Black Comics Resources

We are sharing a few Black comics resources in solidarity to amplify Black creators

#blacklivesmatter

There are so many talented Black creators and resources to find them. There is no excuse to not hire and publish Black creators.

Seek out the work of Black creators and listen to their voices, hire Black creators and pay fairly.

#DrawingWhileBlack Directory. A great resource to find Black artists in fields like Illustration, Comics/Sequential Art, Animation, Graphic Design+. Organized by Annabelle Hayford (@abellehayford) and shared on Twitter. The hashtag #drawingwhileblack is also a great way to follow Black creators on Twitter.

For Black creators > #DRAWINGWHILEBLACK DIRECTORY SUBMISSION FORM.

Black comics publishers:

canadacomicsol.org/2019/02/12/black-comics-publishers/

Spotlight on Nigerian comics:

canadacomicsol.org/2019/02/28/spotlight-on-comic-republic-and-the-nigerian-comic-industry/

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a good list of anti-racism graphic novels and resources:

http://cbldf.org/2020/06/anti-racism-graphic-novels-reading-resources-list/

Databases where Black comics creators are searchable:

Cartoonists of Color Database by artist Marinaomi:
https://cartoonistsofcolor.com/

Canadian Cartoonists Database (search “PoC, Black” in keywords): https://www.canadacomicsol.org/comic-book-resources/canadian-cartoonists-database/

CCOL library catalogue (search “BIPOC, black”): https://www.canadacomicsol.org/catalogue/opac/
(we’re still working on a few keyword issues)

Other databases for finding marginalized creators:
https://www.canadacomicsol.org/comic-book-resources/comics-databases/

In the CCOL Instagram highlights we’ve shared the work of Black comics creators and illustrators and their books. These stories link directly to creators accounts or have info on the work pictured. Browse through and support:

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A few more #blackcomics resources: . —We’ve updated our Black Comics Resources post (link in bio) to include the recently updated Drawing While Black Directory, for Black artists in the fields of Illustration, Comics/Sequential Art, Animation, Graphic Design +, organized by @abellehayford . There are currently over 400 creators listed. We’ve linked to a submission form for Black creators, which you can also find on Twitter. We’ve also linked to resources people have shared with Black-owned bookstores. . —In our Instagram highlights (and @canadiancartoonistsdb highlights) we’ve shared the work of Black comics creators and illustrators and their book covers. These stories link directly to creators accounts or have info on the work pictured. Browse through and support! These will permanently be in our highlights and we’ll add to them longterm. Please follow these creators, share their work (if they are ok with it), amplify, hire and pay fairly, and support creators in other ways like Patreon and online shops. Buy the work of Black creators from your local indie bookstore and if you can, from Black-owned businesses. When able, request books from your public library. All the support this week is great, but the industry and individuals need to support Black creators ongoing (as many people have pointed out). . —BLM resource posts that have been shared will also be a permanent highlight. Please message us or tag us if there’s a resource or creator you’d like us to add to either highlight or our website. . #blacklivesmatter #blackcomicsmatter #ownvoices #blackartists #comics #illustration #graphicnovels #bookstagram #blackcreators #blackcreatorsmatter #blackartists #blackart #art #artistsoninstagram #artists #cartoonists #cartoonistsofcolor #amplifymelanatedvoices

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Black-owned bookstores

https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php

Please comment or contact us with additional resources and we’ll add them to our website: info@canadacomicsol.org

Comics by black creators at CCOL:

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