More than a few of you expressed interest in a meatspace version of Dan’s ultimate high-effort getup from last week’s comic, so who are we to say no? You can now buy this (and other fine shirts) through our Spreadshirt storefront!
Yep, it’s true. On March 22nd, 2015, we officially launched this wild, weird little enterprise into the World Wide Web, making this our first official anniversary.
The last 12 months have been a bit of a blur, but in the best way possible: we’ve published 44 pages of comics, met a lot of talented creators in the process, and – best of all – discovered that there’s actually a surprisingly substantial audience for our cyberpunk-flavored brand of post-Soviet misery. So to all our comment section regulars, Tapastic subscribers, and everyone who’s read, purchased, shared, reviewed our comic, and visited us at conventions… Thank you for making this happen!
We’ll be posting the results of our fanart contest on the 24th once we’ve had a chance to go over all of the entries – harder than it sounds, since we’ve been literally snowed in with great stuff these past couple of weeks! In the meantime, you might also be interested in this little behind-the-scenes look at the comic’s production.
Hey, everyone! Drugs & Wires celebrates its first anniversary on March 22nd, 2016, and we’d like to mark the occasion by saying “thank you” to our awesome readers with not one, but two giveaway contests!
The LOW EFFORT Giveaway!
Have a Tumblr account and hate putting effort into winning things? We’ve got just the contest for you, friend! The rules couldn’t be simpler: all you have to do is reblog this post and add your favorite D&W character(s) in the tags. (This helps us to filter out spammers and giveaway-only blogs!)
Two rebloggers will be chosen at random on March 22nd to receive a copy of D&W #1 and a D&W postcard!
The HIGH STAKES Fanart Contest!
It’s not secret that we here at D&W love fanart, so we’re using our anniversary as a shameless excuse to solicit more. The rules run as follows:
- Draw any character from D&W.
- Keep it PG-13 so we can put it on our website!
- Post it on social media with the hashtag #DrugsAndWires or e-mail it to cryoclaire(( A T ))gmail.com.
- You can enter as many times as you want, but you can’t win more than once.
- Deadline for submissions is 23:59 GMT on March
FIRST PLACE: One original Cryoclaire sketch of your choice, copies of Drugs & Wires #1 and Daily Struggles of a Cyberjunkie, plus a grab bag of D&W badges, postcards, prints.
SECOND PLACE (if there’s 6+ entries): One original Cryoclaire sketch of your choice, copies of Drugs & Wires #1 and Daily Struggles of a Cyberjunkie, plus D&W postcards.
THIRD PLACE (if there’s 6+ entries): One original Cryoclaire sketch of your choice, Drugs & Wires #1, and D&W postcards.
Thanks for being a part of our first year, and good luck!
We’ve been experimenting with art livestreams since the earliest days of the comic, and after a couple of venue and scheduling changes, we’ve finally settled into a new home and time slot. You can now watch Cryoclaire assemble new pages on Twitch Saturdays and Sundays – exact start times are announced on her Twitter or Tumblr. Our streams usually run for a few hours; art aside, you’ll get a chance to chat with other fans and creators, sample Claire’s industrial/witchhouse/vaporwave playlists, and take in a sterling selection of random crap we’ve unearthed on YouTube.
D&W also recently gained its very own subreddit on reddit.com, so if you’ve got an account and are looking for an all-new venue to chat about everybody’s favorite depressed-Slav-in-cyberpunk-’90s-hell webseries, swing on by!
Our buddy Signalrun (AKA Neon Shudder) has had a busy couple of months: following an appropriately spooky (or indeed, spoopy) Halloween release and several previews from his first full-length album, he’s ringing in 2016 with an all-new EP, entitled (viii) neuromantic: the communion of nature and technology. This pay-what-you-want release features four tracks of synth-driven atmospherics, including a collaboration with fellow PA-based (x)-wavers Reapers.
Neon Shudder is also a featured artist on the latest Cyberpunk Community Soundtrack, a 100% free compilation of music inspired by everybody’s favorite chromed-up sci-fi genre. Happy listening!
History time: way back in 2013, Cryoclaire launched Dreamspace, an animated, pseudo-interactive story about a down-on-his-luck VR mindtripper named Dan and his (mostly) gradual descent into addiction. In 2014, Dreamspace was collected into a print edition with revised dialogue and some additional material, appropriately called Dreamspace: Analogue Edition. Last year, the first print run of Analogue Edition officially sold out, and we started planning an expanded second edition to replace it. As of January 2016, we’re… still in the planning stages, to be honest, so while Analogue Edition 2.0 sits in creative limbo, we thought we’d at least make the original available online.
Like all things D&W, you can access (and subscribe to!) the suddenly less appropriately titled DS: Analogue Edition through Cryoclaire’s Tapastic page.
Happy Cyber(punk) Monday! If you’ve been waiting to get one of our D&W shirts, Spreadshirt is currently offering free shipping on all orders or two or more items until December 1st. Just use the discount code 2GIFTS and you should be all set!
Just in time for the holidays, we’ve made Drugs & Wires Issue #1 and the third printing(!) of Daily Struggles of a Cyberjunkie available through our all-new StoreEnvy storefront! Copies of Issue #1 come signed on request, and can be upgraded with one or two of our latest batch of (previously con-exclusive) 38mm badges. As an extra-festive bonus, we’re also throwing in a free Christmas card with the first 20 orders we receive.
Thought Bubble 2015 is done and dusted – and that means it’s officially the end of our con season! We’ll be back next year with new events and new(er) merch, but for now, a big and hearty thank you to everybody who’s come out to see us, meet us, and buy our stuff in 2015. Your support means the world to us!
The 2015 con season is almost at an end, but we’ve got one more show to close out the year. Next weekend, Claire will be joining a who’s who of comics talent at Thought Bubble, the Leeds Comic Art Festival. Going to TB? You can check us out at table 91 in the TB Marquee exhibit area from November 14th to 15th. Due to the limited space (we’re restricted to a half table), the merch selection will be a little more selective than at MCM London, but there’ll be plenty of copies of both Drugs and Wires #1 and the new third printing of Daily Struggles of a Cyberjunkie!