paper cutter and long arm stapler

Tools at the comics library and in the CSI lounge

Dear cartoonists and zine makers, did you know that there are many tools in the CSI community lounge and at the comics library available for you to use for FREE! Visit us to sign up for a membership (free, $5 a year, or pay what you can), and read and make comics at our lovely little library. We are an entirely volunteer-run space, with current hours being 11am-6pm Wednesday to Sunday (we update our calendar each week on Monday). Tools…

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Dakwakada Warriors ll by Cole Pauls

Indigenous Comics

This month, we are highlighting and celebrating Indigenous stories through our June library display, which will be up for National Indigenous History Month. We have also included resources below on Indigenous comics, including a list of Indigenous-owned comics publishers as well as other Canadian publishers that focus on publishing Indigenous creators’ work. Please let us know if there are any comics resources you would recommend we add to this list, and visit us to read these awesome comics! This month…

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Over 1000 comics!!!

We are excited to announce that we have over 1000 comics (and more to be catalogued!). Check out recent donations and acquisitions below, click on each cover image for a description of the comic, and visit our online catalogue for more details about individual comics. We have been overwhelmed (in the best way!) with amazing donations in the past year. Thank you to everyone who has dropped off comics for our Regent Park library, and to all Volunteer Librarians who…

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Almost 900 comics!

We have a few more comics to catch up on cataloguing, and we are nearly at 900 comics! Here are a few recent additions, all available to read at CCOL Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm! on the third floor of CSI Regent Park @ 585 Dundas Street East! (you can also check our calendar for updated hours each week). Visit our online catalogue for more information on individual titles and a full list of creators. We are a completely volunteer-run space…

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Anne Frank's Diary- The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank, adapted by Ari Folman and illustrated by David Polonsky

Jewish Heritage Month, Asian Heritage Month, and celebrating Muslim, Arab, and MENA comics

Content warning: this post relates to the terrorist attacks this past weekend and earlier in March. Our most recent library display for the month of May follows in the wake of another anti-Semitic, racist, white-nationalist terrorist attack when a man filled with hate entered the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego and opened fire during the last day of Passover. This resulted in one murder and the injury of Jews in prayer, including children. This happened not long after…

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The Fox Wife by Beatrice Deer

New comics πŸ’– πŸ’– πŸ’–

We now have over 750 comics! Here are several recent donations and purchases from the past month, with a focus on young adult and children’s literature, and some stunning adult fiction and autobiography. You can read these comics and hang out in our library space on the third floor of CSI Regent Park @ 585 Dundas Street East! Check our calendar for updated hours. We are generally open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 6pm. Click on each cover image…

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Off Season by James Sturm

Over 700 comics!

We now have over 700 comics in our library, with dozens more that we still need to catalogue! Here are new donations and purchases from the past month or so. You can read these amazing comics and hang out in our library space on the third floor of CSI Regent Park @ 585 Dundas Street East! Check our calendar for updated hours. We are generally open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 6pm. Click on each cover image for a…

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Big News!

Our new home We have very exciting newsβ€” rather than planning our next pop-up library, we have been preparing to move into our first physical library space! Thanks to the encouragement, generous donations, and support of community members, we have been able to establish a partnership which will enable us to lease a space in a fully accessible and inclusive building in downtown Toronto long-term. On March 13th (this month!), we will be moving into CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas…

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Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth

Happy International Women’s Day πŸ’–

In celebration of International Women’s Day, here are a few great comics from the CCOL collection. We have many more in the catalogue! We should be celebrating great comics every day πŸ™Œ. Click on the images for descriptions, and scroll down for links to catalogue entries. (descriptions from publishers’ websites) Catalogue: Dirty Plotte Number One by Julie Doucet Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye Flem by Rebecca Rosen Dumb: Living Without a Voice by Georgia Webber Susceptible by GenevieΜ€ve Castrée…

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From cover of Amadioha #1 (Tobe Max Ezeogu and Kelechi Isaac Nwaogwugwu)

Spotlight on Comic Republic and the Nigerian Comics Industry

While I visited Nigeria this past Christmas, I was awed by how much the local arts and entertainment industry had grown. Nollywood keeps soaring to the second biggest movie industry in the world, and likewise the growth of the comics industry in Nigeria is remarkable. As a Nigerian secondary school student, the only Nigerian comics I knew about were the political cartoons in the newspapers, and Supa Strikas, a football (soccer) themed comic that soon lost its unique Nigerian identity…

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Attributions

Website created and maintained by Rotem Diamant

Technical development & consultation by Brandon Haworth.

Homepage Comics by Bo Doodley.

CCOL logo designed by Scott A. Ford.

Address

Toronto Branch
Canada Comics Open Library
@ Centre for Social Innovation
585 Dundas Street East
3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Canada