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The TradeWaiters 26: “Americus” by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill

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Special guest Jess Pollard returns to the TradeWaiters studio for Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill. She proceeds to get Socratic on the group as we discuss censorship, culture wars, and comics. Meanwhile, we confirm the existence of actual IRL TradeWaiters listeners, and everyone’s got an opinion on a certain ultra-popular young adult fantasy book series.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Jack Chick tracts
Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
No Exit by Annie Mok
A Wizard of Earthsea and Annals of the Western Shore both by Ursula K. LeGuin
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
And don’t forget to check out Angela’s Kickstarter for Wasted Talent.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clemente Oubrerie.

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The TradeWaiters 25: “Sacred Heart” by Liz Suburbia

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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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The TradeWaiters 24: “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier

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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

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

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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.


The TradeWaiters 22: “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

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Voila! Let us next volunteer V for Vendetta, the volume by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. But are they visionaries viewing behind the veil, or vandals giving voice to violence? Join Jonathon, Jeff, Angela, and kgros as we debate the merits and shortcomings of this dark and gritty and deeply political graphic novel. The discussion ranges from violence against women and anarchy as a lifestyle, to a movie with the same name and an internet movement with the same face. But don’t worry, we still have time to talk about the fan fic possibilities and our favourite spiral staircases.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Watchmen, Swamp Thing, From Hell, Tom Strong, AARGH, and The Mirror of Love, also written by Alan Moore
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood and Johnny Christmas
Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
and Lunar Maladies by kgros.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Cul de Sac: This Exit by Richard Thompson.

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Word Vancouver this week!

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This week is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held at various venues throughout the city, this festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Of particular note is the main event this Sunday, at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Throughout the day there will be numerous free readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, musical performances, and more. In addition, numerous exhibitors will be displaying their work.

Cloudscape will have a booth there and we will also be running a 12:15 panel on “Comics and the Creative Process.” The panel features Cloudscape contributors Jonathon Dalton, Bevan Thomas, and Hannah Meyers, and will be moderated by Jeffrey Ellis.

Also check out “Comic Artists Present,” a series of comic presentations in the library’s Peter Kaye Room:

COMICS ARTISTS PRESENT (Hosts: Robyn Hanson and Trevor Battye)
11:00 am Chalk Talk with Lynn Johnston
12:05 pm Faith Erin Hicks
The Nameless City
12:30 pm Tony Cliff
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling
12:55 pm Sean Karemaker
The Ghosts We Know

For more information, check out the Word Vancouver schedule of events. Hope to see you all there!


Comics in the Clouds begins this week!

Starting this week, Jeff Ellis, Cloudscape’s founder and vice-president, will be teaching Comics in the Clouds, a series of workshops on creating comics at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre on 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver. Classes will be every Monday evening until November 28 and are free to attend! 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. There are still six spots available, so if you are a young adult (age 15-24) and want to learn more about comics from someone with many years of comic experience as Jeff, sign-up on the Comics in the Clouds website.


The TradeWaiters 21: “Bakuman” vol. 3&4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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Our Bakumanathon continues! We read the third and fourth volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and we invite you to join us as we check in with how our boys Mashiro and Takagi are doing in their quest for manga greatness. Also on deck are some in depth discussions of the differences between the North American and Japanese comics industries, and how to make sure comics only breaks your heart, not your hands. Our panelists agree, middle school marriage pacts and comics careers don’t mix.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Death Note, also by Ohba and Obata
Ranma 1/2, One Pound Gospel, Mermaid Scar, and Inu Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi
Shonen Jump
Gals! by Mihona Fujii
Soul Eater by Atsushi Okubo
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
Skin Deep by Kory Bing
The Violent by Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham
and this infamous schedule of a manga-ka.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

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Cloudscape Comic Classes

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The summer is ending and the autumn is beginning; for many people, this is a sad time – no more vacation, back to school. However, there are some pretty fun classes starting up soon, including many that Cloudscape is involved in:

  • Graphic Novel & Comix. Langara College is currently providing a whole 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, visit the Graphic Novel & Comix program website. Autumn classes start at the end of this month.
  • Comics in the Clouds. Jeff Ellis, Cloudscape’s founder and vice-president, will be teaching a series of workshops on creating comics at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. Classes will be every Monday evening from September 19 to November 28. The workshops are free and there are still spots available, so if you are a young adult (age 15-24) and want to learn more about comics from someone with many years comic experience, sign-up on the Comics in the Clouds website.

Make this school year a little more exciting!