Call For Submissions


Send Cloudscape your comic pitches!

Though we at Cloudscape are best known for our quality comic anthologies, in the last couple of years we have begun publishing the books of individual members, such as Kathleen Gros’ Last Night at Wyrmwood High, Steve LeCouilliard’s Una the Blade, and now Sean Karemaker’s Feast of Fields and Jason Turner’s Fur Valley. Now Cloudscape is  excited to open the door for general graphic novels submissions!

Do you have an idea for a new graphic novel in any genre? Or perhaps are you interested in publishing a compilation of your webcomic or even in editing a comic anthology of your own? We have the experience and resources to help make that happen. To learn more, check out Pitching a Comic to Cloudscape. We look forward to hearing from you.


SDP Announces Call for Submissions for All-Trans Comics Anthology

stacked-deckStacked Deck Press has announced a call of submissions for We’s Still Here, an anthology of comics by transgender cartoonists, edited by Tara Avery (co-editor of Alphabet with Jon Macy) and Jeanne Thornton (co-publisher of Instar Books).

“Our goal is to present work 100% conceived and executed by trans artists, showcasing the breadth of themes, genres, and approaches trans people are taking to comics work today. And if you’re a trans person who makes comics (or would like to), we’re definitely interested in seeing what you’ve got to offer. If you’re a cartoonist who identifies as trans, we definitely would like to consider running work from you!”

Their starting page rate is $20, but it will go higher depending on Kickstarter funding results. For more information, see SDP Announces All-Trans Comic Anthology.


Deadline for “Swan Song” submissions extended to February 1st

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Seasons Greetings!

The Cloudscape Comics Board has decided to give everyone an early Christmas present, and extend the Swan Song deadline until February 1st, 2017!

Realizing that we may not have time during the holiday season to go over all of the Swan Song submissions, and instead will be taking a look at them during the new year, Cloudscape has chosen to give all of you more time to finish or refine your Swan Song submissions. If you want to be part of our anthology and have an appropriate story idea, then there’s still time to send it in!

As we mentioned before, Swan Song will be a music-themed comic anthology communicating the beauty and power of music through numerous styles. This full-colour anthology will feature stories about the innumerable effects that music can have on human beings and how it can change our world in uncountable ways. The stories may take on any mood (comedic or serious), be fictional or non-fictional, and may explore any genre (in both the narrative and musical sense), as long as the story features music as a central theme.

The anthology will pay $50/page to be divided equally among the particular story’s contributors. Stories must be no longer than 9 pages long (and an odd number of pages), and at least one of the main contributors (either the writer or artist) must currently be living in or have previously lived in British Columbia. The book dimensions will be either 10” x 10” or 12” x 12”, to emulate the shape of a record sleeve. To apply, please submit a general synopsis of the story, a full script, your biography, and 4-5 samples of comic art (on any topic) to [email protected] by Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

Please help us distribute this good news to as many writers and artists as possible by sharing it through your social media outlets. You can help us make this anthology Cloudscape’s greatest book yet.

Cheers!


“Tim’rous Beastie” now open for submissions!

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Iron Circus (publishers of Sleep of Reason and New World) is now officially taking submissions for Tim’rous Beastie.

“A black-and-white comic anthology about small lives in a big, big world. This is an anthology by and for those of us who grew up inspired by Redwall, The Deptford Mice, Rats of NIMH, and other tales of brave and imperiled critters defying their size and place in the natural order. We want to not only channel that inspiration into the medium of comics, but to approach familiar themes with fresh eyes. Featuring fantasy, urban fantasy, and sci-fi, Tim’rous Beastie aims to explore the potential of stories told from a scale that, while still very human, makes even the mundane aspects of human life seem gigantic.

Submissions will be open until January 1st. For more information, visit the Tim’rous Beastie tumblr.


Gothic Romance Anthology Seeking Stories of Love & Horror

gothic-talesHope Nicholson, comic historian and publisher of Bedside Press, has announced a call for submissions for Gothic Tales of Haunted Love, an anthology of new gothic romance comic stories:

“Stories should take into account the style and feel of the 1970s gothic romance comic genre. This is a genre where happy endings are not guaranteed, where romance can be beautiful, heartbreaking, or horrific. All eras and settings are welcome, they don’t need to be stuck in the Victorian era, and originality and creativity here is encouraged. Horror elements are allowed. For more information on this genre, read posts on Sequential Crush here.”

The following creators are currently attached to the project:

  • Cecil Castellucci & Willow Dawson
  • ALB
  • Sarah Searle
  • Melanie Gillman
  • Nicholas Burns
  • Leslie Doyle
  • Rahzzah
  • Katie West & Ray Fawkes
  • Janet Hetherington & Ronn Sutton
  • Xavière Daumarie

Submission periods will be open until February 1, 2017, and the comics will pay a $50 page rate. For more information, visit Gothic Tales of Haunted Love.

