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Kickstarter for “Halfsoul,” a fantasy-based graphic novel exploring mental health


For the month of May, SWKart is running a kickstarter for a graphic novel entitled Halfsoul, which deals with mental illness within a fantasy context. The story is set in a world where it’s possible to trade half of one’s soul for the power to grant one’s wish. Those who do become “halfsouls” and are often hunted for elimination. Follow the journey of four halfsoul hunters, with their own personal and questionable histories with halfsouls. What appears to be black and white becomes a story of vulnerability, mental illness, and recovery.

SWKart is run by Kelly Chen, who recently graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. When asked about her motivations for creating Halfsoul, she replied: “One of the things I’ve noticed is mental illness/ trauma stories tend to focus on the tragedy without much focus on the recovery. I don’t want Halfsoul to follow that path. It’s never a clear-cut journey to recovery, but I am trying to write the story with a focus towards recovery.”

To learn more about this compelling local graphic novel, visit the Halfsoul Kickstarter page.

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Save the Rio Theatre!

The Rio Theatre needs your help! Recent zoning changes have attracted the attention of developers who want to buy the Rio and tear it down for a new development project that would leave a big cavernous hole on the corner of Commercial and Broadway for years, and there is only one way to stop them: the Rio needs to buy the building. To do that, they  need to raise a $3 million down payment, which they hope to with $1 million from donors plus $2 million from private investors.

The Rio Theatre is one of the last remaining indie theatres in Vancouver. It is an award-winning live performance venue/single-screen cinema that has become a centre for indie performance arts in Vancouver. If you want to help support the Rio Theatre, visit the Save the Rio Theatre Indiegogo page and help spread the word. There’s  a lot of great perks to buy on their page, such as Rio year-passes, tickets, and various goodies donated by local businesses. More importantly, you’d be doing your part to keeping alive such a pivotal part of Vancouver’s art scene.

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Kickstarter for Toronto Comics: Osgoode as Gold

Toronto Comics is back again with a new anthology on Kickstarter featuring 24 fresh comic stories from Toronto-based indie veterans and first-time creators. From the strange giants that prowl Kensington at midnight, the vengeful Pacific Mall dance mafia, or the dragon-hunting wannabes working Queen Street, they’ve got stories inspired by every part of Canada’s largest city.

Toronto Comics: Osgoode As Gold is 220 colour pages of all-new comics, brought to you by 50+ local indie veterans and first-time creators. With a cover by Irma Kniivila (Ms. Marvel, Deadpool) and a foreword from Chip Zdarsky (Jughead, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), this book is a celebration of the talent and diversity of Toronto’s comics community. To get your own copy of the anthology (or other great graphic novels from Toronto Comics), visit the Osgoode As Gold Kickstarter page.

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Four days left in “Monsterella” Kickstarter!

BC comic creator Nevin Arnold, who drew the cover for Cloudscape’s Epic Canadiana #2  (as well as co-authoring one of the short stories) is Kickstarting issue 2 of Monsterella, his action/adventure/horror/sci-fi anthology inspired by spooky and action-packed magazines of the 1970’s like Vampirella, 2000 AD, Creepy, and Eerie.

This 40 page sinister second issue revolves around the continuing adventures of Montrossa Rella, AKA “Monsterella,” the warden of an intergalactic prison planet, where the galaxy’s worst of the worst monsters are imprisoned and isolated from the rest of the universe. All hell breaks loose when an unexpected revolt overthrows her, and threatens the safety of the entire galaxy.

There are only four days left in the Monsterella Kickstarter, so if you wish a copy of issue 2 or some of Nevin  Arnold’s other great comics, then visit the Monsterella Kickstarter.

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“Band vs Band Volume 2” Kickstarter

Kathleen Jacques is a frequent contributor to Cloudscape Comics as both a cartoonist and an editor, as well as the creator of Band vs Band, a long-running webcomic about two clashing musicians: wholesome do-gooder Honey Hart and bad-girl troublemaker Turpentine. The two musicians start as enemies and rivals but gradually fall in love; it’s fun, queer, and retro-inspired, with a distinctive visual style. Kathleen has started the Kickstarter for volume two of Band vs Band, and we encourage you to check it out!

Whether you are already a fan of this great webcomic or are a comic fan interested in discovering something new, take a look at the Band vs Band  Volume 2 Kickstarter page.

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“Faerie Fire” – an RPG bestiary featuring cloudscape contributors

If you are a fan of role-playing games or great monster art, then you should know that Faerie Fire has started its kickstarter. This is a Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition supplement masterminded by prominent Cloudscape contributor Shannon Campbell that explores the bizarre world of the fairies with numerous new monsters and magical items. Faerie Fire is inspired by the neon noir aesthetic of the late 80s, with a touch of Trapper Keeper, and a spot of 90s Lisa Frank thrown in for good measure. With magic reminiscent of neon lights and holograms, and a fey court full of glamour, the fairy wilds are filled with creatures dazzling and deadly in equal measure.

Faerie Fire features numerous artists who also have contributed to Cloudscape books, including Renee Nault, Nina Matsumoto, Sfe Monster, and Alina Pete. Part artbook, part bestiary, Faerie Fire is guaranteed to be a stunning addition to your bookshelf. To order it and various other great perks, go to the Faerie Fire Kickstarter page.

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InkBot: A Monthly Indie Comics Subscription Box

InkBot (www.inkbotcomics.com) is a monthly subscription service that aims to deliver small press and self-published comics directly to your door. They’re running a fundraiser on Indiegogo at the moment to fund their operation and take pre-orders. Unfortunately they don’t ship to Canada at the moment, only the US, so most of our readers won’t be able to take advantage of this. They are looking for small press and indie cartoonists to pitch them books to include in their list, however, and for that Canadians are eligible.

Right now they’ve got four days left and a long way to go to meet their target, which is too bad because it looks like a really cool project. If you’re a cartoonist looking to participate, maybe it’s worth contacting them regardless. If this campaign doesn’t succeed, hopefully they’ll find a way to bring it back in another form. Here’s the link! And if you’re an American craving indie comics, get on this now! Miracles can still happen.

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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”

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Swan Song: “Out of the Blue Period” by Sleuth

If you like Swan Song, you’re probably a music fan. We are now offering a new tier in our Kickstarter. Along with the Swan Song soft cover you can get the vinyl album “Out of the Blue Period” from Sleuth, a great local indie band that just happens to include Oliver McTavish-Wisden, one of our contributors. In fact, you could call Sleuth the unofficial (official) band of Cloudscape, and they provided the music for our Kickstarter video.

You can listen to part of the album at Sleuth: Out of the Blue Period and purchase this tier on the Swan Song Kickstarter page. There’s only three days to go before the Kickstarter ends!

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