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Line-up for "Bones of the Coast," Cloudscape's next anthology

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The participating artists & writers for Bones of the Coast, our up-coming horror anthology, have been working hard to make their stories as frightening as possible, so it’s time to give them a little recognition. The anthology will include the talents of:

  • Kelly Aarons
  • Shannon Campbell
  • Chloe Chan
  • Anastasiya Chernaya
  • Jonathon Dalton
  • Michael Elliott
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Reb Erlik
  • Kevin Forbes
  • Mindy Fraser
  • KC Green
  • Britt c. h.
  • Abby Hontiveros
  • Abby Howard
  • Lindsay Ishihiro
  • Kathleen Jacques
  • Sean Karemaker
  • Emily Lampson
  • Christian Lett
  • Reetta Linjama
  • Sam Logan
  • Nina Matsumoto
  • Angela Melick
  • Sfé Monster
  • Cameron Morris
  • Renee Nault
  • Emily Partridge
  • Alina Pete
  • Yuriy Plisenko
  • Jess Pollard
  • Simon Roy
  • Kris Sayer
  • Aliena Shoemaker
  • Kris Straub
  • Bevan Thomas
  • Adam Tuck
  • Jeri Weaver
  • Pam Wishbow

We’re incredibly excited to see these stories develop – we hope you are, too!

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"Futures of the Past" at Visible Verse

“Futures of the Past” by poet Ray Hsu, illustrated by artist Chloe Chan, and composed by composer Michael Park was featured in Cloudscape’s fifth anthology, 21 Journeys. While the comic has a print life in the anthology, the video here shows the project’s roots in a composition process spanning poetry, visual art, and music. The video version has been selected for the Visible Verse 2013 film festival, which will be playing at the Cinematheque on October 12. See On Screen for a list of all the festival’s films.


Weekly Comic Round-Up

Here’s the latest thing that happened last week in Cloudscape webcomics:

1. A Mad-Tea Party by Jonathon Dalton. The New Youth decide their policy on nonhuman prisoners.

2. Teach English in Japan by Jeff Ellis and Jonathon Dalton. James starts teaching sooner than he expected..

3. Wasted Talent by Angela Melick. Eating jelly beans.

4. Ed’s R Us by Ed Appleby. Some elves aren’t big on Star Trek.

5. Sam and Fuzzy by Sam Logan. The Ninja Mafia Service is morally uplifting work.

6. Gobbleknoll by Sydney More. More problems with the carnivorous hill.

7. Homo Erectus by Sydney More. Canada has dirty birds.

8. Even in Arcadia by Anise Shaw. Even at the best of times, fae knights are intimidating.

9. Titanzer by Kevin Wilson. Giant Robot fist-fight!

10. Two Keys by Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker. “Chapter 13: Two-Faces.” In which Colin and Lucas take the scenic route.

11. The Mystery Adventures of the Scout by Oliver. Leathertongues is not a nice man.


30 Days Project – Day 3

We are the Cloudscape Comics Society! Here is what we’ve challenged ourselves to for Day 3:

Chloe Chan

From the great mind of Chloe Chan

What I was working on yesterday instead of the 30 days project….

Jeff Ellis

Visit my website at www.teachenglishinjapan.ca

Reeta Linjama

3/30, Coal Knight

I read about this guy in a creepy kids’ book once… I think…
—Reetta L

website / sketchblog / deviantArt / Tumblr / Twitter

Anise Shaw

Environment 03 – by Anise

My good friend Miriam Libicki kindly offered her photostream of desert photos she took in Israel a bit of inspiration for me. These are some green shoots that popped up after only a night a rain.

I make comics and other fine things. You can see my comic at www.epidigm.net/arcadia

Kevin Wilson

I am Kevin Wilson, part cartoonist and part pineapple. My challenge is to bone up on my giant robot skills by drawing one every day for June. That’s 30 robots of the large to super large variety.

You can find my giant robot comic at http://titanzer.com, my tumblr at http://kevinw.tumblr.com, and my portfolio at http://thekevinwilson.com

Moses C

Anyone up for barbecue? Don’t mind the cat outfit-the cook’s just practcing for his performance art gig next week.
More non-sequiteurs coming your way tomorrow!
-Mosobot64

PS. More of my work can be found through Mosobot64.deviantart.com and Mosobot64.wordpress.com . Have a good day!

