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Posted by: Andrew on: September 20, 2013

Gene Yang presents BOXERS & SAINTS
Saturday, September 21st, 3pm-4:30pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street
Free to attend

The Beguiling is proud to welcome bestselling comics author Gene Yang to Toronto in support of his new two-volume graphic novel, BOXERS & SAINTS.

Gene will be interviewed on stage by TCAF Director Christopher Butcher about his career and the genesis of the new graphic novel series, with a signing to follow. Copies of the new books and Yang’s entire back-catalogue will be available for sale at the event.

Gene Yang rose to prominence within the comics industry with the publication of his bestselling graphic novel American Born Chinese, which has won the Prinz Award, the Eisner Award, and multiple “best book of the year” awards. Yang’s follow-up releases have included The Eternal Smile, Prime Baby, Level Up, and writing the graphic novel adaptations of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series.

The Beguiling would like to thank Toronto Public Library, First Second Books, and Raincoast, for their assistance in putting this event together.

-  Chris @ The Beguiling


In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.
But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.
Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.

EVENT: Draw Out The Story with Brian McLachlan!

Posted by: Andrew on: August 26, 2013

Brian McLachlan’s Draw Out The Story
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Workshop: 12pm-1pm

Launch & Signing: 1pm-2pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St
Free with purchase!


Kids eight and older should sign up NOW for a special Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics workshop led by author Brian McLachlan! Brian will host an interactive comics-making master class full of tips and techniques for beginners and experienced young artists alike. In celebration of the release of the book, the workshop is being offered free with the purchase of a copy of Draw Out The Story. 

After the workshop, everyone is invited to mingle, meet creator Brian McLachlan, and get their copy of Draw Out the Story signed starting at 1pm. We’ll be celebrating Brian’s Book with prizes and activities all afternoon!

Please contact Little Island Comics to sign up for this workshop and purchase your copy of Draw Out the Story. You can reach Little Island Comics at 416-901-7489,, or in person at 742 Bathurst St., Toronto.

Space is limited, so sign up today to be sure to get a spot!

ANNOUNCING: Dan Parent at Little Island!

Posted by: Andrew on: July 19, 2013


Creator Appearance: Dan Parent

Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street

23 August 2013, 7:30pm to 9pm

We’re proud and delighted to announce that Dan Parent will be meeting fans and signing books at Little Island Comics on Friday, August 23rd from 7:30pm until 9pm!

Known for bringing more diversity and inclusion to Riverdale than ever before, Dan Parent has been making Archie comics since 1987. When he introduced Archie Comics’ first out gay character Kevin Keller in 2010, that issue became the first in the 70-year history of Archie to completely sell through. And here at Little Island we know first-hand how much Archie fans young and old love Kevin Keller!

We hope you’ll join us on August 23rd to meet Dan Parent. Keep your eye on this site, or follow us on twitter – @littleislandcmx – for more details on this and other events.

Pride Weekend – Hours

Posted by: Andrew on: June 29, 2013

It’s true! We’re open all weekend, and kids who shop with us in the next couple of days will get a lei in celebration of Pride!

Here are our hours:

Saturday, June 29: OPEN 11am to 7pm

Sunday, June 30: OPEN 12pm to 6pm

Monday, July 1: OPEN 12pm to 6pm

Tuesday, July 2: back to regular hours!

We hope to see you this weekend!

Little Island’s PICTURE BOOK SALE!

Posted by: Andrew on: June 19, 2013


It’s true that Little Island Comics is North America’s only comic shop just for kids. But in addition to the all the best comic books, did you know that we also carry a wide range of picture books and board books? Well, we do! You can find all kinds of illustrated stories at Little Island, for everyone from infancy to young adulthood. And if you haven’t had a chance to browse our picture-book selection lately, we’re about to give you an excellent reason to do just that!

From this Saturday, June 22nd until Saturday July 6th, 2013, Little Island Comics is having its first ever picture book sale! For two weeks, customers will receive discounts off of our expertly curated selection of picture books, and the more you buy, the more you’ll save!                                                                                                                                                                                               

Buy one picture book* at 10% off. 

Buy two picture books and get 20% off.

Buy three or more picture books and get 30% off!!!

