Oliver McTavish-Wisden


Swan Song: “Out of the Blue Period” by Sleuth

If you like Swan Song, you’re probably a music fan. We are now offering a new tier in our Kickstarter. Along with the Swan Song soft cover you can get the vinyl album “Out of the Blue Period” from Sleuth, a great local indie band that just happens to include Oliver McTavish-Wisden, one of our contributors. In fact, you could call Sleuth the unofficial (official) band of Cloudscape, and they provided the music for our Kickstarter video.

You can listen to part of the album at Sleuth: Out of the Blue Period and purchase this tier on the Swan Song Kickstarter page. There’s only three days to go before the Kickstarter ends!

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Comics Alternative interviews us about Swan Song

Derek at Comics Alternative interviews Jeff and Oliver about Swan Song. Listen to Cloudscape’s directors talk about all the marvelous elements of our music-themed anthology at Comics Alternative Kicktstarter: Swan Song.

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Swan Song Kickstarter continues

Just reminding everyone that we are in the middle of the Kickstarter for Swan Song. This full-colour anthology of awesome music-themed comics features stories from numerous local artists, including Sfé R. Monster (Eth’s Skin), Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung), Alina Pete (Weregeek), Angela Melick (Wasted Talent), Jonathon Dalton (Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death & Life), and others. It features 22 stories, over 200 pages of comics, which explore all the numerous forms that music can take, told across numerous genres. The book includes an adaptation of a Welsh legend, non-fiction pieces on music history and the science of rhythm, fantasy tales of song-stealing dragons, frustrated mermaids, and musically-inclined mushrooms, real-world dramas on the changing music scene and Indian traditional dance, science fiction distopias where music has been outlawed, and many more.

Check out the Swan Song Kickstarter to buy a copy of this book as well as numerous other comics published by Cloudscape and others created by our contributors.

(art by Karen Shangguan and by Oliver McTavish-Wisden & Patrick Wong)

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“Comics in Transit” featured on IVOH

Oliver McTavish-Wisden at work on a comic.

An article on Comics in Transit, our big public art project, is featured on IVOH, and includes an interview with Comics in Transit creator and Cloudscape executive director Oliver McTavish-Wisden:

Founded in 2015, Comics in Transit creates original, poster-sized comics for display in bus shelters and transit stops around Vancouver and its surrounding cities. For its second series, the project is offering a glimpse into the lives of Canada’s refugees, as illustrated by local comic-book artists. Oliver McTavish-Wisden is one of those artists. Long before he started interviewing Jay, he was a loyal customer, frequenting the salon Jay owns in the Vancouver area. That’s how he started to hear bits and pieces of Jay’s story — about how Jay faced police intimidation for simply giving haircuts in his native Tehran.

“He was always happy to talk about that kind of thing with me. And I’ve always been curious,” Wisden said. So the two collaborated to tell Jay’s story in comic form, so that his experiences could help educate Canadian citizens about the ongoing refugee crisis, the largest the world has seen since World War II.

“Everybody knows there are a ton of refugees coming in because of the crisis. But do they know them? Absolutely not. They’re just numbers. They’re just a statistic,” McTavish-Wisden said. “One of our goals is to try and humanize the things people are reading about in the news.”

To read more of the article, visit Cloudscape Comics Depicts Refugee Stories in Vancouver.

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Cloudscape at the Summer Art Carnivale

On July 8th, Cloudscape members Jonathon Dalton and Oliver McTavish-Wisden will be attending the Summer Art Carnivale at the Killarney Community Centre to create giant comic jams with the public. There will be numerous other events for the whole family at the carnivale, including numerous aboriginal dancers, such as Cree Hoop Dancers and the Git Hayetsk Dancers, as well as Fresh Roots Urban farmers, the band Oncle Hoonki, and more.

For more information, visit the Killarney Summer Art Carnivale.

