Chapter 2 of Valley of the Silk Sky begins! These creatures are Daraz (species) Harcos (warrior/hunter caste). Harcos are non-reproducing members of the species. Read the new page here:
I’ve already got a couple of appendix posts up about the Daraz, if you’re in a world-building mood:
Social structure and grooming
In other news, the Queers & Comics Conference in NYC is fast approaching! May 7-8 you’ll be able to sit in on jillions of panels about QUEER COMICS.
I’ll be on three panels (Queer Memoir, and Trans/GQ Character Design on May 7, Queer Male Identity on May 8). Check out the full schedule for all the awesomeness.
In other other news, I have a page and a half left to ink on VoSS chapter 3, and then it’s on to painting. EXCITE.
Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 6 is here, is now. Is dialogue! You want read:
Juuuust in case it’s not obvious from context, that gesture Razi is making in panel 3 is the Pocali equivalent of a middle finger.
Re: clothing: if you’re wearing bright colors you’re probably a merchant. If you’re wearing khaki, you’re probably a runner.
Over on the Valley of the Silk Sky website, I’ll be posting more world-building notes about clothing styles and rude gestures at the end of the chapter. None of that will be required reading for the story, but it’s there for folks who enjoy those sorts of details.
As far as progress on the rest of the story goes, all of the art for chapter 1 is completely finished, and I expect I’ll wrap up the pencils on chapter 2 today. This means the likelihood of having a minicomic of chapters 1 and 2 available at ECCC at the end of March is lookin’ good.
More Beyond teaser pencils. I’ve drawn up through page 10 of 16, so we’re gettin’ there. I might be having too much fun with the facial expressions. Maybe. And with these characters in general.
I have to ditch my original working title because it turns out that jerkbag H. G. Wells STOLE my title and used it for a story he published several decades before I was born. INCONSIDERATE. New working title is Valley in the Sky. So far it doesn’t appear to be in use by a famous dead author, but can we trust a man who seems to know an AWFUL LOT about time machines???
After I finish this story for Beyond, the plan is to go back and wrap up the art on PiQue: Old Ghosts. And THEN I’ll start working on some webcomics for VitS, such that, by the time Beyond comes out, there will already be some additional stories in that universe for people to read. I have the script mostly done for the next story, so I feel like this is a realistic goal. Yezz indeed.