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EVENT: Batman Day! With writers Ray Fawkes & Brenden Fletcher!

Saturday September 26th is BATMAN DAY, and The Beguiling Books & Art and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop are celebrating with two great authors signing in-store!

On Saturday, September 26th, meet Brenden Fletcher, writer of ‘Batgirl,’ ‘Black Canary,’ and ‘Gotham Academy,’ and Ray Fawkes, writer of ‘Gotham by Midnight’ and ‘Batman Eternal,’ at BOTH The Beguiling and Page & Panel!

At Both Stores: We’ll be offering an all-day 10% off sale on all in-stock Batman and Batman-related comic books and graphic novels. Batman Day goodies will be available at both stores.

1:00pm-2:30pm: THE BEGUILING will host Ray Fawkes and Brenden Fletcher at 601 Markham Street! As a special bonus, from 1pm-3pm The Beguiling will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

3pm-4:30pm: PAGE & PANEL will host Fawkes and Fletcher at 789 Yonge Street! As a special bonus, from 3pm-5pm Page & Panel will be offering an extra 10% off all in-stock Batman comics and graphic novels, for a total discount of 20% off!

So we’ll see you Saturday, September 26th for Batman Day!


Featuring Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, & Ian Herring
Wednesday, September 16th, 4pm-6pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street

20898019Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop and The Beguiling Books & Art are proud to welcome the art team of smash-hit comic series MS. MARVEL to Page & Panel on Wednesday, September 16th, from 4pm-6pm!

This is a very rare event indeed! In addition to Ms. Marvel series artist and character designer Adrian Alphona (Runaways), and series colourist Ian Herring, we’re welcoming Ms. Marvel‘s other regular artist Takeshi Miyazawa all the way from Tokyo, Japan, for this very special event!

Copies of many issues of Ms. Marvel, as well as trade paperbacks, and the newly released hardcover edition will be available for sale at the event…!

This is a slightly early event, starting at 4pm and going to 6pm, so make plans if you gotta! And we’ll see you on the 16th!


EVENT: Ladies Night @ Page & Panel, Saturday July 25th 7pm


Ladies Night
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, inside Toronto Reference Library
Saturday, July 25th, 7pm to 9pm
Special Event RSVP on Facebook

PPlogo2Comic Shop Ladies Night is a quarterly social, community building and networking event. We are so excited to have our summer Ladies Night at Page & Panel!

We invite all ladies to come out and share your love of comics, games, shows, books, movies & pop culture! We look forward to seeing old faces and new ones, catching up on projects and pursuits, and relaxing together with awesome nerdy women!

Page & Panel is located on the first floor of the Toronto Reference Library. Enter off of Yonge Street, just north of the main library entrance.

Note from The Beguiling: Hey folks! We’ve been asked a bunch about hosting a Ladies Night event at The Beguiling, following on some of the great events that have been happening at comic shops around North America. Well our pals over at Page & Panel are working with the Ladies Night Social Group to host just such an event this Saturday evening! We hope that some of the many folks who’ve been hoping for such an event with us will swing by P&P, which is an absolutely great space for an event like this thanks to it being accessible, with access to washrooms and centrally located at Yonge & Bloor.


The Beguiling is proud to announce that it will begin selling the original comics artwork of

Marian Churchland
(Beast, 8house)

Brandon Graham
(King City, Prophet, Multiple Warheads)

Original Art Sales Begin Today, July 1st
Including the brand-new 8house #1: Arclight, released today

8houseArclight01-2x3-300July 1st: The Beguiling is proud to officially announce that it is now representing the original comics art sales of acclaimed Canadian comics creator Marian Churchland, and creator and Canadian transplant Brandon Graham in its art store. This announcement happily coincides with the release of the pair’s newest collaborative effort, 8house #1: Arclight, published today by Image Comics, with originals from the issue already available for sale at


Brandon Graham is probably best known for his signature graphic novels King City and Multiple Warheads, which he wrote and illustrated, and for his reimagining of the Image comic Prophet, which he wrote and drew along with a top team of international artists. His newest projects, the anthology-series Island (launching later this month) and the open-world speculative-fiction series 8house (debuting today) continue to deliver everything his fans have come to love about his work, and then some!


Joining Brandon for the debut of 8house today is the supremely talented artist Marian Churchland. Creator of the original graphic novel Beast for Image comic, Churchland has also contributed art to series including Elephantmen, Northlanders, Madame Xanadu, and is also co-creating the upcoming series From Under Mountains, due to debut in September 2015.

Speaking of 8house, Marian Churchland has fully illustrated the first two issues of the series, and has made almost all of the original artwork for the first issue available for sale! In addition, Churchland has provided art from several personal projects, and her work on Vertigo’s Northlanders, and it is all currently available in the art store. Brandon Graham has provided a selection of pages from his projects including King City, Multiple Warheads, Prophet, and more, which are now available for sale.

So head over to to see all of the available pages by both of these fantastic artists, and look forward to seeing even more in the weeks to come!

The Beguiling would like to thank Robin McConnell of Inkstuds for all of his help getting the art together. Check out his regular podcast at, it’s great, and Chris is on it occasionally.




Hey there!

we stand on guard for theWe’re open on Canada Day because new comics JUST DON’T SLEEP. We wanted to do something a little bit special to celebrate, and for one day only, the new comic WE STAND ON GUARD #1 will be $2.99 (regularly $3.75).

WE STAND ON GUARD is a brand new series about America invading Canada (gasp!) written by Brian K. Vaughn, co-creator of Saga (you’ve all heard of Saga, right?) and illustrated by Steve Skroce (of Doc Frankenstein and The Matrix). The first issue weighs in at a whopping 40 (forty) pages of art and story, twice what you’d get in a Marvel or DC book, and for only three dollars!

So yeah, stop by, say hello, pick up WE STAND ON GUARD #1 for three bucks (as well as all of the other great new comics and graphic novels this week). We’re open 11am-9pm this Wednesday.

– Chris @ The Beguiling

P.S.: Page & Panel will be open too from 12-6, and offering the same special. Little Island is closed. :)

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.



PPlogo2Also: Little Island Comics will be closed on Canada Day, and Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop will be open from 12pm-6pm. If you haven’t been by yet, it’s a great opportunity to check out the shop…!


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!


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!


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

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!