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The Long Run chapter 12 – progress report

The Long Run chapter 12 – progress report published on

I’ve been working away on chapter 12, and while I don’t have enough done yet to set a firm start date for when I’ll commence posting pages, I will say I’ve finished penciling and have moved on to inking.

As is the custom, I’ve been publishing work-in-progress updates over on my Patreon, including stuff like this here teaser image. If you want in on that, a mere $1/month gets you the goods.

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and let folks know the sitch!

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run Chapter 11 concludes!

The Long Run Chapter 11 concludes! published on

Page 105 marks the finale of chapter 11, and you can find it here:

For those of you who like to wait until a chapter is complete to dig in, you can find the whole of Chapter 11 here.

So, what’s next, you ask? I am even now working on Chapter 12: the whole thing is thumbnailed, and I’ve got the first page penciled. 

Whilst we wait for me to get the rest of it penciled, inked, colored, scanned, and lettered, I’ll be running some concept art, character design, and work-in-progress posts for $1+ Patrons. If you want in on that, hit up my Patreon.

As far as my convention schedule goes, TCAF has now officially canceled their 2020 festival. Other emails coming in indicate other shows are still weighing how they want to proceed: postponement? full cancellation?

Again, conventions account for about half my income, so this is grim news on the financial front. If you’d like to help support my work during these trying times, here are some options:

Valley of the Silk Sky book collections are here: http://www.valleyofthesilksky.com/books/

Other books by me are here : http://www.studiondr.com/buy-stuff/

Feeping Creatures monster art is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/feepingcreatures

You might also consider signing up for my Patreon if you have a couple bucks a month to spare. This ends up being kinda like a “paycheck” for me, and makes it easier to predict my income month-to-month.

Patreon is here: https://www.patreon.com/dylanedwards

Thanks for reading! Back to working on Chapter 12 for me.

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 104 has entered the room, and a word about my convention schedule

The Long Run page 104 has entered the room, and a word about my convention schedule published on
Valley of the Silk Sky queer YA sci-fi webcomic

Greet this new page, won’t you:

So, regarding conventions:

An event I was supposed to table at this weekend was just canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. I think they made the correct decision, but it does represent a financial hit for me that I have no way to recoup.

I strongly suspect this is only the first of many event cancellations to come (and, again, I think cancelling is probably the right move). I make about half my income from conventions, so right at this moment I’m staring down a pretty disastrous year. If you’ve considered buying books (Gumroad sales get the money to me the fastest) or monster merch from me, now is a great time to do so.

Valley of the Silk Sky book collections are here: http://www.valleyofthesilksky.com/books/

Other books by me are here : http://www.studiondr.com/buy-stuff/

Monsters are here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/feepingcreatures

You might also consider signing up for my Patreon if you have a couple bucks a month to spare. This ends up being kinda like a “paycheck” for me, and makes it easier to predict my income month-to-month.

Patreon is here: https://www.patreon.com/dylanedwards

Thank you, and please feel free to share these links with anyone you think might be interested!

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 103 has some choice words for you

The Long Run page 103 has some choice words for you published on

Here, have some words:

Quick reminder that “wis” is a contraction for “who is” or, more specifically, “who is good at [being a],” and that a typical Pocali name construction would be [UNIQUE PERSONAL NAME] wis [PRIMARY SKILL]. If you want more detail, this appendix post has the deets.

If you are a nerd for background details, you can find out Cobb’s primary skill (at least, as assigned by the relevant authorities) at the bottom right of the last panel on page 8. It’s not an assignment Cobb has made any particular effort to contest.

In other news, I’ve begun thumbnailing chapter 12, oh yes. It took a bit longer than I’d expected to get to the thumbnailing stage, even though the script has been pretty much ready to go for a few weeks. There are some new environments, y’see, and a couple of characters I needed to find out more about [what do you look like? what brings you to this story?], so I’ve been busy concept-arting.

And, sure enough, getting to know the characters a bit more changed the script somewhat. Now that I had a better idea of who A and B were, I could see the places where the original dialogue was no longer appropriate. I also wound up having to add a couple of pages to the chapter past what I’d originally intended.

But! Thumbnailing is now, which means pencils are soon.

And Chapter 11 continues next week regardless. See you then!

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 102 is cracking up

The Long Run page 102 is cracking up published on

How are things going with Hali and that egg, anyway? Let’s learn:

That Patreon post includes a short discussion of how an apothecarist’s egg works, if you yearn for such knowledge.

After this chapter wraps up, I’d definitely like to add an expanded egg entry to the Appendices, so keep an eye out for such a thing in the nearish future.

But first, the chapter must wrap! Which ain’t happened yet. So check back next week for a new page, yeah?

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 101 is lots of fun

The Long Run page 101 is lots of fun published on

I mean it, really! Just take a look here:

I talk about some of the thought process behind this page over my my Patreon, should such a thing be of interest to you.

TL;DR, characters are squirrelly creatures, and often the only way I can pin them down is by drawing them and actually seeing with my own eyes what they’re all about.

Speaking of which, I was going to work on the thumbnails for chapter 12, but it has two new characters in it, and I had to figure out what they looked like. The act of drawing them caused me to learn a bunch of stuff about them that changed aspects of the script, so it’s a good thing I didn’t thumbnail yet, y’see?

ANYWAY. See you next week for more of Chapter 11!

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 100 is experiencing technical difficulties :( … EDIT: Page is now up!

The Long Run page 100 is experiencing technical difficulties :( … EDIT: Page is now up! published on

UPDATE on 2/14/2020: Finally got the page to upload, hurrah! Original post follows below, with page link added to the list:

For whatever reason, WordPress won’t let me upload today’s page. As far as I can determine, it’s a problem on WP’s end, and not anything I’ll be able to resolve on my own until they fix it. (Making this thumbnail of Razi’s face 100% appropriate.)

You CAN read the page today, though! Here it be:

Once I’m able to upload it here, I’ll update this post. I’m hoping it won’t be too terribly long.

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 99 is feeling tetchy

The Long Run page 99 is feeling tetchy published on

The latest installment Chapter 11 seeks your indulgence. Grant it here:

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!

Until next week, I remain:

Dylan

The Long Run page 98 is ready …

The Long Run page 98 is ready … published on

… Ready for what, though? To find out, choose one of the following locations for reading this newest of pages:

If you happen to be a nerd who likes world-building natterings about dialect, that there Patreon post has the goods.

Who knows what challenges page 99 shall bring? Check back next week to find out.

Cheers,

Dylan

The Long Run page 97 freaks out

The Long Run page 97 freaks out published on

Ah yes indeed, page 97 is here, and it is aquiver with consternation. Read it, if you dare:

If you missed any previous updates, you can read all the pages posted so far in Chapter 11 at this very link. (There’s only one other page so far, so you don’t have a lot of homework to do.)

If you’re needing even more of a refresher than that, might I suggest hitting The Long Run’s landing page to start at the beginning or to choose a chapter at will.

That’s it for now. See you next week!

Cheers,

Dylan

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