Iron Circus Comics

Black comics publishers

Black Comics Publishers In celebration of Black History Month (and for any time!) we are featuring a list of black-owned comics publishing companies, including independent publishers.  😍 And an update: We now have all comics publishers searchable in our online catalogue (there are over 200!). Scroll down the catalogue homepage to find the Publisher drop down menu! In the CCOL Catalogue These comics cover a wide range— from Afrofuturism sci-fi to YA eco-fantasy love stories to friendship-driven ghost stories— and…

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Spera written by Josh Tierney (art by Afu Chan)

600 + comics!

We now have over 600 comics and graphic novels in the collection!!! Check out these recently catalogued titles! We recently received a few bilingual comics as well as several wonderful comic zine donations! Click on the cover images for descriptions, or visit our online catalogue for more info on comics! (Featured image from Spera, written by Josh Tierney, art by Afu Chan)

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Crowdfunding Update

We have now raised over $3,400 for our crowdfunding campaign— and during the holiday season! This will go towards helping us achieve our goals. We are happy and encouraged to have received plenty of vocal support and positive feedback over the past month as well. As a result, we have decided to extend our crowdfunding campaign another month! You can still give someone the gift of a comics library membership and show support for the project! Membership begins when you…

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Future Shocks edited by Josh Burggraf

Newly catalogued! Zines, mini comics, science fiction, and more!

We’ve had plenty of amazing donations in the past couple of weeks, and are working on finding a permanent home for these comics! If you know of an accessible space (ideally 900 square feet or larger), or existing space open to partnering with us, please get in touch with us. Visit our online catalogue for more information on comics and co-creators! Click on the cover photos for individual summaries.

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First Annual Holiday Swap and Drop

Our next event will be the First Annual Canada Comics Open Library Holiday Swap & Drop at Glad Day Bookshop! Bring your comics to swap with the community or drop off for donation to the Canada Comics Open Library. Hang out with friends and family, talk & swap comics, or play fun drawing games. We’ll be running a ticketed swap table. Every comic you bring for swapping gets you a ticket for the swap table. No sampler comics please! Games…

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Panel on Storytelling is up!

Have a look at this great discussion that covers a lot— from why comics are an accessible and unique medium for storytelling to how to make comics more diverse through representation both on and behind the page. Also, some great anecdotes and conversation on the creative process, formal features like gutters and time in comics, retelling histories, and the challenges of creating comics! Panel moderated by Dr. Brooke Winterstein. Panelists include: Ryan North, Jason Loo, Georgia Webber, Stephanie Cooke, Ardo…

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Assigned Male by Sophie LaBelle

Queer Canadian Webcomics

Hello comics community! Although it is no longer Pride month, any time is a good time to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community to Canadian society, while acknowledging the challenges and strides they have gone through as a community. The arts and creative industry serve as a good example of the LGBTQ+ contribution to Canada. A medium like webcomics, where there are no networks or corporate editors limiting creative content, allows for more queer content than what may be…

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Our crowdfunding campaign is live!

The Canada Comics Open Library needs your help to be able to open our doors to the public for our first library branch in Toronto! We want to make our comics collection publicly accessible, and we need your help to be able to work with and support creators and offer a cozy and vibrant space. Our comics collection includes over 500 titles and continues to grow. Check out our online catalogue! The comics library will be the first of its…

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Over 500 comics!

We are very excited to announce that we now have over 500 comics in the collection! Here are a few recently added titles, all available at our upcoming launch event this Saturday 11-4 at The519! Many of these were donations, so thank you for sharing your comics! Click on the cover images for descriptions, or visit our online catalogue for more info on comics!  

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Statement against resolution R4. We stand for diversity and supporting trans and queer stories and communities

The Canada Comics Open Library strongly denounces resolution R4. For those who haven’t heard, at the Ontario PC Convention this past Saturday, there was a resolution calling for the removal of gender identity from Ontario schools. It was approved for further discussion. Policy Resolution R4 describes gender identity theory as a “highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology’”; it calls on the Ford government to remove the teaching and promotion of it in schools. This is not okay. This should not be…

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Homepage Comics by Bo Doodley.

CCOL logo designed by Scott A. Ford.

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