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“Since 2014, Page & Panel has strived to provide a community-focused retail destination for comics, art, and book culture. As some of you may already know, Page & Panel is not just a place to buy books and merchandise, but a vibrant space for comics and arts events and a partner in creating original art. Since our inception, we have been proud to support the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, playing our part in growing the visibility of comics as a medium and fostering the growth of a community we hold dear. Now, during these unprecedented times, Page & Panel is asking for your support.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious and immediate financial impact on Page & Panel. The closure of the Toronto Reference Library and State of Emergency in Ontario led us to close our doors on March 17. As a result, we have lost nearly all of our revenue and made the painful decision of letting go some of our staff members. In addition, the cancellation of TCAF has meant losing our best weekend for sales, which supports the store and the festival year-round,  while we are still liable for mounting overhead fees.

We are asking for your support to help us recover from our financial losses during this time. Funds raised during this time will go directly to our areas of greatest priority:

Overhead: Towards the payment of rent, merchandise orders made prior to the pandemic, and other fixed costs
Recuperation of lost revenue: Page & Panel makes  significant sales during our festival weekend and we will not be able to recoup them. These sales support the festival and organization throughout the year.
Staff: Towards retaining staff and re-hiring staff as the economy slowly re-opens.”


P&P is the year-round means of supporting TCAF, and with the loss of not only the festival but its day to day operations both have been hit hard. Any help is much appreciated– and hey, you can also support by, you know, buying stuff! Get goods in return! Hit up the Page & Panel Shopify store!

SEP22: Comics & Graphic Novels at Word on the Street

Comics & Graphic Novels @ Word on the Street
Sunday, September 22, 10am-5:00pm
@ Harbourfront Centre, Queen’s Quay
Free for the public to attend

Sunday September 22nd it’s marks the annual Word on the Street Literary Festival in Toronto! TCAF has entered a relationship with WOTS to help develop their comics and graphic novels programming and exhibitors for 2019 and 2020! We think this relationship will help promote some of Canada’s greatest comic creators and graphic novelists to the amazing crowd of book lovers that WOTS attracts each year.

Comics Programming

Comic book and graphic novel creators will feature on almost every stage of Word on the Street this year! Here are the comic related programs:

10:00-10:45am: #WOTS30 ANNIVERSARY READING SERIES FUTURE OF READING, feat. Cory Doctorow, Gwen Benaway, Ben Dugas, Andreya Klobucar. Great Books Marquee

12:00-12:30: THIS PLACE: 150 YEARS RETOLD, feat Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (This Place, Portage & Main). Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact. • Portage & Main. Indigenous Voices Stage

12:00-12:30pm: RADICALIZED, feat. Cory Doctorow (IRL, First Second Books). Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely collection consisting of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future. Bestseller Stage

12:45-1:15pm: FROGCATCHERS, feat. Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Top Shelf. Gideon Falls, Image). A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. This is—as he reads from an old-fashioned keychain beside his bed—the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. A haunted hotel on the edge of reality, an endless bridge spanning an infinite ocean, and a man and a boy looking for a way out. This is the setting for a boundary-pushing, genredefying new work of fiction by one of comics’ master storytellers. • Simon & Schuster. Across the Universe Stage

1:00-1:30pm: GRAPHIC MAESTROS: ART & STORYTELLING, feat. Chris Kuzma (Lunch Quest, Koyama) and Ness Lee (Death Threat, Arsenal Pulp Press). Chris Kuzma and Ness Lee take us through the creative process of telling stories through art. Moderated by Andrew Townsend.   Great Books Marquee.

2:45-3:15pm: Digital Dystpia, feat. Cory Doctorow (Radicalized, TOR) and Karl Schroeder (Stealing Worlds, TOR). Across the Universe Stage

4:15-5:00pm: Toronto 2033, moderated by Jim Munroe (Sword of My Mouth, IDW) and featuring authors Zainab Amadahy, Madeline Ashby, and Mathew Borrett. Across the Universe Stage

Comics Related Exhibitors

TCAF, Page & Panel, and The Beguiling will anchor a great space featuring comics and graphic novels in the exhibitor area of Word on the Street, located near the Across The Universe Stage.

  • 310: TCAF, Page & Panel, The Beguiling
  • 318: Bedside Press
  • 319a: Tyler Mann Art
  • 319B: Friendship Edition
  • 319C: Kristen Kiomall-Evans
  • 320a: TO Comix Press
  • 320b: Read More Comix!
  • 320c: Spencer Afonso
  • 321a: CGhirardo
  • 321b: Te’Shawn Dyer
  • 321c: Group of 7 Comics
  • 323A: Ralph Del Mundo

Plus there’s tons of great comics to be found all across the Festival, with multiple publishers and more exhibitors in the kids area!

