Swan Song Kickstarter continues

Just reminding everyone that we are in the middle of the Kickstarter for Swan Song. This full-colour anthology of awesome music-themed comics features stories from numerous local artists, including Sfé R. Monster (Eth’s Skin), Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung), Alina Pete (Weregeek), Angela Melick (Wasted Talent), Jonathon Dalton (Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death & Life), and others. It features 22 stories, over 200 pages of comics, which explore all the numerous forms that music can take, told across numerous genres. The book includes an adaptation of a Welsh legend, non-fiction pieces on music history and the science of rhythm, fantasy tales of song-stealing dragons, frustrated mermaids, and musically-inclined mushrooms, real-world dramas on the changing music scene and Indian traditional dance, science fiction distopias where music has been outlawed, and many more.

Check out the Swan Song Kickstarter to buy a copy of this book as well as numerous other comics published by Cloudscape and others created by our contributors.

(art by Karen Shangguan and by Oliver McTavish-Wisden & Patrick Wong)

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The TradeWaiters 41: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 2 by Akiko Higashimura

Welcome back for part two of our look at Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish. Jam, Jeff, and Jon have a lot to talk about for Volume 2 of this series, including our theories, hopes, and worries about where the story might be headed next. Also there’s an anime of this? But none of us have watched it, so our spoilers only cover Volume 2.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
M.A.S.H. by Larry Gelbart
The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
Cat Rakham by Steve Wolfhard
Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis and Micheal Gaydos
Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

The book for the next episode is currently TBD!

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

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Comics in Transit contest

Our Comics in Transit comics are  currently appearing in bus shelters all over Vancouver, and we encourage you to check them out. Also, remember that we have a contest for the first people who post an image of each Comics in Transit location. So far we’ve received photos from people for five comic locations, but there are still numerous others with unknown artists that we’d like you to identify. Stop by one of the following locations, snap, a picture, and either send the image to [email protected] or tweet it with #comicsintransit. Good luck!
  • Broadway and Yew
  • Angus and West 61st
  • Maquinna and Stikine
  • Marine Drive and Cityedge
  • West Blvd and West 54th
  • West 10th and Discovery

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Halloween Party Photos!

Thanks to everyone who helped put on this year’s Halloween Party! And what great costumes and pumpkins!

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This year’s Comics in Transit is up in bus stops all over Vancouver!

In 2015, we at Cloudscape launched “Comics in Transit,” a series of one-page that appeared in bus shelters all over Metro Vancouver. The comics were by local prominent comic creators such as Colin Upton, Nina Matsumoto, and James Lloyd, and explored stories of numerous cities all over the world. Now a new version of Comics in Transit is appearing in bus shelters. This time we interviewed numerous refugees living in Vancouver and are telling their stories through comic form.
We encourage  you to visit as many of the bus shelters as you can and read these refugees’ tales of struggle and triumph. Furthermore, we are offering a draw for people who spot and photograph the comics. If people find one, take a photo of it, and send it to [email protected], they will be entered to win a prize, which will be given out in December. The posters are up from October 30 – December 3, 2017, and are located at:
  1. Granville 110M N/O Dunsmuir WS
  2. West Broadway 21m W/O Yew NS
  3. Angus 20m s/o W. 61st ES
  4. 8195 VANCO Commercial 20m N/O Findlay ES
  5. Maquinna 20m W/O Stikine SS
  6. Marine Drive 20m W/O Cityedge NS
  7. Nanaimo 20m N/O Turner WS
  8. Victoria 18m N/O E. 38th ES
  9. West Boulevard 20m N/O West 54th ES
  10. West 10th 26m E/O Discovery SS

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The TradeWaiters 40: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura

On today’s episode Jeff, Jam, and Jon dive into the first volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura. This is the first half of a two-part look at the world of the Amars otaku and the gender-bending “stylish” who invades their lives. It’s pretty hard to be compulsively obsessed with jellyfish (or trains or kimonos or old men or BL manga or The Three Kingdoms) when the outside world keeps busting down the door. Join us from the safety of your hikkikomori nest!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Kisakae Yuka-chan, Kakukaku Shikajika, and Fruits Komori also by Akiko Higashimura
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
Sphere by Micheal Crichton
The Big Bang Theory by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
Sweetrock by Melanie Gillman
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
and Toward a Hot Jew by Miriam Libicki

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on the second volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

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Alloy Electrum: an anthology of all-ages mixed-race stories

Alloy: Electrum is a new comics anthology seeking stories of having a mixed-race heritage. As they describe it:

“What story do you have to tell about your own mixed race experience? Think of this comic anthology as a love letter to ourselves, to the next generations of mixed-race kids, young adults, and even their parents. How did you feel growing up mixed-race? What did you celebrate? Did you feel accepted by friends and family? Did you ever feel different? Do you know anyone else like you? How has being mixed-race challenged you? And how has your mixed-race experience given you strength? There’s a huge range of stories to tell, and we want to represent as many as we can.”

The anthology pays $50/page. Deadline for all pitches is October 27. For more information, visit the Alloy Anthology page.

 

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Exhibitor applications now open for VanCAF 2018

Exhibitor applications are now open for VanCAF 2018. If you are a local creator of indie comics, we strongly recommend you get a table.

The Vancouver Comics Art Festival has been running annually since 2012, the most prominent Vancouver event focusing on independent comics and comic creators. It has attracted both exhibitors and comic fans from all over North America, and many indie comic creators find that sales of their books at VanCAF far surpass that of most other comic events. Cloudscape Comics has always had a prominent presence at this festival, and we’re really looking forward to exhibiting there next year.

For more information, visit the Exhibitor Application section of the VanCAF website.

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