Comic Creators at the Vancouver Writers Fest

For the past 29 years, the Vancouver Writers Fest has provided a forum for authors to connect with readers, resulting in a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation. Numerous prominent writers in numerous mediums and genres have performed dramatic readings, discussed ideas, and engaged with audiences on numerous levels. This year the Vancouver Writers Fest runs October 17 – 23, and will include various comic comic writer-artists: Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl and Nameless City), Frank Viva (Along a Long Road and Sea Change), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq), and Teva Harrison (In-Between Days).
The particular Writers Fest events that they will be involved with are:
  • 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.


Still space available for Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix classes!


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.

Word Vancouver this week!


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!

Comics in the Clouds begins this week!

Starting this week, Jeff Ellis, Cloudscape’s founder and vice-president, will be teaching Comics in the Clouds, a series of workshops on creating comics at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre on 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver. Classes will be every Monday evening until November 28 and are free to attend! Students will draw and produce their own mini-comics, as well as create one-page comic art that will be displayed at a final gallery exhibition hosted in partnership with Artquake. There are still six spots available, so if you are a young adult (age 15-24) and want to learn more about comics from someone with many years of comic experience as Jeff, sign-up on the Comics in the Clouds website.

Cloudscape Comic Jam at 2016 Big Draw Vancouver

big drawNow in its 6th year, Big Draw Vancouver is an annual celebration of drawing in everyday life that works to reconnect everyone with the power and creative pleasure of making marks. On October 1, there will be events all across the city in numerous community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street. They will be numerous workshops developed by professional artists, encouraging people to draw in many new and exciting ways. As part of this day-long, citywide event, we will be doing a comic jam 10:00-2:00 at Cloudscape HQ. People of all ages are encouraged to stop by to create comics and chat with Vancouver-based comic creators.

VanCAF 2016

This weekend is the Vancouver Comics Art Festival at the Roundhouse in Yaletown! VanCAF is Vancouver’s terrifically popular free convention devoted to indie comic creators. Stop by to discover lots of wonderful new graphic novels, meet many of Cloudscape’s contributors, and visit the Cloudscape booth (Table F1) to grab some Cloudscape anthologies at special sales prices. Hope to see you all there!

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