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paper cutter and long arm stapler

Tools at the comics library and in the CSI lounge

Dear cartoonists and zine makers, did you know that there are many tools in the CSI community lounge and at the comics library available for you to use for FREE! Visit us to sign up for a membership (free, $5 a year, or pay what you can), and read and make comics at our lovely little library. We are an entirely volunteer-run space, with current hours being 11am-6pm Wednesday to Sunday (we update our calendar each week on Monday). Tools…

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Off Season by James Sturm

Over 700 comics!

We now have over 700 comics in our library, with dozens more that we still need to catalogue! Here are new donations and purchases from the past month or so. You can read these amazing comics and hang out in our library space on the third floor of CSI Regent Park @ 585 Dundas Street East! Check our calendar for updated hours. We are generally open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 11am to 6pm. Click on each cover image for a…

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Big News!

Our new home We have very exciting news— rather than planning our next pop-up library, we have been preparing to move into our first physical library space! Thanks to the encouragement, generous donations, and support of community members, we have been able to establish a partnership which will enable us to lease a space in a fully accessible and inclusive building in downtown Toronto long-term. On March 13th (this month!), we will be moving into CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas…

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Iron Circus Comics

Black comics publishers

Black Comics Publishers In celebration of Black History Month (and for any time!) we are featuring a list of black-owned comics publishing companies, including independent publishers.  😍 And an update: We now have all comics publishers searchable in our online catalogue (there are over 200!). Scroll down the catalogue homepage to find the Publisher drop down menu! In the CCOL Catalogue These comics cover a wide range— from Afrofuturism sci-fi to YA eco-fantasy love stories to friendship-driven ghost stories— and…

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Spera written by Josh Tierney (art by Afu Chan)

600 + comics!

We now have over 600 comics and graphic novels in the collection!!! Check out these recently catalogued titles! We recently received a few bilingual comics as well as several wonderful comic zine donations! Click on the cover images for descriptions, or visit our online catalogue for more info on comics! (Featured image from Spera, written by Josh Tierney, art by Afu Chan) Please follow and like us:

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Crowdfunding Update

We have now raised over $3,400 for our crowdfunding campaign— and during the holiday season! This will go towards helping us achieve our goals. We are happy and encouraged to have received plenty of vocal support and positive feedback over the past month as well. As a result, we have decided to extend our crowdfunding campaign another month! You can still give someone the gift of a comics library membership and show support for the project! Membership begins when you…

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Over 500 comics!

We are very excited to announce that we now have over 500 comics in the collection! Here are a few recently added titles, all available at our upcoming launch event this Saturday 11-4 at The519! Many of these were donations, so thank you for sharing your comics! Click on the cover images for descriptions, or visit our online catalogue for more info on comics!   Please follow and like us:

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Statement against resolution R4. We stand for diversity and supporting trans and queer stories and communities

The Canada Comics Open Library strongly denounces resolution R4. For those who haven’t heard, at the Ontario PC Convention this past Saturday, there was a resolution calling for the removal of gender identity from Ontario schools. It was approved for further discussion. Policy Resolution R4 describes gender identity theory as a “highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology’”; it calls on the Ford government to remove the teaching and promotion of it in schools. This is not okay. This should not be…

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Partner location for book donations

We welcome comics donations! We have recently partnered with the Toronto Zine Library as our drop off location until we secure our physical library location. The Toronto Zine Library (@TZLcollective) is a really special collection that holds over 3000 zines from all around the world, and many from Toronto, dating back to the 1980s! The TZL is nestled on the second floor of the Tranzac community space. If you have some zines lying around that you’d like to donate and…

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We are registered!

We are officially a registered non for profit organization! Hooray! (Image from Lynda Barry’s beautiful, funny, and brutal autobiography of childhood One Hundred Demons) Please follow and like us:

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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.