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Featuring artist Chip Zdarsky
Wednesday, April 16, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Stree
Free To Attend, Not At A Sex Club

So, here’s the deal. Sex Criminals is the bestselling comic at The Beguiling right now, because it’s EXCELLENT. We’ve sold lots of copies of every issue, we’re still selling the first issue for people who are discovering the series late! Well, now there’s a collected edition (“trade paperback”) of the first five issues coming out, so if you’re one of the very few people who haven’t read it, now’s your opportunity to come pick and up. It’s only $9.99. And as a special treat, you can get your copy signed by series artist and co-creator and our pal Chip Zdarsky.

It’ll be new comics day, and it’ll be a MADHOUSE, but what the heck, right?

We’re all going for drinks after too, you can ask Chip secrets.

See you there!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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Free Comic Book Day 2014 @ The Beguiling and Little Island Comics!

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Free Comic Book Day 2014
Saturday, May 3rd, 12pm-6pm
Teen/Adult Comics @ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Kids Comics @ Little Island Comics, 752 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

save-the-date-120x240The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are proud to be participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014, happening Saturday, May 3rd, from noon to 6. For those of you who aren’t familiar, we’ll be giving out specially created comic books, free, all day, usually in front of The Beguiling and in the event space at Little Island.

AT THE BEGUILING: This year, The Beguiling is proud to welcome two of the creators that are doing official Free Comic Book Day Books, Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree, and Tom Scioli, writer/artist of GI Joe vs. Transformers. Both creators will be signing and sketching their FCBD books for fans from 12pm-6pm (with a few breaks in there), and copies of both of their books will also be available for sale.  The Beguiling will also have a great selection of other FCBD books for teens and adults on hand!

AT LITTLE ISLAND COMICS: Meanwhile, over at Little Island Comics, they will be having their own Free Comic Book Day event for the younger set! Little Island will be welcoming special guest author Eric Orchard, whose book Maddy Kettle is featured in and on the front cover of Top Shelf Kids Club 2014! Eric’s final signing schedule is TBA. All of the kid-oriented FCBD books this year will be available at Little Island Comics.

We’re hoping to add even more great comic book creators to this outstanding line-up, so please pay attention to The Beguiling and Little Island blogs for more info! See you on Free Comic Book Day!



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HELLBOY DAY @ THE BEGUILING – w/ Tonci Zonjic, Lobster Johnson Artist (BOOK SALE UPDATE!!!)


w/ Tonci Zonjic, Lobster Johnson Artist
Saturday, March 22nd. 2pm-4pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

The Beguiling is proud to welcome Tonci Zonjic, artist of the Hellboy title LOBSTER JOHNSON, for a special signing at the store in honour of HELLBOY DAY, March 22nd!

Tonci Zonjic will be signing and sketching from 2pm-4pm on the second floor of The Beguiling. In honour of this event (and Hellboy Day!) we will be offering specials on Hellboy comics and graphic novels all day! See in-store for details.

Our thanks to Mr. Zonjic and Dark Horse Comics for helping set up this event!


In honour of Hellboy Day, we’ve put some great Hellboy-related books on sale (plus one that’s similar but different). Get ready to save some money on your favourite new holiday!

  • Hellboy The Art of The Movie……….$2!!!
  • Assorted Hellboy Novels………………$2!!!
  • The Art of Sin City……………………….$3!!!
  • The Art of Hellboy……………………….$5!!!
  • Hellboy Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction….$5!!!

These deals are as hot as the fiery pits from whence Hellboy came.

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Michael DeForge Launches Ant-Colony


Featuring author Michael DeForge
Monday, January 27th, 7PM
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend

On Monday, January 27th, at 7pm, join The Beguiling and Drawn and Quarterly for the launch of Michael DeForge’s darkly existential graphic novel Ant Colony! In just a few short years, DeForge’s singular, idiosyncratic style has made him an important new voice in alternative comics. Here, he will present a slideshow with a signing to follow.

Ant Colony follows the denizens of a black ant colony under attack from the nearby red ants: from its opening pages, DeForge immerses the reader in a world of false prophets, unjust wars, and corrupt police officers. On the surface, Ant Colony tells the story of this war, the destruction of a civilization, and the ants’ all-too-familiar desire to rebuild. Underneath, though, Ant Colony plumbs the deepest human concerns – loneliness, faith, love, apathy, and more. DeForge’s striking visual sensibility – stark lines, dramatic color choices, and brilliant use of page and panel space – stands out in this volume.

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Ant Colony Looks Great!



Oh man!

We got in an advance copy of Michael DeForge’s ANT COLONY and it looks soooooo good! It’s a nice big hardcover and the art looks great at this size! We’re so excited for the launch party on the 27th! We hope you are coming so you can buy a copy of your very own…!

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Featuring author Michael DeForge
Monday, January 27th, 7PM
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend

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Manga-ka Nao Yazawa coming to Toronto!


Japanese manga artist, Nao Yazawa, will visit Toronto between February 15th and March 1st, to host a series of Japanese Language courses, drawing workshops, lectures and more!

