If you’re reading Drugs & Wires regularly, you might have noticed that our updates have been a bit all over the place lately – and I apologise for that! A couple of months ago I had to go back to working full-time and readjusting to that has been challenging. In addition to that, I’m busy preparing the first issue of Blue Pill Arcade for London MCM and both me and Io are working on some extras and things for our upcoming Kickstarter! (more on that later)
Anyway, it seems like June is going to be extremely busy for both work and personal reasons, so unfortunately I’m left with no other choice than to take a mini-hiatus and put D&W on a break until July. We might update before then, but I can’t promise it’ll be regular. I’m very sorry about that – hopefully the stuff we’ll be working on in the meantime is gonna make up for that! I’ve also closed down our Tictail store until after MCM to help me keep track of stock.
Speaking of Kickstarters – we’re planning on launching one for a collected edition of chapters 1-4. I’ve been slowly adapting it all for print and making rewards (BPA comic being one of them) and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but hopefully we’ll get there! If you’d like to know when it launches, sign up for our mailing list here. (Your email might already be on there if you’ve bought stuff from the Tictail store in the past) I promise I won’t spam you more than a couple times a year – it’s just a neat option for people who can’t keep up with my shitposting on social media!
I’ll be documenting everything we do on the meantime on Patreon and Patreon-only Discord channel and hopefully giving people early glimpses of the pages when I do get to draw them.
And finally, here’s a regular reminder that D&W does have its own very active & friendly Discord server – so do have a look if you haven’t yet.
Good news – after many months of writing scripts and thumbnails, Blue Pill Arcade is finally getting drawn! First 5 pages are already up on Patreon.
Blue Pill Arcade is a prequel set 2 years before the events of the main comic. While Dreamspace (our original prequel series) focuses on Dan’s last moments in VR, BPA is all about the early days of Dreamspace and its users. Expect it to be a little more light-hearted than the main series (light-hearted by D&W standards, anyway…)
We’ll update the comic in monthly installments of 6 to 8 pages (depending on Cryo’s workload) and keep it as a Patreon exclusive until the story is finished. Once it’s done, we’ll see how to go about publishing it, but it’d most likely be available for purchase online.
Anyway, here’s a sneak peak of people’s typical reaction to Fixer:
Good news, ‘Wireheads – thanks to ongoing support from our Patreon backers, we’ll be publishing another five pages of D&W this month! Slightly less good news: next Monday’s page will unfortunately be bumped, as Claire’s on the road with only the barest of bare-bone art-ing tools at her disposal.
The projected update schedule for this month is:
10/07 – Chapter 4, Page 10 & 11
17/07 – Chapter 4, Page 12
24/07 – Chapter 4, Page 13
31/07 – Chapter 4, Page 14
02/08 – Chapter 4, Page 15
Hearty thanks are due to all of our July patrons:
Diceman, Laura Hutton, Ben Sebastian, Vloshko, Tori Hansen, Matt K, samieperv, Aleksander Ratzloff, Aaron Clark, HD Moore, Tarl Armstrong, Pavel Penev, Adrenaline, Matt Tarky, Richard E. Gropp, stroggo, Xemobiz, Jess Waldrip, Dustrial, Katheudo, grimmware, Minno, Carryl, littledot63, Franck Yvonnet, bryce, raine ko, Jesse Edmund Juniper, Alazavrus Bakanovic, Dmitry Mamchur, Ben Ireland, Pet Rock, Skynix Samson, Lacey, Jeff Couturier, Jay Fabares, Jennifer, cstone, Oscar Aamu, GhostlyPI, Mighterbump, Dm3 C, Anton, Lee, vex, Escher Null, Patty Brehm, Marco Antonio Assfalk de Oliveira, rockjar, Mitch Bigelow, nerveblot, Dylan Evans, Michael Hartog, BitVictim, toherrys, RISING SΛND, M D Penman, MercenaryElf, Weird Montgomery, EdZ, Ethel Morgan, Matt Zweig, meskio, Giuliano Di Pasquale, Matthew Hathaway, Waxhead Jed, tekniklr, Shobana ‘Bob’ Appavu, Корявый Почерк, snowdogermine, Thylacinx, Dan Testerman, neid buell, Kalia, Daniel Joelsson, Austin Bookheimer, and Carl.
