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Holiday Hours!

Posted by: Andrew on: December 23, 2014

For the holidays, we will be open the following hours:

Monday, December 22nd: 11am-7pm

Tuesday 23rd: 11am-7pm

Wednesday 24th: 11am-3pm

Thursday 25th: CLOSED

Friday 26th: 10am-7pm (Boxing Day)

Saturday 27th: 11am-7pm

Sunday 28th: 12pm-6pm

Monday 29th: 11am-7pm

Tuesday 30th: 11am-7pm

Wednesday 31st: 11am-3pm (New Year’s Eve)

Thursday, January 1st: CLOSED

Friday 2nd: 11am-7pm (Back to normal hours!)

Happy Holidays!

Panel from Luke Pearson's Hildafolk.

Panel from Luke Pearson’s Hildafolk.

Winter Comics Classes!

Posted by: Andrew on: November 23, 2014

We’re excited to announce our next session of comics classes at Little Island, which will start in January!

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

This semester, we’re also going to be focusing on completing a comic story in the view to eventually creating an anthology of the kids’ work!

Classes are targeted at 10- to 14-year-olds, but we do accept younger kids! (Contact us for details.)

Dates and payment info:
Classes will be Monday nights, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, and the course fee will be $199 (tax incl.) for 8 weeks of classes, as set out below:

Winter session:
Jan 5th
Jan 12th
Jan 19th
Jan 26th
Feb 2nd
Feb 9th
Feb 16th
Feb 23rd

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. The approximate age range for this set of classes will be 10-13 years of age, but we do accept younger students who have the interest and focus to follow (and enjoy!) the class.

Registration is open: you can call us at 416-901-7489 to sign up, or just email

Check out Megan’s work at The Quietly

ANNOUNCING: Jon Klassen at Little Island Comics!

Posted by: Andrew on: November 5, 2014

klassen cover

We’re delighted to host renowned illustrator Jon Klassen at Little Island Comics on Tuesday, November 18th from 5pm until 7pm. Jon will be giving a short presentation about his work, followed by a book signing.

Jon Klassen has won the Governor General’s Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, and the Caldecott Medal for his awesome illustrations. The creator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, he has also collaborated with Lemony Snicket (The Dark) and with Mac Barnett on his most recent work, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to Little Island!


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

5pm – 7pm

Little Island Comics

742 Bathurst Street, Toronto


Bespoke Makeup Returns to Little Island Comics!

Posted by: Andrew on: October 23, 2014

We’re delighted to have once again partnered with Bespoke Makeup, a team of Toronto’s most creative professional make-up and special FX artists!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bespoke Makeup is offering FREE face painting for kids of all ages! Drop into Little Island Comics between 1pm – 5pm and we’ll make sure you have a “Marvelous” Halloween. Donations will go to the Toronto Public Library Foundation.


Friday, October 31, 2014

We are now booking make-up and special FX appointments at Little Island Comics Halloween Day at Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst St.

Mobile make-up appointments available until November 3.

Email or call 647.390.3178 and book your appointment today!

A Cat-tastic Double Book Launch with Koyama Press!

Posted by: Andrew on: October 1, 2014

koyama cat

Koyama Press will celebrate National Cat Day by launching two new kids books at Little Island Comics!

Join us as we fête John Martz’s A Cat Named Tim & Britt Wilson’s Cat Dad, King of the Goblins. Undertake awesome activities! Meet cartoonists! Read about cats! Have tons of fun! Yippeeeeeeee!


A Cat Named Tim & Cat Dad, King of the Goblins

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

12pm – 2pm

Little Island Comics

742 Bathurst Street, Toronto

From the Koyama Press site:

Miri and Luey have a dilemma. Their dad’s been turned into a cat and their closet is a garden full of goblins. There is only one thing for them to do britt cat— grab their friend Phil the frog and dive headfirst into a wild, woolly and wacky adventure.

Britt Wilson grew up in Brampton, Ontario. She attended both OCAD and Sheridan College, eventually graduating from Sheridan with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Illustration. Wilson published her first book Britt Wilson’s Greatest Book on Earth, a collection of her mini-comics, with Conundrum Press in 2012. She now lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and white cat.

