling 25th anniversaryThe talk was followed by Burns, Tomine and Ware presenting slideshows of their work and discussing the process involved in creating it, sharing anecdotes along the way. The evening ended with an autograph session, the line for which snaked out into the lobby, leaving no doubt the event was a resounding success.

20121113-autos.jpgWriting and photos by Hamish Grant



William / November 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
No mention of the late start meaning that hundreds stood in the rain for 45 minutes? How about the sound problems meaning that the balcony couldn't hear the first have the event? How about that nobody had any idea where the signing was going to be held? Or the sudden "one signed book per author" that didn't get mentioned anytime previous to the event? Or that the Beguiling didn't say "Hey Chris Ware, maybe spending ten minutes talking to each person means we'll be here until 2am signing?" or the complete lack of anything resembling coherent organization?

Any chance of mentioning those things?
Pierre replying to a comment from William / November 13, 2012 at 01:34 pm
It's just comics, man. Chill out.
Hamish Grant / November 13, 2012 at 02:21 pm
1) yes it was raining but why didn't you bring an umbrella? It started raining mid-afternoon. I can only speak for myself - I arrived an hour early (and therefore stood for almost two hours before we were let in) and you don't see me complaining about the weather. It's November.

2) I don't work for The Beguiling or the Bloor Cinema so I can't speak for them, only for my reaction to the event. The sound was fine on the Mezzanine, I had no idea there were sound issues on the balcony level, as no one mentioned it to me. It was pretty cool of them to rejig the event so the talk happened first and the slideshows when they got the AV working. By all accounts we got more talk than was originally planned, so that was a bonus if you ask me.

3) I knew the signing would be on the stage because I asked one of the Beguiling's staff on the way in.

4) one signed book per author is reasonable given the hundreds who wanted autographs.

5) Chris Ware, while he has a rather unassuming and you might even say antisocial demeanor, is actually a very friendly and approachable guy. It is to his credit that he took the time to actually speak with his fans one by one, and stuck around to get the line done. Some authors set time limits or charge for autographs (ever been to FanExpo?) so the fact he was doing this essentially for free (as the $10 entry could be discounted from the purchase of any of their books) is pretty fucking cool if you ask me.

6) and yeah, what Pierre said.
glen soikie / November 15, 2012 at 05:15 pm
these guys just know how to get it done
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