2010 Harry Kremer Award Winning Store: The Beguiling

The following statement was written by Robert Haines – coordinator of the Harry Kremer Award.

The Beguiling is a multiple-year Kremer Award nominee, an Eisner-Award winning store that is often referred to as one of the best stores in North America.  Really, they were competing against themselves last year.

What did The Beguiling do in 2009 that was above and beyond what they normally do?

The largest reason behind The Beguiling being selected Outstanding Retailer of 2010 was for the fantastic and consistent job they did in promoting Canadian talent and really turning up their community presence and support with events such as Word On The Street, numerous book launches and in-store signings promoting the works of Canadian creative talent, working with Canadian publishers like Drawn & Quarterly and Conundrum Press, working with the Toronto Public Library system, and finally for the excellent Toronto Comic Arts Festival – 2009 was the year that the Festival moved into the Toronto Reference Library and was upgraded to an annual event.

The Beguiling
601 Markham St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 2L7
ph: (416) 533-9168 – fax: (416) 533-7313 – mail@beguiling.com
Owner: Peter Berkimoe
Manager: Christopher Butcher
Mon-Thurs 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday & Holidays 12:00PM – 6:00PM

From their website:
Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.

In its long history The Beguiling sponsored many book launches, author signings, readings, and other comics events with legendary creators including Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Jamie Hernandez, Neil Gaiman, Joann Sfar, and literally hundreds more. In 2003 several members of The Beguiling staff founded The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, bringing alternative and independent comics creators from around the world to Toronto to celebrate the best of comic art. The show continues to thrive, growing in size with each iteration.

The Beguiling is proud to act as the official art representative for dozens of talented comics artists, cartoonists, and illustrators. We sell original artwork from these cartoonists on a consignment basis, to ensure the majority of the proceeds go directly to them. Please visit our online art store at http://www.beguiling.com/artstore1a.asp.

The store regularly buys old comics published from the 1930’s up to the present day. New comic books come in every Wednesday, and new shipments of Japanese anime every Wednesday & Friday. New graphic novels arrive regularly, and thanks to our attention to detail and commitment to diversity, we receive many books before any other retail outlet. If you can’t find it anywhere else, The Beguiling probably has it, or can get it for you.

The Beguiling is located at 601 Markham Street, just west of Bathurst and south of Bloor on the same block as the Historic Honest Ed’s department store.
The closest TTC stop is Bathurst Station, on the Bloor Subway line.

For further directions to the store, why not try Google Maps? (Click here).

Space producer , writer and former Silver Snail store manager, Mark Askwith presents the Kremer Award to Beguiling manager Chris Butcher at the Joe Shuster Awards ceremony on June 5, 2010