We have launched our crowdfunding campaign for next year!

We have just launched our crowdfunding campaign for next year! We are raising funds so that we can continue to operate in our Regent Park space, run free community events, pay artists to run workshops— and make the collection circulating! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-keep-the-comics-library-open#/ If you like what we are doing, please consider donating or sharing our campaign. If you are unable to contribute financially, we also have other ways you can support us, with more info on our campaign: https://igg.me/at/CCOL20 Thank you…

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Happy Halloween!

Stop by the library today from 11am to 6pm to pick up a little gift bag with a drawing/Halloween drawing prompt and treat, by Cleopatria Peterson (extras from the workshop last night while they last 🙂 ) and to read some comics! A few Halloween/magical recommendations from our catalogue: Pictured:Through the Woods and When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll Uzumaki Volumes 1, 2, and 3 by Junji Ito Shout Out edited by Andrew Wheeler (full list of…

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All Treat no Trick: A Halloween Comic Jam

We are so happy to announce an upcoming spooky workshop event hosted by our October Comics Creator in Residence Cleopatria Peterson on October 30th, 6:30- 8:30pm at CCOL: All Treat no Trick: A Halloween Comic Jam  In this workshop, Cleopatria will be demonstrating a few inking techniques, discussing their work, and facilitating collaborative zine making. Participants will be able to use spooky/cute/kitschy Halloween prompts to create collaborative comics! This workshop is free and open to anyone of any skill level;  you do…

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Statement regarding transphobic event at the Toronto Public Library October 22nd

The Toronto Public Library and public libraries work hard to foster community and inclusivity by providing free and equitable access to their services, programs, and spaces. With this in mind, we are disappointed by TPL’s response so far regarding their refusal to cancel an event that will provide a platform to known transphobic speaker Meghan Murphy. The spread and normalization of hateful speech fuels those who might commit a hate crime and in turn can lead to marginalized communities feeling…

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My Comic Book Pick Me Ups!

I wanted to create a curated comics list that reflected my identity through comics. These are things that speak to who I am as a creator and person (they’re one and the same), and things that inspire me as an illustrator and storyteller.  First off, my identity is a complexity of many parts, but many of them are marginalized. Finding work that represents one let alone any part of my identity is very difficult. I still love a good story!…

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Comics, Collaboration, and Burning Out

My first introduction to the actual process behind writing Real Comics was an excerpt at the end of an issue of The Sandman, where Neil Gaiman talks a little bit about his writing process. I had always admired how the art style shifted so heavily with each volume as the artists changed. He described a process something along the lines of writing a loose script with dialogue but that also described what wanted each panel to look/feel like, and then…

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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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