Jonathon Dalton


Cloudscape Cloudshops: workshops in creating comics

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 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 deciding what to include in a panel, what to leave out, and where to put everything, so that your panels tell the reader what you want them to see.
  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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New member books available in Cloudscape store

We are happy to report that two more member books have been added to the Cloudscape store:

A Mad Tea Party by Jonathon Dalton

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.

 

 

White Rat and Other Stories by Matthew Nielsen

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.

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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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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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The TradeWaiters 49: “The Witch Boy” by Molly Knox Ostertag

Get down with the magical commune. This episode Jon, Jess, Jeff, Jam, and Kaye read The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, and it was a universal favourite. The Witch Boy is a middle grade graphic novel about magic, gender roles, and defeating dragons. Our panelists also reveal their cat-sonas and talk about the Scholastic book order forms.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Strong Female Protagonist and The Hidden Witch, also by Molly Knox Ostertag, as well as Shattered Warrior drawn by Molly and written by Sharon Shinn, The Castoffs drawn by Molly and written by M.K. Reed and Brian Arthur Smith, and Star Vs. the Forces of Evil created by Daron Nefcy.
Baby Mouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Garfield by Jim Davis
Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Expanse created by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Never Alone by Upper One Games
Money Heist created by Álex Pina
The Vampire Diaries created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec
and Teen Wolf created by Jeff Davis

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

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be our fiftieth anniversary edition, recorded live at VanCAF 2018!

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Last few days for the Kickstarter for Iron Circus’ new science fiction anthology

The latest graphic novel anthology by Iron Circus Comics is in the last few days of its Kickstarter. FTL, Y’all!: Tales From the Age of the $200 Warp Drive  is a collection of comic stories about an Earth where anyone and everyone has access to the stars! It features a wide variety of stories from numerous cartoonists, including Cloudscape president Jonathon Dalton.

Six months from now, detailed schematics anonymously uploaded to the Internet will describe, with absolute precision, how to build a faster-than-light engine for $200 in easily-available parts. Space travel will be instantly—and chaotically—democratized. The entire cosmos is suddenly within reach of all humankind, without organization, authority, or limitation.  This comics anthology is about what happens next. With 25 stories and over 350 pages of comics, FTL, Y’all! is one of Iron Circus Comics’ biggest anthologies ever. 

The Kickstarter closes this Friday, so if you want to buy a copy of this great new anthology, visit the FTL, Y’all Kickstarter soon.

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The TradeWaiters 48: “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang

Listen in as Jon, Jess, Jeff, Jam, and Kaye read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. This book is a stunning piece of cartooning and an instant classic. It’s a fairytale-esque historical drama about a genderfluid prince and his fashion designer slash muse slash confidante.

TradeWaiters episodes have been sparse in the last few months, which Jon would like to apologize for, so to make up for it for the next while episodes will be released every other week until we’re caught up.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Koko Be Good and White Snake, also by Jen Wang.
In Real Life by Corey Doctorow and Jen Wang
Flight edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Nancy by Olivia Jaimes
Set to Sea by Drew Weing
Super Late Bloomer by Julia Kaye
The Flinstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
and Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote

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

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag.

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The TradeWaiters 47: “Battle Angel Alita” Vol. 1 & 2 by Yukito Kishiro

It today’s episode Jam, Jeff, Jon, and Kaye read the first two volumes of Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. Join us in the bleak, dystopian future of this nineties manga where robot bodies are cheap but freedom is not. Spoiler alert: one of the Tradewaiters didn’t like this book, and another doesn’t like movies.

Also, you are cordially invited to the LIVE recording of our fiftieth episode at VanCAF this weekend! Admission is free (and VanCAF is awesome), so come watch us talk about comics in person at 3:30 on May 19th in the panel room at VanCAF at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Space Oddity and Aqua Knight, also by Yukito Kishiro.
Altered Carbon produced by Laeta Kalogridis
Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez, & Ron Lim
Serial Experiments Lain directed by Ryutaro Nakamura
The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson
and Eden’s Outcasts by John Matteson

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Jam’s website

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

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The TradeWaiters 46: “Louis Riel” by Chester Brown

The TradeWaiters read Louis Riel by Chester Brown, which gave us a chance not only to meet our Cancon quota, but to dive deep into Canadian history, as well as a discussion on biography and the journalistic integrity of the author. Canadians can look forward to feeling nostalgic over Expos 86 and 67, while listeners from away can look forward to finding out just how interesting (and how grim) Canadian history can get.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Ed the Happy Clown, The Playboy, I Never Liked You, Paying for It, and Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, all also by Chester Brown.
Canada House directed by Douglas Coupland
Canadian Heritage Minutes
It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken by Seth
Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
Passchendale directed by Paul Gross
Sparks by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto
Mare Internum by Dershing Helmer
The Amazing Life of Onion Jack by Joel Priddy
and Firebug by Johnnie Christmas

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Jam’s website

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on volumes one and two of Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro.

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The TradeWaiters 45: “Castle Waiting” Vol. 2 by Linda Medley

In today’s episode our panelists finish out the extant volumes of Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting with volume two. This volume answers questions about the Doctor, Simon’s father, and Jain’s childhood. We also discuss the most important parts of history, fairy tale endings, where we hope the series will go next, and cartoonist death pacts.

Also mentioned in this episode:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Townsends on Youtube
Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower
Berlin by Jason Lutes
Shadoweyes by Sophie Campbell
Thieves and Kings by Mark Oakley
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency produced by Max Landis
Firewatch by Campo Santo
One Day at a Time written by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce
Night in the Woods by Alec Holowka
Materwelonz on Youtube
Roman Holiday directed by Willian Wyler

and Linda Medley’s Patreon page

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
kagcomix.com by kgros
Jam’s website
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Louis Riel by Chester Brown.

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