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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.



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

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

Kate Beaton launches The Princess and The Pony at Little Island, July 4th!


The Princess & The Pony Launch Party
With Author Kate Beaton
Saturday July 4th, 12pm-2pm
@ Little Island COmics, 742 Bathurst Street

Hey lovers of great books! Kate Beaton, creator of Hark, A Vagrant!, has created her very first picture book! It’s called The Princess and the Pony, and our friends at Scholastic are publishing it, and Little Island Comics is throwing a party for the release!

Join Kate Beaton and the staff of Little Island on Saturday July 4th, from 12pm to 2pm for a Princess and Pony Party! Meet Kate! Take part in great activities! Have just the BEST Time!

See you there!

Thanks to Scholastic and Kate for setting this up…!


Toronto Comics Anthology v2 Launch: June 18


Toronto Comics Anthology Volume 2 Launch
Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 6pm-8:30pm
@ Page & Panel, The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

Toronto! Come one come all to the official book launch of The Toronto Comics Anthology Volume 2! 19 stories, 33 creators, and a ton of fresh angles on the city we call home!

Come on out to celebrate this incredible array of homegrown talent, and meet the up-and-coming artists and writers making comics in Toronto–some of them for the very first time!

This event will include the following creators from Toronto Comics Anthology 2 in attendance:

Adam Gorham, Sam Noir, Chris Yao, Oliver Ho, Todd Sullivan, Ally Rom Colthoff, Aaron Feldman, David Oxley, and Mark Foo!

So come down to Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop on Thursday, June 18th! Support a local anthology, meet a ton of creators, and check out the shop!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

P.S.: Here’s some sample art from the book:

It’s the Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2015!


The Beguiling and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop are proud to sponsor the 2015 Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place June 11th to 26th at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. There’s all kinds of great films being screened this year, and tickets are available now at

A special thing about the lineup this year? There are six (6!) films screening that are being adapted from manga! This is pretty exciting:


Tokyo Tribe, adapted from the manga by Santa Inoue.
This manga was partially published by Tokyopop, but it’s now out of print. That hasn’t stopped manga fans from snapping up old copies and loving it, though! And this film adaptation by Sion Sono has been drawing raves! Screening June 12. This screening sponsored in part by The Beguiling. Featuring a short introduction by Christopher Butcher of The Beguiling.

poster2Thermae Romae II, adapted from the manga by Mari Yamazaki.
The complete series of these excellent books are in print in English, in three great omnibus editions! Screens June 23rd. This screening sponsored in part by Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.

Little Forest, adapted from the manga by Daisuke Igarashi
This particular series hasn’t be translated into English, but Igarashi’s amazing visual tour-de-force manga Children of the Sea is available, and it touches on many of the same themes.

Hot Road, adapted from the manga by Taku Tsumugi
Her Granddaughter, adapted from the manga by Keiko Nishi
Maestro!, adapted from the manga by Akira Saso
Unfortunately these authors don’t have anything in print in English, but all of these manga have been critically acclaimed, as have the films!

So once again, we strongly encourage you to check out some of the many great films screening at this year’s Toronto Japanese Film Festival! Full information on the films, schedule, and tickets can be found at

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Lorenzo Mattotti Exhibition on until June 26th


TCAF may be over, but the brilliant exhibition of original artwork by TCAF Featured Guest Lorenzo Mattotti will continue until June 26th! Drawn from his masterful adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, this exhibition of originals is truly incredible, and we strongly recommend you visit it while it’s still up!  Our thanks to The Istituto Italiano di Cultura for their incredible support.

HANSEL & GRETEL: An exhibit by Lorenzo Mattotti
runs at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St.)
from May 9th through June 26th
Open Mon – Fri: 10:00am. – 1:00pm.; 2:30pm. – 4:30pm.

About Hansel & Gretel: In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published the story of “Hansel and Gretel” about a brother and sister who must survive abandonment by their parents and being captured by a hungry witch.

In 2007, Mattotti created compelling black-and-white artwork for the fairy tale. While not in the traditional graphic novel format, this illustrated short story alternates between images and words, allowing for full spreads of the artist’s drawings, punctuated by intermittent spreads of text. There is no question that Gaiman is an incredibly gifted wordsmith, and his retelling hearkens back to the Grimms’s original narrative. The most inspirational part of this book is Mattotti’s artwork. Pitch-black India ink is used to great effect, creating dark and terrifying landscapes that threaten to envelop the tiny figures of the children.

About Lorenzo Mattotti: Lorenzo Mattotti is an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. He is a Featured Guest of TCAF 2015, and attends the festival with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Mattotti’s English-language works include Fires and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (from NBM, which won an Eisner Award in 2003) , Murmur (Penguin Books), Chimera (Ignatz/Fantagraphics) and The Raven (Fantagraphics). Mattotti also contributed to the groundbreaking alternative comix anthology RAW, and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker–including many cover illustrations.

In addition to his comics and illustration work, Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly respected multi-disciplinary artists, from reinterpreting reinterpreting the models of the most famous fashion designers for “Vanity” magazine, to designing the title sequences for the film “Eros” by Wong Kar-wai, to directing an animated version of his work in the animation anthology “Fears of the Dark.”

