EVENT: Seth & Michael DeForge at U of T March 4, 2017

MAKING HISTORY: The Cartoon Worlds of Seth
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, Room JH 100
170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
Free to attend

SETH · cartoonist · illustrator · book-maker · designer · model-builder · installation artist

For decades Seth has been making and re-making histories – often uniquely Canadian histories – while cultivating a distinctive graphic style that calls to mind a golden age of cartooning. In comics and illustrations, in published sketchbooks, in gallery installations, on New Yorker covers, Seth gives substance to an imagined past that hovers at the edge of memory.

The historical inventions and interventions of his work draw attention to the representation of the past, and in doing so reveal the amount of the artifice involved in the construction of history. By allowing his readers to explore a vividly rendered, materially rich collection of overlapping cartoon worlds, Seth makes tangible a complicated longing for the past.

Join Seth and fellow cartoonist Michael DeForge for a discussion about comics, world-building, and capturing the past.


Also featuring: short talks by Tom Smart, curator and author of Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography, and Andrew Lesk, editor for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and past president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics.


601 Markham Street Opening Hours Reminder

Hey there, just a quick update and clarification around our stores’ hours.

The Beguiling at 319 College will keep the same store hours as the previous location, meaning they will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11am to 7pm, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-9pm, and Sundays from 12noon to 6pm.

The old location at 601 Markham Street is now closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open 11am-7pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 12noon to 6pm on Sundays, until January 28th. Clearance sales on now (details elsewhere on this site).

Little Island Comics is now closed to the public. Some of it’s inventory will move to 601 Markham Street as part of the Clearance Sale, while a great selection of it will be made available at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, in the coming weeks.


  • Chris @ The Beguiling


From today until January 28th, The Beguiling will be offering a massive selection of comics, graphic novels, books, manga, and more at STEEP (and ever-increasing!) discounted prices in our 601 Markham Street location.

In addition to the sale prices listed below, we have MANY titles featured at even deeper discounts, some as low as a dollar. Look to our Twitter and/or Instagram for sale prices, or heck, just come see them yourself in-store!


  • All listed sale prices are for 601 Markham Street ONLY. 
  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment!
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item to any customer for any reason.  We probably won’t do this, but this is a straightforward disclaimer in case there’s any dispute about what is or isn’t on sale.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales.
  • “Regular Price” is determined as ‘Whatever the book would sell for not on Boxing Day, whether that’s Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • The Beguiling 601 Markham Street’s new store hours are:
    Monday & Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday to Saturday: 11a-7p. Sunday: 12p-6p.

These are GREAT books that we just won’t have space for in our new location, and we’re making some VERY attractive offers on these books so that we don’t have to move and/or store them somewhere.

The best selection overall is available now, so if you see something you want you might want to pick it up now for 50% off, rather than chancing waiting for it at 75% off and being disappointed!

We will be restocking the store as often as we can, so it’ll be worth your while to drop by every few days to unearth a new treasure!

We are entertaining all sorts of wholesale offers! That means you could show up one day and all of the Marvel trades, or all of the back issues, or who knows what could just be GONE, sold to another comics dealer! Come early, come often!

Buy next year’s Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday gifts NOW! Wasn’t it great giving comics and graphic novels as gifts for the holidays this year? There are seriously hundreds of truly excellent books available at 601 Markham Street right now. Why not pick up a bunch of comics for an incredible discount and do next year’s shopping early?

Final Week Details Will Be Announced Closer To The Date: We’re actually a little worried about selling literally everything before the final week, but if we don’t: don’t worry! We’ll make it worth your while to come back one more time.

Thanks for 30 years of the greatest comics in the world, 1987-2017!
Here’s to 30 more!


Hey everyone! The New Year is upon us and changes are afoot! It’s a good time to remind you as of this Wednesday, January 4th 2017, all new comics, graphic novels, and book product will begin to arrive at and be made available for sale at our new store on 319 College Street. Our store at 601 Markham will be open until January 28th, but will not be receiving any new product, and will just be used for some AMAZING clearance specials (details TBA).

