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Bespoke Makeup returns to Little Island for Hallowe’en!

Posted by: Andrew on: October 23, 2015

It’s a Hallowe’en tradition! For the third year running the talented artists of Bespoke Makeup will be getting kids and grown-ups alike ready for their spooky adventures right here at Little Island Comics!


Bespoke Makeup & Hair (www.bespoke-makeup.combrings Halloween to Little Island Comics
Saturday, October 31, 2013 (Halloween Day)
Appointments available from 11:00am – 6:30pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St.

Children’s faces $10 (walk-ins welcome)

Adult make-up will range from $25 – $75 (prices will range based on complexity)

Space is limited, so book your appointment today to be sure to get a spot!

Phone:647-390-3178 Email:

Bespoke Makeup & Hair is a Toronto based hair and make-up company.  Visit for more information.


EVENT: Craig Thompson presents Space Dumplins!

Posted by: Andrew on: September 30, 2015

space dumplins

Little Island Comics is proud to welcome Craig Thompson, author of the new all ages graphic novel SPACE DUMPLINS, to Toronto for a special event!

Craig will be presenting from Space Dumplins, his new graphic novel (published by the good folks at Scholastic Canada) on Wednesday, October 28th, at Palmerston Library! Craig will also be signing and sketching for fans, and it’s gonna be a fun event. While the new book is intended for a younger audience, fans of all ages are welcome to attend this free event.

Our thanks to Scholastic Canada, Toronto Public Library, and Drawn & Quarterly for helping us put this event together.


For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father’s life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi) brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, Space Dumplins weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.


Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 5:45pm to 8pm
PALMERSTON LIBRARY, 560 Palmerston Ave
Free to Attend

EVENT: Nathan Jurevicius’ JUNCTION

Posted by: Andrew on: September 12, 2015


Little Island Comics is once again proud and delighted to launch an exciting new kids book from Toronto publisher Koyama Press! Please join us on Saturday, October 24th 2015, when we will celebrate the release of Nathan Jurevicius’ Junction.

Junction is a strange and wonderful picture book that appeals to adults and children alike. Nathan will be on hand to sign copies, and we will also have activities and temporary tattoos to mark the occasion! Copies of Junction and other Koyama Press kids titles are available right now at Little Island Comics.


“…aggressively weird, deeply compelling and entirely satisfying…” -Jim Woodring on Jurevicius’ work

KOYAMA PRESS LAUNCH: Junction by Nathan Jurevicius
Saturday, October 24th 2015, 12pm to 2pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St (just South of Bloor)
Free to Attend


EVENT: Chip Zdarsky Signs Jughead #1

Posted by: Andrew on: September 12, 2015


Woo-hoo! We’re delighted to announce that Chip Zdarsky, writer of the newly relaunched JUGHEAD comic series, will make a special visit to Little Island Comics to sign the very first issue on its release day, Wednesday, October 7th!

Chip is the writer of comics for grownups (like “Sex Criminals” and “Howard The Duck”), and that’s cool! But he’s writing this one square for the folks that have ready Jughead and Archie Comics for years–everyone! This is an all-ages event! So parents, feel free to bring your kids by to get a Jughead #1 and get it signed. Grown-ups, feel free to come get your comics signed too, but we want this to be a kid-friendly event, please and thanks, so keep it G-rated.

So we’ll see you in the shop this October for this amazing event! The relaunched Archie #1 is available now in store, by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

Wednesday, October 7th, 5pm-7pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St
Free To Attend

BOOK LAUNCH: March Grand Prix!

Posted by: Andrew on: July 29, 2015


Little Island Comics is thrilled to welcome author Kean Soo, creator of the Jellaby series of graphic novels, to launch his brand new all-ages graphic novel March Grand Prix: The Race at Harewood!

March Hare wants to be the fastest and furriest racecar driver around. But first, this rabbit racer will have to prove his skill at the speedway, on the streets, and in the desert. With pedal-to-the-metal illustrations and full-throttle action, March is sure to be a winner!

Kean Soo will be visiting Little Island Comics on Saturday, August 15th, and you’re invited to join him to celebrate the release of the new graphic novel! Kean will be drawing and signing for fans in what is sure to be a hoot! :D

See you then!