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 9-10!


The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015
Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, & Sunday May 10, 11am-5pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
@ The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 80 Bloor St. E.
Free to attend

Presented by Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling

Next weekend, it’s the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015! Over 400 cartoonists from Canada and around the world are on their way to Toronto to celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! A week-long Festival of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition centeredat Toronto Reference Library, May 9th and 10th!

For more than a decade, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has showcased the incredible comics art being made here in Canada, and invited the attention of the international cartooning community. The 2015 programme continues to build on those successes, with an increase in programming, a renewed focus on Canadian cartoonists from coast to coast, and a special celebration of Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th Anniversary!

Some of the participating artists and exhibitors in TCAF 2015 include:

Sam Alden – Penelope Bagieu – Lynda Barry – Kate Beaton – Andy Belanger – Marc Bell – Sandra Bell-Lundy – Ruben Bolling – Boulet – Chester Brown – Nina Bunjevac – Charles Burns – Becky Cloonan – Conundrum Press – Jordan Crane – Eleanor Davis – Etienne Davodeau – Michael Deforge – Julie Delporte – Julie Doucet – Drawn & Quarterly – Hunt Emmerson – Fantagraphics Books – Ray Fawkes – Jess Fink – Matthew Forsythe – Pascal Girard – Gurihiru – Simon Hanselmann – Dustin Harbin – Matt & Jenni Holm – Kathryn Immonen – Stuart Immonen – Jeph Jacques – Keith Jones – Aya Kanno – Karl Kerschl – Killoffer – Koyama Press – Lucy Knisley – Blaise Larmee – Kate Leth – Ed Luce – Jason Lutes – MASSIVE – Lorenzo Mattotti – Scott McCloud – Ken Niimura – Anders Nilsen – Ryan North – Sydney Padua – John Porcellino – Editions Pow Pow – Ethan Rilly – Jon Rosenberg – Jim Rugg – Seth – R. Sikoryak – Noelle Stevenson – Cameron Stewart – Barbara Stok – Gengoroh Tagame – Babs Tarr – Mariko Tamaki – Jillian Tamaki – Raina Telgemeier – Tin Can Forest – Wowee Zonk – Chip Zdarsky – Jim Zub

…and more than 400 more cartoonists! Plus lots of programming both days:

  • D&Q 25th Anniversary Programming Area, featuring some of the biggest cartoonists in the business in conversation with each other!
  • Two full days of panels, interviews, and readings!
  • Gallery shows featuring Lorenzo Mattotti’s Hansel & Gretel and an amazing show, Comics in Glass, from Finland!
  • This year’s Comics vs. Games exhibition, featuring 20 different indy game makers from around the world!
  • Much, much more!

Tons of guests, exhibitors, programming and events are now online at! Hope to see you there!

TCAF 2015 poster by Pascal Blanchet. On sale now at The Beguiling.

CONTEST: Win Passes to see SETH’S DOMINION at Hot Docs!

Seth's Dominion_Le dominion de Seth poster

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is pleased to partner with the HOT DOCS Festival in presenting Seth’s Dominion, the award-winning Documentary on the life and work of Canadian cartoonist Seth! Directed by Luc Chamberland, and produced by The National Film Board of Canada, Seth’s Dominion has been highly-anticipated by comics fans and makers since it was first announced, and we’re thrilled to be a part of its premiere Toronto screening as part of the Hot Docs Festival.

The film will screen three times as part of the Festival: Friday April 24 @ 8:45pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox; Saturday April 25 @ 1:00pm at The Royal Cinema; Thursday April 30 @ 9:45pm at Scotiabank Theatre. Tickets are now available for all screenings, via the Hot Docs website:

Here’s the description from the Hot Docs Website:

“Memory and how it moulds us rests at the heart of Luc Chamberland’s delightful film Seth’s Dominion, which celebrates the Canadian cartoonist known as Seth. “You’re not aiming for the detail so much as the overall feeling,” Seth says of his artistic process. Through moving animated vignettes that are narrated by Seth himself, the stillness of the comic book page is brought to life as we are given a window into Seth’s inner world. Childhood moments are captured with emotional vividness, while a late night stroll lost in thought is evoked with intimate attention to detail. We also learn of Seth’s manifold side projects, including his 1950s city of Dominion: an idiosyncratic cardboard creation 10 years in the making. Dotted with warm testimony from cartoonist friends Joe Matt and Chester Brown, Seth’s Dominionprovides a thoughtful portrait of a man who, like so many of his comic character creations, wrestles with a present that’s constantly moving into the past. ” – Description by Justin Mah

For more on Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, visit

CONTEST: Win passes to see SETH’S DOMIONION!

Okay then! TCAF is sponsoring the screening, and WE are gonna give away a pair of tickets to see the Friday, April 24th, 8:45pm screening! Both Seth and Director Luc Chamberland are going to be in attendance, it’s gonna be a whole thing!


To enter to win a pair of tickets to see SETH’S DOMINION on Friday, April 28th, at 8:45pm, 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, and send an email with your name, phone number, and “KAO-KUK” to before Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, at 10am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners sometime on that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “KAO-KUK”, and must be sent to
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, at 10am.
  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!