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I have to go. September 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
A few tidbits of trivia about today's comic:

- Dominic was originally going to be saying "I have to go" when he hugged Luna, but once again I thought it was more dramatic for the whole comic to be silent. Dialogue would have made this comic bittersweet, but I feel the silence makes it almost ominous.

- The soundtrack to this comic, for me anyway, is "Leaving Earth" from the Mass Effect 3 soundtrack. The lone, sad piano fits Dominic and Luna's sad farewell, and the sudden dark swell of the music signals the arrival of the warped battlecasters.

In other, happier news, an up-and-coming space superheroine will be making an appearance as an "assist striker" in CRISIS HEART BRAWLERS! Our friends over at Studio Nasu were nice enough to add our star powered hero to their beat 'em up action game! Follow the link to learn more about it and even help them fund the project!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Wherever you go, there you are. September 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie
INTERVENTION is where I'll be this weekend, hanging out at my table and generally having a good time. I'll be speaking on a few panels, too! Whether it's about writing villains or talking about the wonders of outer space, this weekend promises to be a good time. I hope you fine folks can come by and share in the fun.

I've updated my Convention Schedule at the bottom right of the page. Check out where I'll be for the remainder of 2012, and even where you can find me next year! I'll keep the list up-to-date as I get in touch with more conventions.

And finally, I hope you can forgive me if tomorrow's comic ends up being somewhat delayed. Barring disaster, I'll likely be playing Borderlands 2 along with the rest of the gaming world. I'll likely be joined by some nefarious characters who only want to shatter my productivity, but I'll do my best to be a responsible adult. No promises, though.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Surrender. Intervention. Reset. September 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
My wife and I do the forehead bump all the time. I imagine that sometimes she'd like to turn it into a full headbutt on me, but so far she's shown restraint. But if I ever report a head injury, you'll know what happened.

The fates of Jayden, Jacob, Milov and Snowsong have been left purposefully vague. They weren't snuffed out and swept aside to move the story forward. We'll see what happened to them soon... the survivors, anyway.

I'm heading back to INTERVENTION this weekend! As I said last week, and as I've said the last two times I've attended, this is a great show. Many conventions showcase webcomics and other online entrepreneurs in addition to what they normally cater to, whether it's an anime, sci-fi or comic book convention. Intervention is all about the webcomickers, bloggers, filmmakers, artists, and other online dreamers. You can check out the programming schedule to see where and when I'll be talking on panels and workshops. Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

And finally, I have to admit defeat. For about eight months I was good on my promise to answer all my emails, but the summer conventions and my recent move got the better of me. So I'm "hitting the reset button" on my policy for answering emails. I've read everything you fine folks have sent me, whether it was praising the comic or upset with various elements about it, recommendations for autumn beers or new music; so if you'd like to me to answer any of those sent emails, just send it to me again and I'll be happy to catch back up. Or if you have any new questions or comments, feel free to send them my way! I'm determined to keep my promise, even if I hit a stumbling block this past month.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Giving up. September 14, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Nothing quite like an unresolved zombie swarm, a spellwolf smothered by corpse ashes, and our hero suggesting surrender to finish the week. Happy weekend!

Next weekend I'll be returning to INTERVENTION! This is my third year being invited as a guest and I'm flattered that Onezumi and Harknell continue to ask me back to their fun and personable convention. Intervention hosts a great assortment of webcomickers, bloggers, musicians and various other forms of proud geeks. I'll be selling the usual merchandise and doing a few panels over the course of the weekend, so be sure to stop by and say "hi!"

I'll talk more about Intervention next week, along with a couple of other conventions I'll be attending before the year's end. Being cozy at home is always nice, but an adventure on the road can be unforgettable.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
The slow shamble of the zombie horde. September 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'm a fan of older zombie movies. There are some modern gems, but by and large I prefer the old school undead. When it comes to zombies, I prefer the slow moving shamblers over the modern day running zombies. It's not that I think sprinting corpses are any less scary. If I saw a rotting dude sprinting at me I'd scream just as loudly if that same rotting dude was limping toward me.

