Cloudscape Comics is calling an official Special General Meeting for all Cloudscape Comics members on Wednesday April 5th, 2017 at 7:30 pm to vote on whether Cloudscape should give itself charity status. This 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.
Remember, this weekend, Cloudscape will be at the Creative Ink Festival along with numerous other writers delivering a wide variety of workshops, panels, and talks on numerous aspects of the writing craft. Cloudscape member Bevan Thomas will be participating in various panels as well as giving a workshop on writing for comics. For more information, visit the Creative Ink Festival website. Hope to you this Saturday!
As part of one of Cloudscape’s current comic projects, we are going to be interviewing a refugee who speaks Arabic. If you can speak Arabic or knows someone who can, and would be willing to serve an interpreter during this interview, please let us know. You can contact executive director Oliver McTavish-Wisdom at [email protected]
We have so many things on the go here at Cloudscape. For example, here are some photos of Cloudscape artists interviewing refugees for a special comics project. We can’t say anything more about it at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled….
Last weekend Cloudscape had a shipping party for our latest anthology, “Bones of the Coast.” Thanks for all the members who volunteered their time to help organize and box the books to be shipped off.
You may have noticed that Vancouver has been receiving a startling amount of snow in the last few days, causing numerous accidents and transit problems. This is especially a problem at night. Because of that, Cloudscape has cancelled today’s meeting. We don’t want you stranded in Vancouver East tonight! There will be a regular Cloudscape meeting next week — as long as we don’t get a huge blizzard or something.
Sorry for the inconvenience. See you guys later, and have a safe week.
Deadline for all Swan Song submissions is this Wednesday: February 1st! If you want to be part of our music-themed anthology, then have your script submitted by then. Check Swan Song Call for Submissions for more information.
Remember, everyone, that the deadline to submit to Cloudscape’s music-themed anthology, Swan Song, has been extended to February 1. So if you have a great idea for a comic that involves music in some way, then we encourage you to send it to us. For full information, check out Call for Submission for Cloudscape’s Next Anthology. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve come up with.
As some of you already know, Langara College currently offers a program on creating comics as part of its Continuing Studies. These courses are taught by numerous local comic creators (many of them from Cloudscape), and provide workshops on writing, drawing, inking, and all the other aspects necessary to create your own quality comic book or graphic novel. Many classes are starting up in the new year, including Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix I on Monday evenings (starting January 23) and the more advanced Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix II on Saturday mornings (starting January 28). There is still space in both the writing classes. They will be taught by Bevan Thomas, who has contributed to numerous Cloudscape anthologies as a writer and editor, and who is the driving force behind Epic Canadiana, Cloudscape’s Gene Day Award-winning series of Canadian superhero anthologies. The writing classes will explore the various traditions of comic storytelling in comics, both how to create ideas and how to organize them on the page, as well as the special techniques to give your stories depth and energy. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a longer comic and have it workshopped with your instructor and fellow students. If you want to develop your skill in writing comics, improve your technique, and receive feedback on your work from someone experienced in the art form, then the Writing for Graphic Novels classes are for you.
For more information on the Writing for Graphic Novels courses and the comics program as a whole, and to register for classes, visit Graphic Novel and Comix on the Langara website. Please also spread the word to anyone else you think could benefit from one of these courses.
Review by Matthew Nielsen
Scott McCloud’s trilogy of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics are all excellent works. They are a great collection of essays entirely in the comics format, entirely about comics.
The first book, Understanding Comics, published in 1994, focuses on the history, perception, and communication of comics, as well as a sophisticated interpretation of the medium as a whole. It is an amazing tool for both comic beginners and those more experienced with comics. If you were to pick up this book for the first time, either as a beginner or seasoned comics veteran, you would learn a lot about not just about comics, but also art and communication in general. It’s fascinating stuff clearly explained through a perfect blend of words and pictures.
The second book, Reinventing Comics, published in 2000, examines the — at the time — current comics culture, and looks towards the potential futures of the digital age. Many of its commentary has now become dated in many ways. However, plenty of the content remains useful to this day. There are multiple examples of how economic ideas, subcultures, and tendencies develop within art. It is also fascinating to see the challenges and ideas that were around back in the dial-up Internet era, and how many of the predictions McCloud made became true.
The third book, Making Comics, published in 2006, explores the challenges that comic book creators must face, the options they have, and the many methods available to produce the comics they want. McCloud provides incredibly useful tools for achieving realistic facial expressions and body language, constructing scenes, and building worlds, and he draws inspiration from North American, European, and Japanese comics, and more. Unlike a simple How to Draw Manga or How to Draw Superheroes, book, it gives sophisticated tips that are useful for all comic genres. Even if you think you already know everything you need to know about making comics, you might be surprised as to how much you learn from reading this book. On top of that, this book has a bonus digital chapter, available on McCloud’s website.
These three books are very useful to anyone interested in comics, either as a reader, academic, writer, or artist. If you are interested in comics, I strongly suggest that you read them at some point soon. Check out Scott McCloud’s website for more details.