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Valley of the Silk Sky: “Medicine; Run” proceeds apace; SDCC approaches

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Valley of the Silk Sky: Medicine Run

If you’re wondering why things have been quiet here these last few weeks, it’s because I’ve been focusing on posting updates over on the Valley of the Silk Sky website.

You can, for example, read several pages of “Medicine; Run” right now, as I work my way through the weekly serialization of this short story.

You can also buy the minicomic edition if you’re impatient, or if you prefer to read in print. Neat!

Will I ever post this short story to Studio NDR? I don’t know! Maybe. I just feel a bit overwhelmed with maintaining a billion websites and social media accounts, ha ha. For now, it lives in its own little corner of the web.

Meanwhile, SDCC

Monster Journey trans masculine comics anthology

Yes, I’ll be there! Once again you can find me in Small Press, where I will be sharing table L-06 with Stacked Deck Press (publisher of We’re Still Here, in which I have a short story, as well as several queer & trans-themed coloring books in which I have illustrations).

I’ll have a few copies of Monster Journey, the all-trans masc anthology from Pocket Bear Press in which I have an exclusive new Valley of the Silk Sky short story.

If you can’t make it to SDCC, you can snag Monster Journey online in either physical or e-book form.

I’m also working on some Feeping Creatures micro zines, featuring a bunch of artwork you probably haven’t seen before, so keep an eyeball out for those as well.

So yeah, been busy, even if I don’t always manage to post about it here!

Queers & Comics Conference is this weekend! And: new Valley of the Silk Sky short story!

Queers & Comics Conference is this weekend! And: new Valley of the Silk Sky short story! published on

I’m off to NYC this weekend for the Queers & Comics Conference!

Valley of the Silk Sky: Medicine Run

I’ll be on two panels:

Friday, May 17, 4:15 – 5:30 PM – Too Ace for This: Crafting Asexual and Aromantic Comics

Saturday, May 18, 2:15 – 3:30 PM – Falling Through the Cracks: Finding Space for Trans Masculine Creators

You can view the full panel schedule here. If you’re going to be in New York and you love queer comics, come check it out!

AND BUT ALSO: New Valley of the Silk Sky!

I’ve put together a minicomic of the remastered edition of “Medicine; Run,” which was originally published in the Beyond Anthology. It’s now in full color, with some edits to bring the story more in line with official VotSS canon. So if you wanna read it all in one go, snag yourself a copy of the mini.

I’m also publishing “Medicine; Run” as a weekly webcomic over on the Valley of the Silk Sky website, and on the VotSS Tumblr.

I haven’t decided yet whether or not I’ll run it on Studio NDR, but if I do it’ll probably be all at once after the whole thing has finished running. Mostly that’s because I’m already completely overwhelmed and have a very busy summer coming up, so I need to cut myself some slack somewhere.

But yes, things and stuff. Come to the conference, and read some VotSS comics!

Cheers,

Dylan

Ace Pilot flies undone, DiNK approaches

Ace Pilot flies undone, DiNK approaches published on
Ace Pilot - queer asexual transgender autobio comic

Page 4 of Ace Pilot is up! You can read it here on Studio NDR, and here on Patreon.

OR: Click ye here to see all pages posted thus far.

Meanwhile, DiNK is barreling towards us at an alarming clip. I’ll be at table 372 on the third floor for all your comic purchasing needs. (Or some of your needs; presumably you’ll buy comics from other people as well.)

I am also going to be on three (3!) panels:

  • Saturday, April 13 – 12:30 PM – PLZ RT <3: What Social Media Means for Cartoonists
  • Saturday, April 13 – 3:45 PM – Worldbuilding Across All Mediums of Narrative Story Telling
  • Sunday, April 14 – 4:30 PM – Navigating & Redressing Toxic Masculinity

I will ALSO have copies of the brand new Valley of the Silk Sky minicomic: the remastered edition of “Medicine; Run” (which originally appeared in the Beyond Anthology), now in color and with several dialogue changes to make the thing more canon.

I will ALSO ALSO have a limited number of copies of Monster Journey, the all trans masc anthology with a brang new Valley of the Silk Sky story what has never been seen before by human eyes.

Anyhow, yes. I’ll repeat a bunch of this next week as a reminder, but PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR DINK.

Ace Pilot continues, and a Podcast interview emerges

Ace Pilot continues, and a Podcast interview emerges published on
Ace Pilot queer asexual transgender autobio comic

The thrilling autobio saga of Star Wars and my queer/asexual/trans identity continues!

