Canadian Whites Comic Book Collection
"Fonds consists of 181 comic books, produced in Canada, mainly during World War II, after the War Exchange Conservation Act (WECA), on December 2, 1940 classified American comics as "luxury goods" and limited their importation. Generally referred to as the "Canadian Whites" (due to the fact that the comics were black and white, except for the covers). Donated to Ryerson University Library and Archives from a private donor in 2014." (Toronto, Ontario)
Library and Archives Canada
Great comics resources can be found at Library and Archives Canada! Plenty of publicly accessible electronic resources as well. Read more about the comics collection here at the Library and Archives Canada blog.
Mazinbiige Indigenous Graphic Novel Collection
At University of Manitoba (Mazinbiige is an Anishinabe word meaning beautiful images and writing). "Mazinbiige Indigenous Graphic Novels Collection was developed by the first Indigenous Library Services Librarian, Camille Callison, and is located in the Reserve area at Elizabeth Dafoe Library, will provide students with an unconventional way to explore Indigenous stories and combat stereotypes." List of graphic novels and comic books currently in the collection.
Toronto Zine Library
The Toronto Zine Library is run by a collective of zine readers, zine makers and librarians who are looking to make zines more accessible in Toronto. We believe that zines are still an important medium of communication, and that they should be cherished, protected, and promoted.
White House Studio Project and Zine Library
The white house studio project is a multi-platform arts collective aimed at producing, presenting, and supporting emerging art and art projects. The zine library is "a very casual in-house library where anyone can come and drop off a zine.
All zines are donated, not sold here, but all are welcome to come visit and sit and read." (Toronto, ON)
Xpace Zine Library
"Xpace’s Library has three sections: the Boogie Woogie Mix-Tape Library, the Curated Library, and the Zine Library. Each is an ongoing accumulation of books, tapes, and various zine projects all housed within an inviting bookshelf and comfortable bench in Xpace’s Library room." (Toronto, ON)
Heavy Manners Library
"Heavy Manners is a library that seeks to archive and distribute self and independently published artists books, zines, and media. The library works directly with artists and small publishers, with the goal of making overlooked, out of print, and hard to find media accessible. Formal art education is increasingly becoming more cost prohibitive and inaccessible and the library hopes to be an affordable and alternative resource. Patrons of the library do not need any sort of institutional affiliation and are not limited by physical proximity to the library in order to gain access."
"Heroes is the largest comic book and collectibles store in South Western Ontario. Our new location at 186 Dundas Street in London, Ontario, houses a vast inventory of pop culture in over 4000 square feet. We specialize in new and old comics, both new and vintage action figures, assorted sports cards and collectable card games, statues and novelty items for everyone. We also carry the latest in Manga, Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks."
Hill City Comics
"located in the downtown shopping district of Thunder Bay in NW Ontario, Canada, we have been in business over 29 years (selling online since 1997) and consider ourselves to be a family entertainment store specializing in comic books, graphic novels, manga, action figures, model kits, board games, card games and role-playing games."
Page & Panel
Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop is Toronto’s newest retail destination for comics, art, and book culture. Located inside The Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s primary venue, Toronto Reference Library, the shop provides a permanent home to the very best of the comics medium, as well as the wonderful art and objects that flow from it.
Legends Comics and Books
"located in downtown Victoria, BC, has been providing collectors with the finest — and most eclectic — variety of comics and sequential art since 1992. Legends was nominated for the prestigious Will Eisner “Spirit of Retailing” Award in 2009. Legends was awarded Canada’s national “Outstanding Comic Book Retailer” at The Joe Shuster Awards."
"Established in 1983, Another Dimension has been serving the comic book community in Alberta for nearly four decades! Winner of the prestigious Harry Kremer Award for outstanding comic retailing in 2016, we strive to offer the best service and selection possible and hope we can fulfill your pop culture needs." (Calgary, Alberta)
Variant Edition Comics + Graphic Novels!
