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(Hey there! This isn’t our event but Kat is great, check out her book launch! It’s a 10 minute walk from the shop, just north of Christie Pits!)

Before The Snows Come – Book Launch
@ Scout & Cash Cafe, 146 Christie Street (North of Christie Pits)
Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Free to attend
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The official book launch for Kat Verhoeven’s new comic Before the Snows Come! The book will be available for purchase + signing, and the author will be answering questions and just like, hanging out. Come talk comics! Beers, vegan snacks, wine good coffee, good company!

About the book:
Before the Snows Come is a book of experimental and isolated comics by Verhoeven, exploring themes of loneliness, independance and nihilism through the vehicle of the city cyclist. Told in poetic vignettes, this company of stories paints a full picture.
38 pages, risographed in blue.

About the venue:
Scout & Cash has been super kind in not only providing a workspace in their cafe in the last months, but they are donating the venue for the launch! Please be generous in purchasing drinks and in tipping ♥


Kramers Ergot 9 In-Store Signing
With Editor Sammy Harkham & Friends
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
6pm-7pm: Presentation @ The Central, 603 Markham St.

7pm-8pm: Signing in front of The Beguiling, 601 Markham St.
Free to attend

Good news everyone! Our good friend Sammy Harkham is bringing the tour for the release of the brand new KRAMERS ERGOT 9 to Toronto on Tuesday, June 14th! We’ve been fortunate to work on a number of great Kramers events with Sammy over the years, including volume 4, volume 6, and volume 7, not to mention lots of great visits to Toronto for TCAF.

The confirmed list of participants at this evening’s event is:

Michael DeForge
Sammy Harkham
Kevin Huizenga
Patrick Kyle
John Pham

That’s an incredible line-up! But a bunch of great cartoonists and friends will also be in attendance, as the make-up of the Kramers Ergot anthologies spans an incredible array of cartoonists and visual artists. It’s basically The Place To Be tonight.

The utterly gorgeous Kramers Ergot 9 is now available at The Beguiling (and will be available at the event tonight!). It is so much nicer than any sort of digital photo can capture, come see it in person a.s.a.p.!


Go See ‘FIOR’: The incredible gallery show of artwork by Manuele Fior – Ends June 30

FIOR: Manuele Fior Solo Exhibition
Through May Thursday, June 30, 2016
@ Istituto Italiano di Cultura 496 Huron St., Toronto
Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221
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The Istituto Italiano di Cultura and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, present FIOR, an art exhibition by Paris-based Italian comic artist Manuele Fior. The exhibit features 30 original illustrations from Italian and French newspapers, and 12 original illustrations from Fior’s graphic novel “5000 KM per second”, recently translated into English and published by Fantagraphics Books.


Born in Cesena in 1975. After getting a degree in architecture (Venice, 2000), Manuele Fior moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as a cartoonist, illustrator and architect. In 1994 he won the first prize at “Bienal do Juvenes Criadores do Mediteraneo,” Lisbon – comics. His collaboration with the German Avant-Verlag publisher Began in 2001 with the Plaque magazine, Which brings together a wide range of Italian authors, among them Mattotti, Igort, and Giandelli. Since then he Began an intense work on comic short stories written by His Brother Daniel, Which Appeared in Black, Bile Noire, Stripburger, Forresten, and Osmosa. He published the graphic novels Cinq Mille Kilomètres Par Seconde – Atrabile 2010 (Fauve d’Or – Meilleur Album – Festival International de Angoulême in 2011, Grand Guinigi Prize – Author Unico, Lucca 2010), Mademoiselle Else – Delcourt 2009 (Prix de la ville de Genève 2009), Icarus – Atrabile 2006 (Prix A. Micheluzzi Meilleur Dessin, Comicon 2006), Les Gens Le Dimanche – Atrabile 2004.

He collaborates with his illustrations for The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Feltrinelli, Einaudi, La Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore, Edizioni EL, Fabbri, International, Il Manifesto, Rolling Stone Magazine, Les Inrocks, Nathan, Bayard, Far East Festival.

Manuele lives in Paris.

JUNE 10: “This Poem Is A House” Poetry Book Launch @ Page & Panel

This Poem Is A House – Toronto Launch
With Ken Sparling, Derek McCormack, and Wenting Li.
Friday, June 10th, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.
Free To Attend.
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Ken Sparling’s new novel in verse, This Poem Is a House is a meditative and magical exploration of the ways we love. On June 10th he will be reading from the book alongside his editor Derek McCormack and the book’s illustrator Wenting Li. Join them as they share this enchanting story and attempt to answer the question: If love is a house, how do we arrange the furniture?

This event will be held at Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street. This is a licensed event and as such, entrance to Page & Panel will be limited to the Yonge Street Entrance, just north of Balzac’s Cafe, as the library entrance will be closed.

