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HEADS UP! No Manga this weekend! Back issue basement is open (buuut)

Yup, it’s just what it says, all of our manga is offsite with us at another exciting year at ANIME NORTH! As such, we won’t have any of our manga available for purchase at the store this weekend but we will have TONS at Anime North so come see us there!

As well, we took all of the tables from our back issue basement to use at the convention, so while our basement is open it’s a little bit worse for wear. We apologize for the mess but it was either close it down or have it operate a little messily so we opted for the latter!

Thanks for all your understanding! May is bananas around here and we appreciate you rolling with it, with us!


The amazing June events keep on coming, and this one is no exception!!

On Wednesday, June 26th The Beguiling welcomes author  VIKEN BERBERIAN to the store in celebration of the release of his new book (with artist Yann Kebbi) THE STRUCTURE IS ROTTEN, COMRADE from Fantagraphics!






Viken will be in attendance to talk about the book, answer questions and sign your very own copy of The Structure Is Rotten,  Comrade!!

It all starts at 7PM here in our gallery space! See you then!

Thanks so much to Fantagraphics for all they do and all they did to help arrange this!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Viken Berberian is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books,and The Believer. His novels include The Cyclist  and Das Kapital: A Novel of Love and Money Markets. He lives in Armenia.



On Thursday June 6th at 7PM The Beguiling is pleased to welcome creators BEN O’NEIL and JESSICA BROMLEY BARTRAM to the store to celebrate the release of their new books APOLOGETICA & GHOST WATER KISS from Popnoir Editions!

Ben & Jessica will be in-house talking about their books and giving you a chance to get your own copy signed!

It all takes place from 7-9 in our gallery space on June 6th! See ya there!


On Friday, June 14th at 7pm join Nick Maandag at The Beguiling (319 College St) for the launch of his debut book The Follies of Richard Wadsworth! “Maandag showcases his excellent deadpan, cringe-inducing humor in this hilariously unsettling collection of three short stories…This painfully funny book will resonate with anyone coping with arbitrary, pompous authority figures.” –– Publishers Weekly.

The evening will begin with a conversation between Nick and Chester Brown (Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus), followed by a signing!

It’s going to be great!! See you there!

Nick Maandag was born in Mississauga, Ontario in 1982. He studied philosophy at Erindale College before moving to Toronto in 2006. His previous comics include Streakers, The Libertarian, and Facility Integrity. He has received nominations for both the Doug Wright and Joe Shuster awards.


We’ve been sitting on this one for a while to drop on you post-TCAF as we keep the amazing comics events in this city going!

On Sunday, June 2nd, Little Island Comics and The Beguiling welcome creators AARON LEIGHTON and CHRIS KUZMA to the store to celebrate the release of their new books A CHILDREN’S BOOK OF DEMONS and LUNCH QUEST from Koyama Press!

This all-ages event will kick off at Noon in The Beguiling’s gallery space with readings, activity sheets for kids, a chance to get your books signed and lots more fun to come for all-ages!

See you there!


The Beguiling – May Day 
This Wednesday, May 1st  isn’t just  New Comic Book Day– it’s also International Workers’ Day, popularly known as May Day. And there’s so much going on that day in the city, to resist and to voice opposition to the many attacks on civil society from our current governments!
It’s hard to know how a small business like ours can participate in labour actions, especially when both staff and proprietors are fully on-side with the cause! We put our heads together and came up with a few ideas for May Day, and are thinking about other ways  we might show our support in the future too. For now, this is what we came up with!

What do we want? Protest Signs! When do we want them? Some time after 11am!

In solidarity with the rage and resistance we all have, The Beguiling will be offering its gallery space as a free sign-making station (from 11am until things peter out), perfect for stopping by and adding that last bit of flare to your messaging before heading over to Queen’s Park or City Hall.
Bristol board, paint, and other sign-making supplies will be available (courtesy of The Beguiling and Gwartzman’s) for you to use, but BYOStick! In addition,  members of Toronto’s comics community will be on hand to help you out with design, lettering, kerning, etc., to make sure your message looks sharp! Come by! Make a sign! No purchase necessary!

