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!

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!

Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists

creative ink festival

The Creative Ink Festival is a three-day festival on May 6-8, 2016, dedicated to the creation of stories and art in numerous forms. It will feature both panels and single-person presentations giving writers and artists numerous tools to develop their craft, as well as analyzing the medium from a wide variety of directions. There will also be author dramatic readings, artist displays, an expo of people selling their own work (books, art, etc), and even Blue Pencil sessions where writers can get feedback on their work from professionals. A warm and welcoming environment where you learn more about your craft, network with people in the industry, and make new connections.

We at Cloudscape Comics will be prominently featured at the Festival. We’ll have a booth selling our various anthologies and will be giving a whole series of comic-related workshops on writing and drawing comics, developing your own webcomic, budgeting your various projects, and other related subjects.

You can register for the festival right now at the cheaper early registration fee. To learn more, go to the Creative Ink Festival website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Second Batch of "Comics in Transit"

comic by Jordyn Bochon

comic by Jordyn Bochon

We hope you’ve already enjoyed in the first batch of our Comics in Transit comics appearing at Vancouver bus shelters. Now the first batch has been removed and the second one is starting to come up! All of the second batch comics should be up by tomorrow. Here is the list of the list of the various bus shelters that they’ll be appearing at until November 15th:

  • Dunsmuir 15m W/O Burrard NS
  • Alma 20m N/O Broadway ES
  • W. Broadway 21m W/O Yew NS
  • E. Broadway 20m E/O Main SS
  • Main St. 24m S/O 18th WS
  • King Edward 24m W/O Kingsway NS
  • Nanaimo 20m N/O Turner WS
  • W. 16th 33m E/O Highbury SS
  • E. 41st 22m E/O Kerr SS
  • E. 49th 20m E/O Victoria NS

One Last Week for this "Comics in Transit" Batch

Comics in Transit

The first batch of “Comics in Transit” comics will be removed on October 5, so you only have one more week to spot them! Here’s where they all are:

  • Powell 20m W/O Main NS – Phillip Barrett
  • Cambie 31m s/o W. 43rd WS – Steve Rolston
  • Commercial 20m N/O E. 6th ES – Steve Rolston
  • Fraser 20m N/O E. 28th ES – Sam Logan
  • E. Hastings 43m E/O Windermere SS – Jonathon Dalton
  • Kingsway 20m W/O Rupert NS – Johnnie Christmas
  • Nanaimo 27m S/O William WS – Jonathon Dalton
  • W. 10th 29m W/O Tolmie  – Jason Turner
  • W. 41st 11m W/O Dunbar SS – Nina Matsumoto
  • E. 49th 31m E/O Killarney SS – Sean Karemaker

After they come down, a new batch of comics will replace them, so keep your eyes peeled!

Culture Days 2015: How to Make Mini-Comics

culture days

It’s only a few days until Culture Days (which starts on Friday). Remember to stop by Cloudscape HQ on Saturday for our “How to Make Mini-Comics” workshop. A lot of other Park Board artist residencies are getting involved in Culture Days too. Check them out!

16mm Films at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – near Renfrew CC
Project Blog:
Contact: Iris Film Collective, [email protected]

Publik Secrets Open House at Hadden Park Fieldhouse studio
Project Blog:
Contact: George Rahi, [email protected]

Instant Coffee Slide Show at Coal Harbour CC
Project Blog:
Contact: [email protected]

Bee-ing Prepared – Oak Park Fieldhouse Studio
Project Blog:
Contact: Ashley Guindon, [email protected]

It’s B Movie Night at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre (Moberly Fieldhouse Studio)
Project Blog:

Landscape Memories – in McBride Park
Project Blog:
Contact: Laura Lee Coles, [email protected]

Tea and Jam at McBride Fieldhouse studio
Project Blog:
Contact: Dayna Szyndrowski, [email protected], or Elisa Thorn, [email protected]

Dancing the Parenting Documentary – at Creekside CC
Project Blog:
Contact: Julie Lebel, [email protected]

Culture Days only a week away!

mini-comic day


It’s almost time for Culture Days! This celebration of local art and culture is in a week: September 25-27. At that time, events all over Metro Vancouver will be getting people engaged in numerous artist mediums. Cloudscape, of course, has its event planned. Stop by Cloudscape HQ that Saturday to learn how to make a mini-comic from start to finish. We’re going to show everyone how to write a comic short story, draw the pages, scan the art, print the book, and staple it all together. Hope to see you there!

Where: Cloudscape HQ, 5955 Ross Street.
When: 12:00-4:00 PM, September 26 (Saturday)