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Merry Solstice from the Mari Lwyd!

Merry Solstice from the Mari Lwyd! published on

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The Mari Lwyd (pronounced Mah-ri Lloyd) is a wassailing folk custom found in South Wales. The name means “grey mare,” and refers to a hobby horse made from a horse’s skull mounted on a pole, which is carried by an individual hidden under a sackcloth.

A group of people would accompany the Mari Lwyd to local houses, where they would request entry by singing a song. The householders would be expected to turn them away, replying through song, and the two sides would continue singing their responses to one another until one side relented. If the householders gave in first, the Mari Lwyd team would be invited in and supplied with food and drink.

This tradition typically takes place sometime between the winter solstice and New Year’s Day. While some scholars have tried to append a Christian interpretation to the Mari Lwyd, claiming it somehow represents the Virgin Mary (?!?!), my own personal belief is that it stems from Welsh pranksters trying to scam booze and food from their neighbors by way of a horrifying puppet, and is closer in spirit to Halloween than Christmas.

As someone of Welsh descent, I wanted to create a winter holiday card that spoke to that aspect of my heritage, and which leans into my (perhaps relentless) love of Halloween.

Either way, I wish you a happy time this winter, with bountiful food and drink of your choosing!

Cheers,

Dylan

OUT FRONT Magazine – December 2021 issue

OUT FRONT Magazine – December 2021 issue published on

Happy seasonal holiday greetings! Did you know your favorite trash animal got you a present? Check out page 9 of the December issue of Out Front Magazine to find out what you got:

Cheers,

Dylan

OUT FRONT Magazine November 2021: Eating Out

OUT FRONT Magazine November 2021: Eating Out published on

The newest issue of OUT FRONT Magazine awaits you! I have a comic in here that is laden with puns of dubious moral character. To avoid exposure to such perfidy, do NOT go to page 6 here: https://www.outfrontmagazine.com/november-2021-eating-out/

Cheers,

Dylan

New Comic: OUT FRONT October issue

New Comic: OUT FRONT October issue published on

I have a new comic in the latest issue of OUT FRONT Magazine, and it is a very fine comic if I do say so myself.

Pick up a free copy in the Denver metro area at one of their drop locations, or read the issue online here: https://www.outfrontmagazine.com/october-2021-power/

Cheers,

Dylan

OUT FRONT Magazine: September 2021

OUT FRONT Magazine: September 2021 published on

Why yes, there IS a new issue of Out Front Magazine, and it is all about nerdy stuff! Inside you shall find my latest cartoon offering, plus an interview with me in which I yammer on about comics.

Available in print in the Denver area, or online here: https://www.outfrontmagazine.com/september-2021-for-the-nerds/

Cheers,

Dylan

New comic in the August 2021 issue of OUT FRONT

New comic in the August 2021 issue of OUT FRONT published on

Craving some alphabet soup? Then point your eyeballs to the latest issue of OUT FRONT, why don’t ya, and peep my newest autobio comic.

You can read it online here (I’m on page 51): https://outfrontmagazine.com/ofm-august-2021-aurora-community-pride/

Cheers,

Dylan

New comic for Out Front Magazine – July 2021

New comic for Out Front Magazine – July 2021 published on

I have a new comic in the latest issue of Out Front Magazine! You’ll find it on page 39, which you can view online in the digital edition.

If you’re in the Denver area, you can also pick up a free print copy from one of their drop locations.

Please be advised this comic features a cameo by someone who mysteriously resembles Everyone’s Favorite Very Tall Vampire Lady, so flip ye to page 39 to read all about it!

Cheers,

Dylan

Colorful History: Stonewall Riots comic

Colorful History: Stonewall Riots comic published on

At last, I can reveal this comic I illustrated for Pop Culture Classroom! You can download it for free from the PCC website.

It’s extremely rare for me to illustrate a comic I didn’t write, but I was excited about this project because the writers are a group of high school students who were researching their own history as LGBTQ+ folks. You can read more about why they chose this topic in this interview with OUT FRONT.

Speaking of OUT FRONT, the comic will also be appearing in the June issue, so if you’re local to Colorado you can snag a print copy once it hits the stands (or boxes, or piles in coffee shops, etc.). 

Cheers,

Dylan

QAT Person #3 is a Prism Awards finalist!

QAT Person #3 is a Prism Awards finalist! published on

At last it can be revealed!

My minicomic, QAT Person #3, is a finalist for the Prism Award for Best Short Form Comic!

You can acquire QAT Person #3 from my Gumroad store.

Winners will be announced later in the summer (the actual date is TBD). So! More news then, but for now, let us bask in the glory.

Cheers,

Dylan

Tranniversary diary comics

Tranniversary diary comics published on

I’ve been posting a series of sketch diary comics over on my Patreon to mark my 20th anniversary of transitioning, or my Tranniversary, if you will:

I don’t usually post sketch diary comics here on the ol’ homepage because, I guess, I generally prefer to stick with finished, professional material for Studio NDR. Hence the Patreon and the Tumblr at this time.

Anyway, today is Trans Day of Visibility, a day about which I have very mixed feelings (see page 3).

Trans Day of Visibility did not exist when I first came out, but I have to suspect it would have helped me if it had been a thing 20 years ago. Simply knowing transness was an option would have been an improvement over “something about me is wrong, but I don’t know what.”

Unfortunately, a lot of people have confused “people getting the information they need at a younger age than previous generations were able to” with “trendy badness that is bad,” so visibility is not sufficient in and of itself.

Anyway, I am definitely a trans elder now, as demonstrated by the fact that I am excited-about-a-salad-spinner years old.

Cheers,

Dylan

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