Events

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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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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Thoughts on my very first Residency

This past July, I had a chance to participate in something truly special. When I first received the email from Canada Comics Open Library about being selected as their first Resident Creator, I was beside myself with excitement. I talked about it constantly, brainstorming ideas with anyone who paid the slightest bit of attention. Firstly, a comics library as a concept is nothing short of brilliant. For anyone who has longed to peruse comic books for hours but didn’t know…

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Reading the Shelves: The Politics of Creating a Diverse Comics Library

This post is the script from our presentation at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society COMICS/POLITICS on July 25th (Community Day), at Ryerson University. This paper was written and presented by Rotem Anna Diamant, in collaboration with Brandon Haworth. Librarianship is a radical act. It is radical and political because libraries not only house and retrieve information freely, but also serve as meeting places for broad communities, for the creation of and meditation on thoughts, and more…

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Building Resilience with Art

We are happy to announce an upcoming event on July 28th, from 4-6:30pm at the comics library, hosted by our July Resident Comics Creator, Bo Doodley! Building Resilience with Art “We will be exploring the use of art and comics as a tool to boost our personal well-being. Participants are invited to consider instances that have obstructed their abilities to create and share their stories and experiences. There will be a presentation, drawing exercises followed by a group discussion.” CCOL…

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First Annual Holiday Swap and Drop

Our next event will be the First Annual Canada Comics Open Library Holiday Swap & Drop at Glad Day Bookshop! Bring your comics to swap with the community or drop off for donation to the Canada Comics Open Library. Hang out with friends and family, talk & swap comics, or play fun drawing games. We’ll be running a ticketed swap table. Every comic you bring for swapping gets you a ticket for the swap table. No sampler comics please! Games…

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Panel on Storytelling is up!

Have a look at this great discussion that covers a lot— from why comics are an accessible and unique medium for storytelling to how to make comics more diverse through representation both on and behind the page. Also, some great anecdotes and conversation on the creative process, formal features like gutters and time in comics, retelling histories, and the challenges of creating comics! Panel moderated by Dr. Brooke Winterstein. Panelists include: Ryan North, Jason Loo, Georgia Webber, Stephanie Cooke, Ardo…

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Canada Comics Open Library launch event!

Hello! Welcome to our website, officially launched today! We are excited to announce that we will be holding our official launch event on November 24th from 11AM – 4PM at The519, located at 519 Church St (Room 106), Toronto, ON. This event will include: A pop up library all day from 11am-4pm, a panel discussion on storytelling in comics from 12pm-1:30pm, and artist-led workshops as well from 2:15-4pm. Accessibility information: The519 is an AODA accessible location. There are main floor gender…

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Website created and maintained by Rotem Diamant

Technical development & consultation by Brandon Haworth.

Homepage Comics by Bo Doodley.

CCOL logo designed by Scott A. Ford.

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Toronto Branch
Canada Comics Open Library
@ Centre for Social Innovation
585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
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