Artist calls from the city of Vancouver

Two artist calls from the city of Vancouver have just been announced:


Word Vancouver this week!


This week is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held at various venues throughout the city, this festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Of particular note is the main event this Sunday, at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Throughout the day there will be numerous free readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, musical performances, and more. In addition, numerous exhibitors will be displaying their work.

Cloudscape will have a booth there and we will also be running a 12:15 panel on “Comics and the Creative Process.” The panel features Cloudscape contributors Jonathon Dalton, Bevan Thomas, and Hannah Meyers, and will be moderated by Jeffrey Ellis.

Also check out “Comic Artists Present,” a series of comic presentations in the library’s Peter Kaye Room:

COMICS ARTISTS PRESENT (Hosts: Robyn Hanson and Trevor Battye)
11:00 am Chalk Talk with Lynn Johnston
12:05 pm Faith Erin Hicks
The Nameless City
12:30 pm Tony Cliff
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling
12:55 pm Sean Karemaker
The Ghosts We Know

For more information, check out the Word Vancouver schedule of events. Hope to see you all there!


Second Batch of "Comics in Transit"

comic by Jordyn Bochon

comic by Jordyn Bochon

We hope you’ve already enjoyed in the first batch of our Comics in Transit comics appearing at Vancouver bus shelters. Now the first batch has been removed and the second one is starting to come up! All of the second batch comics should be up by tomorrow. Here is the list of the list of the various bus shelters that they’ll be appearing at until November 15th:

  • Dunsmuir 15m W/O Burrard NS
  • Alma 20m N/O Broadway ES
  • W. Broadway 21m W/O Yew NS
  • E. Broadway 20m E/O Main SS
  • Main St. 24m S/O 18th WS
  • King Edward 24m W/O Kingsway NS
  • Nanaimo 20m N/O Turner WS
  • W. 16th 33m E/O Highbury SS
  • E. 41st 22m E/O Kerr SS
  • E. 49th 20m E/O Victoria NS

Cloudscape Receives City Grant for Comics in Transit Shelters 1

Thanks to a Vancouver city grant, Cloudscape Comics will be commissioning 15-20 artists to produce a series of one-page comic stories centered around the theme of life in cities around the world. This will include stories from the past and present, both fictional and non-fictional, either to bring a smile to people’s day or touch on important social issues. These comics will be distributed to transit shelters using the city’s Transit Shelter Advertising Program, and will appear all across Metro Vancouver to give everyone equal chance to explore the city and discover every comic. This project is a bold new direction for Cloudscape that will encourage multi-cultural storytelling and promote connections between people in Vancouver. Furthermore, it will highlight the comic artists and writers currently living in Vancouver, and encourage more artists to participate in Cloudscape Comics projects. This is the second grant we’ve received recently and it’s really exciting that the city is eager to help support our initiatives. Thank you to everyone who has helped move this project forward and has contributed to the growth of Cloudscape Comics!


Call for Submissions: The Chinese Students Soccer Club Project

Chinese Soccer Club


There’s a new call for comic submissions that focuses on a intriguing element of local history. The Chinese Students Soccer Team of the 1920s and 30s played in soccer leagues all over Greater Vancouver despite the racism towards Chinese-Canadians that was sadly prominent at the time. If you like period pieces, and are interested in contributing to a multi-cultural project that explores an important part of Vancouver history, visit the Chinese Students Soccer Club Project on Facebook or contact them directly at [email protected]


Remarkable Women 2014

remarkable women

This year Vancouver is embracing reconciliation through a year-long effort that seeks to heal from the past and build new relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and all Vancouverites. From over 100 nominations, twelve women were selected for the 2014 Remarkable Women poster series honouring women in this Year of Reconciliation. These women are bridge builders, advocates, and peacemakers — community makers who foster healing, support, and respect for all people.

You can view the 2014 posters on the Vancouver website. These posters will also be displayed in community centres, schools, neighbourhood houses and libraries throughout Vancouver.



Sequential Art in Action

Vancouver public librarySequential Art (comic books & graphic novels) is a compelling though often misunderstood medium. However, thanks to mainstream media, it is now beginning to gain acceptance as a valid form of entertainment for people of all ages. Join Beth Wagner, our own Jeff Ellis, and a panel of several other local comic artists as they talk about their work and where they see sequential art fitting into the place of modern media


Comic fans of all ages


Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

For more information please contact VPL – Fine Arts and History at 604-331-3716, message Beth Wagner on Facebook, or visit the Sequential Art in Action Facebook page.


21 Journeys – The Bon Voyage 1

A Comic Book Launch Party!

Where: The Ayden Gallery, 88 West Pender Street, International Village
When: Saturday, September 10, 2011 – 7PM-Late

The Cloudscape Comics Society is proud to present the kickoff for our latest anthology 21 Journeys. Hosted at the fabulous Ayden Gallery, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, join the artists and editors for a night of live music, delightful international treats, trivia, prizes and our special button commissions! Attendance is free for anyone to attend, and the full Cloudscape Anthology library along with our members’ own graphic novels will be available to purchase.

We look forward to seeing to there.


See our Facebook Event | Buy 21 Journeys in our Online Store


Intro to Graphic Memoir, Tuesday nights this fall!

Miriam Libicki is running a comics course this fall! You should all consider taking it.

From Maus to Persepolis to Blankets, memoirs in graphic novel form are among the most powerful stories being told today. This course offers practical and wide-ranging techniques for translating your life experiences into sequential art. Classroom writing and drawing exercises, as well as take-home assignments, help you develop a creative process from brainstorm to script to layouts and inking. These projects, along with group and individual critiques, will guide you towards effective storytelling in creating an original graphic memoir.

Based on Libicki’s own techniques, as well as strategies from Lynda Barry, Eddie Campbell, Scott McCloud, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, this intensive yet laid-back course is open to students of all skill and knowledge levels. The underground-comix veteran and the person who hasn’t read books with pictures since childhood, the writer who likes to doodle and the visual artist who writes bits of text in the margins of her drawings, will all find something new and inspiring here, as well as a supportive and diverse critique group that has a habit of lasting longer than the six-week course.

for more information, go here or email [email protected]