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Awuradwoa Afful

Black Canadian Comics Creators

Here are some amazing Black Canadian comics creators and illustrators to follow and support! Big thank you to BSAM Canada for sharing Black Canadian comics creators with us. For those who don’t know, BSAM stands for Black Speculative Arts Movement: “BSAM Canada aims to create a collaborative and supportive platform that can empower, elevate, and evolve the Black creative industry and organizations, along with support Black artists who work within the respective field of the speculative arts.” You can read…

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Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers cover

Black Comics Resources

Black Comics Resources We are sharing a few Black comics resources in solidarity to amplify Black creators #blacklivesmatter There are so many talented Black creators and resources to find them. There is no excuse to not hire and publish Black creators. Seek out the work of Black creators and listen to their voices, hire Black creators and pay fairly. #DrawingWhileBlack Directory. A great resource to find Black artists in fields like Illustration, Comics/Sequential Art, Animation, Graphic Design+. Organized by Annabelle…

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Black History Month Display

Our Black History Month display is up now at the Canada Comics Open Library. We are featuring comics by Black creators that offer historical depictions of Black experiences and address race in society and in comics. Here are the comics featured in our display. All comics are available to read at CCOL. Strange Fruit Volume I by Joel Christian Gill This is a collection of stories from early African American history that represent the oddity of success in the face…

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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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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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Transgender Awareness Month library display

Transgender Awareness Month

We have a new library display up for Transgender Awareness Month! Consider showing support for trans artists and comics creators this month (and regularly), by buying their work, reading their stories, and following their work online, as well as seeking out narratives that include trans characters, and sharing them with others! Comics featured for Transgender Awareness Month (click on titles for catalogue records with more info): Gender Slices by Jey PawlikAnnie Mok Loves Videogames: Comics and Essays from Zeal, Rookie…

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Happy Halloween!

Stop by the library today from 11am to 6pm to pick up a little gift bag with a drawing/Halloween drawing prompt and treat, by Cleopatria Peterson (extras from the workshop last night while they last 🙂 ) and to read some comics! A few Halloween/magical recommendations from our catalogue: Pictured:Through the Woods and When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll Uzumaki Volumes 1, 2, and 3 by Junji Ito Shout Out edited by Andrew Wheeler (full list of…

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My Comic Book Pick Me Ups!

I wanted to create a curated comics list that reflected my identity through comics. These are things that speak to who I am as a creator and person (they’re one and the same), and things that inspire me as an illustrator and storyteller.  First off, my identity is a complexity of many parts, but many of them are marginalized. Finding work that represents one let alone any part of my identity is very difficult. I still love a good story!…

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My Comics Shelf

I was so excited to peruse through CCOL’s wonderful selection of comics and zines to curate a shelf display during my residency. They had many of my old favourites, many books I’ve been meaning to read, and also many that felt like happy discoveries. Letting myself get lost in reading these books was such a pleasurable experience, and I’ve selected a few old and new favourites here.  Required Reading “I read these books during formative years of my life, which…

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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…

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