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Cloudscape Cloudshops: workshops in creating comics 1

Once again the comic creators at Cloudscape are offering Cloudshops, various free workshops in which experienced comic creators teach aspiring cartoonists about the numerous aspects of the comics medium. Each Cloudshop is held at Cloudscape HQ (5955 Ross Street, Vancouver) from 7:30-9:00 on its  respective day, and provides a combination of lecture and workshopping,  allowing you to both hear from the expert and put their lessons into practice. It’s a great opportunity to develop your comic-creating talents in numerous directions.

The upcoming Cloudshops are as follows:

  1. August 26 – Writing Characters for Comics with Bevan Thomas
    Learn how to build believable and dynamic characters whose strong needs will drive the plot of your comic or graphic novel. Compelling comics need compelling characters that readers will remember and care about.
  2. August 30 – Drawing Characters with Strong Silhouettes with Reetta Linjama
    Practice drawing figures for your comics that have dynamic and distinctive shapes. A good character ought to be recognizable from just their outline and their body language. Learn tricks used by cartoonists and animators to get that job done. Attendees can, if they want to, bring (digitally or on paper) poses/characters that they want tips on.
  3. September 6 – Panel Composition for Comics with Kelly Chen
    Panel composition is one of the most important tools in comics. Hone your skills at panel organization and how to place in your panels for effective storytelling. Some topics includes: elements of a page, flow, things to consider before you start paneling and so on.
  4. September 13 – Markers for Comics with Jonathon Dalton
    Learn the basics and some advanced techniques with markers (Copics, etc.) for colouring comics. Whether you use them for every page or just the occasional illustration, there’s a lot more to using markers than just colouring in the lines. Bring your own markers if you have them, otherwise materials will be provided.
  5. September 20 – Watercolour tips and techniques with Hannah Myers
    Watercolours are notoriously difficult to control but this workshop will set you up for success. Learn about the best materials and tools to use as well as methods and process that make working with water colours fun.
  6. September 27th – Acrylic tips and techniques with Lisa Lindsay
    Learn all about how to work with acrylic paints, from tips and techniques to tools and materials. Lisa Lindsay will walk you through her process including the work that happens before painting starts.
  7. October 4th – How the HECK Do I Thumbnail a Graphic Novel??? with kgros
    So you’ve drawn a bunch of short comics & are ready to dive into something longer. Maybe you’ve got an idea for a story, and maybe you’ve started scripting it, but you’re not sure how to move onto the next step. This workshop will guide you through several different ways to bring your comic script from ideation to thumbnails. kgros will show you how to set yourself up for success before you start drawing your dream graphic novel!
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Learn How to Write Comics at Langara College

Writing for Comics I & II are being offered again at Langara College, taught by Cloudscape board member and author Bevan Thomas. If you want to learn how to better write your own comics and graphic novels, tell an effective narrative, and properly balance the relationship between words and art, then sign-up for his classes at the Langara College Graphic Novels & Comix page. Classes are starting at the end of this month, but there is still time to register. We hope to see you there!

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Word Vancouver is this week!

It’s Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, and on Sunday there will be numerous comic-related events in the Alma VanDusen Room of the Vancouver Public Library, including:

  • Vancouver Comics History (2:40 PM): Cloudscape contributors Bevan Thomas, Colin Upton, and Jonathon Dalton will discuss the history of comics art in Vancouver, starting from local publishers in the 1940s to the indie comics scene and Vancouver comics as they are today.
  • Neil the Horse (3:50): Canadian cartoonist Katherine Collins discusses her award-winning comic Neil the Horse, the world’s only musical comic book. Neil the Horse appeared in Canadian newspapers from 1975-1982, and subsequently starred in fifteen comic books, from 1983–88. Katherine was inducted into the Giants of the North, Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame at the 2017 Doug Wright Awards.
  •  Miriam Libicki (4:30): The first cartoonist to become the Vancouver Public Library’s writer-in-residence. Miriam discusses her work, including Toward a Hot Jew, which was named a top ten graphic novel of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Miriam’s comics are based on nonfiction and documentary techniques, such as interviews and photo reference, and also deal with themes of identity and culture clash.

For more information, check out Word Vancouver.

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Word Vancouver: September 19 – 24

September 19-24 is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held at various venues throughout the city, this festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests. Along with numerous other creators and organizations, we at Cloudscape will be exhibiting for Word Vancouver. In addition, there will be various comic related-events on Sunday the 24th in the Alma VanDusen Room of the Vancouver Public Library, including:

  • Vancouver Comics History (2:40 PM): Cloudscape contributors Bevan Thomas, Colin Upton, and Jonathon Dalton will discuss the history of comics art in Vancouver, starting from local publishers in the 1940s to the indie comics scene and Vancouver comics as they are today.
  • Neil the Horse (3:50): Canadian cartoonist Katherine Collins discusses her award-winning comic Neil the Horse, the world’s only musical comic book. Neil the Horse appeared in Canadian newspapers from 1975-1982, and subsequently starred in fifteen comic books, from 1983–88. Katherine was inducted into the Giants of the North, Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame at the 2017 Doug Wright Awards.
  •  Miriam Libicki (4:30): The first cartoonist to become the Vancouver Public Library’s writer-in-residence. Miriam discusses her work, including Toward a Hot Jew, which was named a top ten graphic novel of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Miriam’s comics are based on nonfiction and documentary techniques, such as interviews and photo reference, and also deal with themes of identity and culture clash.

