ON – Little Island Comics Grand Re-Opening

Press Release:

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 – True Patriot 2 Launch Party

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true-patriotPress Release:

Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is proud to announce a special launch event, commemorating the release of TRUE PATRIOT 2, the second great anthology of all-new Canadian superheroes, by Canadian comics creators!

Joining us for this mega-signing event will be creators J. Bone, Jack Briglio, Scott Chantler, Arthur Dela Cruz, Adam Gorham, Fred Kennedy, Ramon Perez, Alex Perkins, and J. Torres! All of these creators will be signing and sketching for fans on Friday, May 29th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

The event takes place at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, located at 789 Yonge Street, inside Toronto Reference Library.

Copies of BOTH True Patriot volumes will be available for purchase at the event, and supporters of the online crowdfunding effort for the book will be welcome to pick up their copies of the book at the event as well

RSVP on Facebook!

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

ON – Comic Book Lounge Anniversary

cbl020913Jeff Lemire, Ty Templeton, Agnes Garbowska, and more appear at Comic Book Lounge on Saturday, February 9th!

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Press Release:

Hard to believe it has almost been a year since we opened our doors on February 8th, 2012 and we would like to celebrate by holding some special events on the weekend of February 9-10. We’re planning a three stage celebration – an in-store minicon on Saturday afternoon, followed by an On the Couch with Ty Templeton and an Industry Night Party after that. On Sunday it’s Sketchbook Pro Day with drawing demonstrations and related talks taking place over the afternoon.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9

12-7 In-Store Mini-Con — special appearances and signings all day.

Guests include:

Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Green Arrow, Justice League Dark)
Celebrate the release of Green Arrow 17 and the conclusion of Sweet Tooth with Jeff Lemire

Ty Templeton (Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man)

Scott Chantler (Two Generals, Three Thieves)

Mike Del Mundo (Marvel Cover Artist Extraordinaire)

Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu, You Me & Zombie)

Christopher Yao (Artist in Residence)

MORE GUESTS TBA
Signing times TBA

The February gallery show will be a multi-creator installation of artwork from Kevin’s personal collection.

7-11pm ON THE COUCH RETURNS! with Ty Templeton followed by an Industry Night Party

Also take note:
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10
Exploring Digital Comics – Sketchbook Pro Day!
Come in and see how Sketchbook Pro can work for you – we’re planning a day of drawing demonstrations and talks between Noon and Five to show you what the software is capable of doing for you.

The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery
587A College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G1B2

ON – The Captive Prince Signing

August 22, 2012 by  
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Scott Chantler signs at Little Island Comics on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 2:00pm!

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