But fast moving zombies provide more of a "BOO!" type of scare, whereas the classic shambling zombie is a slow, creeping terror. It makes that final swarm, as we're seeing happen to Jayden and Jacob today, that much more terrifying because it's a slow build-up as opposed to a quick startle.

I remember playing the original Silent Hill on my old PlayStation and feeling that same creeping terror. Not a whole lot of enemies sprinted at you in that game. The static of the radio heralded the slow approach of some nameless horror from the mists of a forsaken town.

H.P. Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark scared the hell out of me, too. I remember reading that story in broad daylight, sitting in a public place on a beautiful summer day. I had gotten to a passage about the coming darkness, how the lights in the town were going out one by one and the Haunter's slow, inevitable approach to claim the protagonist... when an airplane happened to pass overhead and, for just a second, blocked out the sun. I jumped with such a scared startle that I threw the book.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Too easy? September 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's no secret that I like golems. From Quilt, to Acibek, to Dirk the Mighty, I've enjoy giving constructs given life and character in my stories. Despite that, I don't think we're going to see much character development for the "zombie ash golem giant" that's materialized today.

But who knows? There may be a possibility for a spinoff if my current project with Garth falls through. Ashy Larry: Zombie Ash Golem Giant for Hire. Could be a hit.

We've seen Rilian blight two others before, and Jacob himself blighted Urik. Now he knows how they, and his little brother, felt.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Airwolf. September 11, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Milov hasn't sprouted his blackbird wings in some time, but he has made use of them before. Good thing he pledged to stay at the ruins of Aberthast Cathedral along with the rest of House Danovich.

There isn't much relevant or interesting news to share today, but I'll share some little tidbits that are hopefully entertaining:

- I recently reorganized our comic book collection. My wife and I are lifelong comic book lovers and have numerous long boxes full of them. In our last place, the boxes were piled four high in a corner behind a door. Accessing them was almost impossible and for years they went untouched. Now our comics are out in the open and we're "rediscovering" our collection. It was nice to see that Spider-Man annual from the late 80s that featured Speedball again.

- Our old neighborhood had cockroaches and rats. This neighborhood has bunnies. On the surface, I think this is an improvement. Except for the resident skunk. Cute little guy, but stinky.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A horrible tradition of murdering the charitable. September 10, 2012 Posted by Mookie
If you don't remember who this "Brother Nate" is, don't worry. This is the first time he's been introduced and he's here to showcase that some of the Luanian zombies can still use their white magic. So why give this particular zombie his own dedicated introduction? Because a gentleman named Nate was the highest bidder at the ConnectiCon 2012 Webcomic Charity Auction, in which he won a named appearance in the comic. And, as tradition goes, you get killed off.

This has been going on for years around here.

First there was Mancini, and later Jaime, both friends of Arcangelo Scarlatti who were both killed off.

Then there was Chris, a tour guide in the Wild Edge Territories, who managed to survive for awhile until he was killed off himself. Alternately, during that same storyline, Michael was both introduced and killed off in the same comic.

Before that, during the sprawling March Across Maltak, Eric wasbrutally murdered as the innocent orc pilgrim, Eruk.

And most recently, Michael Cao was haunted until it drove him to suicide.

So Nate gets the dubious honor of being the last person to win a named appearance in the comic. Hope you don't mind being zombified, Nate!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Zombies? Seriously? September 7, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Time changes some people, eh? Jacob is talking trash about zombies when he used to refer to himself as "the Zombie Alive" and even used zombies during the Storm of Souls.

Also, the last time Jacob was face-to-face with Jayden he was trying to kill her.

I'm not a huge fan of zombies myself, but I did see White Zombie in concert back in the 90s and it was a hell of a show.

The Sacred Knight in today's comic is the same (and only) knight we've seen. Sister Serla briefly appeared at the end of Beneath Our Masks.

After a few weeks of flashbacks and exposition, next week ought to be fun. I'll try my best to make it so for you fine folks!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Gimme a hand over here. September 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Looks like the king is already making use of Rilian's necromantic power. Some of you asked me why Masutel used a necromantic boost when he assaulted Aberthast Cathedral. I hope this answers that question.

