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UPDATED: Geneviève Castrée launches SUSCEPTIBLE @ Little Island Comics!


SUSCEPTIBLE Book Launch & Talk
with author Geneviève Castrée
Monday, February 18th, 2013
7:00pm @ LITTLE ISLAND COMICS, 742 Bathurst
Free to attend

The Beguiling is proud to present Susceptible, the important new graphic novel from Geneviève Castrée.

Susceptible is the story of Goglu, a daydreamer growing up in Quebec in the ’80s and ’90s with a single mother. From a skillful artist comes a moving, beautiful story about families, loss, and growing up. Whether she’s discussing nature versus nurture or the story of her birth, Castrée imbues her storytelling with a quiet power and a confidence in the strength of imagery.

We think this is one of the most important graphic novel releases of the season, from an enormously talented young Canadian cartoonist. Best of all, we’ve been told her presentation from the book is excellent, so we hope you’ll be able to make it out for this.

For more information on exactly what this graphic novel is all about, please visit  the Drawn & Quarterly blog.

Praise for Geneviève Castrée

“With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending.” –Miranda July, authorofitchoosesyouand noonebelongsheremorethanyou

“[Castrée] offers three connected minimalist fables dreamily portraying a young woman’s reactions to depression, domesticity, and mother hood in delicate watercolors that, thanks largely to her keen graphic skills, made them whimsical without being cloying.” –Booklist

“[Castrée’s work], illustrated in a delicately watercolored style that suggests Richard Scarry in the throes of an Edward Gorey obsession, is an episodic meditation on love, belonging, and personal identity. The visual metaphors for depression and home will break your heart; the care taken with their rendering will join the broken pieces back together on every page.” —The Austin Chronicle

About the Author

Geneviève Castrée was born in Québec in 1981. Sometimes interdisciplinary, she is mostly known for her work as an illustrator and cartoonist. Impatient and lazy, Geneviève never officially studied “art”. She has made a few books and has had a few exhibitions in places such as Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Geneviève Castrée lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. She also has a music project called “Ô PAON”

Promotion: Add HELHEIM to your Pullfile for a buck!

Oni Press has a new, full-colour, ongoing series launching in early March, and we think that our regular comics customers are going to dig it. It’s called HELHEIM and it’s by Cullen Bunn (Deadpool, Sixth Gunand Joelle Jones (Fables, Dr. Horrible). It’s about a group of brave warriors in ancient times defending themselves against unspeakable horrors. That’s the book trailer for it above…!

We think you’ll dig this (we also think you’d really dig SIXTH GUN too).

So here’s the deal: If you have a pull-file at The Beguiling, and you add HELHEIM to your pullfile, we’ll sell you the first issue for just a dollar. That’s 75% off cover price! The only rules are that you have to pick up (or have delivered) the first issue by the end of March, and you have to at least try the second issue.

It’s not easy to launch an ongoing comic series as an indy publisher, and Cullen and Joelle are two very talented creators that we’re happy to support, so why not give this one a shot? Hey, it’s only a buck.

You can add HELHEIM to your pullfile next time you’re in, or by e-mailing

– Chris


Junko Mizuno Silkscreen Posters – Warehouse Find!


Wow, are you guys in for a treat or what!? We just unearthed some very rare Junko Mizuno silkscreen posters in the warehouse! These are large posters, screened with up to 6 colours, produced by Junko Mizuno and Vacuum Records. We thought they sold out years ago, but we found some and if you’ve been looking for that rare Mizuno print/poster to own, this is it!

We’ll be putting these in the online art-store on Monday, so if you can make it into The Beguiling this weekend you’ll have first-crack at them.

They are currently selling for $200 each.



TATSUMI – Screening at TIFF January 25th (CONTEST)


Good news, everyone! The critically acclaimed film TATSUMI is returning to Toronto, in a  screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox running from Friday January 25th through Thursday January 31st. Details on the film and tickets are now available at

Directed by Eric Khoo, TATSUMI is the innovative exploration of the life of comic author Yoshihiro Tatsumi, creator of Gekiga (“serious pictures” as opposed to Manga, which means “funny pictures”). Adapting his most renown period short stories, set in the time period following World War II, and incorporating elements of Tatsumi’s own life from the memoir A Drifting Life, TATSUMI is a fascinating, uniquely animated and performed film that has drawn ravesat Cannes, Dubai, Rotterdam, and around the world.

