Cloudscape Artists on Autostraddle


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.

The TradeWaiters 21: “Bakuman” vol. 3&4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Our Bakumanathon continues! We read the third and fourth volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and we invite you to join us as we check in with how our boys Mashiro and Takagi are doing in their quest for manga greatness. Also on deck are some in depth discussions of the differences between the North American and Japanese comics industries, and how to make sure comics only breaks your heart, not your hands. Our panelists agree, middle school marriage pacts and comics careers don’t mix.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Death Note, also by Ohba and Obata
Ranma 1/2, One Pound Gospel, Mermaid Scar, and Inu Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi
Shonen Jump
Gals! by Mihona Fujii
Soul Eater by Atsushi Okubo
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
Skin Deep by Kory Bing
The Violent by Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham
and this infamous schedule of a manga-ka.

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

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Cloudscape Comic Classes


The summer is ending and the autumn is beginning; for many people, this is a sad time – no more vacation, back to school. However, there are some pretty fun classes starting up soon, including many that Cloudscape is involved in:

  • Graphic Novel & Comix. Langara College is currently providing a whole continuing studies certificate program on creating comics. You can take the whole program or choose individual classes that will help polish the particular comics areas that you feel need the most work. Courses are being offered in drawing, writing, lettering, life drawing, and adobe illustrator, and most of these are being taught by prominent Cloudscape contributors such as Jeff Ellis, Bevan Thomas, James Lloyd, and Mara-Dor Coman. This program has already been running for a year, providing an excellent grounding for aspiring comic creators from numerous veterans in the medium. For more information and to sign-up, visit the Graphic Novel & Comix program website. Autumn classes start at the end of this month.
  • Comics in the Clouds. Jeff Ellis, Cloudscape’s founder and vice-president, will be teaching a series of workshops on creating comics at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. Classes will be every Monday evening from September 19 to November 28. The workshops are free and there are still spots available, so if you are a young adult (age 15-24) and want to learn more about comics from someone with many years comic experience, sign-up on the Comics in the Clouds website.

Make this school year a little more exciting!

Cloudscape Books Nominated for the Gene Day Award!

Shuster award

The Joe Shuster Awards are a series of national awards that celebrate Canadians creating comics home and abroad. They have just posted the 2016 Shuster Nominations, which list the best Canadian creators and comics of 2015. The nominees for this year’s Gene Day Award (which honours self-published Canadian comics) include:

  • Nemo BalkanskiThe Deliverer
  • Stephen GilbertColville
  • Kathleen GrosLast Night at Wyrmwood High
  • A. Shay HahnHomeless G-Men 1-3, Battle Rally 1-2, and Crypto-Zombic 1
  • Various: Clouscape Comics Collective Epic Canadiana Vol. 2
  • Various: Toronto Comics AnthologyToronto Comics, Vol 2

That means that out of a total of six nominations, we have two books published by Cloudscape (Wyrmwood High and Epic Canadiana), and one additional book published by a Cloudscape member (The Deliverer). Wow! Great work, everyone! We’re looking forward to see which of these books wins the award.

Moonshot Volume 2 on Kickstarter!

MoonshotThe multiple award-winning Moonshot: the Indigenous Comics Collection is back with a brand new volume of North American indigenous artists telling indigenous stories, currently in the middle of its Kickstarter fundraiser. This volume “centers around present-day indigenous spirituality and tradition. You will see what life and wonders exist now on this Earth, the spirit world, alternate dimensions and more through this gorgeous collection of original indigenous comic/graphic novel stories.”

