On Friday March 26th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time Canada Comics Open Library (CCOL) hosted our 4th Comics Out Loud with creators Kimiko Tobimatsu, Keet Geniza, and Nadia Shammas!

Artist bios:

Nadia Shammas (she/her) “is an Arab-American comics writer originally from Brooklyn, NY now living in Toronto, ON. She is best known for being the co-creator of SQUIRE, a Middle Eastern fantasy OGN set to be released by HarperCollins in 2022. She is also the writer of the upcoming MS. MARVEL graphic novel from Scholastic, and the creator and curator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments. You can find her on Twitter at @Nadia_Shammas_, or at any small coffee roaster trying to perfect her cold brew recipe.” Website: https://www.nadiashammas.com Twitter: @Nadia_Shammas_

Kimiko Tobimatsu (she/her) “is the author of Kimiko Does Cancer, a graphic memoir detailing her journey with cancer as a young, queer woman. By day, Kimiko is an employment and human rights lawyer. Kimiko Does Cancer is her first book.” Website: https://www.kimikodoescancer.com/ @kimikodoescancer on Twitter, Instagram and @kimikoandco.cards Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kimikoandco

Keet Geniza (they/she) “is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer and zinester. Their zines are archived in various library collections all over the world and have been exhibited in New York, Bristol, and the Ukraine, among others. They have taught workshops on comics and zine-making at the Toronto Public Library and elsewhere. Kimiko Does Cancer is their first book.” Website: https://makeshiftlove.com/ @makeshiftlove on Twitter, Instagram Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/makeshiftlove

Comics Out Loud is a series of comics read-out-loud events prioritizing creators of marginalized genders and BIPOC creators. It is our hope that this and similar projects can also connect blind and visually impaired comics readers with comics and community.

Applications are closed for this year but you can read more about the project here.

Comics Out Loud is supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

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