As you may remember, The Beguiling and TCAF partnered with Reel Asian Film Festival in November for a screening of this film, and I was a little disappointed to have missed it (I was in Japan for Kaigai Manga Festa at the time). I’m personally really stoked that this film is back and at TIFF, and I hope everyone who missed its previous screening will get a chance to come out for this one.

Oh, and of course, all of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s graphic novels adapted into this film are currently available for sale at The Beguiling, including The Push Man, Abandon The Old In Tokyo, Good-Bye, A Drifting Life, and Black Blizzard. We also have his post-A Drifting Life book, Fallen Words!

Check out the trailer for TATSUMI below, and just past that look for a special contest!


The Beguiling and TIFF Bell Lightbox are teaming up to give three lucky people run-of-engagement passes for two to see TATSUMI between January 25th and 31st.

Want to win? Here’s what you need to do:

For a chance to win, make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling Mailing List and send an e-mail with your name, daytime telephone number, and “BLACK BLIZZARD” in the subject line to before Friday, January 25th at 11am. 3 winners will be drawn and contacted from all valid entries at that time. Their first name may be announced on the website.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “BLACK BLIZZARD” and must be sent to
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup in the upper-right-corner of this on the front page of beguiling dot com. (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Friday, January 25th, at 11am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per household/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!

– Chris @ The Beguiling


Boxing Day Sale Phase 02: Thursday January 3rd to Tuesday January 8th

It is the sale that you may have been waiting ALL YEAR FOR, the great big back-issue sale! If you like old comics, we’ve got deals for you! We’ve also changed stuff up this year, so please read the below carefully!


  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment! We’re happy to sell you 5c bags, but we’ve only got small ones left.
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item to any customer for any reason.  We probably won’t do this, but this is a straightforward disclaimer in case there’s any dispute about what is or isn’t on sale.
  • Anything put on hold prior to Boxing Day is entirely exempt to sale pricing.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales.
  • “Regular Price” is determined as ‘Whatever the book would sell for not onBoxing Day,’ whether that’s U.S. Cover Price, Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • Items released in December 2012 or later are not eligible for sale. Determination for eligibility will be made at the cash register, at our sole discretion.


If you’ve been by the store this year, you’ll know that this has been a banner year for us in picking up great collections, including a ton of strong silver age books. Sales on our older comics are bizarrely stronger than ever before. Also, following last year’s BoxingDay Sale, we did an overhaul of all of our behind-the-counter books and marked down everything that remained by 20 to 50%, so prices are already lower than last year’sBoxing Day. With that in mind, here’s how the sale is breaking down:


This year we’ll be breaking down the discount based on the original printed cover price. We’re doing it this way because there is so much fresh material in the bins—some has been there for less than a month.

Cover Price: Discount
10 cent comics: 10% off sticker price
12 & 15 cent comics: 20% off sticker price
20 cent comics and up: 30% off sticker price

In addition, all Dell/Gold Key behind the counter will be 30% off regardless of cover price, and all Will Eisner’s The Spirit newspaper sections will be 30% off as well.


50% off Comics & Magazines $15 and under.
30% off Comics & Magazines $15.01 and over.

Most back issues in the back issue bins ($15 and under) will be 50% off their stickered price, but there are a few bin-books that will be only 30% off. This discount also applies to magazine overstock bins, and recent and older Twomorrows Magazines.


50% off printed English-language smut in the back issue bins.
That’s right, all of our comics smut from the fine folks at Comic AG, Eros, Radio Comix, Class Comics, Etc.? All of it is 50% off the sticker price! Must be 18 or older to purchase.


25% off sticker price.
The only real exemption in the back-issue bins are Undergrounds, and they’ll be going for 25% off, which is still a great deal…!


– All Variants stickered at $39.99 or lower are now $5.00
– All Variants stickered at $40 or more are now 30% off

No variants released in December 2011 or later will be eligible.


– 25% off of the already intensely marked-down sticker price!


“50 Cent Bin Comics” are now 25 cents each, with the purchase of 50 comics or more. That’s 50 comics for $12.50, a great deal! In addition, we’ll be cycling the 50 cent been stock several times throughout the sale.


Comic Sets are now 20% off the sticker price.

See you Thursday!

– Chris @ The Beguiling


Wednesday December 26, 9am-6pm
until Monday January 31st, 11am-5pm

Again this year we’re expanding our Boxing Day Sale to both The Beguiling and Little Island Comics, and starting the festivities at 9am!  We’re open crazy-early!

As is traditional, we’re doing different sales on different weeks, so please read the below carefully. Oh, and we encourage you to take notes on what the sale items will be from this mailing, so you can remember exactly what you wanted from the shop!

