EVENT: Paul Pope Launches BATTLING BOY In Toronto!



Featuring author Paul Pope

@ Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Doors at 7PM. Event starts at 7:30pm.


2013-10-15-paulpopeTORONTO—The Beguiling and First Second Books are proud to welcome PAUL POPE back to Toronto, to launch his brand new graphic novel series BATTLING BOY! Pope is the renowned creator of personal works including THB, 100%, and Heavy Liquid, but also takes time out to bring his unique verve and visual sophistication to a range of superhero properties in the titles Batman Year 100, Strange Tales, and Spider-Man: Tangled Web! Now he has returned with BATTLING BOY, a straight-up, kick-butt superhero book for kids and grown-ups alike, and The Beguiling and Revival will be hosting him on the evening of Tuesday, October 15th at 7PM!

BATTLING BOY is the story of a boy who must rise to the challenge of defending the super-city of Arcopolis after suffering a tremendous personal loss. An epic adventure with visual nods to classic creators including Moebius and Jack Kirby, BATTLING BOY is an ultra-contemporary take on the heroes’ journey, and a stunning addition to the pantheon of young adult heroes!

“A new generation of superhero!”
– Entertainment Weekly

“The adventure of the year!”
– Jeff Smith, Creator of Bone

Please join us on Tuesday, October 15th at 7PM at Revival Night Club to celebrate the launching of BATTLING BOY with author Paul Pope in attendance. Pope will present from the graphic novel on stage, including an exploration of his creative process, followed by a moderated Q&A and author signing. Original and digital artwork from BATTLING BOY and across Pope’s career will be on display, and copies of the BATTLING BOY and selections from Pope’s backlist will be available for sale at the event.


Paul Pope interview and Battling Boy review copy requests should be directed to Gina Gagliano, First Second Books, gina.gagliano@firstsecondbooks.com.


Battling Boy is the brand-new, full colour graphic novel creator by Paul Pope. Published by First Second Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers. Distributed in Canada by Raincoast. Release date October 8th, 2013. Retail CDN$18.50.

“Friends, this book is a number one stunner and the second installment cannot come soon enough.”
– Junot Diaz

“It is my favorite thing that Paul Pope has ever done, and I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”
– Kazu Kibuishi

“Battling Boy is my ideal comic.  Fun, fast paced, humorous, action-packed, and great cartooning.”
– Skottie Young

“It’s incredible.”
– Fabio Moon

Paul Pope is an American cartoonist living and working in New York City. He has been working primarily in comics since the early ’90s, alongside special projects for clients Diesel Industries, DKNY, LucasArts, Paramount Pictures, Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Conde-Naste, Kodansha (Japan), Sapporo (Japan), Marc Ecko, Dargaud Editions (France), EMI Canada, Warner Brothers, and The British Film Institute and more. His graphic novels include 100%, Heavy Liquid, Batman Year 100, Escapo, and a collection of his rare short works, The One Trick Rip-Off and Other Stories.

The Beguiling is Canada’s finest purveyor of comics, manga, graphic novels, BD, and original comic art. Now celebrating its 26th year, The Beguiling plans over 50 book events per year, including its role as premiere sponsor of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. For more information, visit www.beguilingbooksandart.com.