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Oct 6: Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War: Special Event at Toronto Reference Library


When Boys and Girls are Used in War
Special Talk at Toronto Reference Library
Tuesday, October 6th, 7pm-8:30pm
Atrium @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend. Tickets at Eventbrite.

Toronto Public Library presents Children’s Rights Advocate Michel Chikwanine as he shares his storyand how he and others are working toward ending the use of children in war. Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped by Congolese rebels and forced into warfare at the age of five. Child Soldier is the new graphic novel about his abduction, escape and life as a student and peace activist in Canada. With guest Jessica Dee Humphreys, co-author of Child Soldier, Claudia Davila, artist of Child Soldier, and a special introduction by humanitarian Lt. Gen (ret) Roméo Dallaire.

Q&A to follow. Books available for purchase courtesy of Page & Panel beginning at6pm. Cash or credit. This presentation is in partnership with Kids Can Press and Citizen Kid.

Ticket Holders: Doors open at 6 pm. As this event is free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. Ticket holder lineups for sold out events begin as early as 4pm.

Room Capacity: Based on fire code regulations the Atrium can accommodate seating for 400. Seating for ticket holders is on a first come, first served basis. Additional overflow seating, as well as standing room is available on the balconies of the other floors of Toronto Reference Library.

Oct 28: Craig Thompson talks Space Dumplins in Toronto!


Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins
Presentation and Signing
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 5:45pm to 8pm
@ PALMERSTON LIBRARY, 560 Palmerston Ave
Free to Attend

Presented by Little Island Comics

Little Island Comics is proud to welcome Craig Thompson, author of the new all ages graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS, to Toronto for a special event!

Craig will be presenting from Space Dumplins, his new graphic novel (published by the good folks at Scholastic Canada) on Wednesday, October 28th, at Palmerston Library! Craig will also be signing and sketching for fans, and it’s gonna be a fun event. While the new book is intended for a younger audience, fans of all ages are welcome to attend this free event.

Our thanks to Scholastic Canada, Toronto Public Library, and Drawn & Quarterly for helping us put this event together.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father’s life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, Space Dumplins weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

SUNDAY: The Comic Book History of Beer Book Launch & Author Talk!


EVENT: The Comic Book History of Beer Book Launch
With author Jonathan Hennessey!
Sunday, October 4th, 5pm-7pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St. (Enter from Yonge St. doors)
Free to attend

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is thrilled to welcome Jonathan Hennessy, writer and researcher of the brand new graphic novel THE COMIC BOOK STORY OF BEER for the official Toronto Book Launch! Join Jonathan at Page & Panel on Sunday, October 4th, at 5pm, for a talk and signing!

This book has been getting RAVE reviews from NPR, Huffington Post, Food Republic and more, and it’s a fascinating subject too! Hopefully you can make it out for the event.

Please note, unfortunately no beer will be served on the premises. But! An official ‘after party’ will happen just down the street (location TBC) where we can all enjoy the fruits of the labours of the fine brewers who inspired this book’s creation.

The Comic Book Story of Beer is now available for sale at The Beguiling and Page & Panel.


UPDATED! Nathan Jurevicius’ JUNCTION book launch Oct 24


KOYAMA PRESS LAUNCH: Junction by Nathan Jurevicius
Saturday, October 24th 2015, 12pm to 2pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St (just South of Bloor)
Free to Attend

Little Island Comics is once again proud and delighted to launch an exciting new kids bookfrom Toronto publisher Koyama Press! Please join us on Saturday, October 24th 2015, when we will celebrate the release of Nathan Jurevicius’ Junction.

Junction is a strange and wonderful picturebook that appeals to adults and children alike. Nathan will be on hand to sign copies, and we will also have activities and temporary tattoos to mark the occasion! Copies of Junction and other Koyama Press kids titles are available right now at Little Island Comics.

UPDATED: You Are A Kitten! Book Launch with Sherwin Tjia Nov 7


You Are a Kitten! Book Launch & Author Talk
Featuring Sherwin Tjia
Saturday, November 7th, 3pm-4:30pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.
Free to attend!

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop will be hosting the Toronto book launch for Sherwin Tjia’s You Are a Kitten!, the third in his pick-a-plot series of books which have also included You Are a Cat! and You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse!, all from our friends at Conundrum Press. As you might well imagine, they’ve been very popular indeed…!

The launch will take place on Saturday, November 7th, at 3pm with the author in attendance, after he gives his big talk at the Hand Eye Society’s WordPlay event, which is also happening at Toronto Reference Library that day! You really oughtta come by TRL (as we call it) and make a day of it, you know?

All of Sherwin’s books are now in stock at both Page & Panel and The Beguiling. Hooray!

Chip Zdarsky Signs JUGHEAD #1, October 7th @ Little Island Comics

Wednesday, October 7th, 5pm-7pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St
Free To Attend

PrintWoo-hoo! We’re delighted to announce that Chip Zdarsky, writer of the newly relaunched JUGHEAD comic series, will make a special visit to Little Island Comics to sign the very first issue on its release day, Wednesday, October 7th!

