Local Comic Book Shop Wednesday – Paradise Comics

While Beguiling has a wider assortment of comics, especially in the independent and manga categories; Paradise can probably boast a deeper selection when it comes to mainstream comics.  While I was there, I found an out of print book that I’ve been looking for.  They had three copies on the shelf, despite the fact that used copies are selling on amazon for four times the cover price.

The store also offers a membership; $10 per year or $25 for life that nets you 20% all their books.  I ended up buying one since the money I would save on my first purchase was more than the membership cost.

The person that ran the store was nice, moving stuff out of our way while we were browsing.

If you’re into the big three, and want a standard discount on your books, Paradise is a great choice.

Website: https://paradisecomics.com/

Address: 3278 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario


Local Comic Book Shop Wednesday – BMV

BMV is not, strictly speaking, a comic book store.  Instead, it’s a used book store that devotes a lot of space to comics; almost the whole 3rd floor.

Their stock is mostly made up of used books they bought from customers (the buyers seem to have high standards, as the quality of the used books is typically pretty good), and remaindered books bought from publishers (remainders are what’s left over after the publisher has sold all they could.  They are usually marked with a marker on the top spine.)

In addition to the used stuff, they do carry a few new titles, though if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll find a better selection elsewhere.

If you’re looking for a deal, an out-of-print book, or you just want to explore, BMV is a great option).

Website: http://www.bmvbooks.com/

Address: 471 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Ontario

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Local Comic Book Shop Wednesday – The Beguiling

The Beguiling is Toronto’s best comic book store.  I don’t think that anyone could make a serious argument against that statement.  What sets it apart from all the others is its razor focus on comics.  You won’t find toys, t-shirts, or candy here – just comic books of all shapes and sizes.

The result of this singular focus is selection.  You can find everything here; from superhero, to indie, manga, kids comics, and imports.  There’s even a section for self-published books that the store sells on consignment.

Two years ago, they lost their old location when Mirvish Villiage was razed to make condos (the closing was preceded by a massive 75% off liquidation sale which I took horrible advantage of).

Since then, they’ve continued to expand their new location on College Street.  They currently occupy three storefronts, with the third being their children’s comic store, Little Island Books.

Website: http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/

Store: 319 College Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Die Kitty Die Volume Three Launches on Kickstarter

Artists Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz (current and former Archie comic artists respectively) have launched a Kickstarter for the third volume of their creators-owned series, Die Kitty Die.

The series follows Kitty, the star of a classic Archie-like comic book that has seen her popularity wain over the years.  Everything changes when the publisher decides to take drastic actions to revive it.

In addition to Kickstarter, the series is also available though comic stores from Canadian publisher Chapterhouse.

You can check out the Kickstarter here.

“Kitty Ravencraft returns!  The last time we saw her, her new comic book series was a huge success and she was once again the talk of the comic shops! Kitty’s sleazy publisher managed to get a Hollywood film deal based on her series, but she soon found herself in danger once again! So much so, that she gets shot and killed by a mystery killer! Who would do this? And why? The story continued in this year’s Free Comic Book Day special, “DKD: I Love You to Death!” In that book, we see Kitty move on to the great beyond, with a bit of a snag. Will she end up in Heaven or Hell ? And that’s where this series begins!”

A Definitive Ranking of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Ever since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles burst onto the scene in the ’80s, fans have hotly debated which of the four brothers is best.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Turtles, here’s a quick run down courtesy of Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre:

‘Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That’s a fact, Jack!)
Raphael is cool but crude (Gimme a break!)
Michaelangelo is a party dude (Party!)’

In this article I will answer the question once and for all. Here is the definitive ranking of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Close the book, the argument is over.

I’ll start with the best and work my way down:

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Raphael (red headband) is the most skilled of the Turtles, and is also the possessor of the coolest weapon, the sais.  Most people will point to his temper as his greatest weakness, the thing that keeps him from perfection.  But it’s worth remembering that temper is internal, so that means the only one that can beat Raph is Raph himself.

Raphael, despite his reputation as a loner, was also the first Turtle to make a friend on his own.  He and Casey Jones, a human with a similar temperament, formed a successful partnership and went on many a violent adventure together.

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Some people mistakenly suggest that Michaelangelo is the ‘heart’ of the team, but the true heart is Leo.  Leonardo (blue headband) is the leader.  He encourages and motivates the others when they’re down, and keeps them together as a family.  He uses the traditional weapon of a leader, the katana (swords).  They aren’t very flashy, but they’re effective and reliable, much like Leo himself.

Leo is intelligent and thoughtful; which makes him the best choice for formulating strategy in the heat of battle (something Raph would have trouble doing).

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Donatello (purple headband) is the smartest Turtle.  He builds incredible, sci-fi level machines to aid the team.  He uses the bo staff, a weapon that was adopted by Morgan in The Walking Dead as a symbol of  his pacifism.  Indeed, it’s not the deadliest of weapons, but it has long range (which suits Don’s less aggressive nature).

Donatello isn’t the most useful in a fight, but he still finds a way to contribute by drawing on his other gifts.

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Michaelangelo (orange headband) doesn’t seem to do much more than get in the way.  He doesn’t take anything seriously, even a fight – a trait that is not just unhelpful, but downright dangerous.  His weapon is the Nunchaku, an unwieldily contraption made of two sticks attached by a chain.  It seems like it was design more to put on a show than to accomplish a task, which also happens to describe Mikey’s character.

Michaelangelo isn’t just the weakest team member; he’s an act of sabotage.


Chapterhouse Announces Trudeau/Trump Variant Covers for CAPTAIN CANUCK: INVASION Event

Canadian comic publisher Chapterhouse (home of the delightful Pitiful Human Lizard by Jason Loo) is prepping a new crossover event entitled Invasion.  It starts with Captain Canuck: Invasion #1, which is set to go on sale June 27.  Fans that can hold out for a few days will have to option of picking up two variant covers, one with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the other with some guy named Donald Trump.

The special covers go on sale July 1st, A.K.A. Canada Day.

Here’s  the description from the publisher:


NEW Canada Day Edition – Featuring Profiles of Captain Canuck, Human-Lizard, Northguard, and many more!
FOR SALE JULY 1st 2018
The biggest event in the history of Chapterhouse Comics is here with INVASION, an epic battle between Earth’s heroes and the otherworldly threat of the Borealis. The alien race has long observed our planet, and in this special event prologue, they arrive on Earth, ready to pass judgment. This Inquisition reflects on the state of the world today—war and unrest, violence and ugliness—and deliver their verdict; humanity is a failure, too dangerous to be allowed to live. The Borealis has the power to destroy whole planets. But the Borealis did not account for Captain Canuck, who stands to the last to defend his home, no matter the odds. Canuck and his fellow heroes—Kebec, Northguard, Freelance, Fantomah, Pharos, Human-Lizard, and the Agents of P.A.C.T—are proof that all is never lost, and that the world, for all its flaws, is still worth saving!
Our INVASION prologue features the debut of the Captain Canuck Season Four writing team of Jay Baruchel and Van Jensen, with art by superstar artist Leonard Kirk (Batman, Supergirl, JSA, X-Factor), and available now with two special covers just for CANADA DAY.
Story by Jay Baruchel and Van Jensen
Art by Leonard Kirk
Cover by TBA
$1.99 | 36 pages | 6.25/10.18 | Full Color
IN STORES June 27, 2018

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