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Valley of the Silk Sky page 46

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Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 46 is up, and it brings you yet more delightful culinary adventures:

What exciting facts shall we learn in next week’s installment, I wonder? Hum hum!

Speaking of future pages, I’ve got chapter 5 thumbnailed, and am currently working on thumbs for chapter 6. I decided to go ahead and rough out Ch6 before drawing ch5 because I need it to percolate for a bit. See if it hangs together the way it’s supposed to.

Once those thumbnails are done, I’ll circle back and draw Ch5. And THEN. Once THAT’S done, I’ll put together a PDF of the first 5 chapters, for they comprise Part One. Ch6 will kick off Part Two.

I’ve been debating how to package the story for consumption in other media besides online. I don’t want to make people buy the same thing in multiple formats, so I think what I’m going to do is stick with the ch1-2 minicomic for displaying at shows; digital editions of each Part, which will be pay-what-you-can; and then a single offset print volume for the whole book once it’s done. Which will be a couple of years yet.

ANYHOW. That’s my current thinking. I’m hoping to have the digital edition of Part One available sometime in February. If I were REALLY with it, I’d have it in time for the comic’s first birthday on Jan 14. But I’m not, so I won’t. Shrug!

But yes, keep an eyeball out for VoSS 1 in the new year.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 45, ALPHABET’s final hours

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queer SFF webcomic Valley of the Silk Sky

In this flashback, Razi does battle with the most terrifying monster of all: INTRACTABLE BUREAUCRACY. Witness the horror here:

About that Patreon link: as you may know, Patrons who pledge one dollar or more per month get early access to pages (typically Monday morning instead of Wednesday), as well as additional world-building information.

I’ve made a public post for this week’s page to show you what sorts of things I typically talk about in the world-building section. Also, when the series goes on break in between chapters, I typically give Patrons a peek at additional finished artwork, concept sketches, and so forth. All that for a mere $1 a month – that’s $12 for a whole entire year.

Obviously you can pledge more, and higher levels get you stuff like postcards in the mail, original comic pages, and suchlike. Check out the various reward tiers to see what strikes your fancy.

Now, last call for the ALPHABET Kickstarter!

ALPHABET queer comics anthology

As of Wednesday morning, December 23, exactly 24 hours remain on the campaign. You’ll be glad to know we’re funded and going to press, but this is your last shot at scooping some of those fancy backer rewards! Check it out, and pledge if you haven’t already.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 44, and ALPHABET reminder

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What excitements are in store with the latest page of VoSS? Find out on:

Can you believe I actually deliberated over whether or not to have the bug leg sticking out of Hali’s mouth in that last panel? Good thing I came to my senses.

Have YOU come to your senses and backed the ALPHABET Kickstarter yet?

ALPHABET queer comics anthology

There’s a little over a week to go, and still a chunk (but a doable chunk) of money to be raised. Northwest Press is hosting a free preview of the book, if you need to read a bit before making a decision. Check it out!

Did I show you the sneak peek of my illustration for the coloring book? If not, observe:

coloring book illustration of Edward Gorey

So! Get on there and snag a copy, yeah?

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 43 wants to know if you’re hungry

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Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci-fi comic

VoSS page 43 is up, and it asks the important question: do you prefer orange meat or yellow meat? As you ponder your answer, read the new page here:

Difficult to choose, isn’t it?

Less difficult choices #1: if you’re in Denver, come to the Denver Drink & Draw comics reading at Mutiny Information Cafe this Saturday, Dec. 12. There’ll be several of us doing live readings of our comics, and there will, of course, be books for sale as well. Excite!

Less difficult choices #2: backing the ALPHABET Kickstarter!

ALPHABET queer comics anthology

There’s about two weeks left on the campaign, and a new backer award in the form of a QUILTBAG tote bag. That’s right, I said a QUILTBAG TOTE BAG. Clearly a queer necessity.

Plus, wonder of wonders, you can tote your ALPHABET anthology book and your queer coloring book in your QUILTBAG tote bag. Amaze.

Cheers,

Dylan

VoSS page 41, ALPHABET queer comics anthology

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Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci-fi comic

Valley of the Silk Sky page 41 is here, and it is intent on diagnosing your ailments:

I am currently working on finishing the pencils for chapter 4, which I can hopefully wrap up by the end of the week, and therefore continue to publish the chapter without interruption. Things been busy!

