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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 contest

Our Comics in Transit comics are  currently appearing in bus shelters all over Vancouver, and we encourage you to check them out. Also, remember that we have a contest for the first people who post an image of each Comics in Transit location. So far we’ve received photos from people for five comic locations, but there are still numerous others with unknown artists that we’d like you to identify. Stop by one of the following locations, snap, a picture, and either send the image to [email protected] or tweet it with #comicsintransit. Good luck!
  • Broadway and Yew
  • Angus and West 61st
  • Maquinna and Stikine
  • Marine Drive and Cityedge
  • West Blvd and West 54th
  • West 10th and Discovery

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This year’s Comics in Transit is up in bus stops all over Vancouver!

In 2015, we at Cloudscape launched “Comics in Transit,” a series of one-page that appeared in bus shelters all over Metro Vancouver. The comics were by local prominent comic creators such as Colin Upton, Nina Matsumoto, and James Lloyd, and explored stories of numerous cities all over the world. Now a new version of Comics in Transit is appearing in bus shelters. This time we interviewed numerous refugees living in Vancouver and are telling their stories through comic form.
We encourage  you to visit as many of the bus shelters as you can and read these refugees’ tales of struggle and triumph. Furthermore, we are offering a draw for people who spot and photograph the comics. If people find one, take a photo of it, and send it to [email protected], they will be entered to win a prize, which will be given out in December. The posters are up from October 30 – December 3, 2017, and are located at:
  1. Granville 110M N/O Dunsmuir WS
  2. West Broadway 21m W/O Yew NS
  3. Angus 20m s/o W. 61st ES
  4. 8195 VANCO Commercial 20m N/O Findlay ES
  5. Maquinna 20m W/O Stikine SS
  6. Marine Drive 20m W/O Cityedge NS
  7. Nanaimo 20m N/O Turner WS
  8. Victoria 18m N/O E. 38th ES
  9. West Boulevard 20m N/O West 54th ES
  10. West 10th 26m E/O Discovery SS

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Alloy Electrum: an anthology of all-ages mixed-race stories

Alloy: Electrum is a new comics anthology seeking stories of having a mixed-race heritage. As they describe it:

“What story do you have to tell about your own mixed race experience? Think of this comic anthology as a love letter to ourselves, to the next generations of mixed-race kids, young adults, and even their parents. How did you feel growing up mixed-race? What did you celebrate? Did you feel accepted by friends and family? Did you ever feel different? Do you know anyone else like you? How has being mixed-race challenged you? And how has your mixed-race experience given you strength? There’s a huge range of stories to tell, and we want to represent as many as we can.”

The anthology pays $50/page. Deadline for all pitches is October 27. For more information, visit the Alloy Anthology page.

 

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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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Corpus: A Comics Anthology of Bodily Ailments

A new comics anthology has announced a call for submission:

CORPUS: A COMIC ANTHOLOGY OF BODILY AILMENTS is an anthology about illness, in any form. Everyone’s been sick at some point, some for short periods, some for their entire lives. We are all united by the fact that we navigate the world with our bodies, and it deeply affects the way we exist…. Stories have the power to spark empathy. These stories of illness connect us, remove the fear of the disabled and the unknown. Inspiration can be found in knowing that others have gone through difficult health issues. Telling stories like this helps alleviate stigma and fear of the unknown. It allows us to humanize those who are disabled in any way, instead of coldly viewing others as burdens on society. After all, health is a funny thing like that. Most don’t really think about their own health until it’s compromised.”

This anthology pays $50/page and the deadline for all pitches is November 22nd. For more information, visit the Corpus website.

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Final Cloud Shop: Perspective with Jonathon Dalton

The final Cloud Shop of the year is this Thursday at 7:30, the Cloudscape HQ. Learn perspective with Cloudscape co-founder Jonathon Dalton!  Spend time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

To register for this free workshop, go to Cloud Shop: Perspective.

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Job Announcement: Cloudscape is seeking to hire a bookkeeper

We are looking for a one-day-a-month bookkeeper for Cloudscape Comics. The candidate should be knowledgeable, professional, and upbeat. A love of comics a bonus! The ideal candidate will have a passion for helping our organization live up to its potential and helping sort out the books to assure we know our financial situation at all times. The candidate should also be in good standing with the various government financial agencies.

Responsibilities:

  • Full cycle bookkeeping
  • Annual government reporting (Sales Tax & T4’S)
  • Preparing bank deposits
  • Performing monthly bank and Visa reconciliations
  • Basic understanding of payroll for small business and CCP remittance payments

Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of bookkeeping principles
  • Experience with non-profit societies or charities a plus
  • Well-organized, attention to detail, and accurate
  • Excellent communication skills, must be able to fluently speak and write in English

Remuneration:

$150/month 

 

How to Apply: 

Please send cover letter and resume to Oliver McTavish-Wisden at  [email protected]. Deadline to apply is October 20th.

Only individuals who might be considered for the position will be contacted.

Thank you!

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