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Canada Day Hours!

This year Canada Day falls on a Wednesday… Wednesday July 1st to be exact! Because Canada Day isn’t celebrated south of the border, comics will still be released on July 1st as per usual, and so, we’ll be open regular hours 11am to 9pm.

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Everything’s here! Many new comics delayed today.

Update: Everything’s here safe and sound!

Several boxes were missing from our new comics shipment this week. If there is a specific new book you are hoping to pick today please call ahead and we can let you know if it arrived. We expect the delayed boxes to arrive later this afternoon or, at worst, tomorrow.

FREE COMICS BOOK DAY! SAT MAY 2, @ The Beguiling, Little Island, and The TCAF Shop!

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Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 2nd, 11am5pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham St. (Grown-Up Comics)
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St. (Kids Comics)
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St. (TCAF Exhibitors)
Special guests at all three stores, TBA!

The Beguiling, Little Island Comics, and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, are all participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015, on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 11am-5pm. All three comic shops are going to have free comics to give away, both the ones from this year and remainders from previous years as well! We’ll have special guests too! Details TBA.

The Beguiling will be giving away comics intended for an older teen and adult audience, Little Island will be giving away comics for kids and young adult audiences, and Page & Panel will be giving away books where TCAF exhibitors have work in them! You’re welcome to grab between 3-5 books from each location, while supplies last.

cf_cover_finalAs a special note, TCAF and The Beguiling made their own official Free Comic Book Day comic this year. It’s called Comics Festival 2015! It features work (mostly) appearing for the first time in print, by Kate Beaton, Svetlana Chmakova, Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang, Gillian Goerz & Mariko Tamaki, Zac Gorman, Dave Roman, and a cover by Isabelle Arsenault (seen to the right). It’s super great for readers who like good stories, and in particular we wanted to create something that teen girls and boys could enjoy, as those sorts of books tend to be missing from those available at FCBD usually.

112027 cover v2 4C_OK-Proofs.pdfAs an extra special note, The Beguiling overprinted 10,000 copies of Comics Festival with an alternate cover, and is distributing them free to all Toronto Public Library branches for Free Comic Book Day. Neat, huh? Free comics for everyone!

Finally, please remember that this is a holiday designed to get new folks reading comics! If you’re headed out for FCBD, why not bring a friend, a young relative, or someone who’s never read comics before? Get them hooked on the medium!

Venue change for Jillian Tamaki Launch: Revival

Due to INCREDIBLE demand, we’re moving our launch event for Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy to REVIVAL BAR, 783 College Street! You may remember Revival from numerous past Beguiling events, including our Battling Boy Launch, and our Tsunami Relief Event. Thanks to Revival for stepping in for this event late! We’re expecting a great crowd, don’t miss out!

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SuperMutant Magic Academy Book Launch
with author Jillian Tamaki, interviewed by Anna Fitzpatrick
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
@ Revival Bar, 783 College Street
Free To Attend
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Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy hits stores everywhere on Tuesday April 28th, and we are T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D to present the official launch-day event here in Toronto! Jillian Tamaki will be on hand, giving a talk about her work, reading from SuperMutant Magic Academy, and signing books. This is a great opportunity to ask vital questions about variant strains of Dungeons & Dragons, characters’ fates, transgressive performance art, and more.

Join us for this special event, where Jillian will present from the book and be interviewed on stage by Anna Fitzpatrick, writer for The Hairpin, Rookie, and more, at Revival Bar, 783 College Street (at Shaw).

SuperMutant Magic Academy will be on sale at the event. Jillian’s books (with writer Mariko Tamaki) ‘Skim’ and ‘This One Summer’ are available in store now!

About SuperMutant Magic Academy:
SuperMutant Magic Academy paints a teenage world that is moody and ennui-filled but also wry and irreverent: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Wendy, Marsha, Cheddar, Frances, and the other students will be your guides through the D&D games, performance art, unrequited crushes, andspell class tests that are the staples of life at the Academy.

Special thanks to Drawn & Quarterly for helping us set up this event!

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Sunday: Official rally in solidarity after the terror attacks in France / Rassemblement de solidarité après les attaques terroristes en France

This Sunday, there will be a ‘rally in solidarity’ at Nathan Phillips Square, for the cartoonists, journalists, and police, killed in the recent terror attacks in France.  While this is not our event, we feel it is important to pass along the information. Hopefully it will provide catharsis for a community still very much reeling from a devastating attack. Facebook event is here.

NOT AFRAID! Come to stand up for freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience.

A condolence book will be available on site and officially delivered to the Consulate of France in Toronto

Two minutes of silence will be observed for the French victims of terrorism and hate crimes, killed for being journalists, cartoonists, policemen, Jewish or ordinary citizens.

Don’t hesitate to bring pens, candles, flowers (and music
instruments)

MEME PAS PEUR. Venez défendre les libertés – liberté d’expression, liberté de la presse, liberté de conscience.

Deux minutes de silence seront observées en l’honneur des victimes françaises du terrorisme et de la haine – journalistes, dessinateurs, policiers, juifs ou simples
citoyens.

N’hésitez pas à apporter crayons, bougies, fleurs (et
instruments de musique). Un registre de condoléances sera disponible
sur place.

