Vote for “Bones of the Coast” in the CanComicsWiki Award

Bones of the Coast is one of the finalists for the Canadian Indie Comic Book Wiki Award on the best Canadian-made indie comics of the year 2017. Do your part for Cloudscape and go to CanComics Wikie Awards Survey to vote for Bones. The poll ends on December 31st.  Then follow @cancomicswiki on Twitter or Instagram to see the winners announced in January.

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More Great Comics You Can Back

Fresh off our success with the Kickstarter campaign for Swan Song, I’d like to take a minute to pay it forward and spread the word on a handful of other excellent-looking comics that our colleagues in the comics small press world are fundraising for right now. Check them out, and consider backing them if they look like your kind of thing! Do it soon, though, because time is running out on a couple of these.


Niki Smith’s Crossplay is a love letter to a fandom. The erotic graphic novel for every otaku who’s ever had a convention weekend hookup… or just wish they had.

Home from college for the summer, a group of friends– including cosplay photographer Priya, con pal Emi, lifelong and currently-transitioning friend Lee, crossplayer Sierra, her very supportive boyfriend Tommy, and the mysteriously distracted Jillian– have reunited at their favorite con. What begins as two days of simple fun turns into earth-shaking milestones of sexual discovery, confessed crushes, and gender exploration. Over the course of a single weekend, the group uses what they love to figure out who they are, what they want, and what will make them happy.


Habibi is a new zine-style anthology featuring prose stories and comics weaving together stories of love told by Muslim women. Each piece is a unique perspective on what love can mean to someone, whether it’s romantic, familial, or even love of self.

Habibi is edited by Hadeel al-Massari (organizer, GeekGirlCon) and Nyala Ali (journalist, Women Write About Comics), and published by Bedside Press (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls).


SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 tells ancient legends in a way never before seen! From the multiple award-winning publisher of MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection comes the next incredible collection – Volume 2 of the Jewish Comics Anthology called SCI!

Inside SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 you will find 18 original comic book and graphic novel stories full of action, drama, humour, horror and romance. Edited by Steven Bergson, each story is based on ages-old tales from Hebrew culture – retold as epic sci-fi visions of the future.

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Swan Song Is Going to Press!

In case you haven’t heard the news already, the Swan Song kickstarter succeeded! We get to print our book! This one was a nail-biter right to the last twenty minutes, but with the generous support of over 400 backers, we’re going to be able to send this beautiful anthology off to the printers in Quebec soon. In the final count, we actually over-funded to $32,644. Thank-you all so much! Your pledges and your help spreading the news about Swan Song are what have made this anthology possible. I promise that we here at Cloudscape Comics will be working hard to deliver you the best book we possibly can. Stay tuned to this station for news about books being sent out to Kickstarter backers, the book (and ebook) being available for purchase online, and a future Swan Song book launch yet to be planned.

I think 2018 is gonna be a big year for Cloudscape.

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The final days of the “Swan Song” Kickstarter

The Swan Song Kickstarter ends on Saturday. This is Cloudscape’s last annual anthology edited by board members and voted on by the Cloudscape Comics membership, a process that has been a part of Cloudscape for 10 years! This anthology marks both our anniversary, and our departure from this particular publishing method, as we move onto a model that puts more opportunities and knowledge in the hands of BC creators.

If you are interested in supporting Cloudscape and making our last annual anthology an impressive one, we encourage you to buy a copy of Swan Song and other things from the Kickstarter’s various tiers.

For example, the deluxe version of Swan Song comes with fake band posters inspired by the various comics and designed by the great Kathleen Jacques of Band vs Band. We also have art commissions available, a pin featuring Cloudscape’s coat-of-arms, a complete library of old Cloudscape books, and many more . Check out the Swan Song Kickstarter while there’s still time!

from Hannah Myers’ “Booty Trap”

from Sfe Monster’s “Pier Music”

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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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Art Commissions now available in the Swan Song Kickstarter!

There are only four days left in the Swan Song Kickstarter, and we have new tiers available. You can now commission several of our contributors for new art, including Jeff Ellis (Teach English in JapanCrossroads), Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung), Jonathon Dalton (Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death & Life, Teach English in Japan), or Hannah Myers. Stop by the Swan Song Kickstarter to take advantage of this opportunity.

Jeff Ellis sample picture

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Johnnie Christmas’ new graphic novel: “Firebug”

Amidst all of our Swan Song posting, we also want to take a moment to recognize that one of our long time members, Johnnie Christmas (you may know him as the fellow who worked with Margaret Atwood on Angel Catbird), is putting out a new book with Image Comics. If you have a moment, check out Firebug!

“A volcano goddess named Keegan is loose in the world, and the prophecies are unclear whether her coming will bring humanity’s destruction or its salvation.  In the shadow of a sacred volcano from which Keegan derives her powers, lies the ancient city of Azar. To unravel the mysteries of her past, Keegan and her friends must get to Azar before it is overrun by a horde of forest monsters. Meanwhile, the nefarious Cult of the Goddess has plans to summon forces as old as time to extinguish Keegan’s flame permanently.”

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The TradeWaiters 42: Holiday Giftisode 2017

Our TradeWaiters haven’t read a NEW comic this week, but we do have a bunch of OLD comics we’d like to talk about that might be new to you. If you’re looking for a comic to give away this holiday season, or a comic to give to yourself, Jess, Jon, Jam, and Jeff have some carefully selected favourites for every type of comics reader. This episode is unusually spoiler-free, so give it a listen!

Mentioned in this episode:
How Not to Write Comics Criticism by Dylan Meconis
Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy: Disco Fever by Doug Savage
Underground by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber
Fables written by Bill Willingham
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
To Be or Not to Be and Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Lumberjanes: To the Max Edition by Allen, Ellis, Stevenson, and Watters
Batman: War on Crime and Superman: Peace on Earth by Alex Ross and Paul Dini
Arsene Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen
Minus by Ryan Armand
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Skeleton Key by Andy Watson
The Gorgeous Harbour by Mr. Clement
Letters to an Absent Father by Maré Odomo
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tetsumi
Sandman written by Neil Gaiman
Monsters by Ken Dahl
Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower
The Illiad and The Odyssey by Homer
X-1999 by CLAMP

and Swan Song, our anthology Kickstarting for one more week.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be I Killed Hitler by Jason.

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Take Home a Cloudscape Library

We’d like to draw your attention to one of the great bundles of comics you can take home through the Swan Song Kickstarter: the Cloudscape Library:

 

This is the last time Cloudscape will be able to offer every single book we’ve ever published. Robots, Pine Trees & Broken Hearts, and Epic Canadiana Volume 1 are technically out of print, and Bones of the Coast was so popular last year that it’s nearly gone as well. But we’ve managed to scrape together enough copies to offer a few sets that include these books. You’ll also get all of the books from the LP Library, Epic Canadiana Volume 2, plus our older anthologies HistoryonicsFunday SunniesExploded View, and 21 Journeys.

Check this out and numerous other options on the Swan Song Kickstarter. Only 8 days left to get your books!

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