Just a wee little reminder that the cultures of the Valley have no specific concept of gender, so everyone’s nonbinary by default, hence the “xe/xer” pronouns.
More VoSS news! The Beyond Anthology Kickstarter is drawing nigh! In just under two weeks you will be able to throw your dollars at this fine tome of queer science fiction and fantasy comics. More details here.
As you may recall, I have a 16-page VoSS story, exclusive to the anthology, featured in Beyond. So prepare yourselves for March 16, yeah?
Final bit of VoSS news: I finished the art for chapter two, which means a couple things: first of all, that gives me 12 weeks of material in the queue (10 pages of comics and two rounds of info posts between chapters). This ALSO means I will almost certainly have the chapter 1 & 2 mini available at ECCC.
Still working on the cover art, and I have to lay everything out and all that jazz, but the hard part is mostly done. So. VoSS MINI IMMINENT.
Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts page 26 is up! I think this definitively answers the question of whether or not Gran makes a special point of winding up Archer. (And if he didn’t react, would she bother?)
Fun/gross historical fact: many old houses in Europe used to have their cesspools in the basement, before the advent of modern plumbing. Gran’s house would be no exception. Maybe THAT’S why Archer doesn’t want to go down there (though it wouldn’t have been in use for over 100 years).
In very exciting(for me) Beyond news, I finished my story at last! All 16 pages of the derned thing. My big project post-Old Ghosts is to get started on a new webcomic featuring these Beyond characters, so keep an eye out for that. More news as I get more specifics.
I noticed recently that the “purchase webcomic” link at the bottom of a given comic’s page sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. I’m not exactly sure why – if I go update the nonfunctioning page without making any changes it starts working. There are hundreds of comics on this site. I am prrrrrobably not going to comb through and click “update” on each and every one. (Shockingly, there’s not a huge demand for editorial cartoons from 10 years ago.)
BUT, yes, prints are available whether the link works or not. If you want to buy a print and the link isn’t working on that page, please let me know (that’s dylan[at]studiondr[dotcom]). Originals for several comics are available as well – please email to inquire.
In my fantasy world of the future I’ll have a site with actual functioning ecommerce, but right now I’m too busy drawing this:
Woo hoo! Got the editorial green light to start penciling my story for Beyond. Queer sci-fi/fantasy comics are IMMINENT. Not sure how many pages I’ll have managed to draw before TCAF, but either way, if you’re going to be there, feel free to stop by the Northwest Press table and ask to see what there is to see. I’ll also be at the queer mixer.
You may be wondering what effect, if any, this will have on the weekly updates for PiQue: Old Ghosts. The answer is hopefully none, though I can’t actually promise there won’t be a brief hiatus at some point. HOWEVER. I currently have seven pages in the buffer, so I’ve got a bit of a pad. At the moment things are looking good for an uninterrupted run. Travel can play hell with schedules, though, so. Ya know. But. Still. Anyway.
Soon enough I hope to be posting teaser pix from VoS pencils, so STAY CHOONED.
Progress report on the story as a whole: I’ve almost finished inking page 29, and have colored up through page 14 (inclusive). So things proceed apace, and I still have a bit of a buffer, to which I am slowly adding. Which is good, because …
Work on my piece for Beyond is gearing up. I’m doing script edits right now, but it’s awfully close to ready to pencil. So! I will be diving into that stage of the process very soon. This is a character design test I threw together to get a sense of everyone’s relative height, clothing design, and shading scheme. You can read more about all this in my tumblr posts here and here, if you are a big ol’ process junkie.
It’s Wednesday, and that means the new page of Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts is live! At long last, we arrive at our destination, and we learn that in Archer’s case the sarcasm is congenital. You can read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.
In other exciting comix news, I’ve done a 1-page backup story for Jon Macy’s upcoming Fearful Hunter collected volume. In addition to his own story of queer druid/werewolf luv, he asked several of his artist pals to do short pieces on the subject of queer monster romance. I decided to do a page featuring two of my characters from my Beyond story, Halvanylila and Razi. I babble about it a bit further in my Tumblr post on the subject, so wander over there if you’re dying for more details.
I shall include a teaser here, but obviously for the full page you’ll have to pick up the Fearful Hunter tome when it comes out. Not sure what the release date is, but I’ll let you know when I know.
The summary for today’s page is best encapsulated in a paraphrasing of a certain Smith’s song: Some flights are better than others, some flights are better than others, some flights are better for other churls’ mothers.
In other news, I’m going to be posting more Beyond teasers over on my tumblr as work on that story gears up. Here’s the new one I put up yesterday. Eventually I’ll create a section on Studio NDR for all this concept art, but for the time being it’s just easier to post it on Tumblr. So. Follow along there if you don’t want to have to wait.
This is the second ever PiQue strip, from back when it was still called Young Republicans in Love. Back before I decided Todd & Archer weren’t so young after all, and also maybe I wanted to write about people besides just Republicans.
I’m not a huge fan of this particular comic, to be honest, but Archer’s mom is a principal character in the big story arc that starts NEXT WEEK (!), so I figured you should meet her first. Even if that first meeting is a wee bit awkward.
SPEAKING OF WHICH. I have five pages completely finished, with a sixth in the works. I’m going to get as many more pages done as I can in the next week, and then I’ll switch back to penciling for a bit. So my expectation is to go into next Wednesday’s debut with at least 2 months of buffer in the can.
Work on Beyond is going to ramp up real soon here. With any luck I’ll have enough of PiQue: Old Ghosts done to keep it going uninterrupted while I switch over to working on Beyond. I’m far enough ahead on pencils and inks that I don’t feel like it should be a problem.
Anyway, that’s what’s what. Tune in next week for the start of Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts!
I don’t know what to tell you. There I was, minding my own business, when various unsavory artist friends on Twitter led me down the dark path of Newt/Hermann fan art. Just because I have a weakness for queer scientists and doing drawings of same. Here’s the relevant tumblr post.
Other than this sort of filth, I’ve mostly been working on character designs for my story for Beyond (and the epic fantastical science story those characters shall appear in after, and yes, there will be queer scientist-on-scientist action in that, too). I will post some of these arts eventually, but a lot of it is spoilery, so it’ll have to wait. Also, a couple of the characters were giving me design-related fits, and it’s taken awhile to nail them down. I think, though, I THINK I have it now. I’m just letting it percolate a bit before making it official.
The dialogue on this page is extensively reworked from the original (I think, I hope, for the better). So even if you’ve read it before, go read it through again. I mean, if you want to. I’m certainly not the boss of you.
I’m getting closer and closer to having all the preliminary character designs for my story for Beyond done. (I say preliminary, because once the actual drawing starts things tend to drift and adapt as necessary.) Anyway, this is a Tola. They are a hominin species indigenous to the Valley where this story takes place (humans, by the way, are NOT indigenous to the Valley – li’l invasive species).
So, like, here on Earth you got yer humans and you got yer apes, and somewhere in between we had for awhile a few different hominin species wandering around. But none of ’em made it to the present day except for us. Well, in my little fantastical science world, we all got separated long enough for some of those other hominin species to establish successful branches of the ol’ evolutionary tree (mind you, not necessarily based on any actual Earth hominin). The Tolas are one of those species.
They’re just as smart as humans, but their different adaptations lead them to express that intelligence differently (like, for instance, no clothes, because why do you need clothes when you’ve got all that fur?).
This character design is not 100% of where I want it to be, but it’s getting very close. EVOLVING, if you will, ha ha.