Eisner-award winning Simpsons artists and Cloudscape contributors Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto recently published Sparks! from Scholastic, a young readers graphic novel about August and Charlie, two cats who meet as fellow prisoners in a secret animal testing laboratory and then build a mechanical dog suit to perform acts of heroism. Sparks has gotten a lot of attention from numerous reviewers, and the magazine Quill & Quire described it as “the kind of story that, despite its zaniness and hilariously overstuffed plot, makes you genuinely care about the complicated friendship at its core…. Boothby keeps a lot of narrative plates spinning without breaking a single one. Matsumoto’s bright, dynamic, and cartoonish illustrations, though vaguely reminiscent of a certain show about a dysfunctional Springfield family, are a perfect fit with the text.”
Cloudscape president Oliver McTavish-Wisden recently wrote an article showcasing comics in BC that was featured on the BC Tourism website:
“Most visitors to BC come for the gorgeous natural scenery, renowned dining scene and local culture. But in addition to these iconic BC attractions, there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking a more niche experience. For example, BC is becoming increasingly know for a growing community of cartoonists making a name for themselves locally and beyond. If you’re a comic buff, or a creator yourself, BC has a lot to offer in terms of sights, stories and activities. Read on to gain a bit of a head start in exploring BC’s rich comic scene.
A number of artists and writers call BC home. Nina Matsumoto, Ian Boothby and James Lloyd all work for Bongo Comics, Vancouverite Sam Logan writes and draws the highly popular Sam and Fuzzy webcomic, and Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson authored Sheltered (possibly the greatest pre-apocalyptic story), published through Image Comics. Colin Upton, a fixture in the alternative arts scene since the 1980s, can often be seen walking around Vancouver and leaving behind mini-comics and ink stains in the various cafés he frequents. Also notable are Brandon Graham and Simon Roy, BC artists who’ve worked on the ground-breaking Prophet series, a comic that is proving to be critical in reviving the sci-fi genre on a large scale. And that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg: hundreds of talented indie comic artists spin their stories on our shores.”
For more, read “BC’s Comic Scene: Vancouver and Beyond.”
Just one of the many great events at VanCAF.
A reminder to everyone that Fan Expo Vancouver is this weekend, April 3-5, at the Vancouver Convention Center on the waterfront. It’s a celebration of comics, anime, SF television, costumes, and all the aspects of fan culture. In addition to other celebrities, numerous comic guests will be there, including such Vancouver luminaries as Ian Boothby, James Lloyd, Ed Brisson, Eric Zawadzki, and Camilla d’Errico. There will also be an artist alley, numerous vendors selling graphic novels and comics, and a whole lot of other fun. More information can be found at the Fan Expo Vancouver website.
Last week, our president Jeff Ellis was interviewed by prolific Simpsons writer Ian Boothby for his Sneaky Dragon podcast. Listen to Sneaky Dragon #134 to hear Jeff talk about Cloudscape, comic collectives in general, and his own webcomic, Teach English in Japan.
Cloudscape will be at the Bellingham Comicon this Saturday! It will feature special guest Erik Larsen and Vancouver talents Pia Guerra, Ian Boothby and James Lloyd. http://www.bellinghamcomicon.com/
Come by and say say hello!