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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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Finding Cloudscape artists at VanCAF

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival has released its floor plan so you can see where all the artist tables will be for 2018! Here’s where you’ll find various Cloudscape contributors:

Table Exhibitor Name Room
B4 Miriam Libicki Exhibition Hall
C8 Lindsay Ishiro Exhibition Hall
D7 Sfé R. Monster Exhibition Hall
D8 Abby Howard Exhibition Hall
D9 Jam (Wasted Talent) Exhibition Hall
D11 kgros Exhibition Hall
D11 James Brandi Exhibition Hall
E8 Gurukitty Studios Exhibition Hall
F1 Alina Pete Exhibition Hall
F2 Sam Logan Exhibition Hall
F3 & F4 Camilla d’Errico Exhibition Hall
F8 Jason Turner Exhibition Hall
G1 Cloudscape Comics Gym
G2 Hannah Lou Myers Gym
G2 Kris Sayer Gym
G3 Christian Haruki Lett Gym
H4 Jess Pollard Gym
H4 Simon Roy Gym
H7 Steve Rolston Gym
H9 Eric Zawadzki Gym
I2 Ian Boothby Gym
I2 Nina Matsumoto Gym
I3 Kathleen Jacques Gym
I6 Sean Karemaker Gym
 J11 Jonathon Dalton Gym
K5 Reetta Linjama Gym
K7 Renee Nault Gym
L12 Reb Erlik Lucky’s Lounge
N1 Lisa Lindsay Art Gym
N7 Yuriy Plisenko Gym
O1 Johnnie Christmas Gym
O5 Colin Upton Comics Gym
O7 Nemo Balkanski Gym

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Vancouver Comics Art Festival 2018

It’s almost time for the Vancouver Comics Art Festival. VanCAF is Vancouver’s biggest celebration of independent and self-published comics, where numerous comic creators sell their graphic novels, create art, and discuss numerous elements of the comics medium. It is a wonderful way to connect to the local comics community and to meet all your favourite comics creators in person. Cloudscape always has its own booth at VanCAF, and many Cloudscape artists will have their table as well, including Alina Pete (Were Geek), Angela Melick (Wasted Talent), Colin Upton (Post-Modern Minicomics), Jonathon Dalton (Lords of Death & LifeMad Tea Party), Kathleen Gros (Last Night at Wyrmwood High), Kathleen Jacques (Band vs Band), Nina Matsumoto (Sparks, Simpsons), Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung), and Sean Karemaker (Feast of Fields). 

 

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Exhibitor applications now open for VanCAF 2018

Exhibitor applications are now open for VanCAF 2018. If you are a local creator of indie comics, we strongly recommend you get a table.

The Vancouver Comics Art Festival has been running annually since 2012, the most prominent Vancouver event focusing on independent comics and comic creators. It has attracted both exhibitors and comic fans from all over North America, and many indie comic creators find that sales of their books at VanCAF far surpass that of most other comic events. Cloudscape Comics has always had a prominent presence at this festival, and we’re really looking forward to exhibiting there next year.

For more information, visit the Exhibitor Application section of the VanCAF website.

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VanCAF After Party

Once the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival ends, Cloudscape Comics & VanCAF present the official VanCAFter party this Sunday at the EXP Restaurant + Bar on 309 West Pender Street in downtown Vancouver.

From 6pm until 7:30pm, all VanCAF artists are invited to a private EXP party celebrating comic artists writers and creators! Then after 7:45pm we swing open the doors to all con-goers and lovers of comics!

Comic trivia will begin at 8pm with some cool prizes to the winners! So bring your comic nerd crew and play some trivia while enjoying our two exclusive VanCAFter Party drinks: the Last Panel and Blue Pencil.

Hope to see you there!

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VanCAF is this weekend!

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is this weekend, Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21, at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yale Town. This is Vancouver’s biggest comic convention dedicated to indie comics, self-publishers, and individual creators, and, as always, Cloudscape is prominent featured. We have our own tables (table H5 in the gym) and numerous prominent Cloudscape contributors (Jonathon Dalton, Steve LeCouilliard, Johnny Christmas, Nina Matsumoto, Kathleen Jacques, Alina Pete, and more) have their own tables as well. Many of our contributors will also be giving talks and workshops on the various parts of the comic process.

If you want to get more involved in Vancouver’s comic scene, discover exciting new indie comics, and chat with your favourite creators face-to-face, then you should stop on by.

Hope to see you all at VanCAF!

 

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The TradeWaiters 17: The CAF Episode (TCAF & VanCAF 2016)

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Episode 17 is our “CAF” episode! Join Jon, Jeff, Kathleen, Angela, and special guest Sfé R. Monster as they share some of the best new comics they found at TCAF and VanCAF 2016.

In this episode our panelists talk about:
When You Grow Up by Ma’at Crook
My Sister’s Voice by Alexis Sugden
Clear Quartz by Joamette Gil
(Tr)Eat Yoself by Wai Khan
Before the Snows Come by Kat Verhoeven
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson & Troy Little
Friends and Food Stories by Joslin Chan, Roberta Chang, and Sylvia Chan
Desolation by Jade McGilvray
Journey to Oz by Arianna Mao
Four Fables by Maëlle Doliveux
Sky Gods by Leda Zawacki
Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire by Jane Mai & An Nguyen
Hotel Positano by Levi Hastings
Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis
Sad Boy Comix by Mike Dawson
Version 002 by Jake Wyatt
Late Bloomer by Maré Odomo
Twins by Kiku Hughes
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Escargoteric by Johnny Herber

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud, and we now have a Twitter feed as well.

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VanCAF 2016

This weekend is the Vancouver Comics Art Festival at the Roundhouse in Yaletown! VanCAF is Vancouver’s terrifically popular free convention devoted to indie comic creators. Stop by to discover lots of wonderful new graphic novels, meet many of Cloudscape’s contributors, and visit the Cloudscape booth (Table F1) to grab some Cloudscape anthologies at special sales prices. Hope to see you all there!

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