Kathleen Gros


Send Cloudscape your comic pitches!

Though we at Cloudscape are best known for our quality comic anthologies, in the last couple of years we have begun publishing the books of individual members, such as Kathleen Gros’ Last Night at Wyrmwood High, Steve LeCouilliard’s Una the Blade, and now Sean Karemaker’s Feast of Fields and Jason Turner’s Fur Valley. Now Cloudscape is  excited to open the door for general graphic novels submissions!

Do you have an idea for a new graphic novel in any genre? Or perhaps are you interested in publishing a compilation of your webcomic or even in editing a comic anthology of your own? We have the experience and resources to help make that happen. To learn more, check out Pitching a Comic to Cloudscape. We look forward to hearing from you.


Cloudscape Books Nominated for the Gene Day Award!

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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.


The TradeWaiters 19: “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” Part 2 by Alison Bechdel

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Episode 19 continues the discussion from our previous episode on The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen are once again joined by special guest Sfé R. Monster while Jonathon is busy doing work or something. Don’t let the lengthy discussion on long-running Canadian TV franchises at the start of the episode fool you, this episode gets in-depth with a seminal comics work, with politics, representation, and life in general. A melancholy time was had by all.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Degrassi: Extra Credit by J. Torres, Ed Northcott, and Steve Rolston
No Mercy by Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil
Vattu by Evan Dahm
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Michael Ondaatje
JJ McCullough
TechRax

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will cover at least the first two volumes of Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with the episode after that covering at least two more volumes. We’re doing a marathon Bakumathon.

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The TradeWaiters 18: “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” Part 1 by Alison Bechdel

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In episode 18 Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen are joined by special guest Sfé R. Monster for the first of a two-episode break-down of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. Our panelists have opinions on everything from Star Trek to page layouts, and from Trump to TERFs. You won’t want to miss a beat.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother? also by Alison Bechdel
Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Finder by Carla Speed McNeil
Thieves and Kings by Mark Oakley
Horace and Pete by Louis C.K.
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
Alice Grove by Jeph Jacques
Elements edited by Taneka Stotts

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will continue the discussion on The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr, Soundcloud, Twitter, and iTunes.


The TradeWaiters 17: The CAF Episode (TCAF & VanCAF 2016)

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Episode 17 is our “CAF” episode! Join Jon, Jeff, Kathleen, Angela, and special guest Sfé R. Monster as they share some of the best new comics they found at TCAF and VanCAF 2016.

In this episode our panelists talk about:
When You Grow Up by Ma’at Crook
My Sister’s Voice by Alexis Sugden
Clear Quartz by Joamette Gil
(Tr)Eat Yoself by Wai Khan
Before the Snows Come by Kat Verhoeven
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson & Troy Little
Friends and Food Stories by Joslin Chan, Roberta Chang, and Sylvia Chan
Desolation by Jade McGilvray
Journey to Oz by Arianna Mao
Four Fables by Maëlle Doliveux
Sky Gods by Leda Zawacki
Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire by Jane Mai & An Nguyen
Hotel Positano by Levi Hastings
Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis
Sad Boy Comix by Mike Dawson
Version 002 by Jake Wyatt
Late Bloomer by Maré Odomo
Twins by Kiku Hughes
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Escargoteric by Johnny Herber

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud, and we now have a Twitter feed as well.


The TradeWaiters 16: “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind” vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki

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In episode 16 Jon, Jeff, Kathleen, and special guest Jess Pollard continue the discussion of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki with volume 2 (or the second half, depending on what printing you have). The TradeWaiters get philosophical as this manga master-work leads us down roads to nihilism, zen buddhism, relativism, absolutism, pacifism, and existential terror. Welcome to funny books, everybody.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, the movie, as well as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Whispers of the Heart, and Porco Rosso, all by Hayao Miyazaki and/or Studio Ghibli.
Mad Max directed by George Miller
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
This Is How F***ing Scary the Ocean Is by Colleen Webber
Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next book will be Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel, but our next episode will be an afterword on TCAF and VanCAF 2016, coming out on June 10th.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud, and we now have a Twitter feed as well.


The TradeWaiters 15: “Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind” vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

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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.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud.


The TradeWaiters 14: “Jessica Jones: Alias” vol. 3 & 4 by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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In this episode we continue to read through Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, with volumes 3 and 4. We talk about the tricky dance of words and pictures in this series, hypothesize about a Marvel non-comics AU, dis the Savage Land, compare non-canon doujinshi on Wolverine, and discuss post-renaissance mannerism. Oh, and the Jessica Jones Netflix series gets some airtime too. Come with us, on a journey, with your pals, the TradeWaiters.

Also mentioned in this episode are:
The Pulse, Powerless, Daredevil Redemtion, Snake Woman, and The Nightmare Factory, all drawn by Michael Gaydos
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Ultimate Spiderman by Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Bagley
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Spring Break Wolverine by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez
X-Treme X-Men by Chris Claremont & Salvador Larroca
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat by Kate Leth & Brittney Williams
Our Expanding Universe by Alex Robinson
Jessica Jones, the Netflix series, adapted by Melissa Rosenberg
Logan the Bike Courier by Jeff

Music by Sleuth.

Episodes 15 and 16 will be another two-part series, on the first and second halves (respectively) of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind.

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Tomorrow is the book launch for “Last Night at Wyrmwood High”

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Remember that tomorrow is the official launch of Last Night at Wyrmwood High, Kathleen Gros tale of teenage monsters and high school pranks, and Cloudscape’s first single-story graphic novel. The launch party for Wyrmwood High will be at Lucky’s Comics on Thursday, at 7:00 PM. Lucky’s is located on 3972 Main Street, Vancouver, BC.

See you there!


The TradeWaiters 13: “Jessica Jones: Alias” vol. 1 & 2 by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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We’re trying something different! Episode 13 of the TradeWaiters will cover the first two trade paperbacks of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, and then episode 14 will cover volumes 3 and 4. Alias being a Marvel book, it’s a hard sell for some of the TradeWaiters, but we get in pretty deep with the book’s pros and cons. If you’re a comics reader, a comics maker, or just a fan of the Jessica Jones Netflix adaptation, give us a listen and decide for yourself.

Also mentioned in this episode are:
Ultimate Spiderman, Torso, Jynx, Goldfish, Hellspawn, and Fortune and Glory, all written by Brian Michael Bendis
Invincible Iron Man by Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez
Marvels by Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross
Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe
Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men (a podcast)
The Big Lebowski by the Cohen Brothers
Jessica Jones, the Netflix series, adapted by Melissa Rosenberg
Angela’s patreon
Jeff’s patreon

Music by Sleuth.

The next episode will continue the series with volumes 3 & 4 of Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos.

You can also follow the TradeWaiters on Tumblr and Soundcloud.