Cloudscape is currently working on a new run of Comics in Transit, and the theme of this year is stories from refugees who have left their home countries to seek a new life in Canada. All artists for the project have been selected, but we would like to interview any refugees to Canada who would like to see their stories immortalized in comic art. If you would like to contribute your own experience to this unique take on the comic medium (or know someone who would), please contact Oliver McTavish-Wisden at [email protected].
Autostraddle is an online magazine and social network for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, and this year the 3rd Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Arts Awards have turned their attention to several comics by Cloudscape contributors!
- Band vs Band, the music-related webcomic of Kathleen Jacques, has been nominated as one of the Favorite Episodic Webcomics.
- Beyond, the queer-focused science fiction anthology co-edited by Sfe Johnson and featuring several other Cloudscape contributors, has been nominated for Favorite Comics Anthology.
Now that the nominees are up, you can vote for which one you feel deserves to win in each category. To show your Cloudscape solidarity, vote in the 2016 Autostradle Awards. Deadline for all voting is Saturday, September 24.
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!
Our latest graphic novel is Una the Blade, a tale of swords & sorcery in a dying Earth, where a single-mother barbarian struggles to defend her children from a world gone mad. It is written by Steve LeCouilliard and illustrated by a wide variety of artists, including such BC illuminaries as Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung) and Renee Nault (graphic novel adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale). The ebook version is currently on sale at Gumroad for $3.95, but that ends at the end of this month, when it will increase to its regular price of $9.95. So if you want to pick up this terrific fantasy graphic novel at a great bargain, make sure you do for the end of the month. Check out the Una the Blade page on the official Cloudscape store for more.
Remember that the deadline for all pitches for Beyond 2 is April 4! If you are interested in being in the second volume of the queer SF comics anthology, make sure to send your submission to Beyond Anthology submissions before then. Good luck!
Local comic book artist Jason Harris has partnered with writer Skip McRobert to produce the new graphic novel David the Survivor.
“For centuries, ancient unseen forces have been speaking to hermits and outcasts. And in the modern epoch, hermits and outcasts watch TV. Amy and David don’t know each other, but they share a secret. For each, their lover is their TV. When David’s dies and Amy is forced by false friends to abandon hers, powers are unleashed that will open the two to a strange New World of Mysticism, Vital Forces and Obscure Missions From Beyond.”
To learn more, check-out David the Survivor 1: No TV Left Behind.
We at Cloudscape are excited to announce the book launch of Una the Blade by Steve Le Couilliard, a swords & sorcery graphic novel of a barbarian single mom struggling to protect her children in a world gone mad.
Cloudscape will be celebrating the Una book launch on:
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
The event is free and everyone is welcome. Steve will be there selling and signing copies of Una as well as limited edition postcards and original art. Also attending the launch will be numerous other prominent local comic creators, including many Cloudscape members. Visitors will be able to purchase food and drink from the tavern, the Storm Crow’s unique fantasy & sci-fi atmosphere, and hobnob with a wide selection of Vancouver’s diverse comics community. Sign-up to the event’s Facebook page at the Una the Blade Book Launch.
Una the Blade is a dying-earth fantasy adventure in the style of such classic authors as Jack Vance and Clark Ashton Smith. It is the long-gestating brainchild of Steve LeCouilliard, creator of the Xeric Grant-winning Much the Miller’s Son, co-creator and artist of Dreadful Sirens with writer Karla Pacheco, and a 12-year veteran of the animation industry. He is joined in Una by a parade of comic artist greats: Simon Roy, Katie Shanahan, Tess Fowler, Renee Nault, Chris Johnston, Michael Stearns, Claudia Aguirre, and Sloane Leong.
Sadly, Cloudscape’s treasurer, Jonathon Dalton, has stepped down. He has been extensively involved with Cloudscape since the very beginning, serving as the organization’s first vice-president and then treasurer. However, he is an insanely busy guy, so has had to step down from the board. He will be missed.
However, we are very excited to announce our new treasurer, Anat Rabkin. She is a dedicated webcartoonist and accountant, and we are sure she’ll be a great addition to the Cloudscape board of directors. Welcome aboard, Anat!
Hey everyone! You may have noticed the downed website over the last couple of weeks, and this brand new, shiny one that replaced it! It still has some bugs which we are working hard to fix. Thank-you all for your patience thus far!
Friendly reminder – if you are a Cloudscape Member or a Contributor to one of our anthologies, and you haven’t sent in your Artist Bio or Comic Info, you can review the requirements here. Please send your information to your friendly webmaster, me!
- Image height 300px, width 150px, 72dpi
- Name of artist
- Main website or contact link
- Up to 3 social media/other related links
- Status (can include 0-4 of these options)
-Mentor (if you are willing to mentor aspiring artists)
-Commissionable (if you take commissions)
-Teacher (if you are willing to teach classes)
-Contributor (to Cloudscape anthologies)
- Bio description of Artist, 600 characters MAX (including spaces)
- Title you want displayed
- Author(s) name(s) you want displayed
- One link to a personal webpage/contact (contact page, portfolio, email address, etc)
- Synopsis of the comic, 150 characters MAX (including spaces)
- Website URL of your comic (preferably the homepage or first page of their comic)
- An image that represents the comic that is exactly 200 x 200px, 72dpi
- Status (1 of the following):