Beneath The Clouds

A comic of ghosts and gunpowder, set in Heian Japan. Guaranteed to be the best graphic novel about 11th Century Japanese exorcists that you'll read all week.


Fan art exchange by Caroline Parkinson
January 21st, 2018, 1:06 pm
Hi all!

In April 2018 I will be reaching a few milestones on my comic.

I have passed the 100 page mark, Beneath The Clouds has been running for a year (five chapters) and I'll be roughly a third of the way through my first story arc. And of course I've been accepted by Spiderforest (woo!)

In order to develop as an artist, finish my submission for the Spiderforest Rogue anthology, draw fan art for other comics, start an online course in sequential art, and avoid drawing kimono for a couple of weeks, I'm taking a month's hiatus during April.

I'd like to see if anyone would be interested in drawing fan art to feature during this time.
I would need eight pictures in order to continue updating for a month. In exchange, I will feature your characters in Chapter 6.

More details:

-You can draw anything- comics, pin ups, black and white, colour, but it must have characters or situations or something from Beneath The Clouds in it. A picture of your characters reading a BTC comic, for example, is fine.

-Nothing too graphic. Read my comic if you aren't sure of the level I'm working at.

-I'll start work on the city scenes mid February , so I'll need to know if you're interested by then, but I won't need your artwork until March 30th.

- My comic is set in a semi-realistic version of Heian Japan, so I will put your characters in period-appropriate clothes and they must be able to pass as human. If you would like to draw me fan art and your comic is about giant robots punching each other, that is absolutely OK! But they will appear in my comic as human versions of themselves. Maybe they can fight with naginatas, or perhaps shoot each other with arrows!

Contact me on caroline(at) if you are interested. Even one person replying would give me a little bit more free time during April.

Many thanks
Great article about Murasaki Shikibu by Caroline Parkinson
November 19th, 2017, 1:26 pm
A great article about Murasaki Shikibu for anyone still confused about what the hell this Heian Japan stuff is:
Includes a link to another article on Tomoe Gozen, if you like your ladies more stabby, less romantic.
Hard at work on chapter 5 and fast approaching the 100- page milestone!

Enjoy reading.
Spiderforest Collective- site news by Caroline Parkinson
October 17th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Beneath The Clouds has now gone live at a mirror site on the Spideforest webcomic collective site in the Adventure and Drama categories. The link is
As an extra incentive the Spiderforest site, while still updating on Mondays and Wednesdays, is two pages ahead.
Watch this space for more news!
Beneath The Clouds joining the Spiderforest collective by Caroline Parkinson
September 18th, 2017, 11:19 am
Hi all!

Happy to announce that Beneath The Clouds was accepted to the Spiderforest webcomic collective
, and will also shortly be hosted on Spiderforest.

I'm still planning on keeping Smack Jeeves going, and I'll share the link as soon as I'm set up.

In the meantime, why not check out the other comics who were also accepted, including the great and enthusiastically researched I, Mummy , or indeed many of the other great webcomics hosted by Spiderforest?

30 pages in one panel by Caroline Parkinson
August 22nd, 2017, 3:12 pm
The panel I've just drawn pretty much sums up the next chapter and a half.

Spotlight by Caroline Parkinson
August 17th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Beneath The Clouds has been spotlit on Smack Jeeves. I'm not sure who nominated it but it's very much appreciated!
Outtakes by Caroline Parkinson
August 7th, 2017, 1:50 pm
Recaptioning a recent page ...
Finally finished Chapter 3! by Caroline Parkinson
July 7th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Have a sneak preview of the cover art