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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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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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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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Second edition of “Look Straight Ahead” is being published through Renegade Arts

Look Straight Ahead is a powerful graphic novel by Canadian cartoonist Elaine M. Will, exploring the mental breakdown of 17-year-old Jeremy Knowles. School pressure and extreme bullying  cause Jeremy to suffer a break from reality, and he must find a way to heal himself as everything feels like it’s crumbling around him. This graphic novel is an intense exploration of mental illness, using the unique framework of the comic medium to explore a topic that’s rarely discussed in graphic novels.

Look Straight Ahead  was nominated for a 2011 Joe Shuster Award and was the recipient of a 2012 Xeric Award. In addition, it has received accolades from numerous sources, including the Canadian Mental Health Association. If you didn’t pick a copy before, now the second edition of Look Straight Ahead is being published by Renegade Arts Entertainment and it is currently available for order from October’s Diamond Comic Distributors Previews catalog under order code OCT171765.

To get a copy of this critically-acclaimed mental health drama, simply ask your local comic book store to order you a copy with order code OCT171765. To learn more about the story, visit the Look Straight Ahead website.

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Miriam Libicki interviewed by CBC

Today is Miriam Libicki’s first day on the job as the Vancouver Public Library’s comic-focused writer-in-residence. She was interviewed by CBC’s On the Coast and featured in an online article  where she describes her comics and what she wants to do as writer-in-residence.

“Comics are a very accessible form of literature,” Miriam said. “We are only just realizing in North America that comics are a medium that can tell any sort of story through words and pictures, and not just superhero stories.”

She will be writer-in-residence at the library until mid-December and split her time between creating comics and running mentorship workshops. Miriam will be teaching a variety of classes, including such as memoir-writing for adults, drawing for teens, and advice on breaking into the industry.

For more information, read “First Graphic Novelist Named Writer-in-Residence at Vancouver Public Library.

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