Moonshot Volume 2 on Kickstarter!

MoonshotThe multiple award-winning Moonshot: the Indigenous Comics Collection is back with a brand new volume of North American indigenous artists telling indigenous stories, currently in the middle of its Kickstarter fundraiser. This volume “centers around present-day indigenous spirituality and tradition. You will see what life and wonders exist now on this Earth, the spirit world, alternate dimensions and more through this gorgeous collection of original indigenous comic/graphic novel stories.”

The artists include:

  • Artist Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf, G.I. Joe, Transformers)
  • Artist Stephen Gladue (Cree Dancer)
  • Authors Sean & Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (Lesson of the Wolf, Ajjitt)
  • Artist David Mack (Kabuki, Fight Club, Daredevil)
  • Author Elizabeth LaPensee (Copper Heart, The Observing)
  • Artist Haiwei Hou (Two Brothers, Ochek)
  • Illustrator Fred Pashe (SpiritWolf)
  • Artist menton3 (The Memory Collectors, X-Files, Silent Hill: Past Life)
  • Author Richard Van Camp (Tlicho Naowo, Three Feathers)
  • Artist Scott B. Henderson (Blanket of Butterflies, The Chronicles of Era)
  • Author Deborah L. Delaronde (Emma’s Gift, Metis Spirits)
  • Artist Alexandria Neonakis (Sweetest Kulu, Uncharted4) 
  • Artist Ryan Huna Smith (Tribal Force)
  • Artist Steve Keewatin Sanderson (Darkness Calls, Journey of the Healer)
  • Artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Little Nemo, Native American Classics)
  • And more!

Check out its Kickstarter page to get your own copy of this fascinating collection.


NOW Magazine’s Article on Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas

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Margaret & Johnnie

Toronto’s NOW magazine features a cover article about the new graphic novel collaboration between Canadian icon Margaret Atwood and Cloudscape artist Johnnie Christmas.

“He’s young, she’s not. She’s a cat lover, he’s a dog lover. He’s a modest, relatively unknown graphic novelist, she’s one of the world’s best-known writers and a Canadian icon. The collaboration between Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood is one of the least likely you could imagine. Yet they’ve produced a small marvel of a comic book project, the first installment of Angel Catbird, about a gene-splicing experiment gone wrong and the superhero who emerges from the accident to fight the evil half-rat Dr. Muroid.”

For more, read the full article: “Unlikely Collaborators Get ‘Litter-Ary’ with New Graphic Novel.”



Bones of the Coast’s Kickstarter Kicked-Ass!

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The Kickstarter for Bones of the Coast, Cloudscape’s latest anthology, has ended, and it earned $48,438 from 1,362 backers! That’s 166% of our initial goal of $29,200! We surpassed all three of our stretch goals, resulting in extra money for our contributors and a spot foil & spot gloss for our anthology. You’ve helped to make Bones of the Coast not just a reality but a phenomenal success. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our backers, Bones of the Coast will be the first Cloudscape anthology to pay all of its creators a professional rate for their contributions to the anthology.

The TradeWaiters 20: “Bakuman” vol. 1&2 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Episode 20 begins our Bakumanathon! Our TradeWaiters read the first two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it filled them with a determination to share their opinions. Find out what they really think about the Japanese manga industry, the Shonen Jump editorial process, middle school cartoonists, and Pure Romance. Making comics will break your heart, but listening to this episode will not!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Death Note and Platinum End, also by Ohba and Obata
Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
Shonen Jump
Yakitate!! Japan written by Takashi Hashiguchi
This Is Everything I Know by Spike
Island, edited by Brandon Graham
Flight, edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Bones of the Coast, edited by Shannon Campbell
All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Faith Erin Hicks, & Chip Zdarski
Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
1493 by Charles C. Mann
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the next two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, volumes 3 and 4. The Bakumanathon continues!

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

Only Three Days Left in “Bones of the Coast” Kickstarter!

bones of the coastCloudscape’s fundraiser for Bones of the Coast closes on August 18. That means there’s only three days left to pre-order our exciting new horror anthology, featuring such comic greats as Simon Roy, Renee Nault, Alina Pete, and Sean Karemaker! Pick it up at the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter page while there is still time.

Less Than Two Weeks Left in “Bones of the Coast” Kickstarter


image by Emily Lampson

The fundraiser for Bones of the Coast closes on August 18, in only 10 days. That’s less than two weeks to get your own copy of Cloudscape’s latest anthology! Though we have earned enough to finance the project, we still have numerous stretch goals we want to reach and we need your help. What are you waiting for? There are still numerous goodies available (such as original art from many of our talented contributors, and of course your own copy of our horror anthology. Pick it up at the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter page while there is still time.

Iron Circus has announced the topic for its next anthology

Tim'rous Beastie

Iron Circus Comics, known for its diverse range of indie comic anthologies (such as Sleep of Reason and New World), has announced the theme of its next book! Tim’rous Beastie will be a collection of animal adventure stories in the style of Redwall, Watership Down, Mouseguard, and other sagas of tiny critters on thrilling adventures in a big and dangerous world. They won’t be taking submissions until December 1st, so you have many months to brainstorm. For more information, visit the Tim’rous Beastie tumblr.

Cloudscape’s latest anthology is on Kickstarter!

Cloudscape’s latest comics anthology is on Kickstarter! Bones of the Coast is a full-colour, 220+ page comic anthology, chock-full of horror from the Pacific Northwest. Simultaneously haunting and hauntingly beautiful, BOTC is guaranteed to tickle your fancy. The anthology features 35 different creators from British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad–and the stories within are sure to thrill and terrify. For more information, visit the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter and order your copy today!


The TradeWaiters 19: “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” Part 2 by Alison Bechdel

Episode 19 continues the discussion from our previous episode on The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen are once again joined by special guest Sfé R. Monster while Jonathon is busy doing work or something. Don’t let the lengthy discussion on long-running Canadian TV franchises at the start of the episode fool you, this episode gets in-depth with a seminal comics work, with politics, representation, and life in general. A melancholy time was had by all.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Degrassi: Extra Credit by J. Torres, Ed Northcott, and Steve Rolston
No Mercy by Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil
Vattu by Evan Dahm
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Michael Ondaatje
JJ McCullough

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover at least the first two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with the episode after that covering at least two more volumes. We’re doing a marathon Bakumathon.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.