Reunion. August 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It may have come a day later than expected, and maybe Katya was initially a little upset over getting zapped, but here's a more personal reunion than yesterday's "I'm back, now on with the plot!" These smaller moments are some of my favorites, and I hope you folks like them, too.

I'm going on vacation tomorrow. Whee! I know I've mentioned this a lot this week but repetition helps drive the point home. Not everyone who reads the comic reads these news posts, as was made clear at Otakon this past weekend when numerous people asked me, "So what's this rumor I hear about you ending the comic?"

Other than that, there's not much else to talk about today. So instead of any further rambling from me...

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
ZZZZZT!! August 1, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I apologize to everyone who was hoping for a heartfelt reunion upon Nimmel's return. Well, I mostly apologize. I thought their shocking reunion was pretty funny, and I hope it gave you a chuckle, too.

In the wake of Otakon and my upcoming summer getaway with my wife, there really isn't much to talk about. Unless...

Okay. A little tangent on my very amateur astronomy (or just plain old stargazing since I'm not much of a scientist). Getting some quality telescope time in next week is one of the things I really look forward to on our annual summer trip. Last year I spotted the Andromeda and Whirlpool galaxies, the lovely double star Albireo, and the Perseus double star cluster. I may not be fortunate enough to spot any new celestial bodies this year, but I'll still be happy to view those stellar sights once again.

Incidentally, the Mars Curiosity rover lands next week. Here's a great opinion piece as to why you should be more interested in Mars than the Olympics, and here's how you can watch the landing "live" in New York City.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
KRA-KOOM! And science! July 31, 2012 Posted by Mookie
A strange thing has happened to me over the last couple of weeks. Two separate science-related websites have asked to speak with me. It's strange because I came very close to failing my science classes in high school, so I consider myself the last person anyone with a scientific education would want to spend time with.

I spoke with the Titanium Physicists about a week and a half ago, and our conversation about special relativity has been posted! If you want to expand your mind, and hear mine get blown, check out Time Dilates When You're Having Fun... in which I get an entertaining education on the subject of Einstein's theory! I was very, very nervous to be in the presence of people infinitely smarter than me, and Ben (the physicist host) was kind enough to edit out most of my "ums" and "uhs" and awkward laughter. I had a great time with them, so give it a listen (and stick around after the closing theme song to hear some outtakes from our time together)!

During Otakon I was interviewed by a young lady working for NASA Blueshift. She asked me about the influence of science fiction and science fact on my writing. I, in turn, talked her ear off about my very amateur astronomy and nerded out over various celestial bodies. The interview itself won't be posted for a few weeks, but I thought it was worth mentioning since I plan to do plenty of stargazing when I'm on vacation next week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Back from Otakon... I think. July 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Otakon was amazing, but after missing it last year I'd forgotten just how draining that mammoth show can be.

We arrived home very late last night so this brief news post is all I can muster for an update.


There will be more coherent and hopefully interesting news posts and updates before I leave for my annual summer vacation next week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Much stronger than he realized. July 27, 2012 Posted by Mookie
With everything going wrong for our heroes lately, I thought it would be nice to have the week end on a somewhat higher note than usual. Last Friday's comic had a similar layout, with the ominous Tempest swirling below. Now Nimmel is in the heart of the storm and looking stronger than he realized.

I'm at OTAKON this weekend! It's going to be a crazy couple of days so be sure to stop by and say "hi" while I still have my wits about me! If I'm curled up under my table and babbling about space cheese or something, you'll know that the weekend proved to be too much for my brain to handle. Should be fun either way, though!

The comic will update normally on Monday, but there will be filler art the following week, as I'm going on my annual summer vacation with my wife and her family.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, have a nice weekend, and see you at OTAKON!
Eye of the storm. July 26, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you'd forgotten, Nimmel's specialty is seasonal spells, where the more extreme the weather, the more potent the magic. So far we've only seen him work his magic in cold weather conditions.

