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Cloudscape’s Cloud Shops

Are you already making comics, but want to take it to the next level? Or perhaps you’re a writer or an artist, but comics are a new challenge and you’re looking for some professional advice? As always, Cloudscape Comics is here to help you learn! We are pleased to present our first ever workshop series for developing youth and adult comic artists. Cloud Shops is a series of free lessons delivered by talented, established comic artists living in British Columbia that will cover all topics related to comics creation, from typography and digital inking to anatomy, storytelling, and even learning how to create sculptures of your characters from modelling clay.

The particular workshops will be:

  • Aug 24 – Jeff Ellis – Manga Studio
    Learn some tools and tricks for making comics using Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio), from thumbnailing to penciling, inking, colouring, and lettering.
  • Aug 31 – Jade McGilvray – Sculpture and Bust Making
    Learn how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!
  • Sept 6 – Anat Rabkin – Excel For Cartoonists
    Bookkeeper (and Cloudscape treasurer) Anat Rabkin will teach you how to use Microsoft Excel to manage your art career and keep track of your self-employment income.
  • Sept 7 – Jade McGilvray & Hannah Myers – Drawing Human Anatomy
    Improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.
  • Sept 14 – Kathleen Jacques – Lettering and Typography
    No comic is complete without lettering. Learn how to make your text pop, your sound-effects carry weight, and your pages sparkle.
  • Sept 21 – Steve LeCouilliard – Storytelling for Comics
    Tighten up your storytelling chops with veteran comicker and animation storyboarder Steve LeCouilliard.
  • Sept 28 – Vanessa Kelly – Composition
    Study how to better compose panels, choose moments, manage transitions, and arrange your pages. This is the fundamental anatomy of the comics medium.
  • Oct 5 – Alina Pete – Drawing Four-legged Animals
    Drawing animals is hard! Learn how to better draw horses, dogs, cats, tigers, bears, and any other four-legged friends.
  • Oct 12 – Jonathon Dalton – Perspective
    Spend some time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

Hope to see you there!

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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.

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“Una the Blade” ebook sale ends April 1st!

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Our latest graphic novel is Una the Blade, a tale of swords & sorcery in a dying Earth, where a single-mother barbarian struggles to defend her children from a world gone mad. It is written by Steve LeCouilliard and illustrated by a wide variety of artists, including such BC illuminaries as Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung) and Renee Nault (graphic novel adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale). The ebook version is currently on sale at Gumroad for $3.95, but that ends at the end of this month, when it will increase to its regular price of $9.95. So if you want to pick up this terrific fantasy graphic novel at a great bargain, make sure you do for the end of the month. Check out the Una the Blade page on the official Cloudscape store for more.

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Launch Party for Steve LeCouilliard’s “Una the Blade”

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We at Cloudscape are excited to announce the book launch of Una the Blade by Steve Le Couilliard, a swords & sorcery graphic novel of a barbarian single mom struggling to protect her children in a world gone mad.

Cloudscape will be celebrating the Una book launch on:

Saturday, March 19, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

The event is free and everyone is welcome. Steve will be there selling and signing copies of Una as well as limited edition postcards and original art. Also attending the launch will be numerous other prominent local comic creators, including many Cloudscape members. Visitors will be able to purchase food and drink from the tavern, the Storm Crow’s unique fantasy & sci-fi atmosphere, and hobnob with a wide selection of Vancouver’s diverse comics community. Sign-up to the event’s Facebook page at the Una the Blade Book Launch.

Una the Blade is a dying-earth fantasy adventure in the style of such classic authors as Jack Vance and Clark Ashton Smith. It is the long-gestating brainchild of Steve LeCouilliard, creator of the Xeric Grant-winning Much the Miller’s Son, co-creator and artist of Dreadful Sirens with writer Karla Pacheco, and a 12-year veteran of the animation industry. He is joined in Una by a parade of comic artist greats: Simon Roy, Katie Shanahan, Tess Fowler, Renee Nault, Chris Johnston, Michael Stearns, Claudia Aguirre, and Sloane Leong.

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The Una the Blade Kickstarter made more than four times its target goal!

Una the Blade

The Una the Blade Kickstarter is over, and it earned $11,107. That’s more than four times its target goal! Now Cloudscape’s second single-author graphic novel is going to print having not only paid for its printing but also all the artists involved with a nice chunk left over. Thank you so much for all your support, and we can’t wait to send you the book. Also, keep your eyes peeled on this blog over the next few weeks as Cloudscape has a lot of exciting new stuff planned for 2016!

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Grant Received for Three Cloudscape Books!

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.

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Una the Blade Returns!


You will remember the daring woman warrior – mother – of -two from her appearance in our anthology “Funday Sunnies“, and now member and contributor Steve LeCouilliard is taking Una the Blade to her next project. LeCouilliard is currently posting a plethora of concept and design work on his Una the Blade Tumblr for reactions and feedback, and it’s just getting better and better.

So what’s in store for Una? “In order to keep up some momentum on this project, I want to try posting one item a day.” LeCouilliard says on his tumblr account. Eventually Una the Blade will be collected into an eBook that will be available for download by donation. How often? We’re not sure yet, but we’ll be posting when we do!

So, why not a webcomic? “I have a webcomic already, for which I won a prestigious Xeric Grant.” LeCouilliard explains, “It’s called Much the Miller’s Son and it’s a comedy about Robin Hood’s least Merry Man.” He goes on to explain that he has two reasons for not wanting to post Una as a webcomic: the ill fit of the “page at a time” updates to the story and the monetary black hole that webcomics can become. We’re excited by the donation eBook structure, which is common with indie music and video, but hasn’t really broken into comics. Each reader can pay what they see as fair, or what they can afford, and the artist gets conpensated for his time and hard work.

If you’d like to see Una’s first appearance, you can pick up a copy of Funday Sunnies in our online store.

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