Bevan Thomas

Challenge: To every day do a section at least 300 words long of “World that Was,” my story about Brigida Byzantium’s childhood in a locked room with only her brother for companionship. The story will be written as a dramatic monologue.

Tired, so tired, so terribly tired. How long did we scratch at the walls of the wicked world? How long did we try to break through to the lovely light beyond.

Our nails are broken, bleeding. Oh my brave brother, is it hopeless? Perhaps it is just a delightful dream, perhaps in truth there is nothing but the darkness.

Is this a bad world? We have food, we have life, we have each other. Is anything else needed? Must the world be wide and populated, or is it sufficient to have two terrific twins? Is everything else an illusion?

God, creator of this world, builder of the wide walls, giver of the filling food, are you out there? Do you live in the light? Did you hide us from your Heaven? Why did you build this walls around us?

Yell, my brother, yell! Scream! Let us raise our voices to high heaven and see if God the father, God the mother, listens! Is someone out there? Did someone build the walls? If so, can they hear?

Scream! Scream! We are here, oh laughing Lord! Oh grand grotesque God! Did you put us here? Did you build our walls? We are here!

Nothing. Nothing but nothing. Let’s have sudden silence. There is nothing out there beyond the wicked walls.

Let there be quiet, let there be silence. There is nothing out there. I want to sleep, to dream.

In dreams there is a wider realm, in dreams we escape the rigid room that is the wicked world. In dreams there is lovely light, there is sight, there is colour.

In dreams we are beyond the fallen world, beyond the fingers of fickle fate, beyond the grip of God.

In dreams there is escape and joy.

Let us dream, oh my brother. Let us dream.

About Cloudscape

The Cloudscape Comics Society is a Vancouver non-profit dedicated to supporting local comic artists. We publish anthologies, hold meetings and workshops and work with other community groups to promote comics. We meet weekly at the Grind Gallery and Cafe on Wednesdays at 7:30PM.


30 Days Project – Day 2

We are the Cloudscape Comics Society! Here is what we’ve challenged ourselves to for Day 2:

Chloe Chan

Characters from Two Keys.

I don’t know how long I can keep this up for, guys.

Jeff Ellis

I’ve decided to participate in the 30 days project which means I need to make a piece of art every day for the next 30 days. In honour of the Canucks Stanley Cup run, I decided to draw a famous Canuck, drawing from their 40 year history. The first Canuck is Raffi Torres. Basically just because he scored the winning goal in game 1.

30 Canucks 2 – Willie Mitchell

Visit my website at www.teachenglishinjapan.ca

Reeta Linjama

Sorry alles, my days run kind of long. But I can do this!

Knight 2: homely knight on the SeaBus, North Van.

—Reetta L

website / sketchblog / deviantArt / Tumblr / Twitter

Anise Shaw

I make comics and other fine things. You can see my comic at www.epidigm.net/arcadia

Day 2 – Environment 02 by Anise Shaw

I’m trying to teach myself how to draw and paint environments and layouts, which I have very little experience with. Today I did a speed paint, which started out really awesome and then I got totally frustrated with as soon as I had to develop the focus. It was good for learning what order I needed to paint in though, and tomorrow hopefully the results will be nicer.

Kevin Wilson

I am Kevin Wilson, part cartoonist and part pineapple. My challenge is to bone up on my giant robot skills by drawing one every day for June. That’s 30 robots of the large to super large variety.

You can find my giant robot comic at http://titanzer.com, my tumblr at http://kevinw.tumblr.com, and my portfolio at http://thekevinwilson.com

No, Gigantor! Think of your diet!

Moses C

Puffins. It had to be Puffins. Puffin Beach. Coming to theatres summer 2011. Or never. -Mosobot64 PS. My work can be found through Mosobot64.wordpress.com and Mosobot64.deviantart.com as well. Have fun, and another non-sequitur will come your way tomorrow!

Bevan Thomas

Challenge: To every day do a section at least 300 words long of “World that Was,” my story about Brigida Byzantium’s childhood in a locked room with only her brother for companionship. The story will be written as a dramatic monologue.

World that Was: Part 2

Dreams again, dreams of lovely light and wide wonder. There is something beyond the walls of this wicked world; I am sure of it. Something beyond the hideous hand of whatever grotesque God built this dark domain around us as we suddenly shrieked into existence.

Sit beside me, my bold brother, my terrific twin, and press your ear against the wall. Yes, here. Can you hear something, hear something beyond?

In the waking world, I do not believe I have ever heard anything before besides you and I, but now, yes, is that something, or merely my ingenious imagination?