Someone pointed that out at the Dominic Deegan Q&A at this year's ConnectiCon, so those in attendance got a tiny spoiler that Nimmel actually has an advantage in The Tempest after all. The jury's still out as to whether there'll be any Shakespeare references.

My road trip to OTAKON begins tonight. I'm looking forward to returning to this mammoth convention, so if you're in the area be sure to stop by and say "hi!" I should be easy to find in the Artist Alley.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Hear hear! July 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Over the past few years Otakon and ConnectiCon have been within a week or so of each other, and over the past few years I've grown accustomed to the many differences between the conventions I've come to refer to as my "big two of the summer."

Where I'm heavily involved with ConnectiCon in terms of programming and hosting events, Otakon is so big that I'm barely a blip on their radar. And I'm not complaining! Tens of thousands of people are going to descend upon Baltimore and I'm going to all but barricade myself behind my table in the Artist Alley, where I'll be pulling close to twelve hour days. So don't go looking for me in any panel rooms or at any events. At Otakon you can reliably find me at my table for three straight days, eager to meet folks and glad to have a headquarters from which to operate for the weekend.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Summertime schedules. July 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
So I'm heading off to OTAKON this weekend and going on vacation with my wife the week afterward. I've done the Otakon / summer vacation combo for the past few years (with the exception of last year where I didn't attend Otakon but still went on vacation), so here's how it's going to work this year.

Unlike other conventions this year, there won't be any Monday con filler after Otakon next week. The comic will update normally Monday through Friday. The week after that, Monday, August 6th to Friday, August 10th, there will be my annual summer vacation filler. Unlike previous years, where guest art was so generously provided by you, my awesome readers, this year I'm going to showcase some concept art from Garth Cameron Graham concerning a certain superhero project we've been collaborating on. We hope you like what you see.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Eye of the storm. July 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I spent last night recording a podcast with the Titanium Physicists for an episode on special relativity. I am the farthest possible thing from a scientist (unless you count my very amateur astronomy) but I was invited to be on the show as a "student" in the presence of three friendly and enthusiastic "lecturers." I was nervous, but we had a blast and the show should be online within a week or so. I'll keep you folks posted.

Speaking of my very amateur astronomy (i.e. just plain old stargazing), it's a fantastic and very rewarding hobby that I can't recommend enough. And it's easy to get in to even if you don't own a telescope! Many museums and colleges offer astronomy outreach programs or even free stargazing nights at their observatories. I, myself, can sometimes be found lurking at the Boston Museum of Science's Gilliand Observatory if the skies are clear and I'm free that evening. There are likely similar activities near you, so go see what you can see!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Yes okay thank you bye. July 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Filling up the news box with somewhat relevant and entertaining things to talk about is a challenge some days. Today is one of those days. Things are so mellow this week that there really isn't much to talk about. So... yeah.

I haven't quite caught up on answering my emails like I said I would, but I'll work to get all caught up in time for Otakon next weekend. Then, of course, I'll likely fall behind again while I'm away on my annual summer vacation with my wife. It's a vicious cycle, I tell you.

In other news:

- It's very satisfying to stake a vampire with an exploding bolt fired from a hand-crafted crossbow. I love me some Skyrim.

- The Striker Assault Rifle in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer is the Jesse to my Zaeed. I also did not expect to enjoy playing vorcha and batarians as much as I do.

- After many listens of Gojira's new album, L'Enfant Sauvage, I can say without a doubt that it is another fantastic release from these guys. The whole album flows together quite nicely, and it still kicks your ass. I highly recommend it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
"Eldar" was taken. July 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The original name for Klo Tark's people actually was "eldarians," but I was never one hundred percent satisfied with the name. When I was writing little footnotes to myself I abbreviated their name to "eld" in shorthand and finally liked what I saw. I thought "eldarian" sounded too pretty and elegant. "The eld," on the other hand, sounded just alien enough for a lost race from ancient history.