"a graphic novel store whose goal is to help people find new stories that they are going to love. Through curating a diverse line of remarkable works, we aim to connect as many new people as possible to the comics medium. We provide a relaxed, introvert friendly environment, where we foster an inclusive community that is also family friendly." (Edmonton, AB)
"We have a 4,600 sq/ft store as the greatest club-house for comic & pop culture fans anywhere! The best and largest selection of new comics in Edmonton, back issues, toys, posters, games and more will be in-stock and serviced with the friendly and knowledgeable staff you have come to expect from this award-winning business." (Edmonton, Alberta)
"ComicReaders is a family of three comic and gaming stores– two in Regina, Saskatchewan, and one in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Each is locally owned and operated. At ComicReaders you can find comics, graphic novels, manga, board games, CCGs (Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc), Warhammer 40K / Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Heroclix, gaming supplies (dice, playmats, paint, paint brushes, etc), RPGs, apparel, toys, statues, and other items related to pop culture."
Galaxy Comics and Collectables
"Galaxy Comics and Collectibles has been around for 22 years serving the Winnipeg community. We specialize in comics, both new and old, trading cards (Magic The Gathering, YuGiOh, Pokemon, and even hockey cards), as well as toys and collectibles. Our inventory is expanding everyday, and both our floors are packed full of back issues, graphic novels, toys, collectibles and much more" (Winnipeg)
"Timemasters Inc. has been supplying comics in St. John’s since 1991. Once located downtown, we moved to our current location over 10 years ago! We specialize in comics, trade paperbacks, hardcover books and manga. We carry a HUGE selection of board games, role-playing games, table top miniatures and collectible card games. And our selection of novelty items, action figures, statues and other collectibles can’t be beat." (St. Johns)
(Select) Outside of Canada
Red Planet Comics and Books
"Native Realities, the Albuquerque-based company behind the Indigenous Comic Con, opened their store front to the public June 3rd, 2017. The store feature comics, toys, games, kid’s books and pop art from Native and Indigenous artists, as well as new and used books by Indigenous writers from around the world. Located at 1002 Park Avenue SW, the store will operate as the main headquarters for Native Realities and is the only Native American comic shop in the world."
Small press/comic zine distros (distributors) that may ship internationally
Outside of Canada
"Antiquated Future is an online store, zine distro, pop-up shop, and tape label that began in 2008 out of Olympia, Washington and currently operates out of Portland, Oregon. Over the past decade, we've distributed several thousand different zines, books, tapes, records, and handmade odds and ends by independent artists."
"Archive Six is a small press and zine distributor based in Seattle. It was originally set up to distribute personal work but eventually expanded to include work centered around important topics like art, social justice, feminism, WOC, intersectionality, fat activism, and survival.
The distro is run by Rachelle Abellar, a graphic designer, fat activist, self care advocate, and cat lover. She works at a local newspaper by day and rocks a long reach stapler by night."
Birdcage Bottom Books
"was founded by J.T. Yost in 2008 with the help of a Xeric Grant. Although we do not operate a brick-and-mortar store, we are all over the internet and make regular appearances at indie comic conventions like SPX, MoCCA and CAB. We are both a publishing company and a distro representing over 100 self-publishing artists and small-presses. Our focus is on handmade comics, prints and apparel, often limited editions using customized printing techniques like risograph and screenprinting. Our goal is to help independent artists get their work into more hands." (New York, NY)
Brown Recluse Zine Distro
"Brown Recluse Zine Distro was created to support + center zines written by queer and trans people of color; BRZD was born was born in the spirit of visibility + in the spirit of celebrating our cultures. Brown Recluse exists to strengthen our ties + highlight our intersectional, relatable experiences.
Collective members + volunteers read submissions, print zines, run social media, send out orders, write descriptions, table events around the country, answer emails, hustle money, and deal with all the day to day operations.
