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.

OCT 25: A Cat-tastic double book launch, with Koyama Press!


Featuring authors John Martz and Britt Wilson,
For their books
A Cat Named Tim & Cat Dad, King of the Goblins

Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 12pm – 2pm
@ Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Koyama Press will celebrate National Cat Day by launching two new kids books at Little Island Comics!

Join us as we fête John Martz’s A Cat Named Tim & Britt Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins. Both authors will be in attendance for this amazing event! Attendees will be invited to undertake awesome activities in unique activity books!

Meet the cartoonists! Read about cats! Have tons of fun! Yippeeeeeeee!

About the Books & Authors:

britt-catCat Dad, King of the Goblins
Miri and Luey have a dilemma. Their dad’s been turned into a cat and their closet is a garden full of goblins. There is only one thing for them to do — grab their friend Phil the frog and dive headfirst into a wild, woolly and wacky adventure.

Britt Wilson grew up in Brampton, Ontario. She attended both OCAD and Sheridan College, eventually graduating from Sheridan with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Illustration. Wilson published her first book Britt Wilson’s Greatest Book on Earth, a collection of her mini-comics, with Conundrum Press in 2012. She now lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and white cat.

martz-catA Cat Named Tim
In Tim’s world, a cat can paint on the ceiling and a happy pig couple can wait months for the bus. A duck and a mouse love to go flying, in a plane, of course. Every page is an adventure and each character is colorful in this collection of comics.

John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, Canada. He is the creator of the wordless online comic strip Machine Gum, and the illustrator of several picture books including Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First?(Quirk Books, 2013). His comics and illustrations have appeared in The Globe & Mail, MAD Magazine, Maisonneuve, and more. He won the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story for his comic book Gold Star (Retrofit Comics, 2012).



THIS WEEKEND! Meet the creators of GOTHAM ACADEMY, Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl!


GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 Launch Event
Featuring Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl!
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 – FREE To Attend!

12pm: Signing at Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
7PM: Party! at Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. 2F 

This Saturday, you’re invited to celebrate the launch of DC Comics’ GOTHAM ACADEMY #1, the newest and most unique comic book series set in Batman’s Gotham City–and the whole creative team will be on board for the party! GOTHAM ACADEMY illustrator Karl Kerschl, and writers Brenden Fletcher and Becky Cloonan, will all be on hand to celebrate the launch of the new series with us here at The Beguiling!

First up, they’ll be doing a dedicated signing session at Little Island Comics from Noon to 2pm. The whole team will be signing Gotham Academy #1, as well as a great selection of their other books including Abominable Charles Christopher, Demo, and more! Bring your books to get signed!

Then that evening at 7PM, come out to a party at Pauper’s Pub to celebrate the release and give the whole team a warm Toronto welcome! A short presentation will start at 7:30 (so don’t be late!). Books will be available for sale (and signed too!) but this is also a great chance to meet the creative team, and mix-and-mingle with other Toronto comic fans! Drinks will be served, refreshments provided, and a fun time will be had by all!

We’ll see you this Saturday!


ABOUT GOTHAM ACADEMY #1: Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman MAPS is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…


Comics Course: Words and Pictures: Appreciating the Graphic Novel

Hello folks! Looking for a great way ‘in’ to the medium of comics and graphic novels? Check out this course being offered by The University of Toronto between February and April, 2015. Open to everyone, it’s a good primer on the medium, its symbols, and how it all comes together to create something unique and new.

2981 Words and Pictures: Appreciating the Graphic Novel

Using Scott McCloud’s brilliant and visionary Understanding Comics as a guiding text, we will explore what makes the comic book medium so popular and unique. A variety of examples and genres will be studied such as Herge’s Tintin, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Alan Moore’s V For Vendetta. The medium of comics possesses magic and masterpieces all of its own; veteran enthusiasts and those desiring to explore a new cultural field are welcome to join us in its study. Work will consist of either analytical writing or creating one’s own comics.

Find out more at The University of Toronto Website.

New from Koyama: Deforge, French, Kyle, Martz, Wilson


Hey gang! We’ve just received a whole new batch of comics and books from hometown favourites Koyama Press!

First up, it’s their first two kids titles, Britt Wilson’s Cat Dad & The King of Goblins, and John Martz’s A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories.



Then, Michael DeForge brings us the next installment of his annual one-man anthology, with LOSE #6! It’s darned great!



New to the Koyama Press stable of creators is Beguiling fav Renee French with her graphic novel Baby Bjornstrand .


Finally, our pal Patrick Kyle has finished his new graphic novel Distance Mover! The collected edition is published by Koyama, and it’s beautiful, and we might even have some of the individual issues left in stock too if you’re curious…

Man, what a great week for comics this has been! :D

– Christopher



OCT30: OSCP Volume 6 Release Event with saicoink!


