I’ll also be posting the whole story to Tumblr soon, but not right at this second. Once it’s up, I’ll post a link here.
As for what’s next on the comics docket, Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run Chapter 11 is finished and ready to go. I’ll start posting pages for public consumption on January 16, 2020. Patrons who pledge $1 or more per month will, as is the custom, get early access to pages, so for those folks it’ll start on January 13.
Speaking of exciting conclusions, the Kickstarter for The Nib’s Be Gay Do Comics anthology has wrapped! The project has funded quite handily, so soon you’ll be able to get your mitts on this fine book. As a reminder, I’ll have 8 pages of comics in there, alongside a great many other excellent cartoonists. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, I’m sure The Nib will have extra copies to sell retail, so keep an eye on their announcements.
Finally, I’ve finished coloring Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run chapter 11, and am in the final stages of cleaning up the scans and lettering the pages. So I’m on track to commence publishing the next installment on January 16, 2020. Brace yourselves!
The trans guy magazine referenced in the first panel was published by Grammy Tokyo, a queer/trans dance party for whom Masaki is a DJ. They run events a couple of times a year, so if you’re planning a trip and want to go clubbing, keep an eye on their calendar. I wasn’t there at the right time to attend one of their events, but perhaps you could be!
Also, if I knew how to say, “I speak some Japanese, but not much and not well and I definitely don’t understand colloquial speech as opposed to textbook constructions,” I’d say that. But I don’t, so “I don’t speak Japanese” it is.
New Feeps, you say
I do indeed. I updated my Feeping Creatures Etsy shop with some new items, including stickers, zines, and original art. Check it out, and maybe snag some indie art by an indie artist?
There was a small restaurant on the same floor as Two’s Cabin (the カレー店, a.k.a. Curry Shop), which had a few people waiting in line outside the door. I think when he first showed up, Masaki (owner and founder of Two’s Cabin) assumed I was waiting to be seated at the restaurant and not for Two’s Cabin to open, because he was a little surprised when I poked my head in the door.
I was glad I’d followed his Instagram prior to my journey, since I at least knew from the photos that I was in the right place.
As per usual, Patrons get early access to comics, so new pages go up for Patrons on Monday, and are released to the general internet on Thursday.
I’ll be posting this on Tumblr eventually as well, but since it’s a short comic it makes more sense to do a single post there rather than individual pages in separate posts.
Be Gay, Do Comics
Meanwhile, The Nib is running a Kickstarter for this giant tome of queer comics, culled from the many pieces they’ve run online over the years. I have some work in this book, alongside a host of numerous other amazing cartoonists. Go forth and back the Kickstarter to snag a copy for yourself!
I made a diary comic about going to a heavy metal show in Japan, and the first installment is up at The Comics Journal. There’ll be a new page each day this week! I’m not going to spam you with posts for each new installment, but once it wraps I’ll post another link so you can read the whole thing.
Thank you to my Patrons, whose support enabled me to create this comic and make it available for free distribution. If you found this information useful, please consider becoming my Patron for as little as $1 a month, or you can leave a one-time donation on my Ko-Fi page: https://ko-fi.com/dylanedwards
I will, of course, have a large assortment of queer & trans comics with me, including copies of the Monster Journey trans masculine comics anthology pictured here, in which I have an exclusive Valley of the Silk Sky short story. I’ll also have lots of art and merch of the Feeping Creatures variety.
So! If you’re in the ATX area this weekend, you should definitely come to this show.
I realize I haven’t posted much here lately, but I have indeed been working on new comics. I just wrapped up a new autobio story I hope to announce soon, and I have several pages of the next chapter of Valley of the Silk Sky penciled. Once I’m back from STAPLE!, my goal is to get that VotSS chapter done.
I know I haven’t updated on here recently, but it’s not for lack of working on things!
First up, you can now read an interview/discussion about queer and trans spec fic with myself, Melanie Gillman, and Blue Delliquanti, published by The Comics Journal. If you want a nerdy deep-dive on LGBTQIA SFF YA (how’s that for some acronyms), click on through!
Why am I not posting these comics here as well, you ask? The simple answer is I’m already pretty overwhelmed, and trying to build and maintain infrastructure on multiple websites is more than I have bandwidth for right now. Besides, the whole point of having a separate VotSS website was to allow for more VotSS-related content, instead of having Studio NDR become even more unwieldy than it already is.
That said, I am working on a couple of new projects I’ll be talking about more here in the weeks and months to come. They are not yet at the Ready to Be Announced stage, but know that I’m keeping busy behind the scenes.