Broken toys for a mad king. August 29, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'd had another title in mind for this flashback arc, but Broken Toys for a Mad King is sticking out for me right now. I just like the way it sounds.

This was posted a short time ago, but I neglected to mention it because I was so distracted by my recent move. I was interviewed by NASA's Blueshift blog at Otakon. I have a small feature in the article, which is about the relation between science fiction and science fact, and the science fantasy that lies somewhere in between.

I'm excited to do some science this weekend. And by "science" I mean "indulge in my amateur astronomy." And by that, given my limited mental capacity for actual science, I really mean "stargazing." I may even have another go at astrophotography.

Last summer I took my friends on a small tour of the late summer night sky, showing them such wonders as the double cluster in Perseus, the M13 globular cluster in Hercules, the double star Albireo, the Whirlpool and Andromeda galaxies, and (in the latest hours of the night) Jupiter. This weekend I hope to repeat my summer tour with those same friends, but with some new sights. There's a unique thrill in finding a celestial object with your telescope, but there's a somewhat greater excitement to be had when you can share that discovery with others.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
All the king's horses and all the king's men... August 28, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you're wondering why there's blood all over the wall, it's not because the Infernomancer had a gory "reassembling." Well, he did, but it's also because he made quite a bloody entrance when he got back on his feet.

Yesterday was just one of those days. Our basement had some minor flooding and almost damaged some books, which in turn forced me to cancel a photoshoot with The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts to help promote their upcoming burlesque extravaganza. That put a little black cloud over my head, to be sure, but they were minor inconveniences at best.

But on a more personal note, I learned yesterday that the principal of my old high school passed away. I have nothing but fond memories of Doctor Santo Barbarino, or just "Dr. B" as we all affectionately called him. From encouraging me to chase whatever dreams for the future I was entertaining to trying to get me to listen to Chuck Mangione, he was a great man who genuinely cared about all us kids whom he took so generously under his wing.

See you in Valhalla, Dr. B.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Close encounters of the planar kind. August 27, 2012 Posted by Mookie
A couple of linky reminders for some of the past events mentioned in today's comic:

The Beast's attack on M'ur'i, and subsequent loss of power, is revealed on the Planar Pathway.

The Beast is discovered siphoning power from Hell, much to the displeasure of Karnak.

The Beast is encountered in the Plane of Destruction and the psychoplanes.

There's not much other relevant or entertaining news to report today. The weekend was mellow, save for an epic cleaning spree by yours truly, but otherwise pleasantly uneventful. So rather than try to fill up the news box because I feel like I have to, I'll just leave things as they are for today.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
In summary... August 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
This week ends with an exposition-heavy recap of events we've already seen. No new revelations here, but in case you forgot some of the key events mentioned in today's comic, they're linked below for your convenience:

Miranda unknowingly banished the Infernomancer to the realm of The Beast.

Celesto falls into the makeshift plane and is defiant in the presence of The Beast and the Infernomancer.

The blast that breached the planes, which allowed Celesto to escape the first time.

After the Infernomancer was taken to Capitol City in pieces, Maltak's rebirth allowed Celesto to escape imprisonment a second time.

I'm hoping to finish unpacking this weekend, and to catch up to my emails once we get this place looking more like a home and less like storage space.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
You do it to yourself. August 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
At the conclusion of the last "Beast Interlude," Miranda discovered that something, or someone, had been blocking her magic for years. Now we see that she'd been doing it to herself all along, albeit due to a devious spell from the king.

You might say it was a bit like an... BBBRRRAAAAWWHHH... inception.

I haven't been online much this week despite my internet being set up in my new place, and it's because my old computer desk didn't make the trip from the old apartment. Sitting on a hardwood floor looking down at your monitor with your keyboard balanced on your lap is not as comfortable as it sounds. Definitely going to treat myself to a nice new desk this weekend. Then I'll be back in business.

Ah, the exciting domestic life I lead.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
My lord. August 22, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Some folks were asking me why the king was referring to The Beast as "his lord" when it owed its existence to him. I hope today's comic answers that question.

Autumn is my favorite time of beer. The pumpkin ales and oktoberfest brews hit the shelves around September, heralding the coming of cooler weather and changing leaves. This year, however, the autumn brews are already available! I should be more excited about this, but it's still August! I'm still enjoying the various IPAs from my favorite breweries in this hot weather! While nothing is forcing me to buy these beers before September, the temptation is staring me in the face, and in the words of Oscar Wilde, "The only thing I cannot resist is temptation."

Otherwise there's very little relevant news to speak of. I won't bore you folks with any further details of my move-in-progress, as it's pretty much down to "there are boxes everywhere" and "we're still moving stuff from our old apartment" and "unpacking is going to take forever."

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The link to Maltak. August 21, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Orcs "ask" for their spells from the land rather than using command words.

Luna's vision walk with the Crone of Maltak sums up some of the Orc War, such as why not all orcs were conquering warriors and the "official" reason for the war.

When Melna first appeared in the comic she was called an ecomancer, which is a name I readily confess I took from The Pirates of Dark Water in a one-time nod to that great cartoon. "Noy jitat!"

Hope these links were helpful! I'm strangely "off" because my wife and I are still in the process of moving, so these linky reminders also helped get my head back into the groove of making comics.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
More tired than I thought I'd be. August 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The weekend's move was a great success. My internet is up and running (as you can see) and we've got ninety percent of our belongings in our new place. But after four days of packing and moving boxes, I was sorely tempted to resort to a crummy filler doodle for today. Moving is always significantly more draining than I anticipate it being, and when it came time to produce a new comic my body switched into "holy crap you've been moving boxes since Thursday night" mode.

