Events


Cloudscape’s Cloud Shops

Are you already making comics, but want to take it to the next level? Or perhaps you’re a writer or an artist, but comics are a new challenge and you’re looking for some professional advice? As always, Cloudscape Comics is here to help you learn! We are pleased to present our first ever workshop series for developing youth and adult comic artists. Cloud Shops is a series of free lessons delivered by talented, established comic artists living in British Columbia that will cover all topics related to comics creation, from typography and digital inking to anatomy, storytelling, and even learning how to create sculptures of your characters from modelling clay.

The particular workshops will be:

  • Aug 24 – Jeff Ellis – Manga Studio
    Learn some tools and tricks for making comics using Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio), from thumbnailing to penciling, inking, colouring, and lettering.
  • Aug 31 – Jade McGilvray – Sculpture and Bust Making
    Learn how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!
  • Sept 6 – Anat Rabkin – Excel For Cartoonists
    Bookkeeper (and Cloudscape treasurer) Anat Rabkin will teach you how to use Microsoft Excel to manage your art career and keep track of your self-employment income.
  • Sept 7 – Jade McGilvray & Hannah Myers – Drawing Human Anatomy
    Improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.
  • Sept 14 – Kathleen Jacques – Lettering and Typography
    No comic is complete without lettering. Learn how to make your text pop, your sound-effects carry weight, and your pages sparkle.
  • Sept 21 – Steve LeCouilliard – Storytelling for Comics
    Tighten up your storytelling chops with veteran comicker and animation storyboarder Steve LeCouilliard.
  • Sept 28 – Vanessa Kelly – Composition
    Study how to better compose panels, choose moments, manage transitions, and arrange your pages. This is the fundamental anatomy of the comics medium.
  • Oct 5 – Alina Pete – Drawing Four-legged Animals
    Drawing animals is hard! Learn how to better draw horses, dogs, cats, tigers, bears, and any other four-legged friends.
  • Oct 12 – Jonathon Dalton – Perspective
    Spend some time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

Hope to see you there!

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Mural Festival Tomorrow!

Reminding everyone that the Vancouver Mural Festival is tomorrow. This is Vancouver’s largest free public art celebration, and we at Cloudscape will be on-site doing a live comic jam. The individual panels we will be painting will ultimately be put on display around our lovely HQ. We encourage you to participate!

The festival is this Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM. It is located on Main Street between 7th and 12th Ave., excluding Broadway, as well as in the Main-Quebec laneway, from Broadway to 4th, and in the EasyPark parking lot at the SW corner of Main Street and 7th Ave. We will be at booth 6.  For more information about the event, visit the Vancouver Mural Festival website.

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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

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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.
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VanCAF After Party

Once the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival ends, Cloudscape Comics & VanCAF present the official VanCAFter party this Sunday at the EXP Restaurant + Bar on 309 West Pender Street in downtown Vancouver.

From 6pm until 7:30pm, all VanCAF artists are invited to a private EXP party celebrating comic artists writers and creators! Then after 7:45pm we swing open the doors to all con-goers and lovers of comics!

Comic trivia will begin at 8pm with some cool prizes to the winners! So bring your comic nerd crew and play some trivia while enjoying our two exclusive VanCAFter Party drinks: the Last Panel and Blue Pencil.

Hope to see you there!

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VanCAF is this weekend!

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is this weekend, Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yale Town. This is Vancouver’s biggest comic convention dedicated to indie comics, self-publishers, and individual creators, and, as always, Cloudscape is prominent featured. We have our own tables (table H5 in the gym) and numerous prominent Cloudscape contributors (Jonathon Dalton, Steve LeCouilliard, Johnny Christmas, Nina Matsumoto, Kathleen Jacques, Alina Pete, and more) have their own tables as well. Many of our contributors will also be giving talks and workshops on the various parts of the comic process.

If you want to get more involved in Vancouver’s comic scene, discover exciting new indie comics, and chat with your favourite creators face-to-face, then you should stop on by.

Hope to see you all at VanCAF!

 

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Poetry Book Launch, April 11th

On April 11th at 8:00 PM, naturalist and poet Ian Thomas is having the launch of his second book of nature poetry and photography at Cloudscape HQ. While his first book, Twa Corbies, focused on poems and images of ravens & crows, this second book will have a wider range of themes, though all still linked to his fascination with the natural world. The launch will include Ian delivering a dramatic reading from his work.

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Cloudscape SGM on April 5th

Cloudscape Comics is calling an official Special General Meeting for all Cloudscape Comics members on Wednesday April 5th, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Though we have recently had our Annual General Meeting, this Special General Meeting is necessary for voting on a special item: charity status. Cloudscape has been given the opportunity to change its status from being a non-profit to a charity, which would allow us to seek new grants, and receive more donations from individuals and organizations. If you want to participate in this vote, we’ll see you on the 5th.

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