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SEP28: Uptown Kidlit! Kids Book & Comic Festival!

Uptown Kidlit! Kids Book & Comic Festival
Presented by iSurround, North York Arts, and TCAF: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Saturday, September 28, 9:30am-4:00pm
@ North York Central Library, Auditorium, 2nd Floor
5120 Yonge Street (at North York Centre TTC)

Uptown Kidlit – Poster by Anoosha Syed

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and North York Arts are thrilled to announce a brand-new, one-day kids focused literary event to be held at North York Central Public Library. We call it UPTOWN KIDLIT! 

Uptown Kidlit is a free event that will feature a day of feature programs, drop-in workshops, and a small vendor fair with local authors selling comics, books, and more.

Participants include: George O’Connor (The Olympians graphic novel series), Anoosha Syed (author and Poster Artist!), Deborah Kerbel, Richard Scrimger, Britt Wilson, Ted Staunton, Lesley Livingston, Kean Soo, Lis Xu, John Martz, Tory Woollcott, Chad Solomon, Anoosha Syed, Brian McLaughlan, Hilary Leung, Rabeea Syed, and many more!

Click under the cut for full schedule and author bios!

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SEP22: Comics & Graphic Novels at Word on the Street

Comics & Graphic Novels @ Word on the Street
Sunday, September 22, 10am-5:00pm
@ Harbourfront Centre, Queen’s Quay
Free for the public to attend

Sunday September 22nd it’s marks the annual Word on the Street Literary Festival in Toronto! TCAF has entered a relationship with WOTS to help develop their comics and graphic novels programming and exhibitors for 2019 and 2020! We think this relationship will help promote some of Canada’s greatest comic creators and graphic novelists to the amazing crowd of book lovers that WOTS attracts each year.

Comics Programming

Comic book and graphic novel creators will feature on almost every stage of Word on the Street this year! Here are the comic related programs:

10:00-10:45am: #WOTS30 ANNIVERSARY READING SERIES FUTURE OF READING, feat. Cory Doctorow, Gwen Benaway, Ben Dugas, Andreya Klobucar. Great Books Marquee

12:00-12:30: THIS PLACE: 150 YEARS RETOLD, feat Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (This Place, Portage & Main). Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact. • Portage & Main. Indigenous Voices Stage

12:00-12:30pm: RADICALIZED, feat. Cory Doctorow (IRL, First Second Books). Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Bestseller Stage

12:45-1:15pm: FROGCATCHERS, feat. Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Top Shelf. Gideon Falls, Image). A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. This is—as he reads from an old-fashioned keychain beside his bed—the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. A haunted hotel on the edge of reality, an endless bridge spanning an infinite ocean, and a man and a boy looking for a way out. This is the setting for a boundary-pushing, genredefying new work of fiction by one of comics’ master storytellers. • Simon & Schuster. Across the Universe Stage

1:00-1:30pm: GRAPHIC MAESTROS: ART & STORYTELLING, feat. Chris Kuzma (Lunch Quest, Koyama) and Ness Lee (Death Threat, Arsenal Pulp Press). Chris Kuzma and Ness Lee take us through the creative process of telling stories through art. Moderated by Andrew Townsend.   Great Books Marquee.

2:45-3:15pm: Digital Dystpia, feat. Cory Doctorow (Radicalized, TOR) and Karl Schroeder (Stealing Worlds, TOR). Across the Universe Stage

4:15-5:00pm: Toronto 2033, moderated by Jim Munroe (Sword of My Mouth, IDW) and featuring authors Zainab Amadahy, Madeline Ashby, and Mathew Borrett. Across the Universe Stage

Comics Related Exhibitors

TCAF, Page & Panel, and The Beguiling will anchor a great space featuring comics and graphic novels in the exhibitor area of Word on the Street, located near the Across The Universe Stage.

  • 310: TCAF, Page & Panel, The Beguiling
  • 318: Bedside Press
  • 319a: Tyler Mann Art
  • 319B: Friendship Edition
  • 319C: Kristen Kiomall-Evans
  • 320a: TO Comix Press
  • 320b: Read More Comix!
  • 320c: Spencer Afonso
  • 321a: CGhirardo
  • 321b: Te’Shawn Dyer
  • 321c: Group of 7 Comics
  • 323A: Ralph Del Mundo

Plus there’s tons of great comics to be found all across the Festival, with multiple publishers and more exhibitors in the kids area!

