Tips for searching our online catalogue!

Tips for searching our online catalogue! Our online catalogue can be found here and by clicking the “Catalogue” tab on our website home page. Search bar When searching multiple keywords, separate them with a comma. The more keywords you add, the more you will narrow your search results. If you would like an exact match for your search query, enclose your phrase in quotation marks. For example, “beautiful darkness” will bring up an exact title match for 1 record, but…

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The D.I.Y. Comics School!

A post about the D.I.Y. Comics School in Toronto! “The D.I.Y. Comics School meets the first Monday of most months with the goal of working together to provide a continuing comics education. Each month a different member of the community takes the roll of “Dean of the Month” and facilitates that month’s session. Meetings take place at the Canada Comics Open Library. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics! To join in on discussions and keep up-to-date about…

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The Ins and Outs of Webcomics by Jey Pawlik

Hello everyone my name is Jey Pawlik, a Toronto nonbinary comic artist. On February 23rd I had the pleasure of giving a talk here at the Comics Open Library about creating webcomics and I’d like to share that information with anyone who wasn’t able to come. I’m the artist for Topaz Comics which hosts the webcomics “Dead City” and “Gender Slices”, both of which are available at the library. Topaz Comics is the comic making duo I’m apart of with…

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Ebb Tide by Elliott G

Winter additions to the comics library

It has been a busy winter and we haven’t done an update post in a while, but check out recent donations and acquisitions from December to February below! You can also visit our online catalogue for more details about individual comics. We are now at 1437 comics— with many more to be catalogued! And in a few months, community members will be able to check comics out to take home 🙂

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The Ins and Outs of Webcomics!

This will be an hour long presentation (with intermission) about how to make webcomics. Jey will include tools, computer programs, websites to post to and how to promote yourself. Afterwards there will be a Q&A and a workshop. Bring any questions involving comics or self-publishing you might be wondering about. If you’re up for more after that, Jey will be hosting a workshop for the remainder of the time for comic making! “Bring any comic ideas with you and we’ll…

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Black History Month Display

Our Black History Month display is up now at the Canada Comics Open Library. We are featuring comics by Black creators that offer historical depictions of Black experiences and address race in society and in comics. Here are the comics featured in our display. All comics are available to read at CCOL. Strange Fruit Volume I by Joel Christian Gill This is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face…

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Jey’s Comic Journey

Hi everyone, my name is Jey Pawlik ( https://jpawlik.com ) and I’m the creator in residence for February! I’m a nonbinary comic artist (they/them) and one half of the comics duo “Topaz Comics” ( https://topazcomics.com ) that I run with my partner Michelle Parker. Together we create exclusively queer comics with a focus on wholesome and soft stories. For my first blog post here at the Canada Comics Open Library I want to talk about my history in comics and…

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Queer Comix Continuum Reading List

Hi folks! EKW here — I can’t believe the month is already up! It’s been a pleasure being the CCOL’s Creator-In-Residence for January, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this special lil’ space. Last weekend, I put together an artist talk covering several decades of queer comics (mostly) in North America. As I was putting the slideshow together, the thought occurred that it’d be worth putting together a master list of all the works I talked…

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Building a Community Comics Library (OLA Super Conference!)

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our session at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference this morning! Rebecca and myself (Rotem) spoke about the history of the comics library, the challenges of cataloguing comics and being a non-profit volunteer-run space, as well as provided a few comics resources which we hope will be helpful to other librarians! We are attaching a link to the slideshow here to share those resources. Please get in touch with us if…

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Queer Comix Continuum: an artist talk with Eric Kostiuk WIlliams

Queer Comix Continuum: an artist talk with Eric Kostiuk WIlliams

We are so excited to present an artist talk with our January Comics Creator in Residence Eric Kostiuk Williams on Saturday January 25th at 4pm. The talk will focus on a history of North American queer comics, a discussion of Eric’s work, along with a few readings. CW: Please note, the slideshow and accompanying talk will contain some sexual content and heavy subject matter related to comics and the queer community (for example, the AIDS crisis, suicide, and other material…

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