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Valley of the Silk Sky page 81 is up, and it contains both hijinks AND ensuement. Read here:
In other VotSS news, I finished painting chapter 9, which means I have a whole entire chapter done before I’ve even finished publishing the current one. TRULY, IT IS A CRISPNESS MIRACLE.
Now I just gotta complete chapter 10 and the cover, and I’ll have all the material ready for The Long Run part 2 book. I’m aiming for a TCAF debut, so let’s see how things go, eh?
SPEAKING OF BOOKS BEING PUBLISHED.
The Secret Loves of Geeks is now out from Dark Horse Comics!
The book has been getting a lot of very positive reviews already, so that’s exciting. I honestly can’t keep track of ’em all, but here’s a good comprehensive review/interview from the Nerdist.
Anyway, you can snag it right now from yer local comic shop or bookstore. I also left a couple posters at the Denver Public Library, and it sounded like the librarians were going to make sure they had the book in circulation. So, like, you can hit up yer local library, too. Neat!
Also, there’s the upcoming signing at Mutiny Information Cafe on Feb 21 if you’re in Denver. What time is it happening, you ask? Um. I’m not sure! Ha ha. I’ll have to find out.
Anyway, COMICS ABOUND.
Valley of the Silk Sky page 80 is here to let you know everything’s fine, nothing’s wrong, why would you even ask, oh, but while I’m thinking about it …
In other VotSS news, I’m so close (so close!) to finishing up colors on chapter 9. Just 2.5 more pages to go and it’ll be in the can. Hoping to wrap that up this weekend.
If I don’t quite manage that goal, it’s possibly because I’m gonna be hanging out at the Denver Public Library this weekend for the grand opening of their Teen Space at the Central Library. You can learn more about the event here.
It’s on Sunday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. I’ll have display copies of my various books available for perusal (though this is not a selling event, so it’s just for lookin’ this time around). I’ll also have some of my usual giveaways like bookmarks and whatnot, so come check it out.
I’ve also been confirmed for Whimsy Con, taking place here in Denver March 2-4. I’m on three panels (listed on my Appearances page), and will otherwise be hanging out selling books at the Out in Colorado booth in the Dealer’s Room.
So! Come check out all those things, why doncha.
I’m gonna do the book news first, since I have some spoilery commentary for today’s Valley of the Silk Sky page.
First up, Secret Loves of Geeks made Barnes & Noble’s Best Comics & Graphic Novels list for February 2018. The book comes out on February 14, so you can pre-order now if you like! I’ll have more info soon about a signing event on Feb 21.
My collected edition of The Outfield got a nice write-up on Outsports, so check that out if you haven’t seen it already.
This one’s from a couple of months ago, but QAT Person #2 got a lovely review from Rob Clough at High-Low. If you want a copy of QAT Person #2, it’s available for sale in my Gumroad store.
NOW. On to today’s VotSS page.
Page 79 of the queer sci-fi webcomic Valley of the Silk Sky is up, and it does indeed have some science for you:
But read it first before I tell you about the science.
Have you read it yet?
Go on, it’s quick.
I actually consulted with an IR professional for this page, to make sure the scenario would actually play out as intended. Here is his commentary:
A body immersed into water generally won’t be detectable. A thin film of water is enough to absorb IR. When a hand (or warm body part of your choice) is behind water, the water completely obscures the warm part whether the water is hot or cold.
However, when skin is immersed, the skin takes on the temperature of the water. Pull a hand out of cold water and the hand looks like the water looked liked in IR even if you dry off the hand. Then you can watch the temperature rise back up to body/skin temperature.
So if a body sat in water it might warm up the water, especially if there isn’t much water, but if so the warmup would be diffused through the body of water, and the outer layer of skin would be at a temperature very near that of the water.
So there you have it. SCIENCE.
Until next week,
Water is opaque in infrared, so if you didn’t know, now you know.
Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 78 is now live in these exciting places:
The Patreon post for this page includes a thrilling discussion of how plumbing works in the Valley, so if such a topic thrills you (and how can it not), do click that link.
I expect to have some Exciting News™ next week, but for now I must stay silent.
Should you ache for a discussion of how plumbing works in the Valley, this Patreon post is for you.
Valley of the Silk Sky page 77 is up, and it reveals a heretofore hidden aspect of one of the main characters. You will reel, you will groan. Read on, if you dare:
In chapter 9 news, I finished inking and started coloring, and did … something? … to my hands in the process. I don’t know what, exactly.
My best guess is that the brush I was using to paint some of the bits (not my usual brush) has a handle that’s too slender to be ergonomic. So something or other in there got over-exerted from a too-tight grip, and now it hurts to hold a pen/pencil/brush/etc. So I’m going to try resting and stretching and see if that helps.
I don’t know what this will do to the schedule as far as getting the Part Two book put together. It’ll depend on how long it takes to get my hands back in working order. At the moment it’s still feasible to hit the mid-April target for a DiNK debut, but I may end up pushing that back if necessary.
TL;DR: bodies suck and I want to be a cyborg already.
Anyhow, that doesn’t affect the serialization of chapter 8, so see you next week for the next page!