The TradeWaiters 15: “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind” vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki


In episode 15 Jon, Jeff, and Kathleen are joined by special guest Jess Pollard to talk about the first half of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the manga series by world-reknowned animator Hayao Miyazaki. This is an incredibly dense work and we have a lot to say about it! But the true purpose of the Sea of Corruption isn’t the only secret conspiracy that this episode will reveal…

Also mentioned in this episode:
Puss in Boots and People of the Desert by Hayao Miyazaki
Lupin III and Spirited Away, as well as Studio Ghibli
Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Fresh Romance edited by Janelle Asselin
Gegege no Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki
It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken by Seth
Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the second half of Nausicaa.

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“Una the Blade” ebook sale ends April 1st!

una the blade

Our latest graphic novel is Una the Blade, a tale of swords & sorcery in a dying Earth, where a single-mother barbarian struggles to defend her children from a world gone mad. It is written by Steve LeCouilliard and illustrated by a wide variety of artists, including such BC illuminaries as Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung) and Renee Nault (graphic novel adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale). The ebook version is currently on sale at Gumroad for $3.95, but that ends at the end of this month, when it will increase to its regular price of $9.95. So if you want to pick up this terrific fantasy graphic novel at a great bargain, make sure you do for the end of the month. Check out the Una the Blade page on the official Cloudscape store for more.

New graphic novel drawn by local artist

DavidLocal comic book artist Jason Harris has partnered with writer Skip McRobert to produce the new graphic novel David the Survivor.

“For centuries, ancient unseen forces have been speaking to hermits and outcasts. And in the modern epoch, hermits and outcasts watch TV. Amy and David don’t know each other, but they share a secret. For each, their lover is their TV. When David’s dies and Amy is forced by false friends to abandon hers, powers are unleashed that will open the two to a strange New World of Mysticism, Vital Forces and Obscure Missions From Beyond.”

To learn more, check-out David the Survivor 1: No TV Left Behind.

The TradeWaiters 14: “Jessica Jones: Alias” vol. 3 & 4 by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos


In this episode we continue to read through Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, with volumes 3 and 4. We talk about the tricky dance of words and pictures in this series, hypothesize about a Marvel non-comics AU, dis the Savage Land, compare non-canon doujinshi on Wolverine, and discuss post-renaissance mannerism. Oh, and the Jessica Jones Netflix series gets some airtime too. Come with us, on a journey, with your pals, the TradeWaiters.

Also mentioned in this episode are:
The Pulse, Powerless, Daredevil Redemtion, Snake Woman, and The Nightmare Factory, all drawn by Michael Gaydos
2000 AD
Ultimate Spiderman by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Bagley
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Spring Break Wolverine by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez
X-Treme X-Men by Chris Claremont & Salvador Larroca
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat by Kate Leth & Brittney Williams
Our Expanding Universe by Alex Robinson
Jessica Jones, the Netflix series, adapted by Melissa Rosenberg
Logan the Bike Courier by Jeff

Music by Sleuth.

Episodes 15 and 16 will be another two-part series, on the first and second halves (respectively) of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind.

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Launch Party for Steve LeCouilliard’s “Una the Blade”

una the blade

We at Cloudscape are excited to announce the book launch of Una the Blade by Steve Le Couilliard, a swords & sorcery graphic novel of a barbarian single mom struggling to protect her children in a world gone mad.

Cloudscape will be celebrating the Una book launch on:

Saturday, March 19, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

The event is free and everyone is welcome. Steve will be there selling and signing copies of Una as well as limited edition postcards and original art. Also attending the launch will be numerous other prominent local comic creators, including many Cloudscape members. Visitors will be able to purchase food and drink from the tavern, the Storm Crow’s unique fantasy & sci-fi atmosphere, and hobnob with a wide selection of Vancouver’s diverse comics community. Sign-up to the event’s Facebook page at the Una the Blade Book Launch.

Una the Blade is a dying-earth fantasy adventure in the style of such classic authors as Jack Vance and Clark Ashton Smith. It is the long-gestating brainchild of Steve LeCouilliard, creator of the Xeric Grant-winning Much the Miller’s Son, co-creator and artist of Dreadful Sirens with writer Karla Pacheco, and a 12-year veteran of the animation industry. He is joined in Una by a parade of comic artist greats: Simon Roy, Katie Shanahan, Tess Fowler, Renee Nault, Chris Johnston, Michael Stearns, Claudia Aguirre, and Sloane Leong.

Comic Kickstarter about the world’s worst superhero assassin

Turncoat is a collection of the entire six-issue run of the popular webcomic of the same name. Created by Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus, Turncoat follows the story of Duke, the world’s worst superhero assassin. He always needs a supervillain partner to help him on his hits, he’s constantly fending off his ex-wife-and-rival-assassin, Sharon, and the agency only ever seems to send him after d-list loser superheroes. Check out the Turncoat Kickstarter.

Cloudscape Life Drawing Returns!

life drawingCloudscape’s monthly life drawing returns this weekend! Bring your sketchbooks and let’s draw. Easles and boards are on site, and we have paper and materials available for purchase. There is free coffee for all attendees. If you stick around after the life drawing, there will be board games. Cost is $15 at the door, or $12 if using one of our brown tickets.

Sunday, March 13
1:00-4:00 PM
Cloudscape HQ,
5955 Ross Street, Memorial Park South
Vancouver, BC