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Chris Butcher On Abby Denson Comics Launch Event At The Beguiling, 10-16-09 (PR)
posted October 13, 2009

Graphic Novels & Cupcakes on a Friday Night!
Featuring Author ABBY DENSON and special guest Matt Loux

Friday October 16th, 2009, 6PM-8PM
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street, Near Honest Ed's

TORONTO, Ontario -- The Beguiling, Canada's finest purveyor of comics and graphic novels, is pleased to welcome author Abby Denson to Toronto for the launch of her subversive new graphic novel DOLLTOPIA, from Green Candy Press.

Abby Denson is the Award-winning is a rock 'n' roll "Jane of all trades" and creator of the queer comic Tough Love: High School Confidential, and writer of classic comics for all ages including Sabrina The Teenage Witch, The Simpsons, and The Powerpuff Girls, and the columnist behind The City Sweet Tooth, a bi-weekly food-column (in comics format!) running in New York City's L Magazine. Now she's bringing the punked-up Barbies and stripped-down Kens of her new book DOLLTOPIA on tour to Toronto, for a multimedia book launch and reading, complete with free gourmet cupcakes for attendees!

"Why you'll like Dolltopia: Because you used to do the worst things with your Barbies when you were a kid. Because you know a girl who's a little different from all the others -- or maybe you were that girl. Because you love American Teen, Ghost World and other tales of people stuck in the wrong places."
-- Whitney Matheson, Pop Candy, USA TODAY

Joining Abby on-stage will be Matt Loux, author of the SALT WATER TAFFY series of Young Adult graphic novels and the retro-video-game inspired graphic novel SIDESCROLLERS, all from Portland's Oni Press.

This will be an early-evening event, appropriate for graphic novel fans of all ages but of specific interest to readers looking for a smart and sassy allegory for modern life and the need for self-expression, with reference to such hot topics as queer politics, feminism, plastic surgery, depression, and even the free will debate arising from the creator-creation relationship! Event starts at 6pm sharp, free to attend!


Dolltopia is the story of Kitty, a ballerina doll forced into a not-so-happily-ever-after living arrangement with a male jock toy. Filled with discontent, Kitty takes it upon herself to escape her human-imposed domesticity and create a new life and a new image for herself away from the persecution of the human world. On this mission, she finds not only a host of like-minded individuals, but a veritable heaven for the alternative doll: Dolltopia.

It's not all child's play though: Abby's comics explore the hugely relevant themes of identity, individuality and making a mark within a society that seeks to sterilize and monopolize. Having started as a one-page comic in 2002, Dolltopia has since taken on a life of its own, growing into a 24-page mini-comic, and ultimately, into a full-blown graphic novel. Dolltopia has been embraced by the New York art scene, comic book fans, and has even been used in queer theory college courses.

Dolltopia by Abby Denson
ISBN: 978-1931160-70-4, $15.00, 128 pages
Release Date: October 15th, 2009, Published by Green Candy Press

More about Abby Denson online at

ABOUT MATT LOUX: Matt Loux is the creator of the graphic novels F-Stop, Sidescrollers, and the new YALSA award winning graphic novel series Salt Water Taffy. The third volume of Salt Water Taffy, The Truth About Dr. True, has just been released. You can find more about Matt Loux online at

MEDIA QUERIES: For information about this event or to conduct an interview with Abby or Matt, please contact Christopher Butcher, Manager of The Beguiling, 416-533-9168, or via e-mail at