All posts by Chris @ The Beguiling

Hi, I'm Christopher Butcher. I'm currently the Manager of Toronto's The Beguiling Books & Art, widely considered one of the best comic book stores in the world. I am also the co-founder and Festival Director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, an annual event promoting Canadian graphic novels and their authors. We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary on May 11th and 12th 2013, we hope you'll come visit.

EVENT: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v1 Launch! Featuring Ryan North!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power
Book Launch & Party with Ryan North
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 6pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend


The unlikely, unusual, unbeatable Squirrel Girl has been rocking comic book shops since its first issue premiered earlier this year, and now a great big book of her amazing adventures will make its debut on Wednesday, August 19th! To celebrate, we’re inviting series writer Ryan North to swing by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop that day for a party, and you’re invited!

  • Squirrel Girl Volume 1 will be available that day, featuring issues #1-4 plus the first-ever appearance of Squirrel Girl!
  • Issues 5, 6, 7, and 8 will also be available!
  • Light refreshments!
  • Party Atmosphere!
  • Surprises?

We’ll see you on Wednesday, August 19th in store at Page & Panel!


EVENT: Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators w/ Dave Ross – Book Launch & Free Drawing Class!

Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators
Book Launch & Free Drawing Class with Author/Artist Dave Ross
Friday, August 14th, 2015, 7pm-8:30pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street

9780385346238 (1)Veteran artist David H. Ross comes to Page and Panel: The TCAF Shop to launch his new book: Freehand Figure Drawing For Illustrators! Perfect for the beginner just starting to learn their craft, and the working artist needing to draw figures without the reference point of a model, the book takes you through Ross’ techniques for learning to draw figures quickly, covering topics including posture, motion and the difference between male and female physique.

At 7pm, join us in Toronto Reference Library’s Beeton Auditorium for a FREE drawing class led by David Ross himself, featuring lessons from the new books, alongside a slideshow and Q&A session.

At 8pm, we’re moving to Page & Panel (just across the Atrium) to hang out with Ross, grab a copy of his book and get it signed!

ABOUT DAVID H. ROSS: David H. Ross is a comics veteran who has had numerous works published by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse, as well as other great comic publishers. He has run comics and illustration workshops for many years, and is co-coordinator and instructor of a 3-year Sequential Arts Diploma program at the Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design in Toronto.



The Beguiling is hiring!

The Beguiling is hiring!

We are currently accepting résumés (electronic only – no paper copies, please!) for two positions. If you have ever dreamed of working at an awesome comic book shop, read on and see if these jobs might be right for you! Please apply no later than Friday, July 31st.

(Please note: If you have previously submitted a resume to The Beguiling, please re-submit electronically for these two openings.)

Position #1: Receiver/Inventory Wrangler

Position Description:

The primary responsibility of this position is to manage the incoming product for our stores, across our retail and warehouse locations. The person in this position will receive boxes from couriers, unpack shipments and reconcile them against publisher invoices, and enter the inventory into our computer systems in a timely fashion. This is a position that requires lots of attention to detail, and the ability to multitask. The person in this position will be required to liaise with booksellers at several locations in order to prioritize their work in a way that aligns with the needs of the business as a whole.

The person in this position may occasionally be assigned regular retail sales/customer service duties. Additional tasks and responsibilities may also be assigned.

Position Requirements/Qualifications

  • retail experience, especially in comics or books
  • heavy lifting
  • familiarity with excel
  • general knowledge of and interest in comics/graphic novels/manga
  • proactive communication skills

In addition, the following are assets

  • -driver’s license
  • -proficiency in (a) language(s) other than English, especially French or Japanese

This position is full-time and available immediately. We are flexible with hours, but the person in this position will be subject to a vacation blackout through April and May each year. Interested applicants should apply via email to Andrew Woodrow-Butcher ( with a résumé.

