The Beguiling announces two graphic novel release events

Official Press Release

Fresh from the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Funny Pages, cartoonist JASON, who launches his new graphic novel POCKET FULL OF RAIN Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 @ 8PM THE CENTRAL, 603 Markham Street, Toronto FREE


Book launch with Toronto author BLAKE BELL Wednesday, June 18th 7PM-9PM Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., Toronto FREE

TORONTO: The Beguiling specialty bookstore is proud to present two great graphic novel events this June, appealing to the vast breadth of graphic novel aficionados in the city of Toronto! The first event features acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist JASON--currently serializing his newest work in The New York Times Magazine--as he comes to Toronto to launch his new work POCKET FULL OF RAIN. RAIN is a collection of early works by Jason, defying genre and style and showing his development into the internationally acclaimed author he is today. Jason will be interviewed on his life and career in an audio/visual presentation by The Beguiling's Peter Birkemoe at The Central, located directly adjacent to The Beguiling, on Tuesday June 10th at 8PM.

Then, the following week, The Beguiling will be working with The Toronto Public Library and The Merril Collection to officially launch THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO, the first-ever biography of the reclusive co-creator of SPIDER-MAN! Toronto author and comics historian Blake Bell has exhaustively researched the life and career of Ditko, and it's on every page of this lavishly illustrated book. Bell will be on hand to launch the book with an audio/visual presentation of Ditko's artistic career on Wednesday, June 18th at 7PM at the Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St. (at Spadina).

In addition to the book launch and presentation, we are proud to announce that U.K. television and radio personality Jonathan Ross, who debuted his hour-long "IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO" documentary on the BBC last September, has granted us the rights to show the documentary at the Toronto event! This will be the first official screening in Canada, and attendees will get to view it for free!


POCKET FULL OF RAIN: This multifaceted anthology collects over 25 stories from the first decade of Jason's career, including his remarkable calling card, the novella-length thriller "Pocket Full of Rain," which has never before been published in English. Like a number of his initial stories, "Pocket" is actually drawn with realistic human beings instead of blank-faced animal characters -- a true revelation for Jason fans. The book reveals a young cartoonist experimenting with styles, working through his obsessions (love, loneliness, film, Hemingway) and paying tribute to his cartooning heroes (Wolverton, Moebius, Pratt). "Pocket Full of Rain" is published by Fantagraphics Books and is prices at $19.99. The book will be available for sale at the event and afterwards from The Beguiling and better bookstores everywhere.

THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO: Steve Ditko is best known as the co-creator, with Stan Lee, of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and other classic Marvel and DC characters. But, in the context of Steve Ditko's 50-year career in comics, his creative involvement with Spider-Man is merely the tip of the iceberg. "Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko" is a coffee table art book tracing Ditko's life and career, his unparalleled stylistic innovations, and his strict adherence to his philosophical principles, with lush displays of obscure and popular art from the thousands of pages of comics he's drawn over the last 55 years. It is $39.99 and published by Fantagraphics Books. The book will be available for sale at the event and afterwards from The Beguiling and better bookstores everywhere.


For event queries please contact Christopher Butcher at The Beguiling, 416-533-9168 or chris@beguiling.com.

For author inquiries including interviews and sample copies, please contact Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books, at 206.524.1967 x218, or reynolds@fantagraphics.com.

This event is made possible with the gracious support of The Merril Collection, The Toronto Public Library, and Fantagraphics Books.

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