Teachers & Mentors


Cloudscape Comics has years of experience in providing public programming for the BC arts community. As part of our Fieldhouse Studio project, we have hosted free classes and workshops in our studio, and our members are no strangers to teaching classes in various schools and community centres in and around the Metro Vancouver area.

If you would like to contact Cloudscape Comics as a whole about working with your organization on an event, then please contact us for details. Conversely, if you would like to hire a particular Cloudscape Comics teacher for your school or community centre, please contact a teacher from our list below.

For information on upcoming classes, please visit our Events page.

 

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If you would like to contact Cloudscape Comics as a whole about working with your organization on an event, then please contact us for details. Or, if you would like to hire a particular Cloudscape Comics teacher for your school or community centre, please contact a teacher from our list below.
For information on upcoming classes, please visit our Events page.

ANAT “LUNARBLADE” RABKIN

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Anat Rabkin is a local aspiring webcomic artist and constant dreamer. Creating tales of adventure and philosophy, she’s been telling her story for over 3 years now. As an 8-year veteran of the Vancouver games and film industry, she approaches comics in a pragmatic way, and as an immigrant, she has a unique perspective on life, which she channels into her work. You can check out her work at LunarBlade.com.

Anat is also the Treasurer of Cloudscape Comics.

BEVAN THOMAS

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Bevan is heavily involved in Cloudscape on numerous levels, serving as the promotions manager, one of the board members, and a frequent editor and writer for various books. Most prominently, he spearheads the Epic Canadiana series of Canadian superhero anthologies. Outside of Cloudscape, Bevan’s comics have also been published in GuruKitty Studios’ trio of comic collections and in the Beyond science fiction anthology. A devotee of storytelling in all its forms, Bevan is available to teach and mentor people in writing and world-building.

CAMILLE ROBERTSON

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Camille Robertson is always working on written or illustrated works of her characters and their worlds. After delving into being a colourist for different projects, she enjoys collaborating with other artists to bring stories to life through light and colour. A lover of speculative fiction, Camille is currently working on two original webcomics: B3yond and ReNew. She is a freelance artist at the ready for commissioning and is always happy to teach or mentor other artists on how to improve their work.

JEFF ELLIS

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Jeff is currently the studio manager and communications director, as well as their chief cat-herder. He has contributed to almost all of Cloudscape’s anthologies, and has published a variety of short comics stories as well as two webcomics. He is currently working hard on his webcomic Crossroads. Jeff is also the co-creator of Teach English in Japan, and chapter one, two, and three of the series are currently available in print.

JESS POLLARD

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Jessica Pollard graduated from Camosun College in 2012, with a Certificate in Comics and Graphic Novels. By April 2017, she will have completed an Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication, which is a three-year degree program at Capilano University. She co-wrote, penciled, and inked “Hope Everything Okay” for the 2016 Cloudscape anthology Bones of the Coast, and currently works on the webcomic Liquid Shell.

JONATHON DALTON

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Jonathon lives and works just outside Vancouver, Canada. He makes comics about strange, alien worlds and the ordinary people who live in them. Jonathon’s past works include the self-published graphic novels A Mad Tea-Party and the Xeric-winning Lords of Death and Life. He has also drawn short comics for various Cloudscape anthologies, for Leia Weathington’s The Legend of Bold Riley, and for the anthologies New World and Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asia Edition. He is currently working on a mysterious new book he has mysteriously described as “shoujo cyberpunk.” What a mystery!

JULIAN LAWRENCE

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Julian Lawrence is an award-winning artist and illustrator specializing in comic books. Born in England and raised bilingual English-French in Québec, his work has been published and displayed internationally by Fantagraphics Books, Les Editions des Plaines, Conundrum Press, National Film Board of Canada, Penguin Books, Cartoon Network and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Julian lives in Vancouver, Canada and teaches courses in contemporary comics at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and with ArtStarts in Schools.

STEVE ROLSTON

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Steve Rolston is an Eisner-Award-winning comic artist whose work includes Queen & Country, Emiko Superstar, Pounded, The Escapists, Degrassi, Ghost Projekt, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While he most often works with writers, Steve has gone solo on a few comics such as the cartoony Jack Spade & Tony Two-Fist and his slacker noir graphic novel One Bad Day. Beyond comics, Steve has worked on children’s books, video game character designs, and storyboards for animated cartoons. And since 2005, he has been teaching the art of comic book storytelling at the VanArts school in Vancouver.

VANESSA KELLY

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Since 2005 Vanessa has instructed all ages in drawing, comics, and animation, with classes hosted across the Lower Mainland. She has participated in and edited various Cloudscape anthologies and was a director for Cloudscape from 2009-2011. Vanessa holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Simon Fraser University and an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Animation from Capilano University. Currently she works as a storyboard artist.

These Cloudscapers are available as mentors for people who are interested in one-on-one help with their comics. For more information on our Mentorship program, please contact us!

ANAT “LUNARBLADE” RABKIN

    mentorteachercontributorcommissionable

Anat Rabkin is a local aspiring webcomic artist and constant dreamer. Creating tales of adventure and philosophy, she’s been telling her story for over 3 years now. As an 8-year veteran of the Vancouver games and film industry, she approaches comics in a pragmatic way, and as an immigrant, she has a unique perspective on life, which she channels into her work. You can check out her work at LunarBlade.com.