NEW COMIC DAY: Wednesday December 26th
Lots of new comics! Includes: Amazing Spider-Man #700, Aquaman #15, Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #4, Crossed: Badlands #20, Deathmatch #1, Eerie Presents: El Cid HC, Hip Flask: Ourborous, Justice League #15, Mara #1, Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars V3 TP: The Republic Falls, The Shadow Special #1.

Phase 01: Weds December 26, 9am-6pm until Monday December 31st, 11am-5pm
General sale, 20% off mostly everything. Tons of deep-discount door crasher specials. No discount on back issues, “Wall Books,” or variant covers.

January 1st: Closed

January 2nd: New Comics Day (no sales on this day).

Phase 02: Thursday January 3nd until Tuesday January 8th.
Back issues on sale! Wall books on sale! Variants on sale! More blanket sales! A more detailed e-mail covering these sales will come next week!

New Comics Day January 9th, no sales on this day.

PHASE 03: January 10th to January 28th
Single issue over stock blow-outs! New comics every week! Different publishers every week! Plus other stuff! More detailed e-mails covering these sales will arrive in your inbox in the coming weeks.


Wednesday December 26, 9am-6pm until Monday December 31st, 11am-5pm
(Back issue bins, wall books, variants completely unavailable during this time.)


  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment! We’re happy to sell you 5c bags, but we’ve only got small ones left.
  • We reserve the right to refuse sale of any item to any customer for any reason.  We probably won’t do this, but this is a straightforward disclaimer in case there’s any dispute about what is or isn’t on sale.
  • Out-of-print items (books/comics/etc.) are exempt from sale pricing. Determination of ‘out of print’ is at The Beguiling’s sole discretion. Ask at the counter if you’re unsure.
  • Anything put on hold prior to Boxing Day is entirely exempt to sale pricing.
  • Sales cannot be combined with other specials or sales.
  • “Regular Price” is determined as ‘Whatever the book would sell for not on Boxing Day,’ whether that’s U.S. Cover Price, Converted Canadian Cover price, Canadian Cover Price, or Sticker Price.
  • Items released in December 2012 or later are not eligible for sale. Determination for eligibility will be made at the cash register, at our sole discretion.

BACK ISSUE BINS and WALL BOOKS and VARIANTS will not be accessible until Thursday, January 3rd. They are not on sale, they aren’t even really FOR sale. We are sorry, but we’re focusing on other product during this part of the sale, and we need the space and attention for other things. Thanks!


The Beguiling & Little Island Comics: 20% Off Almost Everything
The Beguiling & Little Island Comics will be offering a straight 20% off of almost everything* in both stores. This includes comics, graphic novels, manga, art books, doujinshi, toys, shirts, DVDs, comics sets, 50 cent bin, postcards and greeting cards, etc.

*Exceptions: Back Issue Bins, Wall Books, Variants (as mentioned, these will be on sale later), Original Art, and all items released in December 2012 or later are exempt from sale pricing.

Door Crashers @ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street

Hope Larson’s A Wrinkle in Time: was $21.95, now $15
David Nytra’s The Secret of the Stone Frog: was $17.00, now $10
Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy: was $10.95, now $5
All Babymouse and Squish books: 40% off

PLUS: There will be bins of specially marked $1, $2, and $5 books for sale! The deepest discounts in the store will be there!

Door Crashers @ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

MARVEL NOW! ISSUE #1 STARTER SET – $10 (reg $42)
Get the first 12 new MARVEL NOW #1s for less than a buck each! Jump on board Marvel’s relaunch! Includes A Plus X #1, All New X-men #1, Avengers #1, Captain America #1, Deadpool #1, Fantastic Four #1, Ff #1, Indestructible Hulk #1, Iron Man #1, Thor God Of Thunder #1, Uncanny Avengers #1, X-men Legacy #1.

New X-Men Omnibus: was $125, now $75
The Hole of Tank Girl: was $114, now $75
X-Statix Omnibus Vol 1: was $125, now $75

Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings: was $18.95, now $10
Chester Brown’s Ed The Happy Clown, was $24.95, now $15
Eddie Campbell’s The Lovely Horrible Stuff: was $14.95, now $10
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland: was $21.99, now $10

Adventures of Dr. McNinja Night Powers Volume 1: NOW $10
Anime Club (Gunshow): NOW $10
Achewood: Worst Song Played on Ugliest Guitar: NOW $10
Penny Arcade v3 (Warsun Prophecies): NOW $2
Questionable Content Vol 1: NOW $10

Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America vol 1: was $29.99, now $5
Simon & Kirby Superheroes: was $62, now $30.

