Wednesdays at the Cobalt Club is SNAG, where artists paint all night and the club raffles them off. It’s a great way to get some original artwork without losing a bundle. Cloudscape will be participating in SNAG on April 20th from 7:30 – midnight. We’ll be raising money for Bones of the Coast that night, we want everyone in Cloudscape to come if possible. See SNAG’s Facebook page for more information.
The Camosun Comic Arts Festival is a fine little free small press show in Victoria centered around the graduates of Camosun College’s Comics & Graphic Novel program. It will be held at Camosun College, April 16th, on the third floor of the Young building, and Cloudscape will be proudly in attendance.
Cloudscape will be at Emerald City Comicon April 7-10 with members, Jeff Ellis, Steve LeCouilliard, Jonathon Dalton, and Kathleen Jacques in attendance. Come by and say hello at booth 1332, near artists alley.
Two days left in the fundraiser for Fashion in Action, the 1980s graphic novel about a high-priced, and stylishly dressed, all-female protection agency from the far future. The comic was created by John K. Snyder III and this book has been edited by friend-of-Cloudscape Hope Nicholson (Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Brok Windsor). Check out the Fashion in Action Kickstarter.
Just reminding everyone that this is the last week to register for Comics in the Clouds, Cloudscape’s comic-creating class that begins next Monday? It’s open for anyone aged 15-25, and is free to attend. Plus, all participants get to be part of an art show and print their own mini-comic.
The City of Vancouver is looking for artists to create designs to be digitized and printed on vinyl wraps for approximately 27 utility boxes in Vancouver. The deadline to apply is April 6th, 2016. For more detail, see More information can be found at Call to Artists – Utility Box Wraps.
In episode 15 Jon, Jeff, and Kathleen are joined by special guest Jess Pollard to talk about the first half of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the manga series by world-reknowned animator Hayao Miyazaki. This is an incredibly dense work and we have a lot to say about it! But the true purpose of the Sea of Corruption isn’t the only secret conspiracy that this episode will reveal…
Also mentioned in this episode:
Puss in Boots and People of the Desert by Hayao Miyazaki
Lupin III and Spirited Away, as well as Studio Ghibli
Azumanga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Fresh Romance edited by Janelle Asselin
Gegege no Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki
It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken by Seth
Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard
Music by Sleuth.
Our next episode will cover the second half of Nausicaa.
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.