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Toronto Comic Arts Festival Shop becomes a permanent fixture

(photo courtesy of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival)

(photo courtesy of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival)

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has announced that its pop-up festival shop will remain in the Toronto Reference Library for the foreseeable future.

Rebranded as Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, the store offers a curated selection of comic books, graphic novels, and book-related merchandise, and will serve as a venue for author signings and events.

Store manager and TCAF managing director Miles Baker says on the festival’s website that the change is thanks to a “tremendous outpouring of support” from customers since the store opened in December.

“Opening as a pop-up shop gave us room to breathe, and get to know our new customers and the neighbourhood,” he says. “We’ve welcomed thousands of people through the doors, received some wonderful media coverage, and the customer feedback has been phenomenal.”

Tonight’s launch for Toronto comic anthology Monstrosity II will be the inaugural Page & Panel event. Future events include a visit from Wildwood Chronicles illustrator Carson Ellis on March 30, an appearance by Wayward author Jim Zub on April 1, and a launch for Canadian comics collection Brok Windsor: 1944—1946, date TBA.