OSCP: Open Spaces and Closed Places
Volume 6 Launch Event with author saicoink
Thursday, October 30, @ 6pm (Talk at 7pm)
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Presented by The Beguiling!

The Beguiling is proud to present the release of OSCP V6, by saicoink. The long-awaited conclusion to the OSCP series (which we’ve been carrying for a really long time! :D ) will be celebrated with an on-stage talk and signing with the cartoonist.

You may be familiar with saicoink’s work through the volumes carried at The Beguiling, or through her exhibiting at TCAF for years now! We’re really excited for the conclusion of this  shonen-ai (oldschool!) series, with its distinct Suehiro Maruo influences.

Hopefully we see you early on the 30th for our event!

– Chris @ The Beguiling




LAUNCH PARTY! The Jewish Comix Anthology V1 October 16

JCAnthology Book Launch Party Poster 11x17 sample

You’re cordially invited!

The Jewish Comix Anthology V1 Launch Party!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 7PM-10PM
@ The Koffler Center of the Arts,
180 Shaw Street, Toronto (between Dundas & Queen)
Free to attend!

Please join us for what is sure to be a great celebration of The Jewish Comix Anthology Volume 1, a brand new collection of comix artwork featuring over 40 comics creators from around the world! Includes full stories and excerpts from creators including Art SPiegelman, Clifford Meth, Ernie Chau, Harvey Pekar, Koe Infurnari, Joe Kubert, Karen Katz, Miriam Libicki, Terry LaBan, Trina Robbins, Will Eisner and more!

The party will be a wonderful event showcasing original artwork from the book, with many of the creators on hand to discuss their contributions and sign their work. There will also be an on-stage discussion, live music, and refreshments too!

The Jewish Comix Anthology Volume 1 is currently available for sale at The Beguiling, and will also be available at the event.

See ya there!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

UPDATE: Event: Chilly Tales!
Book Launch Event October 23rd


Chilly Tales: Comics From The Canadian Undertundra – Book Launch and Party!
Featuring Cory McCallum, Matt Daley, Mark Connery, Wm Brian MacLean, Marta Chudolinska, Fiona Smyth, Keith Mclean, Noam Sussman, Dakota McFadzean, Robb Mirsky, Shira Haberman, and

Marc Bell.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 7PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Presented by The Beguiling – BOOK NOW IN STOCK!

The Beguiling is proud to present a launch party for CHILLY TALES, an anthology of Canadian independent and underground comic book artists and writers. The event will take place at The Central on October 23rd, featuring a dozen artists from the book!

About Chilly Tales: Featuring previously-unpublished works by a huge range of Canadian cartoonists, this book will not disappoint! The complete roster of artists includes:

Fiona Smyth, Keith McLean, Dakota McFadzean, Somya Singh, Elaine Will, Ian McMurray, Oliver Henry McTavish-Wisder, Ksenia Kozhevnikova, Josh Rosen, Marc Bell, Mark Connery, Josh Holinaty, Jesse Bochner, Jay Moysey, Colin Upton, Jeff Fenwick, Robb Mirsky, Rosena Fung, Angel Chen, Wm Brian MacLean, Shira Haberman, Noam Sussman, Marta Chudolinska, Drue Langlois, Myles Langlois, Jason Bradshaw, Hyein Lee, and Jordan Bursach.

Strap on your snowshoes and get down to The Beguiling. Slap down a mitten full of toonies and get yourself a copy of CHILLY TALES, a veritable Hinterland Who’s Who of Canadian underground art.

Thanks to 11th Dimension Press for supporting this event!


Event: Aaron Manczyk’s PANTHOR #1 Launch October 9


panthor_cover_1800PANTHOR #1 Book Launch 
Featuring author Aaron Manczyk
Thursday, October 9, 2014
@ The Central, 603 Markham St.
Presented by The Beguiling

From the author of “Cumlung” and “Strokes of Genius” comes his latest and greatest creation: PANTHOR. He’s a mercenary, and some bad men need him to do a an even worse job. He’ll do it, but on HIS terms. And there’ll be a whole lot of nude killing. Really, really nude.

Look, this is going to be a book launch, but there might also be wrestling? At least arm wrestling. And an interview. And PANTHOR.

You were warned.

– Chris @ The Beguiling




comix-spiegelmanArt Spiegelman: What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?
Monday, January 26, 2015 | 7 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema,
506 Bloor St W, Toronto
General $39, Students $29 

This winter, The Koffler Centre of the Arts will present a remarkable evening with Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator, comic book legend and author of Maus.

Tickets for this event, which are $39 General Admission, $29 for Students, are now on sale at The Beguiling (in-store only). All tickets purchased at The Beguiling will entitle the purchaser to $10 off the regular price of Spiegelman’s newest book, CO-MIX, an important and gorgeous career retrospective. Valid only at time of ticket purchase. Valid student I.D. required for Student Ticket pricing.

For more info visit: