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NOV 28: ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS “OUR WRETCHED TOWN HALL” LAUNCH!

Get excited! On Wedensday, November 28, ERIC KOSTIUK WILLIAMS will be in-store as we hold a launch event for his new book from Retrofit, OUR WRETCHED TOWN HALL! Eric is one of our favourite local creators so we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate the release of his new book!

Everything will kick off at 7PM in our Gallery Space, where Eric will be exhibiting some new prints just for the launch! Eric will read from Our Wretched Town Hall followed by a conversation with Broken Pencil editor/Beguiling staffer Jonathan Valelly and a Q&A!

In short: it’s gonna be G R E A T.

NOV 16: LORENZ PETER “ON VINYL” & REBECCA ROSEN “FLEM” CONUNDRUM FALL LAUNCH EVENT!

November 16 we’re excited to have two great creators in store to celebrate their new books from CONUNDRUM PRESS!

Local creator LORENZ PETER will be here with his new comic ON VINYL!

REBECCA ROSEN will be joining us all the way from Brussels to launch her new book FLEM!

It’ll all kick off at 7PM in our gallery space with a presentation, Q&A and a chance to get your books signed by the authors!!

About On Vinyl:
On Vinyl is a love letter to vinyl and an exploration of the role nostalgia plays in the decisions we make. When Lenny opens a second-hand record store in Toronto, it’s the realization of a dream, and a welcome break from the chaos at home, where developers—and his landlord—are determined to push him out.
Unfortunately, Lenny’s store isn’t much more stable than his home life. Rent is sky-high, and sales are sporadic. Some days, he’s run off his feet while other days, smashing unwanted records is the only way to pass the time.
When he finds an old press release tucked away in the sleeve of a record, the discovery launches Lenny into his next quest: to track down the long-lost record collection of Hot Walter, an elusive and aging disco DJ, and maybe, just maybe, save the store.

About Lorenz Peter
Lorenz Peter was born in Montreal and grew up in Northern Alberta. In 1990, he left school to pursue cartooning and music. Lorenz has released five full length graphic novels since then: Chaos MissionDark Adaptation (winner of the Doug Wright award for Best Emerging Artist), Side EffectGrey Museum and his newest, On Vinyl. In 1997, Lorenz joined Corpusse, forming a power duo that would influence Toronto’s underground art rock/noise scene for nearly 15 years and record 3 albums together. Lorenz lives in Toronto where he continues to work independently on comics, illustrations, and musical acts Processor and Off World.

About FLEM:
Fictional biography of a disturbed performance artist
Julia Maarten’s a mess: she’s running out of inheritance money, failing out of art school, and haunted by the ghost of her depressed mother. And then there’s the compulsive nose-picking thing…
When Julia meets a group of radical feminist performance artists in a Brussels squat, she is convinced by their political perspective and enchanted by their counter-cultural lifestyle. But has she found her tribe… or lost her mind?
FLEM, by newcomer Rebecca Rosen, takes the reader on a colour-coded journey into the dark heart of the “other” Brussels by way of a damaged young woman’s inflamed nasal canal.
About Rebecca Rosen
Rebecca Rosen is an artist, originally from Montreal, who now makes her home in Brussels. She runs the silkscreening studio l’Appat.

NOV 2: WAYWARD FINALE PARTY WITH WRITER/CO-CREATOR JIM ZUB!

Wedneday, October 31 sees the release of the final issue of the hit series WAYWARD from Image Comics! When the series began, we held the launch party at The Beguiling so now that it’s wrapping up it only made sense to team up with series co-creator/writer JIM ZUB to throw a big ol WAYWARD FINALE PARTY at the store on Friday, November 2nd!

Join us starting at 6PM for a chance to get your books signed, make mirth and mark the end of Wayward! We’ll also be stocked up on lots of copies of Jim’s other comics such as CHAMPIONS, AVENGERS, RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and plenty more! Jim will also be bringing his own selection of back issues and variant covers just for this event, and to top it all of we’ll have a PRINT GIVEAWAY!

It’s no secret that we love Jim here at the store so we’re super excited we could welcome him back and send WAYWARD off with the party it deserves!
SEE YOU THERE!

Oct 27: JOHN MARTZ & BRITT WILSON “EVIE & THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES” & “GHOST QUEEN” LAUNCH at LITTLE ISLAND COMICS!

On Saturday, October 27th The Beguiling, Little Island Comics & Koyama Press are beyond pleased to welcome JOHN MARTZ and BRITT WILSON to the store for a fun-for-all-ages celebration of the release of their new books  EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES and GHOST QUEEN!

Come on  out Saturday, October 27th at the kid-friendly time of 12-2PM for a fun Halloweentime activity for all! Meet the creators, get your books signed, and lots more fun stuff to come! (I mean, it’s Halloween time, right? What’s Halloween without some CANDY?)

About EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES:

“We’ve all read about witches, those pointy hat wearin’, broom ridin’, spell castin’, superlative olfactory organ sportin’, child nappin’ creepies. But Evie wants to be scared, and Evie has found out the truth about witches, and she didn’t find it in a book.”