Chip is the writer of comics for grownups (like “Sex Criminals” and “Howard The Duck”), and that’s cool! But he’s writing this one square for the folks that have ready Jughead and Archie Comics for years–everyone! THis is an all-ages event! So parents, feel free to bring your kids by to get a Jughead #1 and get it signed. Grown-ups, feel free to come get your comics signed too, but we want this to be a kid-friendly event, please and thanks, so keep it G-rated.

So we’ll see you at Little Island Comics this October for an amazing new event! The relaunched Archie #1 is available now in store, by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

NEW CONSTRUCTION BOOK LAUNCH: Sam Alden Interviewed by Michael DeForge

Author Sam Alden interviewed by Michael DeForge
Saturday, September 26th, 7pm-9pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street

new_construction_temp (1)The Beguiling welcomes you to celebrate the launch of NEW CONSTRUCTION, the new graphic novel/short story collection by acclaimed cartoonist Sam Alden, from Uncivilized Books. After topping best-of lists around the world for his internet comics and previous release, ‘It Never Happened Again’, Alden returns with a collection of two new comics stories.

Alden will be joined at his book launch by Toronto cartoonist Michael DeForge, with the newly released Lose #7 and Dressing, from Koyama Press. DeForge will interview Alden about his work and career, on stage.

The event is scheduled to take place at The Central, 603 Markham Street, just next to The Beguiling. Our thanks to Uncivilized Books for helping set up this event!

New Construction collects two newly expanded stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden. In “Household,” a brother and sister deal with divergent memories of their father and grow closer than ever. In “Backyard,” Vegans and anarchists share a house, small dramas and bizarre transformations (featuring a new, never before published ending). Designed as a companion volume for the critically acclaimed It Never Happened Again, New Construction cements Alden’s reputation as one of the best cartoonists of his generation.

headshot_samSam Alden was born in 1988 in Portland, Oregon. He is the recipient of two Ignatz Awards, one for most promising new talent and another for best comic. Sam was an official guest at the BilBoLbul festival in Bologna, Italy. His work has been previously published in Best American Comics 2013, from Houghton-Mifflin. Sam now lives and works as an illustrator and cartoonist in Los Angeles.

SEP 15: CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD! Greg Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa In-Store Signing

Takeshi Miyzawa & Greg Pak In-Store Signing
The Team behind Code Monkey Save World, The Princess Who Saved Herself, and More!
Tuesday, September 15th, 5pm-7pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto (@ Bathurst TTC)
Free to attend

codemonkeyThe Beguiling is proud to welcome writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa to Toronto! These two fellas are the incredible team behind the comic adaptations of Jonathan Coulton’s Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself,  as well as numerous books for Marvel comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and more! Both of the brand-new Coulton books will be available for sale at the event for the first time, as will a huge assortment of other titles by the pair!


Greg Pak is the New York-based writer of the just-announced “Totally Awesome Hulk” starring the character he created, Amadeus Cho! He has had lengthy runs on Hulk, Hercules, and more for Marvel Comics, and recently announced his new creator-owned series Kingsway West for Dark Horse Comics!


Takeshi Miyazawa is Canadian but has been working and drawing comics in Tokyo, Japan for the past 5 years! He is the new main artist on Ms. Marvel (with Adrian Alphona), and has worked on numerous series including Runaways, Turok, Amadeus Cho, and more. Takeshi will also be signing the next day at Page & Panel. :)

Thanks to Takeshi and Greg for taking the time out to come see us in Toronto! Much appreciated. :)

Chris @ The Beguiling


Sammy Harkham Directed a Film, screening September 12th

Hey, good news! It looks like a film directed by excellent comics maker and friend of the store Sammy Harkham will be screening as part of the MEMORY traveling short film program.  The screening is the evening of September 12th, and to go all you need to do is request an invite at

Here’s more about the film:


Untitled-1HANG LOOSE is a night in the life of an aimless surfer, Wade, who chases his whims up and down the California coast. When he returns to his former hometown, he takes the opportunity to visit his ex, who has moved on, and is wary of his attempt to reconnect. Wade sets out to regain her trust, but his old ways quickly come calling.
Starring Kyle Field of the band Little Wings and shot in Cayucos, California the film is the first by celebrated graphic novelist Sammy Harkham. Sammy’s work won a 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as being republished in “The Best American Nonrequired Reading”. Sammy Harkham is the editor of the “Kramer’s Ergot” series which is considered one of the most influential comic anthologies, in addition to being a co-founder of Los Angeles Family Bookstore and renouned revival theater Cinefamily.
Co-Director Patrick Brice’s first two films released this year within two weeks of each other, the indie comedy hit THE OVERNIGHT starring Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling and found footage indie horror film CREEP with Mark Duplass, produced with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse. More on the films at

REMINDER: Friends of the Merril Collection Flea Market Sep 12

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