Jordyn Bochon, former Vancouverite and occasional Cloudscape contributor, has launched a fundraiser for her new project. The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe will be an ongoing comics series and Jordyn is raising the funds to print the first three issues. She says:
“The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe is the macabre story of one man’s self destructive, occult journey to utter ruin told through a veil of humor, gore, and glamour. This project is a labor of love, spanning several years. With this fundraiser I hope to self-publish the first three issues and get my work out to a larger audience. I’ve been publishing my own comics for years because I am passionate about what I do and can’t imagine doing it any other way.”
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.
Here’s the latest thing that happened last week in Cloudscape webcomics:
1. A Mad-Tea Party by Jonathon Dalton. The New Youth decide their policy on nonhuman prisoners.
2. Teach English in Japan by Jeff Ellis and Jonathon Dalton. James starts teaching sooner than he expected..
3. Wasted Talent by Angela Melick. Eating jelly beans.
4. Ed’s R Us by Ed Appleby. Some elves aren’t big on Star Trek.
5. Sam and Fuzzy by Sam Logan. The Ninja Mafia Service is morally uplifting work.
6. Gobbleknoll by Sydney More. More problems with the carnivorous hill.
7. Homo Erectus by Sydney More. Canada has dirty birds.
8. Even in Arcadia by Anise Shaw. Even at the best of times, fae knights are intimidating.
9. Titanzer by Kevin Wilson. Giant Robot fist-fight!
10. Two Keys by Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker. “Chapter 13: Two-Faces.” In which Colin and Lucas take the scenic route.
11. The Mystery Adventures of the Scout by Oliver. Leathertongues is not a nice man.
The latest news in Cloudscape webcomics:
1. Teach English in Japan by Jeff Ellis and Jonathan Dalton debates the Japanese work ethic.
2. Wasted Talent by Angela Melick shows how the riot in Vancouver gave a lot of buildings frowny faces.
3. In Ed’s R Us by Ed Appleby. Ed gets to change his hockey jersey back.
4. Sam and Fuzzy by Sam Logan reminds us that a dinosaur with a monocle controls everything.
5. Gobbleknoll by Sydney More. a rabbit tries to get Gobbleknoll the carnivorous hill to eat him.
6. Even in Arcadia by Anise Shaw reminds us that bigotry is everywhere. Perhaps even in Arcadia.
7. Titanzer by Kevin Wilson. “Thud!” is not a good sound.
Here’s the latest thing that happened last week in Cloudscape webcomics:
1. A Mad Tea Party by Jonathon Dalton, a bus’ path is disrupted by a political march.
2. Teaching English in Japan by Jeff Ellis and Jonathon Dalton, James gets more of a feel for Ricky’s teaching style.
3. Wasted Talent by Angela Melick, the social effects of moving cubes is discussed.
4. Ed’s R Us by Ed Appleby, a larper throws a fireball at an elf.
5. Sam and Fuzzy by Sam Logan. Fart Trap.
6. Gobbleknoll by Sydney More. Rabbits must face a carnivorous hill.
7. Homo Erectus by Sydney More. Flawed garments.
8. Even in Arcadia by Anise Shaw. They won’t let her shop!
9. Titanzer by Kevin Wilson. Giant Robot attacks!
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.
So me, Michael Park, and Ray Hsu walked into a bar… and we decided to make a graphic novel motion video collaboration!
This comic is also available in the next 21 Journeys book, a experiment in storytelling and exploration in visual language, tone, mood, and the idea of a journey.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
21 Journeys is currently available for preorder over on IndieGoGo. This comic, along with 20 other short stories by Cloudscape members are featured in the book!