Stay tuned for more details about the exciting party we have planned to celebrate our 25th anniversary! More than just one of our quarterly sales, this is a quarter century we’re marking on April 7th, 8th, and 9th! #HT25



It’s been twenty-five years since we first opened our doors in downtown Toronto, and what a long strange trip it’s been! The original store is gone now, but we’re still here, hairier than ever!

To celebrate we’re having an anniversary party and sale on everything in the store, and you and your friends and family are invited!

Be amazed at the savings to be had, then hang out for a while and enjoy the events and attractions we’ve so frantically arranged all weekend long, including (but not limited to):

– Complimentary snacks and other sundry freebies
– Free facepainting and balloon animals for the younguns.
– Cosplay contest(s)
– A live podcast of Speech Bubble, with guest Chip Zdarsky on Saturday, followed by signings.
– A live podcast of Speech Bubble with another keen guest (TBA) on Sunday.
– A special Friday Night Magic Modern Masters 2017 draft.
– More to be announced later, so stay tuned, true believers!

Update #1

Join us for our biggest boldest quarterly sale ever, and enjoy the snacks and amusements we’ll be providing as thanks to you, our terrific customers!

Help us get the word out by sharing this link to the event page; 4 helpful people (randomly selected) will get 25 HairyT Rewards* points for sharing this.

25th Anniversary at Hairy T! https://www.facebook.com/events/1684171441876005

Rewards app: http://www.htnorth.com/wordpress/?page_id=5400

Update #2

As part of our epic 25th anniversary celebrations we’ll be giving away a HairyT Swag Bag at random – one per hour for the entire weekend!

Each bag will contain a selection of at least $25 worth of assorted things that we sell. You just need to show up for a chance to win! Winners can claim their prizes at the event or check their ticket numbers online later. #HT25

Update #3

We hope you’re at least half as excited as we are about our 25th anniversary celebrations coming up in just over a week! If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next news, then this will make you happy!

First we are pleased to introduce Rhiannon, a Registered Makeup Therapist, who will be painting animal and cartoon faces on the youngsters from 12-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday (free!)

Second, starting now and ending on April 9th, anyone buying a set of polyhedral dice can guess how many dice are in THIS JAR! Closest guess wins them all, and there will be an epic dice roll-off in the event of a tie! Oh, did we mention the free food and drinks? More specifics soon – but probably there will be cake (no lie!)


Finally, a great many people have been asking about the sale. Before we get to that, we’d like to ask you what YOU think the sale should be? Bonus points for quick sharp answers here… More enervating and emphatically enunciated eventualities coming tomorrow.

Update #4

Chip Zdarksy is known by many as the creative genius behind many strange comics like Prison Funnies, Sex Criminals, and Extremely Bad Advice, as well as successful successful modern relaunches like Howard the Duck, Jughead, Star-Lord, and the upcoming “Back to Basics” Spider-Man series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. He is an Eisner Award winner, Canadian, and man with many hats but only one brain (we hope!), and he will be joining us for our 25th anniversary bash on Saturday April 8th alongside Aaron Broverman, host of Speech Bubble and a dangerous man to interview or wrestle with (Chip – you’ve been warned.) So come to the party and be a part of the “studio audience” for the live interview at 2pm, and afterwards meet Chip, and have him sign or doodle something lewd on your comics. (For the enthusiastic cadre of Sex Criminals fans, please take note that this will be an “all-ages” event, and so things inflatable or otherwise inappropriate are best left at home in the back of the closet where they belong. Thank-you.



Update #5

Pre-Con Cosplay Contest! Sunday April 9th, 2017

Didn’t get enough at Comicon? Can’t wait for Anime North? FanExpo too far away? Flex your creativity at Hairy Tarantula’s 25th Anniversary bash! Door Prizes will be awarded randomly to a lucky few participants, and a grand prize will go to the best dressed of the day! Dress up and show up at #HT25!

Cos Play Contest


Hairy Tarantula Special Announcement! #BYEBUYBYTHEPOUND

Literally TONNES are being sold by weight at the following rates:
MANGA and PULP TPBs $10 per pound
ALL OTHER BOOKS* $8 per pound
SMALL BOARD GAMES** $8 per pound
!!!+BONUS 10% DISCOUNT OVER 20lbs+!!!
* RPGs, TPBs, Art Books
** Fits in the pocket.
Note: Bestsellers and new releases still 20% off the regular price!

Rates are calculated to be cheaper than BUY 1 GET 2 FREE, but obviously there will be cases where the deal is a little better or a little worse than this. Regardless the deals are astonishing, especially with the additional volume discount.

Sample boxes weighing 1lb, 2lbs, 5lbs and so on, will be available for you to heft so as you can approximate your purchase’s scale before lining up to weigh in!

We hope you can make it for this LAST WEEKEND of the Hairy Tarantula’s downtown physical location! Take away a piece of history before it’s gone, and spare us from having to pack and move it ourselves! Everything you carve out of the place makes this epic move easier on us already-pooped retailers as we come to that exhausting final job…

Finally, thanks everyone who’s been shopping with us these last twenty-plus years. It’s been a wild and fantastic trip, and it will continue at the HairyT North for those willing to make the trek! (And we have a webstore now for those too far to come in person)


Feb 24 2017 Bye - Buy Sale