State of the Practice

Cloudscape is proud to be part of the Vancouver Parks Board Fieldhouse Program, and will be participating in this year’s State of the Practice. State of the Practice is an annual exhibition at the Roundhouse community centre, highlighting the Vancouver Park Board’s longstanding commitment to artists working in community to engage citizens in creative practices. This year’s exhibit focuses on the Field House Studio Residency Program.

Exhibition: Monday, Sep 11 – Sunday, Sep 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep 14
Location: Exhibition Hall | Performance Centre, Roundhouse
For more info, visit the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre website.

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Shonen Jump’s Universal Manga Contest

Shonen Jump, the phenomenally popular manga magazine, is recruiting top talent from all over the world to guide Jump into the future! They are currently holding a contest for new manga to be featured in their magazine. Grand prize is ¥1,000,000 and serialization in Shonen Jump (Print or Digital), while the runner-up receives ¥300,000 and serialization in Jump Plus or in a special edition of Jump. The manga submission must be a one-shot story of no more than 55 pages and can be in any genre.  Deadline for all submissions is January 5th, 2018. For more information, check out Jump‘s Universal Manga Contest.

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Cloudscape’s Cloud Shops 2

Are you already making comics, but want to take it to the next level? Or perhaps you’re a writer or an artist, but comics are a new challenge and you’re looking for some professional advice? As always, Cloudscape Comics is here to help you learn! We are pleased to present our first ever workshop series for developing youth and adult comic artists. Cloud Shops is a series of free lessons delivered by talented, established comic artists living in British Columbia that will cover all topics related to comics creation, from typography and digital inking to anatomy, storytelling, and even learning how to create sculptures of your characters from modelling clay.

The particular workshops will be:

  • Aug 24 – Jeff Ellis – Manga Studio
    Learn some tools and tricks for making comics using Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio), from thumbnailing to penciling, inking, colouring, and lettering.
  • Aug 31 – Jade McGilvray – Sculpture and Bust Making
    Learn how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!
  • Sept 6 – Anat Rabkin – Excel For Cartoonists
    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.
  • Sept 7 – Jade McGilvray & Hannah Myers – Drawing Human Anatomy
    Improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.
  • Sept 14 – Kathleen Jacques – Lettering and Typography
    No comic is complete without lettering. Learn how to make your text pop, your sound-effects carry weight, and your pages sparkle.
  • Sept 20 – Kelly Chen – Making Minis and Zines
    Learn how to bind and assemble various kinds of zines and minicomics!
  • Sept 21 – Steve LeCouilliard – Storytelling for Comics
    Tighten up your storytelling chops with veteran comicker and animation storyboarder Steve LeCouilliard.
  • Sept 28 – Vanessa Kelly – Composition
    Study how to better compose panels, choose moments, manage transitions, and arrange your pages. This is the fundamental anatomy of the comics medium.
  • Oct 5 – Alina Pete – Drawing Four-legged Animals
    Drawing animals is hard! Learn how to better draw horses, dogs, cats, tigers, bears, and any other four-legged friends.
  • Oct 12 – Jonathon Dalton – Perspective
    Spend some time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

Hope to see you there!

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Mural Festival Tomorrow!

Reminding everyone that the Vancouver Mural Festival is tomorrow. This is Vancouver’s largest free public art celebration, and we at Cloudscape will be on-site doing a live comic jam. The individual panels we will be painting will ultimately be put on display around our lovely HQ. We encourage you to participate!

The festival is this Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM. It is located on Main Street between 7th and 12th Ave., excluding Broadway, as well as in the Main-Quebec laneway, from Broadway to 4th, and in the EasyPark parking lot at the SW corner of Main Street and 7th Ave. We will be at booth 6.  For more information about the event, visit the Vancouver Mural Festival website.

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Reminder: Langara College’s Comic Classes Starting Next Month

Just a reminder that Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program is starting its autumn classes next month. This program has already been running for a couple of years, and provides classes on all aspects of the comic medium. You can take all of them to get a full exploration of the craft, or pick & choice which ones are best for you. Registering is current open, so if you are interested in polishing your comic skills, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.

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Ikth Fantasy

A young commander, cut off from the bulk of his army and pursued by a murderous enemy, must make a difficult choice: abandon his wounded soldiers and attempt to escape, or risk a likely death fighting alongside them and hope that reinforcements arrive in time.

“The Saviour” is a standalone story in an ongoing series set in the fantasy world of Ikth, by Paul & Jesse Brown.  Check out patreon.com/ikthfantasy for more Ikth Fantasy releases, including comics, art, and podcasts.

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The TradeWaiters 36: “Shadoweyes” by Sophie Campbell

Today’s TradeWaiters covers Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell. With Jess mysteriously absent (someone start putting up missing person posters!) it’s left to Jam, Jon, Jeff, and kgros to dive deep into this dense, indie graphic novel. We test the limits of what counts as a superhero comic, discuss the “slow burn friendship drama,” remember the nineties, and talk about the shady, short past of some defunct publishers.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Wet Moon, The Abandoned, Water Baby, and Mountain Girl, also by Sophie Campbell
Jem and the Holograms, Glory, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all drawn by Sophie Campbell and written by Kelly Thompson, Joe Keating, and Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz respectively
Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks
Excalibur by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis
Generation X by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo
Sleepwalker by Bob Budiansky
Alice Grove by Jeph Jacques
Finder: Third World by Carla Speed McNeil
Templar, Arizona by Spike Trotman
and Invincible Iron Man by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato

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 be on volumes one and two 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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Autumn Comic Classes at Langara College

Langara College’s Graphic Novel & Comix program has already been running for a couple of years, teaching aspiring comic creators how to create their own comics. There are classes on comics writing, drawing, colouring, and various other aspects of the comic craft, all taught by local comic creators (many of them Cloudscape contributors). Registering is current open for autumn classes, so if you are interested in learning more about creating comics, check out Graphic Novel & Comix.

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The TradeWaiters 35: “Last Man” vol. 3 & 4 by Balak, Sanlaville, & Vivès

Join us once again as Jess, Jam, Jon, and Jeff finally decide who the Last Cartoonist will be while we read volumes three and four of Last Man by the French team Balak, Sanlaville, and Vivès. Gaze in amazement as we do the mental gymnastics necessary to sort out this weird, fun, genre-mashup (but not trope-destroying) comic about ultimate fighters from a fantasy world. Or don’t, because, it’s a podcast and there’s nothing to look at. Caution: this comic, and our discussion about it, spend a not-insignificant amount of time talking about sexual assault.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney directed by Shu Takumi
Avatar: The Last Airbender by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
and FLCL directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki

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

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell

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

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Iron Circus’ Tim’rous Beasties on Kickstarter

The latest anthology from prominent indie publisher Iron Circus has now begun its fundraiser. Tim’rous Beasties  is an anthology of animal stories in the style of Redwall, Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and other tales of brave and imperiled critters defying their size and place in the natural order. Check it out at the Tim’rous Beasties Kickstarter page. 

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