And much more!

We hope to see you out to The Word on the Street Festival, Sunday September 22nd! It’s a fun day of readings, presentations, musical performances (Sharon, Lois, and Bram!) and of course, comic books and graphic novels! See you there. 🙂


SEP 16: Jay Stephens “DEJECTS” book launch!

Monday, September 16th The Beguiling is delighted to announce a book launch and signing with the one and only JAY STEPHENS!
Best known for his animated television series Jetcat, Tutenstein, and The Secret Saturdays, Jay Stephens has spent the last quarter-century telling stories-with-pictures in his own comic books (SIN, The Land of Nod, Atomic City Tales, Jetcat Clubhouse), alternative weekly strips (Oddville!), monthly kids magazines (Chick & Dee, Arrowhead), daily newspaper comics (Oh, Brother!), and picture books (Monsters!, Heroes!, Robots!, Freaky Fun Activities).
Over the years, many of those comics have been collected in several volumes: The Land of Nod Treasury, The Land of Nod Rockabye Book, Go Power!, Oddville, Jetcat Clubhouse… but what of those characters and pages and strips that didn’t fit in any collection? What became of the Dejects?
Lovingly coloured for this collection, Dejects is the resource for those odds and ends, and bits and bobs, from 1991–2019. That’s 136 pages, spanning 28 years worth of Jay’s unique and diverse comics, available here for the first time since their original appearances in print, and some for the very first time anywhere!
See you in the store at 7PM September 16th! We can’t wait!
“Jay Stephens’ comics have knocked my socks off from day one! He can draw anything with power and energy, be it simple, complex, goofy, or flat-out disturbing… as if his pencil and brush have been imbued with a twisted magic spell of some kind. The kind of magic that gave us Harvey Kurtzman, Tex Avery, and (name your favorite twisted comic strip). Dejects is a wonderful collection of Jay’s most bizarre stuff! A priceless treasure for anyone that digs great cartooning straight from the id!” Michael Allred, MadmanSilver SurferiZombie


THIS IS IT FOLKS, the big one! The showstopper! The, uh, very nice time!

On Thursday, October 17th, The Beguiling welcomes a plethora of guests to the store for a huge KOYAMA PRESS book launch event!

“Bradley of Him” by CONNOR WILLUMSEN
“Sports is Hell” by BEN PASSMORE
“The Death of The Master” by PATRICK KYLE
plus a chance to get advance copies of GG’s “Constantly” and “Rat Time” by Keiler Roberts!

Everything’s going to kick off at 7PM and just keep going– it’s gonna be a heck of a time with so many of our favourite creators and our favourite publisher celebrating the final wave of books from Koyama Press in-store!
We’ll see you there!!



On Thursday, September 19th we are thrilled to be welcoming creator SYLVIA NICKERSON to The Beguiling to help celebrate the release of her new graphic novel CREATION from DRAWN & QUARTERLY!

Sylvia will talk about her work in conversation with ASMAA MALIK, graduate program director at Ryerson school of journalism and former managing editor of the Montreal Gazette! There’ll also be a chance to ask questions and get your book signed afterwards!

As if that wasn’t enough, Sylvia will also have a display of her original work that month in our gallery space to coincide with this event!

Everything kicks off at 7PM on Thursday, September 19th– this one means a lot to us as Sylvia has been a creator whose work we have been a fan of since for a long time, so it feels really special to be able to celebrate the release of her book from D&Q!

Thanks to Sylvia, Asmaa and Drawn & Quarterly, and thanks to YOU too! We’ll see you there!



A new mother takes us on a tour of Hamilton, a Rust Belt city born of the Industrial Revolution and dying a slow death due to globalization. This mother represents the city’s next wave of inhabitants—the artists and young parents who swarm a run-down area for its affordability, inevitably reshaping the neighborhoods they take over. Creation looks at gentrification from the inside out—an artist mother making a home and neighborhood for her family, struggling to find her place amid the existing and emerging communities.

While pushing her child’s stroller around Hamilton, Nickerson shows us the warehouse filled with open barrels of toxic sludge, the parking lot where the city’s homeless population sleeps, and the refurbished Victorian house (complete with elegant chandeliers) that is now a state-of-the-art yoga studio. Creation presents the city as a living thing—a place where many small lives intersect and where death, motherhood, pollution, poverty, and violence are all interconnected.

