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TradeWaiters 11: “Astro Boy” Volumes 1&2 by Osamu Tezuka

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For today’s episode Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read the first two volumes of Dark Horse’s translation of Astro Boy by the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka. Travel back in time with us to the dawn of modern Japanese comics, and then forward again to the distant future of the year 2000 and the dawn of the age of robotics. Tune in for an in-depth discussion of the pros and cons of butt guns, cartoon dog cars, and angry eyes.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Black Jack, Phoenix, and Buddha, also by Osamu Tezuka
Pluto by Naoki Urasawa (a re-telling of the Astro Boy story “The Greatest Robot on Earth”)
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
Little Nemo in Slumberland by Windsor McKay
Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods
The Angouleme Grand Prix

Music by Sleuth

Our next episode will cover Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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TradeWaiters 10: “Finder: Voice” by Carla Speed McNeil

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The TradeWaiters are back! This episode actually went online on December 25th, but the Cloudscape site was offline at the time, so it’s fresh and new as far as anyone seeing it here first knows.

In episode 10, Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read Voice from Carla Speed McNeil’s celebrated science fiction series Finder. This volume covers Rachel Grossvenor’s rocky initiation into the image-conscious clan of her mother and grandmothers, and how the hardest thing to find is a finder. Also in this episode, someone makes the mistake of letting Jon talk about Star Trek, and Kathleen contemplates switching to reading books digitally (gasp!).

Music by Sleuth

Episode 11 will be volumes 1 & 2 of Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka and will be up in just a few days.


The TradeWaiters 9: “Essex County” by Jeff Lemire

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On episode 9, Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read Essex County by Jeff Lemire, another giant of Canadian independent comics. Tune in to find out what we think about hockey, history, and small-town Ontario. We’ve also got Christmas gift recommendations (all comics, of course), and more.

Music by Sleuth.

Episode 10 will cover Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil.


The TradeWaiters 8: “Tekkon Kinkreet: Black & White” by Taiyo Matsumoto

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In Episode Eight, the Tradewaiters discuss Tekkon Kinkreet: Black & White by Taiyo Matsumoto. Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen have a lot of opinions on how best to adapt manga to an English-speaking audience, Kathleen has some positive words for past-Kathleen, and Angela has some strong opinions on “historical neon.”

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Essex County by Jeff Lemire.


The TradeWaiters 7: “Two Generals” by Scott Chantler

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In Episode 7 Our panel talks about Two Generals by Scott Chantler, a comics biography of the author’s grandfather’s experiences in the Second World War. Listen to find out what everyone’s grandparents did during the war (spoiler alert: ONE of the tradewaiters’ grandparents were too young to do much of anything), and to find out what it takes to get Angela’s husband to care about comics. Consider this our Rememberance Day episode.

Music by Sleuth.

The next episode will cover Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White by Taiyo Matsumoto.


The TradeWaiters 6: “Ms. Marvel” Volumes 1 & 2 by Wilson, Alphona & Wyatt

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In episode 6, Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen talk about the first two trade paperbacks of Marvel Comics’ Ms. Marvel, written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt. Be amazed as Kathleen goes through a magical transformation sequence! Feel sorrow when you hear about Jonathon’s messy break-up with the X-Men! If you’re a person who thinks you don’t like superheroes, this might be the book to try reading.

Music by Sleuth

Next episode will cover Two Generals by Scott Chantler.


The TradeWaiters 5: “Mail Order Bride” by Mark Kalesniko

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In Episode Five, Jonathon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read Mail Order Bride by British Columbian comicker Mark Kalesniko. For once the TradeWaiters can’t agree on whether this is a book worth reading. We are all adults, though, (most of us), so no friendships were ruined in the making of this episode. Read the book for yourself, listen to the episode, and decide what you think.

Music by Sleuth.

Next episode will be volumes 1 and 2 of Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jake Wyatt.


Line-up for "Bones of the Coast," Cloudscape's next anthology

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The participating artists & writers for Bones of the Coast, our up-coming horror anthology, have been working hard to make their stories as frightening as possible, so it’s time to give them a little recognition. The anthology will include the talents of:

  • Kelly Aarons
  • Shannon Campbell
  • Chloe Chan
  • Anastasiya Chernaya
  • Jonathon Dalton
  • Michael Elliott
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Reb Erlik
  • Kevin Forbes
  • Mindy Fraser
  • KC Green
  • Britt c. h.
  • Abby Hontiveros
  • Abby Howard
  • Lindsay Ishihiro
  • Kathleen Jacques
  • Sean Karemaker
  • Emily Lampson
  • Christian Lett
  • Reetta Linjama
  • Sam Logan
  • Nina Matsumoto
  • Angela Melick
  • Sfé Monster
  • Cameron Morris
  • Renee Nault
  • Emily Partridge
  • Alina Pete
  • Yuriy Plisenko
  • Jess Pollard
  • Simon Roy
  • Kris Sayer
  • Aliena Shoemaker
  • Kris Straub
  • Bevan Thomas
  • Adam Tuck
  • Jeri Weaver
  • Pam Wishbow

We’re incredibly excited to see these stories develop – we hope you are, too!


The TradeWaiters 4: “Broken Telephone” written by Ryan Estrada

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In episode four, Jonathon, Jeff, Kathleen and Angela read Broken Telephone, an e-book written by Ryan Estrada and drawn by him and a “lineup of accomplices.” Each chapter follows the hero of one story who will inevitably become the villain of the next. In this episode, Angela uses the word “fascinating” like three times in a row, and Jeff does his best pitch to get paid by Wacom.
Broken Telephone can be found online here.
Music by Sleuth.
Our next episode will cover Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko.


The TradeWaiters 3: “One Hundred Demons” by Lynda Barry

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In Episode 3 of the TradeWaiters, Jon, Jeff, Angela and Kathleen read One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry, an “autobifictionalography.” Kathleen calls Lynda Barry one of her “must-read cartoonists.” Maybe by the end you will want to spend some time with your own demons.

Music by Sleuth

Next episode will cover Broken Telephone written by Ryan Estrada.