Chapter 8 continues, and page 76 awaits your eyeballs! Read it here:
Speaking of Patreon, a couple of things:
I now have page updates set to early access, which means $1+ Patrons get exclusive access to them on Monday. On Thursday, the post goes public. (Note: This doesn’t apply to all the posts I make on Patreon, just finished comic pages. Things like work-in-progress posts will stay behind the paywall.)
That particular post has some additional details about eating habits in the Valley, so check it out if you’re curious.
Even if you don’t pledge, you can still follow creators and see their public posts. So if it’s convenient for you, feel free to follow me on there and get updates that way. The “follow” button is on the left under the total pledge widget.
As for convention news: I got into TCAF! I will have my own table this time around, up on the second floor. I’m very excited to return to Toronto and one of the best indie comics shows in all the land.
I’m working on lining up a couple of local events for February and March, and will post when I have more info.
As ever, you can keep track of all my convention appearances on the Appearances page.
Until next week,
I have a new comic up on The Nib, as part of their Banned Books feature. Be sure to check out all six comics, with a bunch of different artists discussing their fave banned books!
As you can see, I elected to talk about Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. When I was working on Transposes, I studied FH closely for tips on how to put together a compelling non-fiction narrative.
Before that, Dykes to Watch Out For was a big influence on my own early attempts at an ensemble cast comic, namely Politically InQueerect. While PiQue eventually went more in a traditional comic format direction, you can see in the early strips where I basically just lifted the D2WO4 format.
Anyway, thanks to Alison for being a big inspiration, and to The Nib for giving me a platform to talk a little bit about her awesomeness.
ALSO: I will be at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus this weekend, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. I am not actually sure what my table assignment is? But I will definitely be there and you should find me and buy a bunch of comics. Yep.
I’ll be returning to the STAPLE! Independent Media Expo for the first time in 4 years! It’s happening this weekend, September 9-10, in good ol’ Austin, Texas.
This will be the convention debut of my new enamel pins, the Caterpillar and the Catstronaut, so come snag ’em while they’re hot! (Or if you can’t make it to STAPLE, you can buy them online in my Etsy store.)
MEANWHILE. I have set up a Feeping Creatures Threadless shop for all your POD monster needs. Shirts, bags, phone cases, shower curtains! All kinds of fun stuff. Click on an image to see all the different designs associated with it.
I need a new phone case anyway, and am thinking I might go with the Toxoplasmoids version. I mean, why NOT cover your phone in adorable bacteria.
Finally, I got a shout-out in this Buzzfeed listicle of 28 Trans, Queer, and Nonbinary comic creators. Check it out, because there’s a TON of amazing artists in there.
Okay, gotta go get ready to head to the airport. Upon my return, it’s back to penciling chapter 8 of Valley of the Silk Sky!
Lots of announcements to make! First up, I added my newest minicomic to my Gumroad store. QAT Person 2 contains comics I’ve done for The Nib and PEN America, as well as some extras. So if you’ve been wanting print versions of those, here ’tis!
I also have two illustrations in the upcoming Butch Lesbians of the ’20s, ’30’s, and ’40s Coloring Book, which is scheduled for a June release from Stacked Deck Press. You can preorder now, though!
Next week, May 26-29, I’ll be at WisCon. You will mostly be able to find me in the vendor’s room with my comics and Feeping Creatures stuff. I’ll also be on three panels:
Small Everyday Forms of Resistance in SF/F
Saturday, May 27
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Alt-Comix, How Do They Work?
Sunday, May 28
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
World-Building through Profanity
Sunday, May 28
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
So THAt oughta be a bucket of fun. (That profanity panel I am extremely excited about, I gotta say.)
Finally, I’m sorry to say I’ve decided to remove my comics from Tapastic. Their most recent update to the terms of service was unacceptable to me, so I’ve deleted all my series on there. You can, of course, still read my comics right here at studiondr.com, or you can follow Valley of the Silk Sky on tumblr.
DiNK Denver is coming up this weekend (April 8-9, 2017), and I will be there with a pile o’ comics for sale! I’m one of the local artists profiled in this here Westword article.
I will also be on a panel on Sunday April 9 at 2:15 – Cultural Influences of the LGBTQ Community on Indie Art
And. AND. Valley of the Silk Sky is nominated for a DiNKy Award for Best Webcomic!
If you’ll be in Denver this weekend, please come to the show and support indie creators!
EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT:
Back in November I was interviewed by American View magazine, a publication of the U.S. Embassy in Japan which seeks to bring American culture to a Japanese audience. Well, that interview is now live! It’s available in both English and Japanese (there’s a button at the top right to switch languages), so you have no excuse not to read it.
