Posted Friday, December 14, 2012

Hi folks. This will be the last post you see in this RSS feed or at this iteration of our website for the foreseeable future.

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You can still visit our original art sales store at

We're going to leave this iteration of the site, and the mirror at, up for a little while to make it easier for folks to find our store information through old links and such, though eventually everything will redirect to the new site.


- Chris @ The Beguiling

Reminder: Did you know we offer a subscription service for your comics?
Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012

They go by different names -- Subscriptions, Pull Files, Hold Boxes, Pulls etc -- mostly names about pulling things, like comics.While we haven't advertised the fact, we at The Beguiling run a fantastic subscription/pull file service for comics customers. If you're unfamiliar with the idea, here's how it works:
  1. Provide us with a list of the comics you'd like to buy (usually two months in advance)
  2. We make sure those comics are ready for you when they come into the store!
You just come to the counter, say your name, and we produce your comics. It's like being in a magical secret club! If you’re addicted to the thrill of weekly comic purchases, the best way to get your fix is with a pull file at The Beguiling.

Many of our new pullfile customers have set up pullfiles because it's getting harder and harder to find the comics that they want on the racks. While we're committed to ordering wide and stocking deep on all of the different types of comics in the industry, a pullfile is a great way to guarantee you're getting the comics that you want.

Sound like something you're interested in? Keep reading:

The Beguiling prides itself on carrying a lot of material that you simply cannot find in other stores! Just this week we put out Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose's SACRIFICE #1 for sale, for example! DC, Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Marvel, as well as all of the "indy" publishers. We also work with different distributors and even direct with publishers! Basically, if it's coming out in North America, we can probably get it in for you.

As a store, knowing what you want in advance is valuable information. So valuable to us, in fact, that we offer 20% discount off cover price for comics that you purchase through your pull list. For material published in the United States, that’s 20% off the American cover. For material published in Canada, it’s 20% off Canadian cover. That’s a fantastic deal! The only rub is that since we order your comics in advance, so we need two-month's notice if you'd like to cancel a title on your list or your pull file.

Also: We can set up a pull list for you right away. While we do require 2 months notice, we realize you might not always have that luxury! We can start a pull file for you right away, with discounts, but we can't guarantee you'll get everything you want on the week it comes out unless you're pre-ordering 2 months in advance. We can generally reorder all comics though, so please set up your file with us with confidence: We can get you the comics you want! It might just take a little bit longer until your pre-orders catch up.

How To Get Started

If you're interested in starting a pull file with The Beguiling, we need a few things from you:
  • A list of the comics you want to get every month. This can be: 
    • Subscription List: This can either be a general list of titles (Batman, Detective Comics...) or groups of titles ("Anything with Batman in it!"). 
    • Previews Order: You can also provide a complete breakdown of what you want from the Previews catalogue every month. (We prefer this.)
  • You need to have at least 5 regular comic books on your pull list.
  • We need your name, e-mail address, and telephone number. For pull files being started with over $50/month of material, we will also require a valid credit card number to be kept on file.
  • You must come in a minimum of once every two weeks to pick up your new comics, and you must purchase all items that have been pulled for you, for the first two months. Afterwards these terms are negotiable.
  • Any items not normally ordered by The Beguiling (toys, shirts, merch, etc.) may require pre-payment in part or in full.
What you get from us:
  • We'll pull and hold your comics for you!
  • Access to rare, difficult to find, and exclusive comics.
  • You will get a 20% discount on all comics that you pre-order from us.
  • The ability to pre-order variant covers, a perk we only offer to pull file customers.
  • We can mail your pulls to you! We ship comics to customers as close as Mississauga and as far away as the Northwest Territories! We'll happily ship to you as well!
  • The peace of mind in knowing that you're going to get the comics you want without having to drive all over Toronto to find them. 
  • Our assurance that, while mistakes may eventually happen and comics may get missed from your file, we'll do everything in our power to track down any missing comics and provide them to you.

If you want to get started, contact or come into the store, and we'll set-up your pullfile right away!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Nominated for 2012 Hero at Torontoist

Our thanks to the staff of Torontoist for nominating The Beguiling (and Little Island Comics and TCAF, by extension) for a 2012 Hero award. The nomination comes for "Supporting Independent Graphic Arts for 25 Years" which is a pretty accurate description of our jobs, most days.

Click over to see the full write-up by Chris Riddell and illustration by Brian McLachlan:

You can also vote for us to win the category, should you feel inclined to do so. That would be swell, but honestly Supporting Independent Graphic Arts for 25 Years is, more often than not, its own reward.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping December 12th, 2012
Posted Monday, December 10, 2012

The following comic books and graphic novels are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling Books & Art on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012. All prices should be accurate, but in the case of dispute between prices below and prices in store, we will defer to the in-store price.

Click here for complete list:

Posted Saturday, December 08, 2012

We received a slightly panicked phone call this morning just before opening, asking if we still had copies of Chris Ware's Building Stories in stock. We weren't terribly surprised; Building Stories is topping many critics' best-comics-of-the-year lists, and more than a couple best-books-of-the-year lists too. But the actual reason was a little bit more surprising--many online retailers, not to mention the publisher themselves, are temporarily out of stock right now.

