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A somewhat familiar fall. March 18, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Just like Celesto fell through the void locked in combat with the Infernomancer, Dominic plummets towards the Elemecca, locked in combat with The Beast. Only he's falling through a... Lost Treasure of Luana spiral.

I finally spotted Comet PanSTARRS last night, thanks to my mother-in-law who was kind enough to lend me binoculars. It was a little difficult to spot, what with errant light pollution and my unsteady hands, but despite all that I was still able to see an actual comet with my own two eyes, in real time.

That's the thrill of amateur astronomy / stargazing for me. To search for a celestial object, without the aid of tracking computers or electronic maps, scanning the night sky with binoculars or a telescope, and triumphantly proclaiming "there it is!" when you find it. Some nights you don't succeed, and there are no triumphant proclamations, but you wait for the next clear night and try again. The victory is worth the wait.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Not much of a celebration. March 15, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Originally, I had Miranda asking for Dominic last. A concerned mother asking about her son's whereabouts is a good way to end the week's worth of comics, and sets up a little cliffhanger for the weekend.

But I felt it was more appropriate to remember the one that fell in their attack on the Sanctum of the Magi. Instead of a "we did it!" celebration or cheers from onlookers, I wanted a more somber feeling for this battle's conclusion. Dominic's is missing, Luna is somewhere in Maltak, the Beast is still loose, and the future of Callan is uncertain.

In less depressing news, I'll be adding more photographs to my deviantArt gallery throughout the day today! So keep an eye out for new additions from new and older photo-shoots. I hope you like what you see.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Heroic stunts! March 14, 2013 Posted by Mookie
The last time Laurie pulled this stunt, the ground was a lot closer. And there wasn't a massive explosion (that is a pretty big explosion for such a tiny beam). And he wasn't protecting as badly a wounded (and unmoving) person.

Their fate certainly seems up-in-the-air.

This sort of thing is still odd for me to put into the comic. After ten years of having a title character whose physical frailty has increased over time, having someone like Laurie doing heroic athletics and daring stunts is almost jarring for me.

I've still had no luck in seeing Comet PanSTARRS. The skies were very clear last night, and I think I even found a spot where I could look low enough on the horizon to see it... but I gave my binoculars to my pal Garth back in February so he could start enjoying the night sky, too. Oh well. Telescopic searches await me in later months!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Beheading of a... YIKES! March 12, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Losing your head isn't necessarily "the end" for you around here. If you're a servant of The Beast, you have head insurance. Or if you're Runcible Spoon, you lose your head for fun.

I forgot to mention that a possible "soundtrack" for yesterday's comic was "Beheading of a King" by Amon Amarth. I guess it could also work for today's strip, as Stunt soaks in his victory over authority at its highest level. Going to be a pretty cool thing to put in his Rogue Resume... if he manages to catch Fierla's hand, that is.

I seem to be out of luck in trying to observe Comet PANSTARRS this week. I can't find a decent spot by my house and the next few days are forecast to be cloudy. Oh well. While I may miss this comet's closest best show, I'll still have a chance to find it with my telescope when it's higher in the sky later this month, but dimmer.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Heads will roll. March 11, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Another reminder that Miranda is an excellent illusionist, just like her father.

It's comics like today's that make me realize that things around here are really ending. Normally I have to be concerned with the fallout of a character's actions down the road, and how it will effect future stories, but this is the big finale. Heads will roll. Literally, as we see today.

Daylight savings time has begun once again, so that means the comic's updating time will once again be 3am U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

The auto-update time changes because of the way it's coded into the website, and whenever I try to adjust it, all the news posts get shifted under the wrong comics in the archives. I could get someone to fix it, but I'll just keep this funny little website quirk for the next couple of months.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
When it all comes crumbling down... March 8, 2013 Posted by Mookie
In lots of old-school fantasy the villain's castle, tower, or other dwelling always crumbles after their defeat. In this case, it seems to be Rilian's death that's toppling the Sanctum of the Magi.

Happy (belated) birthday to my best friend, who is the partial model for, and namesake of, our villainous king. Hope you had a nice day, pal! And I hope your evil headquarters didn't crumble around you.

I've added lots of photos to my deviantArt gallery of photographs! I'm really lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful models and performers, and I really do my best to showcase them to the best of my ability. Take a look, and I hope you like what you see.
Note: Some pictures in the gallery, including some of the new ones, contain artistic nudity. You need a DA account to see them, but I figured I'd give you a heads-up anyway.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
The vanished and the blind. March 7, 2013 Posted by Mookie
This isn't the first time Dominic has vanished because of activity in (or out) of the mindscape.

Katya was aware that using her fledgling second sight would be dangerous. She just agreed to risk it anyway.

I had the privilege to photograph a wonderful performer yesterday. I'll post photos from our shoot later this week. Likely tomorrow, which is all that will be left of this week. Yay Fridays!

I'll be returning to the very charming and always fun ConBust at the end of this month! I'll have news on more 2013 conventions next week, too.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Of accidental mouths, beards, and comic books. March 6, 2013 Posted by Mookie
It was a happy accident, but I like how the Beast's appendages look like a toothy maw as they separate from the king.

Three months into the new year, which makes three months since I shaved my head and facial hair. In that time, I'm pretty happy with the way my hair and beard have grown in. Since I've only been shaving my mustache (my wife hates kissing a hairy upper lip) I've been getting my fair share of Amish and Abraham Lincoln jokes. I don't mind, but I'm sad that not everyone knows who I'm talking about when I call it my "Uncle Iroh beard." Oh well. I guess it doesn't help that I'm not an old man who can breathe fire.

Not yet, anyway.