Finally, I’m wrapping up a comic I’ve been working on for an upcoming anthology. I got really sick this past month and there was other family stuff going on, so my productivity has been very slow of late. I’m gradually getting back on track, though, so hopefully I’ll have some new stuff to show off soon.
As per usual, my $1+ Patreons are getting sneak peeks at works in progress, as well as behind-the-scenes fun. A mere one dollar a month snags you these fine perks, and helps keep me creating new stuff. Pitch in if you can!
The latest installment of VotSS chapter 7 is now on-line for yer viewing pleasure:
Let’s just say next laundry day is gonna be a doozy.
IN OTHER NEWS:
I’m in the process of putting together QAT Person #2, which collects more of my autobio comics into minicomic form. You can still buy QAT Person #1 from me online, or come find me at a convention.
My plan is to have QAT Person #2 ready for Emerald City Comic Con in March.
It is time once again for the Small Press Expo to commence! This weekend, September 17-18, 2016, you will find me at the MARRIOTT NORTH BETHESDA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER. [Dunt dunt dunn]
I’ll be ensconced at the Northwest Press table D2.
Also, as you may recall, the Beyond Anthology is nominated for an Ignatz Award, so like vote for it and stuff.
AND, there will be a bunch of us Beyondees scattered about the show, should you wish to seek out autographs. Use this handy treasure map to seek out your fortune:
I personally am sold out of Beyonds, but will be bringing a display copy if you want to flip through. I know Reed Black will have a handful of copies to sell, so hit his table up early if you wanna snag one.
Hope to see you this weekend!
This very weekend, August 20-21, you can find me at FlameCon in Brooklyn, NY! I’m super excited about this queer comics convention. If you, also, are excited about queer comics and are in NY, come to the thing.
I’ll be at table 17 with Eric Arroyo and Kou Chen, and will also be participating in the Queercopia Readings at noon on Sunday. EXCITE.
As far as the status of Valley of the Silk Sky is concerned: I’ve been busy thumbnailing the next several chapters (turns out chapters 8 and 9 had to swap places for timeline reasons), and hope to wrap that up before I head to NYC.
Then it will be on to penciling chapter 7. I do still have various other paying projects competing for my time, so I can’t say when exactly you’ll start seeing pages again. Pledgers to my Patreon are currently seeing my VotSS story from the Beyond Anthology, and are getting some behind-the-scenes deets as well as additional world-building nuggets.
So, like, if you want in on that, go drop a dollar (or more!) per month and it shall be yours. The more people pledge, the more I can focus on VotSS, and the less I have to take on other paying work in order to “eat” “food” and “pay” “bills.”
Valley of the Silk Sky page 58 is up, and it’s got you covered for weird plants and weird architecture. Observe:
I’m experimenting with a new way of saving large image files, so this page SHOULD load much faster than previous pages. The question now is whether I go back and re-save and re-upload ALLLLLL previous 57 pages. Hah. Heh. Oh my.
But it ain’t gonna happen this week because WisCon!
Yes, indeed, I am vending and paneling in Madison, WI this long weekend, Friday through Monday. I believe this is my first midwest show, as it happens. So yeah, if you’re in the area you should swing by. I will have loads of queer comics to sell you, and a selection of Feeping Creatures itemries for your monster purchasing needs.
My panels are as follows:
Friday, May 27
9:00 PM – 10:15 PM
“Women and Trans/Non-binary people” : The Pitfalls of Haphazard Gender Inclusion
Saturday, May 28
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Trans Narratives: Pitiful and/or Powerful? [moderator]
Saturday, May 28
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Diverse Creators, Not Just Diverse Products
Sunday, May 29
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Not Another Trans Panel
Sunday, May 29
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Hope to see you there!
Valley of the Silk Sky page 56 is up! Read it here:
CAN CHADSEN WEAVE XER WAY THROUGH THE PERILOUS BUREAUCRACY???
Speaking of passports, I am headed to Canada this weekend for TCAF! If you’re in Toronto and you like comics, you should definitely come to this thing. Attendance is FREE. Really, you have no excuse.
I’ll be tabling with Northwest Press, of course, and I’ll also be on a panel:
Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy
Sunday, May 15
Moderated by Melanie Gillman, with Jeremy Sorese, Taneka Stotts, Gisele Jobateh, Megan Rose Gedris, Dylan Edwards, and Andrew Wheeler!
Also, I’ll have copies of the new print book edition of Valley of the Silk Sky Part One. Grab one at the show, or if you can’t make it, buy online from my Gumroad store:
Valley of the Silk Sky PRINT BOOK
Right? Right! And now, off to do the nine million things I gotta finish before I leave.