BOOK LAUNCH: March Grand Prix
Saturday 15 August 2015
1PM – 3PM
Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto


Valor Launch Party
with creators in attendance!
Sunday, July 19th, 12pm-2pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
Facebook event:

Join us to celebrate Valor, a comic anthology about courageous heroines!

Pick up a copy of your own and meet the authors, artists and editors who bring you 200+ pages of kick-butt adventures!

Creators Megan Kearney (Beauty and the Beast), Katie and Shaggy Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), and Meaghan Carter (Take Off) will be in attendance, as well as editors Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon (Namesake).

Canada Day FYI

Posted by: Andrew on: June 30, 2015

Hi all!

In celebration of Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, Little Island Comics will be closed! We’ll be back to our regular hours the following day.Canada Chi


The Princess & The Pony Launch Party
With Author Kate Beaton
Saturday July 4th, 12pm-2pm
@ Little Island COmics, 742 Bathurst Street

Hey lovers of great books! Kate Beaton, creator of Hark, A Vagrant!, has created her very first picture book! It’s called The Princess and the Pony, and our friends at Scholastic are publishing it, and Little Island Comics is throwing a party for the release!

Join Kate Beaton and the staff of Little Island on Saturday July 4th, from 12pm to 2pm for a Princess and Pony Party! Meet Kate! Take part in great activities! Have just the BEST Time!

See you there!

Thanks to Scholastic and Kate for setting this up…!


Victoria Day Hours

Posted by: Andrew on: May 12, 2015

In celebration of Victoria Day, Little Island Comics will be closed on Monday, May 18th 2015! We’ll resume normal business hours on Tuesday the 19th.

Spring Comics Classes at Little Island

Posted by: Andrew on: February 16, 2015

Join us at Little Island for spring Comics Classes with Megan Kearney!

This session, we’ll have 6 weeks of classes, plus a double-class during March Break. You can join us just for the March Break class, or take the entire course.

Our instructor, Megan Kearney, will lead students through the steps of comics-creation, from character design to page layouts; they’ll learn techniques like pencilling and inking, and they’ll be introduced to screen tones and working with art markers.

The March Break Cover & Colour double-class will be on Monday, March 16th, from 1pm – 4pm. Students will create and colour a cover design, and will be supplied with Copic colour markers for this class (included in course fee).

Dates and Payment Info
Classes will be Monday nights, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, except for the March Break Cover & Colour class, which will be 1-4pm on Monday, March 16th.

  • The March Break Cover & Colour class (1pm – 4pm on March 16th) is $75.
  • The full set of classes (6 weeks plus the March Break double-class) will be $199 (tax incl.).

Spring session:
March 9: 5:00 – 6:30pm
March 16 *Special March Break Afternoon Double-Class!*: 1:00 – 4:00pm
March 23: 5:00 – 6:30pm
March 30: 5:00 – 6:30pm
(April 6: No Class!)
April 13: 5:00 – 6:30pm
April 20: 5:00 – 6:30pm
April 27: 5:00 – 6:30pm

Payment options include cash payment on the first day of classes or cheque made out to Megan Kearney. You can also pay by Visa, Mastercard or debit, but a 3% service charge will apply.

You can bring your favourite pencils and art supplies with you, or you can buy a kit from Megan with everything you need, on the first day of classes (approx. $35). Colour markers will be supplied for the Cover & Colour March Break class.

Age Range
The approximate age range for this set of classes will be 10-14 years of age, but we do accept younger students who have the interest and focus to follow (and enjoy!) the class. Please inquire if your kid is older, we may have spots available in an advance class.

Registration is open: you can call us at 416-535-9714 to sign up, or email <>.

Check out Megan’s work at: <>

We hope to see you there!

About Little Island Comics

Little Island Comics is the first kids comic book store in North America–maybe even the world! Owned and operated by international comics institution The Beguiling–celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2012–the store features thousands of comics, graphic novels and manga, and a great lineup of programming and events with kids comic and book authors from around the world!

Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2R6
Phone: 416-901-7489