In 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 salvation. In the shadow of a sacred volcano, from which Keegan derives her powers, lies the ancient city of Azar. Holding the key to 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.
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.”
Toronto’s NOW magazine features a cover article about the new graphic novel collaboration between Canadian icon Margaret Atwood and Cloudscape artist Johnnie Christmas.
“He’s young, she’s not. She’s a cat lover, he’s a dog lover. He’s a modest, relatively unknown graphic novelist, she’s one of the world’s best-known writers and a Canadian icon. The collaboration between Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood is one of the least likely you could imagine. Yet they’ve produced a small marvel of a comic book project, the first installment of Angel Catbird, about a gene-splicing experiment gone wrong and the superhero who emerges from the accident to fight the evil half-rat Dr. Muroid.”
For more, read the full article: “Unlikely Collaborators Get ‘Litter-Ary’ with New Graphic Novel.”
The first batch of “Comics in Transit” comics will be removed on October 5, so you only have one more week to spot them! Here’s where they all are:
- Powell 20m W/O Main NS – Phillip Barrett
- Cambie 31m s/o W. 43rd WS – Steve Rolston
- Commercial 20m N/O E. 6th ES – Steve Rolston
- Fraser 20m N/O E. 28th ES – Sam Logan
- E. Hastings 43m E/O Windermere SS – Jonathon Dalton
- Kingsway 20m W/O Rupert NS – Johnnie Christmas
- Nanaimo 27m S/O William WS – Jonathon Dalton
- W. 10th 29m W/O Tolmie – Jason Turner
- W. 41st 11m W/O Dunbar SS – Nina Matsumoto
- E. 49th 31m E/O Killarney SS – Sean Karemaker
After they come down, a new batch of comics will replace them, so keep your eyes peeled!
Cloudscape’s “Comics in Transit” keeps on rolling! Comics have been popping-up in bus shelters all over Metro Vancouver, one-page stories created by such prominent local creators as Nina Matsumoto, Johnnie Christmas, Steve Rolston, and many more. We’ve been getting a lot of attention, including more buzz in the Georgia Straight and an extensive article in UBC’s student magazine, the Ubyssey. In the Ubyssey article, Cloudscape president Oliver McTavish-Wisden talks about what inspired him to create “Comics in Transit”:
“What I wanted to do is — because so many of the artists I work with are from different parts of the world but have decided to call B.C. home — I challenged them…. I said to write a story about a city that you like or have had some experience with…. Hopefully when people read these at the bus stops they’ll maybe learn a little something from their neighbours, where they’re from… and maybe start to know about who they’re waiting for the bus with…. I was just looking and thinking of ways I could get comic panels or comic pages out of the book format…. I’m always thinking of ways to sort of shake up how people see comics and where they see them.”
Read the rest of the article at “Comics in Transit showing commuters where their neighbours are from.”
Cloudscape president Oliver McTavish-Wisden recently wrote an article showcasing comics in BC that was featured on the BC Tourism website:
“Most visitors to BC come for the gorgeous natural scenery, renowned dining scene and local culture. But in addition to these iconic BC attractions, there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking a more niche experience. For example, BC is becoming increasingly know for a growing community of cartoonists making a name for themselves locally and beyond. If you’re a comic buff, or a creator yourself, BC has a lot to offer in terms of sights, stories and activities. Read on to gain a bit of a head start in exploring BC’s rich comic scene.
A number of artists and writers call BC home. Nina Matsumoto, Ian Boothby and James Lloyd all work for Bongo Comics, Vancouverite Sam Logan writes and draws the highly popular Sam and Fuzzy webcomic, and Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson authored Sheltered (possibly the greatest pre-apocalyptic story), published through Image Comics. Colin Upton, a fixture in the alternative arts scene since the 1980s, can often be seen walking around Vancouver and leaving behind mini-comics and ink stains in the various cafés he frequents. Also notable are Brandon Graham and Simon Roy, BC artists who’ve worked on the ground-breaking Prophet series, a comic that is proving to be critical in reviving the sci-fi genre on a large scale. And that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg: hundreds of talented indie comic artists spin their stories on our shores.”
For more, read “BC’s Comic Scene: Vancouver and Beyond.”
This Saturday, come on down to Pulpfiction Books and help Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson celebrate the release of the final Sheltered collection! As an added bonus, Ed will also have copies of his hot-off-the-press collection of Murder Book. Johnnie is a rising star in comics who has contributed to many Cloudscape books and Ed, creator of the Vancouver Comic Jam, has long been a pivotal part of Vancouver’s comics scene. So stop by and buy their books! For more information, visit the Sheltered/Murder Book Facebook page.
Time: Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: Pulpfiction Books
2422 Main St, Vancouver
Sheltered, the ongoing pre-apocalyptic comic about the children of a radical backwoods survivalist community, is launching its second volume this Friday, August 8th! Stop by Pulp Fiction Books at 2422 Main Street from 7-9 to buy your copy and meet the writer, Ed Brisson, and the artist, frequent Cloudscape contributor Johnnie Christmas!
Stop by and discover the disquieting fun that is Sheltered!