Scott Pilgrim @ the Library

Update: Scott Pilgrim @ the Library
Presented in partnership with Toronto Public Library
Part of
Keep Toronto Reading 2007

Sit down with critically acclaimed graphic novel creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, the man behind the witty and hilarious Scott Pilgrim series, selected as the Independent Comic of the Year by Entertainment Weekly (2006). Bryan chats with The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe and you never know, he might just give away a few exciting teasers about the highly anticipated new volume of Scott Pilgrim.

North York Central Library (Concourse)
Tues. Feb. 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Also: Live chat with Bryan Lee O’Malley!

Can’t wait until the 20th? Chat online with Bryan a day before the
event on Book Buzz: Toronto Public Library’s Online Book
. It’s the perfect appetizer to what will be a highly
memorable event.

Mon. Feb. 19, 4-5 p.m. FREE.

We hope to see a whole bunch of our customers and friends out at this event, as we think it’s gonna be a good one…!

– Christopher


We’re happy to announce that artist Matt Forsythe has dropped off copies of issues one and two of OJINGOGO here at The Beguiling. These mini-comics collect his Eisner-nominated online comic, and are funny and beautifully drawn. Also? Wierd-as-hell, but in a great ‘these are comics that aliens make’ sort of a way. Actually, it reminds me a little bit of last year’s excellent A.L.I.E.E.E.N. by Lewis Trondheim in that way. Good stuff which will leave you wanting more, and Canadian too! Issue 1 is $5, and issue 2 is $6. Main floor, in front of the cash desk.

– Chris
P.S. You can check out Matt’s work at his website,

Broccoli Manga, now back in stock!

Broccoli is a smaller manga publisher, and one of the few that doesn’t have some sort of exclusive arrangement with Diamond Comics Distributors. As a result, Diamond doesn’t tend to stock their books and their titles tend to get overlooked when we’re doing our own reorders. We’re sorry.

We’re happy to announce we’ve just restocked all-things Broccoli, your manga-prayers are answered. Here’s what’s come in:

Aquarian Age Juvenile Orion Vol 1-5, plus 5 w/artbox.
Aquarian Age Juvenile Orion: Realm Of Light Art Book – New!
Di Gi Charat Theater Vol 1-2
Galaxy Angel Vol 1-5
Galaxy Angel Beta Vol 1-3
Galaxy Angel Party Vol 1-2
Kamui Vol 1-5
Until The Full Moon Vol 1-2
Yoki Koto Kiku Vol 1

Expect more product updates this week, there’s a ton of new stuff in or coming soon.

– Christopher

The Beguiling’s Best Books of 2006

So what were the best comics of last year? Depending on which Beguiling employee you ask (and what time of the day it is) you’ll get a different answer. Luckily we’ve put together a little list of our favourite 25(ish) comics of 2006. We’ve even set up a little display of said books on the main floor of The Beguiling, to make it that much easier for you to match our tastes with your own. All books should also be up on the website for purchase over the net, if that’s your thing.

To see the staff members’ individual choices, please come by the store and see us!


Abandon The Old In Tokyo, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Drawn & Quarterly
– The second collection of Tatsumi’s masterful slice-of-life strips provides not only insight into post-war, middle-class Japan, but also the human condition.

Absolute DC: The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke. DC Comics
– Our favourite superhero comic in years, finally receiving the treatment and collection it deserves.

Acme Novelty Library 17, by Chris Ware. Drawn & Quarterly
– More quiet emotional devastation in the concluding chapter of the INTRODUCTION to RUSTY BROWN. Christ only knows what we have in store for us with the remaining chapters.

All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. DC Comics
– Remember when you read Superhero comics, and they were fun, and you just wholly enjoyed every issue you read? This is just like that.

Art Out Of Time , by Dan Nadel. Abrams
– This collection of little-known and overlooked comics is an important step in preserving comics culture and heritage. It’s a great read too.

Big Questions 8-9 & Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, by Anders Nilsen. Drawn & Quarterly
– 2006 saw two issues of Anders’ long-running ‘mini-comic’, now published by D&Q. It also saw a heartbreaking and inspirational memoir that will stay with you forever. Both feature the delicate, intricate cartooning that has made him a store favourite for years.

Curses & Ganges & Or Else 3-4. Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics.
– Another two-book entry, this time featuring the work of Kevin Huizenga. A phenomenal cartoonist, Huizenga’s work is formalist, humanist, and resonant. Don’t miss these books.

Dragonhead Volumes 1-5, by Minetaro Mochizuki. Tokyopop.
– Genuinely terrifying, Dragon Head should be required reading for anyone in high school. Truly gripping storytelling and appropriately ‘ugly’ art combine into the most compelling manga on the racks.

Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Volume 4, by various. Drawn & Quarterly
– This year’s showcase volume is the all-around strongest yet, featuring a breakthrough story by Gabrielle Bell, an eerie little short by Martin Cendreda, and a surprising and poigniant tale by Dan Zettwoch.

Drifiting ClassroomVolumes 1-3, by Kazuo Umezu. Viz LLC.
– We’ll admit this one is an acquired taste, so let’s file it under “guilty pleasure”. A group of school-children are transported to the apocalypse, where society breaks down and their teachers have shotguns, broken glass, and murderous intent.

Fate of the Artist, by Eddie Campbell. First Second Books
– If you’ve read Campbell’s previous outtings FROM HELL or AFTER THE SNOOTER, then this book will be immensely satisfying and interesting to you. If not… well, it’s 50/50, but most of us really enjoyed this final chapter in Eddie Campbell’s veiled autobiography.

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel. Houghton-Mifflin
– A controversial (though widely acclaimed) graphic novel, it was actually just a really entertaining and touching read. Any of the staff who read it, really enjoyed it.

Get A Life & Maybe Later, by Dupuy and Berberian. Drawn & Quarterly
– Perhaps the most under-rated release of the year, the new Mr. Jean book GET A LIFE and the behind-the-scenes autobiography MAYBE LATER are just absolutely sterling collections, warm and human and beautiful.

Girl Stories, by Lauren Weinstein. Henry Holt
– If you are between the ages of 25 and 35, then this series of vignettes from a girl in grade 8 is sure to make you react with both horror and laughter.

Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, by various. Fanfare/Ponent Mon
– Coming as it did early in 2006, it’s easy to forget that this collection of work by Joann Sfar, Taiyo Matsumoto, Nicolas DeCrecy and Jiro Taniguchi, and 13 more creators, was one of the best comics of the year. It is though, so don’t forget.

Kramers Ergot Volume 6, by Various.
– Editor Sammy Harkham has a compelling and challenging idea of what’s great about comics and art, and Kramers Ergot is the best argument in support of that idea that one could make.

Left Bank Gang & Meow Baby, by Jason. Fantagraphics
– Two new graphic albums from Jason in 2006! Whether your tastes run to heist comics staring F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemmingway, or hilarious short gags, Jason has got you covered.

Love Roma Volumes 3-4, by Minoru Toyoda. Del Rey
– Probably the weirdest winner on our list, this is a simply-drawn series about a boy and girl in high-school who love each other. That’s about it. It’s just so charming though…

Monster Volumes 1-6, by Naoki Urasawa. Viz LLC
– A Japanese doctor must take a life, when a boy he saved grows up into the greatest serial killer the world has ever known! From “the Stephen King of Japan”, and that should tell you whether this is your thing or not. We love it, though.

Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka. Vertical
– 2006 saw Buddha finish its serialization, and far from marking the end of Vertical’s plans to reprint the work of “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka, it turned out to be just the beginning. For which we should all be greatful.

Pride of Baghdad, by Brian K. Vaughan and Nico Henrickson. DC Comics/Vertigo
– This graphic novel really surprised us, by being a well-drawn and intelligent allegory for the Iraq war. Defintiely worth reading.

Schizo #4, by Ivan Brunetti. Fantagraphics
– A beautiful, over-sized art-object of a ‘regular issue’, what really makes this book sing is knowing the torture that it took to produce…

Scott Pilgrim Volume 3, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Oni Press
– We just love this book so very much.

Tales Designed To Thrizzle #2-3, by Michael Kupperman. Fantagraphics
– Remember when Saturday Night Live sketches and TV Funhouse segments were really good? Like, t-shirt inspiring good? This book is just like that, except with no built-in shelf date or censors. Plus? Fun to say out loud: “Thrizzle!”

Vampire Loves, by Joann Sfar. First Second Books
– Our final pick is a quiet, reflective tale of love and loss, starring an immortal. A quiet little gem of a comic, in the vein of The Rabbi’s Cat.

Lost Girls Now In Stock

Just in time for Groundhog Day, The Beguiling has received a substantial shipment of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls. For those of you not in-the-know, Lost Girls is a stunning three-volume set, detailing the secret erotic lives of Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy… three very famous ladies. Sort of a dirty version of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Mm, make that dirtier. Anyhow, the book is now back in stock in its third printing.

We’ve also added the book to our online bookstore, though we’ve added the caveat that we’re only shipping the book within Canada thanks to its sensitive content. If your local store doesn’t have the book, or refuses to order it, we’re happy to help you out. If you’re outside of Canada though, Top Shelf have you covered.

It is a heavy one though, we strongly suggest coming by The Beguiling to pick up a copy if you can, and save yourself some money on shipping.

Happy New Year News!

