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CGC Shipping Update – Jan 15

Dear customers with CGC books submitted at Fan Expo:

We understand you have been waiting patiently, and at last check, some of the books have been graded and are in Quality Control with the remainder “scheduled for grading”. I should be able to let you know grades soon, when that information is available to me online.

Any Fast Track and Standard Tier Submissions are already done and should be available for pick up at the store within a few days – the FedEx package was sent yesterday (Jan 14) – we will contact you when they arrive.

At this rate we are looking for the remainder of the Fan Expo books to be shipped up in early February.

Beyond the closing of the physical shop in the spring, we will continue to accept submissions and requests at local shows.


Starting December 15th the Comic Book Lounge (but not Temple of Toys or Back Space Toronto) will be open on Mondays. This includes Monday, December 22nd and Monday, December 29th.

Other than that we will still be open every other day from Noon to Seven, except for Sundays (we close at 6 on Sundays).

We are closed on the statutory holidays – Thursday, December 25th (Christmas Day), Friday, December 26th (Boxing Day Stat Holiday), Thursday, January 1st (New Year’s Day)

Changes coming in 2015.

Friends and customers, we are officially leaving 587A College in early 2015. At the moment April will be the final month of operation at this location, unless another tenant is eager to move in before that. A ‘For Lease’ sign will be appearing in our window shortly and the space will be advertised as available on real estate websites.

The former home of the Whippersnapper Gallery, in the spring of 2011 the space was reopened as the home of Guerilla Printing (who moved to Spadina and College in Spring 2014) and the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop (which had it’s last class in early 2013).

It has been the home of The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery (which picked up the reins from Dragon Lady Comics and Paper Nostalgia) since February 2012, and has been our home for nearly three years.

Temple of Toys joined us in November 2013, and Back Space Toronto since May 2014 (taking over the back from Guerilla Printing).

Since the fall of 2011 we’ve hosted many comics related events – art shows, book launches, industry events, award shows and so on.

Unfortunately 2014 has not been a great year for Little Italy. Weather, traffic and construction, et al. have not been favorable for College Street businesses like ours. We certainly do thank our loyal regulars for keeping us going.

As for the future of the Lounge, we’ll keep you posted. For now it is business as usual until we select the crossover date at our new space.

Happy Canada Day!

Captain_Canuck_Day_AnnualPlease note that the Comic Book Lounge (but not Temple of Toys) will be open on Monday, June 30. We are normally closed on Mondays.

Both the Comic Book Lounge and Temple of Toys will be closed on Tuesday, July 1 because of Canada Day.

Anyone that comes in today gets a copy of the FREE Captain Canuck Canada Day Special.

Wishing everyone all the best on this Canada Day.

Please note: our Canada Day(s) sale continues until July 10 – buy any two older graphic novels or back issue comics and you can get one more of equal or lesser value for FREE!


Please note: hours advisory and an apology re: Sunday, June 8

The Comic Book Lounge is generally open from 12-7 every Tuesday through Saturday, as well as 12-6 on Sundays. Both the Comic Book Lounge and Temple of Toys are closed on Mondays.

On occasion we will stay open later on weeknights – if you would like to come by after hours please contact us during working hours at 647-345-1035 or email

We also exhibit at a lot of Toronto and area conventions, so on some weekends that coincide with these events we may close because we cannot staff both the retail shop and the convention. We will do our best to notify you in advance when this is the case.

On Sunday, June 8th we had to close early (2:30 instead of 6pm) because I (Kevin Boyd, the owner) had a personal matter to attend to and I did not have an available staff member to cover the store for the remaining 3 and a half hours we were advertised to be open. This is a special apology for Patrick and anyone else who was inconvenienced by our closing early that day. We strive to maintain our advertised hours, and will do our best to notify our customers and the public if an emergency comes up that requires us to close early or if a convention is on where we choose to close the retail shop.

Debra Jane Shelly (1974-2014)

DebbieLovesHerBalthesarMany thanks to everyone for their support during these tough weeks. As many of you know, on Saturday, January 25th,  some time in the afternoon my partner of five years – Debra Jane Shelly, passed away suddenly in her sleep, with no visible cause of death.

She was 39 years old, and since she had epilepsy since a teen and there was some evidence of a seizure, it has been determined as probable SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy).

SUDEP is actually a lot more frequent than anyone in our family knew, and the stats are deceiving. Some say it’s rare, others say it affects as many as 1 out of 5 young epileptics (i.e. under the age of 40).

Full of laughter, love and life it is inconceivable to those of us that knew and loved her that she is no longer with us.

The Toronto Star

More information on SUDEP can be found here.


There were many online tributes to our amazing Debbie.