About GHOST QUEEN:

“Luey, Miri and Phil don’t need a babysitter, but they might need an exorcist. With dad out of town and mom hosting an emergency yoga retreat everything was junk food and scary movies until the ghosts popped up. Now it’s up to the kids to banish the banshees. Britt Wilson presents another rollicking romp in this fun-filled phantasmagorical fantasy.”

See you there!!

our back issue basement is open!

WELL! It took us a little bit but we’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of our  organized, stocked and permanent back issue section!

We now have plentiful stock of silver, bronze and current back issues and plenty more in our back issue basement! We also continue to offer our great selection of high-grade back issues with a newly-expanded selection as well!

We’ll be adding more and more pretty consistently over the next few months as we continue to make it better and better!

Come on in and shop till you feel satisfied with how much you have shopped and then leave our store feeling good about life!

 

NEW IN THE ART STORE: AARON COSTAIN & ZACH WORTON!

It’s a literal A-to-Z of comics art new in our web store!

Aaron Costain‘s debut graphic novel ENTROPY came out from Secret Acres earlier this year & now we have a selection of original art from it for you to take home, put in a frame and look at lovingly!

Zach Worton recently released both THE WEIRD WORLD OF LAGOOLA GARDNER and THE CURSE OF CHARLEY BUTTERS and we have a selection of art from both of them and it is BEAUTIFUL!

Head over now to our art store and seize your chance to get some great art!

 

NEW IN THE ART STORE: TOMMI PARRISH & SHINTARO KAGO!

We’ve added a bunch of new original art to our art store from two amazing & very disparate artists!

First, we have a selection of pages from three of Tommi Parrish’s newest releases, allowing the incredible range of their work to be on full display! This includes many pages from  from their debut book for Fantagraphics, The Lie and How We Told It!

Next, we have  a selection of affordably-priced works by renowned ero guro artist Shintaro Kago! Kago’s gorgeously realized horror artwork is not for the faint of heart but his surprisingly lighthearted (and off-kilter) sense of humour shines throughout this selection of pieces.

Head over to our art store to check out both of these artists and take some of their work home!

The Grand Re-Opening of LITTLE ISLAND COMICS!!

Art by Steve Manale

The Beguiling Books & Art is proud to announce the return of

LITTLE ISLAND COMICS

The world’s first and only comic shop exclusively for kids!

Little Island Comics is BACK!!! Offering the widest possible array of graphic novels, manga, and comics for people 12 years old and younger, Little Island celebrates its Grand Re-Opening during March Break 2018 with a slate of creator appearances, refreshments and activities– with a sale to jumpstart your library of great comics for kids!

 

When it opened in 2011, Little Island served thousands of young readers, grateful parents, enthusiastic educators, and cool aunts and uncles for five years until the original Mirvish Village location closed due to redevelopment. During that time Little Island was more than a retail destination — it was a local hub: a venue for comics-making classes and teacher/librarian sessions, and hosted many book launches and events with kid-lit luminaries like Tomi Ungerer (The Three Robbers), Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Jon Klassen (We Found a Hat).

“Little Island has proven to be a key part of The Beguiling’s business overall,” says proprietor Peter Birkemoe. “I’m thrilled to once again devote space where kids and parents can learn, read and start loving comics. And we really missed giving our youngest customers the specific attention they deserve.”

“Little Island Comics responded to the public’s continuing need for specialized books shops as points of discovery, interaction, and creative community,” Little Island Comics manager Andrew Woodrow-Butcher adds. “It’s a bricks-and-mortar success story!”

A year after closing its previous Mirvish Village location, Little Island Comics re-opens in March next door to its parent shop The Beguiling’s newly expanded location at the top of Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood. As The Beguiling enters its fourth decade as North America’s premier comic book retailer, the move to College Street has allowed it to add a gallery and events space, which Little Island will share.

Little Island Comics will be staffed by the same team that worked at the previous location, who also work for The Beguiling’s Library Services business, which has been helping school and  public libraries curate their comics collections for more than 15 years. Comics as a medium has become a mainstay of educational library collections in the last decade, and parents and educators will appreciate the expert help in selecting titles that address curriculum objectives, learning challenges, and a wide variety of reading levels. Kids will appreciate the engaging visual storytelling in some of today’s most popular books for young people!

Little Island will offer a 20% discount on all in-print kids comics, picture books, and graphic novels throughout March Break (March 10-18, 2018) to encourage families to dig into graphic novels! The week will culminate in a Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, March 17th, with refreshments, drop-in activities, story time, and appearances by such creators as:

  • Scott Chantler (The Three Thieves series)
  • Naseem Hrab (Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend)
  • Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story)
  • Ryan North (Adventure Time, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Kean Soo (March: Grand Prix, Jellaby)
  • Britt Wilson (Cat Dad, King of the Goblins)
  • Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind, Science Comics: The Brain)

…and more! For details on the line-up for the Grand Re-Opening, please follow Little Island Comics on Facebook and Twitter (@littleislandcmx) and visit our website: http://littleislandcomics.com

We’re VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS and we hope you are too!!