See For Yourself, the DVD! July 1, 2014 Posted by Mookie
Hey gang!
Long time no see, huh?
Well, you've seen plenty of me if you've been following STAR POWER, which I hope you have! But if not, I'm back with a brief announcement regarding something I've been keeping a secret for some time.

TriFocal Productions has been kind enough to produce a documentary about the story of Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire! They approached me with the idea a few months ago, and we're proud to announce that it's finally finished!

It's an interview with yours truly, and for a little over thirty minutes I tell various stories about how the comic began, what I was doing before webcomics, and where things are going now that the story is over! There are also some extras and outtakes, which my wife finds very amusing.

This will be premiering at ConnectiCon next weekend. We'll be selling the copies we have available, and judging by the interest there we may offer it up for online sale or digital download! ConnectiCon is step one. We'll keep you fine folks posted from there.

That's all from me for now!
Rock on.
THE COMPLETE SERIES, Ordering and FAQ. December 2, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire, THE COMPLETE SERIES, Volume 1 is now available to order!

Here are some questions you may have, as well as some hopefully enlightening answers:

I ordered all of your previous books, so I already own most of the stories included in this first omnibus. Why should I order this?
- The previously printed volumes contained every story from Oracle for Hire to Snowsong. Not only does this first omnibus also include the previously unprinted The Shadow of Siegfried and Endings & Annoyances, but it's a larger format. The previous books were comic book size (approximately 6.625" x 10.250"). This first omnibus will be magazine size (approximately 8.375" x 10.875"). It will also be printed on higher quality paper.

In previous books, the color comics were printed in black-and-white. Will they be printed in color here?
- No. I chose to keep printing the color comics in black-and-white because I feel they actually look better that way. I always preferred Dominic Deegan as a black-and-white comic, so this is an artistic choice on my part.

Will you sign my book?
- Certainly! In fact, I'm signing every book!

I live outside the U.S. and the cost of shipping is really high. Why is that?
- Shipping costs in the U.S. have been steadily increasing over the years, with a dramatic spike in international shipping. This is a big book that needs to ship in a box, not an envelope, so the shipping costs rose even more. On the upside, it's priority shipping, so you'll only be waiting a week or so for your order to arrive once it ships.
I'm not happy about these international shipping costs either, but it is what it is.

That should cover everything!
Thanks to all of you for your continued support!
THE COMPLETE SERIES. November 25, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Hey everyone! It's been a little while, huh?

The big news today is the announcement of THE COMPLETE SERIES: VOLUME 1 which will be available to order Monday, December 2nd! You'll be able to reserve your copy in the SEER'S CATALOG in one week's time!

If you were waiting for a Kickstarter campaign for this and never saw one, it's because there never was one.

I chose not to crowd-fund this first collection because I wanted it to be printed no matter what. In the event of a Kickstarter campaign not raising enough money, I didn't want anyone who's been waiting for this to be unable to own a copy. I'm funding the printing of this massive book out of my own pocket (deep breaths, Mookie) so everyone who wants it, no matter how many or how few, can obtain one.

If you'd like to support this but don't want a copy for yourself, there is now a donation page.

Hope to see you folks next week! Thank you for everything!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Afterword. May 27, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I put this "afterword" image up so people coming to the site for the first time would not see the comic's ending.

As for the present and future of the site:

- I will keep the comic online as long as people are still interesting in reading it and I can afford to keep paying the hosting fees. And I finally updated the ARCHIVE, too.

- My new webcomic with Garth Graham, STAR POWER, is online! The site is a little rough around the edges, as we thought we'd have it fully functional by now, so please excuse the muddled RSS feed, the incorrect convention dates (the links are correct), and the lorem lipsum in the blog section. But the comics are easily accessible, so we hope you like what you see so far!

- I fully plan on releasing a "complete collection" of Dominic Deegan's adventures, but there are a lot of logistics to consider, such as book size (one 3000-page book, or two 1500-page books, or three 1000-page books, etc), quantity, hardcover options, price, and so on. I'll keep you folks posted.

- I took down the old Links and Contact pages because they've been updated on STAR POWER.

This has been an incredible journey, and I hope you folks join me for the next adventure. Thank you for everything!
The End. May 24, 2013 Posted by Mookie
This is the final comic, and the three thousandth one.

I do hope you folks like it.

