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Job Announcement: Cloudscape is seeking to hire a bookkeeper

We are looking for a one-day-a-month bookkeeper for Cloudscape Comics. The candidate should be knowledgeable, professional, and upbeat. A love of comics a bonus! The ideal candidate will have a passion for helping our organization live up to its potential and helping sort out the books to assure we know our financial situation at all times. The candidate should also be in good standing with the various government financial agencies.

Responsibilities:

  • Full cycle bookkeeping
  • Annual government reporting (Sales Tax & T4’S)
  • Preparing bank deposits
  • Performing monthly bank and Visa reconciliations
  • Basic understanding of payroll for small business and CCP remittance payments

Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of bookkeeping principles
  • Experience with non-profit societies or charities a plus
  • Well-organized, attention to detail, and accurate
  • Excellent communication skills, must be able to fluently speak and write in English

Remuneration:

$150/month 

 

How to Apply: 

Please send cover letter and resume to Oliver McTavish-Wisden at  [email protected]. Deadline to apply is October 20th.

Only individuals who might be considered for the position will be contacted.

Thank you!

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Second edition of “Look Straight Ahead” is being published through Renegade Arts

Look Straight Ahead is a powerful graphic novel by Canadian cartoonist Elaine M. Will, exploring the mental breakdown of 17-year-old Jeremy Knowles. School pressure and extreme bullying  cause Jeremy to suffer a break from reality, and he must find a way to heal himself as everything feels like it’s crumbling around him. This graphic novel is an intense exploration of mental illness, using the unique framework of the comic medium to explore a topic that’s rarely discussed in graphic novels.

Look Straight Ahead  was nominated for a 2011 Joe Shuster Award and was the recipient of a 2012 Xeric Award. In addition, it has received accolades from numerous sources, including the Canadian Mental Health Association. If you didn’t pick a copy before, now the second edition of Look Straight Ahead is being published by Renegade Arts Entertainment and it is currently available for order from October’s Diamond Comic Distributors Previews catalog under order code OCT171765.

To get a copy of this critically-acclaimed mental health drama, simply ask your local comic book store to order you a copy with order code OCT171765. To learn more about the story, visit the Look Straight Ahead website.

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Miriam Libicki interviewed by CBC

Today is Miriam Libicki’s first day on the job as the Vancouver Public Library’s comic-focused writer-in-residence. She was interviewed by CBC’s On the Coast and featured in an online article  where she describes her comics and what she wants to do as writer-in-residence.

“Comics are a very accessible form of literature,” Miriam said. “We are only just realizing in North America that comics are a medium that can tell any sort of story through words and pictures, and not just superhero stories.”

She will be writer-in-residence at the library until mid-December and split her time between creating comics and running mentorship workshops. Miriam will be teaching a variety of classes, including such as memoir-writing for adults, drawing for teens, and advice on breaking into the industry.

For more information, read “First Graphic Novelist Named Writer-in-Residence at Vancouver Public Library.

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Comic artist Miriam Libicki is Vancouver Public Library’s new writer in residence

Graphic novelist and Cloudscape contributor Miriam Libicki has been named the Vancouver Public Library’s 2017 writer in residence. Miriam is the creator of jobnik!, an autobiographical comic series that recounts her service in the Israeli army and Toward a Hot Jew – her collection of graphic essays exploring what it means to be Jewish – was named one of 2016’s top 10 graphic novels by Forbes.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role and creating opportunities for more people to discover the world of graphic novels,” says Libicki. “This is a great way to mentor writers who may not currently be part of the comics community, and encourage those who have family stories or burning passions to share – to tell those stories through images.”

VPL’s writer in residence program was created in 2005 and is in its 13th year promoting Canadian writing and literature to Vancouverites. This year’s focus is graphic novels, and Miriam is an excellent choice to help direct that focus.

She will lead a lively and interactive evening to kick off her residency on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the central branch downtown (7 p.m.). For more information, check out the VPL’s Writer in Residence announcement.

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Send us your Cloudscape bio

You may have  noticed  that the Cloudscape website has an artist section that features the profiles of various Cloudscape members, as well one features links to their webcomics. If you are an artist who has attended Cloudscape meetings and/or contributed to our anthologies, then we would love to include you. It’s a great way for people to get to know our members, and even to connect for work. In fact, certain Cloudscapers have received commissioned projects based on clients finding them through the site.  If you are not yet featured on our artist page and wish to be, read the profile requirements  and then send yours in.

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State of the Practice

Cloudscape is proud to be part of the Vancouver Parks Board Fieldhouse Program, and will be participating in this year’s State of the Practice. State of the Practice is an annual exhibition at the Roundhouse community centre, highlighting the Vancouver Park Board’s longstanding commitment to artists working in community to engage citizens in creative practices. This year’s exhibit focuses on the Field House Studio Residency Program.

Exhibition: Monday, Sep 11 – Sunday, Sep 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep 14
Location: Exhibition Hall | Performance Centre, Roundhouse
For more info, visit the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre website.

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Ikth Fantasy

A young commander, cut off from the bulk of his army and pursued by a murderous enemy, must make a difficult choice: abandon his wounded soldiers and attempt to escape, or risk a likely death fighting alongside them and hope that reinforcements arrive in time.

“The Saviour” is a standalone story in an ongoing series set in the fantasy world of Ikth, by Paul & Jesse Brown.  Check out patreon.com/ikthfantasy for more Ikth Fantasy releases, including comics, art, and podcasts.

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Iron Circus’ Tim’rous Beasties on Kickstarter

The latest anthology from prominent indie publisher Iron Circus has now begun its fundraiser. Tim’rous Beasties  is an anthology of animal stories in the style of Redwall, Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and other tales of brave and imperiled critters defying their size and place in the natural order. Check it out at the Tim’rous Beasties Kickstarter page. 

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“Fir Valley” by Jason Turner now in the Cloudscape store 1

Cloudscape is excited to announce that Fir Valley by Jason Turner is now available in our online store. This graphic novel is a full-colour supernatural mystery-thriller set in the enigmatic town of Fir Valley, which is nestled in a valley surrounded by BC’s iconic mountains and forests. A man has been murdered and a child has disappeared; who or what is responsible? As the mystery is investigated, numerous dark secrets of Fir Valley come to light before the reader’s eyes.

The creator, local cartoonist Jason Turner, is known for his wide variety of graphic novels. He previously created the True Loves comics trilogy with his wife Manien Bothma, as well as Farm School, The Adulation, and Bird Comics.

For more on Jason Turner, visit the Jason Turner Project. You can buy your own copy of Fir Valley at the Cloudscape online store.

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