Websites

Creating comics

Comic Art Ed!
"Comic Art Ed! is an educational website resource dedicated to bringing comic books into the visual arts classroom. There you will find scholarship work and a reading recommendation list, with more to come!"

Creator Resources
A site dedicated to providing comic book freelancers with as much information about the industry as possible.

Creator Advisor
"Our aim here is to help creators connect with other creators on paid comic book projects. If you’re working in the comic book industry, you can use Creator Advisor to sign up to our database to be considered for any paid projects that you may be a fit for. If you’re a creator looking to hire someone for a project, you can request assistance in finding the right candidate."

ArtCave (Toronto-based)
"run by professional artists, and certified educators with many years of experience in visual arts and education. Our focus is progressive arts education and community building through art; aiming to create and foster a kind of studio based learning, thinking, and creative freedom in a safe and inclusive environment."

They offer comics classes for kids!

Story Planet (Toronto-based)
"is a non profit organization dedicated to amplifying voices and improving literacy skills through non-traditional creative learning experiences with children and youth in under-resourced schools and communities."

Story Planet also runs a workshop focused on "drawing, writing, and sharing our stories through the medium of comics. Beginner-focused and facilitated by a professional comic artist, participants learn the basics of visual communication, and how to tell a story through pictures."

Teaching resources by Jillian Tamaki
Wonderful resources on topics such as sketchbooking, generating ideas, zine making, and kids cartooning workshops! If you are a teacher, you can use the concepts, but remember to credit Jillian Tamaki.

Resources for creating comics by Jim Zub
Many helpful tutorial resources created by cartoonist Jim Zub including writing, pacing, scripting, dialogue, action, pitching comics, rates, and so much more!

Comic Book Script Archive
"Largest collection of pro comic book scripts on the web"
A free educational resource for those interested in comic book scripting. May serve as a resource for blind comics readers as well.

Blambot
Resources on comics scripting and lettering, logo design, comics grammar and tradition, as well as FREE fonts for Indie cartoonists and non-profits.

Comix Launch Pro
Includes resources for crowdfunding comics projects such as vendor recommendations, management tools, fulfillment and shipping resources. Also, Comix Counsel has some resources for small press and creating comics.

Comics news

True North Country Comics
Goal to "promote Canadian comic book creators and supporters so that in turn I can pass along some of my discoveries."Includes a calendar of upcoming Canadian comics events.

 

Sequential
Canadian comix news and culture. "Sequential exists to give Canadian creators and the Canadian comics industry a stronger independent voice in the greater North American market. Creators of Sequential Magazine.

The Joe Shuster Awards
Canadian Comics Awards, News, & Links

Comic Book Coverage: Press List
"One of the many areas we’re trying to help creators understand better is the marketing and PR side of things, which is often their responsibility to handle."

 

 

Doug Wright Awards
"founded in May 2005 as a means of casting light on the wide range of cartoonists and comic artists working across Canada...named after Doug Wright (1917-1983) a cartoonist whose strip Doug Wrights Family (also known as Nipper) ran for more than 30 years across Canada and several other countries."

 

 

Rogues Portal
"an entertainment website to cover all your geeky interests. The Rogues Portal team is here to tell you all about what’s out there in the geek world with reviews, podcasts, columns and more. Our content is written by fans, for fans."

Writing on comics, journalism, and culture

The Comics Reporter
Tom Spurgeon's Web site of comics news, reviews, interviews and commentary

Women Write About Comics
"Eisner Award-nominated online journal that employs a diverse group of intersectional, international feminists to provide an equally diverse insight into the world of comic book culture and the comic book industry at large."

The Nib
"The Nib is a daily comics publication that is part of First Look Media. We run political cartoons, journalism, essays and memoir about what is going down in the world, all in comics form, the best medium."

The Mary Sue
Promotes and celebrates diversity and women’s representation in geek culture, comic book movies, genre television, space exploration, emerging technologies, the coolest video games, and the weirdest finds on the internet.

A Tribe Called Geek
A Tribe Called Geek is an award-winning media platform for Indigenous Geek Culture and STEM.

Soda and Telepaths
"Entertainment website complete with a Fortnightly Podcast, Video Channel and Daily Articles on Pop Culture."

Your Chicken Enemy
A Site Dedicated to Small Press and Self-Published Comics Reviews and News, run by Daniel Elkin.