With the generous help of our Patreon supporters, we’ve reached our first major stretch goal: an extra page of Drugs & Wires each month!
The projected update schedule for this month is:
05/06 – Chapter 4, Page 5
12/06 – Chapter 4, Page 6
19/06 – Chapter 4, Page 7
26/06 – Chapter 4, Page 8
28/06 – Chapter 4, Page 9
A big “thank you” to all of June patrons:
Diceman, Laura Hutton, Ben Sebastian, Matt K, samieperv, Aleksander Ratzloff, Aaron Clark, HD Moore, Tarl Armstrong, Pavel Penev, Adrenaline, Matt Tarky, Richard E. Gropp, Eric, stroggo, Xemobiz, Jess Waldrip, Carryl, Rift, littledot63, Franck Yvonnet, bryce, raine ko, Jesse Edmund Juniper, Alazavrus Bakanovic, Dmitry Mamchur, Ben Ireland, Pet Rock, Skynix Samson, Jennifer, cstone, Oscar Aamu, GhostlyPI, Mighterbump, Dm3 C, Anton, Lee, vex, Escher Null, Patty Brehm, Marco Antonio Assfalk de Oliveira, rockjar, Mitch Bigelow, nerveblot, Dylan Evans, Michael Hartog, BitVictim, toherrys, RISING SΛND, M D Penman, MercenaryElf, Weird Montgomery, snowdogermine, EdZ, Ethel Morgan, Matthew Carroll, Matt Zweig, meskio, Grim, Giuliano Di Pasquale, Matthew Hathaway, Waxhead Jed, tekniklr, Emanuel, Shobana ‘Bob’ Appavu, Dan Testerman, neid buell, Kalia, Daniel Joelsson, Austin Bookheimer, Geovanna Ramirez, and Carl.
Your support helps keep this comic rolling, and we’re immensely grateful for it!
Hey everyone, haven’t posted here in a while! Actually, I’m pretty sure this is my first time writing a news post on here – normally Io’s much better at it, but I’ve got way more free time on my hands these days, so it’s only fair I start updating more often.
So, the big news: Issue #3, “Rock Bottom” is ready to be sent off to the printers – we’re currently taking pre-orders to help us with the printing costs! You can order a copy (and limited edition sketch) in D&W Tictail store. For those of you supporting us on Patreon, you can grab a 20% discount code in the latest post.
If you’d rather pick it up from Cryoclaire in person, here’s a list of our convention appearances confirmed so far:
- Em-con, Nottingham, 29-30th April
- TCAF, Toronto, 13-14th May (First time in Canada! Exciting times)
- MCM London 26-29th May
- Thought Bubble, Leeds, 23-24th September
- Nottingham Comic Con, Nottingham, 14th October.
Hope to see some of you there!
If you’re ever in Nottingham but can’t make it to the conventions, Drugs & Wires is now stocked at thte Page45 comic shop – they even said some nice things about us in their review!
We got some very positive and in-depth review from Loser-City and got to be a Pick Of The Week over at ComicBookHour all in the past couple of weeks.
And since I’m just showing off now, we also got interviewed by Jon Erik Christianson over at Comics Alliance which was great. Sadly we’ve heard sad news of the website getting shut down – so go read the thing while it’s still available! There are many more interviews with indie/webcomic creators including our comic buddies Rising Sand.
All in all it’s been a good year for D&W so far and we can’t wait to come back with Chapter 4! And with that I’ll stop typing and go get some actual work done. Eloquent news post is definitely more of Io’s thing.
And welcome to 2017! For most of us, last year wobbled wildly between “kind of OK” and “five-alarm blaze at the local fireworks factory that’s also somehow an orphanage”, so if we can hope for one thing, it’s that this new year will bring some good news with it, too.
As far as the comic went, however, 2016 actually wasn’t all that shabby:
- We celebrated our first anniversary with a big fanart contest, which honestly yielded more amazing submissions than it had any right to.
- D&W more than doubled its subscriber base on Tapastic, rocketing from around 1,200 followers in January 2016 to comfortably over 3,000 by year’s end.
