Monsters and Magic: a creature creation workshop with Lina Wu

We are so excited to announce the following workshop on September 22nd, facilitated by our Comics Creator Residency: Monsters and Magic: a creature creation workshop with Lina Wu In this free workshop, participants will explore their relationships with magical creatures to develop and use monsters as a tool for storytelling. A presentation on the artist’s personal process as well as inspiration and techniques will be followed by time for participants to create their own Monster File to take home. Materials…

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Under The Sun: science fiction comics about albinism in Africa

In May, Under The Sun creator Austine Osas reached out to tell us a bit about the series, a pertinent and political science fiction story with crucial social justice themes. It was made with the aim to raise awareness about persons with albinism in Africa. Although we are a bit late in featuring Under The Sun on our blog, we think the comic is a great initiative and wanted to share it! The series was released in December of last…

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My Comics Shelf

I was so excited to peruse through CCOL’s wonderful selection of comics and zines to curate a shelf display during my residency. They had many of my old favourites, many books I’ve been meaning to read, and also many that felt like happy discoveries. Letting myself get lost in reading these books was such a pleasurable experience, and I’ve selected a few old and new favourites here.  Required Reading “I read these books during formative years of my life, which…

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Thoughts on my very first Residency

This past July, I had a chance to participate in something truly special. When I first received the email from Canada Comics Open Library about being selected as their first Resident Creator, I was beside myself with excitement. I talked about it constantly, brainstorming ideas with anyone who paid the slightest bit of attention. Firstly, a comics library as a concept is nothing short of brilliant. For anyone who has longed to peruse comic books for hours but didn’t know…

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Reading the Shelves: The Politics of Creating a Diverse Comics Library

This post is the script from our presentation at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society COMICS/POLITICS on July 25th (Community Day), at Ryerson University. This paper was written and presented by Rotem Anna Diamant, in collaboration with Brandon Haworth. Librarianship is a radical act. It is radical and political because libraries not only house and retrieve information freely, but also serve as meeting places for broad communities, for the creation of and meditation on thoughts, and more…

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Building Resilience with Art

We are happy to announce an upcoming event on July 28th, from 4-6:30pm at the comics library, hosted by our July Resident Comics Creator, Bo Doodley! Building Resilience with Art “We will be exploring the use of art and comics as a tool to boost our personal well-being. Participants are invited to consider instances that have obstructed their abilities to create and share their stories and experiences. There will be a presentation, drawing exercises followed by a group discussion.” CCOL…

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Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz

Drinking at the Movies by Julia Wertz

        Drinking at the Movies is hilarious, irreverent and almost immediately charming. The book might seem like an innocuous compilation of comics from the cartoonist’s life, but Julia Wertz is a remarkably shrewd storyteller. More than once, you might find yourself reading a certain type of comic only for Wertz to shift the perspective just enough to see that the story is going elsewhere entirely. The book begins with a cross-country move to New York city, on…

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LGBTQ+ Comics Resources

We hope everyone had a great Toronto pride weekend! To celebrate this month, we are showcasing comics in our collection about and by people from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. (LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer; the plus (+) refers to the spectrum of gender and sexuality.) We cover a wide range of stories from “slice-of-life” everyday fiction, speculative fiction, anthologies and zines, to non-fiction comics, biographies, and visual essays. We have also gathered resources on LGBTQ+ comics…

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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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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