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Word Vancouver is this week!

It’s Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, and on Sunday there will be numerous comic-related events in the Alma VanDusen Room of the Vancouver Public Library, including:

  • Vancouver Comics History (2:40 PM): Cloudscape contributors Bevan Thomas, Colin Upton, and Jonathon Dalton will discuss the history of comics art in Vancouver, starting from local publishers in the 1940s to the indie comics scene and Vancouver comics as they are today.
  • Neil the Horse (3:50): Canadian cartoonist Katherine Collins discusses her award-winning comic Neil the Horse, the world’s only musical comic book. Neil the Horse appeared in Canadian newspapers from 1975-1982, and subsequently starred in fifteen comic books, from 1983–88. Katherine was inducted into the Giants of the North, Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame at the 2017 Doug Wright Awards.
  •  Miriam Libicki (4:30): The first cartoonist to become the Vancouver Public Library’s writer-in-residence. Miriam discusses her work, including Toward a Hot Jew, which was named a top ten graphic novel of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Miriam’s comics are based on nonfiction and documentary techniques, such as interviews and photo reference, and also deal with themes of identity and culture clash.

For more information, check out Word Vancouver.

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VPL Cartoonist-in-Residence Launch on Thursday

As many of you know, Jewish-Canadian cartoonist Miriam Libicki is the Vancouver Public Library’s first cartoonist-in-residence. This Thursday from 7:00-8:30m, Miriam will be at the library’s central branch with a slideshow and interactive drawing night to launch her new residency. She’ll be talking about her career, her current project, and why she’s obsessed with exploring identity through comics. There will also be some comic jams and stereotype-threat self-portraits, and she’ll be selling her own graphic novels.

For more information, visit the VPL Cartoonist-in-Residence Launch Facebook event.

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Miriam Libicki interviewed by CBC

Today is Miriam Libicki’s first day on the job as the Vancouver Public Library’s comic-focused writer-in-residence. She was interviewed by CBC’s On the Coast and featured in an online article  where she describes her comics and what she wants to do as writer-in-residence.

“Comics are a very accessible form of literature,” Miriam said. “We are only just realizing in North America that comics are a medium that can tell any sort of story through words and pictures, and not just superhero stories.”

She will be writer-in-residence at the library until mid-December and split her time between creating comics and running mentorship workshops. Miriam will be teaching a variety of classes, including such as memoir-writing for adults, drawing for teens, and advice on breaking into the industry.

For more information, read “First Graphic Novelist Named Writer-in-Residence at Vancouver Public Library.

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Comic artist Miriam Libicki is Vancouver Public Library’s new writer in residence

Graphic novelist and Cloudscape contributor Miriam Libicki has been named the Vancouver Public Library’s 2017 writer in residence. Miriam is the creator of jobnik!, an autobiographical comic series that recounts her service in the Israeli army and Toward a Hot Jew – her collection of graphic essays exploring what it means to be Jewish – was named one of 2016’s top 10 graphic novels by Forbes.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role and creating opportunities for more people to discover the world of graphic novels,” says Libicki. “This is a great way to mentor writers who may not currently be part of the comics community, and encourage those who have family stories or burning passions to share – to tell those stories through images.”

VPL’s writer in residence program was created in 2005 and is in its 13th year promoting Canadian writing and literature to Vancouverites. This year’s focus is graphic novels, and Miriam is an excellent choice to help direct that focus.

She will lead a lively and interactive evening to kick off her residency on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the central branch downtown (7 p.m.). For more information, check out the VPL’s Writer in Residence announcement.

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This Wednesday: Incite with Jillian Tamaki and Guy Delisle

Just reminding everyone that this Wednesday, two comic creators will be reading from their graphic novels at the Vancouver Public Library:

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.
NOTE: One change to what we said before is that we will still be having a regular Cloudscape meeting on that Wednesday. So if you would rather stop by the studio than the public library, then you can totally show-up.
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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.

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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.
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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.

 

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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.

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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

For:

Comic fans of all ages

When:

Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Where:
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.

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