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April Residency Final Post – The Importance of Fancomics

Hello Everyone! It’s Rhael! Thanks for being patient for my final post of my residency! When I started the residency I was picking out my recommended books when I realized a common theme in my zine collection- I own a lot of fan comics & fan zines. At first I set them all aside because I thought they wouldn’t be really appropriate to suggest since they contain characters from other works- but as I thought about it more, I couldn’t…

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Lorena Comic Picks – May Residency – How do you create? Why do you create?

How do you create? Why do you create? So for my month at CCOL, I’m wondering about why we make comics. By that, I mean considering different priorities creators may have: artistry, originality, storytelling, honesty.  Each of these could lead someone to very different types of work and career paths. This seems like an important question, because while there is no one right way to be a creator, there may be a right way for a specific person to do…

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Working in Indigenous Comics and Literature

CCOL 2022 April residency event: Working in Indigenous Comics and Literature

We are so happy to share this event happening TOMORROW!! On Apr 23, 07:00 PM Eastern time, join CCOL Comics Creator in Residence for April, Rhael McGregor (@raysdrawlings) for a discussion about being Indigenous and working in comics and literature, with guests @alicerldeer & @sonya_ballantyne! Where?: Zoom, with info on how to join below. This event is free, with no need to register. Live captioning will be provided. Artist bio: Rhael McGregor is a Queer, TwoSpirit/NB artist of both Métis…

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Rhael’s Comic Picks – April Residency

Hi Everyone! Taanishi! My name is Rhael and I’m April’s resident comic maker! I’m a comic artist and animator working in Toronto, and I’m originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba! (You should check out our awesome comic scene in the prairies!) I wanted to give a quick run down of all the books I recommended on the CCOL bookcase! I have all the information and descriptions available in person when you visit but I didn’t have enough space to share my feelings…

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Event poster featuring a cartoon character with two large ears drawing a comic of a scene they are observing of another character in the distance pushing a giant boulder up a mountain. A beautiful purple and pink sky colours the background.

Cartooning as potential energy, a workshop with Jordan Reg. Aelick

This Sunday 3:00-4:30pm EST, we will be presenting a talk about the potential energy that cartooning can create. How can the scrawling lines that we put on paper become more than shapes on a wrinkling sheet? Listen to CCOL member Jordan Reg. Aelick ramble on about his experiences attempting to do so! Live captioning available. We hope you can make it! To join: Canada Comics Open Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Cartooning as Potential Energy…

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Vic’s Comic Picks!

Hey hey, Victor Martins here! I’m CCOL’s Comics-Creator-In-Residence for the month of August. It is the last day of August*, so here is some “me talking about some of the books I picked to display on CCOL’s shelf!” *Actually technically the first day of September, oops. Carpe Fin – Michael Yahgulanaas The thing I love the most about Michael Yahgulanaas’ work is how huge and rich and exciting the world feels in his stories. I have no idea how he…

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Hello Boyfriend collaboration panel event poster!

CCOL presents Hello Boyfriend in: Collaboration! C-collaboration?!

We are very happy to share the following event happening THIS Saturday: On Aug 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time, join Hello Boyfriend members Victor Martins, Jade Armstrong, Keelin Gorlewski, and Christine Wong! in a panel event: Collaboration! C-collaboration?! Featuring: “A slideshow! Hot Goss (maybe) Exclusive top-secret new project reveal!” We hope you can make it! You can find the work of Hello Boyfriend collective over here: https://helloboyfriend.itch.io/ Artist bios: “Victor Martins is a multiple-award-nominated cartoonist living and working in…

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A sneak peek at our new cozy space on the 4th floor of @csitoronto Annex! Lots of colourful comics on tall white shelves surrounded by light blue walls, with several larger comics displayed on top of the shelves along with framed artwork and a chalkboard sign that reads “Welcome to the comics library!”

CCOL Comics Creator Residency 2021-2022

We are so happy to announce that this year Canada Comics Open Library will again be hosting 5 paid cartoonist residencies at our library! Consideration will be given to comics writers/illustrators, pencilers, script writers, letterers, inkers, and editors who have produced meaningful and substantial bodies of work. Artists must have published more than 2 titles, or include samples of soon to be published work. We will also consider webcomics, such as comics serialized on Instagram or another website, as examples…

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Event recording up for Mini Comics Readings at TCAF!

on May 14th at 5pm EST, artists Robert Liu-Trujillo, Duachaka Her, and Nina Slykhuis-Landry, joined us for a live event of mini comics readings! Each artist performed a selection from their comics followed by a Q&A! Artist bios: Nina Drew is an artist who lives in Montreal with their partner Larry and hairless cat Vashti. Nina has been drawing and painting for basically their entire life, and is currently mailing out monthly art letters of mini zines to their Snail…

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Old Growth Press and the Canada Comics Open Library present Saul Freedman-Lawson and Wang Xulin!

We are so happy to share the following event! “On May 23rd at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada), join Old Growth Press for the launch of our 2021 titles: Naturally by Saul Freedman-Lawson and Displacement by Wang Xulin! Hosted by Old Growth Press, Rotem Diamant, and the Canada Comics Open Library, we are presenting a night of readings followed by a Q&A with our artists. Saul and Xulin will be reading from and discussing their new works, joined…

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