Position #2: Library Services Associate

Position Description

The primary responsibility of this position is selling comics, graphic novels, and manga directly to school and public library customers, both in person and via email. This is a people- and product knowledge-focused position that also requires a great amount of attention to detail. The Library Services Associate will be able to assess the suitability of books for different ages, reading levels, and different types of libraries. In addition to working with librarians and educators, the successful applicant will regularly work at Little Island Comics as a bookseller.

Position Requirements/Qualifications

  • retail or sales experience (especially in comics or books) and/or library/education experience
  • heavy lifting
  • familiarity with Microsoft Excel
  • general knowledge of and interest in comics/graphic novels/manga/childrens or YA books
  • proactive communication skills
  • driver’s license

In addition, the following are assets

  • proficiency in (a) language(s) other than English, especially French or Japanese
  • qualifications/degrees in Information Studies, Library Science, Library Technology, Education

This position could be full- or part-time for the majority of the year, but is full-time during November, April, and May, and subject to a complete vacation blackout during April and May. We are flexible with hours, and the position is available immediately. Interested applicants should apply via email to Andrew Woodrow-Butcher ( with a résumé.


From Thursday July 23rd through  Saturday August 1st

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are happy to announce a special sale! Starting today, Thursday July 23rd, and continuing through Saturday August 1st, all manga published by Yen Press are “Buy 2, Get the 3rd volume Free*!” This affects all manga volumes that Yen publishes, from the newly-released AWKARD by Svetlana Chmakova, to hits like Yotsuba, Kingdom Hearts, Sword Art Online and Spice and Wolf! We’re pretty excited to be able to offer this to you, and we hope you’re able to take advantage of it!


* Fine Print & Rules:

  • Yen Press novels and/or ‘light novels’ are not part of this special. Only manga.
  • Yen Press art books are not part of this special. Only manga.
  • The free manga must always be the one with the lowest regular price, as listed in our database. e.g.: If a customer is purchasing three manga, and two are priced at $13.99 and one is $12.99, the $12.99 manga will be the one that is free.
  • Please note that printed Canadian cover prices have changed dramatically over the past several years on Yen Press books. The printed price may not reflect the price in our system, and our system price is the exact, current Canadian cover price as charged by Yen Press, so that’s the price we’ll be using. Please ask ahead of time if you’re unsure.
  • Special pricing begins Thursday, July 23rd, and ends Saturday, August 1st (inclusive).
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales.
  • No putting anything on hold.
  • No raincheques.

EVENT: Ladies Night @ Page & Panel, Saturday July 25th 7pm


Ladies Night
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, inside Toronto Reference Library
Saturday, July 25th, 7pm to 9pm
Special Event RSVP on Facebook

PPlogo2Comic Shop Ladies Night is a quarterly social, community building and networking event. We are so excited to have our summer Ladies Night at Page & Panel!

We invite all ladies to come out and share your love of comics, games, shows, books, movies & pop culture! We look forward to seeing old faces and new ones, catching up on projects and pursuits, and relaxing together with awesome nerdy women!

Page & Panel is located on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Enter off of Yonge Street, just north of the main library entrance.

Note from The Beguiling: Hey folks! We’ve been asked a bunch about hosting a Ladies Night event at The Beguiling, following on some of the great events that have been happening at comic shops around North America. Well our pals over at Page & Panel are working with the Ladies Night Social Group to host just such an event this Saturday evening! We hope that some of the many folks who’ve been hoping for such an event with us will swing by P&P, which is an absolutely great space for an event like this thanks to it being accessible, with access to washrooms and centrally located at Yonge & Bloor.

EVENT! VALOR Book Launch & Creator Signing, Sunday July 19!

Valor Launch Party
with many creators in attendance!
Sunday, July 19th, 12pm-2pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
FB Event:

valorcoverTORONTO! Join the creators of VALOR, the brand-new comics anthology about courageous heroines in this special launch event!

Pick up a copy of your own (HC and SC available!) and meet the authors, artists and editors who bring you 200+ pages of kick-butt adventures!