Our thanks to Coach House Books for helping set this up!

Praise for Ken Sparling:
‘Discovering Ken Sparling’s work changed everything I knew about writing. It made me realize that a novel could and should
be just that – novel, that that was the point of writing, of life. Reading his work felt like permission to be myself the way that he was his self. Reading Ken Sparling reminds you that you’re free.’
– Jonathan Goldstein



Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure
Book Launch and Reading with Ryan North and Friends
Tuesday, June 7th, 5pm-8pm
At The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Informal Signing/Greeting @5pm, Reading @6pm,

Signing with Ryan and all Artists @7pm
Free to attend

Come one, come all, to a very special launch event for ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, the new chooseable-path novel from Ryan North! You may remember Ryan North from his first chooseable-path novel To Be Or Not To Be, or great works like Machine of Death, Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time, and many more!

This event starts with a fun gathering and informal signing in front of The Beguiling at 5pm, followed by a group read-along at 6pm, and informal signing with Ryan and some of the many excellent artists included in the book at 7pm. Location is all outside, in front of The Beguiling, with rain-out location being inside The Central bar next door.

Joining us for this event will be the following artists of Romeo and/or Juliet:

Ryan North
Chris Jones
Dara Gold
Kean Soo
Lucie Whitehead
Chip Zdarsky
…and quite possibly more!

So we will see you on Tuesday, June 7th for the party!


WEDNESDAY: Life, Death, and Sorcery #1 Comic Signing


Book Launch & Signing with Danny Zabbal
Wednesday, May 29th, 5pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.

Join us at Page & Panel for the launch of the first issue of LIFE, DEATH AND SORCERY, the latest monthly release from Canadian publisher Chapterhouse Comics (also known for Captain Canuck and The Human-Lizard). Series creator Danny Zabbal will be here for a special signing until 8pm. Stop by, say hello, grab a copy, and enjoy!

About LIFE, DEATH AND SORCERY: Follow the story of Amelia, Coco and Winnie, three sisters that run away from home and embark on an amazing adventure. Drama, humor, and magic await in what Bleeding Cool calls “legitimately one of the best books of the year!”



DC Rebirth #1 Midnight Launch This Tuesday at 11:45pm


DC Rebirth #1 Midnight Launch
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street

Hey there! The DC Universe is REBIRTHING and you’re invited! We’re not gonna spoil it for you, but it sounds like the EIGHTY PAGE REBIRTH #1 is absolutely insane, and it’s only $3 for the first week (Canadian Cover Price thereafter), so if you are or were a DC fan you’re probably gonna want to check this out.

But wait! We’ll be having a 25% off sale on all in-print DC Comics and Graphic Novels, and a 52% off sale on DC Comics in the Back Issue Bins at The Beguiling (52%, get it?) (Does Not Include “Wall Books”).

And honestly, with the internet the way it is, if you don’t come pick up DC Rebirth #1 when it goes on sale at our store(s) at midnight someone will probably spoil it for you. Heck, 50/50 someone already has. Hurry to the shop this Tuesday night!


The Beguiling Proudly Supports The Toronto Japanese Film Festival, June 9-23

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
June 9th-23rd, 2016
@ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
PARASYTE Screening June 18th, 7pm
More info at:

Now in its fifth year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. Held annually at The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Festival will screen two dozen films this June.

The Beguiling will be presenting the screening of PARASYTE, based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki and currently published by Kodansha Comics. That screening takes place on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, at 7pm @ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center.

But wait there’s more! We’ll be organizing a free ticket give-away the first week of June EXCLUSIVE to our mailing list, so sign up today in the upper right corner of this site!

Even more! The Beguiling will also be coming on board to present the second Parasyte movie on July 21st! Stay tuned for details!

– Chris @ The Beguiling


Page & Panel: Comic Shop Ladies Night June 18th


Comic Shop Ladies Night
Saturday, June 18th, 2016
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street. 7pm-11pm

Comic Shop Ladies Night is a quarterly social, community building and networking event, and their June event will take place at Page & Panel!

We invite all female-identifying comic book fans to come out and share you love of comics, games, shows, books, movies & pop culture! We look forward to seeing old faces and new ones, catching up on projects and pursuits, and relaxing together with awesome nerdy women!

Page & Panel is located on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Enter off of Yonge Street, just north of the main library entrance.

Note from The Beguiling: Hey folks! We’ve been asked a bunch about hosting a Ladies Night event at The Beguiling, following on some of the great events that have been happening at comic shops around North America. Well our pals over at Page & Panel are working with the Ladies Night Social Group to host just such an event! We hope that some of the many folks who’ve been hoping for such an event with us will swing by P&P, which is an absolutely great space for an event like this thanks to it being accessible, with access to washrooms and centrally located at Yonge & Bloor.