Oh, hey, time for a new comic, don’t you think?
Waaaaay back in the early days of the pandemic, Melanie Gillman organized and edited a digital zine of recipe comics called Parsley Sage Rosemary and Quarantine. You can still snag a copy of the whole zine on a pay-what-you-want basis, but since the rights have reverted I figured I’d share my recipe here:
If you want that whole “recipe with life story” thing, hit up the Patreon link. If you want the recipe and NOTHING ELSE, stick with Studio NDR.
Other Goings On
So yes, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve updated here. Honestly, like a great many other artists, the bruising ordeal that has been 2020 has pretty much done in my creative drive. I have been struggling to make anything more complicated than a sticker of a bear drinking bubble tea (it is a very cute bear, though).
So right now I’m mostly focused on trying to take some down time, in hopes that actually officially chilling for a bit will help recharge the ol’ batteries.
I do have the next chapter of Valley of the Silk Sky thumbnailed, though I have not yet commenced penciling (that’s what I’m hoping to get the energy to undertake).
I do have a VotSS short story that has not previously been published online that I intend to start running in January, so there will be comics come the new year, even as I hide in my hidey hole.
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.
See what you can learn by skimming the titles:
Fun fact: my model for Mx. Skeleton is a plastic, glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration I have lying around.
With the right kind of fungus growing on it, the skeleton in this comic could also be glow-in-the-dark. The possibilities are endless!
Check back next week to find out what else might be happening in the dark …
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.
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 …
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 here, here, 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 ….
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!
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!
Check out the loot:
This chapter introduces some new characters, of whomst you shall glimpse one here. Tyv is something of a famous burglar, well-known across the Valley for deploying a dramatic flair when xe steals stuff. Hence the fan club of Bad Kids intent on making off with xer wanted poster as a souvenir.
Regarding one of the other posters in the background, imploring people to halt the spread of sweetberry bush, I just wanna say this was written pre-pandemic and is mere thematic coincidence. I’d already figured the Valley would have issues with people complying (sweetberry bush spreads because the berries are tasty, and if you’re hungry, what are you gonna do), but actually stropping the spread for real would require coordinated governmental action and can’t be left to individuals to stop. Didn’t expect that to be quite so on the nose, but here we are.
ANYWAY. The chapter continues next week!
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!