Are those furtive footsteps? Is that a wondrous whirring? Is there something beyond, not just dark darkness extending in to a final forever?

Would you call me desperate, maybe mad, to suggest that sight and light are things that happen while we are awake, not just when we sleep?

Could that be a reality? Could these walls be removed and light be conjured forth and then, while awake, I could turn and you could turn and we could see each other?

For all eternity there has been you and I together, the only two beings in all existence, and I have heard and smelled and touched you, but never we have seen. What does your face look like, my bubbly brother? What would that nose look like, these ears, these cheeks?

I have a theory, a sudden supposition. Hear me out. What if – what if there was a wider world and that someone, call him “God,” built a smaller one, away from the light, and placed us in it during the ages past, long aeons before memory. And here us two grew, with no light, with no contact with anything save ourselves, but there exists a world beyond.

A world beyond. Is that a horrid heresy, oh my brother, or a happy hope? What would this world be like, this world of light. Shall we call it Heaven? And is there only one God, the god that build our finite and fallen world, or are there numerous gods?

What do you think, oh my brother? All this talk makes my head go round and round. You are the thinker, I the doer. Am I speaking sense or merely noising nonsense?

People besides ourselves. What an oddly amusing notions. Gods who inhabit a wide world of light instead of a narrow realm of darkness. Do we belong in the outer world as well? Are we gorgeous gods or merely mortals, trapped in our dark dungeons until the end of time?

About Cloudscape

The Cloudscape Comics Society is a Vancouver non-profit dedicated to supporting local comic artists. We publish anthologies, hold meetings and workshops and work with other community groups to promote comics. We meet weekly at the Grind Gallery and Cafe on Wednesdays at 7:30PM.


30 Days Project: Day 1

A few members from Cloudscape have joined together to participate in the 30 Days Project. Every day there will be a post of all the different entries.

It’s not too late to join us! If you’d like to make some art for the 30 Days Project, please check out this post on how to join our team. The Cloudscape Comics Society is a non profit set up to support comic artists in Vancouver, B.C. If you fit that bill, feel free to join us for this challenge.

Without further adieu, here are today’s submissions!

Chloe Chan

I have avoided failure on the first day!
Chloe Chan checking in, and my challenge is to draw 30 pictures related to Two Keys, my webcomic.  Maybe I can actually get some concepts done and learn how to use Painter!

Reeta Linjama

* Hi, I’m Reetta, I’m an animator and I’m so not a stupid person

* I am taking part in the 30 Days challenge by drawing a KNIGHT, or knight-related illustration, every day this June. This is knight 1/30!

* My reason for doing this is pretty much just force myself to finish more stuff (I doodle a lot but rarely complete those doodles) and get into the habit of updating more often… Also to practise producing a lot of different illustration ideas and styles out of a single theme.

The theme was chosen partly on impulse and partly for a pun. This will be my “30 Days of Knights” (ba-dump-CHAHHH)

* I wasn’t at a scanner until well after midnight, sorry! Better late etc…)

More stuff:
website / sketchblog / deviantArt / Tumblr / Twitter

Sydney More

June 1st – a ‘Homo Erectus’ strip.

This is, admittedly, a comic that I normally due on a Wednesday night. Since my goal is a comic at day, I didn’t see why I shouldn’t use this one towards my first day of June.

So that’s my goal – a comic a day in June. Their lengths will vary- their content will probably be silly- but at the end of June I will have 30 new comics. Madness!

www.smore.ca

Anise Shaw

I’m going to be drawing 30 layouts this month. Scenes, environments, cities, and other great stuff that will most likely end up in my webcomic, Even in Arcadia.

Today was a sketch, which I’m a bit sad about. I wanted to start off with a bang, but with work, inking and Cloudscape tonight (all that director work), I only had time for a quick sketch.

Bevan Thomas

Challenge: To every day do a section at least 300 words long of “World that Was,” my story about Brigida Byzantium’s childhood in a locked room with only her brother for companionship. The story will be written as a dramatic monologue.

Why: It’s an idea I’ve always found intriguing, but haven’t gotten around to putting it to paper yet.

Brother, oh my bold, beautiful brother, are you there? I had that dream again, a dream of places beyond the world, things that dance before my eyes. Brother, please answer. Tell me you have not vanished, left me alone in this deadly dark world forever.