It's tough, as an independent book store, to take a strong inventory position on a book on the pricier side... but when it's Chris Ware, you just have to do it.

So yes, Virginia, The Beguiling does have copies of Building Stories in stock.

We've also got the phenomenal and very rare Multi-Story Building Portfolio, a collection of prints that can be collected as is, or cut-out and assembled to create the building featured in Building Stories.

Note to our mailorder friends: There is no way we can get this to you before Christmas, probably not until late January given our current shipping schedule, so please consider that before asking for a copy to be shipped to you. We recommend that you check comic and independent book stores in your area first.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Posted Thursday, December 06, 2012

Featuring Ryan North, Kate Beaton, Joey Comeau, and friends!
Monday, December 17th, 2012
7:30-10pm, doors at 7pm
@ Pauper's Pub, 539 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor
Facebook Event Page

Woo-hoo! Come one, come all, to the 3rd annual Dinosaur Comics & The Beguiling holiday party and book launch, featuring Ryan North! This year we'll be welcoming some new friends into the holiday fold, including Joey Comeau (Bravest Warriors, A Softer World), and Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!), and celebrating Ryan's stint on the New York Times Bestselling ADVENTURE TIME comic book series! There's nothing better to do on a Monday night!

Ryan, Joey, Kate, and even more buddies to be announced will be getting together to hoist a mug of holiday cheer, interview each other in front of an audience, and maybe if everyone's been nice instead of naughty, sign some books. :) We'll also have a Secret Santa, and all of our creators' work will be available for sale at the event including comics, books, calendars, shirts, and more!

All of this is happening Monday, December 17th, at Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St W, near Bathurst TTC), on the second floor. We hope we’ll see you there…!

We're holding a SECRET SANTA at this event! Everyone is welcome to participate, but no one has to if they don't want to because choice is important!
If you would like to participate:
- Please bring a wrapped gift with a monetary value of no more than $5.
- Go to the book sales table and trade your gift for a numbered ticket.
- At 8:30pm, we’ll call out the numbers, and when your number is called you’ll have your choice of the available gifts!
- Please mark on the outside of the gift if your item contains food and especially if it contains common allergens including peanuts, gluten, etc., so that people with allergies will be able to make an informed Secret Santa Selection.

The Beguiling is Canada’s premier retailer of comics, graphic novels, manga and more, and has been for for 25 years! You are on their site right now!

Kate Beaton is the creator of the webcomic Hark, A Vagrant!, which has a book collection of the same name which spent a whole lot of time on the New York Times Bestseller List. Beaton has also done work for The Walrus, The New Yorker, and many other outlets. 

Joey Comeau is the author of many fine prose books including Lockpick Pornography and One Bloody Thing After Another. He is half of the team who creates the webcomic A Softer World, and is currently writing the comic book series Bravest Warriors, based on the cartoon by Pendleton Ward.

Ryan North is a cool dude. He creates the comic strip Dinosaur Comics, writes the comic Adventure Time based on the cartoon series by Pendleton Ward, runs the internet advertising company Project Wonderful, and is currently 1000% over budget on his Kickstarter for To Be Or Not To Be: The Is The Adventure, which is pretty keen.

The Beguiling Holiday Hours!
Posted Monday, December 03, 2012

Happy Holidays everyone! To make your comics-purchasing (whether for yourself or for gifts) a little easier, The Beguiling will be operating under extended hours this holiday season!

The Beguiling Holiday Hours
Mondays & Tuesdays: 11am-7pm
Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays: 11am-9pm
Saturdays (except the 22nd): 11am-7pm
Sundays: 12pm-7pm

In addition, here are the adjustments to specific dates:

Wednesday, December 19th: Comics as usual
Saturday, December 22nd: 11am to 9pm
Sunday, December 23rd: 11am to at least 7pm
Monday December 24th: Open from 11am, closing early (3-4pm, depending on demand)
Tuesday, December 25th: Closed
Wednesday, December 26th: Boxing Day, Open 9am-7pm. There will be a small number of new comics this day. See below for details.
Monday December 31st: Open from 11am, closing early (3-4pm depending on demand)
Tuesday January 1st: Closed
Wednesday January 2nd: New Comics Day! No delay! 11am-9pm

Finally, here is a list of 'new' comics being released on December 26th:

Dark Horse
Eerie Presents: El Cid HC
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars V3 TP: The Republic Falls

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #4
Justice League #15
Aquaman #15

TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan

Mara #1
Hip Flask: Ourborous

Avenging Spider-Man #15.1
Amazing Spider-Man #700

Crossed: Badlands #20

BOOM! Studios
Deathmatch #1

The Shadow Special #1


Whew! Lots of info there! Thanks for reading!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping December 5th, 2012

The following comic books and graphic novels are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling Books & Art on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. All prices should be accurate, but in the case of dispute between prices below and prices in store, we will defer to the in-store price.

Click here for complete list:

OCT121241 X-o Manowar (ongoing) TP Vol 01 By The Sword  9.99
Just in time for our signing with Cary Nord, it's the collection of X-O Manowar! Come grab your copy this week!

