Oct 6: Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War: Special Event at Toronto Reference Library


When Boys and Girls are Used in War
Special Talk at Toronto Reference Library
Tuesday, October 6th, 7pm-8:30pm
Atrium @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend. Tickets at Eventbrite.

Toronto Public Library presents Children’s Rights Advocate Michel Chikwanine as he shares his storyand how he and others are working toward ending the use of children in war. Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped by Congolese rebels and forced into warfare at the age of five. Child Soldier is the new graphic novel about his abduction, escape and life as a student and peace activist in Canada. With guest Jessica Dee Humphreys, co-author of Child Soldier, Claudia Davila, artist of Child Soldier, and a special introduction by humanitarian Lt. Gen (ret) Roméo Dallaire.

Q&A to follow. Books available for purchase courtesy of Page & Panel beginning at6pm. Cash or credit. This presentation is in partnership with Kids Can Press and Citizen Kid.

Ticket Holders: Doors open at 6 pm. As this event is free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. Ticket holder lineups for sold out events begin as early as 4pm.

Room Capacity: Based on fire code regulations the Atrium can accommodate seating for 400. Seating for ticket holders is on a first come, first served basis. Additional overflow seating, as well as standing room is available on the balconies of the other floors of Toronto Reference Library.

Oct 28: Craig Thompson talks Space Dumplins in Toronto!


Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins
Presentation and Signing
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 5:45pm to 8pm
@ PALMERSTON LIBRARY, 560 Palmerston Ave
Free to Attend

Presented by Little Island Comics

Little Island Comics is proud to welcome Craig Thompson, author of the new all ages graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS, to Toronto for a special event!

Craig will be presenting from Space Dumplins, his new graphic novel (published by the good folks at Scholastic Canada) on Wednesday, October 28th, at Palmerston Library! Craig will also be signing and sketching for fans, and it’s gonna be a fun event. While the new book is intended for a younger audience, fans of all ages are welcome to attend this free event.

Our thanks to Scholastic Canada, Toronto Public Library, and Drawn & Quarterly for helping us put this event together.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father’s life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, Space Dumplins weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

SUNDAY: The Comic Book History of Beer Book Launch & Author Talk!


EVENT: The Comic Book History of Beer Book Launch
With author Jonathan Hennessey!
Sunday, October 4th, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St. (Enter from Yonge St. doors)
Free to attend

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is thrilled to welcome Jonathan Hennessy, writer and researcher of the brand new graphic novel THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF BEER for the official Toronto Book Launch! Join Jonathan at Page & Panel on Sunday, October 4th, at 5pm, for a talk and signing!

This book has been getting RAVE reviews from NPR, Huffington Post, Food Republic and more, and it’s a fascinating subject too! Hopefully you can make it out for the event.

Please note, unfortunately no beer will be served on the premises. But! An official ‘after party’ will happen just down the street (location TBC) where we can all enjoy the fruits of the labours of the fine brewers who inspired this book’s creation.

The Comic Book Story of Beer is now available for sale at The Beguiling and Page & Panel.




The Fancy Video Game Party is a cool event, entering it’s second big year! This latest iteration is The Hand Eye Society Ball, evoking 8-bit dreams of class and glamour, and indie video games and booze and fun times. I got to go last year and it was a lot of fun, and I can highly recommend it as a cool evening of amazing stuff. Tickets are now on sale at the Hand Eye website (along with details about the event) but if you wanna try you’re luck, we’re giving away some tickets!


To enter to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to the Hand Eye Society Ball, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of this website, beguilingbooksandart.com), and send an email with your name, phone number, and “FANCYSCHMANCY” to  beguilingcontests@gmail.com before Wednesday, September 30th, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “FANCYSCHMANCY”, and must be sent to beguilingcontests@gmail.com.
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Wednesday, September 30th, at 11am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck! And remember to check out the website and facebook page for info about this excellent event!


– Chris @ The Beguiling

BAM – Check out our buddy Howie Shia’s new film at TIFF

Good news! Official Friend-of-The-Beguiling Howie Shia has his new short animated film screening at TIFF this year! The film is called BAM and we’ve seen it and it’s a great short. If you’re a TIFF-goer, BAM screens as part of “Short Cuts Programme 11,” so maybe go check it out?

BAM, a film by Howie Shia
Screening as part of Short Cuts Programme 11
Wed Sep 16, 10pm, Scotiabank 13
Sun Sep 20, 6pm, Scotiabank 11
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street West


Now Available: Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself!

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We’re happy to announce that we now have copies in stock of Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself. These Kickstarter Exclusive books are written by Greg Pak and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa, based on the songs by Jonathan Coulton. Both books are signed by Greg Pak, and both books come with signed posters as well! Princess also comes with a fun set of stickers!

These books and Many More will be in stock for our In-Store Signing with Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa next Tuesday, September 15th, from 5pm-7pm! Come on by and get your copies personalized, signed by Takeshi Miyazawa, and more!

More details at:  http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/code-monkey-save-world-greg-pak-takeshi-miyazawa-in-store-signing-september-15th/