Deadline for all Swan Song submissions is this Wednesday: February 1st! If you want to be part of our music-themed anthology, then have your script submitted by then. Check Swan Song Call for Submissions for more information.
Jeff here. The guy who started pushing this crazy train until it picked up it’s own momentum. Some of you may have already seen our latest call for submissions, and I know many of you have had comments and questions. The two main one being; “I don’t think I can write a script in one month”, and “Is this the end of Cloudscape Comics?”.
I have two great answers to this. First, one month is not enough time, and we have decided to extend submissions into the end of November. Second, no, Cloudscape is not ending. It is however changing.
When I started this group, it was in the hopes of building a larger, more vibrant comic community, and to hopefully promote the works of the many talented comickers and cartoonists in the city of Vancouver. A goal I think we have been extremely successful at. I’ve been extremely proud to see early contributors like Angela Melick, Jordyn Bochon, Steve LeCouilliard and Johnnie Christmas have their careers take off in new and exciting projects outside of Cloudscape.
Over the years we’ve seen our Wednesday meet-ups grow beyond the capacity of the Grind cafe and the new opportunities presented by the Parks Board Field House program has allowed us to vastly expand what we do as an organization. Cloudscape has also been very successful at getting grant money from the city and province to run new and exciting programs like ‘Comics in the Clouds’ to teach comic making to youth and ‘Comics in Transit’ to put comic into public spaces.
Cloudscape has been playing host to a weekly meet-up for almost a decade, but on top of that we’ve also began monthly board game socials, and life drawing sessions and have been heavily involved in the workings and events surrounding the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. We are teaching comics classes, and doing public art events. We’ve also launched the personal projects of some of our membership with titles like Una the Blade, Last Night at Wyrmwood High, and the Epic Canadiana series. In short we have expanded far beyond our initial mandate.
The Cloudscape board has multiple projects and events to manage now, and overseeing an annual anthology in addition to that has become difficult. It has also occasionally been a source for friction. As Cloudscape starts to fall into the role of publisher (in fact, we are the largest comic book publisher in BC), the lines between friends having coffee on a Wednesday night and editors overseeing artist have become more and more blurred. There can sometimes be a feeling that putting in enough time socializing at Cloudscape meetings guarantees you a spot in the anthology. Or worse, that there is nepotism within the board as far as what stories get accepted for the books. For these reasons, the anthologies have caused rifts within the community we are trying to build and maintain.
That is why we are ending our annual board-run anthologies, replacing them with anthologies (and other graphic novels) spearheaded by individual Cloudscape members. The original anthologies built Cloudscape Comics and gave many artists their start, but it is time to switch gears to what will be better suit our new status, and help us grow in directions we never thought possible. Making all future books organized by individual members rather than Cloudscape as a whole will relieve pressure on the board to do an anthology every year, and allow the board to instead focus on publishing the works of numerous creative BC individuals without fear of dividing the community.
More than anything, this is an opportunity for people in the BC comics community to step in as creative leads! The Cloudscape board will still oversee the events and activities that foster a vibrant comic-making community, and we will still continue to apply for funding grants and lend our knowledge and assistance to anyone trying to make their projects a reality. However, all future Cloudscape publishing will be selected on a project-by-project basis. This means that individual or teams will apply to the board for funding and assistance for relevant projects, and, if approved, it will be the job of that particular individual or team to see the project through to completion.
Beyond the initial funding approval, all other creative decisions will be left up to them, including picking the artists and approving the stories. It is our hope to continue publishing all manner of comic books, and details on how to pitch a comic project to Cloudscape will be posted in 2017. We are definitely interested in publishing more anthology projects as long as someone not on the board is willing to act as the main editor and be the main drive behind it.
So this is an exciting time. We’d love for you to be a part of our ‘Swan Song’ and if history has shown me anything, it’s that this will be our best book yet!
Cloudscape’s latest comics anthology is on Kickstarter! Bones of the Coast is a full-colour, 220+ page comic anthology, chock-full of horror from the Pacific Northwest. Simultaneously haunting and hauntingly beautiful, BOTC is guaranteed to tickle your fancy. The anthology features 35 different creators from British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad–and the stories within are sure to thrill and terrify. For more information, visit the Bones of the Coast Kickstarter and order your copy today!
