Much the Miller’s Son: The Doomsday Book

Coming later in 2019, Cloudscape will be publishing the definitive version of Steve LeCouilliard’s Robin Hood series Much the Miller’s Son.

Much the Miller’s Son is a minor character from the original tales of Robin Hood, but in this story he becomes our point of view character. The usual gang is there; Robin, Marion, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and Little John, but each with a new and subversive spin on the original. In this comic Steve combines a Bande Dessinee aesthetic with raunchy humour and a revisionist historical sensibility. Much the Miller’s Son is a comedy, with the plot moved along by ridiculous characters working at cross purposes. It is full of visual gags, wacky twists, crude humour and slapstick with a comedy structure that wouldn’t be out of place in Medieval theatre. If Chaucer wrote Bugs Bunny cartoons, they might come out something like Much the Miller’s Son.

Steve began working on Much the Miller’s Son in 2007, and has self-published three volumes over the years, including the Xeric-winning Robin’s Seven. The Doomsday Book will include a brand new chapter as all of the Sheriff’s schemes come to fruition. Steve is currently re-posting the pages as they get coloured on his Tumblr and on Instagram. You can follow along with the misadventures there, and stay tuned there or here for more news as we get ready for a Kickstarter campaign some time in 2019.

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Cloudscape Christmas Card Creation at Sunset Community Centre

Last Sunday (the 2nd), various Cloudscape artists helped people make Christmas cards at Sunset Community Centre. Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Life Finds a Way needs Artists! 

The Cloudscape post-apocalyptic anthology Life Finds a Way needs artists, and we are putting out an All-Call for artists to work with our contributors.
If you are interested in working with us, please email the editors at lifefindsawayanthology(at) gmail (dot) com with your name, contact information, and some samples of your artwork. Any questions can be directed at the above address.

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Cloudscape Comics featured in Langara Voice

Cloudscape Comics is featured in Langara College’s newspaper, the Voice:

“Cloudscape Comics Society has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the back room of a coffee shop, and is now a force to be reckoned with in Vancouver’s art scene….  A local comic artist who’s been with Cloudscape since 2016, James Brandi, said the society has been an invaluable resource for networking and meeting kindred spirits. ‘It’s the only thing like it in Vancouver, as far as I’ve been able to find,” Brandi said. “If you are involved in comics in Vancouver, you’ll end up going through there.'”

For more, check out Mandy Moon’s article “Cloudscape Comics Floats to a Bright Future at Fieldhouse.”

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Swan Song – Vancouver Sun

In the Vancouver Sun, Stuart Derdeyn reviews Swan Song, our music-themed anthology:

“The material is delightfully varied and explores music across all kinds of genres and touches on everything from science to cultural theory, sci-fi and fantasy and even some spores with killer harmonies…. Enjoy honest expressions of why Tegan and Sara are so important to so many (‘Tegan and Sara and Me’ by James Brandi) to Emily Cowan’s wonderful ‘The Sound of Silence,’ all about not really being into music much at all. That her work selects The Young Canadians’ ‘I Hate Music’ as a muse is all the better…. As an introduction to the collective’s output, Swan Song takes flight. It’s also a perfect seasonal gift for anyone with a penchant for graphic novels and/or music.”

For more, read Book Review: Swan Song.

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The TradeWaiters 54: “Why Art?” by Eleanor Davis

Why Art? by Eleanor Davis is a meditation on what art means for the artist and for society. This surreal story isn’t one that can be easily pinned down, but it is complex and insightful, and Jess, Jam, Jeff, and kgros will spend some time unpacking it with you. Read it, listen in, and decide if you want it on YOUR fantasy football curriculum vitae.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Stinky, Flop to the Top, Libby’s Dad, You and a Bike and a Road, and How to Be Happy, also by Eleanor Davis
Frontier published by Youth in Decline
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Saberia by the students at Guilford Secondary School
To Kill a Dragon directed by Mark Zakharov
and Anne written by Moira Walley-Beckett.

And our own projects:
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Archie volumes 1 & 2 by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, and Veronica Fish.

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

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The TradeWaiters 53: “The Complete Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

Comics are the closest thing to the experience of remembering. The Complete Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran, living through the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, moving to Europe alone at fourteen, and returning home to a country she barely recognized. It’s one of the best comics ever made, and now you can listen to the TradeWaiters gush about it for an hour.

Also mentioned in this episode:
Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon, and The Sigh, also by Marjane Satrapi, and The Voices, directed by her.
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Dark Angels of Darkness by Al Gofa
Patrik the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
and ASMR cooking videos.

And our own projects:
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathon Dalton
Crossroads by Jeff Ellis
Lunar Maladies by kgros
and Liquid Shell by Jess Pollard

Music by Sleuth.

Our next episode will be on Why Art? by Eleanor Davis.

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

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Cloudscape member creates “Nasrin’s Journey,” a comic about the Refugee Experience

Nasrin’s Journey by Cloudscape member Anat Rabkin is a comic inspired by the refugee experiences of several students from Byrne Creek Secondary School in Burnaby. This zine tells the story of a fictional Yazidi family who flee from war-torn Iraq to Canada. Students will learn about the many barriers most refugees face before finally settling as permanent residents in their country of asylum. Teachers can print multiple copies of the zine or students can read it on a SMART Board or tablet. The lesson plans help students to delve deeper into the refugee experience.

To read this comic, visit Nasrin’s Journey on the website for British Columbia’s Teachers’ Federation.

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On Kickstarter, a new graphic novel by Jose Pimienta about music and magic

There’s a great new graphic novel on Kickstarter from Cloudscape friend Jose Pimienta. Suncatcher tells the story of a young musician in Mexicali in the early 2000s. When she discovers her grandfather’s soul is trapped inside his old guitar, she takes it upon herself to find a way to save him. Meanwhile, she also aims to be in a unique local band with big dreams to be part of the current movement of bands across the country of Mexico. To learn more, check out the Suncatcher Kickstarter page.

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