It's a slow news day otherwise, and I'm just fine with that. This is that calm week between the two craziest conventions of my summer, ConnectiCon and Otakon. Unlike last weekend, where I was heavily involved in panels and main events at ConnectiCon, I'll simply be in the Artist Alley at Otakon for marathon hours, ready to sell merchandise and say hello to anyone who comes by. Just because I'll be stationary next weekend doesn't mean it'll be any less crazy. Anyone who's been to Otakon can tell you that.

After Otakon I'll be going on my annual summer vacation with my wife. The scheduling of it is a bit different this year, so I'm not putting out the call for a week's worth of guest artwork like I have in previous years. I'll have more on this as Otakon nears.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Talking in circles. July 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Sometimes you just need a healthy dose of good ol' exposition, and when that time comes a character like Stunt works well in a magical dilemma. He's the "fish out of water" and needs things explained to him. If I've done my job right (and I hope I did), then the explanation doesn't feel clunky or too exposition-y.

That, and I thought it was a good way to showcase that most of what is currently known to humans about the Heart of Magic is theory and belief, while the exiles of Old Eldariat speak about its properties with much more confidence.

This isn't the first time astronomical phenomena have mirrored magical and otherworldly properties around here. Besides, I think some of the best tales of magic have planets and stars aligning and such, so I figured giving the elusive source of magic a grand orbit would be neat, too!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Gone soft. July 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
ConnectiCon was amazing and it absolutely wiped me out. Anyone who saw me there this weekend knows how much energy I expended at my panels, in the Online Media Guest Hall, and in Main Events at Comic Strip-tease and the Deathmatch. I literally have nothing left in my fuel tanks. It was awesome.

A big thanks to So and Sew Plushies for the adorable Dominic and Luna plushies!

A scandalous thanks to The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts for letting me be a part of their first convention burlesque show!

And a huge, heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who came to see me this weekend at my favorite convention. From the staffers who treated me far better than I deserve, to everyone who came to visit my table and see my panels/events, I cannot express my gratitude enough for making this weekend as memorable as possible.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
He don't know karate, but he knows ka-RAZY. July 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
And therein lies a difference between two of Bumper's friends who are very affected by his death. Quilt wants to avenge him. Laurie Mondane wants payback, and he's gotten gruesomely good at payback lately.

I'm at ConnectiCon today and the whole weekend! Come by and say "hi," and keep an eye on my Twitter feed to stay up-to-date on all the convention related stuff I'll be doing! Silly updates will also be included in that feed, I imagine.

I want to make special note of Jayden today because of something else happening over the weekend.

But first, there's a lingering rumor that pops up in the occasional email I receive that goes something like, "Jayden is based on your ex-girlfriend who cheated on you." Jayden is not based on my ex. We parted ways amicably and not because of infidelity. Jayden is my friend Meg's character from an old Dungeons & Dragons game, the same game in which I came up with Dominic, and I originally put her in the comic a decade ago as a way to say "hi!" Over the years Meg has approved of and enjoyed every decision I've made with Jayden, and she still reads the comic to this day.

As for that "something else" happening over the weekend? My friend Meg is getting married to her blushing bride Carrie (who's going to punch me in the balls for calling her that). I'm sorry I can't make your wedding because of ConnectiCon, but you two know I love you so much and I'll be there in spirit. So drink plenty of spirits for me on your awesome day, ladies! Congratulations!

Coincidentally, I missed another good friend's wedding last year because of ConnectiCon, but I failed to make special mention of it. Sorry, Jonathan. I think I still owe you a wedding present, too.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at ConnectiCon!
The lost civilization. July 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
While Klo Tark was an important part of Dominic's growth as a seer and his victory over the Storm of Souls, the details surrounding his origin and his people were never revealed. There was a mention about sorcerer psions at the conclusion of that storyline, but little else has been known about Klo Tark's race.

Now, with Nimmel aboard their bug-like airships, we get a revelation. And, if you remember, King David Johann mentioned that Eldariat had failed to harness the Heart of Magic. Is history doomed to repeat itself?

I'll be at CONNECTICON tomorrow! Whoo-hoo! Come by and say "hi" if you're in the area! And if you're not in the area of this amazing convention, you should do your best to get there because it's awesome.

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

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