- After months of hemming, we finally Did The Thing and launched our Patreon with a range of new art and behind-the-scenes commentary.
- With new translator Alex on board, we rebooted the Russian-language version of D&W with a vengeance and finally caught up to the English comic.
- We also picked up a bit of additional coverage, with mentions on ReverseMeltdown, Canned Air, Pretty Cool Webcomics, and The Awesome Comics Podcast, as well as an in-depth interview with Tom Mortimer over at Dirty Rotten Comics.
- On top of that, D&W was recognized for Excellence in Writing and Science Fiction by the folks at StArt Faire.
- D&W was present at almost every major comic con in the UK last year, but one event was particularly special: our first combined showing at the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds, which mostly proved I can’t maintain a consistent signature for more than 10 minutes at a stretch.
- And elsewhere, Dan clocked in cameo appearances in HeLL(P) and Rising Sand, plus a very special guest slot in the most recent episode of Void & Meddler.
All this, of course, wouldn’t be possible without our readers and supporters, so wherever you may be: thank you, and all the best for the year ahead. We’re glad to have you with us.
That’s right: it’s official. If you follow us on social media, you’ll probably know that we’ve been toying with the idea of setting up a Patreon for quite a while now – all the cool webcomics artists are doing it, so why not us? But we always hit a bit of a hurdle when it came to content: we’re not quite in a position where we can offer things like more frequent comic updates, but still want to give people something substantial for their support.
Over the last couple of weeks, though, we’ve finally had the time to put together a little grab bag of fan goodies: comics, production art, original script pages, and behind-the-scenes insights. It’s a list that’ll probably expand a bit in the months ahead; it’s important to us that backers get a proper bang-for-buck ratio, and we’re kinda figuring out this whole Patreon lark as we go along. So if you’ve got a suggestion about how we can improve our offerings, let us know! Our metaphorical door is always open.
As for D&W itself, you’ll be happy to know that our summer hiatus is almost over – in fact, the cover for Chapter 3 is being sketched out as we speak. Watch this space…
In other non-comic news, D&W friend/occasional collaborator/unstoppable music factory Neon Shudder released his first full-length LP, Cadence, on Bandcamp earlier this month. This cyberpunk concept album-slash-multimedia experiment builds on last year’s O-8015 EP with 20 fresh tracks, and includes an illustrated digital novella authored by Mr. Shudder himself.
Longtime followers will discover that Cadence marks a big artistic push forward for Yung Shud – a release that doesn’t just play with presentation and storytelling, but also offers a broader palette of sounds than previous Neon Shudder EPs.
Didn’t get a chance to come out to see us at the MCM London Comic Con? Have no fear: the Drugs & Wires store now carries Drugs & Wires: Issue #2, the newly-reprinted Dreamspace: Analogue Edition, and our stylin’ transfer tattoo sheets. Orders can be personalized on request – just make sure to include it in the notes when checking out!
It’s that time again: MCM London Comic Con is almost upon us! As in years past, Cryoclaire will be setting up shop in the Comic Village with all the trimmings, including:
- Dreamspace: Analogue Edition – Ever since the initial run of Dreamspace: Analogue Edition sold out, we’ve been peppered with requests for a reprint, so here it is. We took the opportunities to make some tweaks to the story and clean up the continuity a touch; consider this Analogue Edition 1.01. Fair warning, though: this’ll probably be the last time we make AE available to the general public, so get your copy while the going’s good.
- Drugs & Wires: Issue 2 – Fresh off the presses, it’s the entirely of D.D.F.H. in future-proof dead-tree format, complete with highly collectible variant cover! (Hey, it’s the ’90s.)
- D&W Temporary Tattoos – If you follow Cryoclaire on social media, chances are you’ve already seen these, but we’re still very, very excited about them.
We’ll also be selling D&W: Issue 1, the Daily Struggles of a Cyberjunkie one-shot collection, prints, postcards, buttons, and more, more, more. Look for Claire at Table CL2, conveniently located within a stone’s throw of the Kids Zone, a decision the organizers may yet regret. (And if you can’t make it to London, just watch this space – we’ll be updating our store shortly after the event!)