Little Island Comics: North America’s first graphic novel store for kids!
In early October, Little Island Comics, in Toronto, Canada, welcomed kids, parents and kids comics enthusiasts for their grand opening. It was a two-day celebration with appearances from Fiona Smyth (The Never Weres), Claudia Davila (Luz Sees the Light), Clayton Hanmer (C-TON’s Super Amazing Year of Crazy Comics), Jeremy Tankard (Boo Hoo Bird), Kean Soo (Jellaby) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind). As the first comic book and graphic novel store specifically aimed at children, there was much to celebrate.
I met up with the store’s manager, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher for a guided tour of the store and asked him a few pointed questions about how Little Island came about, what the store hopes to offer and what the future holds for North America’s first children’s graphic novel shop.
A tour around Little Island
Questions for Little Island’s manager in a bow tie
More of Little Island Comics
If you’re in Toronto, I urge you to stop by Little Island Comics – their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and they offer an astounding variety of kids comics and graphic novels sure to send children’s librarians and graphic novel aficionados into a kid-charged tizzy.
About Scott Robins
Scott Robins is a librarian at the Toronto Public Library and the co-author of A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics. He is the children's programming director for the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has also served on the graphic novel selection committee for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens and is a jury member of the Joe Shuster Awards in the "Comics for Kids" category.
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