I guess you could even call it a semi-sorta-cliffhanger, what with the unseen voice calling Dominic "Dad" near the end; considering the events of Altered States, where both Luna and Dominic discovered they couldn't have children.

Did they adopt?
Was that a male or female voice?
I guess there was room for one final, albeit pleasant, cliffhanger.

I'm at ANIME BOSTON this weekend! Come say "hi" and tell me what you thought of the comic's finale! I'll be there promoting my new superhero webcomic, STAR POWER!

Come by Monday to see an afterword from me, and be sure to check down here for news on the future of this website, plans for a collected print edition, and other relevant information.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and thank you all for everything.
Dominic speaks for me. May 23, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Dominic speaks for me today, when he says "we love you, all of you, and thank you for everything." Not that I speak in the royal "we," but more like he's speaking for both myself and my wife.

And Jacob isn't speaking at all. We haven't seen him since his blight enlightenment... "blightenment?"... but his brief appearance speaks volumes, I feel. Sometimes a smile is all you need.

Tomorrow is the three thousandth comic, and the series finale.

I won't have time for it to really sink in, because that very same day is the first day of ANIME BOSTON. I'll be there all weekend promoting my new webcomic in the Artist Alley, so be sure to come by and say "hi." Who knows? You may catch me at the exact moment when it sinks in and I become a blubbering mess.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A weirdly satisfying "leap." May 22, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Some more links and notes regarding today's comic:

During the B.Y.O.B. storyline, some people thought Gregory was exploiting his friends in order to write music, but the truth was that most everyone, especially Dex Garrit and Quilt, enjoyed being the subjects of Gregory's music.

Snowsong tried her hand at singing in her troubled past. Looks like she's getting a second chance to express herself... with Rachel's "help." The last time she and Snowsong met it was a violent affair, but it seems that Rachel is letting bygones be bygones. Or maybe it's costumed revenge.

Female vocalists in metal bands always stand out, and in the best possible ways. Whether they're singing haunting melodies in flowing gothic gowns like Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), growling and howling in kickass street gear like Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), or just old-fashioned yelling in key like Jill Janus (Huntress), female vocalists are awesome.

And finally, Spark gets to do one last "death from above!" with Bort's help. I couldn't let the comic end without at least one more leap, even a weirdly satisfying one like today's.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
This comic goes up to eleven. May 21, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire is eleven years old today.

Over a decade ago I posted a doodle of a seer and his talking cat on a whim. Over these past years I've met some incredible people, been to unforgettable places, made invaluable friends, and married the love of my life. All because I kept telling stories about that grouchy seer and his talking cat. It's been an amazing eleven years. Thank you, all of you, for making these some of the best years of my life.

And thanks to my wife for surprising me with "birthday cupcakes."

Here are some more linky reminders of events mentioned in today's comic...

Szark and Stunt first met in Erossus.

Bronto, the butler for the Masters family, has quite a thing for Szark. It seems that the feeling is mutual.

Because she's a werewolf runt, Katya sometimes has "episodes." Whether they're being prevented by her visionary awakening or Nimmel's companionship is left up-in-the-air... but I think it's a combination of both.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Remembrance. May 20, 2013 Posted by Mookie
In case you don't remember all the events mentioned in today's comic, here are some reminders...

Quilt's epic fart at the conclusion of The War in Hell.

We never saw when Miranda almost turned him into a turnip, but Masutel held "the little mage" in high regard, as did her teacher, M'ur'i.

Mervin the Battlecaster was very proud of his moustache.

The Maestro was a great conductor.

Stunt and Bumper chased by Brok, the axe-wielding maniac. Back then, I used to show them cornered and/or running away, but never revealed how they would actually escape. Getting to tease that again, even if it was just Stunt not finishing his story, was fun.

I sincerely hope that when my time comes, my funeral is like this. Nobody crying. Just all of my friends and family remembering me fondly (I hope) over drinks and stories. And I'd designate a friend/relative to remind everyone that my ghost will haunt the crap out of anyone who isn't having a good time in my honor.

This weekend I'll be at ANIME BOSTON.
Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire is officially eleven years old tomorrow.
Friday, the first day of Anime Boston, is also the comic's final update.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Do as the elves do. May 17, 2013 Posted by Mookie
This is not the first time elven mourning has been mentioned, with the mention of a party following.

Gregory was not only present for Dominic and Luna's impromptu wedding, he announced it at the top of his lungs.

