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A dangerous mind. November 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
And we're back!

I hope everyone had a fulfilling Thanksgiving! And if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a big freaking dinner last night in the spirit of the holiday.

Klo Tark's past had only been briefly touched upon during The Storm of Souls. Prior to his meeting with Dominic we'd only seen him being tutored by Acibek. Now we know that his name comes from the Eld vessel that tried to make it back to the Prime Plane.

As for Dominic's mental powers, Rilian knows how dangerous his mind can be. Is he still "the final option" in all this? We shall see.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Happy Thanksgiving! November 22, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Some years I do crummy filler doodles.

Some years it's pictures of my cats.

I was going to do a filler doodle today, until my wife was making ratatouille for me and we found our cat Scamp doing... well, you see for yourself. It was pretty cute.

The comic will return tomorrow.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and happy Thanksgiving!
MIND. BLOWN. November 21, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The dotted lines that signify scrying and/or a mental connection of some kind really came in handy in today's comic. They helped showcase a literal "MIND. BLOWN." moment with the two eld today.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. There will be a crummy filler doodle in place of a comic, as usual. The comic will update normally on Friday, and resume its updating schedule on Monday.

I haven't decided whether or not I'll be taking my usual winter vacation this year, which usually spans the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. With the comic ending on or before May 2013, I feel like you folks should get as many updates as possible. I'll keep you posted, as usual.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Astral caravan. November 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
A lengthy search through the Plane of Air and the heart of the Tempest would have been neat, but we've already been on that journey with Nimmel.

Astral Caravan was one of my favorite psionic spells/abilities from Dungeons & Dragons, so there's a little nod to it in today's comic.

"Planet Caravan" is a great Black Sabbath song, but I first heard it in the 90s when Pantera covered it. Both versions are pretty stellar. I guess it could be the "soundtrack" for today's comic.

Other musical suggestions for today's comic:
"Thunderbird" by Iron Savior
"Giants" by Enslaved
"Galaxy Bounce" by The Chemical Brothers


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
One hell of a requiem. November 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Two potential allies down, and only the Eld remain. Things are not looking good... except for Luna getting empowered by a dragon's heart. From what some of you have told me, that looked pretty good for our heroes.

Some classical recommendations for what The Maestro's requiem would sound like:
- Brahms' German Requiem
- Mozart's Requiem
- Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil
- Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

There are countless other possibilities, but these are just a tiny handful of my favorites.

Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and just like last year around this time, there will be filler instead of a comic. Just to give you fine folks a heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras... November 15, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Every now and again I have a soundtrack running through my head for certain comics. Most of the time it's heavy metal. Occasionally it's jazz or the blues. Today, it's classical music.

Brahms' German Requiem thundered through my mind as The Maestro's betrayal/enchantment was revealed. As brutal and primal as heavy metal can be, Brahms' haunting masterpiece is an immortal piece of music. I once heard it performed live in Boston's Symphony Hall and it literally moved me to tears. Silent tears, that is, not the wailing kind. Anyway, it's what I think of as the "soundtrack" for today's comic.

Everyone on the internet has probably linked to this already, but I'm going to do so again here. The Oatmeal has a pretty amazing comic about making things for the web. You should read it. It's pretty funny, and very insightful about the creative process in general.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Heart of a dragon. November 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I confess. I nerded out a little writing the dialogue for today's comic. Maybe more than a little.

I've been a fan of the fantasy genre for a long time, and there's just something about the word "dragon" that boils the blood of any longtime fantasy fan.

So when I was writing the dialogue for today's comic, and I came to the moment where a character that 1) has been around for a long time and 2) I have a great fondness for is about to be empowered by the "heart of a dragon," I surprised myself with a moment of self-geekery.

I know it may seem cliche, but I'd be willing to bet that any fantasy fan is still affected by the very idea of a dragon; whether it's empowered by them, allied with them, slaying them, descended from them, or riding one into battle. Dragons are the backbone of the fantasy genre, in my opinion.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Dragon down. November 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Well, this doesn't look good.

The last time we saw this dragon he was lounging before Luna in some sylvan dreamscape. Now he, and his woodsy dreamland, are broken and charred. This doesn't look good.

In lighter news, I had an amazing time at Bakuretsucon this weekend. It felt nice to end my 2012 convention year with an intimate, friendly show that I have a lot of history with, alongside many fond memories. I hadn't been back in a few years so it felt really nice to return. Thanks to everyone who came by to see me, and had a few laughs at my panels. I hope to come back next year.




