The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce that we are now selling pages from Shintaro Kago’s TCAF-debuting graphic novel TRACT in our artstore! The pages can be seen at

We have made available 28 pages from chapters 2 and 3 of TRACT, the title page of each chapter plus 13 interior pages from each. As TRACT is an entirely wordless work, the pages tell a story all on their own and are perfect for framing. This is Shintaro Kago’s first full-colour manga, and first entirely wordless manga, making these pages a true rarity. Please note: Many of these pages are very graphically violent. Maybe that’s not for you?

The Beguiling would like to thank artist Shintaro Kago, and TRACT publisher Hollow Press, for their assistance with these art sales. For more info on Hollow Press, visit


TRACT is a 64 page wordless graphic novella that features Shintaro Kago’s trademark combinations of formalist experimentation, 21st century anxiety, body modification, and erotic grotesquery. Not for the faint of heart, Kago’s work has been lauded internationally for its uncompromising takes on sexuality and modern culture. Darkly humourous and often unsettling, Kago’s “fashionable paranoia” drags the dark underground of contemporary society into the light for all to see. Published by Hollow Press.


The Beguiling is Canada’s premiere retailer of comics, graphic novels, and original comics art. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. Visit The Beguiling online at

Artists with original art represented by The Beguiling include: Jessica Abel, Rafael Albuquerque, Ho Che Anderson, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Marc Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Eddie Campbell, Genevieve Castree, Ben Catmul, Scott Chantler, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, Farel Dalrymple, Vanessa Davis,  Kim Deitch, Ray Fawkes, Brandon Graham, Sammy Harkham, David Heatley, Kevin Huizenga, Chris Hutsul, Jesse Jacobs, Jason,  Shintaro Kago, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Jason Little, Jason Lutes, Matt Madden, Benjamin Marra, Kagan McLeod, Anders Nilsen, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagilati, Brian Ralph, Ron Rege Jr., Graham Roumieu, Seth, Jay Stephens, Jillian Tamaki, Peter Thompson, Maurice Vellekoop, Steve Weissman, Zach Worton, and Chip Zdarsky.


CONTEST: Win A Festival Pass or Screening TIX for The Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
June 9th-23rd, 2016
@ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
PARASYTE Screening June 18th, 7pm
PARASYTE 2 Screening June 21st, 7pm

More info at:

Now in its fifth year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. Held annually at The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Festival will screen two dozen films this June.

The Beguiling will be presenting the screening of PARASYTE, based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki and currently published by Kodansha Comics. That screening takes place on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, at 7pm @ The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center.

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival has provided a bunch of great tickets to give away to the festival!

  • One (1) person will win a DELUXE FESTIVAL PASS, good for 10 film screenings for the run of the festival!
  • Three (3) people will win a pair of tickets for Parasyte on Saturday, June 18, and Parasyte 2, on Thursday July 21st, based on the manga!

Here’s how to win:


To enter to win the festival pass or one of 3 pairs of tickets to see the exclusive screenings of PARASYTE on Saturday June 18th and PARASYTE 2 onThursday July 21st, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to The Beguiling mailing list (sign-up is in the upper-left corner of, and send an email with your name, phone number, and “IWAAKI” to before Thursday, June 16th, at 11am. We’ll draw and e-mail the winners early that day.


  1. Subject line MUST contain entrant’s name, phone number, and “IWAAKI” and must be sent to
  2. Entries must be made from an e-mail address subscribed to The Beguiling’s mailing list. Signup on the front page of (Seriously, we check and we disqualify people not subscribed to the mailing list.)
  3. Entries must be received before Thursday, June 16th, at 11am.
  4. Employees and family members of The Beguiling are not eligible to win.
  5. One entry per person/phone number.
  6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, no cash value, odds of winning depend on total number of entries received, etc.

Good luck to all entrants!


(Hey there! This isn’t our event but Kat is great, check out her book launch! It’s a 10 minute walk from the shop, just north of Christie Pits!)

Before The Snows Come – Book Launch
@ Scout & Cash Cafe, 146 Christie Street (North of Christie Pits)
Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 5pm-8pm
Free to attend
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The official book launch for Kat Verhoeven’s new comic Before the Snows Come! The book will be available for purchase + signing, and the author will be answering questions and just like, hanging out. Come talk comics! Beers, vegan snacks, wine good coffee, good company!

About the book:
Before the Snows Come is a book of experimental and isolated comics by Verhoeven, exploring themes of loneliness, independance and nihilism through the vehicle of the city cyclist. Told in poetic vignettes, this company of stories paints a full picture.
38 pages, risographed in blue.

About the venue:
Scout & Cash has been super kind in not only providing a workspace in their cafe in the last months, but they are donating the venue for the launch! Please be generous in purchasing drinks and in tipping ♥


Kramers Ergot 9 In-Store Signing
With Editor Sammy Harkham & Friends
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
6pm-7pm: Presentation @ The Central, 603 Markham St.

7pm-8pm: Signing in front of The Beguiling, 601 Markham St.
Free to attend

Good news everyone! Our good friend Sammy Harkham is bringing the tour for the release of the brand new KRAMERS ERGOT 9 to Toronto on Tuesday, June 14th! We’ve been fortunate to work on a number of great Kramers events with Sammy over the years, including volume 4, volume 6, and volume 7, not to mention lots of great visits to Toronto for TCAF.

The confirmed list of participants at this evening’s event is:

Michael DeForge
Sammy Harkham
Kevin Huizenga
Patrick Kyle
John Pham

That’s an incredible line-up! But a bunch of great cartoonists and friends will also be in attendance, as the make-up of the Kramers Ergot anthologies spans an incredible array of cartoonists and visual artists. It’s basically The Place To Be tonight.

The utterly gorgeous Kramers Ergot 9 is now available at The Beguiling (and will be available at the event tonight!). It is so much nicer than any sort of digital photo can capture, come see it in person a.s.a.p.!


JUNE 10: “This Poem Is A House” Poetry Book Launch @ Page & Panel

This Poem Is A House – Toronto Launch
With Ken Sparling, Derek McCormack, and Wenting Li.
Friday, June 10th, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.
Free To Attend.
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Ken Sparling’s new novel in verse, This Poem Is a House is a meditative and magical exploration of the ways we love. On June 10th he will be reading from the book alongside his editor Derek McCormack and the book’s illustrator Wenting Li. Join them as they share this enchanting story and attempt to answer the question: If love is a house, how do we arrange the furniture?

This event will be held at Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street. This is a licensed event and as such, entrance to Page & Panel will be limited to the Yonge Street Entrance, just north of Balzac’s Cafe, as the library entrance will be closed.

Our thanks to Coach House Books for helping set this up!

Praise for Ken Sparling:
‘Discovering Ken Sparling’s work changed everything I knew about writing. It made me realize that a novel could and should
be just that – novel, that that was the point of writing, of life. Reading his work felt like permission to be myself the way that he was his self. Reading Ken Sparling reminds you that you’re free.’
– Jonathan Goldstein


JUL 7: DOUBLE BILL! Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 – Beguiling Anime @ The Revue

Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 Screening
@ The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvailles
Thursday, July 7th, 2016 
7PM: Evangelion 1.11, 9PM: Evangelion 2.22
Tickets $13 each or both for $24
Buy tickets online at Eventbrite

The Beguiling’s popular monthly anime series at the Revue kicks it up a notch in July with a double bill of Evangelion 1.11 and Evangelion 2.22! Doors open at 6:00PM – come meet fellow anime fans and check out The Beguiling’s awesome merch table! Prizes will be raffled before each film! Both films will be presented in Japanese w/ English subtitles. Buy the double pass and save on admission! Last month’s screening of AKIRA sold out long before the screening, so don’t miss out!

7:00PM: Evangelion: 1.11 You Are [Not] Alone
JAPAN 2007 98min. PG
Directed by Masayuki & Kazuya Tsurumaki

The stunning rebuild of the anime masterpiece is now extended and enhanced with never before seen new animation and 266 visual and audio improvements.

Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.

Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind’s battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight – Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity’s survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.


9:00PM: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance
JAPAN 2009 112 min. PG
Directed by Masayuki & Kazuya Tsurumaki

Brutal mechanized action explodes on a grand scale as towering cyborg gladiators – the Eva Units – fight for the fate of the world in Evangelion: 2.22.

In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens – but will they be able to save themselves?


LUMBERJANES GOTHAM ACADEMY #1The following items are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling from Diamond Comics Distributors on JUNE 8TH, 2016.

All prices are listed in U.S. funds, and will be adjusted for the Canadian exchange rate in store. Variant prices are NOT listed this week. In the case of a dispute between a listed price here and in store, we always defer to the in-store price.

Continue reading SHIPPING JUNE 8, 2016


Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure
Book Launch and Reading with Ryan North and Friends
Tuesday, June 7th, 5pm-8pm
At The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Informal Signing/Greeting @5pm, Reading @6pm,

Signing with Ryan and all Artists @7pm
Free to attend

Come one, come all, to a very special launch event for ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, the new chooseable-path novel from Ryan North! You may remember Ryan North from his first chooseable-path novel To Be Or Not To Be, or great works like Machine of Death, Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time, and many more!

This event starts with a fun gathering and informal signing in front of The Beguiling at 5pm, followed by a group read-along at 6pm, and informal signing with Ryan and some of the many excellent artists included in the book at 7pm. Location is all outside, in front of The Beguiling, with rain-out location being inside The Central bar next door.

Joining us for this event will be the following artists of Romeo and/or Juliet:

Ryan North
Chris Jones
Dara Gold
Kean Soo
Lucie Whitehead
Chip Zdarsky
…and quite possibly more!

So we will see you on Tuesday, June 7th for the party!


WEDNESDAY: Life, Death, and Sorcery #1 Comic Signing


Book Launch & Signing with Danny Zabbal
Wednesday, May 29th, 5pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge St.

Join us at Page & Panel for the launch of the first issue of LIFE, DEATH AND SORCERY, the latest monthly release from Canadian publisher Chapterhouse Comics (also known for Captain Canuck and The Human-Lizard). Series creator Danny Zabbal will be here for a special signing until 8pm. Stop by, say hello, grab a copy, and enjoy!

About LIFE, DEATH AND SORCERY: Follow the story of Amelia, Coco and Winnie, three sisters that run away from home and embark on an amazing adventure. Drama, humor, and magic await in what Bleeding Cool calls “legitimately one of the best books of the year!”