(Note: Information about the Tribute Tournament is on its way!)




The Beguiling & Udon Comics are proud to present…



The official launch of the new international art book.


Sunday, September 28th, 2008 @ 6PM

THE BEGUILING, 601 Markham Street, Toronto




All Ages, Free To Attend!



TORONTO, Ontario – Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the internationally adored video game series STREET FIGHTER, Canada’s premiere comics retailer The Beguiling and official Street Fighter publishers Toronto’s Udon Entertainment, are teaming up to throw a release party for UDON’s newest book, STREET FIGHTER: TRIBUTE! TRIBUTE is a monstrous book featuring all-new illustrations and text pieces from over 300 artists from around the world! 


The official TRIBUTE launch party will feature dozens of Canadian and international artists and authors signing and sketching for fans, including acclaimed Toronto comics creators Cameron Stewart, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Scott Hepburn, Alex Milne, Arthur Dela Cruz, Eric Kim and UDON creators and staff including Alvin Lee, Omar Dogan, Joe Ng, Christine Choi, Eric Vedder, Joe Vriens, Matt Moylan, Jim Zubkavich, Saejin Oh and many more! It’s going to be the biggest gathering of artists represented in the TRIBUTE book in the entire world, and whether you’re a current or lapsed fan of STREET FIGHTER you’ll find something to love at this launch.


“We know this isn’t your typical Beguiling event,” said Beguiling manager Christopher Butcher. “But Udon is a Toronto publisher, and we’ve enjoyed working with them over the years on various comics and manga projects. With the new TRIBUTE collection the Udon guys have outdone themselves, it’s a beautiful book and anything that publishes more than 50 Canadian cartoonists and illustrators in a single go? That’s something we can get behind!”


The STREET FIGHTER: TRIBUTE LAUNCH PARTY will also feature a Street Fighter II video game tournament (with prizes provided by UDON), and the evening will be capped off by a Street Fighter-inspired musical performance by Toronto rockers MACKENZIE KING (formerly known as OPG). For more info on the tournament, visit http://www.beguiling.com/streetfighter.


The STREET FIGHTER: TRIBUTE LAUNCH PARTY start at 6PM at The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, just around the corner from Honest Ed’s. The Street Fighter II tournament will take place beginning at 7PM at The Plum Room of Rocco’s Plum Tomato (just across the street from The Beguiling). MACKENZIE KING will play at The Central (right next to The Beguiling) beginning at 9PM.


All events are appropriate for all ages, and are completely free to attend.




STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE: Street Fighter: Tribute is a 320 page softcover book, featuring more than 300 artists from around the globe. It retails for $39.99CDN and will make its official international debut at the event.


MACKENZIE KING: Previously known as the band Ontario Power Generation until an untimely Cease & Desist put an end to them, Mackenzie King draw from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary rock to create their sound. They’ve done an amazing set covering classic Street Fighter II arcade theme music, in addition to a collection of very loud original songs. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/mackenzieking.


UDON ENTERTAINMENT: UDON is an award-winning Canadian-based publisher and art studio formed in 2000. In addition to publishing numerous and diverse works including original comics and graphic novels, Street Fighter and other Capcom-related material, and translating and publishing Japanese manga and Korean manwha for the North American market, they also provide high-quality creative services to the entertainment industry. Visit them online at http://www.udonentertainment.com/.


THE BEGUILING: For 21 years The Beguiling has been retailing the best in comics and graphic novels to the fine citizens of Toronto and around the world. They are the supporting sponsor of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, to be held May 9-10 2009 in Toronto, Canada. Visit The Beguiling online at http://www.beguiling.com.




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


For STREET FIGHTER or UDON queries, please contact Jim Zubkavich, Creative Direector for Udon Comics, jimzub@udoncomics.com.