Comics Creator Residencies

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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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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