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An anthology of comics of Canadian superheroes battling the forces of evil all over the country in the past, present, and future.
An anthology of comics of Canadian superheroes battling the forces of evil all over the country in the past, present, and future.
87 backers pledged CA$ 3,677 to help bring this project to life.

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Epic Canadiana #2: Department None is Watching

Though many don’t know it, Canada actually has a proud tradition of comic book superheroes, dating back to WWII with such comic book adventurers as Johnny Canuck, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Brok Windsor, and Canada Jack. And over the decades they’ve been joined by the creations of a wide variety of indie Canadian cartoonists who sought to define their own archetype of Canadian heroism. That brings us to Epic Canadiana #2: Department None is Watching.

Epic Canadiana Cover
Epic Canadiana Cover

This book is the second in a series of graphic novel anthologies dedicated to exploring numerous flavours of superheroism within Canada. EPIC CANADIANA #2 is a black & white anthology featuring awesome comics written and drawn by creators from all over Canada, with 17 stories (over 200 pages!). It features a truly diverse collection of heroes – some of them pastiches of classic 40s characters and others totally new. There are arctic demigods and social activists, restless spirits and bison-riding vigilantes. Canada is a tapestry of great diversity, and we have striven to represent them in our anthology with heroes of various genders, ethnicities, and perspectives, including aboriginal and immigrant champions, a character coping with autism, a gay rights activist, a conflicted colonial soldier, and many more. And carefully studying all of them is Department None, a hidden branch of the Canadian government dedicated to keeping track of all superhumans… and dealing with them if necessary.

"Formline" by Micah Iwaasa
"Formline" by Micah Iwaasa

EPIC CANDADIANA #2 will feature comics by Edison Yan (Scribblenauts), Craig Wilson (Graphic Classics), Colin Upton (Self-Indulgent Minicomics), Julian Lawrence (Drippytown), Eric Johnson (The Graphic Canon Vol. 1), and D. M. Higgins (Superdames, Jill Trent: Science Sleuth); as well as previous Clousdscape contributors Bevan Thomas, Kris Sayer, Jordan Stasuk, Jason Wilkins, Ksenia Kozhevnikova, Jayleen Weaver, Jeri Weaver, Matthew Klippenstein, Ian Thomas, Shevon Singh, Micah Iwaasa, Kate Ebensteiner, and Jeff Ellis; and newcomers Nevin Arnold, Dino Caruso, George Athanasiou, Nelson de Rocha, Alex Greychuck, Manoj Kumar, Kyle Roberts, Liam Rodgers, and John Ward. 

"Welcome to Department None" by Bevan Thomas and Craig Wilson
"Welcome to Department None" by Bevan Thomas and Craig Wilson

 We Are Cloudscape Comics

The Cloudscape Comics Society is a non-profit group dedicated to the comics community in British Columbia, Canada, both publishing graphic novels and teachings comics to a wide variety of people. We've already produced Epic Canadiana #1, along with eight other previous anthologies with a rotating cast of local creators, both seasoned veterans and rising stars. There are a lot of people in BC making awesome comics, and we want to share them with the world.

The Fundraiser for EPIC CANADIANA #2

We have so many books you can order to help us raise the money to print EPIC CANADIANA #2. In addition to this book itself, we are offering Epic Canadiana #1 and our other previous anthologies in both ebook and print form.

"Sweet Memories" by Eric Johnson
"Sweet Memories" by Eric Johnson

Beyond the Target

We’ve been able to set the target for this Kickstarter at a lower than usual rate by putting some of Cloudscape’s annual budget towards this book ahead of time. We’re doing everything we can to make this book a reality. If we surpass our target, and we hope we will, we will be able to pay our hard-working artists and writers a better page rate. They deserve the best compensation we can give them. We might also be able to lay out some stretch goals for improving the production value of the book. Stay tuned.

Can I order books for my comic book store?

Yes, although Kickstarter has strict rules surrounding bulk orders. Message us with your store's address and how many copies you want (ten or less), and we'll calculate a price that includes an individual shipping rate.

"Josephine the Moose-Rider" by Higgins, Roberts, and Onfroi
"Josephine the Moose-Rider" by Higgins, Roberts, and Onfroi

Risks and challenges

Cloudscape has successfully printed eight previous print anthologies, the last four using online fundraising sites. Some of those have been delivered late, but they’ve all been delivered.

At the start of this campaign, all the stories in the anthology are finished and have been collected.Jeff is working hard to design and assemble the file to send to press, and it should be done by the end of the campaign. We'll be printing the book in Canada, so there is little risk of a delay in delivery.

Delays sometimes happen though, for unexpected reasons. I'll be keeping backers updated with any important news on the process whether we're on time or not, and answering any questions that come my way. We've got five awesome, experienced creators running the Cloudscape board, and we're giving this project our all.

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    EPIC CANADIANA Vol. 2 EBOOK
    Get the book delivered to your email inbox. This PDF ebook contains all 248 pages of the print version.

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    EPIC CANADIANA EBOOK TEAM-UP
    Get ebook copies of both the first and second volumes of Epic Canadiana.

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    THE CLOUDSCAPE EBOOK PACK
    High quality DRM-free PDF ebooks of all our previous digital anthologies- "Exploded View," "21 Journeys," "Giants of Main Street," "Waterlogged," "Mega Fauna," and "Epic Canadiana" volumes 1 and 2. That's over 1400 pages of comics!

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    *EPIC CANADIANA VOLUME 2*
    This is the book! One shiny new copy of Epic Canadiana #2, delivered hot off the presses to your doorstep.

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    EPIC CANADIANA TWO VOLUME TEAM-UP
    Get the print editions of both volumes of Epic Canadiana-- our new book, plus one of the limited print run of #1.

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    EPIC ORIGINAL ART
    One of the original comic pages from "Josephine the Moose-Rider," a story from the anthology. The pages are the original line art by the artist Kyle Roberts. Check the Updates section for more information.

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    CLOUDSCAPE CROSSOVER EVENT 2015
    The ultimate collection of all the Cloudscape anthologies still in print-- covering themes from fantasy to comedy to the sea. You get "Historyonics," "Funday Sunnies," "Exploded View," "21 Journeys," "Giants of Main Street," "Waterlogged," "Mega Fauna," and both volumes of "Epic Canadiana."

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