That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A shocking return! November 9, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The Maestro likes to shock people. I don't think he can help himself.

And the last time we saw the eccentric lightning wizard he was conducting himself in his usual manner.

I'm at BAKURETSUCON today and the rest of this weekend! Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area, as it's my last convention of 2012!

Otherwise, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Now that that's out of my system... November 8, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Never underestimate the power of a good cry.

Or the healing power of cat snuggles.

Luna has gotten a lot less weepy and much more resilient over the years, but every so often she still needs a good cry. I think we all do, and there's no weakness in that. I've found that if you let tension build up inside you it'll fester and rot your heart.

I'm off to BAKURETSUCON tomorrow! The comic should update normally on the following Monday, but there's always a chance of post-convention filler.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
MINDBREAK. November 7, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot about "mindbreak," here's Prento giving us a quick synopsis of the problem from the "OH, SNAP!" storyline.

After stressing out all day about the U.S. election results, I needed a laugh. So I put a pun in today's comic. The decision to do so was a no-brainer.

Here are my very brief thoughts on the election, and then I will speak no more of politics:
- I'm very happy Obama was re-elected.
- I'm so proud of Maryland and Maine for standing up for the rights of same-sex couples. As of this writing, Minnesota was still undecided on their gay marriage ban, but I'm hoping it's struck down.

Now then. On to more comic-related stuff.

I'll be making my final convention appearance of 2012 at BAKURETSUCON this weekend! This is a fun show that I've greatly enjoyed in the past, and I'm so flattered that they asked me to return. So come by and say "hi" if you're in the area! I'll likely be gorging myself on Vermont maple syrup and candy. Nom nom.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Full of class. November 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
They're back! Dominic's students have come to save the day, and their old teacher, once again! They appear today in the same order as when they first surprised him, and not much about them has changed. Except for Marcus. Looks like that stubble on his chin finally grew into a full goatee.

It's election day in the U.S. Please go out and vote. Don't let anyone or anything convince you to do otherwise.

On to my experience at YOUMACON this past weekend. I love that convention and the people involved in running it. They're all wonderful. That being said, the convention was definitely going through some growing pains this year. It expanded past the capacity of its hotel, so it was split into two locations, which made things difficult for everyone. While it would be easy to point fingers and complain about that and other mishaps (such as forgetting to add me and other guests to the website's Guest page and not having a table for me to sell books), the con staff bent over backwards to fix any mistakes once they were made known and I want to make special mention of that. I still had a really fun time and I hope to make it back again next year, if they'll have me.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Back from Youmacon and back in time. November 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Miranda may not have personally met the dragon that helped Luna in Maltak, but she heard all about him.

With the time change from daylight savings, the comic will be updating an hour earlier again. Whenever I try to adjust the update time to compensate for daylight savings, all the news posts become off by a day in the archives. So, instead of trying to fix that, I just let the comic post an hour earlier for a few months. You fine folks don't seem to mind.

Youmacon was quite an experience. I'm really tired from the eventful weekend and extensive travel, so I'll have a more thorough news post about the show later this week. But for now let me just say that everyone involved with the show, from staffers to attendees, were very nice and I was so happy to spend the weekend with such nice people.

It's election day in the U.S. tomorrow. Get out there and vote.
(my apologies for any annoying political ads that show up around here from me just mentioning that today)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Defiant. November 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Faced with the possibility of losing his friends and family, and the love of his life, Dominic chooses not to despair... but to fight.

Things have been gloomy here lately so I figured it would be nice to go into the weekend with a glimmer of hope for our heroes.

I'm at YOUMACON this weekend, starting today! Come by and say "hi!" I'll be talking on a couple of panels, selling books and a limited number of scarves, and generally enjoying myself at this awesome convention. I'm so happy to be returning and I look forward to seeing you folks there!

The comic should update normally on Monday, but there's always a chance of post-convention filler photo. Just a heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at YOUMACON!
A hazmat Halloween! November 1, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For anyone interested, here's the Halloween costume I decided on... a homemade hazmat outfit. I thought of giving myself a cute character name, like "Hazmat Matt" or "Biohazard Bill," but in the end I just thought "hazmat guy" was more appropriate.



There were so many trick-or-treating kids in our neighborhood yesterday. It was just like when I was a trick-or-treating kid in my home town, except now I was the one handing out candy (well, my wife handed out most of the candy because my mask scared some of the kids), so it felt like my life had come full circle in a spooky sort of Halloween way. Regardless, it was a great day.

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

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