If you didn’t already know, we are wrapping up our last book project of the year right now! Una the Blade is an amazing anthology project from the Mind of Steve LeCouilliard. Besides getting a hold of a great new book, we are close to our next stretch goal where any additional orders we get will benefit the artists with payment bonuses!
Cloudsapce Comics is always on the move to produce new kinds of quality indie comics, and we are excited to announce that this year we will for the first time be publishing print books spearheaded by individual members. Thanks to a $10,000 Title Assistance grant for publishers from the BC Arts Council, Cloudscape has the resources to produce graphic novels of:
- Una the Blade by Steve LeCouilliard. A woman both warrior & mother fighting monsters in a swords & sorcery world.
- Last Night at Wyrmwood High by Kathleen Gros. The adventures of a werewolf, a vampire, and a lizard-girl as they cope with all the issues of being a monster in high school.
- Epic Canadiana #2, edited by Bevan Thomas. A second serving of Canadian superheroes fighting demons, crypto-Nazis, mad scientists, and more!
Thanks for everyone’s support, and keep your eyes peeled for even more developments from Cloudscape.
“New World is a black-and-white sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology set to debut in the spring of 2015. Iron Circus Comics is currently seeking 8–10 submissions with the theme of exploration, colonization, conquest, assimilation, ‘going native,’ appropriation, imperialism, strained relations… essentially, what happens when mutually un-contacted cultures, continents, and species collide. We want your strangest stories about situations where characters are encountering—and having to deal with—the alien…. Stories about adventure, romance, mystery, slice-of-life—just about anything is okay, as long as it’s rooted in what happens when different peoples, species, or worlds intersect.”
Right now they’re looking for a story overview, which includes the premise, page page (between 3 and 20 black-and-white pages), and summarized plot. The deadline for this stage is November 20th, 2014.
New World will pay a $50/page rate, plus ten contributor’s copies per creator and the perpetual right to buy copies of the anthology for 50% off the cover price for as long as the comic is in print. There will also be a bonus for all contributors if the Kickstarter campaign does really well.
For more information, visit the New World Submission Guidelines.
The Mega Fauna Kickstarter fundraiser has reached it’s target goal! Thanks to everyone who contributed, we have more than enough money to publish this all-aged graphic novel anthology! And if you still want a copy of the book or one of the other great products we’re offering, the fundraiser still has four days left! What are you waiting for? Visit the Mega Fauna Kickstarter right now!
Greetings, comic fans!
Our eighth comics anthology, MEGA FAUNA, is easily going to be our best one yet: over 200 pages of full-colour stories to be enjoyed by comic and animal-lovers of all ages! If you like pets, wild beasts, and weird monsters, you’ll love this book! Contributors include Nina Matsumoto, Sfe R. Monster, Colin Upton, Angela Melick, Ian Boothby, Edison Yan, and so many more talented local cartoonists. Check out this promotional video starring some of our favourite creatures, and then drop by the Mega Fauna Kickstarter to reserve your copy and pick-up many more comic-related goodies, such as other graphic novels, custom sketches, and collectible monster cards!
Calling all Canadian comic creators! If you are interested in being a part of #2 of Cloudscape’s Canadian superhero anthology, you have less than two weeks to put together a pitch! The deadline is August 18, so get to work! Your country needs you!
For more information, view “Epic Canadiana #2” is Go! and good luck!
By the way, if you are an artist potentially interested in drawing someone else’s story, please let us know. We have already have several compelling stories in search of the right artist to illustrate them.
As we mentioned before, a few enterprising individuals are publishing impressive anthologies that collect the adventures of classic Canadian superheroes. The first collection focused on Nelvana of the Northern Lights, perhaps Canadian’s most well-known hero from the Golden Age of Comics, and now they’ve started kickstarter campaigns for two other iconic classic Canadian heroes: Johnny Canuck, Canada’s intrepid hero of WWII, and Brok Windsor, Flash Gordon-esque explorer of the magical Land Beyond the Mists.
Interested in discovering more about the rip-roaring adventures of Canada’s Golden Age? Then show your support at:
They’re fascinating pieces of Canadian pop culture history. They’re fascinating comics too. Go take a look!