Ace Pilot page 3 may be glimpsed here on Studio NDR and here on Patreon.

If you want to read all the pages that have been posted thus far, point your eyeballs this way.

But wait, you say. What’s this about a podcast?

A Podcast!

Yes indeed, I was recently interviewed by the FemiNerd Files podcast, wherein we discussed my comics and the making thereof. If you’ve always wanted to know how the heck I ended up writing a series about gay Republicans, or what fuels my imagination when I’m designing the world of Valley of the Silk Sky, give it a listen!

Ace Pilot page 2, a podcast, and Valley of the Silk Sky news

Ace Pilot page 2, a podcast, and Valley of the Silk Sky news published on
Ace Pilot - queer asexual trans autobio comic

Ace Pilot page 2 is here and is read for your eyeballs!

The autobio saga continues to unfold, as Halloween costumes and Yoda are deployed (but not Halloween costumes of Yoda, strangely enough).

To see all the pages that have been posted so far, click ye here.

Queer Words

But what’s all this about a podcast?

So yeah, turns out I was interviewed by Queer Words, a podcast that features authors of the LGBTQIA variety, and you can listen to that very podcast now. I’m pretty sure I said some things about queer comics.

Valley of the Silk Sky news

Finally, I have finished coloring the remastered version of “Medicine; Run,” which I still fully intend to debut at DiNK in a couple of weeks.

“Oh, wow, so it’s finished, eh?”

LOL, no. I still have to clean up the scans, reletter, format for minicomic, and print. Oh, and draw the cover. BUT, the bulk of the work is done.

So. Still whittling away, but soon. SOON.

Cheers,

Dylan

An Anthology of Anthology Announcements

An Anthology of Anthology Announcements published on
We're Still Here all-transgender comics anthology

I’m excited to announce that We’re Still Here, the all-trans comic anthology in which I have a short story, has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award! If you haven’t already snagged a copy of this book, you can do so from Stacked Deck Press.

I realize I’m biased and all, but this really is an excellent collection of comics offering a multitude of perspectives of the trans experience.

Monster Journey all-trans masculine anthology

I also just got my comps of the Monster Journey anthology, featuring monster-themed stories by trans masc creators. This is not yet generally available, but I will have a very (VERY) small number available for sale at DiNK in April. I have a brand new Valley of the Silk Sky short story in here, of which $1+ Patrons have gotten some work-in-progress peeks. Soon you’ll be able to read the whole darn thing!

Meanwhile, I just got the rights back to my short story, Ace Pilot, that was originally published in the Dark Horse anthology Secret Loves of Geeks. So my next webcomic serialization will be that story. Starting Monday, March 11, $1+ Patrons will get early access to the comic, and it’ll go up for the general public on Thursdays.

Finally, I’m still working on coloring my Valley of the Silk Sky short story, “Medicine; Run,” that was originally published in the Beyond Anthology. $1+ Patrons have been getting sneak peeks at that work in progress as well, natch. I’m about 75% done, so still on track to release it as a minicomic in time for DiNK. I’ll also be running it as a webcomic once Ace Pilot wraps up.

In other words, lots of comics coming your way!

More autobio funs, and what’s in store for 2019

More autobio funs, and what’s in store for 2019 published on

Draw Out the Vote - Colorado

Continuing with my efforts to add comics to my website that were originally published elsewhere, here’s the piece I originally created for the 2018 Draw Out the Vote project from Oni Press. Cartoonists from each of the 50 states discussed political issues relevant to their state, and why voting is an important part of addressing those issues. My comic focused on LGBT issues in Colorado.

Anyhow, this is now posted to the here in the Autobio Comics section of good ol’ Studio NDR.

But what of 2019, you ask?

I made a public Patreon post going into some detail regarding my comic makin’ plans for this year.

The TL;DR: version is more Valley of the Silk Sky, including a new minicomic, a new issue of QAT Person, and further pun horrors with Taxonomically Unbound.

Anyway, I seem to be having yet more website issues, so I guess I’ll drop everything and go troubleshoot that now. Cool!

Dylan

New Taxonomically Unbound, new Valley of the Silk Sky website

New Taxonomically Unbound, new Valley of the Silk Sky website published on

Does making the advent colander last through Christmas sieve cause undue strain?

