It’s been a busy couple of weeks behind the scenes!
What’s new? For starters, we’ve launched a Russian-language version of Drugs and Wires through webcomics portal Авторский Комикс (“Comic Authors”). Localization comes courtesy of Claire and the talented loveisliquid, with new pages being added as time permits. If you’re one of our Tapastic followers, you’ll eventually be able to access those translations via D&W’s Tapastic page, too.
We also recently submitted D&W to the Comic Chameleon iPhone app. Comic Chameleon hosts over 130 webcomics in an easy-to-browse, mobile-friendly format with full creator support, and their line-up includes some of the biggest titles out there (in addition to a lot of cool up-and-comers). New comics are added based on reader interest, so, if you’d like to see Dan and company make an appearance on CC, please take a minute to drop a request to the app’s creators.
And last (but not least), Drugs & Wires now has its own TV Tropes page! Fans have already started adding some great material, and we’re looking forward to seeing how things evolve as the story progresses.
Cyberpunk composer (and Cryoclaire collaborator) Neon Shudder just dropped his latest EP, Ghost Process, on Bandcamp. Coming hot on the heels of March’s Hex Phase, this 6-track release is a pay-what-you-want purchase, and includes a remix of “Xenostasis”, a song originally composed as background music for our Dreamspace 3.03 motion comic. Ghost Process is also included in the upcoming Collective 2.0, a limited-edition compilation of the first six Neon Shudder EPs in MP3 CD format.
Neon Shudder recently announced plans for his first full-length release, the concept album Cadence.
A couple of weeks ago, we started streaming Claire’s inking and coloring for D&W on Picarto. Despite a few hiccups, we’ve managed to attract a lively community of readers and fellow creators, and kicked off plenty of fun discussions in the process.
Going forward, we’re moving our “regular” livestream to Wednesdays at 8 PM BST/7 PM GMT, with the occasional Saturday livestream thrown in when scheduling allows. This gives Claire more time to prep the page, and will hopefully make the stream a little more interesting in the process.
As before, streams will be announced on Claire’s Tumblr and Twitter accounts about an hour or so before they kick off. Most streams usually feature both of us, so it’s your chance to chat with the D&W team, get some insights into our creative process, and ask those burning (spoiler-free) questions.
While D&W “officially” launched in 2015, Dan and Lin first started appearing in short comics and one-panel strips way back in early 2013. Together with Dreamspace, these one-shots established the look and feel of Dan’s world, and ultimately formed the basis of the webcomic you see today.
Until recently, getting to these older comics meant wading through Cryoclaire’s Tumblr or DeviantArt account. No more, though: the new Drugs & Wires: Oneshots collection on Tapastic pulls together the best (or at least, most coherent) of Dan and Lin’s vintage misadventures in one easy-to-browse location. As an added bonus, subscribers will automatically be notified when future one-shots are published. Enjoy!
With MCM London Comic Con just days away, here’s a quick peek at the new, remastered Dan x Death print that’ll be available for sale at Cryoclaire’s table in the Comic Village.
Still need more Dan in your life? Besides our usual range of buttons, prints and postcards, you can also snag a copy of Drugs & Wires: Daily Struggles of a Cyberjunkie, a grab-bag of D&W one-shots originally published on Claire’s Tumblr between 2012 to 2014. Comic Con will also be one of the last times you can get your hands on the D&W prequel Dreamspace: Analog Edition, at least for the foreseeable future. As of the time of writing, there’s less than 20 copies left from the initial print run, and we’re still mulling whether to do a reprint once those run out.
Finally, there’s sketch commissions, where just £5 gets you a Cryoclaire original to take home. All said, there’s plenty to see, do, and buy, so be there!
Or, you know, don’t be. We’re not the boss of you.
Since nothing boosts your productivity quite like dozens of strangers staring over your e-shoulder, Cryoclaire recently started streaming her penciling and inking sessions on Picarto.tv.
If you’d like to take a peek behind the scenes at D&W – or just need an excuse to shoot the breeze about vital, vital topics like Skyler White and the Leprechaun franchise over some bangin’ witch house – future streaming dates and times will be announced via Claire’s Twitter and Tumblr.
UPDATE: We finally have a schedule of sorts! Tuesdays and Saturdays. 8pm BST (London time) We’re usually on for 3-4 hours. Hope this helps!
If you’re a UK resident and serious about comics, Leeds’ Thought Bubble Festival is a fantastic place to meet some of the most talented creators in the field. (Seriously, just look at this lineup.) So naturally, we’re all kinds of hyped that we made the cut for the 2015 Thought Bubble Convention, which takes place alongside the Festival on November 14th and 15th.
Cryoclaire will be spreading the D&W gospel to the unsuspecting masses (and hopefully offering some neat new merch to boot), so if you’re making the trip to Thought Bubble this year, stop on by and say ‘hi!’
Though her knowledge of the human body is shaky at best and her medical ethics went out the window a long time ago, Lin the modder somehow still finds customers willing to drop good money for her services. Casually indifferent to other humans, she’s developed a bit of a soft spot for Dan over the years – much as you would for a puppy that can’t seem to stop tripping over its own tail.
While we’re still a few weeks out from Lin’s first official appearance in Drugs & Wires, this rendition by reader Nix is almost as good as the real thing (and hopefully, less likely to ‘accidentally’ leave you with massively illegal enhancements you never asked for).
Even more exciting is the fact that this is our first official fan cosplay – but hopefully not the last! You can check out Nix’s Tumblr (NSFW) for more pictures of her costume.
Composer Neon Shudder has been a long-time fixture in Dan and Lin’s messed-up world, having contributed backing tracks to both the second and third installments of Dreamspace. His latest EP, Hex Phase, is now available for streaming and pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp, and features some pixel-tastic cover art from our very own Cryoclaire! If you’re in the mood for some old-school, synth-driven ambience with a distinct cyberpunk flavor, definitely give Hex Phase a spin.