New Indie Comic Anthology Filled with Secrets of the Sea

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As Vancouver recovers from its second annual Fan Expo and gears up for the second annual Vancouver Comics Art Festival (VanCAF), local indie comic creators gear up for a new comics project that shows why their voice is, as VanCAF organizer Shannon Campbell said, “unique from cartoonists elsewhere in Canada… engaging and one-of-a-kind.” Cloudscape Comics, a Vancouver collective of more than 60 indie artists and a driving force behind numerous comics-related events in the Vancouver community, has announced the fundraiser for its seventh graphic novel anthology — Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea.

This fundraiser is featured on Indigogo. It runs until June 1st and offers a treasure trove of loot, including signed copies of Waterlogged, copies of our previous books, artist prints, libraries of contributors’ graphic novels, and much more!

Waterlogged is an impressive duo-coloured hardcover tome that takes the reader on a journey to explore the ocean in all its forms. Living as we do on Canada's rainy west coast, the sea is always on our artists’ minds. Each story is one creator's unique response to our great blue neighbour: from magical tales of mermaids and ghosts to roaring yarns of piracy to psychological journeys through the waves. More than 30 BC artists contributed to this anthology, including indie comics veteran Colin Upton, Wasted Talent webcartoonist Angela Melick, Simpsons artist Nina Matsumoto, video game artist Edison Yan, and Sam Logan, creator of the popular webcomic Sam & Fuzzy!

Jeff Ellis, Cloudscape’s founder, describes what inspired him to launch Cloudscape in the beginning: “I had a dream that I wanted to boost local comics in Vancouver, The next idea that came... [was] ‘we have all of these artists making comics – rather than spending money to do our own individual works, why don’t we work together and pool our resources to publish something?’”

In 2008, Cloudscape Comics published the graphic novel anthology Robots, Pine Trees & Broken Hearts, which was the first of what became yearly anthologies, each with its own theme. Now Cloudscape’s membership is the largest of any BC comic society, including such diverse creators as manga artist Chloe Chan, book illustrator Scot Ritchie, Angela Melick of the popular humour webcomic Wasted Talent, and three receivers of the Xeric grant for graphic novels: Wei Li, Jonathon Dalton, and Steve LeCouilliard. Each member contributes his or her own style and artistic vision to the anthologies, resulting in a wide range of stories and style.


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