I’m a queer illustrator, writer, and editor who lives in my friend’s converted garage with an abundance of art supplies and four-legged nuisances. When my current meatshell begins to decay, i’d like science to put my brain into a giant killer octopus body, with which i promise to be very responsible and not even slightly shipwrecky. Pinky swear. You can find more nonsense about me at inkshark.net.
I started the world-building and story for this comic in 2007 (surprisingly, a full decade before this particularly relevant U.S. governmental garbage fire). At first i imagined it as a collaborative novel with a friend, but it ended up being a solo effort. Though i added to it over the years, it wasn’t until November 2015 that i began to realize the value of how this story in particular embodied much of what i could contribute to #ownvoices.
That NaNoWriMo, i pounded out 50k of loose script and let the story gain dimensions i’d previously ignored: goblin sexuality, bodily autonomy & modification, examinations of consent, the artificiality of gender roles, and the noble dedication of punk culture to eradicating neo-Nazi slime… All of that in addition to the political and social minefield i’d already built: inheritance, activism, breaking cultural mores, inventing new cultural mores, defining crime, rehabilitation vs punishment, including and connecting to the Other, refuge vs colonizing, and of course, saving the world from destruction.
It’s a big comic, y’all.
This is the biggest project i’ve ever taken on, and it remains to be seen whether i can pull it off, but i did finish my last webcomic, so i feel pretty confident. I also have a badass support network of other artists, writers, and editors to help me through it! Special thanks to Keffy R. M. Kehrli, the Clarion West class of 2012, Viable Paradise XIV, Ink Drop Cafe’s Discord chat, my wise co-workers at Dakota Art Stores, and my friend Kit, who doesn’t have a website because they are a mysterious nocturnal haunt.
It’s more important to me to maintain quality than it is to maintain an update schedule. I am a freelancer and sometimes deadlines just pile up, so i can’t really promise this comic is going to update every week. What i can promise is that the more money i make from the comic, the higher i can move it up my list of priorities. If you want to see more pages more often, become a patron for as little as $1/month–you’ll get exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and there are multiple reward tiers. If you’re not into the commitment but you were entertained, you can also tip me using PayPal or Ko-Fi.
Want to confess your tentacular love, ask for that library book back, or offer constructive criticism? Bring it: