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.

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



SEP22: The Wrenchies Release Party with Farel Dalrymple!


THE WRENCHIES – Release Party
With author Farel Dalrymple!
Monday, September 22, @ 7PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Free to attend!

Presented by The Beguiling & First Second Books

Come one, come all, to fête Farel Dalrymple, author of one of this fall’s most confounding and excellent graphic novels, The Wrenchies, in a special event presented by The Beguiling!

Farel will be in Toronto this Monday, September 22nd, touring this excellent and highly-regarded new metatextual work. He’ll be doing a presentation from the book, answering questions about it, and just generally being charming and insightful. Farel is the author of Pop Gun War and Smith’s Adventures in the Supermundane and It Will All Hurt, and also teamed with Jonathan Lethem to illustrate Omega The Unknown for Marvel Comics! He’s an amazing talent!

If you haven’t read The Wrenchies yet: DO! It’s a post-apocalyptic piece of sci-fi, and a superhero book, and a story about how an awkward young man interacts with superhero books, and a story about creating a work that literally must echo through the ages in order to save the world, and save the author. It’s difficult and has a great energy and we’re really excited about it (can you tell?).

See you Monday!



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




SEP 20: Eric Orchard launches ‘MADDY KETTLE’ at Little Island!


Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch
Canadian Launch and Art Show, with author Eric Orchard!
Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 12pm-2pm
@ Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Little Island Comics is delighted to host the Canadian launch of Toronto cartoonist Eric Orchard’s first full-length graphic novel, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch. Eric will be signing copies of his new book and doing a live drawing demonstration for kids at Little Island Comics on Saturday, September 20th. Original art from Maddy Kettle will be on display for your enjoyment! Hooray!

About Maddy Kettle:
Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents’ bookstore… especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats! Now Maddy’s on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she’ll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more… Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They’ll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy’s courage, compassion, and creativity. Full of surprises and stunning artwork, Maddy Kettle is a truly magical debut for Spectrum-Award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard. Climb aboard and let your imagination soar!


TONIGHT! John Porcellino launch & film screening! 9:15PM


A Night with John Porcellino + King Cat Comix
Book Launch & Film Screening
Presented by The Beguiling, D&Q,  and Hot Docs Bloor Cinema

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, @ 9:15PM
@ Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W.
$$: Standard Bloor Cinema Admission

Come one, come all, to celebrate the King Cat himself, John Porcellino. John will be in town to launch his new graphic novel The Hospital Suite from Drawn & Quarterly, and to be fetted in the new documentary about his life, ‘Root Hog or Die.’

The evening will feature a slideshow presentation from the book by John, a screening of the film, a moderated Q&A, and a book signing too! It’s gonna be a great night. Tickets are available through Hot Docs Bloor Cinema, or at the door.

This is going to be an amazing evening, don’t miss out!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

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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

Mirvish Village Sidewalk Sale Sep 20-21, Feat: The Beguiling & Little Island

Mirvish Village Sidewalk Sale Poster

Mirvish VIllage Sidewalk Sale
Featuring The Beguiling & Little Island
Saturday Sept 20 & Sun Sept 21, 10am-4pm
601 Markham Street and environs….

The Beguiling & Little Island will be participating in the Mirvish Village Sidewalk Sale! It’s taking place Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st, from 10am to 4pm each day. We’ll have a bunch of special deals on all manner of product, so swing by and say hello!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Event: Chilly Tales!
Book Launch Event October 23rd


Chilly Tales: Comics From The Canadian Undertundra
Book Launch and Party!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 7PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Presented by The Beguiling

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 some of the many artists featured in 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 to your nearest comic book store. 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