I need to catch up on some much-needed rest so I can be in proper shape to 1) unpack and reorganize all of our belongings and 2) make comics for the rest of the week.

Me am tired.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
And no one else. August 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It was mentioned during Around The World that the halflings and dwarves have a long, complex and violent history. Now we know that they were once the dominant "land of wizards" in the world, and they used that magic to kill each other.

My wife and I are slowly moving into a new place, and a significant portion of our move is happening this weekend. Our internet service is getting changed over. I don't anticipate any problems, but in case there is one and I don't have an internet connection for a few days, that will be why there's no comic on Monday. While it's only a small possibility, I figured I'd give you folks a heads-up just in case.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
It's the world I know... August 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In the past, The Beast's speech bubbles have been much "busier." Bold letters, strange symbols behind the words, and so on. I felt that keeping the lettering simpler in today's update not only prevented the comic from looking too cluttered, but helped show (in a small way) the connection between David and The Beast.

I made it back to the comic shop yesterday to catch up on some titles. While there wasn't much there I was interested in picking up again, there were a few gems worth mentioning.

Atomic Robo, of course, remains my favorite comic book going. Do yourself a favor and pick up any of the collected editions, or start reading the newest storyline, "Flying She-Devils of the Pacific."

Aquaman is entertaining. That's all. No groundbreaking storylines here. I just enjoy seeing Aquaman in the spotlight.

Animal Man is mind-bendingly awesome. I really like what Jeff LeMire has done with Buddy Baker's origin, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming "Rotworld" crossover.

Wonder Woman, meanwhile, is mythically awesome. The showdown on Olympus in the latest issue was impressive, and the ending made me fanboy just a little bit.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Like a demented Johnny Appleseed. August 15, 2012 Posted by Mookie
A little more of The Beast's gruesome origin revealed.

It had been speculated that The Beast was "born" in the Elemecca, and when Luna visited its realm she noticed familiar elements instead of alien ones.

I'm actually heading back to my local comic book shop today. Not because of any renewed faith in the current state of superhero comic books, but because I've fallen behind in picking up issues of ATOMIC ROBO and this needs to be remedied. He may not wear a cape or an emblem on his chest, but the action-packed adventures of Nikola Tesla's robot "son" are everything I love about comic books. And there's occasionally a talking dinosaur who hates you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The eyes have it. August 14, 2012 Posted by Mookie
David Johann probably could have just gone to an alterist to get his ruined eyes removed from his head, but that would have been 1) not crazy and 2) far less dramatic.

Besides, eyeball trauma is a trademark of the bad guys around here, whether it's self-inflicted or plucking out the eyes of others. Why do some villains engage in such behavior? Because eyeball trauma freaks me out. Big time. I've gotten better with it over the years, but it's still a surefire way to give me the creeps. I cannot, to this day, watch that scene in A Clockwork Orange where Alex's eyeballs are propped open. Guh.

I'm once again playing catch-up with my emails in the wake of my vacation, but I should be caught up relatively soon.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Back from my vacation and-- MY GOD! August 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'm back from my annual summer vacation!

And we'll be looking back at relevant moments in King David Johann's life. In case you need a quick reminder as to what we know so far, here's a quick summary from the conclusion of the Revelation storyline.

I hope everyone enjoyed the week of concept art, generously provided by Garth Graham, for the sci-fi superhero space adventure we're working on! I was really excited to show those pieces off and I can't wait to see what he does next. I'll keep you fine folks posted as we move further along.

Over the next few weeks my wife and I will be moving into a new place. I don't anticipate any problems, but in case there's an unannounced lack of an update for a day or two it's because we're in transition, getting our internet set up and so on. You can always keep an eye on my Twitter feed just in case.

And last but definitely not least, Absinthe Junk's Kickstarter to fund their face-melting second album is in its final week! These rockers have been long time friends of the comic and their music never fails to disappoint. If you like eccentric and unmistakably unique rock and roll, give Absinthe Junk your ear. You won't regret it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Concept art week! August 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Welcome to my annual summer vacation guest art week!

In the past I've featured fan art from you, my awesome and generous readers, but this year I decided to showcase concept art from the sci-fi superhero space adventure I'm working on with my friend and collaborator, Garth Cameron Graham! As you can probably tell, Garth will be in charge of all the artwork for this. All of it. Forever. He's incredible.

We both love superheroes, but we're upset with the current state of superhero offerings from "the big two" (Marvel and DC). So, instead of waiting for someone to produce the kind of comics we want to see, we decided to get together and do it ourselves. We want to help recapture the wonder and excitement of having superpowers instead of the crushing angst and crippling inner conflict. We want this project to be fast and fun. We want to create a universe you want to escape to, not from.

I love Garth's designs and I hope you folks like what you see, too.

Dominic Deegan returns next Monday. See you then!
Let that beeee all I neeeed to know...! August 3, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I didn't want to leave you folks with a cliffhanger before I leave for a week, but I also wanted to give you plenty of reasons to want the story to resume! There may not be the proverbial knife over our hero's head, but I hope this is a sufficient teaser as to what's coming after my week-long break.

And, in case you'd forgotten, Ara performed an extraction on Dominic during the Revelation storyline.

So that's it from me! I'm off on my annual summer vacation! Next week, in place of regular updates, there will be concept and teaser art from the incredibly talented Garth Graham that showcases some of the ideas from the superhero webcomic we've been working on! I'm really excited to show off his designs, and I hope you all like what you see in place of a comic next week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a great weekend!

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