The latest installment of Chapter 8 of Valley of the Silk Sky is to be found in these fine places:
As is often the case, the Patreon post has some additional nuggets of world-building info, should you yearn for such a snack.
WhimsyCon This Weekend
In convention news, I am to be found this weekend at WhimsyCon here in Denver.
I’ll be in the vendor’s room most of the time, tabling with Out in Colorado. So if you’re looking to buy some books, this is a fine time to do it.
I’ll also be on several panels:
Fri, 9:00 PM-9:50 PM, Author Readings (Mesa Verde C – Maker)
Sat, 4:00 PM-4:50 PM, Fantasy Map Creation (Main Events)
Sat, 5:00 PM-5:50 PM, Gender Representation in Fandom (Wind River B – Costuming)
Sun, 9:00 AM-9:50 AM, QUILTBAG Characters and Stories (Mesa Verde B – Victorian)
To see panel descriptions, you can go to the schedule listing by participant and scroll down to “Dylan Edwards” to find my stuff.
I believe this is the first year for this show, so if you’re in the Denver area, come on down and give it a big ol’ welcome!
Now look here. Valley of the Silk Sky page 82 has something it wants you to see. Peep it in one of these fine locations:
The Patreon post, as is often the case with Patreon posts, contains a bit of additional world-building information. (Patreon posts go up on Monday for $1+ subscribers to have early access, and are unlocked for public viewing on Thursday. Just in case you were curious.)
Anyhow, if you’ve read my VotSS story in the first volume of the Beyond Anthology, you might have noticed Razi looking over xer glasses a lot. Well, now you know why.
Speaking of the Beyond Anthology, the reprint of vol 1 (as well as the first printing of vol 2) are, I believe, going to be available for sale from Beyond Press in April. So keep an eye out for that.
Valley of the Silk Sky page 81 is up, and it contains both hijinks AND ensuement. Read here:
In other VotSS news, I finished painting chapter 9, which means I have a whole entire chapter done before I’ve even finished publishing the current one. TRULY, IT IS A CRISPNESS MIRACLE.
Now I just gotta complete chapter 10 and the cover, and I’ll have all the material ready for The Long Run part 2 book. I’m aiming for a TCAF debut, so let’s see how things go, eh?
SPEAKING OF BOOKS BEING PUBLISHED.
The Secret Loves of Geeks is now out from Dark Horse Comics!
The book has been getting a lot of very positive reviews already, so that’s exciting. I honestly can’t keep track of ’em all, but here’s a good comprehensive review/interview from the Nerdist.
Anyway, you can snag it right now from yer local comic shop or bookstore. I also left a couple posters at the Denver Public Library, and it sounded like the librarians were going to make sure they had the book in circulation. So, like, you can hit up yer local library, too. Neat!
Also, there’s the upcoming signing at Mutiny Information Cafe on Feb 21 if you’re in Denver. What time is it happening, you ask? Um. I’m not sure! Ha ha. I’ll have to find out.
Anyway, COMICS ABOUND.
Valley of the Silk Sky page 80 is here to let you know everything’s fine, nothing’s wrong, why would you even ask, oh, but while I’m thinking about it …
In other VotSS news, I’m so close (so close!) to finishing up colors on chapter 9. Just 2.5 more pages to go and it’ll be in the can. Hoping to wrap that up this weekend.
If I don’t quite manage that goal, it’s possibly because I’m gonna be hanging out at the Denver Public Library this weekend for the grand opening of their Teen Space at the Central Library. You can learn more about the event here.
It’s on Sunday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. I’ll have display copies of my various books available for perusal (though this is not a selling event, so it’s just for lookin’ this time around). I’ll also have some of my usual giveaways like bookmarks and whatnot, so come check it out.
I’ve also been confirmed for Whimsy Con, taking place here in Denver March 2-4. I’m on three panels (listed on my Appearances page), and will otherwise be hanging out selling books at the Out in Colorado booth in the Dealer’s Room.
So! Come check out all those things, why doncha.
Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run page 78 is now live in these exciting places:
The Patreon post for this page includes a thrilling discussion of how plumbing works in the Valley, so if such a topic thrills you (and how can it not), do click that link.
I expect to have some Exciting News™ next week, but for now I must stay silent.
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!