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Comics Creator Residencies

Poster for our next event! Canada Comics Open Library with Gillian Blekkenhorst presents: Making Choose Your Own Adventure Comics in Twine! Monday June 27 @ 6:30 PM on Zoom Meeting id: 825 2943 1062 or follow link in bio"

Making Choose Your Own Adventure Comics in Twine!

We wanted to share an event happening this Monday June 27th at 6:30 pm Toronto (EDT) time! “Games and comics cross paths very often resulting in more often than not, strange and enjoyably fun experiences. Canada Comics Open Library with Gillian Blekkenhorst presents: Making Chose Your Own Adventure Comics in Twine!” Where?: Zoom, with info on how to join below. This event is free, with no need to register. Live captioning will be provided: Also, be sure to check out…

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A photograph of Lorena’s event poster on a table top surrounded by comics pages beneath as well as a small black notebook, a small and large binder clip, grey Staedtler pen, and well worn pencil. The event poster says in spooky black and orange bold font: “WHY DO WE MAKE STUFF?” Below this heading, in black comics font with an orange shadow, the poster says: “Casual Comics Chat Tuesday May 31st 7-8:30ish (pajamas and snacks encouraged).” Below this the text continues in black: Come and hang out with comics making friends, and let’s discuss how we got into comics, and what we want out of them. No wrong answers, only hangouts. Hosted by Lorena Torres Loaiza at CCOL (over Zoom, link in bio!). Transparent orange, yellow and blue shapes softly overlay the image.

CCOL 2022 May residency event: Why do we make stuff? A casual comics chat on May 31st!

We are thrilled to share this lovely event happening this Tuesday May 31st! This Tuesday, join Lorena Torres Loaiza for an informal conversation and hangout all about the reasons we make comics! Where?: Zoom, with info on how to join below. This event is free, with no need to register. Live captioning will be provided. Artist bio: Lorena Torres Loaiza was born in Bogota, Colombia, and grew up in Canada. She works in comics, illustration, theatre design, and fiction, sometimes…

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April Residency Final Post – The Importance of Fancomics

Hello Everyone! It’s Rhael! Thanks for being patient for my final post of my residency! When I started the residency I was picking out my recommended books when I realized a common theme in my zine collection- I own a lot of fan comics & fan zines. At first I set them all aside because I thought they wouldn’t be really appropriate to suggest since they contain characters from other works- but as I thought about it more, I couldn’t…

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Lorena Comic Picks – May Residency – How do you create? Why do you create?

How do you create? Why do you create? So for my month at CCOL, I’m wondering about why we make comics. By that, I mean considering different priorities creators may have: artistry, originality, storytelling, honesty.  Each of these could lead someone to very different types of work and career paths. This seems like an important question, because while there is no one right way to be a creator, there may be a right way for a specific person to do…

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Working in Indigenous Comics and Literature

CCOL 2022 April residency event: Working in Indigenous Comics and Literature

We are so happy to share this event happening TOMORROW!! On Apr 23, 07:00 PM Eastern time, join CCOL Comics Creator in Residence for April, Rhael McGregor (@raysdrawlings) for a discussion about being Indigenous and working in comics and literature, with guests @alicerldeer & @sonya_ballantyne! Where?: Zoom, with info on how to join below. This event is free, with no need to register. Live captioning will be provided. Artist bio: Rhael McGregor is a Queer, TwoSpirit/NB artist of both Métis…

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Rhael’s Comic Picks – April Residency

Hi Everyone! Taanishi! My name is Rhael and I’m April’s resident comic maker! I’m a comic artist and animator working in Toronto, and I’m originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba! (You should check out our awesome comic scene in the prairies!) I wanted to give a quick run down of all the books I recommended on the CCOL bookcase! I have all the information and descriptions available in person when you visit but I didn’t have enough space to share my feelings…

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Vic’s Comic Picks!

Hey hey, Victor Martins here! I’m CCOL’s Comics-Creator-In-Residence for the month of August. It is the last day of August*, so here is some “me talking about some of the books I picked to display on CCOL’s shelf!” *Actually technically the first day of September, oops. Carpe Fin – Michael Yahgulanaas The thing I love the most about Michael Yahgulanaas’ work is how huge and rich and exciting the world feels in his stories. I have no idea how he…

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Hello Boyfriend collaboration panel event poster!

CCOL presents Hello Boyfriend in: Collaboration! C-collaboration?!

We are very happy to share the following event happening THIS Saturday: On Aug 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time, join Hello Boyfriend members Victor Martins, Jade Armstrong, Keelin Gorlewski, and Christine Wong! in a panel event: Collaboration! C-collaboration?! Featuring: “A slideshow! Hot Goss (maybe) Exclusive top-secret new project reveal!” We hope you can make it! You can find the work of Hello Boyfriend collective over here: https://helloboyfriend.itch.io/ Artist bios: “Victor Martins is a multiple-award-nominated cartoonist living and working in…

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A sneak peek at our new cozy space on the 4th floor of @csitoronto Annex! Lots of colourful comics on tall white shelves surrounded by light blue walls, with several larger comics displayed on top of the shelves along with framed artwork and a chalkboard sign that reads “Welcome to the comics library!”

CCOL Comics Creator Residency 2021-2022

We are so happy to announce that this year Canada Comics Open Library will again be hosting 5 paid cartoonist residencies at our library! Consideration will be given to comics writers/illustrators, pencilers, script writers, letterers, inkers, and editors who have produced meaningful and substantial bodies of work. Artists must have published more than 2 titles, or include samples of soon to be published work. We will also consider webcomics, such as comics serialized on Instagram or another website, as examples…

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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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