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InkBot: A Monthly Indie Comics Subscription Box

InkBot (www.inkbotcomics.com) is a monthly subscription service that aims to deliver small press and self-published comics directly to your door. They’re running a fundraiser on Indiegogo at the moment to fund their operation and take pre-orders. Unfortunately they don’t ship to Canada at the moment, only the US, so most of our readers won’t be able to take advantage of this. They are looking for small press and indie cartoonists to pitch them books to include in their list, however, and for that Canadians are eligible.

Right now they’ve got four days left and a long way to go to meet their target, which is too bad because it looks like a really cool project. If you’re a cartoonist looking to participate, maybe it’s worth contacting them regardless. If this campaign doesn’t succeed, hopefully they’ll find a way to bring it back in another form. Here’s the link! And if you’re an American craving indie comics, get on this now! Miracles can still happen.

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The TradeWaiters 43: “I Killed Adolf Hitler” by Jason

Happy 2018, time travelers. In this episode of the TradeWaiters, Jess, Jam, Jeff, and Jon read I Killed Adolf Hitler by the Norwegian cartoonist Jason. It’s a short episode for a short book, but it’s a book that isn’t quite what it seems. Have a listen and see for yourself.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Werewolves of Montpellier, Hey, Wait…, and Sshhhh! also by Jason.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on volume one of Castle Waiting by Linda Medley.

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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 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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The TradeWaiters 41: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 2 by Akiko Higashimura

Welcome back for part two of our look at Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish. Jam, Jeff, and Jon have a lot to talk about for Volume 2 of this series, including our theories, hopes, and worries about where the story might be headed next. Also there’s an anime of this? But none of us have watched it, so our spoilers only cover Volume 2.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
M.A.S.H. by Larry Gelbart
The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
Cat Rakham by Steve Wolfhard
Jessica Jones by Brian Michael Bendis and Micheal Gaydos
Dorohedoro by Q Hayashida

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

The book for the next episode is currently TBD!

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The TradeWaiters 40: “Princess Jellyfish” Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura

On today’s episode Jeff, Jam, and Jon dive into the first volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura. This is the first half of a two-part look at the world of the Amars otaku and the gender-bending “stylish” who invades their lives. It’s pretty hard to be compulsively obsessed with jellyfish (or trains or kimonos or old men or BL manga or The Three Kingdoms) when the outside world keeps busting down the door. Join us from the safety of your hikkikomori nest!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Kisakae Yuka-chan, Kakukaku Shikajika, and Fruits Komori also by Akiko Higashimura
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
Sphere by Micheal Crichton
The Big Bang Theory by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
Sweetrock by Melanie Gillman
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
and Toward a Hot Jew by Miriam Libicki

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on the second volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

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The TradeWaiters 39: “Scott Pilgrim” vol. 5 & 6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

At last we’ve reached the end of our Scott Pilgrimage. Join Jess, Jam, Jeff, Jon, and Kgros as we finish off Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim with volumes 5 and 6. In this episode we talk about character arcs, throwaway plot twists, background artists, and More Kim Pine. If you’ve traveled with us this far, take our hand and jump into the void with us one more time.

Also there was a movie based on this book. What’s the deal with that?

Also mentioned in this episode:
Spaced directed by Edgar Wright
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Theo Ellsworth
Andrew MacLean
Let’s Speak English by Mary Cagle
and Retail Nightmares by Alicia Tobin and Jessica Delisle

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Original music by Sleuth.
Chip-tune adaptation by Beru.

Our next episode will be on the first volume of Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura

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The TradeWaiters 38: “Scott Pilgrim” vol. 3 & 4 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

And now, we continue our “Scott Pilgrimage” through volumes three and four of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. In this episode we go even deeper into the themes, scenes, and subspace highway dreams of a twenty-something slacker who’s not very good at playing the bass. We talk about evil exes, what it’s really like to be inside Honest Ed’s, and we finally get to find out what Jess thinks of this series. CONTINUE?

Also mentioned in this episode:
New World edited by Spike Trotman
Bones of the Coast edited by Shannon Campbell et al
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi
TCAF
Boise Library Comic Con
Yon and Mu by Junji Ito
Out of the Blue Period by Sleuth
and Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lemon Eating Boss by kgros
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
and Wasted Talent by Angela Melick.

Original music by Sleuth.
Chip-tune adaptation by Beru.

Our next episode will conclude the Pilgrimage with the fifth and sixth volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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