Tripple Threat Manga Event at Toronto Public Library




Featuring Three Canadian Graphic Novelists:

Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Marvel Comics)
Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon, Tokyopop)
Ken Siu-Chong (Street Fighter 2, Udon Comics)



(Just west of Bathurst Subway Stn. At Bloor West)



TORONTO, Ontario - The Beguiling and the Toronto Public Library are proud to present TRIPLE THREAT: AN AWESOME COMICS AND MANGA EVENT, on Saturday October 15th from 2pm to 4pm at The Palmerston Library.

This event will feature three young Canadian graphic novelists working on books for a teen and young-adult readership, each told in very different styles. With material inspired by traditional superheroes, internationally successful video games and manga, Japan's hottest export of all time, there's something for readers of any taste or age at this event!

“These three young creators are working on the hottest comics and manga on the stands,” said Christopher Butcher, manager at The Beguiling. “Toronto has long been a hotbed of talented graphic novelists, and The Beguiling has been working to promote Canadian talent for almost 20 years. But we're particularly excited about working with the Toronto Public Library for this event, because these graphic novelists are doing groundbreaking work that will appeal to teens and young adults, in addition to the existing readership for comics and graphic novels. Grabbing readers when they're young promotes life-long literacy, and thanks to their popular format and price, these graphic novels are particularly accessible.”

The FREE event will run on Saturday, October 15 from 2PM-4PM at the Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston (just east of Bloor & Bathurst). It is free to the public and will include a short talk by the authors, signings, and a chance to chat interact with the creators, as well as prizes and give-aways sponsored by Tokyopop, Udon, and The Beguiling.


Adrian Alphona, artist on The Runaways for Marvel Comics. Alphona graduated from Toronto's George Brown College and immediately secured his first job on one of Marvel Comics' most acclaimed new series. Working with acclaimed writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man), Alphona chronicles the adventures of a group of teenagers who are on the run after discovering that their parents are really a group of super-villains, and out to get them. Just released: Runaways Volume 4 TP (US$7.95/CDN$9.95)

Svetlana Chmakova, creator of Dramacon for Tokyopop. Born and raised in Russia, Chmakova moved to Canada at the age of 16, and is a graduate of Sheridan College's Classical Animation program. Her first graphic novel, Dramacon, has just been released by bestselling manga publisher Tokyopop. Drawing on a heavy influence from manga, Dramacon tells the story of an aspiring writer finding and losing love and friendship at her first anime and manga convention. Just released: Dramacon Volume 1 (US$9.99/CDN$11.95).

Ken Siu-Chong, writer of Street Fighter 2 for Udon Comics. Siu-Chong has put his indelible stamp on a number of beloved characters from Generation Y's childhood, including the popular franchises Darkstalkers, Thundercats, Robotech, Ultraman, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and of course Street Fighter. He is currently hard at work on the re-launch for Udon Comics' Street Fighter 2, exploring the further adventures of the fan-favourite video game characters. Debuting at the event: Street Fighter 2 #0 (US$2.00/CDN$2.50).


The Beguiling is Canada's premier retailer of comics, graphic novels and manga, and is the founding sponsor of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The store hosts and sponsors dozens of comics and graphic novel events every year. For more, visit and be sure to get on their mailing list! All books by the 3 creators are in stock at The Beguiling, and will be on sale at the event.

The Toronto Public Library is host to a number of community events, including comic and graphic novel happenings. For more, visit their website at


To schedule an advance interview about North America's Japanese anime and manga phenomenon with manga expert and teen comics co-ordinator Chris Butcher, or with any of the graphic novelists participating in this event, please contact Peter Birkemoe at The Beguiling, 416-533-9168.

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