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Arts Profile on Jeff Ellis by Langara College

Jeff Ellis is not only Cloudscape founder but also one of the main teachers at Langara College’s Graphic Novel program. This week he was profiled on the Langara College’s website:

“Jeff has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember, but his interest intensified in high school, when he became an avid comic reader and filled his notebooks with his favourite characters. In creating his own work, Jeff draws on real experience or anecdotes.

‘I try to bring a strong sense of character into my work,’ he says. ‘The better I know my characters, the easier it is to know what they would do or how they would react.’”

To read more, visit Arts Profile: Jeff Ellis on the Langara website.

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Two Cloudscape graphic novels nominated for Gene Day Award

We are excited to announce that two Cloudscape graphic novels, Fir Valley by Jason Turner and Feast of Fields by Sean Karemaker, have been nominated for the Gene Day Award for best Canadian self-published comic at the 2018 Joe Shusters. Check them out as well as the other great Canadian comics at the 2018 Joe Shuster Award nominations.

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Vancouver Sun writes about the Russian family featured in Cloudscape’s Comics in Transit

Image from Anna Bons’ “So We Ran”

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.

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Cloudscape Comics featured in Vancouver Metro

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.”

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Comics Alternative interviews us about Swan Song

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.

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“Comics in Transit” featured on IVOH

Oliver McTavish-Wisden at work on a comic.

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.

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“Epic Canadiana #2” Wins 2016 Gene Day Award!

Shuster awardExciting 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.

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