#ReadIndigenousTO: Graphic Novels

November 7, 2018 | Janet

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Indigenous graphic novels, anthologies and collections from prominent Indigenous artists and authors from across North America are telling stories of diversity and tradition in new ways. Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection (Volume 2 out now!) is the best-selling title by AH! Publishing ever, and its popularity is leading the way...

Teen Review: Super by Jennifer Cheng

October 20, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by: Ryan K, 14, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group After everyone in her family became supers, Bell is expected by everyone to become a Super of her own. When Bell fails to become a Super on recruitment Day, Bell is discouraged that she would not get powers....

Teen Review: Super by Matthew Cody

October 14, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by: Ryan Khandaker, 14, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group. After everyone in her family became supers, Bell is expected by everyone to become a Super of her own. When Bell fails to become a Super on recruitment Day, Bell is discouraged that she would not get powers....

Teen Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1: The Parker Luck by Dan Slott

October 1, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by: John, 16, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1: The Parker Luck tells us the very interesting story of how Peter Parker, an energetic and funny man, returns to being Spider-Man after being mind swapped with one of his enemies, Doctor Octopus. Not only...

Teen Review: Strange the Dreamer

September 24, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Sameen, age 15, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky. If I had to describe Laini Taylor's "Strange the Dreamer" in one word, I would call it entrancing. Not only can...

Teen Review: The Great Hunt

September 23, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by: Susan, 13, member of Leaside branch Youth Advisory Group. From the very first page, I was met with romance, fantasy and breathtaking intensity. This story carries sadness, hope, joy and love. It showed me the importance of one’s country and the value of love and how much it...

Comic Artist in Residence Talks to the Experts about Making Comics and Getting Published

January 15, 2018 | Cameron

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"The Toronto Public Library Young Voices Comic Book Artist in Residence program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, working with these creative hard-working and funny teens has been inspiring for me both personally and professionally. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved and...

Comic Artist Tory Woollcott Helps Teens Make Their Own Comics

September 24, 2017 | Cameron

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Guest post by Young Voices Comic Artist in Residence Tory Woollcott Hi there! Do you love comics in all their wonderful forms? Manga, graphic books, superhero comics, webcomics and more? Do you want to create your own? Good! Me too!! I’m Tory Woollcott and I’m the first Young Voices Comic...

Teen Review: Lost at Sea

August 25, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Rishona, member of the Editorial Youth Advisory Group. Lost At Sea is a coming-of-age graphic novel, written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley, with psychological undertones that could be interpreted as magical realism. It follows the story of one teenage girl as she walks familiar paths as an...

Teen Review: Nimona

July 19, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Jayden Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a webcomic-turned-graphic novel published by HarperCollins publishers. The world of Nimona is a living entity, woven with magic explained by science and science explained by magic. It’s a subversion of all things fantasy and superpowered; the good guys are evil, the heroes...

Teen Review: Scott Pilgrim

June 2, 2017 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Matthew, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group In the mysterious land of Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim is just living his precious little life. He’s in a rock band, “between jobs”, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything is fantastic until he comes across the girl of...

400 Comic Creators Coming to Toronto this Weekend for TCAF

May 9, 2017 | Ken Sparling

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Poster by Jeff Lemire More than 400 creators from over 20 countries are headed for Toronto this weekend to participate in the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 13 and 14 at Toronto Reference Library. Pénélope Bagieu, Guy Delisle, Jeff Lemire, Gengoroh Tagame, Jillian Tamaki, Marcelino Truong are among the featured...

Ask Vivek: Recap

This, sadly, is my last post as E-Writer in Residence. It’s been such a gift to connect with you in person at various libraries and events, and online through your writing. I feel fortunate to have been given this opportunity to read (and listen) to your words. I am immensely...

DOCTOR STRANGE - movie review

November 12, 2016 | Teen Blogger

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Reviewed by Sohinee *Spoiler ahead* (If you haven’t watched Doctor Strange why are reading this review?) All aboard the Marvel Cinematic Universe train, because there is no stopping it. The MCU released its 14th superhero movie on November 4. The movie starred Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong,...

Ask Vivek: How do I make comics?

This week’s question was about comics. I don’t have any experience making comics, so I thought I would interview two comic artists that I really admire: Michael DeForge and Eric Kostiuk Williams. Michael has created several comic books and zines and recently worked on Adventure Time. Eric has created a...

DeMarre Carroll Promotes Comic and Gives Advice

September 29, 2016 | Debbie

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This month teens were on hand to hear financial tips from the Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll and receive a free copy of the new Marvel comic, Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket’s Powerful Plan, provided by Visa. The comic combines Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes with Visa’s financial literacy expertise on important...

Your Bookmark Here: Messy Business of Art and Revenge

September 20, 2016 | Alice

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Original Fake, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and E. Eero Johnson A closet artist in a family full of sparkly stage presences, Frankie has come to hate his sister just as much as he worships street art hero Uncle Epic, his town's answer to Banksy.Things collide when he gets perfect blackmail material...

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage

August 31, 2016 | Alice

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Charles Babbage created plans for a calculating machine. Ada Lovelace read them and added notes that included the first glimmers of computing. Computers were nowhere in sight and were still a century away... but what if they weren't? What if these two teamed up and created this machines, turning it...

Teen Review: Death Note

August 28, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Yasir, age 15 Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, is an action, mystery manga (in which many people die so I advise that don’t read it unless you are 14 or above). The word death note is based on the note book in...

Teen Review: The Mystery Boxes

August 27, 2016 | Alice

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Review by Syeda, age 14 Explorer: The Mystery Boxes - Edited by Kazu Kibuishi 'A book about mysterious boxes? YESS!' That's what I thought when I saw this book and it sure didn't disappoint me. This is a graphic novel that's made up of 7 different stories with the same...

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

August 24, 2016 | Alice

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Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl may not be as well known as the Avengers or the X-Men, but she's the only one who's beaten all the biggest and toughest - Wolverine? Check. Deapool? Yup. Doctor Doom AND Thanos? Got the better of both of them. Sometimes, cute and resourceful is totally...

10 Questions with Author Ryan North

August 23, 2016 | Claire A

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The Maria A. Shchuka Youth Advisory Group recently had the opportunity to ask some questions to Ryan North, author of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. 1. Which of your characters are your favourite? My favourite character is T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics: he's the first character I really came up with, and...


August 10, 2016 | Alice

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Awkward is an aptly titled chronicle of social awkwardness, misunderstandings, and the clash of different groups of middle schoolers. Peppi is endearing but makes a mess of things with Jaime, and soon finds her art group at war with his science group, and she wonders if she can ever make...

YA Literature & Retellings Inspired by Classic Stories

August 2, 2016 | Christine

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I have always enjoyed reading fairy tales and other classic stories from many different places. I like to see where they come from, what were the ideas behind them, and how they can change depending on who was telling them. Some of my favourite books are based on retellings of...


July 28, 2016 | Monica

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Reviewed by Naailah at Cedarbrae "The pain will go away, but the regret won't. Not even in 10 years." For fans of A Silent Voice, Your Lie and April and The Girl who Leapt Through Time, here comes a slice of life series with a hint of science fiction. Originally...