The TradeWaiters 25: “Sacred Heart” by Liz Suburbia

Stuff is bad right now. Let’s read a book! In this episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and kgros read Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia, about a group of punk teens surviving in a town that seems to have no adults. Spoiler alert: something mysterious is going on. Also in this episode you’ll find out our panelists’ favourite conspiracy theories, and our thoughts on depicting atmospheric sound in comics.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Cyanide Milkshake and Egg Cream, also by Liz Suburbia
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Moonshot volumes 1 & 2 edited by Hope Nicholson
Josie and the Pussycats by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, & Audrey Mok
Band Vs Band by Kathleen Jacques
Brick directed by Rhian Johnson
Gingersnaps directed by John Fawcett
Night of the Living Dead directed by George Romero
Kill Bill directed by Quentin Tarantino
and this interview with Annie Mok.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Americus by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill.

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“Epic Canadiana #2” Wins 2016 Gene Day Award!

Shuster awardExciting news! Epic Canadiana #2, our second serving of exciting tales of Canadian superheroes, has won the Gene Day at the Joe Shuster Awards! The Joe Shusters honour excellence in Canadian comics throughout various genres, with the Gene Day specifically awarding a graphic novel that has been self-published outside of conventional comic channels. It is such an honour for Epic Canadiana and Cloudscape.

To see all Shuster winners this year, visit the 2016 Joe Shuster Awards.

Tomorrow, graphic novel book launch at Book Warehouse

2050November the 9th at 7 pm, Michael Kluckner will be launching his graphic novel 2050 at the Book Warehouse on 4118 Main Street.

In Kluckner’s own words, 2050 is “inspired by a trip to Cuba a few years ago as well as by the daily diet of climatic and humanitarian disasters. It is set in the ruins of Vancouver, 20 years after the Great Patriotic War and pandemic…. Detective Sara Fidelia is called in to investigate a rare murder – a mutilated Mort has been left at the entrance to the walled city. She sets out to find the Perp, travelling through a ruined landscape to the distant rebel town of Excursion – a journey that brings her much more than she bargained for.”

For more information, visit the 2050 website and the event’s Facebook page.

The TradeWaiters 24: “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier

In this episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and kgros read Ghosts, the new graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. Raina’s books have single-handedly dominated the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels for years. Join us as we look at why that might be. We’ll also talk about how great Montreal is, how boring Medicine Hat is, a bunch of Kickstarters you’ll want to back, and Jeff’s nephew, world’s youngest comics fan.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Smile, Drama, and Sisters, also by Raina Telgemeier
The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
Check, Please! by Ngozi
O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti
Unshelved by Gene Ambaum
The Adventures of Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy by Doug Savage
Family Man by Dylan Meconis
and The Decadent James Brandy by Jasmine Schuett

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia.

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The TradeWaiters 23: “Cul de Sac: This Exit” by Richard Thompson

For today’s episode our panelists read Cul de Sac: This Exit by Richard Thompson, the “last great newspaper comic.” After Richard’s passing earlier this year and the dire state of newspapers in general, we may not see his kind again. We also discuss the documentary Stripped directed by Dave Kellett, the “tell, don’t show” approach to making comics, which part of southern Ontario is the most dire, and the similarity between kgros and Petey Otterloop.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Peanuts by Charles Shulz
St. Trinitan’s School by Ronald Searle
The Far Side by Gary Larson
Sheldon by Dave Kellett
Bone by Jeff Smith
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Garfield by Jim Davis
Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
XKCD by Randall Munroe
Cyanide and Happiness by Kris Wilson
The Oatmeal by Matthew Inman
The Art of Richard Thompson
Dirty Old Ladies: The Podcast
Shattered Starlight by Nicole Chartrand
and Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.

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Cloudscape Seeking Stories from Refugees

johnny-christmas-cit-copyCloudscape is currently working on a new run of Comics in Transit, and the theme of this year is stories from refugees who have left their home countries to seek a new life in Canada. All artists for the project have been selected, but we would like to interview any refugees to Canada who would like to see their stories immortalized in comic art. If you would like to contribute your own experience to this unique take on the comic medium (or know someone who would), please contact Oliver McTavish-Wisden at [email protected].

Comic Creators at the Vancouver Writers Fest

For the past 29 years, the Vancouver Writers Fest has provided a forum for authors to connect with readers, resulting in a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation. Numerous prominent writers in numerous mediums and genres have performed dramatic readings, discussed ideas, and engaged with audiences on numerous levels. This year the Vancouver Writers Fest runs October 17 – 23, and will include various comic comic writer-artists: Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl and Nameless City), Frank Viva (Along a Long Road and Sea Change), Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq), and Teva Harrison (In-Between Days).
The particular Writers Fest events that they will be involved with are:
  • Illustrated Imaginations featuring Faith Erin Hicks and Frank Viva – Tuesday, October 18, 10:00am, Studio 1398.
  • Live and Learn featuring Frank Viva and Gordon Korman – Thursday, October 20 at 10:00am, Granville Island Stage.
  • Embedded featuring Sarah Glidden, Deborah Campbell, and Kevin Patterson – Thursday, October 20, 8:30pm, Waterfront Theatre.
  • In-Between Days featuring Teva Harrison – Friday, October 21, 1:00pm, Studio 1398.

For more information, visit the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Still space available for Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix classes!


There is still time to register for Langara College‘s autumn comics classes. The college provides an entire continuing studies certificate program on creating comics. You can take the whole program or choose individual classes that will help polish the particular comics areas that you feel need the most work. Courses are being offered in drawing, writing, lettering, life drawing, and adobe illustrator, and most of these are being taught by prominent Cloudscape contributors such as Jeff Ellis, Bevan Thomas, James Lloyd, and Mara-Dor Coman. This program has already been running for a year, providing an excellent grounding for aspiring comic creators from numerous veterans in the medium. For more information and to sign-up for the autumn semester, visit the Graphic Novel & Comix program website.