Sadly open studio is cancelled for today. But we will still be open on Saturday.
“This Week in Comics” is a new, (hopefully) weekly segment where we showcase interesting and relevant comics news with an emphasis on local creators.
This past week, two new Kickstarters were launched by Cloudscape members.
The first Kickstarter, Rise of the White Phoenix by Lisa Lindsay LaRose is a comic about a young girl named Luisa who wants to become a Luchadora: a Mexican wrestler. Luisa has been keeping her fighting a secret from her father, who does not approve, but he’s been keeping secrets too…
The Kickstarter is running until April 4th.
The second Kickstarter, Band Vs. Band by Kathleen Jacques is about two clashing musicians: wholesome do-gooder Honey Hart with her band The Candy Hearts, and bad-girl troublemaker Turpentine with her dirty noisy band The Sourballs. The gals start as enemies and rivals with a secret attraction to each other, but gradually fall in love. It’s fun, queer, and retro-inspired, with a distinctive visual style.
The Kickstarter is running until March 20th.
The following are active webcomics by local comics creators
with updates that have come out since the last post:
Aaand That’s a Wrap!
Got any interesting BC comics news? Heard about any upcoming anthologies? Want your webcomic showcased in these updates? Send an email to evan at cloudscapecomics.com and we’ll consider featuring it on the blog!
Things at Cloudscape have been so busy that we nearly forgot to mention that we successfully funded Chicken Soup and Goji Berries! So we will be excited to bring it to you this convention season! Thanks to everyone who backed this project, your continued support means so much to us.
If that isn’t enough, we also are launching into a new project right away!
Cloudscape is now taking pledges for The Witching Hours an anthology of comics about magical women written, illustrated and edited by women and non-binary persons. We want to explore the range of what a witch can be as well as celebrate powerful and magical women.
The Kickstarter for our latest Graphic Novel, Chicken Soup and Goji Berries by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu, is in its final few days. We’ve met our target, so it will definitely be printed! But if you want a copy, you’d better check it out soon.
Chicken Soup and Goji Berries is a bilingual graphic novel in which the characters code switch fluently between English and Chinese, while readers can keep up by the translations on the left-facing pages of the story. It’s about food, family, migration, and magic. It’s on Kickstarter until Friday night!
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.
There will no Cloudscape Wednesday meetings for the rest of December (the 19th and 26th) due to the Christmas holiday. We hope to see you all in the new year on January 4th. Happy Holidays, everyone!
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.
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….
We are happy to report that two more member books have been added to the Cloudscape store:
A science fiction thriller in which Connie and Matilda Sakura, two perfectly ordinary genetically-engineered girls, struggle against numerous threats. Their parents fought a war in space against giant alien robots, but that was a long time ago. Unfortunately for the next generation, there’s a revolution brewing in Earth’s unstable political climate, and one group of teenage revolutionaries in particular has their eyes set on any Genie they can get their hands on. When Matilda’s boyfriend (ex-boyfriend) kidnaps Connie, her older sister has to figure out a way to rescue her. Even though she’s the one without any useful genetic abilities.
This bundle of comics features The White Rat (a look into the lives rats live), Why? (a semi-autobiographical mini comic about someone’s thoughts and inner struggles), The Fallen (a silent tale of the afterlife shown in powerful inked illustrations) and NJ’s VanCAF Adventure (an autobiographical retelling of the artist’s experience during the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival of 2018). Also included in this bundle are two randomly selected mini-prints of illustrations by the artist.
This Sunday, June 17, is Main Street’s Car Free Day, the biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals. It lasts from noon to 7 pm and spans 21 blocks on Main Street, ranging from Broadway to 30th, and features 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street. This is a fun, family-friendly event with kid-zones, skateboarders, funky artisan shops and popular food vendors. You can really taste the flavour of Main Street with extended patios from many restaurants.
Stop by Cloudscape’s book to see our first ever Cloudzine! We will be a special sales booth dedicated to the works of Cloudscape and its members, as well as numerous fun drawing activities for kids!
Learn more about this even at Car Free Vancouver: Main Street and we hope to see you there.