VALOR Creators at the event will include Megan Kearney (Beauty and the Beast), Katie and Shaggy Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), and Meaghan Carter (Take Off), as well as editors Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon (Namesake).

An amazing book that was previewed (and sold-out!) at TCAF. Don’t miss this event!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

San Diego Comic-Con Limited Edition Exclusives Now In Stock

Hey variant and rare comics fans! We went to San Diego Comic Con, and we brought back a boatload of convention exclusive comics! We also got a bunch of other variants too. All titles are now available in store on a first-come, first-served bases, and are generally priced at the price they were sold for at Comic Con. Prices available in store. Quantities are extremely limited on all titles.



Skybound 5th Anniversary Comic Box Set – Rare B&W Variants
This limited edition box set includes 10 Skybound #1 issues, each featuring a special 5th anniversary cover treatment.  BONUS! Our box-set had the EVEN RARER B&W covers! Titles include: THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, THIEF OF THIEVES, GHOSTED, MANIFEST DESTINY, BIRTHRIGHT, SUPER DINOSAUR, CLONE, WITCH DOCTOR and OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA. The box set also comes with a Skybound branded flash drive loaded with digital collections of these titles’ first volumes.


Invader Zim “Truthshrieker” Zine
A brand-new zine, set in the world of Invader Zim (and ‘created’ by Dib), this zine was not available in comic stores and is absolutely essential for any Zim fan!



Walking Dead #144 & Outcast #10 Skybound Comic-Con Exclusive Variants, and Black and White Editions
Hey Walking Dead #144 came out last week and it was CRAZY. Outcast #10 was crazy too. Well we got the limited edition Comic-Con variants, and then we got some other super-crazy-rare B&W variants as well.

Adventure Time Fionna & Cake Card Wars #1 PX Cover
Adventure Time Fionna & Cake Card Wars #1 SDCC Exc Cover
A-Force #2 Comixology Cover
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2 RRP Variant
Bob’s Burgers #1 PX Cover
Chew #50 Image/SDCC Variant
Civil War #1 PX Minimates Cover (SW)
Convergence #1 1:100 Capullo Cover
Darth Vader #1 ComicsPro Variant
Darth Vader #7 PX Cover
Donald Duck #1 IDW/SDCC Variant
Fight Club #1 – Signed by Chuck Pahlaniuk
Ghostbusters Get Real #1 IDW/SDCC Variant
Godzilla in Hell #1 IDW/SDCC Variant
Groot #2 Sketch Variant
Injection #3  Image/SDCC Variant
Invader Zim #1 Oni/SDCC Variant
Invader Zim #1 PX Cover
Invader Zim “Truthshrieker” Zine
Justice League of America #2 – Bryan Hitch RRP Wrap Variant
Kaijumax #1 – Image/SDCC Variant – SIGNED
Lando #1 Skottie Young Baby Cover B&W Edition
Mickey Mouse #1 – IDW/SDCC Variant
Multiversity #1 Morrison Sketch Variant
Mythic #2 – Image/SDCC Variant
Onyx #1 – IDW/SDCC Variant
Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta #10 – Skybound/SDCC Cover
Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta #10 – Skybound/SDCC Rare B&W
Rebels #1 Dark Horse/SDCC Cover
Rick & Morty #1 Oni/SDCC Cover
Sandman #1 1:200 Cover
Sandman #1 1:100 Cover
Secret Wars #4 PX Minimates Cover
Shutter #13 Image/SDCC Cover
Spire #1 Boom 10th Anniversary Cover
Star Trek Green Lantern #1 IDW/SDCC Cover
Star Trek Green Lantern #1 PX Cover A
Star Trek Green Lantern #1 PX Cover B
Strange Fruit #1 Boom 10th Anniversary Cover
Starve #2 Image/SDCC Cover
Superman Unchained #1 1:200 Jim Lee B&W Cover
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April #1 IDW/SDCC Cover
Transformers #42 Combiners IDW/SDCC Cover
Transformers MTMTE #42 Combiners IDW/SDCC Cover
Transformers Windblade #4 Combiners IDW/SDCC Cover
Transformers Combiner Hunters #1 IDW/SDCC Cover
Walking Dead #144 Skybound/SDCC Color Variant
Walking Dead #144 Skybound/SDCC Rare B&W Variant
Walking Dead #1 Gilbert Hernandez Color Cove
Walking Dead #1 Gilbert Hernandez B&W Cover
X-Men ’92 PX Cover
PX= Previews Exclusive

