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.”
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.
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.
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.
Just reminding everyone that there is no Cloudscape meeting this Wednesday (December the 27th), due to the winter holidays. Our next meeting will be on January 3rd. Happy holidays!
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.
In case you haven’t heard the news already, the Swan Song kickstarter succeeded! We get to print our book! This one was a nail-biter right to the last twenty minutes, but with the generous support of over 400 backers, we’re going to be able to send this beautiful anthology off to the printers in Quebec soon. In the final count, we actually over-funded to $32,644. Thank-you all so much! Your pledges and your help spreading the news about Swan Song are what have made this anthology possible. I promise that we here at Cloudscape Comics will be working hard to deliver you the best book we possibly can. Stay tuned to this station for news about books being sent out to Kickstarter backers, the book (and ebook) being available for purchase online, and a future Swan Song book launch yet to be planned.
I think 2018 is gonna be a big year for Cloudscape.
Amidst all of our Swan Song posting, we also want to take a moment to recognize that one of our long time members, Johnnie Christmas (you may know him as the fellow who worked with Margaret Atwood on Angel Catbird), is putting out a new book with Image Comics. If you have a moment, check out Firebug!
“A volcano goddess named Keegan is loose in the world, and the prophecies are unclear whether her coming will bring humanity’s destruction or its salvation. In the shadow of a sacred volcano from which Keegan derives her powers, lies the ancient city of Azar. To unravel the mysteries of her past, Keegan and her friends must get to Azar before it is overrun by a horde of forest monsters. Meanwhile, the nefarious Cult of the Goddess has plans to summon forces as old as time to extinguish Keegan’s flame permanently.”
The Swan Song Kickstarter continues, and if you buy the Swan Song deluxe edition, you’ll not only get a hardcover of our music-themed anthology, but also a set of band posters and postcards drawn by our contributing artists.
Here’s one of the postcards, drawn by contributor Hannah Myers:
We are really excited to announce that Swan Song will be available in both Hardcover and softcover! $45 for the hardcover and $30 for the softcover. Pre-order yours today!