Cary Nord In-Store Signing!
The Artist of X-O Manowar and Conan!
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

Please join The Beguiling in welcoming Cary Nord, artist of many volumes of Conan and the artists of the current ongoing X-O Manowar series from Valiant, at his first signing here.

Cary Nord will be at The Beguiling in celebration of X-O MANOWAR VOLUME 1: BY THE SWORD, which will be released on that day. In addition, The Beguiling will have lots of copies of his previous issues, his work on Conan, and much more available for sale at the signing.

Cary has just moved back to Toronto, so we hope Toronto fans will come out and give him a warm welcome.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Spain Rodriguez, 1940-2012
Posted Friday, November 30, 2012

Earlier this week the medium lost a phenomenal cartooning talent, Spain Rodriguez. His achievements, including co-founding Zap Comix, and really helping to define the Underground Comix movement, are numerous and well-recounted in this excellent tribute at The Comics Journal.

We're fortunate that we got to work with Luminato to bring Spain to Toronto in 2008, for the release of his graphic novel "Che: A Graphic Biography". For many, it was their first chance to meet the man in the flesh, after inviting him into their homes so many evenings as he more-or-less starred in the documentary "Comic Book Confidential", played often by CityTV. He was a good guy.

Our condolences to his friends and family.

- Peter, Chris, and the Staff of The Beguiling

Announce: In-store signing w/ Alison Bechdel
Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Alison Bechdel Presentation and Signing!
Author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012, 5:30pm-7:30pm
@ The Centre for Social Innovation, Annex Building
720 Bathurst Street (Just south of The Beguiling)

Facebook Event:

Exciting News: Alison Bechdel is coming back to Toronto! Not seen since debuting her fantastic memoir Are You My Mother? (the follow-up to the critically acclaimed/best-seller Fun Home) at TCAF this spring! Alison Bechdel is coming back to our fair city to be part of the inaugural Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Memorial Syposium on Childism. Luckily, she also has time in her schedule to swing by our shop for a quick presentation and signing!

On December 2nd, at 5:30pm, Alison Bechdel will be giving a presentation on her work, as well as hanging out for a bit after to sign some books and meet with fans. Seating will be limited. Bechdel's TCAF event was delivered to a packed and delighted house, so next weekend is an evening to surely not be missed!

Originally announced as "At The Beguiling", this event will be taking place one block south of The Beguiling, at 720 Bathurst Street. It is at The Centre for Social Innovation, in the ING Direct Presentation Space. This will give us much more room to welcome Toronto's Bechdel fans!

About the Author: Alison Bechdel began keeping a journal at the age of ten, and has been assiduously archiving her own life and times with words and pictures ever since. For twenty-five years she wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a generational chronicle considered “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period.” (Ms.)

Fun Home is currently taught on several syllabi across North America, including several courses at The University of Toronto. Alison Bechdel’s other various accomplishments include comics drawn for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta, and she recently guest-edited McSweeney’s Best American Comics 2011.

Bechdel lives near Burlington, Vermont.

ANNOUNCE: J. Torres and J. Lum Launch Checkets and Dot!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a lovely new series of black-and-white board books created by comics veterans J. Torres and Jennifer Lum. The Checkers and Dot books present high-contrast patterns and rhyming text that’s perfect for little eyes and ears. Plus: the books are adorable! Please join us on Sunday, December 2nd as we celebrate these books and their wonderful creators. J and Jennifer will be on hand to meet their fans and sign copies of the books, and we’ll have some Checkers-and-Dot themed activities for the kids. See you then!

Start Your Holiday Shopping with
Checkers and Dot!

It’s getting to be that time of year, and we think the Checkers and Dot books are the perfect beginning to your holiday shopping. So, everyone who purchases one of these books during their in-store appearance will get 10% off their entire purchase! That’s right – buy Checkers and Dot and we’ll give you a deal on all of the comics in the shop! Bring your kids’ wish lists, and give the gift of comics!

Shipping November 28, 2012
Posted Sunday, November 25, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday November 28th, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

Click here for the complete list:

Shipping November 21st, 2012
Posted Monday, November 19, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday November 21st, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

Click here for the complete list:

Beguiling 25th Anniversary Follow Up
Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Photo of the 25th Anniversary crew. Back: Chris Ware, Seth, Chester Brown, Peter Birkemoe, Adrian Tomine. Front: Charles Burns, Anouk Ricard. Photo by Nathalie Atkinson.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate The Beguiling's 25th Anniversary event on Monday night. We greatly appreciate your patience throughout the technical hiccups, as well as having to wait out in the rain. Again, truly, thank you. 

For those that could not attend, below is the short speech that my boss, Peter Birkemoe, made before the start of the festivities. Enjoy.


Before we get started with this evening’s event and our esteemed authors I wanted to talk about how lucky I feel.

I am lucky to have a job that brings me into contact with so many of the creators I have admired most – many of whom have become great friends.

