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Be Gay Do Comics wins an Ignatz and gets a starred Kirkus review!

Be Gay Do Comics wins an Ignatz and gets a starred Kirkus review! published on

The new anthology of LGBTQIA+ comics from The Nib and IDW publishing is officially out, and has already snagged some honors!

Read the starred review in Kirkus 

BGDC wins Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology 

Be Gay, Do Comics is filled with dozens of comics about LGBTQIA experiences, ranging from personal stories to queer history to cutting satire about pronoun panic and brands desperate to co-opt pride. Brimming with resilience, inspiration, and humor, an incredible lineup of top indie cartoonists takes you from the American Revolution through Stonewall to today’s fights for equality and representation.

Featuring more than 30 cartoonists, including yours truly!

How can you acquire this fine comics volume? Simply buy it from your preferred bookseller, or snag a copy from The Nib’s online store!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run chapter 12 concludes as page 114 sneaks up on us

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run chapter 12 concludes as page 114 sneaks up on us published on

How the heck did we get to the end of the chapter already? And yet, here we are:

Chapter 13 is in the works, but it’s early days. I had to design a new environment which required researching some Things, and then figuring out how to retrofit those Things to the technology available to the fine folks in the Valley.

All for an element in the background that is unlikely to garner much notice, ha ha. BUT IT WILL BE A FUNCTIONAL BACKGROUND THING, OKAY.

Anyhow, thumbnailing has commenced. As per usual, I’ll be posting work-in-progress stuff for my $1+ Patrons, so if you want to follow along, a single dollar a month is all it takes.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 112 has been unsealed

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 112 has been unsealed published on

MEANWHILE … let’s see how things are going with Chadsen, shall we? Discover the secrets here:

If you need a refresher on where Chadsen is and what xe’s been up to, point your eyeballs to Chapter 9.

Anyhow, it’s probably fine, nothing to worry about, really.

Check back next week to find out how really, truly fine and not worrisome it all is.

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 111 is lurking in the underbrush

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 111 is lurking in the underbrush published on

And it is springing out at you from these locations:

I don’t know how well it shows up at web resolution size, but if you can’t tell, Ujo’s face in panel 2 is that of a big dork who cries about cute animals.

Perhaps somewhat less apt to cry about the animals in panel 3. Tyv may cry about those, actually, but not for the same reason. (Xe is really not the sort of person who likes hanging out in nature all that much.)

Check back next week to find out what else is hiding in the shadows …

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 110 is comin’ round the mountain

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 110 is comin’ round the mountain published on

Let us see what appears in the distance:

This was my go-to page for posting work-in-progress images for my $1+ Patrons (you can find those posts herehere, and here). So if you enjoy that kind of thing and can spare a dollar a month, consider becoming a Patron!

If you’re thinking that landscape looks kinda familiar but you’re not sure why, you may wish to review Chapter 9. Could be relevant, I dunno ….

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 109 puts foot in mouth while lending a hand

The Long Run page 109 puts foot in mouth while lending a hand published on
Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci-fi fantasy comic

And now we meet New Character #2: folks, please welcome Ujo to the comic. Observe xer debut here:

“Ujo” means “bashful,” which can either mean “shy” or “handy with a sledgehammer,” depending on the circumstances.

Were these two to have fursonas, Ujo would be a capybara, while Tyv would be an entire bag of raccoons.

What wacky adventures shall ensue? Check back next week as Chapter 12 continues!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 108 has been spotted

Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 108 has been spotted published on

See if you can find it at one of these locations:

If you desire a refresher re: what the heck is going on here, please turn your attention to Chapter 7.

Something Tyv knows that perhaps you the reader might not (because it’s not SUPER important to the narrative, just a bit of background detail) is that Bantri’s big skill is disguise. Within Cobb’s crew, that largely amounted to pretending to be a traveling merchant (or, rather, several different traveling merchants, busting out a new costume as circumstances warranted).

Anyhow, the saga continues next week!

Cheers,

Dylan

Valley of the Silk Sky returns! Chapter 12 commences now

Valley of the Silk Sky returns! Chapter 12 commences now published on

Yes indeed, it is time for the newest installment of my queer YA sci-fi/fantasy webcomic, Valley of the Silk Sky. You can now read page 106 at any one of these fine locations:

“But Dylan, that’s so many options. How do I know which one to choose?”

Well, I’ll tell you. Read it here if that’s what you’re used to and it works for you.

Read it on the VotSS website if you like additional material like appendices, character pages, concept art, and all that jazz.

Read it on Tumblr if you are still on Tumblr and want it to show up in your dash without you having to remember to do anything.

Read it on Patreon if you would like early access to pages by becoming my Patron for a mere one dollar a month; or you can choose to follow my Patreon for free and get notifications of when new pages get posted to the general public. Early access subscribers get pages on Mondays, then they go public on Thursdays.

“But Dylan, you’ve been working on this comic for years now and I forgot what happened three chapters ago. How can I get caught up?”

Simple! You can:

1. Read the story so far online 

2. Read offline via print volumes or digital collections 

Right? Right. See you next week for the continuation of Chapter 12!

Cheers,

Dylan

“Gig in Japan” page 4 works the crowd

“Gig in Japan” page 4 works the crowd published on
Gig in Japan - Mejibray live show diary comic

The latest installment of my Japanese metal show diary comic is here:

Like a lot of gothic metal bands, Mejibray’s style leans heavily on BDSM themes, so it’s not too surprising the crowd would be exuberant about being spat upon.

Also, I would have expected a mosh pit if it had been an American show, and would have avoided front and center accordingly. But no such scrum developed here. I don’t know if moshing just isn’t a thing in Japan, or if it does happen but sticks to other genres. Clearly one of these days I will need to do further research on the matter.

Cheers,

Dylan

Gig in Japan page 3 rocks out

Gig in Japan page 3 rocks out published on

The show goes on! Read page 3 here:

If you check out the Patreon post, you can read some of my musings about concerts past and present, should such a thing be of interest to you.

I will add this one translation note here, though:

The actual rendering of “encore” in Japanese is アンコール (ankouru), where the final “ru” would only be partially voiced. But the crowd was definitely saying a fully-voiced “re” at the end of the word, giving each syllable equal weight as basically a three-beat chant. JUST in case you were wondering.

Tune in next week for page 4 excitement!

Cheers,

Dylan