Plus even deeper discounts on selected titles, as marked!                                                                                               


All of our picture books and board books are included in this sale, including everything from classics by Dr Seuss and Maurice Sendak to new works from Jeremy Tankard and Neil Gaiman! Start your summer off with amazing deals on amazing stories!
*Yes, there’s a blurry line between picture books and comics. We’ll have helpful signage and distinct displays to help you figure out what’s on sale!                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Jinx at Little Island!

Posted by: Andrew on: May 22, 2013


Step into spring with Jinx Holliday and the next installment in the critically acclaimed Jinx series! Spring in high school brings a whole new set of challenges for feisty freshman Jinx – new tests, new sports, and summer’s on the way! Jinx: Little Miss Steps is an uplifting story told with great wit, humor, heart and style – you’ll fall in love with Jinx Holliday!

Please join us on Saturday, June 1st from 11:30am until 1:00pm, when we’ll welcome writer J Torres, who will be meeting fans and signing copies of his latest book, Jinx: Little Miss Steps!

Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2013

Posted by: admin on: May 3, 2013

FCBD_nodateFree Comic Book Day 
Saturday May 4th, 12pm-6pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street
@ Little Island, 742 Bathurst Street
Free to attend

Facebook Event

The Beguiling and Little Island Comics are happily participating in industry-wide celebration FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Drop by The Beguiling for all your teen-to-grown-up-to-arrested-development needs, and Little Island Comics for age-appropriate freebies for the little ones.

To see some of the free comic books that will be on hand, visit

- Chris @ The Beguiling

Manga Mondays at Little Island Comics!

Posted by: Andrew on: December 26, 2012


Join us for Manga Mondays this winter at Little Island Comics!

We’re excited to invite 10- to 14-year-olds to enrol in local comics creator Eric Kim’s Manga Dojo art workshops, now in their second year. Starting January 21st, the Manga Dojo teaches students how to create and develop their own stories. In five sessions, students will create an anthology of their works and receive a physical copy of the book. They will learn about the fundamentals of storytelling, build upon their drawing skills, and develop an understanding of publishing.

Eric Kim is a professional comic artist and illustrator. His credits include Love as a Foreign Language, Degrassi: The Next Generation Vol. 3, Battle Academy, The Sidesteppers, Streta, and most recently, The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare. He has worked for numerous book and editorial clients across North America as well as Japan. His next book, Billy Smoke, will be coming from Oni Press next year.

His professional website is

The fee for the course is $100 for five classes (materials included), a copy of the anthology produced by the class, as well as participation in a public book launch and gallery showing of the class’s work. The course runs weekly on Mondays from 4:30pm until 6pm, from January 21st through February 25th (no class on the holiday on Feb. 18th!). Simple snacks will be provided. Please contact us at to enrol!

Little Island Comics Holiday Hours!

Posted by: Andrew on: December 5, 2012

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

Little Island Comics’ Holiday Hours (starting today!)
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:

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-6pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, December 27th-29th: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, December 30th: 12pm-6pm
Monday December 31st: Open from 11am, closing early (3-4pm depending on demand)
Tuesday January 1st: Closed
Wednesday January 2nd: Back to normal!

Justin Time Book Launch with Brandon Scott!

Posted by: Andrew on: November 17, 2012

In store

Saturday, 24 November 2012 at 1pm


Join us next Saturday to launch creator Brandon James Scott’s debut book series featuring the characters of the hit show Justin Time (on Disney Junior in Canada)! Brandon will be here to sign copies of Justin Time: Panckake Express, and will be doing a reading from Little Island’s legendary Author Throne!

Don’t miss this reading of a Canadian twist on the Justin Time series! What happens when Justin’s friend Olive has to deliver maple syrup to the Pancake Festival in Flapjack Falls? She calls on Justin, his sidekick Squidgy and their imaginary locomotive for help, of course! The three meet some very Canadian creatures along the way.


From Immedium :

All aboard! Justin and his pal Squidgy imagine themselves behind the wheel of a classic steam train, delivering important cargo for their friend Olive.

But they discover it’s not easy getting through the Canadian wilderness. Will their barrel of maple syrup make it to Flap Jack Falls in time for the Pancake Festival? Never give up!

Justin Time is broadcast on Disney Junior channels in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Italy. Also it is seen on Discovery Kids (Latin America) and Discovery Familia (USA) and in United Kingdom, Finland, Israel, South Korea, Estonia, Belgium, and Germany.


We hope to see you next Saturday for some toothsome fun aboard the Pancake Express!


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