Ty Templeton did an incredible tribute to Debbie in his Bun Toon for February 2nd.. We also wish he never had to have drawn it.

Richard Evans

Sequential Spiltink (Rachel Richey)

Ad Astra Comix (NM Guiniling)

The Joe Shuster Awards (Jenn Haines, Tyrone Biljan, Allison Covey, Andrew Walsh)

The Comics Cube

Hasslein Books


The National Post (Steve Murray)

Andrew Walsh (Facebook Note)

My Eulogy for Deb (Facebook Note)

Comic Book Daily (Leigh Hart)

The Comics Reporter (Tom Spurgeon)

Salgood Sam

Art by Chris Yao

Kev’s Choices for the 5 Best Reissues/Collections of 2013

They say we are in the Golden Age of comics reprinting, and 2013 was certainly a banner year for this, and publishers like Fantagraphics, Dark Horse and IDW are out there doing an amazing job in representing the classic strips and forgotten comics of the past. From the Ditko Library, the American Library of Comics, Yoe Books, the EC Library, Artists Editions, Masterworks, Archives, the Simon & Kirby Library and more. One wonders if the well will ever run dry, but then there will be an announcement of another archival collection to remind one of how much material is actually out there left to be unearthed.

Here are the ones I really enjoyed:

june17-paul-joins-the-scoutsPaul Joins the Scouts (Conundrum Press) By Michel Rabagliati

The original French publication is only a year old, so it’s great to see Conundrum keeping on top of these books as they are released, and I hope they have a chance to reissue the earlier volumes in the Paul series that were originally published by D+Q. While I can read French, sometimes the context is lost, so reading them in English helps – and the ending to this particular entry into the series is very powerful and quite sad.

pv72Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-50 (Fantagraphics) by Hal Foster

The first of two Foster books on my list, Prince Valiant is lush and vibrant, more powerful than ever in these remastered volumes. The detail that Foster put into this strip is astounding, and it’s great to be able to view these pages at the larger sized 11 x 17 format of these collections.

STK529609Tarzan: The Sunday Comics 1931-1933 (Dark Horse) by Hal Foster

Edgar Rice Burroughs personally selected Canadian artist Hal Foster to be the illustrator of the comic strip starring his famous Ape Man, one of the first of the 20th century’s pop culture star adventure heroes. Novels, movies and more were turning Tarzan into a household name but it was his comic strip that brought the adventures right into every home and made him a sensation. In turn, it would make Foster one of the most well known and well admired adventure strip cartoonists in the world, and his turn on Tarzan gave him the clout to be handed his chance at a character of his own making a decade plus later by the most powerful publishing figure of the print era (Wm. Randolph Hearst). Dark Horse presents these pages for the first time in tabloid format and the results are spectacular, if only they had been able to retain the extras that were featured in the NBM versions from the 1990’s. This book is massive, about the size of an IDW Artist’s Edition (~12 inches by 18 inches).

best of ec cover  CONVERTEDBest of EC Comics Artists Edition (IDW) by Various

Probably the standout volume in a very good year for the Artists Edition program, with the MAD AE, Jack Davis EC Stories, Mark Schulz Xenozoic Tales and more all being amazing collections of craft. On the other hand, 2013 was a bit of a shark-jumping year for the program with a couple of duds (Bone, Tor) and some fans of the series telling me they are taking a break — but for a select group of collectors (including myself), these are real treasures. Hard to sore treasures, but treasures nonetheless. One collector picked up three copies of this edition so that he could slice up two and frame the stories and covers around his home and keep one safe to read.

Scott Pilgrim Vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together HC (Oni Press) by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Nathan Fairbairn

If you are avoiding these remastered and coloured hardcovers, thinking that the original black and white trade paperbacks are good enough then you are WRONG. Just plain WRONG. Nathan Fairbairn’s colours are transcendent and the books are a revelation in this new format. Do yourself a favour and reconsider. Plus, the extras are fun.

colorboxMany honourable mentions like the Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson hardcovers – especially the two color sundays volumes, the Flash Gordon/Jungle Jim collections from IDW, the EC Library collections from Fantagraphics, and Titan’s Marada the She-Wolf.

Marvel has done a great job in getting their Marvel Masterworks out in both hardcover and softcover format, it’s unfortunate that the pool of collectors for the hardcover collections is shrinking, but there has been growing interest in the softcover volumes at the Lounge this year.

DC Comics – get your Archives program up and running again. At the very least, get more volumes of the Golden Age Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel/Shazam and Wonder Woman comics out there along with more silver age Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman. Would love to see collections of the Silver Age Spectre and one of the Bat Lash comics. The Legends of the Dark Knight spotlight collections are fun, but pricey.