Just as you feared, there is a new Taxonomically Unbound, and it lurks in these locations:

There is also, as you may have gleaned from the headline, a brang new Valley of the Silk Sky website:

Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci fi webcomic

This is, as I have probably mentioned before, a replacement for the VotSS tumblr website. While the tumblr one still exists, this new one is self-hosted and therefore less subject to the whims of content moderation algorithms.

It is also much easier to navigate, given that the underlying architecture is more conducive to separating comics from appendices from random art. Also the tagging is actually useful, since it’s not mixed in with all the rest of tumblr’s tags.

ANYway. I’ll continue to post VotSS comic pages here on Studio NDR, but, as before, extra content like appendices, concept art, character portraits, and all that biz will live over there.

Cheers,

Dylan

New Taxo Unbo and some general updates

New Taxo Unbo and some general updates published on

Taxonomically Unbound: If a chicken is reinventing how poultry vocalize, is it thinking outside the boks

Yes indeed, the latest in Taxonomically Unbound punnery may be found here:

Meanwhile, I’ve been working away on the new Valley of the Silk Sky website, which is still not ready for your eyeballs, but it is definitely starting to take shape. Turns out I’ve created a fair amount of content for this series, and it’s gonna take awhile to get it all put in place.

Speaking of Valley of the Silk Sky, if you’ve been wanting to get the digital edition from ComiXology but have been holding off for whatever reason, it might interest you to learn that it’s on sale for 50% off at the moment. You can grab both collections here:

The Long Run: Part One
The Long Run: Part Two

Cheers,

Dylan

New Taxo Unbo, Mini Comic Con, Tumblr goings-on, VotSS news, etc.

New Taxo Unbo, Mini Comic Con, Tumblr goings-on, VotSS news, etc. published on

Taxonomically Unbound - If a grape stubbornly refuses to dry out, is it being unraisinable

First up, here is where one might read the new Taxonomically Unbound, should one so choose:

But, wait there’s more. Oh, so much more to discuss. First up, an event this very Saturday:

Mini Comic Con

On Saturday, Dec 8, I will be at the Sam Gary Branch of the Denver Public Library for Mini Comic Con. The event runs from 10 AM – 4 PM, and admission is free. FREE, I tell you.

All the deets are to be found at this Facebook event page, so click and learn.

Tumblr goings-on

Meanwhile, what the heck with Tumblr, you ask.

As you may know, Tumblr is, as far as I can tell, in the process of destroying itself by driving off its entire user base and generally treating everyone like garbage. Cool!

It’s hard to say right now how all this is going to shake out, but I’m definitely bracing for Tumblr to essentially disappear altogether, or to fall so far into irrelevancy that it hangs around like MySpace’s ghost but no one really speaks of it anymore.

The problem that creates for me is that the Valley of the Silk Sky website is built on a Tumblr webcomic platform. Now, I had long yearned to make a proper VotSS website, since the limits of the Tumblr site functionality grate on my nerves sometimes. But building a whole new website is a massive (unpaid) undertaking, so I haven’t been in a rush to get to it.

However. If Tumbs is going to flush itself down the toilet, getting to website building is a thing I’m going to have to do.

So I’ve started the process. I have a dot com domain for VotSS, and the bones of the new site are there. It’s going to be at least a couple few weeks before I even feel comfortable linking to it, since it really is a construction zone at the moment, but the process is underway.

I’ll continue to post to the VotSS Tumblr site for as long as it seems reasonable to do so, but know that soon Valley of the Silk Sky will have its own home.

Monster Journey update

Speaking of Valley of the Silk Sky, you may recall I’d created a short story for the Monster Journey anthology, and said anthology was having a Kickstarter to raise funds to print. Well, I’m sorry to say the KS didn’t make goal. So what happens next?

I’ve already been paid for my contribution, as have all the other artists involved, so that part isn’t an issue. The publisher has said he’ll likely run a new Kickstarter in a couple of months, and will definitely be publishing the books one way or the other. So I’ll let you know when I have more details.

I am no KS expert by any means, but I have definitely noticed that campaigns running during the holidays tend to struggle. Thanksgiving week is something of a black hole, and losing an entire week of a crowdfunding campaign certainly ups the difficulty. Hopefully a post-holiday campaign will fare better!

Finally …

I was having alllll kinds of website problems last week. I *think* they have been resolved, though I’m still noticing a thing or two out of place. Mostly minor stuff related to deprecated widgets and whatnot.

Anyhow. Lots going on, and I must get back to it!

Cheers,

Dylan

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