Cloudscape Comics featured in "The Tyee"


Cloudscape’s Jeff Ellis and Mara Coman were recently featured in BC’s alternative online magazine The Tyee:

“Since she joined the group in 2010, Mara Coman hasn’t looked back. She’s gotten involved in everything from event planning to representing the group at conventions to ‘yodeling via livestream’ to raise money for the Cloudscape fantasy anthology, Giants of Main Street, which featured a story written and drawn by her. She’s also found that the diversity of the membership at Cloudscape makes it an excellent hub for networking. Coman is currently working part time lettering manga, a job she got through a connection made at Cloudscape, and before that was an working an animation gig offered to her by a fellow member.

But for Coman, it’s the community that keeps her coming back. ‘Artists have a tendency to become hermits, making comics by themselves,’ she says. ‘I think the socializing aspect is just as important, to meet new people, to share ideas.'”

For more, read “A Label for Comics, by Comic Artists.”


Cloudscape on ShawTV's "Go! Vancouver"

Go! VancouverTomorrow, Jeff Ellis and Bevan Thomas of Cloudscape will appear on Go! Vancouver, a TV show profiling compelling people, places, and events in Metro Vancouver. Watch them at 5, 9, or 11 pm on ShawTV, channel 4, talking about Cloudscape Comics in general and Epic Canadiana in particular. Afterwards you’ll be able to view the interview on the Go! Vancouver website.


Cloudscape Interview in the Vancouver Courier

Bevan Thomas in the Vancouver Courier

Bevan Thomas at Cloudscape HQ

Recently Cloudscape was featured in the Vancouver Courier as they interviewed our board member Bevan Thomas.

“We just want to inspire our members… to really bring their own passions and their own ideas and their own ways of approaching the medium into the organization, then using the organization as a springboard to go off in their own directions.”

“So it’s this very powerful sense of community…. That’s one of the reasons why we were so excited when we got the field house, because it really allows us to expand that.”

For more information, read “Sunset: Comic Club Floats on Fantasy” by Cheryl Rossi at the Vancouver Courier.



Cloudscape in the News

Recently, Cloudscape has been attracting people’s attention, and has been featured in numerous forms of media.

On Wednesday, our founder Jeff Ellis was interviewed by Stephen Quinn on CBC’s The Early Edition radio show.

Furthermore, our latest book, Giants of Main Street, was discussed by Ryan Ingram on The Snipe, a Vancouver news blog that reports on movies, music, comics, and other pop culture.

Giants was also given a glowing review by Jason Wilkins at Broken Frontier, a comic book news site.

Oh, and in case you missed it before, here’s a video interview Alice Quinn did of Jeff Ellis at TCAF 2012 back in May:


Interview with Jeff Ellis

by Bevan Thomas

At one of Cloudscape Comics’ Wednesday meetings, I sat down to chat with Jeff Ellis, the organization’s founder, as around us numerous fellow cartoonists worked on their own projects.

Jeff Ellis

In many ways, Jeff’s appearance captures the archetype of the “geek” in the best possible way; a slim, bespectacled bright-eyed man with a mouth rarely far from a gentle smile. He is approachable and unassuming, even shy, and yet when he speaks, his words are confident, thoughtful, and earnest. Dedicated to his own projects, but always interested in the works of others, welcoming to new associates but always loyal to old ones; perhaps he above anyone else embodies the creativity and openness of Cloudscape.

“You’ve spent most of your life in Vancouver?” I asked.

“Yeah. I grew-up here. Though I did live for two and a half years in Japan, from 2004 to 2007.”

“What made you decide to go to Japan?”

At this question, Jeff dropped his gaze in slight embarrassment. “I wanted a fresh start.”

“A fresh start?”

“I’d graduated from college,” Jeff began, “a three-year program in graphic design, and couldn’t find a job. Any art job, I mean. I was working retail and was sick of it; I wanted a change. A friend of mine had gone to Japan before and had found it easy to get a teaching job; so she suggested I give it a shot.”

“Did you have an interest in Japan before talking with your friend?”

“Sure. Actually, I was studying the Japanese language at the time. I had been unemployed for a few months and another friend had recommended that I take a class since it would add structure to my life.”

“Yeah, it is really important to incorporate structure if your life is otherwise without it,” I said. “You must have adapted well to Japan, considering how long you stayed there. What about the country did you love the most?”

“I loved riding the trains to and from work; the subway and light rail system there is amazing!” Jeff smiled dreamily. “I also really loved that there were ancient Shinto shrines everywhere. If you ever needed a quiet place to meditate, there was always one nearby. Oh and the food; Japanese food is great! And I ain’t just talkin’ about sushi.” He laughed. “I loved oyako-don, tako-yaki, and yaki-nikku. I guess in general I loved the peace and tranquillity, and that everyday seemed a new adventure.”