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Ikth Fantasy

A young commander, cut off from the bulk of his army and pursued by a murderous enemy, must make a difficult choice: abandon his wounded soldiers and attempt to escape, or risk a likely death fighting alongside them and hope that reinforcements arrive in time.

“The Saviour” is a standalone story in an ongoing series set in the fantasy world of Ikth, by Paul & Jesse Brown.  Check out patreon.com/ikthfantasy for more Ikth Fantasy releases, including comics, art, and podcasts.

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A note from Jeff on ‘Swan Song’ 1

Hey guys,

Jeff here. The guy who started pushing this crazy train until it picked up it’s own momentum. Some of you may have already seen our latest call for submissions, and I know many of you have had comments and questions. The two main one being; “I don’t think I can write a script in one month”, and “Is this the end of Cloudscape Comics?”.

I have two great answers to this. First, one month is not enough time, and we have decided to extend submissions into the end of November. Second, no, Cloudscape is not ending. It is however changing.

When I started this group, it was in the hopes of building a larger, more vibrant comic community, and to hopefully promote the works of the many talented comickers and cartoonists in the city of Vancouver. A goal I think we have been extremely successful at. I’ve been extremely proud to see early contributors like Angela Melick, Jordyn Bochon, Steve LeCouilliard and Johnnie Christmas have their careers take off in new and exciting projects outside of Cloudscape.

Over the years we’ve seen our Wednesday meet-ups grow beyond the capacity of the Grind cafe and the new opportunities presented by the Parks Board Field House program has allowed us to vastly expand what we do as an organization. Cloudscape has also been very successful at getting grant money from the city and province to run new and exciting programs like ‘Comics in the Clouds’ to teach comic making to youth and ‘Comics in Transit’ to put comic into public spaces.

Cloudscape has been playing host to a weekly meet-up for almost a decade, but on top of that we’ve also began monthly board game socials, and life drawing sessions and have been heavily involved in the workings and events surrounding the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. We are teaching comics classes, and doing public art events. We’ve also launched the personal projects of some of our membership with titles like Una the Blade, Last Night at Wyrmwood High, and the Epic Canadiana series. In short we have expanded far beyond our initial mandate.

The Cloudscape board has multiple projects and events to manage now, and overseeing an annual anthology in addition to that has become difficult. It has also occasionally been a source for friction. As Cloudscape starts to fall into the role of publisher (in fact, we are the largest comic book publisher in BC), the lines between friends having coffee on a Wednesday night and editors overseeing artist have become more and more blurred. There can sometimes be a feeling that putting in enough time socializing at Cloudscape meetings guarantees you a spot in the anthology. Or worse, that there is nepotism within the board as far as what stories get accepted for the books. For these reasons, the anthologies have caused rifts within the community we are trying to build and maintain.

That is why we are ending our annual board-run anthologies, replacing them with anthologies (and other graphic novels) spearheaded by individual Cloudscape members. The original anthologies built Cloudscape Comics and gave many artists their start, but it is time to switch gears to what will be better suit our new status, and help us grow in directions we never thought possible. Making all future books organized by individual members rather than Cloudscape as a whole will relieve pressure on the board to do an anthology every year, and allow the board to instead focus on publishing the works of numerous creative BC individuals without fear of dividing the community.

More than anything, this is an opportunity for people in the BC comics community to step in as creative leads! The Cloudscape board will still oversee the events and activities that foster a vibrant comic-making community, and we will still continue to apply for funding grants and lend our knowledge and assistance to anyone trying to make their projects a reality. However, all future Cloudscape publishing will be selected on a project-by-project basis. This means that individual or teams will apply to the board for funding and assistance for relevant projects, and, if approved, it will be the job of that particular individual or team to see the project through to completion.

Beyond the initial funding approval, all other creative decisions will be left up to them, including picking the artists and approving the stories. It is our hope to continue publishing all manner of comic books, and details on how to pitch a comic project to Cloudscape will be posted in 2017. We are definitely interested in publishing more anthology projects as long as someone not on the board is willing to act as the main editor and be the main drive behind it.

So this is an exciting time. We’d love for you to be a part of our ‘Swan Song’ and if history has shown me anything, it’s that this will be our best book yet!

cheers,

Jeff

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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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TCAF 2016

Come grab the latest Cloudscape books from Steve LeCouilliard, Kathleen Gros and the rest of the Cloudscape crew at Q2 and Q3 this weekend at the Toronto reference library!