I’m lucky to have an independent book store that is still thriving against all odds 25 years after it opened in a little hole on Harbord Street. While the physical dimensions of the store haven’t expanded much since we moved to Markham Street, the scope of the store is now enormous. We’re carrying more diverse and excellent product than ever, with shelves going up to the ceiling, and reaching book lovers farther afield than we ever have before. We’re weathering the many storms of independent bookselling, and continuing to change and adapt.

A Beguiling anniversary event also never fails to remind me of how lucky I am to have met the woman I share my life with ten years ago when she covered the 15th anniversary also held here at The Bloor.

I want to also take a minute to say some thanks.

Thanks to the great publishers, large and small who help us fill our shelves, particularly Random House and Drawn and Quarterly who have graciously brought their authors here for tonight.

Thanks to my incredible staff past and present that has become a second family. It is their knowledge and hard work that keeps the store at the top of its game. I always start off by training them, but before too long all of them spend as much time training me.

Thanks to the artists – creative community that produce the wonders we sell, and have made us a hub for all things comics – known not just in Toronto or Canada, but internationally. Through TCAF we’ve been able to connect with more cartoonists, institutions, and great work the world over, and every time a tourist walks through the store from the U.S. or Europe and says that they just had to visit while in Toronto, it is wonderful validation.

Thanks to Steve Solomos and Sean Scoffield the store’s founders, who created for me, the perfect business model for The Beguiling: they looked at what other comic shops were doing and did the opposite. They also gave the store a real attitude and ‘reputation’, compared to which my own snobbery will always seem moderate.

Lastly, thanks go to you, our customers. It is with great pleasure that I see this many people out for this event, some I recognize who have been shopping here since it opened and others who have just come across us. We appreciate your patronage, loyalty and your forgiveness in shopping at a store that often has, as my father might say, 10 pounds of shit crammed into a 5-pound bag.

- Peter Birkemoe

Shipping November 14, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday November 14th, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

Click here for the complete list:

Reminder: Anouk Ricard at Little Island Comics!

Anouk Ricard in Toronto
For the release of her new work "Anna & Froga"
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 @ 5:30pm-7pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst
Free to attend

The Beguiling is proud to welcome the incredibly talented Anouk Ricard (Anna & Froga) to Toronto for the releases of her new graphic novel! 

Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga caused quite the splash as a Free Comic Book Day release from Drawn & Quarterly this year, as the amazing all-ages tale of a girl and her animal friends taking the mundane and making it extraordinary puzzled many adults but instantly delighted children.  The Beguiling is delighted to announce that this French cartoonist will be making her way to Canada for her first ever North American tour, where she will be presenting from her work and discussing its creation for with an adult audience. It is quite likely that a children's event will be added to this date, to occur at Little Island, in the next week or so.

This amazing and singular cartooning talent should not be missed, so we hope you aren't too tired after a night of comics on the 12th to come back the next evening for a fantastic event!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping November 7th, 2012
Posted Monday, November 05, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday November 7th, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

Click here for the complete list:

True Patriot Anthology: Canadian Comic Book Adventures!
Posted Friday, November 02, 2012

The Beguiling is very much anticipating the arrival of the True Patriot anthology! What is True Patriot? In their own words:
True Patriot is a comic book anthology featuring Canadian superheroes written and drawn by some of your favourite Canadian comic book creators. Most of us working on this project grew up reading Alpha Flight, Captain Canuck, or Wolverine comics and we’ve always thought that there should be more Canadian superheroes out there. So, we're putting together a 100-page, full-colour anthology for your reading pleasure (and ours)!
There are tons of great Canadian creators involved in this project, including: Adrian Alphona (Runaways), Andy B. (Kill Shakespeare), J. Bone (Super Friends), Jack Briglio (Scooby Doo), Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Agnes Garbowska (Girl Comics), Faith Erin Hicks (Adventure Time), Tim Levins (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes), Ramon Perez (A Tale of Sand), Ron Salas (28 Days Later), Jay Stephens (Secret Saturdays), J. Torres (Teen Titans Go), Howard Wong (After the Cape).

Where can you get such an excitingly Canadian book? Well, if you'd like to support these creators directly, there is a way! Right now there are 3 days left on the True Patriot Indiegogo campaign, and they could certainly use your help in getting this book made. Head on over to their campaign page and check out their list of enticing donation incentives.

However, once the campaign is over and the book in printed, we'll have plenty of copies available in-store at The Beguiling. We've got you covered.

Editorial: Keep the Star Wars comic books at Dark Horse, please.
Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We don't normally write editorials like this on our blog, preferring to remain more 'comics agnostic' when it comes to genre publishers, but we felt we should say something.

Marvel's acquisition of the Disney/Pixar license for comics has potentially cost us thousands of dollars since January 2011.

Marvel Comics has drastically reduced the publication of Pixar and Disney Comics titles since the rights were pulled back from BOOM Studios almost two years ago following Disney's purchase of Marvel. With today's purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars property by Disney, we would greatly appreciate it if Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm could just leave the Star Wars properties alone, and with Dark Horse. Dark Horse is doing a fine job with this material, working hard to keep it in print at various price points and in various formats. Putting the Star Wars comics at Marvel will hurt our bottom line, and we believe the bottom line of all direct market comics retailers.