And much more!

We hope to see you out to The Word on the Street Festival, Sunday September 22nd! It’s a fun day of readings, presentations, musical performances (Sharon, Lois, and Bram!) and of course, comic books and graphic novels! See you there. 🙂


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!

FIOR – Manuele Fior Exhibition Closes Thursday!

The very last exhibition from this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) closes on Thursday! But hosts the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are throwing a reception this Wednesday night!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St, Toronto
Free admission
Infoline: 416-921-3802 ext. 221

You’re invited to a closing reception for the exhibition FIOR. Join us for a last tour with food, drinks, and music! The Fior exhibition that opened on May 13, 2016 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, features 30 original illustrations from Italian and French newspapers, and 12 original illustrations from graphic novel “5000 KM per second” (2016, Fantagraphics) by Italian comic artist and illustrator Manuele Fior.

Born in Cesena in 1975. After getting a degree in architecture (Venice, 2000), he moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as a cartoonist, illustrator and architect. In 1994 he won the first prize at “Bienal do Juvenes Criadores do Mediteraneo,” Lisbon – comics. His collaboration with the German Avant-Verlag publisher Began in 2001 with the Plaque magazine, Which brings together a wide range of Italian authors, among them Mattotti, Igort, and Giandelli. Since then he began an intense work on comic short stories written by his brother Daniel, which appeared in Black, Bile Noire, Stripburger, Forresten, and Osmosa. He published the graphic novels Cinq Mille Kilomètres Par Seconde – Atrabile 2010 (Fauve d’Or – Meilleur Album – Festival International de Angoulême in 2011, Grand Guinigi Prize – Author Unico, Lucca 2010), Mademoiselle Else – Delcourt 2009 (Prix de la ville de Genève 2009), Icarus – Atrabile 2006 (Prix A. Micheluzzi Meilleur Dessin, Comicon 2006), Les Gens Le Dimanche – Atrabile 2004.
He collaborates with his illustrations for The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Feltrinelli, Einaudi, La Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore, Edizioni EL, Fabbri, International, Il Manifesto, Rolling Stone Magazine, Les Inrocks, Nathan, Bayard, Far East Festival.
Manuele lives in Paris.

TCAF Went Well!

Another year has come and gone, and TCAF 2016 was a rousing success. As usual, The Beguiling has acquired a smattering of great minis, comics, books, and other ephemera from the assembled exhibitors. Drop by over the next week or two as we unpack these treasures to our first floor shelves.

Also of note, the two TCAF 2016 posters are now available for purchase in store. $10 each.

– Chris

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Hey, have you heard?

TCAF 2016 Poster of Paper Dolls by Kate Beaton
TCAF Poster by Kate Beaton

TCAF 2016 is happening this weekend! The main exhibition is on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th, but we have events starting as early as tomorrow night!

We have over 400 cartoonists coming from more than 20 countries around the world. There are nearly 200 events, programs, panels, workshops, talks, film screenings, and gallery shows.


The BEST way to stay on top of it all is to download the Guidebook App to your smartphone or tablet, (or check out the web view) and build your perfect TCAF weekend.

Thanks to TCAF sponsor Seneca College for supporting our programming, allowing us to make things like multi-track scheduling a reality for everybody. It makes planning out your TCAF so much easier.





Hey there everyone!

Due to popular request, we are now shipping our exclusive 2016 Kate Beaton Tea Towel to customers in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.! As you can see from the picture above, this 100% cotton tea towel features the titular Pony from Beaton’s bestselling children’s book The Princess & The Pony from Scholastic!

Because these are less than 100g and will fit in a letter-sized envelope, we can ship these out lettermail. No tracking information is available, but luckily shipping is very inexpensive!

Prices are:
Within Canada: $20.16 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)
Within the U.S.: $18.00 US Dollars – (includes shipping & HST)
United Kingdom: $26.00 CDN Funds – (includes shipping & HST)

Orders are accepted only via PayPal. Please pay the amount listed to, including your shipping address and any further details in the comments field.

Supplies are limited, and we will update this page when we run out. Thanks!


Tit For Tat: Amazing video with David B., Sam Hiti, Kagan McLeod, Frederik Peeters, & Paul Pope.

Tit For Tat – Collaborative drawing video with Paul Pope, David B, Sam Hiti, Kagan McLeod and Frederik Peeters

Between 1969 and 1975 the French television broadcast Tac Au Tac (Tit for Tat in english) assembled cartoonists from Europe and the Americas to cooperate in improvised drawing. The 10-15 minute episodes aired in-between programing and planted the seed for a whole generation to make their own comics. While many of the nostalgic videos can be found today on youtube, a contemporary answer to the series was lacking.