New comic books hit the shelves today, though I can't say I'm terribly excited about any new titles. ATOMIC ROBO and SAGA remain incredible, but I just don't have the heart to get invested in any new superhero titles. They're just going to get rebooted someday. Again.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Possible sick day incoming. March 4, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I'll keep things brief today because I've been feeling under the weather since last week. Can't imagine why. Prior to that, I only went to a huge anime convention, then to two heavy metal concerts, and at all three events I was in close proximity to a large amount of strangers who were either shaking my hand or slamming against me in a mosh pit and oh now I know why I've felt so sick.

That'll teach me.
Blugh.

I don't anticipate it, as I think I'm on the road to recovery, but there may be crummy "sick day filler" one day this week. But I won't give up. I've been drinking lots of orange juice.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Week end recap... March 1, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Just a few quick references to what Dominic and his students are talking about today, in case you forgot the events of The Oracle Hunter and Oh, Snap!

Dominic was assaulted by Luna's sister, Barnet...

...he went into his own mind to chase it, like he's doing now...

...until he "took it outside" with the invading spell...

...and then the stress of it, and everything that came before, made him crack with the loss of his mavpel candy supply.

And this week ends much like last week's, with a vital question left unanswered.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
The rebooted adventures of Cape Man. February 27, 2013 Posted by Mookie
It's the same spells, to the letter, that Prento used the first time he thought Dominic was suffering from mindbreak. And, once again, it seems to have achieved the intended effect, albeit indirectly. And, once again, Prento seems happy with the outcome.

New comic books hit the shelves today, and I must say I'm getting more and more aggravated with mainstream comic books. It's a few months old already, but this "Marvel Now!" reboot crap has restarted what few titles I was invested in. Thunderbolts has an all-new team I don't give a crap about (where's Songbird?!) and Nova getting rebooted makes me want to nerd-rage. Abnett and Lanning's run on Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, and all the other space titles were incredible and I followed them faithfully. But now all those stories, all those great characters and all those amazing storyarcs are just brushed aside in favor of whatever the hell this new stuff is. Grah.

I'm nerd-raging, but it's not the end of the world. I still have those old comics stored safely away so I can go back and reread them any time I want. Continuity reboots can't erase the value of those comics to me.

Besides, ATOMIC ROBO and SAGA are still great comics and you should go read them. Seriously. Go to the comic shop now and pick them up. You'll thank me later.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Again, but with actual mindbreak. February 26, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Prento's outfit may look familiar if you have a good memory. It's the same one he wore (along with the smiley-faced scrolls that he used) when he first thought Dominic was on the road to mindbreak and shot him through the walls of his home.

Let's see if this mindscape/mindbreak attempt is equally... "successful?"

In other random news:
- I've really been digging The Devin Townsend Project since I saw them open for Gojira. "Grace" is a particularly wonderful song to me.
- I should have news regarding my new webcomic this week. I think. I hope.
- I've been lining up photo-shoots with new models and performers over the next few weeks. My 2013 resolution to get back into my amateur photography is still going strong.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The students become the teacher. February 25, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I think Arc Telis is a neat character, despite the fact that I'm biased because I enjoy drawing the eld, and I feel it would have been neat to have him go into Dominic's mindscape in an attempt to save the day. But Arc Telis is also a relatively new character, and this is the comic's big finale, so "eleventh hour" characters shouldn't take the spotlight away from established cast members.

So, in the end, it's Dominic's students who come to the aid of their teacher...

...again...

...and again.

Let's see if their "winning streak" for helping Dominic can be maintained.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Lingering questions, and lingering fatigue. February 22, 2013 Posted by Mookie
My apologies to the "overnight update crowd" for the somewhat late posting of today's strip. The Enslaved concert, coupled with the lingering fatigue of Katsucon and the Gojira concert, left me more than a little drained. But the comic went up and we're left with a lingering question for the weekend...

Does Nimmel truly know the answer to his own question? And what will he choose to do once it's answered? Find out next week!

Last year, when Enslaved was in the New England area, they put on an amazing show and the crowd was enthusiastic without being violent. I was able to get close to the stage and really enjoy one of my favorite bands surrounded by a relatively mellow crowd.

Yesterday was a different story. The band's equipment arrived late to the show, cutting their set short. The crowd was composed primarily of drunk jerks who were more concerned with beating people up than enjoying the concert. I got kicked in the face by three crowd surfers and someone threw a full can of beer at the back of my head.

On the bright side, Enslaved put on another amazing show and I got pushed so close to the stage that I was able to shake hands with three of the band members after the show was over.

I think I'm done with concerts for a little while. They're fun, but I'm beat.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
A tempest of metal. February 21, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Klo Tark forged a planar bridge during The Storm of Souls, though he used it to switch places with Dominic. He also used the thoughts and emotions of those around him instead of incorporating the Tempest itself.

I'm surprised today's comic got done at all. I am in so much physical pain from Tuesday's concert that it was an effort to produce anything. I hope you folks like it, though.

Gojira was incredible. Well worth the time and effort to drive to New York City and back again in the same night from the New England area. It was one of the most intense and powerful performances I've seen from a heavy metal band, and I'm glad I was able to catch them for the last show of their U.S. tour.

And I fell in love with the opening act, The Devin Townsend Project. Anyone who can get a mosh pit to do jazz hands is worthy of more attention. He tried to get the pit to do a group hug, too, but that wasn't so successful. Still an amazing performance and I'll be looking for more of his music.

Between the two bands, there sure were more messages of love, peace and tolerance than I'm accustomed to at heavy metal shows. It made for a great, unique vibe that mixed well with the beautifully brutal music. If you ever have the opportunity to see either Gojira or The Devin Townsend Project live, I highly recommend treating yourself to a ticket or two.

I only hope I don't fall apart for tonight's Enslaved show. Yeesh.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.

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