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Book Launch for “Last Night at Wyrmwood High” on March 3rd

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We at Cloudscape are excited to announce the official launch of Last Night at Wyrmwood High, a tale by Kathleen Gros that’s full of wit, witches, and other things that start with “W.” This story stars three teenage monsters: a vampire, a werewolf, and a lizard-girl, who are about to graduate their monster high school and decide to perform one last prank just before they leave… but things aren’t as easy as they think. Wyrmwood High has been serialized on the Internet as a webcomic over the past year and now has achieved its final form as a beautifully printed book: Cloudscape’s first single-story graphic novel.

The launch party for Wyrmwood High will be at Lucky’s Comics on Thursday, March 3rd, at 7:00 PM. Lucky’s is located on 3972 Main Street, Vancouver, BC.

Sign-up on the launch’s Facebook event and we hope to see you all there!

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Last Night at Wyrmwood High Kickstarter

Wyrmwood Secondary School has had the same grad prank for the past 50 years. This year Amber (a werewolf), Tiffany (a vampire), and Steph (a reptile) have set out to change that. The problem is that the school is cursed. And the end of school (forever) isn’t going to go as planned….

Last Night at Wyrmwood High is written and drawn by Kathleen Gros. This is Cloudscape’s first book to feature a single artist’s vision in its entirety. Our fundraiser has started at the Last Night at Wyrmwood High Kickstarter. Please order yours today and help us make this book a reality.

 

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Cloudscape Under Construction

Cloudscape HQ is under construction

Hello, everyone. Just a quick emergency announcement to let you all know that Cloudscape HQ is going to undergo some renovations this week so our building will be closed until Friday evening. All events and open studio times are cancelled for this week. That includes this Wednesday’s meetup at the HQ. But fear not, we will still be having the meeting. It will be a throw-back to the good ol’ days of Cloudscape, 7:30 pm at the Grind Cafe (our old meetup location), 4124 Main St.

Hope to see you all there, and sorry for the inconvenience.

cheers,

Jeff

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Comics in Transit Contest

Hey, folks!

Cloudscape’s Comics in Transit has begun! To help promote it, we are running a special contest! Below is a listing of where you can find our comic pages and how long they will be up for. If you tweet a photo of you in front of the comic page and include #comicsintransit in your tweet, we will enter you in a draw for a full Cloudscape comics library!

Check them out!

  • Powell 20m W/O Main NS, Sept 7 – Oct 5
  • W. Broadway 30m W/O Maple NS, Sept 7 – Sept 14
  • King Edward 23m W/O Maple NS, Sept 7 – Sept 14
  • Cambie 31m S/O W. 43rd WS, Sept 7 – Oct 5
  • Commercial 20m N/O E. 6th ES, Sept 14 – Oct 5
  • Fraser 20m N/O E. 28th ES, Sept 7 – Oct 5
  • Hastings 43m E/O Windermere SS, Sept 7 – Oct 5
  • Kingsway 20m W/O Rupert NS, Sept 7 – Oct 5
  • Nanaimo 27m S/O William WS, Sept 14 – Oct 5
  • SW Marine 20m E/O Blenheim SS, Sept 7 – Sept 14
  • W. 10th 29m W/O Tolmie NS, Sept 7 – Oct 5
  • W. 41st 11m W/O Dunbar SS, Sept 14 – Oct 5
  • E. 49th 31m E/O Killarney SS, Sept 7 – Oct 5

You can also see them all in relation to each other on this Google map.

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Call for Submissions: Bones of the Coast 1

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Cloudscape’s newest anthology, Bones of the Coast, is looking for submissions! Edited by Cloudscape’s very own Jeff Ellis, Shannon Campbell, and Kathleen Jacques, Bones of the Coast is a collection of horror inspired by the Pacific Northwest. We’re looking for story pitches that focus on isolation and spine-tingling eeriness, whether it lurks in cold pebbled coves, between skeletal spruces, or atop ancient mountains. This anthology of bone-chilling horror will feature work from such collaborative teams as Sfé R. Monster & Evan Dahm, Sam Logan & Kris Straub, and Emily Partridge & KC Green.

Pitches must feature at least ONE British Columbian collaborator; stories can be anywhere from 1-13 pages and will be in full, horrifying colour.

Head on over to bonesofthecoast.tumblr.com to learn more about the anthology, check out the submission guidelines, and submit your pitch!  Deadline is August 15th!

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