TCAF 2016

Come grab the latest Cloudscape books from Steve LeCouilliard, Kathleen Gros and the rest of the Cloudscape crew at Q2 and Q3 this weekend at the Toronto reference library!

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Next week is Vancouver Bird Week and Cloudscape will be there!

Vancouver Bird Week

Vancouver Bird Week starts this Saturday! May 7-14 is a week-long series of events celebrating Vancouver’s birds in all their forms. May 7-14, 2016. Bird Week is a week-long series of events to celebrate Vancouver’s birds. During Bird Week, there will be bird-related workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions, and lectures across Vancouver. Cloudscape is getting involved as well. We’ll be running workshops on creating bird-themed comics three times during next week, each one at a different community centre. For more information, check the Vancouver Bird Week list of events. From bird nerd to bird curious, from wise old owl to adventurous tot, there is an event for everyone during Bird Week. All events are free.

Three days until Creative Ink!

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This weekend, Friday – Sunday, is the Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. This festival is primarily directed towards writers and artists rather than fans, and is a great way to develop your craft and hang-out with fellow creators. There will be panels featuring established authors and artists discussing various writing and art topics, as well as single-person presentations. There will also be readings by authors, displays by artists, and an expo of people selling their goodies (books, art, etc), as well as Blue Pencil sessions where writers can get feedback on their writing from professionals and pitch sessions where people can pitch their projects to various editors and publishers. Cloudscape will be there, of course, with many of our artists providing presentations and workshops on writing and drawing comics, creating webcomics, and many other topics. It will be a lot of fun. For more information, visit the Creative Ink website. We hope to see you there!

The TradeWaiters 16: “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind” vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki


In episode 16 Jon, Jeff, Kathleen, and special guest Jess Pollard continue the discussion of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki with volume 2 (or the second half, depending on what printing you have). The TradeWaiters get philosophical as this manga master-work leads us down roads to nihilism, zen buddhism, relativism, absolutism, pacifism, and existential terror. Welcome to funny books, everybody.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the movie, as well as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Whispers of the Heart, and Porco Rosso, all by Hayao Miyazaki and/or Studio Ghibli.
Mad Max directed by George Miller
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
This Is How F***ing Scary the Ocean Is by Colleen Webber
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel, but our next episode will be an afterword on TCAF and VanCAF 2016, coming out on June 10th.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud, and we now have a Twitter feed as well.

Creators for Creators Comic Grant

Creators for Creators

Exciting news for people wanting to become full-time comic creators!

“Creators for Creators is an independent non-profit organization intended to encourage, support, and promote original works through grants and education. The grant is a work in progress that will evolve to fit the needs of the recipient and the industry at large…. The goal of the Creators for Creators grant is to help pave the way for the next generation of comics creators by supporting their work financially and through mentorship, as well as providing opportunities for their creations to reach a wide audience. We plan to give $30,000 to a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in order to support the creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee according to rigorous criteria. In addition to the monetary support, the recipient of the grant will have access to mentorship from the experienced creators involved with Creators for Creators. Mentorship will cover almost every aspect of the comic-creating experience. The goal is to give the recipient a firm foundation in the creative, business, legal, and financial areas of the comics business.”

Further submission guidelines and applications will be revealed on May 1st, 2016. For more information, check out the Creators for Creators website. Good luck, everyone!


Capilano Animation Gradshow 2016 on April 22

capilano gradshow

Capilano College is world-famous for its 2D/3D animation programs, which have produced many successful animators and artists. In fact, a large variety of prominent Cloudscape members are Capilano alumni. If you’re interested in checking out the next generation of animators, stop by Harbour Centre on April 22 (5:00-9:00 pm) & April 23 (noon to 4:00 pm) for the Capilano Animation Gradshow 2016.


Cloudscape HQ will be closed April 20 as we’ll be at SNAG!

snagAs we mentioned before, on Wednesday, April 20, Cloudscauep will be participating in SNAG at the Cobalt Club, painting original artwork and selling books from 7:30 to midnight. Because of that, the HQ will be closed on April 20. So come over to the Cobalt instead! A lot of great artists from our upcoming book Bones of the Coast will be painting there, including Renee Nault, Reetta Linjama, Simon Roy, and Pam Wishbow. Stop on by!