Cloudscape’s annual general meeting will start at 7:30 on January 18. That’s when we go over what the organization has done and will do, we vote on any changes in board membership, take questions and suggestions from our members, and plan our projects for the next year. There will be some changes in the board as well as a lot of discussion about the future for Cloudscape and its various graphic novel and community projects. This is a great meeting to attend if you want to influence Cloudscape’s direction in 2017, but not a good first meeting for someone who hasn’t been to Cloudscape before. So if you are someone new intending to check our meeting out or are a member wanting to introduce someone else to us, then you should probably choose a different week instead. But if you are someone who has been to our meetings a few times before, then we look forward to seeing you at the AGM!
This Wednesday, December the 21st, is pretty close to Christmas, and it’s a good bet a lot of you will be very busy getting ready for the celebration (certainly, many of the board will be!). That being the case, there will not be a Cloudscape meeting this week. The next meeting will the week after, on December 28th. If you can’t make it to that, then we’ll see you in the new year.
Cloudscape’s final Comics in the Clouds class will be starting in January. Register at City of Vancouver – Comics in the Clouds.
The deadline to submit a script for Swan Song, Cloudscape’s music-themed anthology, is November 30th, which is just a couple weeks away! If you want to be a part of this book, make sure you have your story written by then. For more information, check out our Swan Song call for submissions. We look forward to reading your script!
Cloudscape’s 2016 Halloween party was on Friday, October 28th, and it was a lot of fun. Here’s all the Cloudscapers in their costumes having a wonderful time:
November the 9th at 7 pm, Michael Kluckner will be launching his graphic novel 2050 at the Book Warehouse on 4118 Main Street.
In Kluckner’s own words, 2050 is “inspired by a trip to Cuba a few years ago as well as by the daily diet of climatic and humanitarian disasters. It is set in the ruins of Vancouver, 20 years after the Great Patriotic War and pandemic…. Detective Sara Fidelia is called in to investigate a rare murder – a mutilated Mort has been left at the entrance to the walled city. She sets out to find the Perp, travelling through a ruined landscape to the distant rebel town of Excursion – a journey that brings her much more than she bargained for.”
- Illustrated Imaginations featuring Faith Erin Hicks and Frank Viva – Tuesday, October 18, 10:00am, Studio 1398.
- Live and Learn featuring Frank Viva and Gordon Korman – Thursday, October 20 at 10:00am, Granville Island Stage.
- Embedded featuring Sarah Glidden, Deborah Campbell, and Kevin Patterson – Thursday, October 20, 8:30pm, Waterfront Theatre.
- In-Between Days featuring Teva Harrison – Friday, October 21, 1:00pm, Studio 1398.
For more information, visit the Vancouver Writers Fest website.
Just a reminder that Big Draw Vancouver, the annual celebration of drawing in everyday life, is this Saturday. There will be events all across the city in numerous community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street, and we will, of course, be doing a comic jam 10:00-2:00 at Cloudscape HQ. Hope to see you all there!
There is still time to register for Langara College‘s autumn comics classes. The college provides an entire continuing studies certificate program on creating comics. You can take the whole program or choose individual classes that will help polish the particular comics areas that you feel need the most work. Courses are being offered in drawing, writing, lettering, life drawing, and adobe illustrator, and most of these are being taught by prominent Cloudscape contributors such as Jeff Ellis, Bevan Thomas, James Lloyd, and Mara-Dor Coman. This program has already been running for a year, providing an excellent grounding for aspiring comic creators from numerous veterans in the medium. For more information and to sign-up for the autumn semester, visit the Graphic Novel & Comix program website.
This week is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held at various venues throughout the city, this festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.
Of particular note is the main event this Sunday, at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Throughout the day there will be numerous free readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, musical performances, and more. In addition, numerous exhibitors will be displaying their work.
Cloudscape will have a booth there and we will also be running a 12:15 panel on “Comics and the Creative Process.” The panel features Cloudscape contributors Jonathon Dalton, Bevan Thomas, and Hannah Meyers, and will be moderated by Jeffrey Ellis.
Also check out “Comic Artists Present,” a series of comic presentations in the library’s Peter Kaye Room:
COMICS ARTISTS PRESENT (Hosts: Robyn Hanson and Trevor Battye)
11:00 am Chalk Talk with Lynn Johnston
12:05 pm Faith Erin Hicks
The Nameless City
12:30 pm Tony Cliff
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling
12:55 pm Sean Karemaker
The Ghosts We Know
For more information, check out the Word Vancouver schedule of events. Hope to see you all there!