TradeWaiters 11: “Astro Boy” Volumes 1&2 by Osamu Tezuka

For today’s episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read the first two volumes of Dark Horse’s translation of Astro Boy by the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka. Travel back in time with us to the dawn of modern Japanese comics, and then forward again to the distant future of the year 2000 and the dawn of the age of robotics. Tune in for an in-depth discussion of the pros and cons of butt guns, cartoon dog cars, and angry eyes.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Black Jack, Phoenix, and Buddha, also by Osamu Tezuka
Pluto by Naoki Urasawa (a re-telling of the Astro Boy story “The Greatest Robot on Earth”)
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
Little Nemo in Slumberland by Windsor McKay
Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods
The Angouleme Grand Prix

Music by Sleuth

Our next episode will cover Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

TradeWaiters 10: “Finder: Voice” by Carla Speed McNeil

The TradeWaiters are back! This episode actually went online on December 25th, but the Cloudscape site was offline at the time, so it’s fresh and new as far as anyone seeing it here first knows.

In episode 10, Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read Voice from Carla Speed McNeil’s celebrated science fiction series Finder. This volume covers Rachel Grossvenor’s rocky initiation into the image-conscious clan of her mother and grandmothers, and how the hardest thing to find is a finder. Also in this episode, someone makes the mistake of letting Jon talk about Star Trek, and Kathleen contemplates switching to reading books digitally (gasp!).

Music by Sleuth

Episode 11 will be volumes 1 & 2 of Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka and will be up in just a few days.

Cloudscape AGM on February 17

Cloudscape’s annual general meeting (AGM) will take place on our February 17 meeting (starting at 7:30). This is the meeting when we’ll discuss the directions Cloudscape is going and the projects we’ll be tackling this year, and we want your own input on how you feel the organization should evolve. In particular, we will be discussing potential themes for our next anthology (after Bones of the Coast), and will also be voting on some new board members, including a new treasurer. If you are interested in helping to shape what we do over the next year, make sure to show-up to the meeting. And if you are interested in running for the board (either as a treasurer or in some other capacity), then please let us know at [email protected] as soon as possible and we’ll put you on the ballot. We hope to see you all at the AGM!

Fresh Romance Looking for New Stories

fresh romance

The editors at Fresh Romance have announced on Twitter that they’re going to be really interested in looking at new stories in January and February, so if you have an idea to pitch for them, then now is a great time to send it their way. Fresh Romance is a digital romance comic magazine that explores a wide variety of romantic subgenres (everything from high school romance to science fiction) and relationships, appealing to a diverse readership. For more information, visit the Fresh Romance submission guidelines.

Upcoming Steve Rolston classes

Vanarts Drawing Comics

Introduction to Comic Book Production
Steve’s next course at VanArts is scheduled to start on Jan 25th.
$595 for 12 classes, 3 hours each Monday night. Ideal for those who already draw and have an interest in comics but would like some guidance and advice on how to make them. In this course, students will be guided through the various aspects of creating a four-page comic, including: script writing, thumbnailing, penciling, inking, lettering, page structure, panel composition and clear storytelling. For more information, visit Introduction to Comic Book Production.

Wanting a free taste? Steve is giving a free lecture at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library next Thursday, Jan 14th from 6:30-8:00pm. Come listen to Steve talk about the different stages of drawing a comic page, using examples from the graphic novel Emiko Superstar. This is a good sneak peek at the type of stuff he teaches in his course. Check out The Process of Drawing Comics with Rolston for more info.

Life Drawing on Hiatus

Bad news, everyone. As you may have noticed, Memorial South Park (and especially the fieldhouse) is currently undergoing extended renovations. Because of that, we are forced to cancel life drawing dates until the renovations are finished. Regular Cloudscape meetings will still be happening, but life drawing is cancelled until further notice. We’ll let you know when things start-up again. Sorry about that!

Room: Canadian Gothic submissions


Room is a Canadian literary journal by women and about women. They are currently taking submissions for their latest issue: Canadian Gothic. Their submissions deadline is January 31st. Click here to read the submission guidelines for this issue.

I have been in contact with Room and while they have only accepted short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art in the past, they are now accepting comics as part of the submissions. They are not limiting the number of pages for the comics, but the maximum word count is 3500 words (if there are words). I don’t know what their requirements for page sizes are, so I recommend you contact them to find out more details.