Briefly: At the height of production, BOOM! Studios had been publishing as many as 10 comics a month featuring the Pixar and Disney characters. During their tenure with the license from January 2009 through December 2010 (2 years), they produced roughly 200 comics, and more than 30 trade paperbacks of that material. We don't normally share numbers, but here goes: we were ordering between 10 and 15 copies of each issue, and 75 and 200 of each trade paperback, to be distributed through retail and specialty channels.

In the two years since Marvel acquired the license (January 2011-December 2012), they will have produced approximately 8 comic books, 8 magazines, and near as we can tell, 4 graphic novels (only 2 in 2012). Some of that was reprints of BOOM! comics. Some of that was reprints of Dark Horse Comics from a few years back. I should also note that it's difficult for us to be sure about these, as there is not a dedicated Disney/Pixar section on the Marvel website after two years.

What you're seeing there is a 90% drop in production on highly salable product. Books with international name recognition that we were selling a ton of, and those sales basically evaporated.

Now lets talk about Dark Horse.

Dark Horse is producing 4-5 comics based on the Star Wars franchise every month. Dark Horse is producing trade paperbacks of that material, omnibuses of that material, reprints of that material. Quite a bit of that material. We'd say probably 10-12 new trade paperbacks a year, 4-5 reprints. We're worried, and I think justifiably so, that Marvel will do to the Star Wars license what they've done to the Pixar license, and just take hundreds of salable comics and dozens of salable trade paperbacks out of the market, to be replaced by... nothing.

Or rather, 4 comic books, 4 magazines, and 2 trade paperbacks per year, which is almost worse than nothing.

No specific disrespect to Marvel is intended with this message, they publish superheroes very well. Unfortunately they have elected not to publish Disney/Pixar comics despite having the license to do so, and made us (and quite a few fans) unhappy in the process. We're just saying: don't fix what isn't broken. Let Marvel continue to publish superheroes, and let comics retailers and the book market continue to sell Star Wars comics. Particularly since we've been so badly deprived of Disney/Pixar comics, over the past 2 years.


The Staff of The Beguiling

Avengers #1 Launch Party December 5th
Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Avengers #1 Launch Party
Wednesday, December 5th, All Day
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend

Continuing with Marvel's "Launch Parties for their relaunched books", December 5th will see the release of Avengers #1, by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena.

As part of the day-long celebration, The Beguiling will be offering all of the treats and goodies that go along with this launch, like the exclusive "Deadpool Gangam Style" variant, and Skottie Young Lithographs. We'll also be offering day-of specials on all of the variants on the first issues, so it'll probably be worth coming by, day-of, if you're a fan of that sort of thing.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

All New X-Men #1 Launch Party November 14th

All New X-Men #1 Launch Party
Wednesday November 14th, 11am-9pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
Free to attend

"It's a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X are brought to the present! What they find is far from the future they dreamed of..."

All-New X-Men #1 is written by Brian Bendis and drawn by Stuart Immonen, and will be arriving at The Beguiling on November 14th. As part of the festivities, The Beguiling is participating in an all-day Launch Party. Customers will have access to a number of cool things, like the "Unimpressed Deadpool Variant", and free coasters and lithographs with purchase of All-New X-Men #1!

In addition, we'll be having special Wednesday-only sales on the All-New X-Men #1 variants, if that's your thing. We might even do some sort of baked goods--we're crazy like that.

See you on the 14th.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Reminder: Give out comics for Hallowe'en this year!

Hallowe'en is this week, and if you're anything like my parents, you probably left picking up candy to the last minute. Well, just like last year, The Beguiling and Little Island Comics will be selling bundles of 20 comic books, appropriate for all ages, for just $5. These comics are specially printed for the occasion, and feature a mix of established kids properties and unique new stories! 

Come by either store and pick up a selection to hand out at your door for hallowe'en this year. Every other house will be giving away candy, why not actually give away something cool?
Publisher: Title 
Antarctic: Zombie Kid  
Ape: Strawberry Shortcake Scouts 
Archaia: Cow Boy Hallows Eve 
Boom: Adventure Time  
Dark Horse: Axe Cop  
Fantagraphics: Spacehawk 
IDW: Ghostbusters  
Archie: New Crusaders Rise Of Heroes  
Papercutz: Ernest & Rebecca 
Top Shelf: Tricky Treaters (Johnny Boo!)  
Mixed bundle of comics, 2 of each title. 
$5 per bundle

P.S.: Trick or treaters are welcome on the 31st at both stores. We'll be giving out select comics (our choice!) to folks showing up in costume.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Review: Metabarons: The Ultimate Collection

The Metabarons: Ultimate Collection
Story: Alexandro Jodorowsky
Art: Juan Giménez
Publisher: Humanoids

Reviewed by John Anderson

"What keeps me going back to THE METABARONS is the immense volume and speed of its innovation. There is literally a new and mad idea on every page."