So we’re going to start posting a little bit more frequently, with news of cool books and updates to the store and website. I’ll also probably redesign the front-page here, to more-easily accomodate increased posting.

We’ve added two great, fairly-rare books to the website recently that we wanted to tell you about. They’re both by the awesome and talented art-duo kozyndan, who we got to meet a few years back and fell in love with. You can find out more about them at their website,

The first book is Urban Myths. Published by Giant Robot in 2003, it collects most of the duo’s work up until the latter part of 2003 in an affordable 96 page volume. It features several panoramics, tons of illustration work, and several of the The Postal Service CD-Single covers too. The second book is Lactaid Dreams, a very cool colouring book. Yeah, there’ve been a couple of ‘hip’ colouring books released that are kind of questionable… (the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gangsta Rap ones in particular), but this one’s actually really good. It features original pencil art and process work from before their illustrations are digitally inked and coloured, and has a double-gatefold in the centre featuring their salaryman-as-kogal panoramic. It’s also a little bit dirty, but that’s a good thing. 🙂

Both books are available on the store as well, and I’d totally recommend them both, if for no other reason than Urban Myths is completely out of print everywhere, right now (but I really like their work too).

Thanks for reading!

– Chris @ The Beguiling

Another year almost over…

Well, it looks like another great year is just about to come to a close here at The Beguiling. Granted, there are still a few crazy shopping days left here at the store, but we wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thanks to all of the great creators we worked with this year doing various events, thanks to our customers who continue to let us recommend challenging, intelligent comics to them, and thanks to you for visiting our site (and hopefully the store!).

Speaking of Christmas, just in time for the big day Derek McCormack and Seth dropped by the store to sign copies of their (currently very difficult to find) book Christmas Days, a thoroughly illustrated collection of stories about the origins of different Christmas celebrations in Canada. “From Fake Snow to Santalands, the things that have made Christmas Christmas in Canada.” This excellent gift book can be found in the store, or in our webstore.

– The Beguiling Staff

Triple Threat x 2

Triple Threat x 2
Degrassi x Dramacon x Northwest Passage
Sunday, November 26th, 3PM-5PM
Toronto Reference Library (Yonge north of Bloor)

Last fall The Beguiling teamed up with the Toronto Public Library to bring you TRIPLE THREAT, three great Canadian comics creators working in three different genres within the medium! Now get ready for TRIPLE THREAT X 2, our second Triple Threat event with six amazing comics creators! Participating in the event are:

Degrassi: The Next Generation Extra Credit Graphic Novels
Meet series author J. Torres, along with Book One artist Ed Northcot, Book Two artist Ramon Perez, and Book Three artist Eric Kim! Plus, some special surprises for fans of the Degrassi graphic novels and TV Series!

Dramacon Volume 1 & 2 Manga
Meet Svetlana Chmakova, creator of Dramacon and Dramacon 2, as well as the artist of the CG Girl comic strip in every month’s ‘CosmoGirl Magazine’!

Northwest Passage 1-3 Graphic Novels
How was the wild frontier of Canada settled? Find out in person from Scott Chantler, author of the amazing graphic novel series Northwest Passage.

All of these creators will be on hand talking about their work, how to ‘make it’ in the comics industry, and signing their books! Readers of all ages are invited to come participate at this free event! Please help spread the word about TRIPLE THREAT X 2 and we hope we’ll see you there on November 26th!

In Toronto TONIGHT!

Here’s a great event to attend if you’re looking for some Haloween thrills tonight!

A witches’ brew of acclaimed artists and illustrators show their monstrous sides in Skullfest- A Festival of Skulls!
8 Toronto artists show what kind of ghouls, grave-dwellers, ghosts, goblins and other gory guys grow in their in their minds when they’re not illustrating, animating and painting for clients. On Tuesday October 31st, the walls of the famous Steam Whistle Roundhouse will be transformed into a ghoulish gallery of works by Aaron Leighton, Anna McIntyre, Marek Colek, Clayton Hanmer and Christopher Hutsul, Melinda Josie, Steve Manale and Steve Wilson.
The creepshow runs from October 31st until December 3rd.
Skullfest!? Check it out ? If you’ve got the guts…

Seven Soldiers #1: DENIED

I hope you weren’t expecting to read Seven Soldiers #1
6 months later, what’s another week?

I just got this in my e-mail from DC, and it isn’t pretty:


Due to an error, retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors’ Memphis Distribution Center will not receive SEVEN SOLDIERS #1 (AUG060221) and SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #23 Standard Edition (AUG060226) this week

These issues now are set to reach retailers on November 1. Retailers will be invoiced for them with their November 1 shipment…

BEGUILING CUSTOMERS: We are still getting copies. This just affects the poor bastards in… most of the United States.

I’ll try not to ruin the ending for anyone.

– Christopher