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Save the Date: Aisha Franz in Toronto November 5


Aisha Franz in Toronto
Launching her new graphic novel Earthling 
In conversation with Ginette Lapalme
Wednesday, November 5th, 7pm

@ The Central, 603 Markham

This event is made possible in part by the generous support of the Goethe-Institut Toronto. Presented by The Beguiling and Drawn & Quarterly

AISHAFRANZself-portrait_500pxOn Wednesday November 5th, at 7pm, join Drawn & Quarterly and The Beguiling for the launch of Aisha Franz’s debut graphic novel, Earthling! Aisha Franz will be presenting a slideshow about her work and in conversation with Ginette Lapalme.

Earthling details a few short days in the life of two sisters and their single mother, exploring the loneliness of everyday life in the suburbs as these women struggle to come to terms with what the world expects of them. Franz presents a narrative rich with surrealist twists and turns, where the peas on the dinner plate and the ads on television can both literally and figuratively speak to the most private strife and deepest hopes in a person’s life. Drawn in deep gray pencil,Earthling is an atmospheric and haunting account of the inevitability of losing the dream worlds of childhood.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Allemagne Goethe Institut




Comics Course: Words and Pictures: Appreciating the Graphic Novel

Hello folks! Looking for a great way ‘in’ to the medium of comics and graphic novels? Check out this course being offered by The University of Toronto between February and April, 2015. Open to everyone, it’s a good primer on the medium, its symbols, and how it all comes together to create something unique and new.

2981 Words and Pictures: Appreciating the Graphic Novel

Using Scott McCloud’s brilliant and visionary Understanding Comics as a guiding text, we will explore what makes the comic book medium so popular and unique. A variety of examples and genres will be studied such as Herge’s Tintin, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Alan Moore’s V For Vendetta. The medium of comics possesses magic and masterpieces all of its own; veteran enthusiasts and those desiring to explore a new cultural field are welcome to join us in its study. Work will consist of either analytical writing or creating one’s own comics.

Find out more at The University of Toronto Website.

Shoplifter Launch Wednesday Night @ 6pm with Michael Cho!


SHOPLIFTER Book Launch and Event
Featuring author Michael Cho
Wednesday, September 3rd, Event at 6PM! 
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street

Please join The Beguiling and Random House Canada for the official launch of Michael Cho’s SHOPLIFTER, a new graphic novel. Author Michael Cho will be in attendance at the event and read from the work.

Michael Cho’s Shoplifter, his first graphic novel, is a joy to behold—so beautiful it will make all other cartoonists weep with envy.”
—Seth, author of Palookaville


Corinna Park used to have big plans.  Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is … copy. Corinna knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it? Here is the brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.

Crazy DOUBLE DEEP SALE on everything in the discount room!

As you may or may not know we have a whole room full of 50 cent comics, $1 magazines, and other deeply discounted books. We need to clear out this room for a while so until the end of July…


  • Comics for just 25 cents!
  • Magazines for 50 cents each!
  • Whole trade paperbacks for as little as 1$!

Boxes are 14 x 11 x 7 inches and hold hundreds of comics.

You should come check it out.
Sale room is open daily until 7pm (6pm on Sunday).

Image “Bullring – Selfridges lit up in the evening – Sale” CC by Elliott Brown

Event: Friends of the Merril Collection SF / Anime Flea Market Sept 13

Friends of the Merril Collection SF / Anime Flea Market
Saturday, September 13th, 10am-4pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St
Located in The Beaton Auditorium

The Friends of the Merril Collection present our annual SF/Anime Flea Market, one-stop shopping for your genre bric-a-brac needs. We’ll have books, comics, DVDs, VHS, collectibles, games, costume supplies, you name it!…
The Flea Market will be held on Saturday, September 13th, from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (please note the location).
Admission is FREE!! Come and shop!
If you have items you wish to sell, please contact Donald Simmons at for table fees. Space must be reserved in advance.
The Friends of the Merril Collection help support the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy, a public-access Special Collection located in the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Libraries.
Check out the Friends at