A documentary has been made of Cloudscape Comics by Anto Liang, Lucky Kim, and Natalie Cheng. Take a look, and then like and share it from https://vimeo.com/263598335.
The Vancouver Sun has published a great piece about the Mokhovikovas, a family of Russian refugees who were featured in “So We Ran,” Anna Bons’ contribution to our Comics in Transit series.
“Vancouver artist Anna Bron, who coincidentally is also Jewish and was born in Russia, was thrilled to create the Mokhovikovas’ comic, in part because it raises awareness of refugees coming from a variety of countries, not just the ones most frequently in headlines. ‘I knew this side of Russia existed and must still exist, but it really did surprise me to the extent (of the violence),’ said Bron. ‘They are very thankful to be here. And I don’t blame them, when you grow up in a country where you are suppressed.'”
To read more, go to “Comic illustrates refugee family’s bleak arrival in Vancouver and hope for the future” at the Vancouver Sun website.
Our executive director, Oliver McTavish-Wisden, was interviewed in the Vancouver Metro, where he talks about Cloudscape’s history, our anthologies, Comics in Transit, and Vancouver comics in general.
“From a graphic novel that explores Vancouver’s dystopian future to a series of oversized comics that expose transit users to the complexities of life as a refugee to Canada, more and more Vancouver artists are drawn to comics. Many see the art form as a way to explore social truths — and to build community…. The Cloudscape Comics Society continues to have an important influence on Vancouver’s emerging scene. A charity organization of independent comic book artists based in Metro Vancouver, they publish local BC comics and ‘foster a community where BC comic creators can network with each other while developing their craft and continuing to push the boundaries of the comic book medium.'”
To read more, visit “Vancouvering: Growing Comics Art Scene Draws Enthusiasts.”
Derek at Comics Alternative interviews Jeff and Oliver about Swan Song. Listen to Cloudscape’s directors talk about all the marvelous elements of our music-themed anthology at Comics Alternative Kicktstarter: Swan Song.
An article on Comics in Transit, our big public art project, is featured on IVOH, and includes an interview with Comics in Transit creator and Cloudscape executive director Oliver McTavish-Wisden:
Founded in 2015, Comics in Transit creates original, poster-sized comics for display in bus shelters and transit stops around Vancouver and its surrounding cities. For its second series, the project is offering a glimpse into the lives of Canada’s refugees, as illustrated by local comic-book artists. Oliver McTavish-Wisden is one of those artists. Long before he started interviewing Jay, he was a loyal customer, frequenting the salon Jay owns in the Vancouver area. That’s how he started to hear bits and pieces of Jay’s story — about how Jay faced police intimidation for simply giving haircuts in his native Tehran.
“He was always happy to talk about that kind of thing with me. And I’ve always been curious,” Wisden said. So the two collaborated to tell Jay’s story in comic form, so that his experiences could help educate Canadian citizens about the ongoing refugee crisis, the largest the world has seen since World War II.
“Everybody knows there are a ton of refugees coming in because of the crisis. But do they know them? Absolutely not. They’re just numbers. They’re just a statistic,” McTavish-Wisden said. “One of our goals is to try and humanize the things people are reading about in the news.”
To read more of the article, visit Cloudscape Comics Depicts Refugee Stories in Vancouver.
PBS Newshour interviews Mohammed Alsaleh, a Syrian refugee who is one of the many refugees having their story told in comic form through Cloudscape Comics’ Comics in Transit. The news segment also features Jonathon Dalton, the Cloudscape artist who is helping to tell Mr. Alsaleh’s story.
Cloudscape will be on hand at Emerald City comicon at booth 1623 with members Hannah Meyers, Monica Disher, Jonathon Dalton and myself (Jeff Ellis). If you will be there then come on by and say hello!
Exciting news! Epic Canadiana #2, our second serving of exciting tales of Canadian superheroes, has won the Gene Day at the Joe Shuster Awards! The Joe Shusters honour excellence in Canadian comics throughout various genres, with the Gene Day specifically awarding a graphic novel that has been self-published outside of conventional comic channels. It is such an honour for Epic Canadiana and Cloudscape.
To see all Shuster winners this year, visit the 2016 Joe Shuster Awards.
The Joe Shuster Awards are a series of national awards that celebrate Canadians creating comics home and abroad. They have just posted the 2016 Shuster Nominations, which list the best Canadian creators and comics of 2015. The nominees for this year’s Gene Day Award (which honours self-published Canadian comics) include:
- Nemo Balkanski – The Deliverer
- Stephen Gilbert – Colville
- Kathleen Gros – Last Night at Wyrmwood High
- A. Shay Hahn – Homeless G-Men 1-3, Battle Rally 1-2, and Crypto-Zombic 1
- Various: Clouscape Comics Collective – Epic Canadiana Vol. 2
- Various: Toronto Comics Anthology – Toronto Comics, Vol 2
That means that out of a total of six nominations, we have two books published by Cloudscape (Wyrmwood High and Epic Canadiana), and one additional book published by a Cloudscape member (The Deliverer). Wow! Great work, everyone! We’re looking forward to see which of these books wins the award.
Toronto’s NOW magazine features a cover article about the new graphic novel collaboration between Canadian icon Margaret Atwood and Cloudscape artist Johnnie Christmas.
“He’s young, she’s not. She’s a cat lover, he’s a dog lover. He’s a modest, relatively unknown graphic novelist, she’s one of the world’s best-known writers and a Canadian icon. The collaboration between Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood is one of the least likely you could imagine. Yet they’ve produced a small marvel of a comic book project, the first installment of Angel Catbird, about a gene-splicing experiment gone wrong and the superhero who emerges from the accident to fight the evil half-rat Dr. Muroid.”
For more, read the full article: “Unlikely Collaborators Get ‘Litter-Ary’ with New Graphic Novel.”