Category Archives: Original Art Store

ODE to EDO Art Show Tonight!

Several friends of The Beguiling, including Sam Hiti, Ben Shannon, and of course Kagan McLeod will be participating in a fantastic art short tonight: ODE to EDO. If you can, make sure to check this one out!


ode-to-edo-invite-303.jpgODE to EDO Legacy of the Samurai

Opens tonight!

SMASH Gallery
2880 Dundas Street West (at Keele)

June 19th, 7PM to 11PM

See the exquisite collection of 14 Samurai armor sets and paintings by 21 contemporary artists. Today the spirit and visual richness of the Samurai culture speaks to us through films, manga, and personal experience. This collection, with pieces dating back to the 1890s, serves as inspiration for both western and eastern artists. This is our Ode to Edo and the traditions that honoured the samurai essence during this time.


Amro Attia, Harvey Chan, Nathan Fox, Charlotte Greenwood, Hiroshi Hirakawa, Sam Hiti, Kurt Ketchum, Tessar Lo, Kagan Mcleod, Tyrel McNicol, Joe Morse, Jose Ortega, Yukiko Otsu, Ben Shannon, Jon Todd, Tomolennon, Martin Wittfooth, Yoskay Yamamoto, Andrew Zbihlyi, David Pepper.

The show runs through June 30th, just in case you get this note a little late. Be sure to check it out.

– Chris @ The Beguiling.

All illustrations in this post by Kagan McLeod, as part of the ODE to EDO show. For more of Kagan’s art, please check out the artstore:

About The Beguiling

The Beguiling
601 Markham St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 2L7
ph: (416) 533-9168 – fax: (416) 533-7313 –

Mon-Thurs 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday & Holidays 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.

In its long history The Beguiling sponsored many book launches, author signings, readings, and other comics events with legendary creators including Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Jamie Hernandez, Neil Gaiman, Joann Sfar, and literally hundreds more. In 2003 several members of The Beguiling staff founded The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, bringing alternative and independent comics creators from around the world to Toronto to celebrate the best of comic art. Held every two years, the show continues to thrive, growing in size with each iteration.

The Beguiling is proud to act as the official art representative for dozens of talented comics artists, cartoonists, and illustrators. We sell original artwork from these cartoonists on a consignment basis, to ensure the majority of the proceeds go directly to them. Please visit our online art store at

The store regularly buys old comics published from the 1930’s up to the present day. New comic books come in every Wednesday, and new shipments of Japanese anime every Wednesday & Friday. New graphic novels arrive regularly, and thanks to our attention to detail and commitment to diversity, we receive many books before any other retail outlet. If you can’t find it anywhere else, The Beguiling probably has it, or can get it for you.

The Beguiling is located at 601 Markham Street, just west of Bathurst and south of Bloor on the same block as the Historic Honest Ed’s department store.
The closest TTC stop is Bathurst Station, on the Bloor Subway line.

For further directions to the store, why not try Google Maps? (Click here).

The Beguiling: Your Source For Holiday Gift Giving

We just wanted to write a quick note thanking Tom Spurgeon at for recommending The Beguiling twice in his Holiday Gift Guide. In his post “171 Reasons To Spend Your Shopping Money On Comics This Year,” Spurgeon lists a number of excellent comics, art, and services related to the comics industry to make holiday gift-giving a breeze. It’s a great shopping guide all-around, and we’re particularly pleased to see just how many of his comic and graphic novel selections are in stock and for sale in the store right now… by my count, we’ve got 9 of the first 10 books he mentions (I don’t think we’ve got the Blondie one…).

On the big list, The Beguiling Original Art Store clocks in at #32, with Spurge recommending it as “…a staggering line-up of cartoonists with work available here, from big-title alt-comics pages to more rarely seen work…”. We show up again at entry #152, this time for The Beguiling Bookstore, and particularly for our ability to track down rare and hard-to-find items.

It’s always nice to be recognized for the hard work we put in trying to make the store great. As always, if there’s anything you’re looking for this holiday season, be it original art, graphic novels, prints or whatever, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help you out.

– The Beguiling Staff