Oliver McTavish-Wisden


TGD2S Family Comic Jam & Barbecue at Cloudscape HQ

When: July 14th 12:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Cloudscape HQ, Memorial South Park Field House, 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver, BC

At the TGD2S Family Comic Jam & Barbecue, connect with other trans, gender diverse, and Two-Spirit families while participating in a fun-filled afternoon of comic art courtesy of Cloudscape Comics.  Children, youth and adults can socialize and roam freely among the multiple art stations. FREE BBQ and snacks provided, with vegan options available. Family means something different to everyone and we welcome ALL families who have a need/desire to connect with other TGD2S folks and resources!

Art stations will be facilitated by volunteer artists, including Sfe R. Monster, a Canadian queer artist who focuses on gender, queerness and genderqueerness in their work. Check out their work at http://www.sfemonster.com/. Other amazing artists in attendance include Oliver McTavish-Wisden, Emily Lampson, Kathleen Gros, and Christian Lett.

The field house has a capacity of 30 people, so we ask families to limit themselves to 5 participants each to include as many families as possible.

For more information, check out the TGD2S Family Comic Jam & Barbecue Facebook event, and you can learn about other events that day at the general TGD2S website.

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Cloudscape Comics featured in Vancouver Metro

Our executive director, Oliver McTavish-Wisden, was interviewed in the Vancouver Metro, where he talks about Cloudscape’s history, our anthologies, Comics in Transit,  and Vancouver comics in general.

“From a graphic novel that explores Vancouver’s dystopian future to a series of oversized comics that expose transit users to the complexities of life as a refugee to Canada, more and more Vancouver artists are drawn to comics. Many see the art form as a way to explore social truths — and to build community….  The Cloudscape Comics Society continues to have an important influence on Vancouver’s emerging scene. A charity organization of independent comic book artists based in Metro Vancouver, they publish local BC comics and ‘foster a community where BC comic creators can network with each other while developing their craft and continuing to push the boundaries of the comic book medium.'”

To read more, visit “Vancouvering: Growing Comics Art Scene Draws Enthusiasts.”

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Swan Song: “Out of the Blue Period” by Sleuth

If you like Swan Song, you’re probably a music fan. We are now offering a new tier in our Kickstarter. Along with the Swan Song soft cover you can get the vinyl album “Out of the Blue Period” from Sleuth, a great local indie band that just happens to include Oliver McTavish-Wisden, one of our contributors. In fact, you could call Sleuth the unofficial (official) band of Cloudscape, and they provided the music for our Kickstarter video.

You can listen to part of the album at Sleuth: Out of the Blue Period and purchase this tier on the Swan Song Kickstarter page. There’s only three days to go before the Kickstarter ends!

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Comics Alternative interviews us about Swan Song

Derek at Comics Alternative interviews Jeff and Oliver about Swan Song. Listen to Cloudscape’s directors talk about all the marvelous elements of our music-themed anthology at Comics Alternative Kicktstarter: Swan Song.

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Swan Song Kickstarter continues

Just reminding everyone that we are in the middle of the Kickstarter for Swan Song. This full-colour anthology of awesome music-themed comics features stories from numerous local artists, including Sfé R. Monster (Eth’s Skin), Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung), Alina Pete (Weregeek), Angela Melick (Wasted Talent), Jonathon Dalton (Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death & Life), and others. It features 22 stories, over 200 pages of comics, which explore all the numerous forms that music can take, told across numerous genres. The book includes an adaptation of a Welsh legend, non-fiction pieces on music history and the science of rhythm, fantasy tales of song-stealing dragons, frustrated mermaids, and musically-inclined mushrooms, real-world dramas on the changing music scene and Indian traditional dance, science fiction distopias where music has been outlawed, and many more.

Check out the Swan Song Kickstarter to buy a copy of this book as well as numerous other comics published by Cloudscape and others created by our contributors.

(art by Karen Shangguan and by Oliver McTavish-Wisden & Patrick Wong)

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“Comics in Transit” featured on IVOH

Oliver McTavish-Wisden at work on a comic.

