Field Guides: an Exhibition Celebrating the Fieldhouse Residencies on Thursday, September 14

As most of you know, Cloudscape HQ is provided by the Vancouver Parks Board’s Fieldhouse Studio program. Every year the Parks Board does a big event to draw everyone’s attention to all the great work that the fieldhouses are doing, and this year it’s Field Guides 2017. Field Guides 2017 is an exhibition at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre that celebrates all the fieldhouse residencies, and is a great way to learn about all the different exciting things that are happening all over Vancouver.

The exhibition will be on display September 11 – 24 at the Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver).  In addition, there will be a special reception there on Thursday, September 14, 600-8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

To find out more about all 22 Fieldhouse Programs across Vancouver, visit the Fieldhouse Programs website.

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The TradeWaiters 38: “Scott Pilgrim” vol. 3 & 4 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

And now, we continue our “Scott Pilgrimage” through volumes three and four of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. In this episode we go even deeper into the themes, scenes, and subspace highway dreams of a twenty-something slacker who’s not very good at playing the bass. We talk about evil exes, what it’s really like to be inside Honest Ed’s, and we finally get to find out what Jess thinks of this series. CONTINUE?

Also mentioned in this episode:
New World edited by Spike Trotman
Bones of the Coast edited by Shannon Campbell et al
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi
TCAF
Boise Library Comic Con
Yon and Mu by Junji Ito
Out of the Blue Period by Sleuth
and Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lemon Eating Boss by kgros
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Original music by Sleuth.
Chip-tune adaptation by Beru.

Our next episode will conclude the Pilgrimage with the fifth and sixth volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Cloud Shops: Excel for Cartoonists and Drawing Human Anatomy

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s series of free comic workshops, continues next week with two classes!

Excel for Cartoonists
On Wednesday, 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.

Time: September 6 (Wednesday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Excel for Cartoonists and then check out the Cloud Shop: Excel for Cartoonists event on Facebook.

Drawing Human Anatomy
On Thursday, artists Jade McGilvray and Hannah Myers will show you how to improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.

Time: September 7 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Drawing Human Anatomy and then check out the Cloud Shop: Drawing Human Anatomy Facebook event.

For more details on future Comic Shop talks, check out Cloudscape Cloud Shops.

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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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Cloud Shop: Sculpture with Jade McGilvray

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s series of free comic workshops, continues next Thursday. In this Cloud Shop, Jade McGilvrary shows you how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!

Time: August 24 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

To register, go to City of Vancouver: Sculpture and then check out the Cloud Shop: Sculpture event on Facebook.  For more details on future Comic Shop talks, check out Cloudscape Cloud Shops.

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First Cloud Shop is this Thursday: Manga Studio with Jeff Ellis

Cloud Shop, Cloudscape’s new series of free comic workshops, starts this week. The first one is taught by Cloudscape founder Jeff Ellis. He’ll teach you some tools and tricks for making comics using Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio), from thumbnailing to penciling, inking, colouring, and lettering.

Time: August 24 (Thursday), 7:30-8:30
Place: Cloudscape HQ. 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

For more information, check the Cloud Shop: Manga Studio with Jeff Ellis event. Hope to see you there, and check out our calendar for other upcoming Cloud Shop events.

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The TradeWaiters 37: “Scott Pilgrim” Vol. 1 & 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

GET READY! Today we start our three episode “Scott Pilgrimage” as Jon, Jeff, kgros and Jam read the first two volumes of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. These books changed comics, and they changed each of our panelists. Join us as we talk about video game literacy, female coming-of-age stories, breaking the fourth wall, Can-con, garbage twenty-somethings, and how one of us used to have Bryan Lee O’Malley’s blog as her homepage. Today, today we’re all Scottaholics.

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Also mentioned in this episode:
Seconds and Lost at Sea, also by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Office
Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston Flores
Astroboy by Osamu Tezuka
Moonshot volumes 1 & 2, edited by Hope Nicholson
Stuck at 32 by Danielle Corsetto
Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori
Life Is Strange
and a whole bunch of music.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will continue the Pilgrimage with the third and fourth volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

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Iron Circus seeking comics for new anthology on space travel

Iron Circus, creator of such classic comic anthologies as Sleep of Reason New World, and Tim’rous Beastie, has just announced a call for submissions for a new anthology:  FTL, Y’all: Tales From the Age of the $200 Warp Drive. This book will  feature stories that are “individual, creative interpretations of a universe where humanity has discovered how to build a faster-than-light engine for $200 in easily available parts. Space travel has been democratized, and the entire cosmos irrevocably changed.”

If your story is accepted, you will be paid $50/page. Deadline for all story proposals is September 15.  For more information, visit the FTL, Y’all website.

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