Outcast Volume 1 Ltd. Ed. HC
Walking Dead Compendium V1 Ltd. Ed. HC
Walking Dead Compendium V2 Ltd. Ed. HC (1st ptg)

SF 25: Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Ltd Ed. Akiman HC

Krypto Plush PX
DC Comics Blueline Edition Jim Lee SDCC Exclusive Figure

Walking Dead SDCC Exclusive Crossbow
Walking Dead SDCC Exclusive “Lucille” Baseball Bat

And finally, we got some nice advances of The Art of Suda 51 from Last Gasp, don’t miss it!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Event: Friends of The Merril SF/Anime Flea Market Sept 12

Sending this out on behalf of the Friends of the Merril…

Friends of the Merril SF/Anime Flea Market – Sept. 12th

Merril-Banner-SnippetThe Friends of the Merril Collection present our annual SF/Anime Flea Market, one-stop shopping for your genre bric-a-brac needs. We’ll have books, comics, DVDs, VHS, collectibles, games, costume supplies, you name it!…

The Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 12th, from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (please note the location).

Admission is FREE!! Come and shop!

If you have items you wish to sell, please contact Donald Simmons at for table fees. Space must be reserved in advance.

The Friends of the Merril Collection help support the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy, a public-access Special Collection located in the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Libraries.

Check out the Friends at


The Beguiling is proud to announce that it will begin selling the original comics artwork of

Marian Churchland
(Beast, 8house)

Brandon Graham
(King City, Prophet, Multiple Warheads)

Original Art Sales Begin Today, July 1st
Including the brand-new 8house #1: Arclight, released today

8houseArclight01-2x3-300July 1st: The Beguiling is proud to officially announce that it is now representing the original comics art sales of acclaimed Canadian comics creator Marian Churchland, and creator and Canadian transplant Brandon Graham in its art store. This announcement happily coincides with the release of the pair’s newest collaborative effort, 8house #1: Arclight, published today by Image Comics, with originals from the issue already available for sale at


Brandon Graham is probably best known for his signature graphic novels King City and Multiple Warheads, which he wrote and illustrated, and for his reimagining of the Image comic Prophet, which he wrote and drew along with a top team of international artists. His newest projects, the anthology-series Island (launching later this month) and the open-world speculative-fiction series 8house (debuting today) continue to deliver everything his fans have come to love about his work, and then some!


Joining Brandon for the debut of 8house today is the supremely talented artist Marian Churchland. Creator of the original graphic novel Beast for Image comic, Churchland has also contributed art to series including Elephantmen, Northlanders, Madame Xanadu, and is also co-creating the upcoming series From Under Mountains, due to debut in September 2015.

Speaking of 8house, Marian Churchland has fully illustrated the first two issues of the series, and has made almost all of the original artwork for the first issue available for sale! In addition, Churchland has provided art from several personal projects, and her work on Vertigo’s Northlanders, and it is all currently available in the art store. Brandon Graham has provided a selection of pages from his projects including King City, Multiple Warheads, Prophet, and more, which are now available for sale.

So head over to to see all of the available pages by both of these fantastic artists, and look forward to seeing even more in the weeks to come!

The Beguiling would like to thank Robin McConnell of Inkstuds for all of his help getting the art together. Check out his regular podcast at, it’s great, and Chris is on it occasionally.