Valley of the Silk Sky page 77 is up, and it reveals a heretofore hidden aspect of one of the main characters. You will reel, you will groan. Read on, if you dare:
In chapter 9 news, I finished inking and started coloring, and did … something? … to my hands in the process. I don’t know what, exactly.
My best guess is that the brush I was using to paint some of the bits (not my usual brush) has a handle that’s too slender to be ergonomic. So something or other in there got over-exerted from a too-tight grip, and now it hurts to hold a pen/pencil/brush/etc. So I’m going to try resting and stretching and see if that helps.
I don’t know what this will do to the schedule as far as getting the Part Two book put together. It’ll depend on how long it takes to get my hands back in working order. At the moment it’s still feasible to hit the mid-April target for a DiNK debut, but I may end up pushing that back if necessary.
TL;DR: bodies suck and I want to be a cyborg already.
Anyhow, that doesn’t affect the serialization of chapter 8, so see you next week for the next page!
Chapter 8 continues, and page 76 awaits your eyeballs! Read it here:
Speaking of Patreon, a couple of things:
I now have page updates set to early access, which means $1+ Patrons get exclusive access to them on Monday. On Thursday, the post goes public. (Note: This doesn’t apply to all the posts I make on Patreon, just finished comic pages. Things like work-in-progress posts will stay behind the paywall.)
That particular post has some additional details about eating habits in the Valley, so check it out if you’re curious.
Even if you don’t pledge, you can still follow creators and see their public posts. So if it’s convenient for you, feel free to follow me on there and get updates that way. The “follow” button is on the left under the total pledge widget.
As for convention news: I got into TCAF! I will have my own table this time around, up on the second floor. I’m very excited to return to Toronto and one of the best indie comics shows in all the land.
I’m working on lining up a couple of local events for February and March, and will post when I have more info.
As ever, you can keep track of all my convention appearances on the Appearances page.
Until next week,
Chapter 8 rumbles along, and page 75 awaits your eyeballs:
Little-known fact: 75 is the sesquipedalian anniversary.
Another little-known (until now!) fact: I have finished the pencils for chapter 9. It’s true! So if you were wondering, “Are you gonna do like last year when you posted one chapter at the beginning of the year and then bupkis?” the answer is “probably not!”
And while a penciled chapter is not the same thing as an inked, painted, scanned, lettered, and formatted-for-web chapter, the pencils are usually the most time-consuming part of the process. Having all the pencils done for the next chapter when the current one has barely started is a darn good sign.
This means I’m still on track to wrap up Part II art by the end of February so I can get the book to the printers in time for a mid-April release. So! Things proceed apace.
Until next week,
Want to read page 74 of Valley of the Silk Sky? You got choices:
This page references some stuff from chapter 1, so if it’s been awhile since you read it, pages 12 and 13 can help you out.
In other VotSS news, I’m about halfway through the pencils for chapter 9. Oh yes! I’m taking advantage of this quiet time of year to pad the ol’ buffer as much as possible.
Also, if I’m to hit my goal of having the Part Two book out by mid-April, I’ll need to have all the art done by end of February at the latest. I believe this is doable, I just have to knuckle down and draw draw draw.
Finishing chapters 9 and 10 will give me a buffer of weekly page updates through about July (this assumes a couple of breaks between chapters to post updates to the Appendicies on the VotSS website, for the edification of world-building nerds such as myself.
Finally, I just wanted to point out a new feature on this here website. Over in the right-hand column (which gets pushed below the main content on mobile), you will now see a “Newest Comic” widget that shows the most recent page I’ve added. This is a quick and easy way to jump to the latest installment of VotSS.
Anyhow, back to work on making more of those installments. See you next week!
The first page of chapter 8 is live, and you can read it here:
- on Studio NDR
- on Tumblr
Since it’s been a good while, you may be wondering, what does it matter where I read it? Well, I’ll tell you.
If you peep it here on Studio NDR, it helps with my view numbers for ad boxes (assuming you don’t have an adblocker enabled). If you prefer Tumblr, you can like and share the comic on there.
At the moment, of course, Studio NDR is a construction zone, with dust and concrete blocks and I beams strewn all over the place. I’m working on reassembling everything into a prettier package, but it’s going to take awhile (as in, a few weeks). So if you would rather have the site you’re reading on be stable and consistent, go to Tumblr for now.
Anyhow. Welcome to Chapter 8, and look for lots of improvements around here in the coming weeks!
Page 71 wraps up chapter 7, and you can read ALLLLLL about it here:
What next, you ask?
I need to work on an anthology comic for a bit, so I’m not sure yet when chapter 8 will start. It’s already thumbnailed, though, so hopefully not too terribly long.
In the meantime, I have a new comic up on The Nib as part of a series on trans bathroom stuff. You can read it right now with your very own eyeballs.
As ever, if you want to peek behind the scenes to see works in progress and other goodies, pledge $1 a month (or more, if you like!) to my Patreon.
VotSS page 70? Point your eyeballs hither and/or thither:
MEANWHILE. I will be at the ol’ Emerald City Comic Book Symposium this weekend, March 2-5, tabling with Northwest Press once again. You can find us at booth 1719.
I will have a NEW MINICOMIC by jiminy:
This one contains my trans/ace comic what was published on The Nib last year, and also this one from PEN America, and a couple of sketch comics about my trip to a trans bar in Japan.
Anyhow, ECCC will mark the debut of this mini, so this is your first chance to snag it. I urge you to do so!
I meant to say, evidence? What evidence? I know nothing of any so-called “””evidence”””. [Do NOT seek evidence at these links, there is NO evidence to be found.]
There IS some evidence to suggest I’ll be at the Emerald City Comic Book Concern and Symposium next (!) week. If such a thing were indeed true, I would be found at the Northwest Press booth #1719.
Maybe if you’re going to be in attendance, you should do some sleuthing to find out if, in fact, this lead is legit. Investigate all possible leads!
Deposit eyeballs here:
In non-VotSS news, last night I finished up the thumbnails for an upcoming anthology piece. So that’s two short stories for two different anthologies I’ve thumbnailed in the last month.
One of ’em is for We’re Still Here, the all-trans anthology from Stacked Deck Press, which was officially announced last December.
The other one has not yet been announced, so you’ll have to wait patiently to learn more. But I’m really excited about both stories, so I’ll be sure to keep you updated as to the proceedings.
What’s that? You wanna see the latest EXCITING page of Valley of the Silk Sky? Well, take yer pick o’ venue:
What’s the diff? Tumblr is tumblr, if you’re into tumbling. Also: functions as a standalone website, is mobile-adaptive, has extra content not found elsewhere.
Tapastic is a platform for a bunch of different webcomics, is mobile adaptive, and lets you do fun things like save your place in a story and get notifications when new pages go up. I get a couple pennies of ad revenue from folks who read here. (“Pennies” is not a euphemism for “not much.” I genuinely get maybe a couple cents a day.)
Studio NDR is this site you’re reading this on right now, my “home page” if you will. I get slightly more pennies of ad revenue if you read here. (Again, not a euphemism.) But alas the site is not mobile adaptive and badly needs an overhaul that I don’t have time to perform.
Honestly, whichever of these is most convenient for you is fine. Do as you will!