An article on Comics in Transit, our big public art project, is featured on IVOH, and includes an interview with Comics in Transit creator and Cloudscape executive director Oliver McTavish-Wisden:

Founded in 2015, Comics in Transit creates original, poster-sized comics for display in bus shelters and transit stops around Vancouver and its surrounding cities. For its second series, the project is offering a glimpse into the lives of Canada’s refugees, as illustrated by local comic-book artists. Oliver McTavish-Wisden is one of those artists. Long before he started interviewing Jay, he was a loyal customer, frequenting the salon Jay owns in the Vancouver area. That’s how he started to hear bits and pieces of Jay’s story — about how Jay faced police intimidation for simply giving haircuts in his native Tehran.

“He was always happy to talk about that kind of thing with me. And I’ve always been curious,” Wisden said. So the two collaborated to tell Jay’s story in comic form, so that his experiences could help educate Canadian citizens about the ongoing refugee crisis, the largest the world has seen since World War II.

“Everybody knows there are a ton of refugees coming in because of the crisis. But do they know them? Absolutely not. They’re just numbers. They’re just a statistic,” McTavish-Wisden said. “One of our goals is to try and humanize the things people are reading about in the news.”

To read more of the article, visit Cloudscape Comics Depicts Refugee Stories in Vancouver.

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Cloudscape at the Summer Art Carnivale

On July 8th, Cloudscape members Jonathon Dalton and Oliver McTavish-Wisden will be attending the Summer Art Carnivale at the Killarney Community Centre to create giant comic jams with the public. There will be numerous other events for the whole family at the carnivale, including numerous aboriginal dancers, such as Cree Hoop Dancers and the Git Hayetsk Dancers, as well as Fresh Roots Urban farmers, the band Oncle Hoonki, and more.

For more information, visit the Killarney Summer Art Carnivale.

When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 8th
WHERE: Killarney Community Centre
6260 Killarney St, Vancouver, BC V5S 2X7

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Swan Song Artist List

We are excited to announce the list of  contributors for Swan Song, the next Cloudscape anthology:

  • Alina Pete
  • Anat Rabkin
  • Angela Melick
  • Annalise Jensen
  • Anthony Biondi
  • Arden Belfry
  • Bevan Thomas
  • Drew Gilmour
  • Ed Appleby
  • Emily Cowan
  • Hanna Myers
  • Ian Thomas
  • Jasmine Shuett
  • Jason Wilkins
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Jess Pollard
  • Jessie Davidge
  • Jeri Weaver
  • Jonathon Dalton
  • Karen Shangguan
  • Kat Kelsay
  • Klara Woldenga
  • Michael McGuire
  • Monica Disher
  • Oliver McTavish-Wisden
  • Patrick Wong
  • Reetta Linjama
  • Riley Masters
  • Sam Keating
  • Sfe R. Monster
  • Simon Roy
  • Tamiko Masters
  • Yashaswi Kesanakurthy

Many of these talented people have tables at VanCAF, so stop and see them this weekend.

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Comic Battle: Awkward Silence

Two artists submitted comics about Awkward Silence, our president Oliver McTavish-Wisden and frequent Comic Battle contributor Rayleigh Nickle. Vote for which one you like best!

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The deadline for all voting is Wednesday, October 28. That’s also the deadline for sending in all submissions for the next Comic Battle theme: Most Embarrassing Thanksgiving. Send all comics to [email protected]

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The Other Press Talks About Cloudscape

Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College’s student newspaper, chatted with Cloudscape board members Oliver McTavish-Wisden and Bevan Thomas about Comics in Transit, Epic Canadiana, and other Cloudscape projects.

“Comics in Transit should appeal to everyone, especially students, because they’re going to be the ones taking the bus and reading these things…. I thought they’d like a glimpse into what cities are like around the world,” McTavish-Wisden said. “Some of them might recognize their own cities that they’ve come from, or they might learn a bit about their neighbours, or learn about the kind of people they’re taking the bus with.”

For more on the article, read “Vancouver Group Immerses City in Comic Goodness.”

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