 


Call for Submissions for Cloudscape’s Next Anthology: “Swan Song” 2

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Scene from Crossroads comic

Listen to the drops of rain against your window flickering a staccato rhythm. Hear the Spanish guitars strumming by the campfire, blowing the cobwebs away. Sailors humming a shanty as they pull into harbour, while nearby, the beat of the drum at the potlatch. Now imagine the slow pull of orchestral strings, followed by the hypnotic drone of a sitar. From beneath, an old synthesizer accompanies Inuit throat singers as they create a wall of sound. DJ’s from Japan scratch their records for the drop of a Latin hip hop verse. The Balkan brass section flourishes and the Norwegian metal bassist grinds. The banjos rise and the didgeridoos soar. All the sounds of the world converge into a sound so immense that it can been seen by the naked eye! But this is not the true finale, only the overture to Cloudscape Comics’ latest anthology: Swan Song.

Swan Song will be a music-themed comic anthology communicating the beauty and power of music through numerous styles. This full-colour anthology will feature stories about the innumerable effects that music can have on human beings and how it can change our world in uncountable ways. The stories may take on any mood (comedic or serious), be fictional or non-fictional, and may explore any genre (in both the narrative and musical sense), as long as the story features music as a central theme.

The anthology will pay $50/page to be divided equally among the particular story’s contributors. Stories must be no longer than 9 pages long (and an odd number of pages), and at least one of the main contributors (either the writer or artist) must currently be living in or have previously lived in British Columbia. The book dimensions will be either 10” x 10” or 12” x 12”, to emulate the shape of a record sleeve. To apply, please submit a general synopsis of the story, a full script, your biography, and 4-5 samples of comic art (on any topic) to [email protected] by Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.


Local Horror Movie Seeking Artist for Tie-In Comic

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Peelers is an upcoming horror film being locally distributed and promoted. It’s a movie in the style of the Evil Dead series and is looking for a comic illustrator to help create a tie-in comic to promote the film.

About the Film
Peelers takes place on the closing night of a small town strip club when a group of unwanted guests arrive and all hell breaks loose. Club owner and ex-ball player, Blue Jean Douglas, is the heroine who rises to the task of protecting both her girls and her bar from psychopathic infected killers who will stop at nothing to slaughter everyone.

This relentless horror feature has been described as “Rodriguez meets Tarantino” and “Not just a great indie film, but destined to be one of the funnest films of 2016.” Currently riding a world tour of film festivals, Peelers has won Best Feature Film at Shock Stock Film Festival, Best Horror Feature at Indie Gathering International Film Festival, and Feature Film 2016 at Shock & Gore Film Festival. It has also been nominated for several awards including Best Actress and Best Actor at British Columbia’s Leo Awards and Best Horror Feature at Palm Beach International Film Festival. Peelers will have its International Premiere at the 36th Annual FantaFestival in Italy, followed by its special screening at the top horror festival in the world, Sitges Film Festival in Spain.

Distribution plan
Peelers will be premiering in theatres across Canada in January, 2017, and coinciding with that will be a limited edition printed run of a Peelers comic book distributed to 20 comic book stores across Canada to coincide with the markets in which PEELERS will screen theatrically. The comic book will also be available online for download on ComiXology.

The comic will be 10-20 page, with each page 6.625″ x 10.25″. The artist will be paid for his or her work. Work on the comic will start October 1 and it will be sent off to the printers December 15 so that it can be launched with the film premiere opening in January, 2017.

For more information, visit the Peelers website. If interested in becoming their artist, you can contact our vice president, Jeff Ellis, at at [email protected].


Mark Millar Launches 2017 Millarworld Talent Search

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Mark Millar, creator of such popular comic books as Kick-Ass, The UltimatesWanted, and Kingsman, has announced a new talent search. Last year he put out a call for submissions, encouraging unpublished writers and artists to submit to the first issue of his Millarworld annual, and now he is looking for people to be included in issue two, which will be published next year.

“I’ve always been very precious about letting other people do my creations, but the industry always need new blood and last year’s entries were just beyond stellar,” said Mark Millar. “Comics have been really good to me and I want to do what I can with my limited time to help other creators get into print. The response for the Millarworld Annual 2016 search was astounding, and we published creators from as far afield as New Zealand, India, and Nigeria. We had a really diverse group of talent in there, but I’d like to get even more female and minority group creators published this time. This year we’d like to see greater representation across the board, and uncover more hidden talent from all walks of life.”

Millarworld is looking for six writers, six artists, and a cover artist for the Millarworld Annual 2017 – all will be paid full professional rates. The deadline for entries is November 30, 2016. All entrants will be judged by a selected panel and the winners will be announced on December 23, 2016.

For more information, view the 2017 Millarworld Talent Search press release, and then check out the writer & artist submission guidelines.

Good luck!


Iron Circus has announced the topic for its next anthology

Tim'rous Beastie

Iron Circus Comics, known for its diverse range of indie comic anthologies (such as Sleep of Reason and New World), has announced the theme of its next book! Tim’rous Beastie will be a collection of animal adventure stories in the style of Redwall, Watership Down, Mouseguard, and other sagas of tiny critters on thrilling adventures in a big and dangerous world. They won’t be taking submissions until December 1st, so you have many months to brainstorm. For more information, visit the Tim’rous Beastie tumblr.


Writer looking for an Asian-Canadian comic artist 2

Writer Tetsuro Shigematsu is looking for an Asian-Canadian comic/manga artist for a paying comic project. The artist would preferably be based in Vancouver but location is not a deal breaker. The comic project will likely be published in book form with a possible tie-in to CBC. If interested, please contact Tetsuro Shigematsu as soon as possible at [email protected], applications are still open.