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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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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