Warren Ellis wrote that, and I don't know if I can put it any better. The Metabarons is completely mad. I know I say that a lot about Jodorowsky, but it's The Metabarons, more than any other book, where he shows off his talent for crazy ideas and surprising twists to best effect. After a newborn baby is decapitated, his parents give him a cybernetic head. The fate of two galaxies will be decided by a single combat - father against son. Every chapter has a new surprise, a new twist, a new way to raise the stakes. The Metabarons: Ultimate Collection is a new, regular-sized hardcover collecting the first cycle in the saga (in other words, it includes everything except Weapons of the Metabaron).

The Metabarons is a science fiction multi-generational saga about a family of warriors that lives by a strict code of honour. The story covers five generations, from the beginning of the clan to the latest Metabaron, who you’ve met if you’ve read The Incal. The narrative is framed as a story being told by the latest Metabaron’s two servant robots, Tonto and Lothar. What makes this so engaging is that Lothar is not a good listener, and is often interrupting for clarification, or simply because he doesn't believe the story. Occasionally he will fry a diode trying to figure out what will happen next. Tonto doesn't have a lot of patience, and is always chiding Lothar for his stupid questions. For two supposedly emotionless robots they are extremely entertaining. These two little robots hold the book together and are two of the best characters Jodorowsky has created.

The other characters, the Metabarons and their lovers, are mythic, larger than life heroes. Characters like Aghora, whose body is female and whose brain is male, and who manages, impossibly, to impregnate herself, and who gives birth during battle. Honorata, a Shabda-Oud witch and lover of the first Metabaron, who instigates a crazy decades-long plan to continue the caste. And Steelhead, the warrior with the cybernetic head, who decides he needs to learn about love, and who searches out the last poet - who exists only as a head. So of course they join together, the head of the poet on the body of the warrior. But it isn't long before this union produces tragic results.

All this is made even better by Giménez’s intense, realistic art. His characters are always in the throes of an intense emotion. From the agony of a son killing his father, to mindbending extradimensional space battles, his art is always as spectacular as it can be, and his effort shows in every panel.

Superhero fans take note: this edition has an introduction by Matt Fraction. This is appropriate, since The Metabarons might be the closest thing Europe has to a superhero comic. Grant Morrison talked about superhero stories "where the world is threatened every five minutes and godlike beings clash in the skies like fireworks". He wasn't talking about The Metabarons, but this quote sums up The Metabarons perfectly. It's an intense roller-coaster ride through the moments of tragedy and victory (but mostly tragedy) of these driven, intensely passionate, sometimes insane, larger-than-life superheroes.


The Metabarons: The Ultimate Collection will be in-store on Wednesday, October 31st.

Back In Stock: Pixel Socks!
Posted Monday, October 29, 2012

Just in time for Hallowe'en, or perhaps the next major shopping holiday, we've restocked on all available Diesel Sweeties Pixel Socks! These are amazing socks, 75% Cotton, 20% Polyester, 5% Spandex, for maximum breathability, comfort, and fit. They are also 100% amazing, so there's that. All socks are $7.50 each. Shown above are the available men's socks.

Men's Socks: Pixel Heart, Pixel D20, Pixel Clouds, Huge Red Robot, Pixel Red Robot, Pixel Owl.

Women's Knee Socks: Pixel Squid, Pixel Red Robot, Pixel Skull, Pixel D20, Pixel Heart, Pixel Owl, Huge Red Robot.

All socks are in-stock at The Beguiling and at right now!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping October 31st, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday October 31st, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

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The Beguiling 25th Anniversary: 1987 - 2012

Happy Birthday to us! June 2012 marked the start of our 25th Anniversary, the founding of the alt-culture comix shop on Harbord Street that has blossomed into the overstuffed comics shoppe on Markham Street, beloved and/or grudgingly respected the world over.

To celebrate we wanted to do something a little special, and so we asked Dustin Harbin, talented up-and-comer and Canada-aficionado, to create a logo celebrating 25 great years. The results are up top there, and we think he did a stupendous job.

We'll be using this logo on the rest of our fall/winter events, and right through the spring. Because what's the point of being around for 25 years if you can't enjoy every single day of that 25th, right?

Thanks to everyone who's made the store a success over the ears, especially our customers: you have excellent taste.


- Chris @ The Beguiling

Review: Flex Mentalo, by John Anderson
Posted Friday, October 26, 2012

Flex Mentallo
Words: Grant Morrison
Art: Frank Quitely
Publisher: Vertigo
Deluxe Hardcover, $22.99, Available Now

“Clap your hands if you believe in superheroes!”

The secret origin of Flex Mentallo was revealed in Doom Patrol #42 when a skinny geek was transformed into a Golden Age body-builder by using the power of muscle mystery. Flex was selfless, naive, and pure - anything could be overcome simply by flexing his muscles.

The cover of the first issue of the Flex Mentallo mini-series, three years after Morrison’s Doom Patrol ended, featured Flex reaching out toward to reader, commanding them “YOU! BUY THIS COMIC NOW OR THE EARTH IS DOOMED!” This was not the Mentallo of Doom Patrol. It was something much weirder and much more wonderful. Flex Mentallo is the entirety of The Invisibles condensed into four issues. It's more than just a comic book; it's a fantastic book about comic books. It’s an attempt to make first contact with this absurd and magical thing we call superhero comics.