From the Koyama Press site:

In Tim’s world, a cat can paint on the ceiling and a happy pig couple can wait months for the bus. A duck and a mouse love to go flying, in a plane, of course. Every page is an adventure and each character is colorful in this collection of comics.

John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, Canada.martz cat He is the creator of the wordless online comic strip Machine Gum, and the illustrator of several picture books including Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First?(Quirk Books, 2013). His comics and illustrations have appeared in The Globe & MailMAD MagazineMaisonneuve, and more. He won the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story for his comic book Gold Star (Retrofit Comics, 2012).



GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 Launch Event
Featuring Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl!
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 – FREE To Attend!

12pm: Signing at Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst Street
7PM: Party! at Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. 2F 

This Saturday, you’re invited to celebrate the launch of DC Comics’ GOTHAM ACADEMY #1, the newest and most unique comic book series set in Batman’s Gotham City–and the whole creative team will be on board for the party! GOTHAM ACADEMY illustrator Karl Kerschl, and writers Brenden Fletcher and Becky Cloonan, will all be on hand to celebrate the launch of the new series with us here at The Beguiling!

First up, they’ll be doing a dedicated signing session at Little Island Comics from Noon to 2pm. The whole team will be signing Gotham Academy #1, as well as a great selection of their other books including Abominable Charles Christopher, Demo, and more! Bring your books to get signed!

Then that evening at 7PM, come out to a party at Pauper’s Pub to celebrate the release and give the whole team a warm Toronto welcome! A short presentation will start at 7:30 (so don’t be late!). Books will be available for sale (and signed too!) but this is also a great chance to meet the creative team, and mix-and-mingle with other Toronto comic fans! Drinks will be served, refreshments provided, and a fun time will be had by all!

We’ll see you this Saturday!


ABOUT GOTHAM ACADEMY #1: Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman MAPS is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…

Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch!

Posted by: Andrew on: September 6, 2014

Maddy Kettle front cover hi-res

Little Island Comics is delighted to host the Canadian launch of Toronto cartoonist Eric Orchard’s first full-length graphic novel, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch. Eric will be signing copies of his new book and doing a live drawing demonstration for kids at Little Island Comics on Saturday, September 20th. Original art from Maddy Kettle will be on display for your enjoyment.

From the Top Shelf website:

Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents’ bookstore… especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats!

Now Maddy’s on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she’ll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more… Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They’ll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy’s courage, compassion, and creativity.

Full of surprises and stunning artwork, Maddy Kettle is a truly magical debut for Spectrum-Award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard. Climb aboard and let your imagination soar!


Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch

Saturday, September 20th, 2014


Little Island Comics

742 Bathurst Street, Toronto


Maddy Kettle sample page hi-res detail

BOOK LAUNCH: Super Red Riding Hood!

Posted by: Andrew on: August 29, 2014

super red riding hood interior


Little Island Comics is delighted to announce the book launch for Claudia Dávila’s new picture book, Super Red Riding Hood! It’s a story about a girl who isn’t (very) frightened as she treks through the deep dark woods, thanks to her red (superhero) cape. To find out how she deals with the wolfy villain, come to the launch!

Come for book readings, one at noon and one at 1pm, plus crafts and activities. We hope to see you there!


BOOK LAUNCH: Super Red Riding Hood
Saturday, September 6th
12pm – 2pm
Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Super Red Riding Hood

Fall Comics Classes at Little Island!

Posted by: Andrew on: August 23, 2014

Look out, kids: our comic classes for 10- to 14-year-olds are back!

Learn to draw comics and manga, from start to finish! Megan Kearney, back for another season of classes, will walk students though each step of the creative process, from character design to page layouts. Learn techniques like pencilling and inking, and how to use materials such as screen tones and art markers.

 Classes run from 5:00-6:30pm on Mondays, starting Sept 15th, and are $199 (tax incl.) for 8 weeks.

 Have questions or want to register?

Contact us at 416.901.7489 or

Check out Megan’s work, including Beauty and the Beast (on sale at Little Island) here:

Now in Stock: Amulet Book Six!!!

Posted by: Andrew on: August 15, 2014


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