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FIOR – Manuele Fior Exhibition Closes Thursday!

The very last exhibition from this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) closes on Thursday! But hosts the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are throwing a reception this Wednesday night!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St, Toronto
Free admission
Infoline: 416-921-3802 ext. 221

You’re invited to a closing reception for the exhibition FIOR. Join us for a last tour with food, drinks, and music! The Fior exhibition that opened on May 13, 2016 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, features 30 original illustrations from Italian and French newspapers, and 12 original illustrations from graphic novel “5000 KM per second” (2016, Fantagraphics) by Italian comic artist and illustrator Manuele Fior.

Born in Cesena in 1975. After getting a degree in architecture (Venice, 2000), he 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.

TCAF Went Well!

Another year has come and gone, and TCAF 2016 was a rousing success. As usual, The Beguiling has acquired a smattering of great minis, comics, books, and other ephemera from the assembled exhibitors. Drop by over the next week or two as we unpack these treasures to our first floor shelves.

Also of note, the two TCAF 2016 posters are now available for purchase in store. $10 each.

– Chris

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Hey, have you heard?

TCAF 2016 Poster of Paper Dolls by Kate Beaton
TCAF Poster by Kate Beaton

TCAF 2016 is happening this weekend! The main exhibition is on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th, but we have events starting as early as tomorrow night!

We have over 400 cartoonists coming from more than 20 countries around the world. There are nearly 200 events, programs, panels, workshops, talks, film screenings, and gallery shows.


The BEST way to stay on top of it all is to download the Guidebook App to your smartphone or tablet, (or check out the web view) and build your perfect TCAF weekend.

Thanks to TCAF sponsor Seneca College for supporting our programming, allowing us to make things like multi-track scheduling a reality for everybody. It makes planning out your TCAF so much easier.





Hey there everyone!

Due to popular request, we are now shipping our exclusive 2016 Kate Beaton Tea Towel to customers in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.! As you can see from the picture above, this 100% cotton tea towel features the titular Pony from Beaton’s bestselling children’s book The Princess & The Pony from Scholastic!

Because these are less than 100g and will fit in a letter-sized envelope, we can ship these out lettermail. No tracking information is available, but luckily shipping is very inexpensive!

Prices are:
Within Canada: $20.16 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)
Within the U.S.: $18.00 US Dollars – (includes shipping & HST)
United Kingdom: $26.00 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)

Orders are accepted only via PayPal. Please pay the amount listed to, including your shipping address and any further details in the comments field.

Supplies are limited, and we will update this page when we run out. Thanks!


Tit For Tat: Amazing video with David B., Sam Hiti, Kagan McLeod, Frederik Peeters, & Paul Pope.

Tit For Tat – Collaborative drawing video with Paul Pope, David B, Sam Hiti, Kagan McLeod and Frederik Peeters

Between 1969 and 1975 the French television broadcast Tac Au Tac (Tit for Tat in english) assembled cartoonists from Europe and the Americas to cooperate in improvised drawing. The 10-15 minute episodes aired in-between programing and planted the seed for a whole generation to make their own comics. While many of the nostalgic videos can be found today on youtube, a contemporary answer to the series was lacking.

This year, during the Toronto Comics and Art Festival (TCAF), five cartoonist came together to revive the idea. A spread of cheese, crackers, wine, ink, and brushes were set before five artists. Five collaborative drawings were done that night and captured upon video at Kagan McLeod’s Toronto studio. One segment has been edited (link below) with more in the works for release in the months leading up to TCAF 2014.

Link to video: 

Paul Pope (USA, creator of Battling Boy)
Sam Hiti (USA, creator of Death Day)
David B. (France, creator of Epileptic)
Frederik Peeters (France, artist of Sandcastle)
Kagan McLeod (Canada, creator of Infinite Kung Fu)

Presenting: AXE COP @ TAAFI!


