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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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EKW’s Comic Picks!

Hi, folks — this is Eric Kostiuk Williams, Creator in Residence for January! I’ve had a great couple weeks becoming more familiar with the library, and getting a chance to curate one of its shelves with some of my favourite comics, pictured below. I’d like to zero in on a couple of these, and get more into what they mean to me! Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake: For many queers in my age bracket, the collected Gaylord Phoenix book was something really…

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Art, Comics, and Storytelling as Self Care

There is nothing more depressing when someone praises your art and wishes they could do it too, or say they can’t be an artist. Anyone and everyone can be an artist. Next time you think like that consider the standards you’re working against. Most times they are colonial, and hetero patriarchal. For me as a marginalized creator, representation can be few and far between. This allows me to set the standard of work for myself without looking to others, but…

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November library additions!

Check out recent donations and acquisitions below! You can also visit our online catalogue for more details about individual comics. Click on titles below for more info in our catalogue! We are now at 1348 comics— with many more to be catalogued! Please help us get these (and more) amazing comics in circulation through our crowdfunding campaign for the next year: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-keep-the-comics-library-open#/

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Transgender Awareness Month library display

Transgender Awareness Month

We have a new library display up for Transgender Awareness Month! Consider showing support for trans artists and comics creators this month (and regularly), by buying their work, reading their stories, and following their work online, as well as seeking out narratives that include trans characters, and sharing them with others! Comics featured for Transgender Awareness Month (click on titles for catalogue records with more info): Gender Slices by Jey PawlikAnnie Mok Loves Videogames: Comics and Essays from Zeal, Rookie…

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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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