Comics Creator Residencies

The Ins an Outs of Webcomics by Jey Pawlik (pdf download)

We hope everyone is doing ok out there and that you have plenty of comics to keep you company at home during this difficult time. As a final art deliverable for their writing residency, Jey Pawlik has created a wonderful comic to guide you through the ins and outs of webcomics. We have made it available as a free pdf you can download on our website, and it will eventually be available in zine format at our library. This is…

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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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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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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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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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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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