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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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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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Cloudscape Christmas Card Creation at Sunset Community Centre

Last Sunday (the 2nd), various Cloudscape artists helped people make Christmas cards at Sunset Community Centre. Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Cloudscape Comics featured in Langara Voice

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.”

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Swan Song – Vancouver Sun

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.

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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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