ON – Little Island Comics Grand Re-Opening

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Little Island Comics is BACK!!! Offering the widest possible array of graphic novels, manga, and comics for people 12 years old and younger, Little Island celebrates its Grand Re-Opening during March Break 2018 with a slate of creator appearances, refreshments and activities– with a sale to jumpstart your library of great comics for kids!

When it opened in 2011, Little Island served thousands of young readers, grateful parents, enthusiastic educators, and cool aunts and uncles for five years until the original Mirvish Village location closed due to redevelopment. During that time Little Island was more than a retail destination — it was a local hub: a venue for comics-making classes and teacher/librarian sessions, and hosted many book launches and events with kid-lit luminaries like Tomi Ungerer (The Three Robbers), Kate Beaton (The Princess and the Pony), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Jon Klassen (We Found a Hat).

“Little Island has proven to be a key part of The Beguiling’s business overall,” says proprietor Peter Birkemoe. “I’m thrilled to once again devote space where kids and parents can learn, read and start loving comics. And we really missed giving our youngest customers the specific attention they deserve.”

“Little Island Comics responded to the public’s continuing need for specialized books shops as points of discovery, interaction, and creative community,” Little Island Comics manager Andrew Woodrow-Butcher adds. “It’s a bricks-and-mortar success story!”

A year after closing its previous Mirvish Village location, Little Island Comics re-opens in March next door to its parent shop The Beguiling’s newly expanded location at the top of Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood. As The Beguiling enters its fourth decade as North America’s premier comic book retailer, the move to College Street has allowed it to add a gallery and events space, which Little Island will share.

Little Island Comics will be staffed by the same team that worked at the previous location, who also work for The Beguiling’s Library Services business, which has been helping school and  public libraries curate their comics collections for more than 15 years. Comics as a medium has become a mainstay of educational library collections in the last decade, and parents and educators will appreciate the expert help in selecting titles that address curriculum objectives, learning challenges, and a wide variety of reading levels. Kids will appreciate the engaging visual storytelling in some of today’s most popular books for young people!

Little Island will offer a 20% discount on all in-print kids comics, picture books, and graphic novels throughout March Break (March 10-18, 2018) to encourage families to dig into graphic novels! The week will culminate in a Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, March 17th, with refreshments, drop-in activities, story time, and appearances by such creators as:

  • Scott Chantler (The Three Thieves series)
  • Naseem Hrab (Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend)
  • Brian McLachlan (Draw Out the Story)
  • Ryan North (Adventure Time, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
  • Kean Soo (March: Grand Prix, Jellaby)
  • Britt Wilson (Cat Dad, King of the Goblins)
  • Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind, Science Comics: The Brain)

…and more! For details on the line-up for the Grand Re-Opening, please follow Little Island Comics on Facebook and Twitter (@littleislandcmx), or check back here on the Little Island blog regularly!

Little Island Comics
323 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2 Canada
416 533 9168

ON – Bera The One-Headed Troll Signing

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Little Island Comics is happy to welcome Eric Orchard to the shop for the launch of his new young-readers graphic novel Bera The One-Headed Troll on Saturday, August 13th at noon! Eric is one of our favourite Canadian comic creators, and one we were lucky enough to host for a celebration of his previous book, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch, and at long last he’s got a new book for us to celebrate!

Fans old and new are welcome to come to the launch, which will feature a presentation by Eric as well as drawing activities for kids. We will also have some of Eric’s Maddy Kettle art on display, showing off just what his lush artwork looks like before it’s printed as a book!

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

ON – Awkward Signing

March 17, 2016 by  
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Little Island Comics and Page & Panel are proud to welcome author Svetlana Chmakova as she signs her new graphic novel Awkward! Perfect for fans of the work of Raina Telgemeier, like Smile, Sisters, or Drama, Awkward is a great middle grade graphic novel about the difficulty making friends outside of your social circle. It’s been one of Little Island Comics’ bestsellers since its release late last year, and we’re so thrilled that Svetlana will be back in Toronto so we can have an official signing with her!

Svetlana will be signing at Page & Panel, located in Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, on Saturday, March 19th, from 1pm-3pm. Please stop by to get your copy of Awkward signed!

ABOUT:
Svetlana Chmakova broke onto the scene with the release of the popular graphic novel series DramaCon, published by Tokyopop. Since then she has created another original series, Nightschool, and adapted James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series into a manga format, both for Yen Press/Hachette.

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
416-323-9212

ON – Space Dumplins Signing

October 6, 2015 by  
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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 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 5:45 PM!

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.

About SPACE DUMPLINS:
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.

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Palmerston Library
560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6G 2P7
+1 416-393-7680

ON – Jughead Launch Party

September 10, 2015 by  
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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 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm!

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

ON – March Grand Prix Signing

August 10, 2015 by  
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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!

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, at 1:00 PM 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!

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

ON – Valor Launch Party

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Join the creators of VALOR, the brand-new comics anthology about courageous heroines in this special launch event! Megan Kearney (Beauty and the Beast), Katie and Shaggy Shanahan (Silly Kingdom), and Meaghan Carter (Take Off), as well as editors Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon (Namesake), appear at Little Island Comics for a signing on Sunday, July 19th, from noon till 2:00 PM.

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

ON – Princess and Pony Party

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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 noon till 2:00 pm for a Princess and Pony Party! Meet Kate! Take part in great activities! Have just the BEST Time!

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

ON – Lumberjanes Signing

January 5, 2015 by  
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Grace Ellis, writer and co-creator of The Lumberjanes, appears at Little Island Comics for a signing on Saturday, January 10th, at 2:00 pm.

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

Gotham Academy Launch Tour

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Comic creators Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl hit the road to sign the first issue of their new series GOTHAM ACADEMY #1!

Thursday October 2nd at 7:00 PM

Bar Le Ritz PDB
179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest Montréal, QC H2R 2Y9, Canada

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Friday October 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Comic Book Shoppe
1400 Clyde Ave Ottawa, ON K2G3J2
Phone +1 613-228-8386

Saturday October 4th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM

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

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Monday October 6th at 6:00 PM

Cloud City Comics – Shoppingtown Mall
Syracuse, New York 13214
(315) 449-0003

 

Tuesday October 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Escape Pod Comics
302 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

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