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Page 59 of Valley of the Silk Sky is up, and it contains SARCASM. Witness the atrocity here:

If you read my story in the Beyond Anthology, you will no doubt recognize Beneke and Amihan and their Lab of Much Science.

WisCon went really, really well! I’m super happy about it and will definitely be making plans to attend next year.

Next up is Denver Comic Con and Denver Pride (both the same weekend! Ha ha!), and then Denver Zine Fest the weekend after that. You can find all the details on my Appearances page, but I’ll give some further particulars as the dates approach.

But yes, I’m splitting my time between Denver Comic Con and Denver Pride. Not sure yet which specific hours and days I’ll be where, but once it’s sorted I’ll post about it.

ANYHOW.

Until next week,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 58, and WisCon

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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
Asexual Lives

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 57

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Here I am, dragging my con-crud riddled body out of bed to update my webcomic. Read it here:

If you’re burning to know why Chadsen refers to Bors as “Skunk,” or why the customs officer has pierced ears but no earrings, these nerdy details and others like them are a bonus feature of my Patreon updates. A mere one dollar a month grants you access!

Thank you to everyone who dropped by the table at TCAF, or who came to the Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy panel! If you were pondering picking up a print copy of Valley of the Silk Sky Part One but didn’t do it, Glad Day Bookshop may have it in stock. Go pester ’em for it!

Otherwise, you can snag it at this here link:

Valley of the Silk Sky Part One PRINT BOOK

Next up: WisCon! Further details on that next week.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 54 is up

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VotSS page 54 is here, and it features a Very Large Elevator Indeed. Read it here:

Also, someone’s Precious BB Fluffykins.

Speaking of which … okay, not actually really, but ANYWAY. I mentioned previously that I was going to make a POD print book of Valley of the Silk Sky Part One, and lo I have done this thing.

Right at this moment I’m hoarding them for my May shows, of which there are three:

May 7: Free Comic Book Day at Mutiny Comics in Denver
May 14-15: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) with Northwest Press
May 27-30: WisCon in Madison, WI

If I have any left after all that I will make them available for sale online in some fashion. If I DON’T have any left after all that, I’ll get ’em reprinted. So it WILL happen, it’s just a matter of when.

If you are ABSOLUTELY DESPERATE to have one RIGHT NOW, I’d suggest going to one of those shows, or tackling someone who is going to one of those shows and thrusting $15 into their hands.

Anyhow. Tune in next week to find out where this giant elevator takes us.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 52 closes out Chapter 5, and Part One

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Page 52 is up, and it is pretty darn gay! Observe the gayness:

And with that, Chapter 5 is done, and Part One is complete.

NOW WHAT, you wonder.

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Next up, I’ll be releasing a digital edition of Part One so you can read it offline. If you are one of my Patrons, this eBook PDF version will be made available for you to download later this week. Otherwise, I’ll have it up for sale on Gumroad for $5.99. (Official release date is March 2.)

The book has also been accepted by ComiXology for their Submit program. So if you’re a ComiXology user, you will be able to buy a Guided View edition of Valley of the Silk Sky Part One, also for $5.99.

I’ll go into the details of the benefits of the eBook edition once it’s available for your purchasing pleasure. TL;DR: the art looks nicer and your $$ helps me keep doing this comics thing.

Okay, yes, but what about Chapter 6? What of Part Two, you ask?

Chapter 6 is in progress right now, though it’s not nearly as far along as I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, personal life stuff intervened (and by “personal life stuff,” I actually mean, “flying out of town twice to two different states in less than a month to visit relatives in hospice”). So it’s one of those situations where there was nothing much to do about it but accept that there was going to be a big delay.

So but I’m penciling now, and am hoping maybe to get Chapter 6 up and running by April. In the interim, I’ll be posting a lot of work-in-progress stuff to my Patreon for $1+ subscribers, and there’s a couple more world-building posts in the pipeline that I’ll be putting up on the Valley of the Silk Sky website.

Anyhow. Check back next week for an announcement about the PDF book!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky chapter 5 commences, Feeping Creatures sale closes

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Valley of the Silk Sky chapter 5 commences! Yeah, where ARE Hali’s quadmates? Let us find out:

pee ess – your periodic reminder that all characters use nonbinary xe/xer pronouns.

In other VoSS news, the digital book for Part One nears completion. All the art is formatted and the covers are done, just gotta do things like indicia page and probably some kind of introduction, stuff like that. I’m hoping to have it available by the end of the month.

Oh, hey, and the Beyond Anthology (which, as I’m sure you know, has a 16-page Valley of the Silk Sky short story in it) got a great write-up in the Onion’s AV Club. Read all about it!

