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MARCH 15: Jason Loo Launches The Pitiful Human-Lizard Volume 2 @ Page & Panel

The Pitiful Human-Lizard Volume 2: Still Pretty Pathetic
Launch Party featuring Creator Jason Loo
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 6pm-8pm
@ Page & Panel, 789 Yonge Street
Free to attend

Get ready for the second volume of Toronto’s most irreverent superhero series! Comic creator Jason Loo and colourist Meaghan Carter will be signing copies of Pitiful Human-Lizard Volume 2: Still Pretty Pathetic at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop on Wednesday, March 15, 6-8pm!

In this captivating second volume, join the Human-Lizard on new fantastic adventures! Our hero teams up with surprising new allies (spoiler alert: one of them is his mom) and takes on his greatest adversary yet: unreliable public transit! With new adventures starring Lady Accident, Mother Wonder, Majestic Rat, the Grizzly Biker, and introducing the biggest character to hit the Chapterverse: Razma-Foon! Collects issues #6-11 of the Pitiful Human-Lizard series by Jason Loo, the Summer Special team-up story featuring Captain Canuck, plus more exclusive stories!

MARCH 4: Seth & Michael DeForge at U of T

MAKING HISTORY: The Cartoon Worlds of Seth
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, Room JH 100
170 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
Free to attend – Tickets Required! Get your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seth-making-history-in-conversation-with-michael-deforge-tickets-31892076058

Sponsored by The Graduate English Association (GEA) in the Department of English at the University of Toronto is working in collaboration with the Beguiling Books & Art and the Portcupine’s Quill.

SETH · cartoonist · illustrator · book-maker · designer · model-builder · installation artist

For decades Seth has been making and re-making histories – often uniquely Canadian histories – while cultivating a distinctive graphic style that calls to mind a golden age of cartooning. In comics and illustrations, in published sketchbooks, in gallery installations, on New Yorker covers, Seth gives substance to an imagined past that hovers at the edge of memory.

The historical inventions and interventions of his work draw attention to the representation of the past, and in doing so reveal the amount of the artifice involved in the construction of history. By allowing his readers to explore a vividly rendered, materially rich collection of overlapping cartoon worlds, Seth makes tangible a complicated longing for the past.

Join Seth and fellow cartoonist Michael DeForge for a discussion about comics, world-building, and capturing the past.

Also featuring: short talks by Tom Smart, curator and author of Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography, and Andrew Lesk, editor for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and past president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics. Hosted by Daniel Marrone, author Forging the Past: Seth and the Art of Memory.

The Beguiling: News About Our Move

Over the past few months, many of you have asked just what will be happening with The Beguiling when Mirvish Village shuts down in early 2017. Well, we’re ready to share the first part of what comes next.

Both our home at 601 Markham (since 1992!) and Little Island Comics at 742 Bathurst will shut down at the end of January, probably around January 28th. We’re currently making plans to say goodbye with a bang, and we look forward to sharing more details on that in the New Year.

In the meantime, we’re currently setting up a great space on College at Spadina (319 College St., south side) near the top of Kensington Market. This new space is a ten-minute walk from our current location; it’s serviced by both the TTC’s College streetcar line as well as the Spadina LRT. It’s easily walkable, accessible by transit, and a great space overall. We’re excited to join the neighbourhood.

We hope to open those doors at 319 College in a matter of weeks, with a selection of our current merchandise geared toward holiday shopping and specials.

Our legendary Boxing Week sale will still take place as usual at 601, but then beginning Tuesday January 3rd, all the full regular operations of The Beguiling will be handled out of 319 College St. That means: pull files and all new releases.

If you’re a pull file customer, you have two options:

  1. Unless we hear otherwise, your pull-file will automatically continue at 319 College starting January 3rd.
  2. If you’d prefer to continue to do your comics shopping on the TTC Bloor subway line, Page & Panel (the TCAF shop in the Toronto Reference Library) will start offering full pull-file service that first week of January. We want this transition to be as convenient and comfortable as possible for all of our customers, so just let us know.

We’re also happy to say that much of Little Island’s all-ages material will be made available at Page & Panel. There will be more news to come in 2017.

As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say thank you to the Toronto comics community, and to our many loyal friends and customers for your continued support. We’re excited to enter this next phase of the shop with you.

– Peter Birkemoe, and the Staff of The Beguiling


Fresh from his appearance at The Beguiling last week, we’re happy to say we have a great selection of new artwork by Sammy Harkham in The Beguiling’s Original Art Store!

You can see all of Sammy’s artwork here:

And you can see the new pieces in the “General” section here:

The recently added pages include:

Kramers Ergot #5 – Alexander the Greatest Page 01, 02
Crickets #2 – Title Page
Crickets #4 – Page 20, 33, 36, 39
Crickets #5 – Pages 15, 18, 32
Elisha – Pages 01, 02

Sammy Harkham is best known as editor and contributor to the groundbreaking Kramers Ergot series of comics anthologies, as well as for his self-published series Crickets, which is also pretty-darned excellent.  Head over and check out all of his artwork now!

– Chris @ The Beguiling


New in the Art Store: Jason Lutes’ BERLIN Book One & Two


The Beguiling has long represented art sales for Jason Lutes, the incredibly talented creator of the series BERLIN, published by Drawn & Quarterly. He was one of our very first clients in fact!

Today we’re happy to announce that Lutes has provided us with all of the remaining original artwork for Berlin Book One (issues #1-#8 of the regular series) and Berlin Book Two (issues #9-#16), and it is all now available for sale on The Beguiling Art Store.


In addition, we have a very rare piece of promotional art for the series, two strips that ran in Nickelodeon Magazine, and most of the original artwork for Berlin #19.

So please head over to our Original Art store, and check out some of the hundreds of pages of beautiful artwork that Jason Lutes has created over the past two decades.

– Christopher


New Original Art by Mahendra Singh available in the art store, from Adventure Time: Enchiridion

The Beguiling is proud to announce that we now have available for sale ALL NEW original art by incredible artist Mahendra Singh! This time, the pieces come from the just-released ADVENTURE TIME: THE ENCHIRIDION & MARCY’S SUPER SECRET SCRAPBOOK (but mostly the Enchiridion parts).

You can find his work at: http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=165

Singh’s art is more evocative of the history of the Adventure Time universe in this book, and so the pages are as unique and strange as they are beautiful. I mean, check this out:

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Mahendra Singh has a very unique illustration style that closely resembles traditional engraving. His beautiful images are created by using dip pens with English or German nibs on Denril paper, a special type of vellum which never cracks/stretches/warps. The whole page is then treated with Krylon Spray Fix afterwards to further protect it. All of this combines to create a slightly textured, unique, and truly compelling work of original art. You can see some of the texture in this image:


It’s really cool stuff!

Check it out.

– Chris @ The Beguiling


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 http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/.


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 http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/ 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 http://www.inkstuds.org/, it’s great, and Chris is on it occasionally.



The Beguiling Artstore Welcomes Kate Beaton!


The Beguiling Artstore is very happy to welcome Kate Beaton as the newest creator whose original art we represent! Beaton has provided us with about a dozen pieces of her original art, including strips from Hark, A Vagrant!, available for sale for the first time!

You can find the selection of Original Artwork for sale at our online art store in the brand new Kate Beaton section, at http://store.beguilingoriginalart.com/index.php?cPath=158.

Kate Beaton’s Hark A Vagrant! is an incredible and incredibly popular web comic, and her work has been collected in the New York Times bestselling Hark, A Vagrant from Drawn & Quarterly, and Never Learn Anything From History from Topatoco.

– Chris @ The Beguiling