Posted by: Andrew on: August 3, 2012
There’s something to be said about how children inspire us, from their approach to art with reckless abandon to their infectious laughter. And we hope to inspire them every day when we put books in their hands. Once in a while we find that we inspire grown-ups too, and this post is a thank you to the lovely people at Taxi who used their imaginations with reckless abandon to create promotional materials as a gift and surprise to us. Personally, I want to thank Vic Bath, Senior Art Director at Taxi, who’s been my best friend since we were children, for coming up with the concept for this overwhelming surprise. He worked with Will Ko, Designer at Taxi, and renowned commercial photographer Philip Rostron.
Thank you Vic, Will and Philip, from all of us here at Little Island Comics!
Krystle Tabujara – Little Island Comics
Posted by: Andrew on: July 30, 2012
The Beguiling is hiring! We’re looking for someone to join our Library Services team. Depending on the candidate, this could be a full-time or a part-time position.
What you’d be doing:
-managing existing customer accounts for school and public libraries
-selling comics to librarians in our two stores (The Beguiling and Little Island Comics) as well as at special events, trade shows, and via phone and email from our office
-delighting customers – both kids and adults – at Little Island Comics, both as part of our regular operations and for special children’s events
-working with our current systems and processes, and constantly considering ways these could improve
-acting as a resource and an advocate for comics as a key component of contemporary library collections
-some heavy lifting, general maintenance of a retail store and warehouse
What we’re looking for:
-at least a basic knowledge of contemporary comics (including manga, art/indie comics, bandes dessinées, webcomics, and superhero comics)
-sales (or similar/relevant customer service) experience
-candidates who are self-motivated and independent
-candidates who are flexible and very organized
-amazing communication and people skills
And we’d be super-impressed with the following (though these aren’t absolute requirements):
-the ability to speak, read, write, and/or understand French and/or Japanese
-extensive, specialized knowledge of manga
-experience working with kids
Do you think this job might be for you? Apply with an electronic copy of your résumé (we are not accepting paper résumés) and a cover email to email@example.com, no later than Friday, August 10th. Please feel free to include in your e-mail any links to you online that you feel may be relevant. We will only be contacting the applicants with whom we’d like to schedule an interview.
Posted by: Andrew on: July 13, 2012
Hey everyone! Little Island Comics and The Beguiling are teaming up to throw a kick-butt ADVENTURE TIME event on Wednesday, July 25th, and you’re all invited! There will be signings by the creators of the ADVENTURE TIME comics, a kids costume contest, and more! It’s gonna be mathematical… TO THE MATH!
From New York City, it’s MEREDITH GRAN, writer and artist of the brand new mini-series ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS, as well as her own awesome series Octopus Pie! MARCELINE #1 ships to comic stores on Wednesday July 11th, and we’ll have copies of the issue available for sale that day and every day up to the event itself!
From here in Toronto, it’s RYAN NORTH, writer of the ongoing ADVENTURE TIME WITH FINN AND JAKE comic book series, as well as one of our favourite web comics, Dinosaur Comics! ADVENTURE TIME #6 comes out on Wednesday July 25th, and we’ll have that and the first 5 issues of Adventure Time available for sale at the event!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1PM-3PM: LITTLE ISLAND COMICS!
Just for kids (and their parents), Meredith and Ryan will be signing copies of Adventure Time for younger fans, here at Little Island Comics. We’ll have Adventure Time-themed crafts and activities! Ryan and Meredith might even lead some of the activities! It’s going to be super fun!
There will be an Adventure Time Costume Contest for Kids, too, at 1PM sharp! Kids are encouraged to show up dressed in costumes from Adventure Time, and prizes will be awarded to all participants! Yay!
6PM-9PM: THE CENTRAL and THE BEGUILING!
Grown-ups should check out the events that are happening for them over at beguiling.com!
SEE YOU WEDNESDAY JULY 25TH!
Posted by: Andrew on: June 28, 2012
This is the art that Konami Kanata created to celebrate her visit to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this past May. To celebrate Canada Day, Little Island Comics will keep the following hours this weekend:
Every Saturday, kids can drop in from noon until 3pm to make their own comics!
Happy Canada Day! Happy Pride!
What a great day to shop for comics!
Back to regular hours!