For more information, check out Word Vancouver.

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Swan Song Artist List

We are excited to announce the list of  contributors for Swan Song, the next Cloudscape anthology:

  • Alina Pete
  • Anat Rabkin
  • Angela Melick
  • Annalise Jensen
  • Anthony Biondi
  • Arden Belfry
  • Bevan Thomas
  • Drew Gilmour
  • Ed Appleby
  • Emily Cowan
  • Hanna Myers
  • Ian Thomas
  • Jasmine Shuett
  • Jason Wilkins
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Jess Pollard
  • Jessie Davidge
  • Jeri Weaver
  • Jonathon Dalton
  • Karen Shangguan
  • Kat Kelsay
  • Klara Woldenga
  • Michael McGuire
  • Monica Disher
  • Oliver McTavish-Wisden
  • Patrick Wong
  • Reetta Linjama
  • Riley Masters
  • Sam Keating
  • Sfe R. Monster
  • Simon Roy
  • Tamiko Masters
  • Yashaswi Kesanakurthy

Many of these talented people have tables at VanCAF, so stop and see them this weekend.

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Creative Ink this weekend

Remember, this weekend, Cloudscape will be at the Creative Ink Festival along with numerous other writers delivering a wide variety of workshops, panels, and talks on numerous aspects of the writing craft.  Cloudscape member Bevan Thomas will be participating in various panels as well as giving a workshop on writing for comics. For more information, visit the Creative Ink Festival website. Hope to you this Saturday!

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Creative Ink Festival this month!

Cloudscape will be at Creative Ink this month! The Creative Ink Festival is a 3-day celebration of writers, readers, and artists on March 31st – April 2 in Burnaby. It features a mix of what you’d find at a conference and a convention, including workshops provided by professional writers on different ways to develop the writing craft and panels with several writers discussing a wide variety of topics. Furthermore, there are readings by authors, displays by artists, an expo of people selling their books and arts, and even Blue Pencil sessions where aspiring writers can receive one-on-one feedback on their writing from professionals.

Cloudscape will have a booth there for all three days, where we’ll be selling our various books, including our most recent anthology – Bones of the Coast. In addition, Cloudscape board member Bevan Thomas will  be delivering a Writing for Comics workshop, giving advice on all aspects of the comic script, from panel transitions to how many words you can jam into each speech bubble.

For more information, visit the Creative Ink website. We hope to see you there!

 

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Writing for Comics classes at Langara

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Only a couple of weeks until “Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix” starts at Langara, but there are still seats available.  They are taught by Bevan Thomas, who has written and edited on numerous Cloudscape anthologies, most prominently the Gene Day-award-winning Epic Canadiana series. If you are interested in polishing off your comic writing skills, then give the classes a look. Of course Langara’s comic program also includes numerous classes in other aspects of comic creation, including drawing, inking, and lettering. You can take all of the courses as part of a full-on continuing studies certificate program, or just the ones that interest you in particular. For more information, check out Langara’s Graphic Novel & Comix continuing studies program.

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Langara College is offering classes on writing for comics

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As some of you already know, Langara College currently offers a program on creating comics as part of its Continuing Studies. These courses are taught by numerous local comic creators (many of them from Cloudscape), and provide workshops on writing, drawing, inking, and all the other aspects necessary to create your own quality comic book or graphic novel. Many classes are starting up in the new year, including Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix I on Monday evenings (starting January 23) and the more advanced Writing for Graphic Novels & Comix II on Saturday mornings (starting January 28). There is still space in both the writing classes. They will be taught by Bevan Thomas, who has contributed to numerous Cloudscape anthologies as a writer and editor, and who is the driving force behind Epic Canadiana, Cloudscape’s Gene Day Award-winning series of Canadian superhero anthologies. The writing classes will explore the various traditions of comic storytelling in comics, both how to create ideas and how to organize them on the page, as well as the special techniques to give your stories depth and energy. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a longer comic and have it workshopped with your instructor and fellow students. If you want to develop your skill in writing comics, improve your technique, and receive feedback on your work from someone experienced in the art form, then the Writing for Graphic Novels classes are for you.

For more information on the Writing for Graphic Novels courses and the comics program as a whole, and to register for classes, visit Graphic Novel and Comix on the Langara website. Please also spread the word to anyone else you think could benefit from one of these courses.

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Pulp Literature Kickstarter


Over the past three years, the fiction magazine Pulp Literature has published a dozen issues packed full of genre-busting short stories, comics, poetry, novellas, and novel excerpts. Their comics have included the works of such Cloudscape members as Bevan Thomas, Kris Sayer, and Eric Johnson. Now their company is branching into novels, the high fantasy Allaigna’s Song: Overture by J. M. Landels and the mystery Stella Ryman and the Fairmont Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou. The Kickstarter they’re using to raise the funds to publish the two books has a lot of great stuff available. In addition to the two novels themselves, there is also a subscription to Pulp Literature magazine, a writer’s journal, art prints, and more! If you are interested in supporting Vancouver-based genre fiction, then check out the Pulp Literature: Something Novel Kickstarter. It ends December 1, so check it out as soon as possible.

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