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OCT 10: GORD HILL THE ANTIFA COMIC BOOK LAUNCH EVENT!

On Wednesday, October 10th,  The Beguiling is honoured to welcome GORD HILL, creator of THE 500 YEARS OF RESISTANCE COMIC BOOK and THE ANTI-CAPITALIST RESISTANCE COMIC BOOK to the store to celebrate the launch of THE ANTIFA COMIC BOOK from Arsenal Pulp Press!

Things will kick off at 7PM! More exact details are coming soon but there will definitely be a chance to meet Gord Hill, get your book signed and plenty more! This is going to be an AMAZING event!

Our thanks to Arsenal Pulp for making this possible!

SEP 21: RYAN NORTH: HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING LAUNCH

RYAN NORTH: HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING LAUNCH
Hosted by Daily Planet’s Anthony Morgan
Friday, Sep 21, 7pm-8pm
@ Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
Free, tickets required, click here

Ryan North is the New York Times-bestselling author of two chooseable-path Shakespeare books, “Romeo and/or Juliet” and “To Be or Not to Be”. He’s the creator of Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner Award-winning writer of “Adventure Time”, “Jughead”, and “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” for Marvel Comics.

Ryan will discuss his latest graphic novel on the key technologies that made each stage of human civilization possible, “How to Invent Everything”, with Daily Planet’s Anthony Morgan.

Presented in partnership with TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival).

This event is part of the Appel Salon series at the TPL, where we present discussions and talks with the most exciting writers from around the world in our premier literary venue, the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

Go to tpl.ca/appelsalon to see upcoming events in this series.

This event is FREE, but you must register to attend. Get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ryan-north-how-to-invent-everything-tickets-48043573622?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

SEPTEMBER 22: POW POW PRESS AT THE BEGUILING!

The fourth and final volume of the Almost Summer series will be available in bookstores on September 13th and Pow Pow Press will be celebrating its release with a book launch in Toronto! Join us at The Beguiling on September 22nd for an evening with the Pow Pow crew. Sophie Bédard will be there, alongside Michel Hellman (Nunavik), Cathon (Vampire Cousins) and publisher Luc Bossé!

“Almost Summer strikes a perfect balance between drama and comedy, chronicling the daily life of a group of teenagers. In this final chapter, Anthony is looking for an apartment while Michelle is looking for a prom dress. Matthew is trying to make sense of his own feelings while Emily is trying to assert herself. High school is almost over. But you know what they say: it’s not over till it’s over. And even then, it’s not really the end.”

This event will kick off at 7PM! There’ll be a presentation and talk along with a Q&A and a chance to get your books signed! 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!!

THE BEGUILING IS EXPANDING!

If you’ve been in the store lately, you’ve probably noticed some commotion. Were those strange noises your imagination? Were we *really* getting into Halloween this year? Or maybe we were just listening to weird music?? (we do that)
Your senses have not been misleading you– we’re thrilled to say that The Beguiling is growing!
Over the course of the next year we will be expanding our College St location from a space a little bit smaller than our old location to one several times larger–  same great taste, even more filling.
We’ll announce more concrete things as they approach, but our initial expansion should be open to the public very soon so stop on by and maybe you’ll get to see for yourself!
(art from Bringing Up Father by George McManus)

Uniqlo X The Beguiling in #UniqloMeetsToronto

The Beguiling is proud to team with international fashion retailer Uniqlo to present a unique selection of comics, graphic novels, and merchandise, featuring Toronto creators and works set in and around our fair city at their Toronto Flagship location at The Eaton Centre.

The display and sale is part of Uniqlo’s #UniqloMeetsToronto spotlight on local retailers, and The Beguiling is featured alongside fellow indie retailers Soundscapes, Gravity Pope, and BYOB.

The display will continue through May, and a selection of graphic novels will be rotated through the space during that time. Of course, you’re always welcome to visit us at 319 College Street to see all the greatest graphic novels that Toronto has to offer. 🙂

Our thanks to Uniqlo for setting up this unique retail ‘pop-in.’