Aliena Shoemaker

Line-up for "Bones of the Coast," Cloudscape’s next anthology


The participating artists & writers for Bones of the Coast, our up-coming horror anthology, have been working hard to make their stories as frightening as possible, so it’s time to give them a little recognition. The anthology will include the talents of:

  • Kelly Aarons
  • Shannon Campbell
  • Chloe Chan
  • Anastasiya Chernaya
  • Jonathon Dalton
  • Michael Elliott
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Kevin Forbes
  • Mindy Fraser
  • KC Green
  • Britt c. h.
  • Abby Hontiveros
  • Abby Howard
  • Lindsay Ishihiro
  • Kathleen Jacques
  • Sean Karemaker
  • Emily Lampson
  • Christian Lett
  • Reetta Linjama
  • Sam Logan
  • Nina Matsumoto
  • Angela Melick
  • Sfé Monster
  • Cameron Morris
  • Renee Nault
  • Emily Partridge
  • Alina Pete
  • Yuriy Plisenko
  • Jess Pollard
  • Simon Roy
  • Kris Sayer
  • Aliena Shoemaker
  • Kris Straub
  • Bevan Thomas
  • Adam Tuck
  • Jeri Weaver
  • Pam Wishbow

We’re incredibly excited to see these stories develop – we hope you are, too!


Weekly Comic Round-Up

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.


Cloudscape Weekly Webcomic Round-Up 1

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.


Observations on the American Manga Market 1

by Aliena Shoemaker

There was a time when the local Borders was the only store in my city that carried manga (Japanese comics) in the trade paper back format. The titles the store carried were limited to a grand total of about five. The titles included had either been readily available to the North American audience for multiple years via their on-screen adaptations (such as Dragonball Z) or they were the most popular titles in Japan at the time (mostly titles by the group CLAMP such as X and Chobits). Selection was limited, and if you did not live in a large city with a China or Japan Town, it was practically impossible to find anything other than what was available for mass market purchase. Some random paper issues could be located in specialty comic stores from time to time but they were often badly-translated and hard to collect due to bad distribution.

Rise of American Manga

Fast forward ten years.

Now one may walk into any bookstore of a decent size and find a manga section that takes up from one to four rows. Some comic stores have whole floors dedicated to the translated comics. Some sci-fi and fantasy fans had been watching badly subtitled VHS tapes of anime (Japanese animation) such as Gundam that they dug up in Chinatown since the 80’s. So why the (relatively) sudden boom in anime and manga in America?