The Clouds Above is a graphic novel by Jordan Crane, recounting the adventures of a boy named Simon and cat named Jack. The pair skip school one day to avoid a nasty teacher and wander onto the roof. The staircase that they discover leads them above the clouds. They meet friendly pink clouds, dangerous storm clouds, and a flock of yellow birds. Their adventure is fast-paced, suitable for readers of many ages.

The Clouds Above appeared originally as a weekly webcomic, under the name "Cloud Country." This series was a precursor to the final book, with some pages omitted and others only black and white drawings. Crane even went as far as changing his name to "Jane d'Rancor" on these early strips.[1] The series ran from April of 2003 to January of 2004. The eventual hardcover edition of the completed work was released in September of 2005 by Fantagraphics comics.

The Clouds Above was received positively by the world of graphic novels. The New Yorker Magazine said of the work: "Crane’s drawings are clean, yet full of nuance; his writing is playful and sharp. The artistry is in the detail."[2] Publishers Weekly said that "The book is a joy to look at - Crane’s loose, gliding lines burst with character, and his compositional gifts make every panel worth contemplating on its own."[3]


  1. "Jordan Crane Weekly Archives" - An archive of Jordan Crane's online work, including the original Simon and Jack strips.
  2. "The New Yorker's Briefly Noted" - A writeup of "The Clouds Above" in the New Yorker.
  3. "Jordan Crane at Fantagraphics" - The author's page at Fantagraphics' website.

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