High-Low
 "This is the blog of comics critic Rob Clough, who also has a column of the same name over at The Comics Journal website (TCJ.com)."

Ryan C's Four Color Apocolypse
 "is creating a psychogeographic map of modern culture (popular & otherwise)." Comics and pop-culture review site.

Solrad
"comics journalism hub on the web, focused on original content ranging from comics criticism, original comics, essays, interviews, and the promotion of small-press events and releases."

Sequential State
Independent comics criticism, interviews, reviews, and commentary

Scholarship and Education

Graphic Medicine
Explores the interface between the medium of Comics and the discourse of Medicine. Organizers of Comics and Medicine Conferences, creators of Graphic Medicine book series. Website includes blog, podcast, and comics reviews.

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
Conferences for comics scholarship.

The Comics Studies Society (CSS)
"An interdisciplinary society open to all who share the goals of promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversations about the comics world."

International Comic Arts Forum
Annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media. Link is to their annual Comics Scholarship Bibliography.

Project GraphicBio
"This project focuses on contemporary graphic biographies (biographies in comic book form) about well-known people from all walks of life...The project includes academic and community presentations and publications, a GraphicBio book club in Fall-Winter 2016, and social media posts and discussion."

Comic Art Ed!
"Comic Art Ed! is an educational website resource dedicated to bringing comic books into the visual arts classroom. There you will find scholarship work and a reading recommendation list, with more to come!"

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We hope to foster a community of readers and contributors who can appreciate and examine critically the medium of text & image as represented by women currently working in the field."

 

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics covers all aspects of the graphic novel, comic strip and comic book focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. The emphasis is on the production and consumption of comics in their cultural, institutional and creative contexts.

The Journal of Popular Culture (TJPC)
"The Journal of Popular Culture (TJPC) is a peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Popular Culture Association. The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world."

Image [&] Narrative
"Image [&] Narrative is a peer-reviewed e-journal on visual narratology and word and image studies in the broadest sense of the term. It does not focus on a narrowly defined corpus or theoretical framework, but questions the mutual shaping of literary and visual cultures." (In French and English)

ImageTexT
"The objective of ImageTexT is to advance the academic study of an emerging and diverse canon of imagetexts. Chief among these are comic books, comic strips, and animations, but also represented are illustrated fiction, children's picture books, digital-concrete poetic forms, visual rhetoric, etc."

SANE journal- Sequential Art Narrative in Education
 "publishes research and practitioner-based articles covering all intersections of comics and education, from pre-k to post-secondary studies, from a variety of disciplines."

The Comics Grid- Journal of Comics Scholarship
The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is an open access, open peer review academic journal dedicated to comics scholarship. The journal aims to make original contributions to the field of comics studies and to advance the appreciation of graphic narrative.

Comics Research Bibliography
This is an international bibliography of comic books, comic strips, animation, caricature, cartoons, bandes dessinees, and related topics. We have divided the bibliography into four sections, arranged alphabetically by author, for ease of use. We welcome any additions or comments.

ComicsResearch.org
"Primarily covers book-length works about comic books and comic strips, from "fannish" histories to academic monographs, providing detailed information and guidance on further research. Each entry will include the book's Table of Contents as well as (if applicable) a list of comics works reprinted in it (and their sources, sometimes undocumented), other general notes on content and organization, ISBN numbers, and reviews--either included on these pages, listed from print sources, or linked to from on-line sources. Books in any language, about comics from any country, are included."

General resources

Hero Initiative
"The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit creators with more than $1 million worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment."

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table
The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association is dedicated to supporting library staff in all aspects of engaging with graphic novels and comics, including collection development, programming, and advocacy. You can also find comics resources on their website here.

Black Speculative Arts Movement
"a network of creatives, intellectuals, and artists representing different positions or basis of inquiry including: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric."

Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada (on Facebook)

Comics Empower
Online comic book shop that makes comics accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired through audio format. Comics are translated to audio in a way that gives the listeners the feeling of reading a comic book (+Blind Panels podcast!)

The Beguiling Library Services
If you are a librarian or educator thinking of integrating comics into your collection—  get in touch with Beguiling Library Services here!

Digital Comics from the Toronto Public Library
A fantastic resource for print comics as well! Be sure to check out your local public library's online catalogue for comics!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Website includes plenty of resources on the history of comics censorship and many tools for librarians and educators!

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