MEANWHILE, you have a chance to acquire even more queer comics. Observe:

ALPHABET queer comics anthology

ALPHABET, the lgbtqai comics anthology, is now up on Kickstarter. I have a new exclusive comic in this book, alongside many other amazing creators. The list includes Ahri Almeida, Elizabeth Beier, Christianne Benedict, Bex, Jennifer Camper, Vi Cao, Tyler Cohen, Howard Cruse, Dave Davenport, Tana Ford, Melanie Gillman, Diego Gomez, Soizick Jaffre, Emeric Kennard, Robert Kirby, Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen, Ed Luce, Steve MacIsaac, Hazel Newlevant, Hanna Oliver, Eric Orner, David Quantic, Carlo Quispe, Sonya Saturday, Mike Sullivan, Dax Tran-Caffee, Josh Trujillo, Kelsey Wroten, and many more!

I mean, dang. IN ADDITION to all that comics goodness, there’s also a coloring book, yes a COLORING BOOK offered as an incentive. The book features a number of different artists illustrating their queer heroes, and I chose to draw Edward Gorey. I have to say, I had way too much fun doing that drawing, which means YOU will have way too much fun coloring it.

So. Get on there and grab yerself some queer comics!

Cheers,

Dylan

Laffs aplenty on Valley of the Silk Sky page 40, and Trans Awareness Week bump

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lgbtqia YA sci-fi webcomic Valley of the Silk Sky

Finally we get some merriment and chuckles in VoSS. Observe:

[No body parts were dissolved in the making of this comic.]

Also, this is Trans Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20, 2015), so JUUUUUST in case you missed it, you can read my new comic on transgender representation in media over at Fusion:

transgender representation in media

I would really like to push this comic out to all the various transgender resource organizations out there, so if you know of one, it would be a huge help to me if you could share this comic with them.

Thank you!

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 39, and a PiQue peek

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Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA SFF webcomic

Page 39 of Valley of the Silk Sky features PERKY ENTHUSIASM and BLOOD. Read all about it here:

For new folks who may have wandered in after reading my Fusion comic on trans representation in media, Valley of the Silk Sky is my queer YA science fiction webcomic that features an all-nonbinary cast and a few trans characters. I post the individual VoSS pages here on Studio NDR (my ancient, creaky website devoted to my art), but I built a whole other website to host All Things Valley of the Silk Sky.

So you’d want to head over there if you’re a nerd for world-building, or want to read up on the cast, or find out more about other VoSS stories in other publications.

As far as where to read the pages, as I said you can read them here on Studio NDR, but this site build is, as I said, old and not very mobile-friendly. If you prefer to read on a tablet or phone, both the Voss tumblr website and the Tapastic page are mobile-friendly. Tapastic is specifically designed for webcomic publishing, so it has several nifty features for your reading pleasure, like place-holding and new page alerts.

Politically InQueerect cameo in Transposes

Speaking of Tapastic, I started adding some Politically InQueerect cameos to the PiQue archive there. The most recent post is from Transposes, where Archer, Todd, and Dee show up as faces in a crowd. See the page in question here, and read the “more” stuff at the bottom for further trivia.

Finally, to any new readers, you can buy Transposes and Politically InQueerect comics from my publisher, Northwest Press. And you can read a 16-page standalone Valley of the Silk Sky story in the Beyond Anthology. Neat!

Anyway, see you next Wednesday for the latest VoSS installment!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 38 (warning: contains GLASSES HORROR)

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Valley of the Silk Sky queer sci fi webcomic monster enby

Surprise Tuesday update! Because reasons. Valley of the Silk Sky page 38 is here, but be forewarned – it does contain scenes of graphic violence against glasses. Witness the carnage here:

With any luck I will have fun and interesting announcements for tomorrow, so check back then!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 37

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Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci fi comic

VoSS page 37 is up! BEHOLD, THE MIGHTY HUNT– er …

What next for our beleaguered protags? Tune in next week and so on and so forth.

[This is me trying not to dish out spoilers for my own comic, doncha know.]

I foresee other exciting comix announcements imminently, but for the time being this here is what I got.

And so,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky page 36, and a wee bit of Steven Universe fan art

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Queer YA sci fi webcomic Valley of the Silk Sky

Page 36 of Valley of the Silk Sky is up, and it is not messing around, I tell you what. Read it here:

I guess I can’t really say anything else about it without spoilerizing, so let us move on to the next thing:

Steven Universe fan art Peridot and pet Centipeetle

A wee bit of Steven Universe fan art! Like all queer nerds, it seems, I am digging this show, and Peridot is easily my favorite of the gems. (It is not lost on me that she shares some particular personality traits with my own Archer Hewitt of Politically InQueerect fame.)

I guess I just have a thing for cantankerous curmudgeons. As character archetypes go, anyway.

The drawing up for your viewing pleasure on Studio NDR and Tumblr.

Meanwhile, I gotta get back to work on Secret Project X, which I will hopefully be able to reveal to you in short order. Stay chooned.

Cheers,

Dylan