Putting Our Proceeds Where Our Protest Is!

We’re also having a one-day drive to raise funds for four of our favourite charities. 100% of money spent in the shop on May Day on comic back issues will be donated to the following organizations (purchase definitely necessary!):
Whether you want to pick up some 50-cent favourites or spend several hundred dollars on an old Weird Science – all of that cash will go directly to these organizations which are fighting the good fight every day of the year!
May Day Reads
The Beguiling carries books to inspire resistance and liberation all year round! We’ve gathered lots of these May Day-themed reads together in one spot – check out the display this week at the shop!
Bonus Contest: Sing for a Discount!
It’s a little-known tradition here at the shop that anyone shopping on May Day who can sing a full verse of The Internationale” – in any language – gets 10% off their purchase of regularly priced, in-stock books and/or comics. This deal is redeemable directly with Peter only, and is available at his sole discretion! Ask in person for more details, and the opportunity to serenade us with the international workers’ anthem!
Thanks very much, and see you on Wednesday!

TCAF 2019 Posters Now Available!!!

WOW YES THE TIME IS HERE! Fresh from the printer we now have all three TCAF 2019 posters in stock and for sale!

All three posters by TCAF featured guests Junji Ito, Lorena Alvarez and Seth are now in-stock and available at The Beguiling Books & Art (That’s us! 319 College Street) or at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop at Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)– Posters are $10 each, or all 3 for $20!! Whatta deal!

Total poster size (with show info and sponsor logos) is 13″ wide by 21.5″ tall. Main poster image area is 13″ x 19″.

All three posters are printed on bright matte stock and they look great!! Come see for yourself, or pick ’em up during TCAF, May 11 & 12 at Toronto Referenced Library!



On April 25, The Beguiling is ecstatic to welcome back artist EMILY CARROLL to the store to celebrate her brand-new book WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE from the fine folks at Koyama Press!

Emily will be in-store 7-9PM! We’ll announce details of the event closer to the date but you can count on getting your very own brand-new signed copy of the book! You can definitely count on this being a not-to-miss event– our previous in-store event with Emily, for the launch of the graphic adaptation of “Speak”, remains the talk of those who attended and we’re thrilled to have Emily back to discuss her nuanced, haunting, beautiful new book!


On Wednesday, April 3rd at 7PM join Michael DeForge for a reading and book signing to launch Leaving Richard’s Valley, his new graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly!
Leaving Richard’s Valley documents a group of forest creatures attempting to survive in the big city after being forced out of their cultish community– what unfolds is an entertaining meditation on the meaning of community and the many forms it takes.
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and has written eight books including Ant Colony, First Year Healthy, Big Kids, and Sticks Angelica. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Buttertart Festival. He is currently on a treadmill.
This event is, as always, FREE to attend!

OLA Librarians & Educators Mixer at The Beguiling!

Save the Date Fri Feb 1st from 7-9pm for a special informal evening social for Librarians and Educators at the Beguiling!

Finish off OLA by learning about the Beguiling Library Services, doing some graphic novel shopping for your school or library (20% Educator/Librarian discount available) while perusing the recently re-opened Little Island kids comics shop (the first of its kind!), plus get more information on the upcoming Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) Librarian and Educator Day Friday May 10th — and learn how to apply for the American Librarian Association Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries (valued at $6000 USD) — now open to Canadian Libraries and Schools! Applications close Feb 8th. Also, meet some fellow librarians and educators. And, did we mention…? There WILL be door prizes!
More details TBA – stay tuned and follow The Beguiling and the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Roundtable @libcomix http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/

Event Details:
Friday February 1, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm at The Beguiling 319 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2

Agenda is open and designed to encourage people to stop in whenever they are able; please pop in to say hello, do some shopping, and meet some fellow library workers and educators.
This event is open to ALL – attendees do not need an OLA badge to attend and bringing friends and family from teaching, librarianship etc. is encouraged
No RSVP needed! Looking forward to seeing you there!