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Vancouver Public Library Seeks Graphic Novel Writer-in-Residence

Do you write and illustrate graphic novels?  Vancouver Public Library will host a resident graphic novelist between Aug. 28 and Dec. 15, 2017 as part of its Writer in Residence program. This program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens by fostering greater public appreciation for Canadian writing, providing opportunities to interact with the resident author, and providing the space, time and resources for a Canadian author to write.

The Writer in Residence will develop exciting public programs and provide advice to emerging writers through one-to-one consultations and group workshops, as well as outreach to targeted communities. This full-time position (35 hours/week) requires 40 per cent of the author’s time be spent on library programs or projects, leaving 60 per cent of the work week available for creative writing.

This would be a contract  position paying $4,250/month. The Vancouver Public Library is interested in hearing from a wide variety of graphic novelists. Whether you write comics, non-fiction, young adult or children’s graphic novels – whatever genres you choose to work in – they want to hear from you.

For more information, check out the Vancouver Public Library’s Writer in Residence – Call for Expressions of Interest 2017.

May 24 – Cloudscape HQ will be closed because we’ll be at the Vancouver Public Library

On May 24, Cloudscape will not be having itself regular Wednesday meeting because we’ll be at the Vancouver Public Library, listening to two local comic creators read from their graphic novels:

Incite with Jillian Tamaki and Guy Delisle
Two accomplished graphic novelists help the Writers Festival close out Incite 2017 with readings from their highly anticipated new books. Jillian Tamaki, cartoonist of This One Summer and Supermutant Magic Academy, returns with a collection of short comics about the vanishing boundary between the virtual and “real” worlds. Meanwhile, Guy Delisle tells the true and harrowing story of Christophe Andre, a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 3 months in 1997.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:30pm (Doors at 7)
Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch – Alice McKay Room
Free – RSVP recommended

Additional details can be found at Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas.
Remember, there will be no regular Cloudscape meeting on that date. We hope to see all of you at the reading instead.

Vancouver Public Library needs an illustrator for a picture book

If you’re a published Canadian illustrator who’s passionate about creating works that will attract and captivate readers, your work could be featured in Vancouver Public Library’s new children’s book. At approximately 32 pages, this rhyming story is for families to read together – helping babies and toddlers to talk, sing, read, write, and play.

Deadline to submit a price quote for the project is March 9, 3:30 pm. See the Vancouver Public Library announcement for more information.


Upcoming Steve Rolston classes

Vanarts Drawing Comics

Introduction to Comic Book Production
Steve’s next course at VanArts is scheduled to start on Jan 25th.
$595 for 12 classes, 3 hours each Monday night. Ideal for those who already draw and have an interest in comics but would like some guidance and advice on how to make them. In this course, students will be guided through the various aspects of creating a four-page comic, including: script writing, thumbnailing, penciling, inking, lettering, page structure, panel composition and clear storytelling. For more information, visit Introduction to Comic Book Production.

Wanting a free taste? Steve is giving a free lecture at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library next Thursday, Jan 14th from 6:30-8:00pm. Come listen to Steve talk about the different stages of drawing a comic page, using examples from the graphic novel Emiko Superstar. This is a good sneak peek at the type of stuff he teaches in his course. Check out The Process of Drawing Comics with Rolston for more info.

Sequential Art in Action

Vancouver public librarySequential Art (comic books & graphic novels) is a compelling though often misunderstood medium. However, thanks to mainstream media, it is now beginning to gain acceptance as a valid form of entertainment for people of all ages. Join Beth Wagner, our own Jeff Ellis, and a panel of several other local comic artists as they talk about their work and where they see sequential art fitting into the place of modern media


Comic fans of all ages


Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

For more information please contact VPL – Fine Arts and History at 604-331-3716, message Beth Wagner on Facebook, or visit the Sequential Art in Action Facebook page.