The artists include:

  • Artist Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf, G.I. Joe, Transformers)
  • Artist Stephen Gladue (Cree Dancer)
  • Authors Sean & Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (Lesson of the Wolf, Ajjitt)
  • Artist David Mack (Kabuki, Fight Club, Daredevil)
  • Author Elizabeth LaPensee (Copper Heart, The Observing)
  • Artist Haiwei Hou (Two Brothers, Ochek)
  • Illustrator Fred Pashe (SpiritWolf)
  • Artist menton3 (The Memory Collectors, X-Files, Silent Hill: Past Life)
  • Author Richard Van Camp (Tlicho Naowo, Three Feathers)
  • Artist Scott B. Henderson (Blanket of Butterflies, The Chronicles of Era)
  • Author Deborah L. Delaronde (Emma’s Gift, Metis Spirits)
  • Artist Alexandria Neonakis (Sweetest Kulu, Uncharted4) 
  • Artist Ryan Huna Smith (Tribal Force)
  • Artist Steve Keewatin Sanderson (Darkness Calls, Journey of the Healer)
  • Artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Little Nemo, Native American Classics)
  • And more!

Check out its Kickstarter page to get your own copy of this fascinating collection.


NOW Magazine’s Article on Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas

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Margaret & Johnnie

Toronto’s NOW magazine features a cover article about the new graphic novel collaboration between Canadian icon Margaret Atwood and Cloudscape artist Johnnie Christmas.

“He’s young, she’s not. She’s a cat lover, he’s a dog lover. He’s a modest, relatively unknown graphic novelist, she’s one of the world’s best-known writers and a Canadian icon. The collaboration between Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood is one of the least likely you could imagine. Yet they’ve produced a small marvel of a comic book project, the first installment of Angel Catbird, about a gene-splicing experiment gone wrong and the superhero who emerges from the accident to fight the evil half-rat Dr. Muroid.”

For more, read the full article: “Unlikely Collaborators Get ‘Litter-Ary’ with New Graphic Novel.”



Bones of the Coast’s Kickstarter Kicked-Ass!

bones of the coast

The Kickstarter for Bones of the Coast, Cloudscape’s latest anthology, has ended, and it earned $48,438 from 1,362 backers! That’s 166% of our initial goal of $29,200! We surpassed all three of our stretch goals, resulting in extra money for our contributors and a spot foil & spot gloss for our anthology. You’ve helped to make Bones of the Coast not just a reality but a phenomenal success. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our backers, Bones of the Coast will be the first Cloudscape anthology to pay all of its creators a professional rate for their contributions to the anthology.

The TradeWaiters 20: “Bakuman” vol. 1&2 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Episode 20 begins our Bakumanathon! Our TradeWaiters read the first two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it filled them with a determination to share their opinions. Find out what they really think about the Japanese manga industry, the Shonen Jump editorial process, middle school cartoonists, and Pure Romance. Making comics will break your heart, but listening to this episode will not!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Death Note and Platinum End, also by Ohba and Obata
Hikaru no Go by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
Shonen Jump
Yakitate!! Japan written by Takashi Hashiguchi
This Is Everything I Know by Spike
Island, edited by Brandon Graham
Flight, edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Bones of the Coast, edited by Shannon Campbell
All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Faith Erin Hicks, & Chip Zdarski
Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
1493 by Charles C. Mann
The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover the next two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, volumes 3 and 4. The Bakumanathon continues!

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Only Three Days Left in “Bones of the Coast” Kickstarter!

bones of the coastCloudscape’s fundraiser for Bones of the Coast closes on August 18. That means there’s only three days left to pre-order our exciting new horror anthology, featuring such comic greats as Simon Roy, Renee Nault, Alina Pete, and Sean Karemaker! Pick it up at the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter page while there is still time.

Less Than Two Weeks Left in “Bones of the Coast” Kickstarter


image by Emily Lampson

The fundraiser for Bones of the Coast closes on August 18, in only 10 days. That’s less than two weeks to get your own copy of Cloudscape’s latest anthology! Though we have earned enough to finance the project, we still have numerous stretch goals we want to reach and we need your help. What are you waiting for? There are still numerous goodies available (such as original art from many of our talented contributors, and of course your own copy of our horror anthology. Pick it up at the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter page while there is still time.