canadian cartoonists

The Ins and Outs of Webcomics by Jey Pawlik

Hello everyone my name is Jey Pawlik, a Toronto nonbinary comic artist. On February 23rd I had the pleasure of giving a talk here at the Comics Open Library about creating webcomics and I’d like to share that information with anyone who wasn’t able to come. I’m the artist for Topaz Comics which hosts the webcomics “Dead City” and “Gender Slices”, both of which are available at the library. Topaz Comics is the comic making duo I’m apart of with…

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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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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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Future Shocks edited by Josh Burggraf

Newly catalogued! Zines, mini comics, science fiction, and more!

We’ve had plenty of amazing donations in the past couple of weeks, and are working on finding a permanent home for these comics! If you know of an accessible space (ideally 900 square feet or larger), or existing space open to partnering with us, please get in touch with us. Visit our online catalogue for more information on comics and co-creators! Click on the cover photos for individual summaries. Please follow and like us:

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Panel on Storytelling is up!

Have a look at this great discussion that covers a lot— from why comics are an accessible and unique medium for storytelling to how to make comics more diverse through representation both on and behind the page. Also, some great anecdotes and conversation on the creative process, formal features like gutters and time in comics, retelling histories, and the challenges of creating comics! Panel moderated by Dr. Brooke Winterstein. Panelists include: Ryan North, Jason Loo, Georgia Webber, Stephanie Cooke, Ardo…

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Assigned Male by Sophie LaBelle

Queer Canadian Webcomics

Hello comics community! Although it is no longer Pride month, any time is a good time to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community to Canadian society, while acknowledging the challenges and strides they have gone through as a community. The arts and creative industry serve as a good example of the LGBTQ+ contribution to Canada. A medium like webcomics, where there are no networks or corporate editors limiting creative content, allows for more queer content than what may be…

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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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Ojitos Borrosos by Ines Estrada

New comics! Recently catalogued!

💖💖💖 Comics included here will be available at our upcoming launch event (in the company of many others)! Visit our pop-up library on November 24th and you can cozy up with a comic all afternoon. 🙂 Please visit our online catalogue for more information on comics and co-creators! Click on the cover photos for individual summaries. Please follow and like us:

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