Anat is also the Treasurer of Cloudscape Comics.

BEVAN THOMAS

    mentorteachercontributorcommissionable

Bevan is heavily involved in Cloudscape on numerous levels, serving as the promotions manager, one of the board members, and a frequent editor and writer for various books. Most prominently, he spearheads the Epic Canadiana series of Canadian superhero anthologies. Outside of Cloudscape, Bevan’s comics have also been published in GuruKitty Studios’ trio of comic collections and in the Beyond science fiction anthology. A devotee of storytelling in all its forms, Bevan is available to teach and mentor people in writing and world-building.

CAMILLE ROBERTSON

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Camille Robertson is always working on written or illustrated works of her characters and their worlds. After delving into being a colourist for different projects, she enjoys collaborating with other artists to bring stories to life through light and colour. A lover of speculative fiction, Camille is currently working on two original webcomics: B3yond and ReNew. She is a freelance artist at the ready for commissioning and is always happy to teach or mentor other artists on how to improve their work.

ED APPLEBY

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Ed “Mr Jitters” Appleby is a cartoonist and graphic designer based out of Vancouver originally from Lumby, BC. He began publishing work online in 2005 and has been doing comics full time since 2008. Ed puts his prolific amount of comics down to copious amounts of caffeine and small town work ethic, and the idea that you are only as good as your next piece. He is currently working on his twin properties of Ed’s R Us and Betty and the Beast, as well as working as an illustrator for The Other Press. When Ed isn’t drawing, he dabbles in acting, screen writing, 3d modelling and High Seas Piracy.

EDISON YAN

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Edison is an illustrator and art director in the Videogame and Animation Industry. Some of his most notable projects have been Scribblenauts (WarnerBros), Drawn-to-Life (THQ), Lock’s Quest (THQ), and Endangered Species (DHX). He’s a regular contributor to Cloudscape Comics and is currently art directing on a Netflix exclusive series for Dreamworks at Bardel Entertainment. Edison resides in East Van, has 2 very adorable dogs, and can often be seen drawing in cafes all over Vancouver. His life goal is trying to find balance between working at a desk and not getting fat.

HANNAH LOU MYERS

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Hannah is a comic artist, illustrator, and decorative artist working out of Vancouver, B.C. She’s an Emily Carr graduate, cat tamer, knitting fiend, coffee addict, book sniffer, and cheese enthusiast. She’s currently working her way through her entire dating history and publishing it online for free through her webcomic Misery Loves Company.

Hannah is also the Secretary on the board of Cloudscape Comics, and the VIPRC Manager at the studio.

JEFF ELLIS

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Jeff is currently the studio manager and communications director, as well as their chief cat-herder. He has contributed to almost all of Cloudscape’s anthologies, and has published a variety of short comics stories as well as two webcomics. He is currently working hard on his webcomic Crossroads. Jeff is also the co-creator of Teach English in Japan, and chapter one, two, and three of the series are currently available in print.

JONATHON DALTON

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Jonathon lives and works just outside Vancouver, Canada. He makes comics about strange, alien worlds and the ordinary people who live in them. Jonathon’s past works include the self-published graphic novels A Mad Tea-Party and the Xeric-winning Lords of Death and Life. He has also drawn short comics for various Cloudscape anthologies, for Leia Weathington’s The Legend of Bold Riley, and for the anthologies New World and Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asia Edition. He is currently working on a mysterious new book he has mysteriously described as “shoujo cyberpunk.” What a mystery!

JULIAN LAWRENCE

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Julian Lawrence is an award-winning artist and illustrator specializing in comic books. Born in England and raised bilingual English-French in Québec, his work has been published and displayed internationally by Fantagraphics Books, Les Editions des Plaines, Conundrum Press, National Film Board of Canada, Penguin Books, Cartoon Network and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Julian lives in Vancouver, Canada and teaches courses in contemporary comics at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and with ArtStarts in Schools.

KELLY CHEN

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Currently studying at Emily Carr, Kelly is interested in anything narrative-based. This, of course, includes comics. For Kelly comics are the perfect blend of the visual and prose, and she is not going to stop making them any time soon. In her free time Kelly does not like writing artist bios.

MATTHEW NIELSEN

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Matthew Nielsen, known online as ‘Nuclear Jackal’ (due to the abundance of other Matthew Nielsens out there) is a writer/illustrator specializing in comics and landscapes. A graduate of the Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration course and a strong supporter of self-education, his skills in both written and visual language are both progressing rapidly. Originally born in Wales to a Danish father and a Canadian mother, Matthew currently resides in the Canada. He frequently uploads artwork to his social media feeds and saves his best for his website: nuclearjackal.com

PATRICK WONG

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Patrick Wong is an illustrator and artist based in Richmond, BC. He has been recognized by Applied Arts Magazine, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and Creative Quarterly the Journal of Visual Arts and Design for his work, and has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. In comics, he is currently working on a creator-owned graphic novel in the form of a 3 issue mini-series titled “The Knifeman” with writer Hannu Kesola.