Free comics, great creator signings, and more!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 11am-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend – Limit 5 Comics Per Person

The Beguiling and Page & Panel are happy to announce that they will be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a day where you can come to either shop and grab a few free comic books,¬†from a special selection of titles that we’ll have available on the day of (list below). And remember, this event is all about introducing new readers to comics, so if you can, bring a friend out, check out the new stores, make a day of it. ūüôā

But wait, there’s more!¬†We’re also super lucky to have some great creators who will be signing at both shops on Saturday, doing free sketches for folks and with their own books for sale (and some giveaways too!). Here’s the schedule:

Jason Loo has a new story in the Chapterhouse FCBD book!

The Beguiling

  • 11:00-2:00:¬†Meaghan Carter (Take Off!), Brian McLachlan & Son (Draw Out The Story), Andrew Wheeler (Freelance, Another Castle), and until Jason Loo¬†(Incredible Human-Lizard).
  • 2:00-5:00:¬†The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow

Page & Panel: 

  • 11:00-2:00:¬†The Creators of Toronto Comics Anthology: Steven Andrews, Shawn Daley, and Derrick Chow!¬†Plus Danny Zabbal (Life, Death, & Sorcery), and Andrew Sebastian Kwan (GEL).
  • 2:00-5:00: Caitlin Major (Space Pyrates), Kelly Bastow (Moosekleenex) & Luke Humphris (Luke at Sea).

See you Saturday, May 6th!

Check under the cut to see the list of comics available at both stores for Free Comic Book Day. While supplies last, of course…! This selection may not be available all day…!


SAT APR 29: Authors for Indies Day @ The Beguiling

Authors for Indies
Featuring Brian McLachalan and Claudio Ghirardo
Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 11am-4pm
@ The Beguiling, 319 College Street
Free to attend

The Beguiling Books & Art is joining in for its first Authors for Indies Day at the new shop location! Authors for Indies is an event where selected authors come hang out at independent book stores, and volunteer their time as store clerks, recommending great reads! We think The Beguiling is the first comics-focused book store to take part, ¬†and hopefully it’s something we’ll be able to do for years to come.

Participating authors:

Brian McLachlan, 11am-3pm: Brian is the¬†author of the young-person-oriented¬†Draw Out The Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics, and¬†What Noise Do I Make?,¬†a children’s picture book, both published by Owlkids. Brian has a wide range of taste in comics, and is just as happy suggesting great graphic novels for grownups as he is some of the best comics out there for younger readers.

Claudio Ghirardo, 3pm-4pm: A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc., Claydui Ghirardo contributed to small press zines before focusing on freelance illustration and then being a full time artist. He has his own monthly experimental webcomic, “UNTITLED” where he combines modern art with sequential storytelling. He publishes his own graphic novels/zines, and has contributed to numerous anthologies.

So we’ll see you this Saturday, April 29th! And we hope that wherever you are, you’ll stop by an Indie Bookstore, meet an author, and pick a book or two up!

  • Chris @ The Beguiling


MAY 1: Critical Crossroads with Douglas Rushkoff

Critical Crossroads with Douglas Rushkoff
Mon May 01, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Р8:00 p.m.
@ Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon
Free to attend. Tickets Required

Presented by Toronto Public Library and the Canadian Film Centre

One of todays most critically acclaimed media critics and theorists, Rushkoff discusses his new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, which explores the rise of new companies like Facebook and Google and why their successes have not translated into more equitable prosperity.

Rushkoff is also well known to comics fans for his many works, including this past October’s Aleister & Adolf (with Michael Avon Oeming), and Testament, and A.D.D. Adolescent Demo Division,¬† from Vertigo. This will be a great, free event! Page & Panel will be on-site doing book sales,¬†and although we’re not actually hosting it, we encourage you to attend!


MAY 12: TCAF KICK-OFF! Celebrating 25 Years of Image Comics!

TCAF Kick-Off: Celebrate 25 Years of Image Comics!
Friday, May 12th, Doors at 6pm, Event from 6:30pm-8:00pm
at Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Free tickets required! See ticket link below!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns for it’s 9th year to Toronto Reference Library, with a star-studded kick-off event! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of premiere U.S. comic book publisher Image Comics, the event will see an amazing panel discussion about the history, impact, and future of Image by some of their most famous cartoonists. Featuring Governeor General’s Award nominee Jeff Lemire (Secret Path, Royal City), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Sana Takeda (Monstress), Emma Rios (Island), Brandon Graham (Island, King City), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Kaptara), and more to be announced, in a rollicking discussion of where Image Comics has come from and where it’s going in the future! A signing will follow.

Tickets are required to attend. Tickets will be made available for FREE on Eventbrite starting Monday, April 17th, at 11:00am. Ticket link: Limit 2 per person.



TCAF and Seneca College present:

BLACK DOG: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean
Friday, May 12th, 2017, Doors at 8:30pm, Performance at 9:00pm

@ The Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge St
Tickets: $10. Purchase at

TCAF, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Seneca College are proud to present the incredible live performance of BLACK DOG: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean, as part of TCAF 2017. This special multimedia presentation will be performed by McKean, alongside bassist Matthew Sharp and Violinist Clare Haythornthwaite.

Traveling to Canada after its performances in England after being commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Black Dog ‚Äď The Dreams of Paul Nash is a multimedia performance and new graphic novel by illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean. Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK‚Äôs arts programme for the First World War centenary, McKean explores the work of Paul Nash, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, whose First World War experiences inspired him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power.

Doors will open at 8:30pm, with the performance scheduled to begin at 9:00pm. A short Q&A will follow, but there will be no signing at this event. Autograph opportunties will take place at the main Festival on Saturday May 13 and Sunday May 14, see for details.

‚ÄėI‚Äôd like to explore Paul Nash‚Äôs role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-/nightmare-like battlefields of the war. He used the landscape that he loved to try to deal with what he‚Äôd been through, and to try and find calm and solace beyond.‚Äô Dave McKean

This performance is presented by Seneca College, and by LICAF: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, with special thanks to Dark Horse Comics.

This presentation is part of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a citywide celebration of comics, graphic novels, and their authors. For more information and full festival programme, visit

APR 28: Jeff Lemire: Roughnecks and Redemption

Jeff Lemire: Roughnecks and Redemption
Book Launch for the new graphic novel
Friday, April 28, 2017, 7pm-8pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
Free to attend, tickets required

Presented by Toronto Public Library and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

From the bestselling graphic novelist and TCAF Featured Guest Jeff Lemire, author of Essex County, Underwater Welder, and Royal City, comes Roughneck, a story about a brother and sister who must come together after years apart to face the disturbing history that has cursed their family. Jeff Lemire will be interviewed on stage about his new graphic novel and career, in a special presentation in partnership with TCAF: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Tickets will be made available at starting April 7th at 9am. Event is free to attend.


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