With my recent move I've admittedly fallen a little behind in sending out book orders. I apologize for the delay and I'm working to get caught up this week.

I've been getting more concept art and thumbnails from Garth Graham regarding our upcoming sci-fi superhero space adventure webcomic. I'm really thrilled that this project of ours is coming together. I was worried that trying a collaboration after a decade of working alone was going to be difficult, but I've been having more fun with this than I could have ever anticipated. I don't want to talk about this too much before it happens because I'm superstitious when it comes to jinxes, but every so often I like to fanboy out a little.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
My favorite time of beer. September 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Katya seems to be getting a head start (no pun intended) on Dominic when it comes to visions.

Now that it's September, I can finally celebrate my favorite time of beer. Ah, the autumn seasonal brews. Having lived in the area for many years now, I'm very partial to the numerous New England microbreweries and their equally numerous fall beers. Pumpkin ales, octoberfests (or "oktoberfests" if you prefer), various "harvest" and Halloween-themed styles, and anything else in between.

If you can get your hands on some of these brews this season, I recommend them and hope you enjoy them responsibly.

- Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
- Dogfishhead Punkin Ale
- Samuel Adams Octoberfest
- Wolaver's Organic Pumpkin Ale
- Cisco Brewery Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale
- Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale
- Otter Creek Oktoberfest
- Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

There's a sampling to get you started. I'm sure I'll recommend more as the season goes on.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
No secrets. September 4, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Is Dominic upset because he missed his chance to look upon the Heart of Magic? Or is he upset because he's regretting his decision to look at all? We would've found out if Katya hadn't started yelling. Dominic isn't the only seer in his house right now.

Luna's "no secrets" policy is one I share with my wife. If there's one thing the both of us have learned from previous failed relationships, it's that communication and openness are very important. Even if it's an unpleasant conversation, it's vital to get whatever's bothering you off your chest and out in the open.

In the case of today's comic, however, it makes for some dramatic tension. At least I think so, but I'm biased because I make the comics around here.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The only thing I cannot resist is temptation. September 3, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Last week I mentioned that there may be a delay in today's comic update. Thankfully that was not the case and I hope you enjoy Dominic's very unwise decision.

Otherwise I've got no news to report today, as it's Labor Day and I just spent the weekend with some good friends doing nothing productive. I mean, I may have done some stargazing and spent some quality time in the Inner Sea, but I'd hardly call that "productive." Fun and nerdy as hell? Absolutely, and proud of it!

I'll likely spend today further organizing my new place. Ah, domestic living.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Blinded by the light. August 31, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Dominic is not all that happy about getting his own vision of the Heart of Magic. Looking at it through extracted memories wasn't exactly as, well, horrifying as this is for him. I imagine he must have at least squinted a little before this.

Here's some (hopefully) amusing trivia about today's comic:

- Instead of "Don't open your eyes, Dominic!" he was originally going to say, "Don't turn around!" But that just made me go "Der Kommissar's in town, uh oh!" So I changed the dialogue to get that freaking song out of my head.

- The reveal of the blank background made me think of "Duck Amuck," but I didn't change it because that was, and still is, one of my favorite cartoons ever. Just don't expect Dominic to get into a duel with me.

And that'll do it for me! I hope everyone (who celebrates it) has a nice Labor Day weekend! I'm hoping to get some quality stargazing done, myself.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
What has been, and what may be. August 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's been awhile since we've seen him do it, but Rilian is quite adept at wielding the blight of the undead to make things rot and decay. If the king's plan succeeds and his power is amplified enough... yikes.

There may be a delay in the update of Monday's comic. With this weekend being a holiday, my wife and I are going to do some traveling. Normally I'd try to get a comic or two done ahead of time, but with our recent move there hasn't been a lot of spare time to make extra comics. Just thought I'd give you folks a heads-up in case Monday's comic goes up much later in the day.

Not much else to talk about today, and that's fine by me. Mellow news days are never unwelcome.



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

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