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Much the Miller’s Son: The Doomsday Book

Coming later in 2019, Cloudscape will be publishing the definitive version of Steve LeCouilliard’s Robin Hood series Much the Miller’s Son.

Much the Miller’s Son is a minor character from the original tales of Robin Hood, but in this story he becomes our point of view character. The usual gang is there; Robin, Marion, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and Little John, but each with a new and subversive spin on the original. In this comic Steve combines a Bande Dessinee aesthetic with raunchy humour and a revisionist historical sensibility. Much the Miller’s Son is a comedy, with the plot moved along by ridiculous characters working at cross purposes. It is full of visual gags, wacky twists, crude humour and slapstick with a comedy structure that wouldn’t be out of place in Medieval theatre. If Chaucer wrote Bugs Bunny cartoons, they might come out something like Much the Miller’s Son.

Steve began working on Much the Miller’s Son in 2007, and has self-published three volumes over the years, including the Xeric-winning Robin’s Seven. The Doomsday Book will include a brand new chapter as all of the Sheriff’s schemes come to fruition. Steve is currently re-posting the pages as they get coloured on his Tumblr and on Instagram. You can follow along with the misadventures there, and stay tuned there or here for more news as we get ready for a Kickstarter campaign some time in 2019.

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New Graphic Novels available in the Cloudcape store

We are excited to announce that more graphic novels by our members can be bought from the Cloudscape store:

Teach English in Japan

Story by Jonathon Dalton & Jeff Ellis, art by Jeff Ellis

A dramedy about the trials and tribulations of experiencing a new country. James Kelly is tired of struggling at a minimum wage job in Vancouver and moves to Japan to become an English teacher.  Things are off to a rocky start with some mistaken identities and bureaucracy. As well as a man named James Friesen. Watch our hapless characters find their footing in the Land of the Rising Sun. Welcome to Japan! Gambatte!

Much the Miller’s Son

by Steve LeCouilliard

Much never wanted to be an outlaw! He is a nervous young man who has never even left his family home. But when circumstances conspire to make him one of Robin Hood’s merry men, Much finds himself on the run from the Sheriff of Nottingham and hopelessly infatuated with Maid Marion. Sherwood Forest will never be the same again….

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Cloudscape’s Cloud Shops 2

Are you already making comics, but want to take it to the next level? Or perhaps you’re a writer or an artist, but comics are a new challenge and you’re looking for some professional advice? As always, Cloudscape Comics is here to help you learn! We are pleased to present our first ever workshop series for developing youth and adult comic artists. Cloud Shops is a series of free lessons delivered by talented, established comic artists living in British Columbia that will cover all topics related to comics creation, from typography and digital inking to anatomy, storytelling, and even learning how to create sculptures of your characters from modelling clay.

The particular workshops will be:

  • Aug 24 – Jeff Ellis – Manga Studio
    Learn some tools and tricks for making comics using Manga Studio (aka Clip Studio), from thumbnailing to penciling, inking, colouring, and lettering.
  • Aug 31 – Jade McGilvray – Sculpture and Bust Making
    Learn how to create sculptures for art references, wargaming, or just for fun!
  • Sept 6 – Anat Rabkin – Excel For Cartoonists
    Bookkeeper (and Cloudscape treasurer) Anat Rabkin will teach you how to use Microsoft Excel to manage your art career and keep track of your self-employment income.
  • Sept 7 – Jade McGilvray & Hannah Myers – Drawing Human Anatomy
    Improve your ability to draw the human figure by going over how humans are actually put together.
  • Sept 14 – Kathleen Jacques – Lettering and Typography
    No comic is complete without lettering. Learn how to make your text pop, your sound-effects carry weight, and your pages sparkle.
  • Sept 20 – Kelly Chen – Making Minis and Zines
    Learn how to bind and assemble various kinds of zines and minicomics!
  • Sept 21 – Steve LeCouilliard – Storytelling for Comics
    Tighten up your storytelling chops with veteran comicker and animation storyboarder Steve LeCouilliard.
  • Sept 28 – Vanessa Kelly – Composition
    Study how to better compose panels, choose moments, manage transitions, and arrange your pages. This is the fundamental anatomy of the comics medium.
  • Oct 5 – Alina Pete – Drawing Four-legged Animals
    Drawing animals is hard! Learn how to better draw horses, dogs, cats, tigers, bears, and any other four-legged friends.
  • Oct 12 – Jonathon Dalton – Perspective
    Spend some time polishing your backgrounds with some handy tricks for drawing any number of vanishing points with as few headaches as possible.

Hope to see you there!

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Send Cloudscape your comic pitches!

Though we at Cloudscape are best known for our quality comic anthologies, in the last couple of years we have begun publishing the books of individual members, such as Kathleen Gros’ Last Night at Wyrmwood High, Steve LeCouilliard’s Una the Blade, and now Sean Karemaker’s Feast of Fields and Jason Turner’s Fur Valley. Now Cloudscape is  excited to open the door for general graphic novels submissions!

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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“Una the Blade” ebook sale ends April 1st!

una the blade

Our latest graphic novel is Una the Blade, a tale of swords & sorcery in a dying Earth, where a single-mother barbarian struggles to defend her children from a world gone mad. It is written by Steve LeCouilliard and illustrated by a wide variety of artists, including such BC illuminaries as Simon Roy (Prophet, Tiger Lung) and Renee Nault (graphic novel adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale). The ebook version is currently on sale at Gumroad for $3.95, but that ends at the end of this month, when it will increase to its regular price of $9.95. So if you want to pick up this terrific fantasy graphic novel at a great bargain, make sure you do for the end of the month. Check out the Una the Blade page on the official Cloudscape store for more.

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Launch Party for Steve LeCouilliard’s “Una the Blade”

una the blade

We at Cloudscape are excited to announce the book launch of Una the Blade by Steve Le Couilliard, a swords & sorcery graphic novel of a barbarian single mom struggling to protect her children in a world gone mad.

Cloudscape will be celebrating the Una book launch on:

Saturday, March 19, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

The event is free and everyone is welcome. Steve will be there selling and signing copies of Una as well as limited edition postcards and original art. Also attending the launch will be numerous other prominent local comic creators, including many Cloudscape members. Visitors will be able to purchase food and drink from the tavern, the Storm Crow’s unique fantasy & sci-fi atmosphere, and hobnob with a wide selection of Vancouver’s diverse comics community. Sign-up to the event’s Facebook page at the Una the Blade Book Launch.

Una the Blade is a dying-earth fantasy adventure in the style of such classic authors as Jack Vance and Clark Ashton Smith. It is the long-gestating brainchild of Steve LeCouilliard, creator of the Xeric Grant-winning Much the Miller’s Son, co-creator and artist of Dreadful Sirens with writer Karla Pacheco, and a 12-year veteran of the animation industry. He is joined in Una by a parade of comic artist greats: Simon Roy, Katie Shanahan, Tess Fowler, Renee Nault, Chris Johnston, Michael Stearns, Claudia Aguirre, and Sloane Leong.

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The Una the Blade Kickstarter made more than four times its target goal!

Una the Blade

The Una the Blade Kickstarter is over, and it earned $11,107. That’s more than four times its target goal! Now Cloudscape’s second single-author graphic novel is going to print having not only paid for its printing but also all the artists involved with a nice chunk left over. Thank you so much for all your support, and we can’t wait to send you the book. Also, keep your eyes peeled on this blog over the next few weeks as Cloudscape has a lot of exciting new stuff planned for 2016!

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