Posted by: Andrew on: June 27, 2012
We’re happy to announce a series of four kids’ comics workshops for the month of July! Space in these workshops is limited, so please sign up in order to make sure you get a spot! Here are all the details:
Dazzle your friends with your Comics Skills, AND get 2 hours away from your folks! WIN WIN. Take a class here or there, or collect ‘em all and leave with your very own mini-comic/zine and all the skills to make more!Session 1 (July 5th): INTRO TO GRAPHIC STORYTELLING Session 2 (July 12th): CHARACTER DESIGN 101 Session 3 (July 19th): DRAW WHAT YOU SEE: an observational sketchbook seminar Session 4 (July 26th): ANATOMY OF A MINI-COMIC
From 1-3pm every Thursday of July. $20 per kid per session. Pre-pay for all four classes and get a $20 Little Island/Beguiling Gift Certificate – it’s like getting a class for free! Kids ages 10 to 12 are welcome (some exceptions may be made: please inquire).
Sign up today! Show up at, call or email Little Island Comics to register or for more info.
Britt Wilson graduated from Sheridan College with a BAA in Illustration, and has just published her first book of short comics. She lives and works in Toronto’s west end with her fiancé and her cat in what appears to be a perpetual construction site. Grown-ups who want to learn too much about her can check out her art at brittwilson.com.
Posted by: Andrew on: June 20, 2012
We’re happy to announce that yes, our Pride display of queer comics for kids is up for your festive shopping pleasure!
Ever since Andrew Wheeler’s feature article about our display went up over at ComicsAlliance.com, the books have been selling faster than we can keep them in stock, which is great news indeed! So head over quickly if you want to have a browse!
Posted by: Andrew on: May 14, 2012
Posted by: admin on: April 25, 2012
Free Comic Book Day 2012 @ Little Island Comics
Featuring Andy Runton (Owly) and Fabio Moon (Serenity)
Saturday, May 5th, 2012, Noon-5pm
@ Little Island Comics, 742 Bathurst
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event in the comics industry where stores offer free comic books to entice you into shopping with them on a regular basis! The Free Comic Books are specially selected by publishers (Not Every Comic Book Is Free) and then store can decide what to give away. Seeing as this is Little Island’s first year, we definitely wanted to participate and start a tradition, and what better way to kick it off than with two awesome creator signings!
- Free Comic Book Day events will run from Noon to 5pm.
- Everyone who attends is welcome to select up to 4 free comics from our selection!
- Only 25 people will be allowed in the store at a time (we’re just a Little Island after all!) so there might be lining-up-outside involved. Bring an umbrella just in case!
- 12pm-2pm: Meet Fabio Moon! Fabio is the artist of series including Daytripper, BPRD, and Casanova (for grown-ups). This year Fabio Moon is the illustrating the new SERENITY story by Zach Whedon (Joss Whedon’s brother) in the FCBD Star Wars / Serenity Flip Book!
- 3pm-4pm: Meet Andy Runton! Andy Runton is the creator of the amazing Owly comics, and this year he’s illustrating an all-new OWLY story in the Top Shelf Kids Club Comic!
Little Island Comics will have copies of the following titles for give away starting at Noon, but some titles are limited and might disappear very quickly!
2000 Ad Judge Dredd Spec, Animal Planet World Most Dangerous Animals, Atomic Robo & Friends, Avengers #12.1, Bad Medicine #1, Barnaby, Bongo Free-For-All / Spongebob Freestyle, Buffy / The Guild, Censored Howard Cruse, Dc Comics The New 52 Special Ed, Dc Nation Superman Family Flip Book, Dune Origins, Finding Gossamyr Stuff Of Legend, Image 20, Infernal Devices Clockwork Angel, Marble Season, Mega Man, Moomin Color Special, Mouse Guard Labyrinth & More Hc, Muqtatafaht Middle East Comics Anthology, Peanuts Adventure Time Flipbook, Rockhead & Zinc Alloy 2-For-None, Smurfs & Disney Fairies Feat Tinker Bell, Sonic The Hedgehog, Spider-Man Season One, Star Wars / Serenity, Top Shelf Kids Club, Transformers #80.5, Voltron Force Shelter From The Storm, Walt Disneys Donald Duck Family Comics, Yo Gabba Gabba Free Comic Book Time.
We hope to see you at the store!
- Little Island
Posted by: Andrew on: April 4, 2012
In celebration of the arrival of Spring, Little Island Comics will open the following hours this weekend:
Friday 6 April 2012: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday 7 April 2012: 11am – 7pm
Sunday 8 April 2012: 12pm – 6pm
Monday 9 April 2012: 12pm – 6pm
Tuesday 10 April 2012: Back to Regular Hours.
Our regular Saturday make-your-own-comics activities will go on as usual, from 12pm-3pm on Saturday. See you there!