That there Patreon post, by the way, has a short little world-building snippet regarding certain cosmetic products one might find in the Valley, should you be curious about such things.
Eventually I’d like to do a whole Appendix post about cosmetics and beauty products in the Valley, though it’s going to be a little bit of awhile before that happens. Just know it’s a thing I think about!
Also, I need to update my convention calendar for 2020, a task which is not particularly difficult, just never *quite* my top priority. I do really have shows coming up this year, though. I swaer.
If you can’t remember what the heck was going on with this story and would like to have a refresher, you can read all the pages so far (or choose a specific chapter) either here on Studio NDR or here on the Valley of the Silk Sky website.
For what it’s worth, I plan to update the VotSS website first with new pages, and then update here on Studio NDR when I get to it. So if you are desperate to read new pages at the earliest possible moment, bear that in mind. (And if you really, REALLY want to read at the earliest possible moment, might I remind you that $1+ Patrons get access to new pages three days earlier than the internet at large. Cough, ahem, just so you know.)
Okay? Okay! See you again next week for MORE COMICS.
Speaking of exciting conclusions, the Kickstarter for The Nib’s Be Gay Do Comics anthology has wrapped! The project has funded quite handily, so soon you’ll be able to get your mitts on this fine book. As a reminder, I’ll have 8 pages of comics in there, alongside a great many other excellent cartoonists. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, I’m sure The Nib will have extra copies to sell retail, so keep an eye on their announcements.
Finally, I’ve finished coloring Valley of the Silk Sky: The Long Run chapter 11, and am in the final stages of cleaning up the scans and lettering the pages. So I’m on track to commence publishing the next installment on January 16, 2020. Brace yourselves!
As per usual, Patrons get early access to comics, so new pages go up for Patrons on Monday, and are released to the general internet on Thursday.
I’ll be posting this on Tumblr eventually as well, but since it’s a short comic it makes more sense to do a single post there rather than individual pages in separate posts.
Be Gay, Do Comics
Meanwhile, The Nib is running a Kickstarter for this giant tome of queer comics, culled from the many pieces they’ve run online over the years. I have some work in this book, alongside a host of numerous other amazing cartoonists. Go forth and back the Kickstarter to snag a copy for yourself!
I will, of course, have a large assortment of queer & trans comics with me, including copies of the Monster Journey trans masculine comics anthology pictured here, in which I have an exclusive Valley of the Silk Sky short story. I’ll also have lots of art and merch of the Feeping Creatures variety.
So! If you’re in the ATX area this weekend, you should definitely come to this show.
I realize I haven’t posted much here lately, but I have indeed been working on new comics. I just wrapped up a new autobio story I hope to announce soon, and I have several pages of the next chapter of Valley of the Silk Sky penciled. Once I’m back from STAPLE!, my goal is to get that VotSS chapter done.
I know I haven’t updated on here recently, but it’s not for lack of working on things!
First up, you can now read an interview/discussion about queer and trans spec fic with myself, Melanie Gillman, and Blue Delliquanti, published by The Comics Journal. If you want a nerdy deep-dive on LGBTQIA SFF YA (how’s that for some acronyms), click on through!
Why am I not posting these comics here as well, you ask? The simple answer is I’m already pretty overwhelmed, and trying to build and maintain infrastructure on multiple websites is more than I have bandwidth for right now. Besides, the whole point of having a separate VotSS website was to allow for more VotSS-related content, instead of having Studio NDR become even more unwieldy than it already is.
That said, I am working on a couple of new projects I’ll be talking about more here in the weeks and months to come. They are not yet at the Ready to Be Announced stage, but know that I’m keeping busy behind the scenes.
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.
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!
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 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!