Axe Cop Premiere and Skype Q&A
w Ethan and Malachai Nicolle from Los Angeles
(Moderated by Mike Valiquette of Canadian Animation Resources)
Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 10:00am
TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF Cinema 2
Tickets $15.

axe_cop_1200pxThe Beguiling Books & Art and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to partner with TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, for the premiere of AXE COP, based on the graphic novel by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle.

Developed as a webcomic between 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle and his 5-year-old brother, Malachai, AXE COP has evolved into a world-wide phenomena. Fox TV just picked it up as a late-night cartoon and it premieres on the Saturday night of TAAFI! TAAFI will show that first episode, followed by a live Skype interview with Ethan and Malachai from L.A. lead by Mike Valiquette (Canadian Animation Resources).

Get A Discount! To receive a 10% discount on TAAFI Passes, use the code BEGUILINGTAAFI2013 at checkout!

Thanks to the folks at TAAFI for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event! If you want to get caught up on all of the great AXE COP comics and graphic novels, copies of all books are currently in stock at The Beguiling!


TAAFI is Toronto’s first and foremost international animation festival, developed to celebrate the many forms of animation from around the world, supporting and nurturing the community that creates this art form. July 26-28 Corus Quay & TIFF Bell Lightbox. More info at

TCAF 2013 Posters, Prints, Shirts, Bags & More Now Available!

You may or may not know, but this year we produced a whole bunch of awesome stuff for TCAF 2013! Purchase of these items supports TCAF and all the good work we do (especially the posters), so we hope you’ll consider buying something pretty and/or useful for your life AND supporting TCAF at the same time.

The full range of items is now available, and we’ll even ship some of the items to you out there in the world! Here’s a quick run-down:


The Beguiling 25th Anniversary Tote Bag – $10
This sturdy tote is emblazoned with The Beguiling’s 25th Anniversary logo in front, and TCAF logo on the back. It measures 12″ tall x 14″x wide x 6″ deep, is water resistant, features two interior pockets, and is basically the best tote you will ever own. Also available in TCAF 2011 Yellow, and TCAF 2012 Black.


TCAF 2013 T-Shirt – $20
We have a very limited number of these shirts left, sported by TCAF 2013’s amazing volunteers. American Apparel T, neon green lettering. Available in a variety of Men’s and Womens’ sizes.


TCAF 10th Anniversary Poster by Maurice Vellekoop – $10
TCAF 2013 Poster by Taiyo Matsumoto – $10
Want to own a little piece of history and keep TCAF going strong? Check out our amazing new posters for 2013! The stunning, detailed 10th Anniversary Poster by Toronto’s own Maurice Vellekoop, and our lovel 2013 poster by Tokyo’s Taiyo Matsumoto. Both posters measure approximately 16″ x 26″, printed on a thick, bright white matte stock. Available in-store and online at


Gengoroh Tagame – “TORNADO” Risograph Print – $10
TCAF 2013 Featured Guest Gengoroh Tagame created this outstanding original image for us at TCAF, and we’ve turned it into a very limited edition risograph print (11″x17″) with the help of Color Code Printing. Less than 50 of these are left! (Please note, the image shown is a photograph of a framed print, and there are some reflections in the glass.) Available in-store and on-line at


TCAF 10th Anniversary Dojinshi Booklet – $10
Produced for TCAF’s exhibition at Kaigai Manga Festa in Japan, the 10th Anniversary book is a wonderful souvenir of the festival! It includes all of the poster-art for TCAF 2003-2012, but it also includes rare and otherwise-unavailable images from Evan Dorkin, Usamaru Furuya, Konami Kanata, Jim Mahfood, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Natsume Ono, Peter Thompson, Noel Tuazon, and Maurice Vellekoop! English/Japanese text.

If you’re a diehard TCAF fan and need us to ship something to you, e-mail and we’ll see what we can do!

– Chris

Thanks to: Model Andrew Townsend (photos 1 & 2), Dustin Harbin for The Beguiling 25th Anniversary Logo Design, Poster/Print artists Matsumoto, Tagame, and Vellekoop, KT for bag & shirt design.