BRZD has operated out of Coast Salish and Ohlone Lands." (Oakland, CA)
"Domino Books is a publisher and distributor of artists books, comics, and all types of printed media. Domino Books believes that all people---not only those that call themselves artists---have images and phrases lying in their hearts and minds. We'd much prefer a world where people sit down and try to bring these things to the surface, rather then attaching widgets to gears for someone else's benefit. We publish and distribute artists that remind us that art is worth devoting your life to, even if there are no tangible rewards. It is our sincere hope that readers of our publications will have yet another pressure put upon them to not ignore their innate creativity any longer." ( Brooklyn, NY)
Gatosaurio (Inés Estrada)
"Estrada has been making comics and illustration since she was a teen, setting up her online store Gatosaurio, where she sells her hugely popular stickers and zines, along with the work of other Mexican artists aside her own. Gatosaurio also serves as a distro for comics and collaborative work by Canadian and North American artists. She creates comics for Vice Mexcio, in addition to writing reviews in a weekly column for the magazine."(comicsandcola.com)
"Neoglyphic Media principally functions as a publishing house, operated solely by me, Cullen Beckhorn. It has grown out of the intersection of my personal aesthetic interests, in the interplay of art, music, comics, and mysticism. Each project is approached individually and grows out of my relationships with the creators who I’ve had the privilege to work with. As an extension to publishing, Neoglyphic Media exists to otherwise champion work that is exciting to me, and to serve as a hub for the extended Neoglyphic family. Beyond the publications I produce, I also distribute books, zines and other specialty items through this website, and use this as a platform for curating multi-media exhibitions and staging performances." (Bellingham, WA)
O Panda Gordo
"O Panda Gordo is a small press and distro dedicated to the promotion of contemporary practices of comics and drawing, run by João Sobral and based in Glasgow, Scotland. O Panda Gordo works with international artists in the publication of books and zines featuring comics and drawings, and also stocks a selection of titles published by other artists and independent publishers."
"Bookshop and collaborative space organized by Seite Books and Kaya Press. We carry new and used books, comics, and zines. The selection has an emphasis on literature in translation, POC creators in both literature and art, alternative comics, international comics and art books, independent presses, POC history, and the Other in related contexts." (Los Angeles, CA)
pf Mini Mart
"The Mini Mart is an international marketplace for buying and selling mini-comics, zines, fanzines, small press comics and related items. It’s also a community site for fans, readers, publishers and collectors of same.
The site is managed by me, Rick Bradford. I’ve been involved with mini-comics and zines in one way or another since 1985. I published 20 or so issues of the Poopsheet reviewzine, a number of other comics & zines, and have been building the Mini-Comic and Fanzine Database in recent years."
"Founded in Chicago in July of 2014, Radiator Comics’ primary focus is distributing minicomics created by excellent comics makers who are passionate about telling sincere stories (both fictional and nonfictional) that speak to our society and humanity. Our secondary focus is publishing comics by up-and-coming comics makers who excite us. Radiator Comics is dedicated to encouraging and expanding a community of unique voices from diverse backgrounds, brought together by a passion for story, art, and self-publishing."
Spit and a Half
Cartoonist John Porcellino's distro. "Since 1989 I’ve drawn and self-published my own zine, King-Cat Comix and Stories. In 1992 I started a zine and comix distro called Spit and a Half. This was before the internet! It was all on paper. People sent me orders through the mail, and I sent comix to them through the mail! In 2000, due to health problems I was having, I quit doing the distro. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life. 10 years later, I was feeling a lot better, and was more committed than ever to trying to keep the world of self-published comix and zines thriving. So I brought the distro back to life. I focus on small-press and self-published comics from around the world, ones that might fall through the cracks more easily, and are harder to find."
United Dead Artists
"Beyond words, United Dead Artists believes in the emotional power of images. UDA produces books, magazines and objects for adults A large part of the UDA catalog can be ordered directly from Blanquet Merchandise (Payments secured by PayPal!) International orders: if you want to buy one of our books, go to the online shop " Marchandises " (click on the button 'add' to add to cart - don't forget to add " 10 EUR " for the international orders) // If you have any question, please contact us." (Paris, France)