The newest remastered Politically InQueerect is now up on Tapastic, and it seeks to answer a burning question: what IS Rand’s gender identity, anyway? Well, NOW YOU KNOW.
So! SPX was awesome. It was my first experience of this particular con, and I really had a blast. I am pretty worn out from it (my travel to and from was fraught with peril, bookended by 1,000-year weather events on the one side and mass shootings on the other), but would happily do it again next year. My pal Melanie Gillman drew all the panelists for the Queering the Mainstream panel I was on, which is the first time I’m aware of such a thing happening to me. It is awesomeness.
Up next: a local event, wherein I shall join something like 30 other Colorado authors for a book-selling, food-eating event called Books & Bites. That’s this Friday, Sept. 20, from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, at the Arvada Library (7525 West 57th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80002). Be there!
In this week’s remastered Politically InQueerect, Todd and Archer argue about a spatula. No, wait! Come back! I promise, it’s funny.
It is actually kinda funny, for me at any rate, to figure out what kind of decorating sense these guys have. The house is not particularly done to Archer’s taste, since he’d prefer to live in a sterile white box if he could. But Todd winds up taking control of the interior design because he’s the one actually willing to put forth the money and effort for it. Hence colorful walls and antique furniture. I think they may have compromised on more earthy tones rather than bright, screaming colors.
I’ve also added last week’s new strip, starring new characters Yuki and Sunita, to the PiQue archives here on Studiondr.com. You’ll find it in PiQue Pieces, the repository for one-pagers and other short pieces that aren’t part of a specific storyline.
I am definitely getting to a point now where I need to resurrect the obligatory Cast o’ Characters page. Probably won’t be done before SPX, but it’s definitely high on the priority list for this fall.
Head on over to Tapastic.com to read this week’s remastered Politically InQueerect. SHOCKING REVELATIONS in this exciting conclusion to our family visit melodrama! Strife! Disagreement! Sarcastic remarks! NO ONE WILL EVER BE THE SAME.
Next week I shall have for you a brang new Politically InQueerect comic, which will introduce us to two new characters, Sunita and Yuki.
But you don’t have to wait all the way until next week for a new comic from me, oh no! For the latest issue of Rocksalt was released this week, and I have an all-new comic featured within. I’ll put said comic up on the site here in a couple of weeks, but for now you can read it in the online version of Rocksalt, or if you’re in Austin (or a certain level of Kickstarter backer from the recent campaign!) you can peep it in the print version of the paper.
Tomorrow I’m off to Providence for NecronomiCon, a Lovecraft-themed convention at which I will be selling my Feeping Creatures itemries. If you’re in the area, you should come! I expect hijinx shall ensue.
Archer’s brother and his family are coming for a short visit. Archer’s hippie, vegetarian brother. Oh, yes. Read it here on Tapastic.
Trivia: This is one of the very earliest PiQue strips I ever drew, originally created in 2000 with monochromatic black & white art suitable for newspaper printing. The idea was that I was going to sell the strip to queer newspapers (ha ha). Well, a couple of things happened:
1. Pretty much all queer newspapers in the U.S. had space for one or two comics, and that was it. I got a lot of very nice rejection letters.
2. It was around this time that huge numbers of queer newspapers stopped publishing altogether.
3. The cross-hatched inking style was murder on my hand, causing me crippling pain. I had to develop a new style or perish.
Once again, this is an experiment with digital coloring. I can’t say I’m thrilled by it – a lot of the textures dropped out when I reduced the file size for web. But the act of coloring their house helped me realize some interesting details about Todd & Archer’s styles – Archer would prefer to live in a featureless white box. Todd wants a different color on every wall. Todd wins this one because he works from home all day and is the one who actually has to spend time there. He invited Archer to repaint to his own tastes, knowing full well that Archer would never paint it himself and is too cheap to hire anyone to do it. And I didn’t know these things about them until I colored this strip! How about that.
Time once again for a newly colorized Politically InQueerect strip. This time around, we learn things we cannot unlearn about Todd & Archer’s sex life.
