Now in its 6th year, Big Draw Vancouver is an annual celebration of drawing in everyday life that works to reconnect everyone with the power and creative pleasure of making marks. On October 1, there will be events all across the city in numerous community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street. They will be numerous workshops developed by professional artists, encouraging people to draw in many new and exciting ways. As part of this day-long, citywide event, we will be doing a comic jam 10:00-2:00 at Cloudscape HQ. People of all ages are encouraged to stop by to create comics and chat with Vancouver-based comic creators.
The Kickstarter for Bones of the Coast, Cloudscape’s latest anthology, has ended, and it earned $48,438 from 1,362 backers! That’s 166% of our initial goal of $29,200! We surpassed all three of our stretch goals, resulting in extra money for our contributors and a spot foil & spot gloss for our anthology. You’ve helped to make Bones of the Coast not just a reality but a phenomenal success. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our backers, Bones of the Coast will be the first Cloudscape anthology to pay all of its creators a professional rate for their contributions to the anthology.
Cloudscape’s fundraiser for Bones of the Coast closes on August 18. That means there’s only three days left to pre-order our exciting new horror anthology, featuring such comic greats as Simon Roy, Renee Nault, Alina Pete, and Sean Karemaker! Pick it up at the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter page while there is still time.
On August 20, Cloudsape’s own Jeff Ellis will be teaching a how-to-draw-comics workshop at the Bill Reid Gallery. This class is directed towards children ages 9-14. Tickets are $30.
When: 1:00-4:00 PM
August 20 (a Saturday)
Where: Bill Reid Gallery
639 Hornby Street,
This weekend is the Vancouver Comics Art Festival at the Roundhouse in Yaletown! VanCAF is Vancouver’s terrifically popular free convention devoted to indie comic creators. Stop by to discover lots of wonderful new graphic novels, meet many of Cloudscape’s contributors, and visit the Cloudscape booth (Table F1) to grab some Cloudscape anthologies at special sales prices. Hope to see you all there!
The start date for Comics in the Clouds, Cloudscape’s new comic-creating class, has been pushed back a week so it’ll be starting on the 11th of April, rather than the 4th. That means there is still time to register for it! It’s open for anyone aged 15-25, and is free to attend. Plus, all participants get to be part of an art show and print their own mini-comic. So don’t delay. Sign-up for an exciting program.
Students will draw and produce their own mini-comics, as well as create one-page comic art that will be displayed at a final gallery exhibition hosted in partnership with Artquake.
Date: Monday evenings (April 4 – June 13, but no class May 23)
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Place: Cloudscape HQ, Memorial South Park Fieldhouse, 5955 Ross Street
To register, visit Vancouver: Comics in the Clouds.
Remember that Cloudscape’s annual general meeting is tomorrow evening (Wednesday the 17th)! We’ll talk about the direction Cloudscape is going, vote in a new treasurer, go over various projects and volunteer opportunities our organization will be taking advantage of, and will vote on a theme for our next anthology. If you want to play a pivotal role in our organization’s direction, we hope to see you there.
Just reminding our younger fans (or people who have younger siblings or children of their own) that the Cloudscape Youth Group has started. It’s proving to be a lot of fun.
The Una the Blade Kickstarter is over, and it earned $11,107. That’s more than four times its target goal! Now Cloudscape’s second single-author graphic novel is going to print having not only paid for its printing but also all the artists involved with a nice chunk left over. Thank you so much for all your support, and we can’t wait to send you the book. Also, keep your eyes peeled on this blog over the next few weeks as Cloudscape has a lot of exciting new stuff planned for 2016!