Nausicaa Volume 1: was $12.99, now $5
Slam Dunk Volume 1: Was $8, now $1
Until Death Do Us Part Manga 1, was $18.99, now $10

Aaron and Ahmed: was $24.99, now $5
Fables 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC: was $19.99, now $5
Grant Morrison’s Kill Your Boyfriend: NOW $3
David Lloyd’s Kickback: was $12.99, now $5
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Vol 1 HC, was $19.99 now $5

Amazing Screw On Head (Mignola): was $17.99, now $5
Criminal Macabre: The Iron Spirit: was $19.99, now $5
Holy Terror: was $30, now $10 – Watch a popular comic creator’s descent into madness for a price you can’t beat!
Modern Warfare: Ghost: was $17.99, now $5
RASL VOL 1-4: was $63, now $40! – Save nearly 40% on the complete, awesome, oversized edition of RASL. Why wait for the pocket edition when you can get the oversized edition for the same price?
Stephen King’s “N” was $19.99, now $5
True Blood HC Volumes 1-3: was $24.99 each, now $10 each!

Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Box: was $29.99, now $5 – A very expensive Astonishing X-Men collection from Warren Ellis, now at a crazy-great price.
Chaos War X-Men: was $16.99, now $2
Chaos War: was $19.99, now $8
DESTROYER (Robert Kirkman): was $19.99: now $5
Girl Comics: was $19.99, now $5
Marvel 5 Ronin: was $16.99, now now $3
Marvel Zombies 5: was $19.99, now $5

Batman: Imposters: was $14.99, now $3
Green Lantern: In Brightest Day: was $19.99, now $3
Superman vs. Aliens: NOW $1
Superman/Batman: Selected volumes NOW $5 each

All this, plus even more can’t-miss specials in store!!

See you at 9am on the 26th!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

December 26 – New Comics AND Boxing Day

Bit of a strange year this year, as Boxing Day falls on a Wednesday and so we get a (small) New Comics Day, AND we get The Beguiling’s annual Boxing Day sale.

New Comics on sale Wednesday, December 26th:

Crossed: Badlands #20

Dark Horse
Eerie Presents: El Cid HC
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars V3 TP: The Republic Falls

BOOM! Studios
Deathmatch #1

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #4
Justice League #15
Aquaman #15

The Shadow Special #1

Mara #1
Hip Flask: Ourborous

Avenging Spider-Man #15.1
Amazing Spider-Man #700

(The previously scheduled “TMNT: History of the Foot Clan” from IDW won’t be arriving because of shipping delays.)

As for our Boxing Day sale… well, as always we announce the sale information first to our mailing list. If you want to find out the deal (or the deals), make sure you subscribe! Subscription box up in the top right corner of this website.

Merry Christmas!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Fresh coat of paint.

Hello customers and friends!

In the interests of getting with the times, at least a little bit, we’re in the process of upgrading our web presence.

The first step is we’re now running WordPress, which means the site looks about 20 times prettier than yesterday, and is going to be far more useful to you (and to us!). Because the information here can be better organized, better displayed, and more easily searched, we’re going to be updating more frequently with book reviews, new product announcements, and other cool content. You can see the beginnings of how we want it to work in the sidebar.

The site will be further customized, with upgrades to our online store likely to go live early in the new year (we’re beta-testing that now).

So, thanks for your continued patronage, and we hope to be able to bring you even more bang for your buck going forward.


– Chris @ The Beguiling

Reminder: Did you know we offer a subscription service for your comics?

They go by different names — Subscriptions, Pull Files, Hold Boxes, Pulls etc — mostly names about pulling things, like comics.While we haven’t advertised the fact, we at The Beguiling run a fantastic subscription/pull file service for comics customers. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, here’s how it works:

  1. Provide us with a list of the comics you’d like to buy (usually two months in advance)
  2. We make sure those comics are ready for you when they come into the store!

You just come to the counter, say your name, and we produce your comics. It’s like being in a magical secret club! If you’re addicted to the thrill of weekly comic purchases, the best way to get your fix is with a pull file at The Beguiling.

Many of our new pullfile customers have set up pullfiles because it’s getting harder and harder to find the comics that they want on the racks. While we’re committed to ordering wide and stocking deep on all of the different types of comics in the industry, a pullfile is a great way to guarantee you’re getting the comics that you want.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Keep reading:

Continue reading Reminder: Did you know we offer a subscription service for your comics?