Cloudscape will be at Emerald City Comicon April 7-10 with members, Jeff Ellis, Steve LeCouilliard, Jonathon Dalton, and Kathleen Jacques in attendance. Come by and say hello at booth 1332, near artists alley.
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.
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
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.
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!
Happy New Years!
Just reminding everyone that there is one more day left in our fundraiser for Una the Blade, Steve LeCouilliard’s classic tale of Dying Earth swords & sorcery. If you want to own a copy of this exciting graphic novel, then rush over to the Una the Blade Kickstarter.
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.
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.
Once again, here’s what Cloudscape webcomics have been most recently been up to in this last week, in no particular order.
1. In Teaching English in Japan, by Jeff Ellis and Jonathan Dalton, James K tells the kids something about himself.
2. In Even in Arcadia, by Anise Shaw, a woman eats a plum in front of some impressive airships.
3. In Sam and Fuzzy, by Sam Logan, Sam and Fuzzy become popular video game characters illustrated by Shortpack‘s David Willis.
4. In Wasted Talent, by Angela Melick, we are educated in hockey lore.
5. In The Adventures of Gog Mulligan, by Sydney More, Gog encounters a strange lady.
6. In Ed’s R Us, by Ed Appleby, Ed visits a comic shop.
7. In Much the Miller’s Son, by Steve LeCouilliard, Much is lost again and Book 3 ends.
8. In Titanzer, by Kevin Wilson, people discuss the ramifications of an alien invasion.
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.