Meanwhile, those feeps:

Feeping Creatures monster art on Etsy

The sale on my monster art stuffs ends this Sunday the 14th, so these are the last days for snagging that sweet 20% off. Use that code! CarsSureAreGreat20

Also, I should mention that I’m doing a small, local show on Saturday night: Beastival 3 at Mile High Comics, if you’re in the Denver area.

If you can’t make it to the Beastival, be aware that items from the Etsy shop may disappear on Saturday night as they sell at the show. So if there’s a feep you’ve had your heart set on, best to snag it now!

Cheers,

Dylan

VoSS Year 1 and a little bit of Steven Universe fan art

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Now that Chapter 4 is all wrapped up, I’m posting the art I did to commemorate Valley of the Silk Sky‘s first year. This is going up a day early here because I’ll be out of town on Wednesday (my regular update day) and there’s not really a great way to schedule this post. So:

View it here right now on Studio NDR

OR! It’ll auto-post to Tapastic and Tumblr on Wednesday morning.

I’m very close to finished with Chapter 5. Hoping to wrap up the last of the coloring today. My current thought is to start running Chapter 5 on Feb. 3, though that might get pushed back if Stuff Intervenes (fair warning: Stuff is threatening to Intervene).

Steven Universe fan art Peridot

Anyway. I also did this Steven Universe fan art of Peridot a couple of weeks ago and am just now getting around to posting it here. It’s also up on the Tumblers if that’s your bag.

The important takeaway here is the Peridot is the best gem.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 49 is up, and Chapter 4 is a wrap!

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The final page of Chapter 4 is up, and awaiting your eyeballs at these locations:

Now that the whole thing is up, you want maybe to read it all at once in a single sitting? Chapter 4 starts here on Tumblr, here on Tapastic, and here on Studio NDR. Have at!

MEANWHILE, perhaps you’re wondering how chapter 5 is progressing. I am currently in the process of inking, and then it’ll be on to coloring. My goal is to have it ready to go by Feb. 3 (that’s in two weeks), so that’s the tentative start date.

Chapter 5 wraps up Part One. I’m working even now on assembling the digital book for Part One (which so far mostly consists of agonizing over the cover), which I’ll put up on Gumroad for your offline reading pleasure. I also plan to submit VoSS to Comixology, so hopefully they’ll pick it up, but I won’t know anything about that for quite awhile (turnaround on acceptance/rejection is about 3 months, and I won’t even be ready to submit for a couple of weeks).

So! Anyway. That is the Status of Things. Next week I’ll post the Valley of the Silk Sky Year 1 art I did – or you can just pop over to Patreon and look at it right now.

Until then!

Valley of the Silk Sky page 48, VoSS turns 1, and a Monster sale!

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VoSS page 48 has arrived! OBSERVE:

True facts, tomorrow (Jan 14) is the first birthday of my li’l sci-fi webcomic! I made a special art for the occasion, which I’ll be posting first to my Patreon (in a public post). That’ll go up tomorrow, and then I’ll post it here and on the various VoSS feeds once chapter 4 is complete (which shall be VERY SOON INDEED).

Meanwhile, I have this other thing going on:

Feeping Creatures monster art on Etsy

As you may know, I make all this monster-themed art called Feeping Creatures, and I have an Etsy store wherein I sell said art. And right now I have a 20%-off sale going on if you use the code CarsSureAreGreat20 at checkout.

Y’see, my car decided what it REALLY wanted to do was to rack up a bunch of extremely expensive repairs with no warning. So the Feep sale is to help defray the costs.

The sale is on through Feb 14. Maybe you have a loved one who needs some monsters. Maybe YOU are that loved one. Anyhow, get on over to the Feeping Creatures Etsy store and stock up on some monstery goodness.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 47 is up!

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You’ve been wondering how Hali wound up in this mess? Page 47 has the answers you seek. Read it here:

And now you know: if ever you have to stop Hali and ask xer for directions, take the resulting information with a grain the size of a salt lick.

I updated my Appearances page for 2016. These are the confirmed shows thus far, with more to be added later as confirmations come in.

Meanwhile, in Tales of the Status of Future Chapters, I finished thumbnailing chapter 6 finally, so yay! I’m working on an illustration for a thing, and once that’s done I’ll get to work drawing chapter 5.

Next week Valley of the Silk Sky the Webcomic turns one year old! I started publishing this story on January 14, 2015. Will I maybe do a Year 1 special art post?? MAYBE??? Tune in next week to find out!

Cheers,

Dylan