INSTOCK: Mini-Comics by Yumi Sakugawa

Milk and Moo, There Is No Right Way To Meditate, Intergalactic Telepathic Pen Pal and Other Short Stories, Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years and Other Stories – What do all these titles have in common? They are all wonderful comics created by the talented Yumi Sakugawa. If you’ve never read Sakugawa’s work, now’s a great time to get on board; Mundane Fortunes was recently selected as one of the Notable Comics of 2012 by the Best American Comics anthology editors. Plus, if you start reading her work now, then you’ll be more than ready to chat with this SoCal artist when she comes to TCAF in May! Lots of reasons to love reading new comics! These comics are $5 each, and available on the main floor.

TCAF 2011 Presents: The Second Annual Official TCAFête!

Saturday May 7th, 2011
@ Pauper’s Pup, 539 Bloor St West
$5 Cover/Free for TCAF Exhibitors & Volunteers

Checkit! The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present the 2nd Annual Official TCAFête!

Do you need somewhere to celebrate after the first day of TCAF? Do you like meeting babes — and I don’t just mean lady babes, but babes of all genders? Comics babes of all genders?

Who doesn’t?! That’s why you’re going to attend the 2nd Annual Official TCAFête! Kick it with us on the 2nd floor of Paupers Pub at 539 Bloor Street West (South side of Bloor just East of Bathurst) to celebrate the first successful day of TCAF 2011! Everyone is welcome because this year’s party is going to be even more off the hook than the last. “How is that even possible?” you ask. That’s because we’ve got DJ NV on the 1s and 2s and there’ll be in-your-face Live Drawing Demos by Michael Deforge, Ray Fawkes, James Stokoe and Kagan McLeod.

DJ NV is known for Soul Sonic Events and his weekly residences at various Queen West venues.
You may have seen Kagan McLeod’s work…everywhere, like the cover of Kill Shakespeare, in the National Post, and in your DREAMS because you’ve been reeling since last year’s demo!
Michael Deforge is The Doug Wright award winning creator of Lose. Lose # 3 will be debuting at TCAF 2011!
Ray Fawkes‘s new book Possessions is currently available with One Soul to be released by ONI Press this summer!
James Stokoe, a Vancouver native, is the creator of the wildly psychedelic Orc Stain!

If you are a Guest, Vendor, Volunteer or Staff at TCAF, there’s no cover. The email address to get your name on guest list is TBA so keep checking back to make sure you get on it. For everyone else, cover is $5. A mere $5 for one of the awesomest events of the season? What a steal! So come to see and be seen amongst your fave comics peeps, your friends from previous TCAF’s, new friends, and maybe even some Toronto b-list celebrities! Sorry young’uns it’s 19+

Invite illustration by Kagan McLeod.

ANNOUCE: TCAFabulous: Queer Comix Mixer!

TCAFabulous! Party and Mixer
Saturday, May 7
6:30pm 9:00pm
Crews & Tangos,
508 Church Street
Admission is FREE

Queer comic book fans unite! Let’s celebrate spandex, gravity defying breasts, inappropriate relationships between men and boys, fishnets, token femme lesbians, ‘it’s not really bondage’ bondage and the muthafuckin’ Dark Phoenix in this evening of queering up some of your favourite comic book pages and images.

Panelists Jose Villarubia (Colorist extraordinaire, The Book of Copulations, Mirror of Love), Maurice Vellekoop (Pin-Ups & A Nut at the Opera), Zan Christensen (Publisher, Northwest Press) and Erika Moen (DAR! & Bucko) will target mainstream comics with their pink optic blasts and expose the hidden (really?) queer in all your favourite comic book characters.

After the show, stay for the mixer! Grab a cocktail, get a book signed and meet other queer comics fans and creators.

Also, TCAF is happy to welcome Northwest Press in their first Canadian comic book festival appearance. Northwest Press is dedicated to publishing the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics and graphic novels including titles like Rainy Day Recess, Glamazonia, Teleny and Camille and more.