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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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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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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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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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