"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!
Comic Creator DB
"This a home where Comic Creators can find other Creators. Writers, Artists, Letterers, Colorists and Editors. When you create a profile you just share as much info as you want so that other creators can contact you. Share links to websites or other social media so that other creators can see what you're all about."
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund
"was founded in 1987 to raise money for the defense of a Calgary, Alberta comic shop whose owners were charged with selling obscene materials. The CLLDF has since been maintained on an ad hoc basis to provide financial relief for Canadian comics retailers, publishers, professionals, or readers whose right to free speech has been infringed by civil authorities. Largely dormant since the early 1990s, the CLLDF is reforming to provide support for this case, and reorganizing to ensure that help will be readily available for future cases involving Canadian citizens or authorities."
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.
"an intro to mini-comic and zine making for the beginner. It talks about basics like paper, printing types, binding, file set up and also talks briefly about setting up a webcomic. Very DIY focused and meant as a springboard for anyone interested to know how to ask the right questions to make what they want, and has further reading suggestions in the back. A list of zine fairs and comic shows useful to Ontario/South Quebec folks also included!"
"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."
Drawing the Inside Out with comics artist Georgia Webber
"Courses to explore creativity and knowing the self through comics."
"When and how we choose to declare ourselves to the world is hard to control in life, but in art, we hold all the power. For those struggling to know themselves, and to feel their own agency and creativity, comics are a powerful tool for reflection, enjoyment, community, and self-discovery. This four-week course offers a range of creative experiences, skills for self-discovery, and tools for making comics."
"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."
Paper Cat Press
"a curated collection of opportunities for animators, illustrators, comic creators, and writers. Paper Cat Press is run by Leanna C., a comic artist and illustrator who enjoys sharing opportunities and encouraging creators. You can support her work by joining the Paper Cat Patreonor buying her a coffee."
"Prism Comics is the leading non-profit, all-volunteer organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual and LGBTQIA-friendly comic books, comics professionals, readers and educators. In the 80’s and 90’s LGBT comics and creators were often marginalized. In 2003 a small group of comics fans and professionals gathered together to form Prism Comics – an organization and website where LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly comics creators could network and share their comics and readers could find works that spoke directly to their experiences and lives."
"Rob Clough has been a critic, editor, and programming organizer for nearly twenty years in the world of comics. Beginning with Savant, he has written for Cicada, Your Chicken Enemy, Sequart, Foxing Quarterly, Poopsheet Foundation, Looper, The Comics Journal, TCJ.com, Sequential, SOLRAD, Studygroup Magazine, and many others. He has been writing for his own High-Low blog since 2009". You can "rent" his services for editing, career advice, portfolio reviews, and criticism!
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."
"My practice is client-centred, using techniques and theories which suit each individual's specific journey, rooted in an inclusive, anti-oppressive and anti-racist perspective. My approach is grounded in self-empathetic listening and the art-making process, not on art technique, as the primary channel to self-awareness and transformation. In conjunction with the art-making process, I employ comic art therapy which combines theories and techniques from narrative therapy and visual journaling. Although my practice has focused primarily on grief, bereavement, depression and emotional regulation, I have an overall desire to work with any individual across this diverse and expansive globe to bring about holistic healing through art therapy and/or comic art therapy."
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."
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.
Writing on comics, journalism, and culture
Broken Frontier is a web-magazine which publishes news, interviews, and essays about the comic book industry, with a focus on the British small press scene. It was founded by Editor-in-Chief Frederik Hautain in 2002. In 2017 the site came under the ownership of long-term contributor and Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver.
Scholarship and Education
Bonn Online Bibliography of Comics Research
"The Bonn Online Bibliography of Comics Research is an international bibliographic database for scholarly literature about comics, graphic novels, manga and related fields. Not included so far (with a few exceptions) are articles from fan magazines, newspapers and blogs."
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.
"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."
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)
"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."
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.
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."
"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."
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."
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.