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The Beguiling is pleased to be the official bookseller for a special virtual launch event with Joe Sacco in celebration of his new book PAYING THE LAND!

Joe Sacco is one of the recognized masters of the form of comics journalism, a sub-genre of both comics and journalism that he was instrumental in pioneering. In his first full-length work of comics journalism in a decade, Paying the Land, Sacco brings his razor sharp intelligence and insight to Canada’s Mackenzie River Valley in the Yukon and the day to day struggles of the Dene people who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. As many lands have experienced in the recent past where the money that follows development is both a blessing and a curse, Sacco travels through the far North and shows us how these conflicts play out on and in the ground and how the Canadian government’s legacy of racism and neglect in this stunning landscape still lingers.

Joe Sacco will discuss Paying the Land and his travels through Canada’s far North with author and storyteller, Richard Van Camp, member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation of the Northwest Territories.


From now through August 5, any order on BEGUILINGBOOKS.COM including a copy of PAYING THE LAND will ship free to most locations in Canada! A shipping charge will appear as you check out but will be removed before charging your card.  Additionally, we are getting signed bookplates to go with the book, and if you would like your order to include one all you need to do is put the word BOOKPLATE in the notes when checking out!!



Look, you shouldn’t leave your house. We all know this. But we also know you all miss shopping at the store! (Look, give this to us ok?) How, you may ask, could I possibly make my house look like I’m in The Beguiling, ie overflowing with comics, when I can’t go down to The Beguiling and shop?

Well, my friends, we have a surprise for you.


Browse our inventory! Look at some staff picks! See some curated-by-staff lists of books! And BUY COMICS!

The store is live NOW and we encourage one and all to visit!!

FOR SINGLE ISSUE REQUESTS please note this inventory isn’t on the website! Feel free to email us for any single issues you’re looking for, new or old!

Thanks one and all for your passion and support during these difficult times and we hope this makes it a little bit easier for you to browse, shop and BUY BUY BUY from the BEGUILING!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us or fire an email to BEGUILINGORDERS@GMAIL.COM!


We’ll be closing indefinitely for regular in-store shopping end of business day today, 03/16. This Wednesday, we’ll open in a limited capacity for customers to pick up their comics.

Shipping and curb-side pick-up are still available! Send us an email at or give us a call between _____ and we can arrange your order.

Thanks to all of the kind souls who have already phoned in to buy books or gift-certificates– In the days to come we’ll be trying out our legendary hand-selling skills by phone & email!

Also, you can also purchase a GIFT CERTIFICATE electronically through our paypal by sending money, with a note specifying it’s for a gift certificate, to:

or over the phone during our normal hours to process your order via Visa/MC/Debit!

Thanks everyone for your support, it means the world.

–The Beguiling


Starting Sunday, March 22 we’re going to be holding the first of what we hope will be a regular uninstructed life drawing session with Toronto artist Kagan McLeod!

Kagan has been illustrating for newspapers, magazines and design firms since 1999. He has received awards for his work from such groups as the Society of Newspaper Design, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Illustration and the Society of Publication Designers. Kagan’s latest book Draw People Every Day: Short Lessons in Portrait and Figure Drawing Using Ink and Color was released last summer by Watson-Gupti, and this isn’t even mentioning his numerous comics works, including Infinite Kung-Fu and Kaptara!

This session will feature a live model and a playlist curated by Kagan McLeod!! There is a $10 cover charge to help pay our model, Meredith!

Here’s the details all in handy point form!


Hope to see you there!


On Wednesday, March 25th, The Beguiling welcomes artist SAMI ALWANI to the store to celebrate two-fold!

First: to celebrate the release of his story “THE MISFORTUNES OF VIRTUE” in NOW #8, published by Fantagraphics and out that day!

Second: to observe the launch of Sami’s show in our gallery featuring original art from The Misfortunes of Virtue, The Dead Father and other works!

Sami will be reading from his piece and answering some questions and just generally Hanging Around!

Everything starts at 7PM! We hope to see you there!!


On Thursday, March 19 at 7PM we’re thrilled to present the launch for the release of our very own VICTOR MARTINS and his new comic “Ley Lines #22: Cabra Cabra” from Czap Books & Grindstone Comics!

Victor will be in conversation with illustrator/zine-maker Cleopatria Peterson and signing copies of Cabra Cabra! We’ll have a bunch available, as well as copies of Victor’s other works too!

We’re very excited to celebrate the release of Cabra Cabra with Victor and all of you, and we hope you are too! See you there!


It’s always a pleasure when a new Michael Deforge book comes into the world, and especially when we’re able to host Michael in-store to launch it! Well, Thursday, March 12th at 7PM Michael will be here in support of his new book FAMILIAR FACE from the great folks at Drawn & Quarterly!

If you’ve been to one of our events with Michael before, you know that surprises abound—in the past we’ve been treated to readings from yet-to-be-released works, for starters—and that it will definitely be something you don’t want to miss! Plus, a chance to get your ownj copy of FAMILIAR FACE, and signed at that? Say no more, just click RSVP on our Facebook event and get ready!

Thanks as always to Drawn & Quarterly for helping to set this up!

About Familiar Face:

Familiar Face’s narrator works in the government’s department of complaints, reading through citizens’ reports of the issues they’ve had with the system updates. DeForge’s ability to find the humanity and emotional truth within the outlandish bureaucracy of everyday life is unparalleled. 