Next week is going to be sappy. You've been warned. It's the final week of the comic and I feel like going out on a sweet note. This year of comics has been full of battle, hardship, violence and loss. It's about time there was some romance, silliness, and hope.

And if nothing else, Luna certainly looks excited at the prospect of a proper wedding. Or at least the reception. Open bar!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Brotherly sympathy. May 16, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Gregory knows what Dominic is going through because he's had to deal with the same "theft." And even though he's embraced being a (heavy metal) bard, the loss of his magic still continues to haunt him.

Gregory and Dominic have always gotten along, but their brotherly friendship hasn't been showcased as much over the last few months. Time for that to change.

Next weekend I'll be making my return to ANIME BOSTON! This show is always a pleasure, even if it is an insanely busy weekend. It's going to be extra emotional for me because the first day of the convention is also scheduled to be the comic's final update. So don't be surprised if you see me somewhat verklempt when you come by to say "hi."
(Be sure to say that in your best Linda Richman voice)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Who speaks for Callan? May 14, 2013 Posted by Mookie
The last time we saw Thuen Gor he had stepped down as Chief of the Shintula, and was busy being "progressive" alongside Loru Kal, former Chief of the Rhazgala. They seemed to be enjoying their retirement. He's considerably more mellow now.

Thuen Gor was one of my favorite characters to come out of The March Across Maltak. He's one of those characters that I just enjoyed writing and drawing the more and more time I spent with him. Even those of you who didn't care for that storyline seemed to like him.

I still play Skyrim, and when I was drawing the elf soldiers marching through Capitol City I briefly thought to myself, "freaking Thalmor." Perhaps I still play too much Skyrim.

I'm a recent fan of the Elder Scrolls, having been brought in to the world of Tamriel through Skyrim, but I probably won't be playing the Elder Scrolls MMO that's coming out. I enjoy single player games much more than multiplayer nowadays. I can play them as casually as I want and still achieve god-like glory, as opposed to "falling behind" in a multiplayer game because of real life obligations and watching all my friends (and enemies) surpass me.

Or maybe I'm just a curmudgeonly gamer who just wants to be left alone. Humbug.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Reunions. May 13, 2013 Posted by Mookie
For those who may not remember who Sister Sarkhas is, or that compassionate branch of the Scapilan Church, just follow those links. There are probably going to be a few refreshers like this throughout the week as things continue to wrap up.

Today also continues one of the comic's running gags about the passage of time, where it can take months to get through what is only a day, or in some cases just a few hours. The medium of comics can be deceptive like that, and I like to poke fun at it when I can.

And here's my favorite use of Quilt's bubble pipe.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Plenty of cat smooshing. May 10, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I think it's about time we had a laugh around here. Things have been so grim and dramatic that it seemed to be the right time to smoosh the cat.

My wife and I have done this to our cats on many, many occasions. Never on purpose, of course. Usually either Rascal, Scamp or Mugsy have inserted themselves between us in the middle of the night. Alyssa and I are a very snuggly couple, so it's inevitable that an unwise feline is getting smooshed in our midnight cuddles.

You think they would have learned their lessons after, say, the third or fifth time this happened to them.

And that wraps up this week! No cliffhanger this time. With only two weeks of comics left, I think I'm finally done with cliffhangers. But who knows? Maybe one or two will slip in before the comic's final update on May 24th. Maybe.

Spoiler alert: I promise not to make the final comic a cliffhanger. That would be beyond cruel and you all have been so nice to me over the years.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Asking nicely. May 9, 2013 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot, Maltak responded well to Luna whenever she asked nicely.

The last time we saw Kiya, she was determined to find Reinholdt and be with him no matter what. Looks like she got her way.

But as to whether it was her destiny to replace the Crone of Maltak, or if she chose to take on the mantle herself... that will remain a mystery for now.

In other news:

- I have been listening to Devin Townsend's "Ziltoid the Omniscient" almost constantly as of late. It's a release that's a few years old, but a really solid album... if you're into concept albums about fourth-dimensional alien conquerors obsessed with coffee, and a sixth-dimensional Planet Smasher who hates musicals.

- I've also been listening to "Ghost," another album of his that's a few years old but a great release. The normally metal Townsend finishes a four-album cycle (Ziltoid not included) with a collection of ethereal music that's a real delight.

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

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