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Akin Collective DIY Comics School

The Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School is a group that meets the first Monday of every month with the goal of working together to provide our own continuing comics education. Meetings take place in the Akin St. Clair Studio at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics!

Our next meeting is happening on Monday October 1st from 7-9:30pm. This is a member-led initiative that will develop and change over time with participation from everyone. Anyone interested in comic making is welcome to join for one or all of our monthly meetings. Some materials are provided but feel free to bring a sketchbook or papers, pencils, pens or markers, and any comics or comic projects you wish to show and share with the group. The Akin St Clair Studio Comic and Zine Library is also available during meetings to inspire you!

Questions, comments, suggestions? Get in touch! Email diycmx@gmail.com

Accessibility: 
This building is partially accessible. The space is ground- level throughout. There are two entrances to the space, we encourage guests to use the side-door entrance. There is one step at the front door entrance and no steps at the side door entrance. There is one all gender bathroom. There is one step to get to the bathroom. There is no alternative bathroom or alternative route to the bathroom. The bathroom door is 30 inches wide. There are no grab bars in the washroom and the toilets are not raised. Akin St. Clair Studios regrets any barrier to access.

Participation is free and open to everyone, but in order to join the Akin Collective DIY Comics School please subscribe to the mailing list, or join the Facebook Group (or both!)

Here are the links to join in the fun:

 

The Akin Collective DIY Comics School launched in the spring of 2018 and is brought to you by Akin Projects and Akin St Clair artist Christopher Green (aka Mumblethief). The idea for the group came about from the participants of the first Akin Comic Day event. 

Event Poster by Sarvenaz Rayati of Akin Lansdowne

Akin Comic Day was a FREE one-day celebration of comic books, comic making and comic artists! We invited the public to drop in anytime and stay for a few minutes or the whole day. There were many exciting ways for everyone to explore and enjoy comic books and comic making including:

  • Comic Corner: A fun selection of hands-on activities to enjoy all day! All materials provided. Collaborate on group comic projects and individual explorations of comic art and visual storytelling. Suitable for all ages and experience levels.

  • Comic Reading Zone: Relax and enjoy browsing a curated selection of some of the most interesting and renowned comics out there.

  • Comic Art Exhibition: Comic art by Akin Collective studio artists on display.

  • Artist Events: Live drawing, comic readings, book signings and more. Akin Collective comic artists will be on-site during the event. More details to me announced soon - stay tuned!

  • Comic Book Sale: Browse the sale table for some comic book treasures to take home with you!

  • Official launch of the Akin Comic and Zine Library: a new permanent collection at Akin St Clair.

  • Official launch of the Akin Comics Club: The Akin Comics Club is a new meet-up group for Toronto artists interested in comic-making and visual storytelling to stay connected and collaborate together on events, workshops and activities in Toronto.

The event featured comics, art, experiences and more by:

Althea Balmes - www.altheabalmes.com

Kate Drweckawww.katedee.com

Christopher Greenwww.mumblethief.tumblr.com

Carmina Miana - www.carminamiana.com

Loretta Miauw - www.instagram.com/loretta.miauw

Jen Pilleswww.jenpilles.com

Sarvenaz Rayati - www.sarvenaz-rayati.com

Yamandu Sztainbok - www.instagram.com/y.smerdis