Advance Praise: 

“In Familiar Face, Michael DeForge’s genius brain foreshadows a not-so-distant future where optimization is the ruling dictator. Underneath DeForge’s hyper-coloured, fragmented style and signature deadpan is a prescient mourning for what is lost after the onslaught of updates and upgrades. One of the most compelling works to date by my favourite Canadian writer.”Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat and I’m Afraid of Men

“At first glance, Familiar Face may seem to be set in a far-off dystopia, but the longer you remain in this strange world, the more it begins to feel uncannily familiar, an almost-too-accurate depiction of our world. Yet, for all its disquiet, this was a pleasure to read. Michael DeForge’s elastic, friendly line is full of humour and wistful charm.”Ling Ma, author of Severance


Will you be our Galentine, again? We’re going back to Page and Panel for another special night this February to celebrate ladies, friendships and all things nerdy with comics, coloring, door prizes, snacks, drinks, lotsa ladies and even more fun!

Time: Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7pm – 11pm
Location: Page & Panel
Toronto, Ontario
Dress code: Geek Tie
Cost: FREE!

Comic Shop Ladies Night is back with another Galentine’s edition, a day to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives! This is a ladies only event* where you can embrace your geeky side, discover new comics, share your opinions on movies, TV shows and video games, and cozy in from the cold with some comics! So put on your favorite Geek Tie attire (whether it’s a floofy dress or your favorite jeans) and come spend the evening with other nerdy ladies in a casual environment, surrounded by comics and merch.

This Galentines Celebration will be held at one of our favorite venues, Page & Panel, which will be open for business all night with special sales just for Ladies Night attendees.

Every hour we’ll also be giving away amazing door prizes, but you have to be there to win, so be there is what we’re saying! We’ve got comics, games, a nerdy photo booth, and of course our popular table for the best coloring book action in town, so bring your pencils and imagination. And we’ll also have Galentines for purchase to give to your favorite gals.

So why not spend this February celebrating Galentine’s Day, chatting and snacking with other great geeky gals? First timers and serial attendees are all welcome, but don’t forget to RSVP to get yourself on the guest list and to get your name entered for the door prizes!

This event is inclusive to all women, including those that identify as cisgender, transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary. Thank you to our wonderful community for supporting our intentions to build this event as a safe(r) space! We couldn’t do it without you. ♥

This location is accessible.

About Page & Panel
Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is a Toronto retail destination for comics, art, and book culture. Located inside The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s primary venue, Toronto Reference Library, the shop provides a permanent home to the very best of the comics medium, as well as the wonderful art and objects that flow from it.


Right now, in our gallery, we have a very special show leading up to Valentine’s Day: TONY MEERS— RETROMANCER: PAINTED LESSONS IN HETERONORMATIVITY. During his forty-year career Toronto artist TONY MEERS was a prolific commercial illustrator, with this selection of paintings from the 1980s and 1990s representing only a fraction of the hundreds of romance novel covers he produced.

All of the displayed pieces and more are ON SALE in-store for only $120, with $20 from every sale donated to Supporting Our Youth Toronto.

Plus, we’re holding a contest where you can WIN AN ORIGINAL PAINTING BY TONY MEERS! How, you ask? Well here’s how!

– Simply share an image from our Retroromancer art show on Twitter or Instagram! To win, you must follow and tag @TheBeguiling and use the hashtag #Retromancer. Winner will be chosen at random February 13th!

– Come up with an alternate title or a plot description based on one of the pieces! Share it and tag us on Instagram or Twitter and the staff will choose a winner February 14th! Just as before, you must be following and tag us (@TheBeguiling) and use the hashtag #Retromancer!

Thanks so much to Tony for allowing us to display his work, and swing on by and check it out! Seeing it all in display in the gallery is truly a sight to behold.

Announcing BDP’s first release: MAGICIAN A by Natsuko Ishitsuyo!

YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Beguiling owner and TCAF co-founder Peter Birkemoe is stepping back into the publishing game with the launch of the new publishing imprint BDP, and the first book on offer to you, gentle reader, is the astounding debut collection Magician A from Japanese artist Natsuko Ishitsuyo, translated by Jocelyne Allen!

With art heavily influenced by Ishitsuyo’s time studying art in the Czech Republic, the six stories collected in Magician A focus on young women discovering and playing with their own sexuality. The feelings in these stories are universal, but Ishitsuyo’s approach is not for the squeamish.

The translation was spearheaded and executed by Eisner Award winning translator Jocelyne Allen, who has worked on almost too many books to count at this point! You might be familiar with her translations of Juniji Ito (Fragments of HorrorSmashedShiverFrankenstein), Kabi Nagata (My Lesbian Experience with LonelinessMy Solo Exchange Diary), Riyoko Ikeda (Claudine!Rose of Versailles), Yuhki Kamatani (Our Dreams at Dusk), Fumi Yoshinaga (What Did You Eat Yesterday?), Asumiko Nakamura (ClassmatesMaiden Railways) to name just a few! The Beguiling’s own Penny Clark edited this collection to boot!

And guess what? The Kickstarter for the book is LIVE! GO AND BACK THE BOOK RIGHT NOW!! ❤

You can also read more of Jocelyne’s thoughts on Magician A over here on her brainvsbook blog!

Publisher Peter Birkemoe is the owner and operator of the world-famous Beguiling comic store in Toronto, Canada, and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. After years of supporting comic artists behind the scenes through his work as a bookseller, he’s made the decision that it’s time to again dip his toes into the world of publishing, with a focus on books both in English and in translation that aren’t finding a publisher elsewhere, in part because they are a little bit dirty. Dirty books need a home, too!