Drawn in evocative watercolor, Creation is unafraid to leave questions open-ended as Nickerson wanders the city and ponders just where the personal and political intersect, and where they ought to intersect.


Way back in the Stone Age, when I first began making comic books for adults, it was with hopes that books like this would follow. Sylvia Nickerson’s Creation is filled with the deep, complicated, messy stuff of real life—hard, sad, funny, insightful, and very rich in empathy. Seth, author of Clyde Fans

Creation is an ambitious work that thoughtfully explores themes of gentrification and one’s complicity therein and also talks frankly about the difficulty of making art after having children, all in Sylvia Nickerson’s unique and vibrant comic art style. Joe Ollmann, The Abominable Mr. Seabrook

Nickerson allows the profoundly personal to be completely universal in her stark, soft drawings and faceless figures. This is a deeply human, generous book. Eleanor Davis, The Hard Tomorrow


SCOTT PILGRIM 15th Anniversary Party
Feat. Author Bryan Lee O’Malley & Friends
Sunday, August 18th, 8pm-1am
@ Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto
Free to attend, No tickets required, first-come first-served

15 Years Ago, on August 18th, 2004, The Beguiling and Bryan Lee O’Malley threw a small shindig to celebrate the release of Bryan’s new graphic novel series, “Scott Pilgrim”. Now, after 6 volumes, a movie, a video game, SO MUCH fan art, 6 volumes in colour in hardcover, and now a complete box set of 3 softcover colour volumes, we wanna celebrate the series one more time.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, and you’re invited! Check out the 6pm Screening at The Royal Cinema (ticket link) and then come to the Free official party afterwards! Doors at 8pm! Bryan and pals will be at the afterparty, and the event will also feature a Cosplay contest (at 9:30pm), DJ, an on-stage presentation, and more surprises too! 🙂

Scott Pilgrim Graphic Novels available for sale in multiple formats at The Beguiling and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop.

See ya August 18th!

Unfortunately this venue is not accessible, with 6 stairs at the door and washrooms in the basement.


The Scott Pilgrim 15th Anniversary Film Screening!

Come one, come all, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Scott Pilgrim Volume 1, with this special film screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at the Royal Cinema on August 18th at 6PM!

Series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley will be on hand to introduce the film, and you better believe there’ll be prizes too!!

MORE TO COME too so watch and wait for the next exciting plans for this day!!!


Don’t Fret: You’re Only Dreaming

Jordan Reginald Aelick

“While we sleep we dream. What a strange realm of existence it is. The clarity of these times can rival our daily lives, others lost in a confused fog, forever forgotten. Exploring the world of dreams and reality, Fret Aujir continues his unwanted journey throughout the land of the Feurlin’s where the greedy Reginald Oilslick continues his corporate reign. Every chapter alternates between being a dream inside of Fret’s head followed by his ongoing daily life, starting with a dream chapter. Over the course of two and a half years of daily panel comic practice the paintings in this series were made to be used as the cover image for each chapter’s printed zine, one panel per page. Between 30 and 90 copies of each chapter were printed. Upon completion of chapters 1-4 and 5-8 they were compiled in a larger zine, four panels per page. All twelve chapter’s were then collected and assembled into a hardbound book, hand made (except for printing which was done by a Xerox machine at Net Plaza) in an edition of 50.”

The Beguiling will be displaying Jordan’s art in our gallery for the month of August, with an opening event on Sunday, August 11th starting at 6PM!



Whoah, yes!! This one has been germinating for a long while now and we’re so excited to finally tell you about it!

On Monday, August 5th at 7PM, The Beguiling welcomes editor LEAH WISHNIA and contributor MATTHEW THURBER to the store to celebrate the long-awaited release of HAPPINESS COMIX #5! After a 5-year hiatus, the legendary anthology series returns with an incredible roster of artists and we’re so excited to mark the occasion! Leah will be giving a performance incorporating readings and live music, and there will be readings from some other special guests! (To be announced soon, so check back!)

As if that wasn’t enough, to close out the evening Matthew Thurber will be screening his feature film FLEEGIX in 16mm!

This is going to be one for the ages, so come on out and cement a Fond Memory for future times!


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