Yazawa-sensei’s activities will take place at The Japan Foundation, Toronto. Please visit for more information as it becomes available.

About Nao Yazawa
Nao Yazawa is a Japanese manga artist. She is most well known for her manga series Wedding Peach (1994-96), which was adapted into an anime series. Currently her manga series Moon & Blood is being released in English from DMP.

NYazawa_Announcement1 - PDF of Announcement

The Beguiling looks forward to welcoming Yazawa-sensei to Toronto!

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Michael DeForge Ant Colony Tour Poster




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SATURDAY! Jim Zub signs Samurai Jack #1 Exclusive!


The Beguiling Presents:

Featuring series writer Jim Zub
12pm-3pm, Saturday, December 7th, 2013
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

“Writer Jim Zub and artist Andy Suriano work in perfect harmony to deliver a comic that captures the distinct tone of the series to the point where you might wonder if this is secretly a lost script from Tartakovsky himself.” - IGN Comics

SAMURAI JACK IS BACK! The beloved animated series has returned in a new monthly-comic book series written by Toronto’s own Jim Zub, and it’s already drawing rave reviews! In fact, the first issue has already completely sold out and is going to a second printing!

Now, what you might not know is that The Beguiling has commissioned an EXCLUSIVE cover to this first issue, by none other than Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, available only at our store! So on December 7th, make your way down to The Beguiling to meet Jim Zub himself, and pick up a copy of The Beguiling’s EXCLUSIVE Samurai Jack #1 first printing cover!

Jim Zub will be signing and sketching Samurai Jack #1 and all of his various comics issues on the second floor of The Beguiling from 12pm to 3pm. Jim is also the writer and creator of the series’ Skullkickers and Makeshift Miracle, the writer of the monthly Pathfinder comics series, and recently wrote Shadowman #11, among other works!

Samurai Jack #1 – Beguiling Edition will be on sale for the special price of $3.99 at this event.

Jim Zub’s recent work includes: 

Makeshift Miracle (Graphic Novel)
Pathfinder #1-11 & Special
Pathfinder V1
Samurai Jack #1-2
Shadowman #11
Skullkickers #1-24
Skullickers V1-4
Skullkickers Treasure Trove V1-2
Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1-4 & Collection

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It’s The Beguiling, Dinosaur Comics, Hark A Vagrant!, A Softer World, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, Holiday PARTY 2013!

dinocomics_holiday-2013The (fourth annual) Beguiling, Dinosaur Comics, Midas Flesh, Hark, A Vagrant!, A Softer World, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, HOLIDAY PARTY 2013!
Featuring Ryan North! With special guests Kate Beaton and Joey Comeau! Plus Surprise Guests!
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
7:30pm-10pm, doors at 7pm
@ Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor

Woo-hoo! We’re thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual Dinosaur Comics & The Beguiling Holiday PARTY and Book Launch, featuring our good friend Ryan North! This year we’ll be celebrating the release of his new comic book series THE MIDAS FLESH (as well as his work on Adventure Time and Dinosaur Comics), and our cartooning friends Joey Comeau (A Softer World, Bravest Warriors) and Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!) will be on hand for fun and shenanigans! It’s the Wednesday night you’ve been waiting for all year!

Ryan, Kate, Joey, and Surprise Mystery Buddies will be getting together this year for some holiday cheer, there will be interviews and possible a game, and I hear they might sign some books too. Nothing better than signed books for special Holiday-time gifts! The Beguiling will be on hand with all sorts of stuff available for sale at the event, including comics, books, and more!

Oh, and we’re doing Secret Santa again this year, keep reading for details!

All of this is happening Wednesday, December 18th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W., near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there!



We’re holding a SECRET SANTA at this event! Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one has to if they don’t want to because choice is important!

If you would like to participate:
- Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of no more than $5.
- Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
- At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
- Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.


The Beguiling is Canada’s premier retailer of comics, graphic novels, manga and more, and has been for for 25 years! You are on their site right now!

kb_sqKate Beaton is the creator of the webcomic Hark, A Vagrant!, which has a book collection of the same name which spent a whole lot of time on the New York Times Bestseller List. Beaton has also done work for The Walrus, The New Yorker, and many other outlets.

jc-sqJoey Comeau is the author of many fine prose books including Lockpick Pornography and One Bloody Thing After Another. He is half of the team who creates the webcomic A Softer World, and is currently writing the comic book series Bravest Warriors, based on the cartoon by Pendleton Ward.

1474519_10153551581670475_2005532823_nRyan North is a cool dude. He creates the comic strip Dinosaur Comics, writes the comic Adventure Time based on the cartoon series by Pendleton Ward, runs the internet advertising company Project Wonderful, and had the most successful publishing Kickstarter of ALL TIME. He will be launching his new comic book series, The Midas Flesh, at this event!

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Event! Zub @ Ryerson on Monday

All Ages Poster

Hey folks!

Jim Zub will be at Ryerson University on Monday, rapping about the nature of “All Ages” comic books. If you’re off work at 4, we recommend dropping by to check out what will surely be an informative event.

Can’t make it? Don’t stress! Zub will be at The Beguiling December 7th.

- Chris @ The Beguiling


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