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The TradeWaiters 57: “Batwoman: Elegy” by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III

There are two mysteries in this book, and we solve them both. Jam, Jon, and Jeff read Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, and it sparked a lot of good discussion. We talk about reasons to be a superhero, how to write in an extended universe, and the gulf between art and script. Join us as we solve the mystery of who Alice is, and why this book is structured the way it is.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Action Comics, Detective Comics, Superman, and Atticus Kodiak, all written (at least at one point) by Greg Rucka
Promethea, Desolation Jones, and Sandman: Overature, all drawn by J.H. Williams III
Fifty-Two by various
Seduction of the Innocent by Frederick Wertham
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Josephine Baker by Catel and Bocquet
The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
and Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels

And our own projects:
Wander by Jam and Sfé
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
and Crossroads by Jeff Ellis

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson.

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The TradeWaiters 56: “A Bintel Brief” by Liana Finck

It’s real-talk, 1906-style. For today’s episode, Jam, Jon, Jeff, Jess, and Kaye read A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York by Liana Finck. This unusual memoir takes the advice column from a hundred-year-old Yiddish newspaper and translates it into comics. It’s a unique window into a bygone age, as well as a personal journey through the author’s heritage. It sparked a lot of conversation amongst our group.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Passing For Human, also by Liana Finck
Death: the High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman, Chris Bachalo, & Mark Buckingham
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Odyssey by Homer
It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken by Seth
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
New York: Life in the Big City by Will Eisner
Which Lie Did I Tell? and The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Vincent by Barbara Stok
Maniac directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
Chicken Soup and Goji Berries by Naomi Cui and Janice Liu, now on Kickstarter
and the Canadian Comics Wiki

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III.

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The TradeWaiters 55: “Archie” Vol. 1&2 by Waid, Staples, Wu, & Fish

Archie has continuity now?? For today’s episode, local Archie expert Kathleen Jacques joins us as we read Archie Volumes 1 and 2, the reboot written by Mark Waid and drawn by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish. We discover who has never read an Archie comic before, how the reboot reads to long-time fans, what the deal is with the #lipstickincident, and how this version of Archie compares to a certain TV series.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples
Dead Guy Fan Club by Annie Wu
Mega Man, Dexter’s Lab, and Sonic, drawn by Ryan Jampole
Sabrina the Teenage Witch by George Gladir and Dan DeCarlo and Josie and the Pussycats by Dan DeCarlo
Degrassi Extra Credit #4: Safety Dance by J. Torres and Steve Rolston
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules by Tony Cliff
The Hchom Book by Marian Churchland
We’re Still Here edited by Tara Avery and Jeanne Thornton
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Shonen Jump
Softr by James Brandi
The Sneaky Dragon with guest Dan Parent
and Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

And our own projects:
Band Vs. Band by Kathleen Jacques
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on A Bintel Brief by Liana Finck.

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The TradeWaiters 54: “Why Art?” by Eleanor Davis

Why Art? by Eleanor Davis is a meditation on what art means for the artist and for society. This surreal story isn’t one that can be easily pinned down, but it is complex and insightful, and Jess, Jam, Jeff, and kgros will spend some time unpacking it with you. Read it, listen in, and decide if you want it on YOUR fantasy football curriculum vitae.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Stinky, Flop to the Top, Libby’s Dad, You and a Bike and a Road, and How to Be Happy, also by Eleanor Davis
Frontier published by Youth in Decline
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Saberia by the students at Guilford Secondary School
To Kill a Dragon directed by Mark Zakharov
and Anne written by Moira Walley-Beckett.

And our own projects:
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Archie volumes 1 & 2 by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, and Veronica Fish.

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The TradeWaiters 53: “The Complete Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

Comics are the closest thing to the experience of remembering. The Complete Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran, living through the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, moving to Europe alone at fourteen, and returning home to a country she barely recognized. It’s one of the best comics ever made, and now you can listen to the TradeWaiters gush about it for an hour.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon, and The Sigh, also by Marjane Satrapi, and The Voices, directed by her.
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Dark Angels of Darkness by Al Gofa
Patrik the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
and ASMR cooking videos.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Why Art? by Eleanor Davis.

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The TradeWaiters 52: “I Kill Giants” by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura

Today’s episode is about unreliable narrators. Also it’s about I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura. Barbara is a troubled middle schooler who may or may not kill giants, and Jess, Jon, Jeff, and Jam have a lot to talk about as we dive into this story. Unless we don’t. We might decide to talk about pastel goths vs. soft bois instead. There may be a movie adaptation of this book, which you may have heard of, but we haven’t seen it so we can’t say.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Action Comics, and Ben 10, all written by Joe Kelly.
Americus by M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill
Tonoharu by Lars Martinson
Long Exposure by Mars
Amelie directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Neon Genesis Evangelion directed by Hideaki Anno
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
and the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Jam’s comics
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

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New Graphic Novels available in the Cloudcape store

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….

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The TradeWaiters 51: “Fante Bukowski” by Noah Van Sciver

It’s like Goofus without Gallant. For this episode we read Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver, a short, indie graphic novel about a failed writer who is basically the worst. Check out the book and then listen in to find out what Jess, Jon, and Jeff thought about it. We’ve got plenty of good writers’ tips to share, like don’t die, and manage your moose anger.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Blammo, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, and My Hot Date, also by Noah Van Sciver
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Goofus and Gallant by Gary Cleveland Myers
Jon by Gale Galligan
Toast of London and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace written by Matt Berry
and Noah Van Sciver’s blog.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.

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Arts Profile on Jeff Ellis by Langara College

Jeff Ellis is not only Cloudscape founder but also one of the main teachers at Langara College’s Graphic Novel program. This week he was profiled on the Langara College’s website:

“Jeff has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember, but his interest intensified in high school, when he became an avid comic reader and filled his notebooks with his favourite characters. In creating his own work, Jeff draws on real experience or anecdotes.

‘I try to bring a strong sense of character into my work,’ he says. ‘The better I know my characters, the easier it is to know what they would do or how they would react.’”

To read more, visit Arts Profile: Jeff Ellis on the Langara website.

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The TradeWaiters 50: Live at VanCAF 2018: “How to Hook Your Friends on Comics”

Anyone can be a comics reader. That’s an oft-repeated theme on the TradeWaiters. And it became the guiding mantra of our first-ever LIVE episode, recorded at this year’s VanCAF. On “How to Hook Your Friends on Comics,” Jon, Jeff, Jam, and Jess will share four books that YOU can use to get more people reading comics, and offer some advice on what hooking someone on comics really means.

Our picks this week were:
the Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon books by Mo Willems
Bone by Jeff Smith
Yotsuba& by Kiyohiko Azuma
and Acme Novelty Library #18 by Chris Ware

Also mentioned in this episode:
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
Li’l Abner by Al Capp
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Sparks by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Spiderman by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Quimby the Mouse by Chris Ware
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Hostage and Pyongyang: a Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
Feast for a King by Kosmicdream
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back adapted by Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson, & Carlos Garzon
Rick and Morty adapted by Marc Ellerby and C.J. Cannon
Steven Universe adapted by Jeremy Sorese and Coleman Engle
Home by Marc Michaud and Daniel Michaud
Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye
and Pegasus and Bellerophon by Anna Bron

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
It’s Okay to Sploot by Jam
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver

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