When: Sunday January 11 @ 2pm
Where: Nathan Philips Square, City Hall (100 Queen Street West)

BEGUILING & LITTLE ISLAND: 2014-2015 BOXING DAY DEALS

Hello! Keeping with tradition we decided to have a Boxing Day Sale again this year! We hope you have/had a great holiday, and we’ll see you at 10am on Friday!

The Beguiling & Little Island Comics
Boxing Day Sales!
Starting Friday, December 26, 10am-7pm
Finishes January 20, 2015.
Different stuff on sale at different times!

Phase 01: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Friday December 26, 10am-7pm (one-day)
@ The Beguiling & Little Island Comics
General sale, 25% off of almost everything, including in-print books, comics, and graphic novels, plus anime, toys, art books, smut, you name it.
– Amazing Door-Crasher Specials, while supplies last (see list below)
– No discount on back issues, ‘wall books’, or variant covers. Please do not come for these items on this day.
– Does not include items released after December 1, 2014

Phase 02: WALL COMICS, BACK ISSUES

Saturday December 27 to Tuesday, December 30
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– General sale, 20% off regular price on all in-print books, comics, and graphic novels
– Wall books (i.e.: Back Issues $20 or over) 30% off sticker price.
– Back issue bins (i.e.: Back issues under $20) 50% off sticker price.
– Variant Covers (i.e.: Variant Cover Boxes behind 2nd floor cash) 75% off sticker price or $5, whichever is higher.
Little Island Comics will continue to have 20% off all store stock from December 27 through December 30.
– This sale does not continue in any form after December 30.
– Does not include items released after December 1, 2014

Wednesday December 31: NEW COMICS DAY. NO SALES AT ALL.
Thursday, January 1st: Closed

Phase 03: DC DOLLAR COMICS

Friday January 2 to Tuesday January 6
@ The Beguiling

– Our highly-anticipated dollar comics sale! Thousands of issues released 2012-2014 by DC Comics, now just $1 each (with a minimum purchase of 10 comics).
– Will not include items released after December 1, 2014
– All sale items at the discretion of staff, in case certain titles/issues have been misplaced in the sale bins.

Wednesday January 7: NEW COMICS DAY. NO SALES AT ALL.

Phase 04: Image, Dark Horse, Oni, and Indy DOLLAR COMICS

Thursday January 8 to Tuesday January 13, 2015
@ The Beguiling

– Hey! Why don’t you try a great new comic? Or 10? A selection of comics from pubs including Image, Dark Horse, Valiant, Oni, and many more, will now be only a buck each (with minimum purchase of 10 comics).
– Will not include items released after December 1, 2014
– All sale items at the discretion of staff, in case certain titles/issues have been misplaced in the sale bins.

Wednesday January 14: NEW COMICS DAY. NO SALES AT ALL.

Phase 05: MARVEL DOLLAR COMICS

Thursday January 15 to Tuesday January 20, 2015
@ The Beguiling

– Woo-hoo! The big one! Umpteen boxes of Marvel Comics overstock being blown out for $1 each, with a minimum purchase of 10 comics! Run, don’t walk, to the store that day!
– Will not include items released after December 1, 2014
– All sale items at the discretion of staff, in case certain titles/issues have been misplaced in the sale bins.

Alright! That’s the outline! The hardcore details are below!

BOXING DAY SALE PHASE 01
Friday, December 26, 10am-7pm. One Day Only!
@ The Beguiling & Little Island Comics
(Back issue bins, wall books, variants completely unavailable during this time.)

GROUND RULES

  • Bring your own bags! Save the environment!
  • 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. Determin

#TCAFshop holiday hours and photos!

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Hey there! Maybe you haven’t been following TCAF on twitter or instagram (@torontocomics), so maybe you don’t know that the TCAF Shop @ Toronto Reference Library is awesome, and getting new and unique product in every day? Here’s a little bit of info to catch you up!

The Basics

The #TCAFshop is located at 789 Yonge Street, inside Toronto Reference Library. You can enter from Yonge Street, or from the library, and it’s open the same hours as the library!

Holiday Hours

The TCAFshop @ TPL currently keeps the same hours as Toronto Reference Library. As such, it will observe all of the holiday closures that Toronto Public Library is undergoing.

The TCAFshop will be open from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and closed on Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26 and Sunday, December 28. It will be open as usual on Saturday, December 27, 9:00am-5:00pm. It will be open 9:00am-1:00pm on New Year’s Eve, and closed on New Year’s Day.

New Product & Unique Product Lines

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The TCAFshop has a tonnnn of cool merch in stock right now, making great gifts or stocking stuffers! Tintin and Peanuts you  may have already known about, but Monday saw the arrival of cool/cute Moomin and Studio Ghibli (Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service) material!

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But that’s not all! The TCAF shop is also carrying a well-curated selection of magazines! Two very important issues this month too, with Taddle Creek featuring a new story by Michel Rabagliati (Paul Joins The Scouts) and The Walrus featuring the beginning of a new serial by Seth (Palookaville)!

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The TCAFshop also carries a great selection of stationary, and literary-themed totes and shirts! Just a few of the many items in stock now displayed above, and new material coming in all the time!

Oh, and of course they carry graphic novels and books too, but since you’re already visiting The Beguiling, you’re probably very well-served on that front. Still, feel free to come by and check that out too. 😉

Alright! That’s it for now! Thanks for reading!

– Chris @ The Beguiling