Events


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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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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Comic from Cloudscape’s TGD2S Family Comic Jam

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:

Comic  Jams

Exquisite Corpses

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Canadian Comic Conventions

If you create your own comics and intend to sell them at conventions, there are a couple of Canadian comic conventions you may be interested in:

  • Toronto Comics Art Festival. TCAF is the biggest indie comics convention in Canada.  It is celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more.
  • Prairie Comics Festival. It’s a  Winnipeg comics convention in May celebrating the best in comics creation,  a great opportunity for artists, writers, and publishers to interact with fans, promote their material, sell their wares, and meet other creators. Eligible content includes webcomics, print comics, graphic novels, zines, comics in non-traditional formats, and cartoons.

Both of these festivals are currently open for application, so give them a look.

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Book launch for latest Delilah Dirk – August 10

Join comic creator Tony Cliff to celebrate the release of his latest graphic novel, Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules.  Come for the signed, sketched-in books, stay for the company.

Time: August 10th, 7:00-10:00 PM
Place: Pulp Fiction Books at Main and Broadway, Vancouver

Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules is a bonafide globe-trotting, sword-swinging, tomb-raiding adventure, the third book in the critically-acclaimed NYT Bestselling Delilah Dirk series of graphic novels. All 240 full-colour pages are perfectly suitable for middle-grade readers and up.

For more information, visit the Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules event page.

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Cloudscape at Commercial Drive Car Free Day on July 8th

Come join us for a SECOND Cloudzine featuring the works of Cloudscape and its members as well as some drawing activities for kids! July 8th is Commercial Drive’s Car Free Day. It lasts from noon to 7 pm and spans 15 blocks on Commercial Drive, ranging from Venables to North Grandview. It features amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages.

Learn more about this event at Car Free Vancouver: Commercial Drive and remember to stop by our booth when you get there.

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TGD2S Family Comic Jam & Barbecue at Cloudscape HQ

When: July 14th 12:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Cloudscape HQ, Memorial South Park Field House, 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver, BC

At the TGD2S Family Comic Jam & Barbecue, connect with other trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit families while participating in a fun-filled afternoon of comic art courtesy of Cloudscape Comics.  Children, youth and adults can socialize and roam freely among the multiple art stations. FREE BBQ and snacks provided, with vegan options available. Family means something different to everyone and we welcome ALL families who have a need/desire to connect with other TGD2S folks and resources!

Art stations will be facilitated by volunteer artists, including Sfe R. Monster, a Canadian queer artist who focuses on gender, queerness and genderqueerness in their work. Check out their work at http://www.sfemonster.com/. Other amazing artists in attendance include Oliver McTavish-Wisden, Emily Lampson, Kathleen Gros, and Christian Lett.

The field house has a capacity of 30 people, so we ask families to limit themselves to 5 participants each to include as many families as possible.

For more information, check out the TGD2S Family Comic Jam & Barbecue Facebook event, and you can learn about other events that day at the general TGD2S website.

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