Technical notes on this comic: Whne I first drew this comic I intended to hand-color it (and I still plan to one of these days), but it was originally published in a black & white anthology, so I scanned the inks and threw down some digital b&w shading. When prepping this color version for Tapastic, I didn’t have time to go back and do the proper hand-coloring, so instead I used it as a guinea pig to experiment with different Photoshop shading techniques. So here we are.
And, in case you’re wondering, I am indeed working on an all-new PiQue strip even now. It’s a one-pager that introduces us to a couple of new characters. I will probably post it towards the end of the month. So! Hang on to yer whatever it is people hang onto these days.
At long last, we have reached the exciting conclusion to Politically InQueerect’s “If I Had a Dollar” story, Colorized Edition. If you want to go back to the beginning and read the whole thing in one go, start here.
What’s up next, you ask? First I have to finish my piece for the next issue of Rocksalt (whose Kickstarter got funded, by the way, and which you still have two days to contribute to if you want to score some goodies).
After that’s in the can, I’ll be starting on a brand-new PiQue strip that introduces a couple of new characters. In the meantime, look for more remastered PiQue on Tapastic. I believe their August theme is video games, so I’ll be focusing on strips that have some mention of video games. (There aren’t a whole lot thus far in the PiQueverse, but Todd does like his Nintendo, even if it’s not clear he has anything newer than a Game Cube.)
A pregnant pause pervades the penultimate page of our PiQue parable, now up on Tapastic.
Speaking of PiQue, I noticed someone came here from googling “politically inqueerect archer and todd go to england.” When I redesigned this website last year I took that story down since there were no actual finished pages up, just color tests and storyboards. I do plan to start working on it again, though, and will start posting it again once I have final artwork to show.
I’ve also updated my con schedule for pretty much the rest of the year (there are one or two more potential happenings rattling around, but I’ll wait until they firm up). So yes, I will be at SPX and APE, tabling with Northwest Press, and I have a couple of shows where it’s just me and the feeps. It’s gonna be a busy autumn!
This week’s Politically InQueerect page is now up on Tapastic!
And today the madness that is Comic Con begins. If you’re in San Diego for the show, you can find me at the Prism Comics booth (#2144), chillin’ with the Northwest Press gang. I’ll have my TransTransformers prints for sale, and of course copies of Transposes. I’ll also have a bunch of original art with me, so come visit to look and buy!
I’m also going to be on the queer webcomics panel titled Bizarre? Queer? Perfect: Taming the Wild Webcomics Frontier, which is happening on Thursday, July 18 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM in room 28DE. If you’re using Comic Con’s panel scheduler, use this here link.
Come hear us natter on about the creative process and give tips on how to promote your own queer webcomic. I will, of course, be dishing out free Politically InQueerect bookmarks, so please come snag one, either at the panel or at the Prism booth. Hope to see you there!
New episode of Politically InQueerect is up on Tapastic, in which Archer cannot unsee what he has seen, cannot unsmell what he has smelled.
Only two more pages to go, and then the story shall be complete! At which point, I expect I’ll revert to single pagers and more laff-oriented stuff for a bit. I’m liking this colorization, though. I really think it’s working out well for this story. I don’t think I’ll wind up colorizing absolutely every single PiQue strip, but there are many more yet that could stand to benefit from a broadening of the hues.
Since you presumably like queer comics (you do, right?), you might well be interested in this article over at Lambda Literary, in which a whole bunch of queer cartoonists (myself included!) talk about some of their favorite comics. It’s always fun to watch creators geek out, so get over there and read it, will ya.
Finally, it might interest you to learn that, at long last, I’ve figured out how I want to use Twitter, several months after creating an account and several years after basically everyone else on the planet. By which I mean, I’m actually posting there now. Follow me if you dare: @DylanNDREdwards
The latest episode of remastered Politically InQueerect is now up on Tapastic! Dee comes to the end of her quest, only to discover that the princess is in another castle.
What else is going on? Not much to report. I have been working on all sorts of stuff but not a whole lot I can actually show you at the moment. And Comic-Con is fast approaching; I leave for San Diego two weeks from yesterday. I have one panel lined up so far, not sure if there will be others.
And I will, of course, be hangin’ out at the Northwest Press booth, which will once again be rolled up with Prism Comics (booth #2144). So. If yer gonna be at SDCC, do stop by and say hello.