The TradeWaiters 58: “The Calvin & Hobbes 10th Anniversary Book” by Bill Watterson

Is Calvin a reflection on the inner child? This is one of many questions raised as we read The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson. Calvin and Hobbes are a big part of comics past and present. We reflect on the nostalgia, the history, and the craft of one of the greatest newspaper comics of all times.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Garfield by Jim Davis
The Far Side by Gary Larson
Real Life Adventures by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich
Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
Peanuts by Charles Shultz
Rex Morgan, M.D. by Terry Beatty
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
Krazy Kat by George Herriman
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Boy’s Club by Matt Furie
Gunshow by K.C. Green
Fortune and Glory by Brian Michael Bendis
Stitches by David Small
Nancy by Olivia Jaimes
Rocky directed by John G. Avildsen
Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz
Neo Genesis Evangelion directed by Hideaki Anno
and Stripped directed by Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
and Crossroads by Jeff Ellis

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Come Prima by Alfred.

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Swan Song – XS Noize

XS Noize’s Michael Barron gave a fantastic review of Cloudscape’s Swan Song anthology:

From its 12” by 12” size and with each story title contained inside a vinyl image; the connection to tangible and superb quality music is superb. Just this musical knowledge alone is blissful enlightenment; the stories will blow your mind…

For the love of music, creativity and motivation; this collection of stories by Swan Song by the Cloudscape Comics Society is an essential read for anyone galvanized by music.

For the full review, visit the XS Noize website.


This Week in Comics – Two new Kickstarters from Cloudscape Members

“This Week in Comics” is a new, (hopefully) weekly segment where we showcase interesting and relevant comics news with an emphasis on local creators.

This past week, two new Kickstarters were launched by Cloudscape members.

The first Kickstarter, Rise of the White Phoenix by Lisa Lindsay LaRose is a comic about a young girl named Luisa who wants to become a Luchadora: a Mexican wrestler. Luisa has been keeping her fighting a secret from her father, who does not approve, but he’s been keeping secrets too…

The Kickstarter is running until April 4th.

The second Kickstarter, Band Vs. Band by Kathleen Jacques is about two clashing musicians: wholesome do-gooder Honey Hart with her band The Candy Hearts, and bad-girl troublemaker Turpentine with her dirty noisy band The Sourballs. The gals start as enemies and rivals with a secret attraction to each other, but gradually fall in love. It’s fun, queer, and retro-inspired, with a distinctive visual style.

The Kickstarter is running until March 20th.

Active Webcomics

The following are active webcomics by local comics creators
with updates that have come out since the last post:

Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton

HalfSoul by Kelly Chen

Coffee O’Clock by Sprak

Aaand That’s a Wrap!

Got any interesting BC comics news? Heard about any upcoming anthologies? Want your webcomic showcased in these updates? Send an email to [email protected] and we’ll consider featuring it on the blog!


Currently Running Anthologies

Here’s a shortlist of some comic anthologies currently open for submissions:

AUGMENTED: (PAID) a full color sci-fi/cyberpunk anthology that examines the way that our increasingly dependent relationship with technology will shape our governments, our livelihoods, and our own bodies in the years to come. Accepting pitches for 2-10 page stories. Deadline: March 12th

Dirty Diamonds: (PAID) An all girls semi-autobiographical comics anthology centering on the theme of death, darkness, closure, endings, passing, finality, loss, silence, mortality, rest, rebirth. Accepting proposals for 2-4 page stories. Deadline: May 31st


Kickstarter News!

Things at Cloudscape have been so busy that we nearly forgot to mention that we successfully funded Chicken Soup and Goji Berries! So we will be excited to bring it to you this convention season! Thanks to everyone who backed this project, your continued support means so much to us.

Chicken Soup & Goji Berries

If that isn’t enough, we also are launching into a new project right away!

Cloudscape is now taking pledges for The Witching Hours an anthology of comics about magical women written, illustrated and edited by women and non-binary persons.  We want to explore the range of what a witch can be as well as celebrate powerful and magical women. 

Please back this project!


The TradeWaiters 57: “Batwoman: Elegy” by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III

There are two mysteries in this book, and we solve them both. Jam, Jon, and Jeff read Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, and it sparked a lot of good discussion. We talk about reasons to be a superhero, how to write in an extended universe, and the gulf between art and script. Join us as we solve the mystery of who Alice is, and why this book is structured the way it is.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Action Comics, Detective Comics, Superman, and Atticus Kodiak, all written (at least at one point) by Greg Rucka
Promethea, Desolation Jones, and Sandman: Overature, all drawn by J.H. Williams III
Fifty-Two by various
Seduction of the Innocent by Frederick Wertham
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Josephine Baker by Catel and Bocquet
The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
and Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels

And our own projects:
Wander by Jam and Sfé
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
and Crossroads by Jeff Ellis

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson.

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Three Days Left for “Chicken Soup and Goji Berries”

The Kickstarter for our latest Graphic Novel, Chicken Soup and Goji Berries by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu, is in its final few days. We’ve met our target, so it will definitely be printed! But if you want a copy, you’d better check it out soon.

Chicken Soup and Goji Berries is a bilingual graphic novel in which the characters code switch fluently between English and Chinese, while readers can keep up by the translations on the left-facing pages of the story. It’s about food, family, migration, and magic. It’s on Kickstarter until Friday night!


Vancouver Genre Writers Meet-Ups

Ever get the feeling every writing event in the city is literary focused? Participated in one too many classes and writing groups where people’s eyes glaze over if you bring up world-building and fantastical plot ideas? Want to nerd out over the specific tropes and conventions in your niche genre? Then the Vancouver Genre Writers might just be the place for you.

VGW are a group of writers in Vancouver focusing on various forms of genre writing. Though many of them are working on fantasy and science fiction, they also include writers of mystery, horror, romance, historical, and many others.

VGW holds a regular social meet-up every other Tuesday at 6:30 at 12 Kings Pub on Kingsway, as well as a monthly roundtable workshop at a quieter location to help genres writers develop their craft. Their website also includes various resources for writers. To learn more, Visit the Vancouver Genre Writers website.


New Iron Circus anthology: “You Died”

Iron Circus, publisher of such classic indie anthologies as the horror-themed Sleep of Reason and the science fiction FTL, Y’All, has announced a call for submissions for a new anthology: You Died.

You Die is for the dreams, stories and fears humanity has surrounding what happens to us after death. Ancient lore of what awaits the dead, personal tales of what people have experienced, our favorite and hoped-for post-life scenarios, the dread of the unknown, and the acceptance of the inevitable. It’s a death-positive examination—and even celebration—of a universal human experience.”

The anthology is looking for comics in numerous styles: adaptions of death myths, fictional stories of people confronting mortality, autobiographical pieces, and even non-fiction about different death-related themes.

The anthology pays $50/a page. The deadline for all pitch submissions is February 28. For more information, read the You Died call for submissions.