This year, during the Toronto Comics and Art Festival (TCAF), five cartoonist came together to revive the idea. A spread of cheese, crackers, wine, ink, and brushes were set before five artists. Five collaborative drawings were done that night and captured upon video at Kagan McLeod’s Toronto studio. One segment has been edited (link below) with more in the works for release in the months leading up to TCAF 2014.

Link to video: 

Paul Pope (USA, creator of Battling Boy)
Sam Hiti (USA, creator of Death Day)
David B. (France, creator of Epileptic)
Frederik Peeters (France, artist of Sandcastle)
Kagan McLeod (Canada, creator of Infinite Kung Fu)

Presenting: AXE COP @ TAAFI!


Axe Cop Premiere and Skype Q&A
w Ethan and Malachai Nicolle from Los Angeles
(Moderated by Mike Valiquette of Canadian Animation Resources)
Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 10:00am
TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF Cinema 2
Tickets $15.

axe_cop_1200pxThe Beguiling Books & Art and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to partner with TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, for the premiere of AXE COP, based on the graphic novel by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle.

Developed as a webcomic between 29-year-old Ethan Nicolle and his 5-year-old brother, Malachai, AXE COP has evolved into a world-wide phenomena. Fox TV just picked it up as a late-night cartoon and it premieres on the Saturday night of TAAFI! TAAFI will show that first episode, followed by a live Skype interview with Ethan and Malachai from L.A. lead by Mike Valiquette (Canadian Animation Resources).

Get A Discount! To receive a 10% discount on TAAFI Passes, use the code BEGUILINGTAAFI2013 at checkout!

Thanks to the folks at TAAFI for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event! If you want to get caught up on all of the great AXE COP comics and graphic novels, copies of all books are currently in stock at The Beguiling!


TAAFI is Toronto’s first and foremost international animation festival, developed to celebrate the many forms of animation from around the world, supporting and nurturing the community that creates this art form. July 26-28 Corus Quay & TIFF Bell Lightbox. More info at

TCAF 2013 Posters, Prints, Shirts, Bags & More Now Available!

You may or may not know, but this year we produced a whole bunch of awesome stuff for TCAF 2013! Purchase of these items supports TCAF and all the good work we do (especially the posters), so we hope you’ll consider buying something pretty and/or useful for your life AND supporting TCAF at the same time.

The full range of items is now available, and we’ll even ship some of the items to you out there in the world! Here’s a quick run-down:


The Beguiling 25th Anniversary Tote Bag – $10
This sturdy tote is emblazoned with The Beguiling’s 25th Anniversary logo in front, and TCAF logo on the back. It measures 12″ tall x 14″x wide x 6″ deep, is water resistant, features two interior pockets, and is basically the best tote you will ever own. Also available in TCAF 2011 Yellow, and TCAF 2012 Black.


TCAF 2013 T-Shirt – $20
We have a very limited number of these shirts left, sported by TCAF 2013’s amazing volunteers. American Apparel T, neon green lettering. Available in a variety of Men’s and Womens’ sizes.


TCAF 10th Anniversary Poster by Maurice Vellekoop – $10
TCAF 2013 Poster by Taiyo Matsumoto – $10
Want to own a little piece of history and keep TCAF going strong? Check out our amazing new posters for 2013! The stunning, detailed 10th Anniversary Poster by Toronto’s own Maurice Vellekoop, and our lovel 2013 poster by Tokyo’s Taiyo Matsumoto. Both posters measure approximately 16″ x 26″, printed on a thick, bright white matte stock. Available in-store and online at


Gengoroh Tagame – “TORNADO” Risograph Print – $10
TCAF 2013 Featured Guest Gengoroh Tagame created this outstanding original image for us at TCAF, and we’ve turned it into a very limited edition risograph print (11″x17″) with the help of Color Code Printing. Less than 50 of these are left! (Please note, the image shown is a photograph of a framed print, and there are some reflections in the glass.) Available in-store and on-line at


TCAF 10th Anniversary Dojinshi Booklet – $10
Produced for TCAF’s exhibition at Kaigai Manga Festa in Japan, the 10th Anniversary book is a wonderful souvenir of the festival! It includes all of the poster-art for TCAF 2003-2012, but it also includes rare and otherwise-unavailable images from Evan Dorkin, Usamaru Furuya, Konami Kanata, Jim Mahfood, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Natsume Ono, Peter Thompson, Noel Tuazon, and Maurice Vellekoop! English/Japanese text.

If you’re a diehard TCAF fan and need us to ship something to you, e-mail and we’ll see what we can do!

– Chris

Thanks to: Model Andrew Townsend (photos 1 & 2), Dustin Harbin for The Beguiling 25th Anniversary Logo Design, Poster/Print artists Matsumoto, Tagame, and Vellekoop, KT for bag & shirt design.