Autumn Comic Classes at Langara College

Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program has already been running for a couple of years, teaching aspiring comic creators how to create their own comics. There are classes on comics writing, drawing, colouring, and various other aspects of the comic craft, all taught by local comic creators (many of them Cloudscape contributors). Registering is current open for autumn classes, so if you are interested in learning more about creating comics, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.


The TradeWaiters 35: “Last Man” vol. 3 & 4 by Balak, Sanlaville, & Vivès

Join us once again as Jess, Jam, Jon, and Jeff finally decide who the Last Cartoonist will be while we read volumes three and four of Last Man by the French team Balak, Sanlaville, and Vivès. Gaze in amazement as we do the mental gymnastics necessary to sort out this weird, fun, genre-mashup (but not trope-destroying) comic about ultimate fighters from a fantasy world. Or don’t, because, it’s a podcast and there’s nothing to look at. Caution: this comic, and our discussion about it, spend a not-insignificant amount of time talking about sexual assault.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney directed by Shu Takumi
Avatar: The Last Airbender by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
and FLCL directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell

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Iron Circus’ Tim’rous Beasties on Kickstarter

The latest anthology from prominent indie publisher Iron Circus has now begun its fundraiser. Tim’rous Beasties  is an anthology of animal stories in the style of Redwall, Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and other tales of brave and imperiled critters defying their size and place in the natural order. Check it out at the Tim’rous Beasties Kickstarter page. 


Cloudscape at the Summer Art Carnivale

On July 8th, Cloudscape members Jonathon Dalton and Oliver McTavish-Wisden will be attending the Summer Art Carnivale at the Killarney Community Centre to create giant comic jams with the public. There will be numerous other events for the whole family at the carnivale, including numerous aboriginal dancers, such as Cree Hoop Dancers and the Git Hayetsk Dancers, as well as Fresh Roots Urban farmers, the band Oncle Hoonki, and more.

For more information, visit the Killarney Summer Art Carnivale.

When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 8th
WHERE: Killarney Community Centre
6260 Killarney St, Vancouver, BC V5S 2X7


“Fir Valley” by Jason Turner now in the Cloudscape store

Cloudscape is excited to announce that Fir Valley by Jason Turner is now available in our online store. This graphic novel is a full-colour supernatural mystery-thriller set in the enigmatic town of Fir Valley, which is nestled in a valley surrounded by BC’s iconic mountains and forests. A man has been murdered and a child has disappeared; who or what is responsible? As the mystery is investigated, numerous dark secrets of Fir Valley come to light before the reader’s eyes.

The creator, local cartoonist Jason Turner, is known for his wide variety of graphic novels. He previously created the True Loves comics trilogy with his wife Manien Bothma, as well as Farm School, The Adulation, and Bird Comics.

For more on Jason Turner, visit the Jason Turner Project. You can buy your own copy of Fir Valley at the Cloudscape online store.


The TradeWaiters 34: “Last Man” vol. 1 & 2 by Balak, Sanlaville, & Vivès

In today’s Tradewaiters episode Jess, Jam, Jon, and Jeff read the first two volumes of Last Man by the French team Balak, Sanlaville, and Vivès. Join us on a strange journey through a martial arts fighting championship on another world where nothing is quite what it seems. Caution: this comic, and our discussion about it, spend a not-insignificant amount of time talking about sexual assault.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Sky Doll by Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa
One Punch Man by One
Yuri on Ice directed by Sayo Yamamoto
Cowboy Bebop directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama
Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi
Monster by Naoki Urasawa
Hostage by Guy Delisle
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
and Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero by Michael DeForge

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the third and fourth volumes of Last Man by Balak, Michael Sanlaville, and Bastien Vivès. Only one man must remain!

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The TradeWaiters 33: “Wendy” & “Wendy’s Revenge” by Walter Scott

Join Jess, Jam, Jon, Jeff, and kgros for another episode of the TradeWaiters. We read Wendy and Wendy’s Revenge by Walter Scott, a gritty tale of post- art school drama told in a super-indie style. Come for the insightful comics discussion, stay for the totally stealable gallery show concepts.

Also mentioned in this episode:
The Imposter with Aliya Pabani
Softr by Jasmine Schuett
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
Lucky’s Comics in Vancouver
and the Juicero

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, and
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the first two volumes of Last Man by Balak, Michael Sanlaville, and Bastien Vives.

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


This Wednesday: Incite with Jillian Tamaki and Guy Delisle

Just reminding everyone that this Wednesday, two comic creators will be reading from their graphic novels at the Vancouver Public Library:

Incite with Jillian Tamaki and Guy Delisle
Two accomplished graphic novelists help the Writers Festival close out Incite 2017 with readings from their highly anticipated new books. Jillian Tamaki, cartoonist of This One Summer and Supermutant Magic Academy, returns with a collection of short comics about the vanishing boundary between the virtual and “real” worlds. Meanwhile, Guy Delisle tells the true and harrowing story of Christophe Andre, a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 3 months in 1997.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:30pm (Doors at 7)
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch – Alice McKay Room
Free – RSVP recommended

Additional details can be found at Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas.
NOTE: One change to what we said before is that we will still be having a regular Cloudscape meeting on that Wednesday. So if you would rather stop by the studio than the public library, then you can totally show-up.