As Flex tries to track down his missing teammate The Fact, he travels from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, discovers the seedy underside of superheroes where rejected sidekicks roam the back streets like droogs, and where adult superheroes go to indulge their super fantasies, and at the end he discovers the secret origin of everything. He is helped by the hard-boiled police lieutenant who doesn't believe in superheroes any more, and my favourite character, a supervillain called the Hoaxer. The Hoaxer sports one of those silly but somehow archetypal question mark logos, and his greatest hoax just might be reality itself.

Mentallo’s story is being told by a dying musician in an alley - Wallace Sage, a version of Grant Morrison from an alternate Earth where he remained a musician instead of becoming a comic book superstar. Sage created Mentallo when he was a kid. Sage’s altered-state rants about comics coincide with the adventure Flex is going through. Sometimes Sage is telling Flex’s story, and sometimes their narratives are happening in the same world.

And then there are the superheroes themselves, like Lord Limbo and G-Whiz, Nanoman and Minimiss, larger than life archetypal ideals who have formed the mighty Legion of Legions. But the polyverse is being threatened by the ultimate destroyer called the Absolute. The Legion of Legions has a last-minute solution: to make themselves fictional in a new kind of reality. And when superheroes make themselves fictional, where do they go? That’s right - they go into comics. Our comic books are attempts to remember and transcribe the reality of the gods.

This book is a trip from beginning to end. The detail in Quitely’s art is incredible. His full-page panels of hordes of caped figures swooping out of the sky give me shivers. There's an eerie sequence of superbeings floating through space toward a terrified astronaut. There’s a sequence where the Legion of Legions appears to have set up headquarters inside someone’s brain. On every page he draws something either completely impossible or so intricately detailed he must have spent days on it. The story and art work together so that, fractal-like, new details are revealed on each rereading.

Flex Mentallo is one of Morrison’s best works and one of the best comic books ever. But what do I know - I love superheroes.

Watch The ShiftyCast From The Beguiling
Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Last Friday the folks from webcomics portal ShiftyLook did a live webcast from the second floor of the store! Special guests from ShiftyLook and UDON abound, and you can watch the whole thing here or at YouTube if you missed it at the time, or if you weren't in store. Look for cameos by customers and employees throughout ;)

Thanks to the ShiftyLook team for thinking of us and for stopping by!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

New in the Artstore! Bryan Lee O'Malley new pieces!
Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Newly available in the artstore, it's a baker's dozen new pieces from Bryan Lee O'Malley, from the bestselling (and awesome) graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim!

Brand new pages are available from volumes 1-4, including some very special promotional artwork! These pages join even more Scott Pilgrim artwork, as well as illustrations, poster art, and pages from O'Malley's Lost At Sea!

Check all of these pages (and more!) out at

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Announce: In-store signing w/ Cary Nord (X-O Manowar)

Cary Nord In-Store Signing!
The Artist of X-O Manowar and Conan!
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 6pm-8pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street

Please join The Beguiling in welcoming Cary Nord, artist of many volumes of Conan and the artists of the current ongoing X-O Manowar series from Valiant, at his first signing here.

Cary Nord will be at The Beguiling in celebration of X-O MANOWAR VOLUME 1: BY THE SWORD, which will be released on that day. In addition, The Beguiling will have lots of copies of his previous issues, his work on Conan, and much more available for sale at the signing.

Cary has just moved back to Toronto, so we hope Toronto fans will come out and give him a warm welcome.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping October 24th, 2012
Posted Monday, October 22, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday October 24th, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

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New In The Art Store: Jeffrey Brown!
Posted Thursday, October 18, 2012

We're always excited when Jeffrey Brown sends us brand new art, and this exceptional batch of originals is no exception! Now available from Jeffrey Brown in the art-store are pages from his illustrations for Alan Goldsher's novel PAUL IS UNDEAD, Jeffrey's work for Threadless' COMICS ON TEES, and even some short personal work! Check it out at

This new work from Brown joins the pieces that he sent us nearer the beginning of the year (which have almost sold out completely) , including his awesome Old Timey Hockey Tales pieces. Jeffrey's got a huge selection of amazing originals, some at very affordable price points. We hope you'll check them out!

Now In Stock: SP7: GARO TRIBUTE ISSUE from Retrofit
Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Secret Prison #7: Garo Tribute Issue from Retrofit

Hey-yo! The much-anticipated, grumpy-making anthology book SECRET PRISON #7: THE GARO TRIBUTE ISSUE has just arrived in our store!

You kinda need to see it to believe it, as it's a huge 10" x 13" book, running 172 black and white pages and weighing in at $15. It's got comics by great folks like Ryan Cecil Smith, Angie Wang, Chuck Forsman, and a dozen more peeps.