Yes, take my hand, remind me there is another in existence here, that it is not merely me, a solitary soul evilly entombed away from high Heaven.

Brother, how can I describe what it was? As I dreamed, I used my eyes, something we cannot do in our wicked waking. I never knew I dwelled in darkness until I… I believe the word is “saw.” Yes, that sounds right. I “saw the light.” It was vast, so very vast. Far wider than I could lie, so vast I could not see the edges. So much wider than the world, it took my bashful breath away. Was it really real or just some deceiving dream?

Brother, oh my brother, have you ever had these dreams? Have you ever used your eyes? Pretty please say that you have, oh my terrific twin.

You have seen it too? You do not lie? Yes, then it is as we so often suspected. This deadly darkness, these wicked walls, they are not everything. Our world is not everything, there is lovely light beyond, light that allows us to see and to stretch far, a place so much more than this wretched realm, this base box, in which we have lived our lives.

Soon we wrestle down the walls, break the box, shatter the sides, and free ourselves from this diabolic, dark world, and enter into the Heaven beyond. The Heaven where there is light, the Heaven that is vast. Soon, my beautiful brother, soon.

About Cloudscape

The Cloudscape Comics Society is a Vancouver non-profit dedicated to supporting local comic artists. We publish anthologies, hold meetings and workshops and work with other community groups to promote comics. We meet weekly at the Grind Gallery and Cafe on Wednesdays at 7:30PM.


Cloudscape Weekly Webcomic Round-Up 1

Not surprisingly, many of the artists who have contributed to Cloudscape anthologies also have regular webcomics of their own. Many of these webcomics are linked to on the Cloudscape twitter box, but sometimes that’s easy to miss, so I’ve decided to include a weekly round-up, every Sunday or Monday, of all webcomics created by Cloudscape members that were updated in the last week.

If you are either a frequent attendee of Cloudscape meetings or have contributed to one or more of the Cloudscape anthologies and do not see your webcomic on my list, then please let me know and I will add it.

So here’s the most recent events, in no particular order, that happened to Cloudscape webcomics:

1. In Teach English in Japan, by Jeff Ellis and Jonathon Dalton, James K discovers some disturbing things about working as a teacher at Ricky’s. 

2. In Even in Arcadia, by Anise Shaw, a cute goblin gripes in a bar.

3. In Sam and Fuzzy, by Sam Logan, two people contemplate a discarded, hollowed-out head.

4. In Wasted Talent, by Angela Melick, a beard is almost shaved.

5. In The Adventures of Gog Mulligan, by Sydney More, Gog defeats a beholder.

6. In Homo Erectus, by Sydney More, something bad happens to an old man.

7. In chapter 12 of Two Keys, by Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker, Colin considers buying a better “closed” sign.

8. In Ed’s R Us, by Ed Appleby, Ed tries to get a job.

9. In Much the Miller’s Son, by Steve LeCouilliard, the Sheriff of Nottingham meets Sir Guy of Gisburne.

10. In A Mad Tea-Party, by Jonathan Dalton, some bigots have captured an alien.



Comic Artists Confessing their Sins.

On our ustream, we made some late night confessions of our artistic sins. Complete with tracing, perspective faux pas and 14 year old art failures. Forgive us.

This is for Cloudscape’s 21 Journeys Fundraiser on IndieGoGo. Before 5PM PST April 2, 2011 you can pledge $5 for any commission featuring anything.

Thanks for supporting indie comics!


New Paintings on the Cloudscape Etsy Store

It’s been a really exciting month, and now we’re in the last stretch of our 21 Journeys Fundraiser. We’re about 2k away from our goal, with the combined contributions from members and preorders from IndieGoGo, so if you haven’t had a chance to pledge to the cause, now’s the time!

If none of our IndieGoGo perks tickle your fancy, then perhaps one of these fabulous paintings will. They are $40 each, and that includes all shipping to Canada or the United States. The paintings were donated by dedicated Cloudscape members on wooden cradle panels generously provided by Opus Framing and Arts Supplies.

Feel free to click on the images to be brought to their respective shop page for purchase information.







Futures of the Past Video 1

So me, Michael Park, and Ray Hsu walked into a bar… and we decided to make a graphic novel motion video collaboration!

This comic is also available in the next 21 Journeys book, a experiment in storytelling and exploration in visual language, tone, mood, and the idea of a journey.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

21 Journeys is currently available for preorder over on IndieGoGo. This comic, along with 20 other short stories by Cloudscape members are featured in the book!