When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 8th
WHERE: Killarney Community Centre
6260 Killarney St, Vancouver, BC V5S 2X7

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Swan Song Artist List

We are excited to announce the list of  contributors for Swan Song, the next Cloudscape anthology:

  • Alina Pete
  • Anat Rabkin
  • Angela Melick
  • Annalise Jensen
  • Anthony Biondi
  • Arden Belfry
  • Bevan Thomas
  • Drew Gilmour
  • Ed Appleby
  • Emily Cowan
  • Hanna Myers
  • Ian Thomas
  • Jasmine Shuett
  • Jason Wilkins
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Jess Pollard
  • Jessie Davidge
  • Jeri Weaver
  • Jonathon Dalton
  • Karen Shangguan
  • Kat Kelsay
  • Klara Woldenga
  • Michael McGuire
  • Monica Disher
  • Oliver McTavish-Wisden
  • Patrick Wong
  • Reetta Linjama
  • Riley Masters
  • Sam Keating
  • Sfe R. Monster
  • Simon Roy
  • Tamiko Masters
  • Yashaswi Kesanakurthy

Many of these talented people have tables at VanCAF, so stop and see them this weekend.

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Comic Battle: Awkward Silence

Two artists submitted comics about Awkward Silence, our president Oliver McTavish-Wisden and frequent Comic Battle contributor Rayleigh Nickle. Vote for which one you like best!

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The deadline for all voting is Wednesday, October 28. That’s also the deadline for sending in all submissions for the next Comic Battle theme: Most Embarrassing Thanksgiving. Send all comics to [email protected]

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The Other Press Talks About Cloudscape

Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College’s student newspaper, chatted with Cloudscape board members Oliver McTavish-Wisden and Bevan Thomas about Comics in Transit, Epic Canadiana, and other Cloudscape projects.

“Comics in Transit should appeal to everyone, especially students, because they’re going to be the ones taking the bus and reading these things…. I thought they’d like a glimpse into what cities are like around the world,” McTavish-Wisden said. “Some of them might recognize their own cities that they’ve come from, or they might learn a bit about their neighbours, or learn about the kind of people they’re taking the bus with.”

For more on the article, read “Vancouver Group Immerses City in Comic Goodness.”

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People are talking about "Comics in Transit"

Comics in Transit

Waiting for the bus beside one of the comics.

Cloudscape’s “Comics in Transit” keeps on rolling! Comics have been popping-up in bus shelters all over Metro Vancouver,  one-page stories created by such prominent local creators as Nina Matsumoto, Johnnie Christmas, Steve Rolston, and many more. We’ve been getting a lot of attention, including more buzz in the Georgia Straight and an extensive article in UBC’s student magazine, the Ubyssey. In the Ubyssey article, Cloudscape president Oliver McTavish-Wisden talks about what inspired him to create “Comics in Transit”:

“What I wanted to do is — because so many of the artists I work with are from different parts of the world but have decided to call B.C. home — I challenged them…. I said to write a story about a city that you like or have had some experience with…. Hopefully when people read these at the bus stops they’ll maybe learn a little something from their neighbours, where they’re from… and maybe start to know about who they’re waiting for the bus with…. I was just looking and thinking of ways I could get comic panels or comic pages out of the book format…. I’m always thinking of ways to sort of shake up how people see comics and where they see them.”

Read the rest of the article at “Comics in Transit showing commuters where their neighbours are from.”

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BC Tourism Talks BC Comics

Cloudscape president Oliver McTavish-Wisden recently wrote an article showcasing comics in BC that was featured on the BC Tourism website:

“Most visitors to BC come for the gorgeous natural scenery, renowned dining scene and local culture. But in addition to these iconic BC attractions, there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking a more niche experience. For example, BC is becoming increasingly know for a growing community of cartoonists making a name for themselves locally and beyond. If you’re a comic buff, or a creator yourself, BC has a lot to offer in terms of sights, stories and activities. Read on to gain a bit of a head start in exploring BC’s rich comic scene.

A number of artists and writers call BC home. Nina Matsumoto, Ian Boothby and James Lloyd all work for Bongo Comics, Vancouverite Sam Logan writes and draws the highly popular Sam and Fuzzy webcomic, and Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson authored Sheltered (possibly the greatest pre-apocalyptic story), published through Image Comics. Colin Upton, a fixture in the alternative arts scene since the 1980s, can often be seen walking around Vancouver and leaving behind mini-comics and ink stains in the various cafés he frequents. Also notable are Brandon Graham and Simon Roy, BC artists who’ve worked on the ground-breaking Prophet series, a comic that is proving to be critical in reviving the sci-fi genre on a large scale. And that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg: hundreds of talented indie comic artists spin their stories on our shores.”

For more, read “BC’s Comic Scene: Vancouver and Beyond.”

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