Also from Retrofit, we just got Brandon Leach's NEW SLUDGE CITY, which is $5. Both books are available on both floors.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

TATSUMI - Film Screening November 9

The Beguiling and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival are proud to partner with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival to present the Canadian Premiere screening of TATSUMI on Friday, November 9th, at 11:00pm. Tickets are now available at

Directed by Eric Khoo, TATSUMI is the innovative exploration of the life of comic author Yoshihiro Tatsumi, creator of Gekiga ("serious pictures" as opposed to Manga, which means "funny pictures"). Adapting his most renown period short stories, set in the time period following World War II, and incorporating elements of Tatsumi's own life from the memoir Drifting Life, TATSUMI is a fascinating, uniquely animated and performed film that has drawn ravesat Cannes, Dubai, Rotterdam, and around the world.

The Beguiling and TCAF are very proud to be partnering with Reel Asian for this screening, and we feel it likely that the screening will sell out, so please make sure to get your tickets early.

All of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's graphic novels, including The Push Man, Abandon The Old In Tokyo, Good-Bye, Drifting Life, and Fallen Words are currently available for sale at The Beguiling.

Check out the trailer for TATSUMI below!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

New In The Artstore: Farel Dalrymple's PROPHET #24
Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Beguiling is very proud to announce that we've just added nearly the complete issue of Farel Dalrymple's artwork for PROPHET #24 from Image Comics to the artstore. You can find the pages for sale at

Prophet is, believe it or not, a Rob Liefeld creation that has been dramatically reinterpreted by Brandon Graham as a 70s sci-fi infused epic, and it's one of our favourites on the second floor right now. A rotating team of artists have been bringing the story to life, and Farel's issue #24 is pretty spectacular.

Check out all of the available pages from Prophet, as well as Farel's work on Omega The Unknown (with Jonathan Lethem), Dr Horrible, Pop Gun War, Project Superior, and much more!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Now In Stock: Juanjo Guardino's PREMIERE Sketchbook! SIGNED

Hey BLACKSAD fans! Fresh from his rare North American appearance at New York Comic Con this past weekend, we've got a limited number of brand new sketchbooks from Juanjo Guardino! Guardino is the artist behind the popular, beautifully drawn BLACKSAD series, and this sketchbook is chock full of process work.

The best part? They're SIGNED too! A small stack of them are on the New wall on the first floor for thirty dollars. Pray, do not tarry sir.

- Chris @ The Beguiling


Now In Stock: Eduardo Risso Black & White SIGNED

Maybe you're a fan of art, and therefore love the work of Eduardo Risso? Best known for his illustrations on 100 BULLETS, SPACEMAN, and VAMPIRE BOY amongst many more. Maybe you want a very hard to get black and white artbook by Risso, with sketches, process work, finished pieces, and much more from across his career?

BLACK AND WHITE: THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF EDUARDO RISSO is a tri-lingual book offering you just that. Thirty dollars, located on the New Wall on the first floor.

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Posted Monday, October 15, 2012

(Tour poster collab by DeForge and Kyle)

Feat. Michael DeForge, Patrick Kyle, Zach Worton
Official Afterparty for Canzine 2012
Sunday, October 21st, 8:00pm (Doors @ 7:30)
@ Lee's Palace (Dance Cave), 529 Bloor St. W.
19+, $5 or free with book purchase.

Are you ready for what's probably gonna be the most fun book launch of the year? There'll be books and drinks and good music and a whole day of indy press publishing. Check this out.

1. Three of our fav local cartoonists are launching new books! Come check out LOSE #4 by Michael DeForge, BLACK MASS by Patrick Kyle, and NOW YOU DIE by Zach Worton.

2. Each of these dudes will be doing a presentation from these books at at The Dance Cave, upstairs at Lee's Palace! It's got music and drinks and capacity so bring your friends!

3. October 21st is CANZINE, and it's running just up the street at 918 Bathurst from 1pm to 7pm! You should all attend CANZINE and then come to this event at 8pm, because This Event Is The Official CANZINE After Party! All CANZINE exhibitors get in for free! For everyone else, it's $5, and that gets you a coupon good for $5 off any of the launch-books!

All of Toronto's comics and publishing community is invited our for what's going to be the best time you could hope for on a Sunday night.


Presented by The Beguiling, with thanks to Broken Pencil/Canzine and Koyama Press.

For more info about Canzine, check out

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Shipping October 17th, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday October 17th, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

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Shipping October 10th, 2012. Uncanny Avengers #1 Update
Posted Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship The Beguiling Books and Art on Wednesday October 10th, 2012. All Prices listed in U.S. Funds. Variant prices are generally accurate, but in any dispute between web price and in-store price we will defer to in-store price.

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Hey Uncanny Avengers fans! Unfortunately about half of our regular covers on Uncanny Avengers #1 came in damaged. We've still got a bunch (we ordered pretty heavily), but since this is going to be such a big book this week we've decided to make some of the rarer variants which would normally be $6 or more, cover price to ensure that we don't run out.

Uncanny Avengers #1 Avengers Var Now 3.99
Uncanny Avengers #1 Blank Var Now 3.99
Uncanny Avengers #1 Now 3.99
Uncanny Avengers #1 Pichelli Var Now 3.99
Uncanny Avengers #1 Uncanny Var Now 3.99
Uncanny Avengers #1 Young Baby Var Now 3.99

So pick your favourite cover! We hope you enjoy the savings, and we hope you enjoy Uncanny Avengers #1!

- Chris @ The Beguiling

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