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!

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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.

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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.

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New Graphic Novel by Indigenous BC comic artist Cole Pauls

Local indigenous comic artist and Cloudscape contributor Cole Pauls will have his debut graphic novel coming out from Conundrum Press: Dakwäkãda Warriors

As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he created Dakwäkãda Warriors, a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.

The graphic novel will be published this November. To learn more, read Going to Print: Dakwäkãda Warriors on the Conundrum Press website.

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The TradeWaiters 56: “A Bintel Brief” by Liana Finck

It’s real-talk, 1906-style. For today’s episode, Jam, Jon, Jeff, Jess, and Kaye read A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York by Liana Finck. This unusual memoir takes the advice column from a hundred-year-old Yiddish newspaper and translates it into comics. It’s a unique window into a bygone age, as well as a personal journey through the author’s heritage. It sparked a lot of conversation amongst our group.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Passing For Human, also by Liana Finck
Death: the High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman, Chris Bachalo, & Mark Buckingham
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Odyssey by Homer
It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken by Seth
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
New York: Life in the Big City by Will Eisner
Which Lie Did I Tell? and The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Vincent by Barbara Stok
Maniac directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
Chicken Soup and Goji Berries by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu, now on Kickstarter
and the Canadian Comics Wiki

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 Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III.

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


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Kickstarter for “Chicken Soup & Goji Berries”

Chicken Soup and Goji Berries by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu is a bilingual tale about a Chinese-Canadian family and their adventures! For the kids of the Yang family, who have spent most of their lives across the Pacific Ocean in Canada, Nainai’s arrival from China to move in with the family is a big change. But it’s not just the day-to-day routine  that’s different now that Nainai is in their lives — there’s something  different in the air, something magical. To learn more, visit the Chicken Soup & Goji Berries Kickstarter page.

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The TradeWaiters 55: “Archie” Vol. 1&2 by Waid, Staples, Wu, & Fish

Archie has continuity now?? For today’s episode, local Archie expert Kathleen Jacques joins us as we read Archie Volumes 1 and 2, the reboot written by Mark Waid and drawn by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish. We discover who has never read an Archie comic before, how the reboot reads to long-time fans, what the deal is with the #lipstickincident, and how this version of Archie compares to a certain TV series.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples
Dead Guy Fan Club by Annie Wu
Mega Man, Dexter’s Lab, and Sonic, drawn by Ryan Jampole
Sabrina the Teenage Witch by George Gladir and Dan DeCarlo and Josie and the Pussycats by Dan DeCarlo
Degrassi Extra Credit #4: Safety Dance by J. Torres and Steve Rolston
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules by Tony Cliff
The Hchom Book by Marian Churchland
We’re Still Here edited by Tara Avery and Jeanne Thornton
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Shonen Jump
Softr by James Brandi
The Sneaky Dragon with guest Dan Parent
and Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

And our own projects:
Band Vs. Band by Kathleen Jacques
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 A Bintel Brief by Liana Finck.

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

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Much the Miller’s Son: The Doomsday Book

Coming later in 2019, Cloudscape will be publishing the definitive version of Steve LeCouilliard’s Robin Hood series Much the Miller’s Son.


Much the Miller’s Son is a minor character from the original tales of Robin Hood, but in this story he becomes our point of view character. The usual gang is there; Robin, Marion, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and Little John, but each with a new and subversive spin on the original. In this comic Steve combines a Bande Dessinee aesthetic with raunchy humour and a revisionist historical sensibility. Much the Miller’s Son is a comedy, with the plot moved along by ridiculous characters working at cross purposes. It is full of visual gags, wacky twists, crude humour and slapstick with a comedy structure that wouldn’t be out of place in Medieval theatre. If Chaucer wrote Bugs Bunny cartoons, they might come out something like Much the Miller’s Son.

Steve began working on Much the Miller’s Son in 2007, and has self-published three volumes over the years, including the Xeric-winning Robin’s Seven. The Doomsday Book will include a brand new chapter as all of the Sheriff’s schemes come to fruition. Steve is currently re-posting the pages as they get coloured on his Tumblr and on Instagram. You can follow along with the misadventures there, and stay tuned there or here for more news as we get ready for a Kickstarter campaign some time in 2019.

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