Last Sunday (the 2nd), various Cloudscape artists helped people make Christmas cards at Sunset Community Centre. Thanks to everyone who attended!
Cloudscape Comics is featured in Langara College’s newspaper, the Voice:
“Cloudscape Comics Society has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the back room of a coffee shop, and is now a force to be reckoned with in Vancouver’s art scene…. A local comic artist who’s been with Cloudscape since 2016, James Brandi, said the society has been an invaluable resource for networking and meeting kindred spirits. ‘It’s the only thing like it in Vancouver, as far as I’ve been able to find,” Brandi said. “If you are involved in comics in Vancouver, you’ll end up going through there.'”
For more, check out Mandy Moon’s article “Cloudscape Comics Floats to a Bright Future at Fieldhouse.”
In the Vancouver Sun, Stuart Derdeyn reviews Swan Song, our music-themed anthology:
“The material is delightfully varied and explores music across all kinds of genres and touches on everything from science to cultural theory, sci-fi and fantasy and even some spores with killer harmonies…. Enjoy honest expressions of why Tegan and Sara are so important to so many (‘Tegan and Sara and Me’ by James Brandi) to Emily Cowan’s wonderful ‘The Sound of Silence,’ all about not really being into music much at all. That her work selects The Young Canadians’ ‘I Hate Music’ as a muse is all the better…. As an introduction to the collective’s output, Swan Song takes flight. It’s also a perfect seasonal gift for anyone with a penchant for graphic novels and/or music.”
For more, read Book Review: Swan Song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
It’s almost the end of August, and that means it’s almost the end of Cloudscape’s summer sale! As the last day of the month, Friday is the final day to take advantage of $5 off most of our anthologies and graphic novels. Stop by the Cloudscape store and build up your Cloudscape library at a great price!
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: