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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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New Graphic Novels available in the Cloudcape store

We are excited to announce that more graphic novels by our members can be bought from the Cloudscape store:

Teach English in Japan

Story by Jonathon Dalton & Jeff Ellis, art by Jeff Ellis

A dramedy about the trials and tribulations of experiencing a new country. James Kelly is tired of struggling at a minimum wage job in Vancouver and moves to Japan to become an English teacher.  Things are off to a rocky start with some mistaken identities and bureaucracy. As well as a man named James Friesen. Watch our hapless characters find their footing in the Land of the Rising Sun. Welcome to Japan! Gambatte!

Much the Miller’s Son

by Steve LeCouilliard

Much never wanted to be an outlaw! He is a nervous young man who has never even left his family home. But when circumstances conspire to make him one of Robin Hood’s merry men, Much finds himself on the run from the Sheriff of Nottingham and hopelessly infatuated with Maid Marion. Sherwood Forest will never be the same again….

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New member books available in Cloudscape store

We are happy to report that two more member books have been added to the Cloudscape store:

A Mad Tea Party by Jonathon Dalton

A science fiction thriller in which Connie and Matilda Sakura, two perfectly ordinary genetically-engineered girls, struggle against numerous threats.  Their parents fought a war in space against giant alien robots, but that was a long time ago. Unfortunately for the next generation, there’s a revolution brewing in Earth’s unstable political climate, and one group of teenage revolutionaries in particular has their eyes set on any Genie they can get their hands on. When Matilda’s boyfriend (ex-boyfriend) kidnaps Connie, her older sister has to figure out a way to rescue her. Even though she’s the one without any useful genetic abilities.

 

 

White Rat and Other Stories by Matthew Nielsen

This bundle of comics features The White Rat (a look into the lives rats live), Why? (a semi-autobiographical mini comic about someone’s thoughts and inner struggles), The Fallen (a silent tale of the afterlife shown in powerful inked illustrations) and NJ’s VanCAF Adventure (an autobiographical retelling of the artist’s experience during the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival of 2018). Also included in this bundle are two randomly selected mini-prints of illustrations by the artist.

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Cloudscape at Main Street Car Free Day this Sunday

This Sunday, June 17, is Main Street’s Car Free Day, the biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals. It lasts from noon to 7 pm and spans 21 blocks on Main Street, ranging from Broadway to 30th, and features 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street. This is a fun, family-friendly event with kid-zones, skateboarders, funky artisan shops and popular food vendors. You can really taste the flavour of Main Street with extended patios from many restaurants.

Stop by Cloudscape’s book to see our first ever Cloudzine! We will be a special sales booth dedicated to the works of Cloudscape and its members, as well as numerous fun drawing activities for kids!

Learn more about this even at Car Free Vancouver: Main Street and we hope to see you there.

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“Sparks” by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto


Eisner-award winning Simpsons artists and Cloudscape contributors Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto recently published Sparks! from Scholastic, a young readers graphic novel about August and Charlie, two cats who meet as fellow prisoners in a secret animal testing laboratory and then build a mechanical dog suit to perform acts of heroism. Sparks has gotten a lot of attention from numerous reviewers, and the magazine Quill & Quire described it as “the kind of story that, despite its zaniness and hilariously overstuffed plot, makes you genuinely care about the complicated friendship at its core…. Boothby keeps a lot of narrative plates spinning without breaking a single one. Matsumoto’s bright, dynamic, and cartoonish illustrations, though vaguely reminiscent of a certain show about a dysfunctional Springfield family, are a perfect fit with the text.”

Sparks has been so popular that it’s  #3 on the best sellers list for Canadian kids books this month! For more information on this compelling graphic novel, check out Scholastic’s Sparks page.

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Comics in Transit now displayed at Cloudscape HQ

Our latest Comics in Transit told the tales of many refugees in comic form, stories of their trials and tribulations coming to Canada. The comic pages were large, as each one was put in bus shelters for the public to read. Now the comic are available at our studio. To see more, check out the Cloudscape Instragram page, and then stop by our headquarters to read these compelling stories in person.

 

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Getting Your Bio on the Cloudscape Website

Hello, Everyone! We’d like to remind you that if you are a member of Cloudscape Comics (you’ve been in one of our books or have attended three meetings), we’d appreciate it if you made a profile for yourself, and list your webcomic (if applicable) on our website.

As you can see, we have a complete artists listing here: http://www.cloudscapecomics.com/artists and a complete webcomic listing here:   http://www.cloudscapecomics.com/comics. If you would like to add your profile and your webcomic to our site, check out the requirements and process at   http://www.cloudscapecomics.com/2015/11/25/revised-artist-bios-needed/

We recommend everyone do this, as it helps us get you work, and it allows people another avenue to discover your work.

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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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More Great Comics You Can Back

Fresh off our success with the Kickstarter campaign for Swan Song, I’d like to take a minute to pay it forward and spread the word on a handful of other excellent-looking comics that our colleagues in the comics small press world are fundraising for right now. Check them out, and consider backing them if they look like your kind of thing! Do it soon, though, because time is running out on a couple of these.


Niki Smith’s Crossplay is a love letter to a fandom. The erotic graphic novel for every otaku who’s ever had a convention weekend hookup… or just wish they had.

Home from college for the summer, a group of friends– including cosplay photographer Priya, con pal Emi, lifelong and currently-transitioning friend Lee, crossplayer Sierra, her very supportive boyfriend Tommy, and the mysteriously distracted Jillian– have reunited at their favorite con. What begins as two days of simple fun turns into earth-shaking milestones of sexual discovery, confessed crushes, and gender exploration. Over the course of a single weekend, the group uses what they love to figure out who they are, what they want, and what will make them happy.


Habibi is a new zine-style anthology featuring prose stories and comics weaving together stories of love told by Muslim women. Each piece is a unique perspective on what love can mean to someone, whether it’s romantic, familial, or even love of self.

Habibi is edited by Hadeel al-Massari (organizer, GeekGirlCon) and Nyala Ali (journalist, Women Write About Comics), and published by Bedside Press (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls).


SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 tells ancient legends in a way never before seen! From the multiple award-winning publisher of MOONSHOT The Indigenous Comics Collection comes the next incredible collection – Volume 2 of the Jewish Comics Anthology called SCI!

Inside SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2 you will find 18 original comic book and graphic novel stories full of action, drama, humour, horror and romance. Edited by Steven Bergson, each story is based on ages-old tales from Hebrew culture – retold as epic sci-fi visions of the future.

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