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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.

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Cloudscape Comic Jam at 2016 Big Draw Vancouver

big drawNow in its 6th year, Big Draw Vancouver is an annual celebration of drawing in everyday life that works to reconnect everyone with the power and creative pleasure of making marks. On October 1, there will be events all across the city in numerous community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street. They will be numerous workshops developed by professional artists, encouraging people to draw in many new and exciting ways. As part of this day-long, citywide event, we will be doing a comic jam 10:00-2:00 at Cloudscape HQ. People of all ages are encouraged to stop by to create comics and chat with Vancouver-based comic creators.

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Bones of the Coast’s Kickstarter Kicked-Ass! 2

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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.

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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.

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VanCAF 2016

This weekend is the Vancouver Comics Art Festival at the Roundhouse in Yaletown! VanCAF is Vancouver’s terrifically popular free convention devoted to indie comic creators. Stop by to discover lots of wonderful new graphic novels, meet many of Cloudscape’s contributors, and visit the Cloudscape booth (Table F1) to grab some Cloudscape anthologies at special sales prices. Hope to see you all there!

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Comics in the Clouds start date changed to April 11!

The start date for Comics in the Clouds, Cloudscape’s new comic-creating class, has been pushed back a week so it’ll be starting on the 11th of April, rather than the 4th. That means there is still time to register for it! 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. So don’t delay. Sign-up for an exciting program.
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Cloudsape Class: Comics in the Clouds

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Students will draw and produce their own mini-comics, as well as create one-page comic art that will be displayed at a final gallery exhibition hosted in partnership with Artquake.

Date: Monday evenings (April 4 – June 13, but no class May 23)
Time: 4 pm – 7 pm
Place: Cloudscape HQ, Memorial South Park Fieldhouse, 5955 Ross Street
Price: Free
Ages: 15-24
To register, visit Vancouver: Comics in the Clouds.

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Cloudscape AGM tomorrow!

Remember that Cloudscape’s annual general meeting is tomorrow evening (Wednesday the 17th)! We’ll talk about the direction Cloudscape is going, vote in a new treasurer, go over various projects and volunteer opportunities our organization will be taking advantage of, and will vote on a theme for our next anthology. If you want to play a pivotal role in our organization’s direction, we hope to see you there.

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