The Beguiling at 319 College Street is only a 10 minute walk from the old store, and can easily be reached by either the College or Spadina streetcar lines! We hope to see you there every new comic book day, starting Wednesday January 4th.

Pullfile Customers:

We know that some of our customers, especially pull file customers, depend on the subway to get their comics.  In order to keep pullfile subscriptions as accessible as possible we’re offering pullfile pick up at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.  Page & Panel is located on the ground floor of the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, just a block North of Bloor Street and the Bloor/Yonge TTC.

If you are a pullfile customer and you want to move your pullfile to Page & Panel, just email chris@beguiling.ca with “Pull File Pickup at Page & Panel” in the subject line and we’ll make sure your new comics get there.  Please do so by Monday, January 2nd. Otherwise, your pullfile will be available at our 319 College Street location starting on the 4th.

If you’ve already let us know where you’d rather pick up your file, thanks! No further action is necessary on your part.

Thanks to everyone, and we hope to see you soon at any one of our locations!


The staff of The Beguiling

Holiday Hours and Store Opening info for The Beguiling, Little Island, and Page & Panel

Guess what? There are currently four stores now open to serve your comics-buying needs this holiday season, and into early 2017!

TL;DR Version: The Beguiling @ 601 Markham Street will remain open under regular operations until December 31st. Starting January 3rd, operations will move to the new location (now open!) at 319 College Street. Little Island’s last day is December 30th. From January 3rd to 28th, 601 Markham Street and 742 Bathurst Street will be used to liquidate older stock (details forthcoming).

This past weekend we did a ‘soft’ open for our new shop location at 319 College Street to get the ball rolling on our big move next month. It was a success and a good handful of friends and well-wishers came out to welcome us to Kensington Market, which is super nice! We’re slowly stocking, curating, and arranging the shop to make it a great place to visit. Oh, and it’s an accessible space as well, which is great. 🙂

BUT! The ‘official’ opening isn’t until January 3rd, and the majority of the stock (including new comics) still lives at 601 Markham Street, and it will until that date. Afterwards all regular operations, including pullfiles, will move to The Beguiling’s new location at 319 College Street (and Page & Panel, for those that requested it). The 601 Markham Street Location will be used to liquidate older stock from January 3rd to January 28th.

As for Little Island Comics, we’re very sad to say that it’s last day of regular operations will be Friday, December 30th. At that point much of the kid-focused stock will move to Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street, which will hopefully become a great new home for kids comics in the city of Toronto. We can’t really say enough about how important Little Island was, and how much it exemplified our overall mission statement to broaden the audience for comics. We hope that the generation of young readers we served there will continue to love and cherish this medium, and we’ll try to keep serving them at all future locations of the shop.

Finally, we’re happy to announce that Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop (which is actually a completely separate shop, run by TCAF) is doing well and will be open for years to come. If you haven’t been in a while (or haven’t been at all), Page & Panel is a great space filled with a unique array of comics and book items, apparel, merchandise, and more. It’s not quite like anything in the city, we recommend checking it out.

Alright! Now that you’re up to date about what’s going on at all three stores in general, here are the Holiday Hours through the first week of January…

Holiday Hours:

Until and including December 22nd: All stores operate on regular hours.
Fri Dec 23: 11am-9pm for 601, LI, and 319. 10am-8:30pm for P&P
Sat Dec 24: 11am-3pm for all stores.
Sun Dec 25: All Stores Closed
Mon Dec 26: Boxing Day! 10am-6pm for 601, LI, and P&P. 11am-5pm for 319
Tue Dec 27: Regular Hours All Stores
Wed Dec 28: Regular Hours All Stores
Thu Dec 29: Regular Hours All Stores
Fri Dec 30: Regular Hours All Stores. Little Island Last Day!
Sat Dec 31: 11am-6pm for 601. 10am-3pm P&P. LI & 319 are Closed.
Sun Jan 1: All Stores Closed
Mon Jan 2: All Stores Closed
Tues Jan 3: The Beguiling @ 319 College Street Grand Opening, 11am-7pm. P&P regular hours. Other store hours TBD.