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The final days of the “Swan Song” Kickstarter

The Swan Song Kickstarter ends on Saturday. This is Cloudscape’s last annual anthology edited by board members and voted on by the Cloudscape Comics membership, a process that has been a part of Cloudscape for 10 years! This anthology marks both our anniversary, and our departure from this particular publishing method, as we move onto a model that puts more opportunities and knowledge in the hands of BC creators.

If you are interested in supporting Cloudscape and making our last annual anthology an impressive one, we encourage you to buy a copy of Swan Song and other things from the Kickstarter’s various tiers.

For example, the deluxe version of Swan Song comes with fake band posters inspired by the various comics and designed by the great Kathleen Jacques of Band vs Band. We also have art commissions available, a pin featuring Cloudscape’s coat-of-arms, a complete library of old Cloudscape books, and many more . Check out the Swan Song Kickstarter while there’s still time!

from Hannah Myers’ “Booty Trap”

from Sfe Monster’s “Pier Music”


Kickstarter for Beyond 2: A Queer Post-Apocalypse & Urban Fantasy Comic Anthology

Frequent Cloudscape contributor Sfe Monster has launched the Kickstarter for Beyond 2: Queer Post-Apocalypse & Urban Fantasy, the second installment in the award-winning series of queer SF comic anthologies edited by Sfe Monster and Taneka Stotts. The Kickstarter not only features Beyond and Beyond 2, but numerous other high-quality goodies. So stop by the Beyond 2 Kickstarter page and do your part to support this great graphic novel.


Cloudscape Artists on Autostraddle


Autostraddle is an online magazine and social network for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, and this year the 3rd Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Arts Awards have turned their attention to several comics by Cloudscape contributors!

  • Band vs Band, the music-related webcomic of Kathleen Jacques, has been nominated as one of the Favorite Episodic Webcomics.
  • Beyond, the queer-focused science fiction anthology co-edited by Sfe Johnson and featuring several other Cloudscape contributors, has been nominated for Favorite Comics Anthology.

Now that the nominees are up, you can vote for which one you feel deserves to win in each category. To show your Cloudscape solidarity, vote in the 2016 Autostradle Awards. Deadline for all voting is Saturday, September 24.


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

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

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.

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


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


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)


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.


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


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
  • 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!


Kickstarter Fundraiser for "Beyond" comics anthology

The Beyond Kickstarter fundraiser has begun! This 250+ page comics anthology features 18 stories of fantasy and science fiction starring queer protagonists, full of swashbuckling space pirates, dragon slayers, death-defying astronauts, and monster royalty. The project is helmed by Sfe Monster, who contributed to Mega Fauna (Cloudscape’s latest anthology), and Beyond features a story by long-standing Cloudscape memnbers Bevan Thomas and Kate Ebensteiner. So if you’re interested in taking a look at this bold, fresh collection of speculative fiction comics, stop by the Beyond Kickstarter page.