There’s a great new graphic novel on Kickstarter from Cloudscape friend Jose Pimienta. Suncatcher tells the story of a young musician in Mexicali in the early 2000s. When she discovers her grandfather’s soul is trapped inside his old guitar, she takes it upon herself to find a way to save him. Meanwhile, she also aims to be in a unique local band with big dreams to be part of the current movement of bands across the country of Mexico. To learn more, check out the Suncatcher Kickstarter page.
Evan Waterman, Cloudscape member and manager of our website, has just released Turn the Page on Kickstarter. Turn The Page is a 32 page, kid-friendly, picture book with a goal of getting the reader to “turn the page” to help advance the story. Many stories feature interesting characters and a fun plot, but few achieve a real connection with the child reading them. Turn The Page encourages that connection. By directly engaging with the the book, readers will see their actions have an actual impact on the story itself. They get to help save the day! To buy the book and numerous other goodies, visit the Turn the Page Kickstarter.
The latest graphic novel anthology by Iron Circus Comics is in the last few days of its Kickstarter. FTL, Y’all!: Tales From the Age of the $200 Warp Drive is a collection of comic stories about an Earth where anyone and everyone has access to the stars! It features a wide variety of stories from numerous cartoonists, including Cloudscape president Jonathon Dalton.
Six months from now, detailed schematics anonymously uploaded to the Internet will describe, with absolute precision, how to build a faster-than-light engine for $200 in easily-available parts. Space travel will be instantly—and chaotically—democratized. The entire cosmos is suddenly within reach of all humankind, without organization, authority, or limitation. This comics anthology is about what happens next. With 25 stories and over 350 pages of comics, FTL, Y’all! is one of Iron Circus Comics’ biggest anthologies ever.
The Kickstarter closes this Friday, so if you want to buy a copy of this great new anthology, visit the FTL, Y’all Kickstarter soon.
For the month of May, SWKart is running a kickstarter for a graphic novel entitled Halfsoul, which deals with mental illness within a fantasy context. The story is set in a world where it’s possible to trade half of one’s soul for the power to grant one’s wish. Those who do become “halfsouls” and are often hunted for elimination. Follow the journey of four halfsoul hunters, with their own personal and questionable histories with halfsouls. What appears to be black and white becomes a story of vulnerability, mental illness, and recovery.
SWKart is run by Kelly Chen, who recently graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. When asked about her motivations for creating Halfsoul, she replied: “One of the things I’ve noticed is mental illness/ trauma stories tend to focus on the tragedy without much focus on the recovery. I don’t want Halfsoul to follow that path. It’s never a clear-cut journey to recovery, but I am trying to write the story with a focus towards recovery.”
To learn more about this compelling local graphic novel, visit the Halfsoul Kickstarter page.
Toronto Comics is back again with a new anthology on Kickstarter featuring 24 fresh comic stories from Toronto-based indie veterans and first-time creators. From the strange giants that prowl Kensington at midnight, the vengeful Pacific Mall dance mafia, or the dragon-hunting wannabes working Queen Street, they’ve got stories inspired by every part of Canada’s largest city.
Toronto Comics: Osgoode As Gold is 220 colour pages of all-new comics, brought to you by 50+ local indie veterans and first-time creators. With a cover by Irma Kniivila (Ms. Marvel, Deadpool) and a foreword from Chip Zdarsky (Jughead, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), this book is a celebration of the talent and diversity of Toronto’s comics community. To get your own copy of the anthology (or other great graphic novels from Toronto Comics), visit the Osgoode As Gold Kickstarter page.
BC comic creator Nevin Arnold, who drew the cover for Cloudscape’s Epic Canadiana #2 (as well as co-authoring one of the short stories) is Kickstarting issue 2 of Monsterella, his action/adventure/horror/sci-fi anthology inspired by spooky and action-packed magazines of the 1970’s like Vampirella, 2000 AD, Creepy, and Eerie.
This 40 page sinister second issue revolves around the continuing adventures of Montrossa Rella, AKA “Monsterella,” the warden of an intergalactic prison planet, where the galaxy’s worst of the worst monsters are imprisoned and isolated from the rest of the universe. All hell breaks loose when an unexpected revolt overthrows her, and threatens the safety of the entire galaxy.
There are only four days left in the Monsterella Kickstarter, so if you wish a copy of issue 2 or some of Nevin Arnold’s other great comics, then visit the Monsterella Kickstarter.
Kathleen Jacques is a frequent contributor to Cloudscape Comics as both a cartoonist and an editor, as well as the creator of Band vs Band, a long-running webcomic about two clashing musicians: wholesome do-gooder Honey Hart and bad-girl troublemaker Turpentine. The two musicians start as enemies and rivals but gradually fall in love; it’s fun, queer, and retro-inspired, with a distinctive visual style. Kathleen has started the Kickstarter for volume two of Band vs Band, and we encourage you to check it out!
Whether you are already a fan of this great webcomic or are a comic fan interested in discovering something new, take a look at the Band vs Band Volume 2 Kickstarter page.
The Swan Song Kickstarter ends on Saturday. This is Cloudscape’s last annual anthology edited by board members and voted on by the Cloudscape Comics membership, a process that has been a part of Cloudscape for 10 years! This anthology marks both our anniversary, and our departure from this particular publishing method, as we move onto a model that puts more opportunities and knowledge in the hands of BC creators.
If you are interested in supporting Cloudscape and making our last annual anthology an impressive one, we encourage you to buy a copy of Swan Song and other things from the Kickstarter’s various tiers.
For example, the deluxe version of Swan Song comes with fake band posters inspired by the various comics and designed by the great Kathleen Jacques of Band vs Band. We also have art commissions available, a pin featuring Cloudscape’s coat-of-arms, a complete library of old Cloudscape books, and many more . Check out the Swan Song Kickstarter while there’s still time!
If you like Swan Song, you’re probably a music fan. We are now offering a new tier in our Kickstarter. Along with the Swan Song soft cover you can get the vinyl album “Out of the Blue Period” from Sleuth, a great local indie band that just happens to include Oliver McTavish-Wisden, one of our contributors. In fact, you could call Sleuth the unofficial (official) band of Cloudscape, and they provided the music for our Kickstarter video.
There are only four days left in the Swan Song Kickstarter, and we have new tiers available. You can now commission several of our contributors for new art, including Jeff Ellis (Teach English in Japan, Crossroads), Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung), Jonathon Dalton (Mad Tea Party, Lords of Death & Life, Teach English in Japan), or Hannah Myers. Stop by the Swan Song Kickstarter to take advantage of this opportunity.
Jeff Ellis sample picture