Cloudscape Comics


Life Finds a Way needs Artists! 

The Cloudscape post-apocalyptic anthology Life Finds a Way needs artists, and we are putting out an All-Call for artists to work with our contributors.
If you are interested in working with us, please email the editors at lifefindsawayanthology(at) gmail (dot) com with your name, contact information, and some samples of your artwork. Any questions can be directed at the above address.

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Swan Song – Vancouver Sun

In the Vancouver Sun, Stuart Derdeyn reviews Swan Song, our music-themed anthology:

“The material is delightfully varied and explores music across all kinds of genres and touches on everything from science to cultural theory, sci-fi and fantasy and even some spores with killer harmonies…. Enjoy honest expressions of why Tegan and Sara are so important to so many (‘Tegan and Sara and Me’ by James Brandi) to Emily Cowan’s wonderful ‘The Sound of Silence,’ all about not really being into music much at all. That her work selects The Young Canadians’ ‘I Hate Music’ as a muse is all the better…. As an introduction to the collective’s output, Swan Song takes flight. It’s also a perfect seasonal gift for anyone with a penchant for graphic novels and/or music.”

For more, read Book Review: Swan Song.

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New Cloudscape Anthology: Life Finds a Way

We are Cloudscape are excited to announce the open call for submissions to our next comics anthology: Life Finds a Way. We will be accepting submissions between July 15th, 2018 and Sept. 31st, 2018. Production of the finished comics will take place between Oct. 1, 2018 and Mar. 30, 2019, and the final product will pay $50/page.

  • Have you ever wanted to know what happens to the people who survive the apocalypse?
  • Have you ever wondered where those survivors get their food?
  • How they rediscover old technologies or create new technology never seen before?
  • Have you ever wished apocalyptic fiction focused a little more on hope, and less on horror?

Life Finds a Way is a comic anthology about post-apocalyptic stories and the hope for tomorrow. Post-apocalyptic fiction as a genre is focused on the horror of humanity’s struggle to survive day-to-day in a shattered world, but rarely touches on the more human aspects of life after society as we know it has fallen. The Life Finds a Way anthology offers a breath of fresh air in the genre, focusing not on gritty realism and tragic misanthropy, but on the real human stories of love, family, courage, and hope despite the circumstances of a changed world.

This anthology will give artists and writers a chance to explore the ways in which people have protected, nurtured, and developed their new communities, as well as highlighting the adaptable resilience of humanity. This does not mean that everything has to be easy for our protagonists – the world has fallen apart, after all, and it will not be rebuilt in a single lifetime – but these stories should show that progress is possible, even if it is as small as tending a garden in an underground shelter. Life, after all, always finds a way.

For more information, visit the Life Finds a Way  page. We look forward to learning about your futures.

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Cloudscape wants to publish your graphic novels

Remember, if you have a great idea for a new comic, then Cloudscape’s interested! We have already published a wide variety of books in numerous genres, everything from horror to children’s humour to fantasy to autobiography, and we’re always looking for more. If there’s a graphic novel you have written or a comics anthology you want to edit, visit our submission guidelines at https://www.cloudscapecomics.com/publishing/ to organize your pitch and send it our way.
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Cloudscape Comics featured in Vancouver Metro

Our executive director, Oliver McTavish-Wisden, was interviewed in the Vancouver Metro, where he talks about Cloudscape’s history, our anthologies, Comics in Transit,  and Vancouver comics in general.

“From a graphic novel that explores Vancouver’s dystopian future to a series of oversized comics that expose transit users to the complexities of life as a refugee to Canada, more and more Vancouver artists are drawn to comics. Many see the art form as a way to explore social truths — and to build community….  The Cloudscape Comics Society continues to have an important influence on Vancouver’s emerging scene. A charity organization of independent comic book artists based in Metro Vancouver, they publish local BC comics and ‘foster a community where BC comic creators can network with each other while developing their craft and continuing to push the boundaries of the comic book medium.'”

To read more, visit “Vancouvering: Growing Comics Art Scene Draws Enthusiasts.”

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Final Cloud Shop: Perspective with Jonathon Dalton

The final Cloud Shop of the year is this Thursday at 7:30, the Cloudscape HQ. Learn perspective with Cloudscape co-founder Jonathon Dalton!  Spend time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

To register for this free workshop, go to Cloud Shop: Perspective.

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Publish your graphic novel through Cloudscape Comics

Though we at Cloudscape are best known for our quality comic anthologies, we also  publish the graphic novels of individual members, such as Kathleen Gros’ Last Night at Wyrmwood High, Steve LeCouilliard’s Una the BladeSean Karemaker’s Feast of Fields, and Jason Turner’s Fir Valleyas well as Bevan Thomas’ Gene Day Award-winning duo of Epic Canadiana collections.  We are currently looking for new books to publish, and the next one could very well be yours.

Do you have an idea for a new graphic novel in any genre? Or perhaps are you interested in publishing a compilation of your webcomic or even in editing a comic anthology of your own? We have the experience and resources to help make that happen. To learn more, check out Pitching a Comic to Cloudscape. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Mural Festival Tomorrow!

Reminding everyone that the Vancouver Mural Festival is tomorrow. This is Vancouver’s largest free public art celebration, and we at Cloudscape will be on-site doing a live comic jam. The individual panels we will be painting will ultimately be put on display around our lovely HQ. We encourage you to participate!

The festival is this Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM. It is located on Main Street between 7th and 12th Ave., excluding Broadway, as well as in the Main-Quebec laneway, from Broadway to 4th, and in the EasyPark parking lot at the SW corner of Main Street and 7th Ave. We will be at booth 6.  For more information about the event, visit the Vancouver Mural Festival website.

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