The TradeWaiters 53: “The Complete Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

Comics are the closest thing to the experience of remembering. The Complete Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran, living through the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, moving to Europe alone at fourteen, and returning home to a country she barely recognized. It’s one of the best comics ever made, and now you can listen to the TradeWaiters gush about it for an hour.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon, and The Sigh, also by Marjane Satrapi, and The Voices, directed by her.
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Dark Angels of Darkness by Al Gofa
Patrik the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
and ASMR cooking videos.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Why Art? by Eleanor Davis.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Ko-Fi.

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Cloudscape member creates “Nasrin’s Journey,” a comic about the Refugee Experience

Nasrin’s Journey by Cloudscape member Anat Rabkin is a comic inspired by the refugee experiences of several students from Byrne Creek Secondary School in Burnaby. This zine tells the story of a fictional Yazidi family who flee from war-torn Iraq to Canada. Students will learn about the many barriers most refugees face before finally settling as permanent residents in their country of asylum. Teachers can print multiple copies of the zine or students can read it on a SMART Board or tablet. The lesson plans help students to delve deeper into the refugee experience.

To read this comic, visit Nasrin’s Journey on the website for British Columbia’s Teachers’ Federation.

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On Kickstarter, a new graphic novel by Jose Pimienta about music and magic

There’s a great new graphic novel on Kickstarter from Cloudscape friend Jose Pimienta. Suncatcher tells the story of a young musician in Mexicali in the early 2000s. When she discovers her grandfather’s soul is trapped inside his old guitar, she takes it upon herself to find a way to save him. Meanwhile, she also aims to be in a unique local band with big dreams to be part of the current movement of bands across the country of Mexico. To learn more, check out the Suncatcher Kickstarter page.

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Kickstarter: “Turn the Page,” a picture book where YOU get to be the hero

Evan Waterman, Cloudscape member and manager of our website, has just released Turn the Page on Kickstarter. Turn The Page is a 32 page, kid-friendly, picture book with a goal of getting the reader to “turn the page” to help advance the story. Many stories feature interesting characters and a fun plot, but few achieve a real connection with the child reading them. Turn The Page encourages that connection. By directly engaging with the the book, readers will see their actions have an actual impact on the story itself. They get to help save the day! To buy the book and numerous other goodies, visit the Turn the Page Kickstarter.

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Local Haunts: Strange Stories from Our Hometowns

Call for submission for a new comics anthology. Local Haunts will focus on obscure creepy stories from the cartoonists’ own community: “ghost, cryptid, and spooky stories from hometowns around the world. A ghostly figure that haunts the town’s oldest graveyard, the house everyone knows to avoid, the trails no one takes after dark… we want the stories no one outside your hometown really knows about, but should.”

Do you know of a good local ghost or monster story that you think more people should know about? Then visit the Local Haunts website for more information and check out @localhauntsbook on Twitter. Deadline for all pitch submissions is September 25.

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The TradeWaiters 52: “I Kill Giants” by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura

Today’s episode is about unreliable narrators. Also it’s about I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura. Barbara is a troubled middle schooler who may or may not kill giants, and Jess, Jon, Jeff, and Jam have a lot to talk about as we dive into this story. Unless we don’t. We might decide to talk about pastel goths vs. soft bois instead. There may be a movie adaptation of this book, which you may have heard of, but we haven’t seen it so we can’t say.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Action Comics, and Ben 10, all written by Joe Kelly.
Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill
Tonoharu by Lars Martinson
Long Exposure by Mars
Amelie directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Neon Genesis Evangelion directed by Hideaki Anno
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
and the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Jam’s comics
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Ko-Fi.

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New Graphic Novels available in the Cloudcape store

We are excited to announce that more graphic novels by our members can be bought from the Cloudscape store:

Teach English in Japan

Story by Jonathon Dalton & Jeff Ellis, art by Jeff Ellis

A dramedy about the trials and tribulations of experiencing a new country. James Kelly is tired of struggling at a minimum wage job in Vancouver and moves to Japan to become an English teacher.  Things are off to a rocky start with some mistaken identities and bureaucracy. As well as a man named James Friesen. Watch our hapless characters find their footing in the Land of the Rising Sun. Welcome to Japan! Gambatte!

Much the Miller’s Son

by Steve LeCouilliard

Much never wanted to be an outlaw! He is a nervous young man who has never even left his family home. But when circumstances conspire to make him one of Robin Hood’s merry men, Much finds himself on the run from the Sheriff of Nottingham and hopelessly infatuated with Maid Marion. Sherwood Forest will never be the same again….

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Comic from Cloudscape’s TGD2S Family Comic Jam

On July 14, Cloudscape hosted the TGD2S Family Comic Jam & BBQ, where trans, gender diverse, and two-spirit families participated in a fun-filled afternoon of comic art. It was a lot of fun, and many of the children there  participated in both comic jams (where each person draws a panel of a comic before handing it over) and exquisite corpses (where each person draws a part of a picture without knowing what had been drawn before).

Here are some of the great art we got:

Comic  Jams

Exquisite Corpses

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Sign-up for Cloudscape’s Cloudshops

If you wish to attend our free workshops on creating comics, sign up for them below:

  1. Writing Characters for Comics, August 26: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-writing-characters-for-comics/185074
  2. Drawing Characters with Strong Silhouettes, August 30:  https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-drawing-characters-with-silhouettes/185108
  3. Panel Composition, September 6: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-panel-composition-for-comics/185114
  4. Markers for Comics, September 13: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-markers-for-comics/185120
  5. Watercolour Tips and Techniques, September 20: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-watercolour-tips-and-techniques/185124
  6. Acrylic Tips and Techniques, September 27: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-acrylic-tips-and-techniques/185125
  7. Thumbnailing a Graphic Novel, October 4: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/cloudshops-thumbnailing-a-graphic-novel/185127
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