Some enchanted evening... May 29, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot that important fact about King David Johann, here's a linky reminder that the Circle Archmagi added a fifth Circle for him, and it was Miranda who took his place when he left to rule Callan. Now it seems his admission wasn't so much earned as it was taken.

I'll hopefully have (good) news today regarding the availability of SuperGreg vs. Snowsong for A-KON. Even if my printing company has screwed up and I won't have them in time for this weekend's convention, they'll be available for purchase next month... after I'm done raging at my printer, should it come to that. I hope it doesn't. Cross your fingers.

There will probably be filler of some kind next Monday in place of a comic.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Right down to the wire. May 28, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The big news this week is that I'll be at A-KON this weekend! It's always a pleasure to return to this mammoth, memorable convention and I'm so happy to have the chance to come back this year. Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

Right now I don't know if I'll have SuperGreg vs. Snowsong available in time for A-KON. The printing company I've used for years was uncharacteristically vague and delayed in their dealings with me concerning this (comic) book. It's a long, frustrating, boring story, but they tell me that the shipment will be arriving the day before I leave for A-KON. That's what they tell me, anyway. I'll believe it when I see it.

As usual for a convention weekend, there will likely be guest art, convention photos, or a crummy filler doodle from yours truly in place of a comic next Monday. Just giving you fine folks a proper heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Death don't have no mercy. May 25, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I listen to a lot of music during the day, and it has always helped set the mood for me when I sit down to make the comic.

When I was writing Two Thief or Not Two Thief, I primarily listened to the blues. Back when XM Radio was separate from Sirius it'd play some of the most obscure, crap-quality recordings of achingly heartfelt blues music. The studio stuff didn't do anything for me, since it sounded too professional and clean. But the old stuff, where the recording equipment is so crappy that the performer really had to belt out his/her troubles really struck me and put me in the mood to write about our resident down-on-their-luck thieves.

If you're like me, and you like the occasional soundtrack to your comics, pick one of those blues songs for today. Any will do. The more sorrowful (and badly recorded) the better. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" performed by Rev. Gary Davis is a good example, but certainly not the only one.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend.
Battle Damage Quilt. May 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's another surprise twelve-panel update today! I do hope you folks like it.

There are also a couple of linky notes that go along with it, if you're interested:

Quilt has used those black spikes before. They formerly belonged to Urik, the local leader of The Chosen.

He's also suffered more "severe" damage than he has today, and that didn't put him down either. Quilt is very resilient.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The Lost Treasure of-- THWACK!! May 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The Infernomancer has been hit much harder. He's resisted white magic before, but let's see how he fares against a necromantic golem. An angry one.

It's been an eventful week so far, and it's only Wednesday. The comic's tenth anniversary, the announcement of its final year, and the unfortunate fate of Bumper revealed both yesterday and today. The timing of all these things brings up an excellent concern, which was tweeted to me yesterday. It read, "if you suddenly change the game and start killing off my favorite characters because you're officially ending the comic, I'm gonna be upset!"

Will every character make it to the end of the comic's run alive? No.

Does this mean I'm going to start a killing spree of beloved characters to make the comic more dramatic in its final year? Absolutely not.

I've said before that a body count is not the sign of a bold or daring writer, and I don't plan to go back on that statement. On the other hand, there is an element of danger now that wasn't around before, and it admittedly increases the tension of any given cliffhanger. What I'm trying to say is that I hope to strike a happy medium between the two during this final year.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Now you see me, now you don't. May 22, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I want to thank all of you for your kind words regarding the comic's tenth anniversary and the announcement of its final year. The general theme of the emails, tweets and Facebook comments I received were along the lines of "I'm sad the comic's ending, but I'm glad you're ending it on your own terms." Thank you all so much for your love and support, and I hope you'll forgive me if I have a difficult time answering these emails, as there are a lot of them.

And I have a feeling I'm going to receive a lot more emails, tweets and Facebook comments after the events of today's comic.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Ten years. May 21, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire is ten years old today. For the last decade I've been putting the adventures of a (formerly) grumpy seer online, but more importantly I've had all of you here to read those adventures. My life has been changed so much by this whole experience, and I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of you who have shown me so much love and support over the years.

But I must announce that this, the comic's tenth year, will be its final year. This is something I've been mentioning at conventions for awhile now, but I feel today is an appropriate time to make it official.

Sometime between now and May 21, 2013, Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire will come to an end.

However, I make this announcement with a relatively light heart. Why? Because I'm not being forced to end the comic. Because this is something I want to do, not have to do. Because I'm going to end the comic's run on my terms and I realize how lucky I am to be able to make this decision. Ten years is a long time to tell a lot of stories about a lot of characters, and I'm ready to give this cast a proper (and hopefully satisfying) ending.

Am I getting out of webcomics altogether?
No way. Webcomics have changed my life. I've met so many wonderful people over the years because of webcomics (including my amazing wife) and I have no intention of disappearing. I have other ideas for other comics I've been working on, and I hope people will like them.

Will the website remain online once the comic ends?
For as long as people are willing to come and read it.

Will I still release book editions of the comics?
For as long as people are still interested in buying them.

But the comic isn't ending tomorrow. There are many days, weeks, and months in a given year, so there's still a long way to go and a lot more comics to make. Besides, knowing me and my penchant for lengthy stories, I'll probably go over my own deadline.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Uh oh. May 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Things aren't looking good for Bumper right now.


There's no cliffhanger-y statement to go along with that. Bumper is in a lot of trouble right now.

"Fireball" is just a classic fantasy spell. Whether it's an archetypal wizard casting it in a movie, you're rolling dice to do so in a tabletop RPG, spending mana to light your enemies ablaze in a video game, or if it's reminiscient of Luna's early spellcasting, "fireball" is just one of those old standbys that you can just rely on for old-school fantasy magic goodness.

Be sure to come back on Monday. It's the comic's tenth anniversary and there will be a big announcement down here in the news box. You won't want to miss it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Comics! May 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It was really nice to get back into the comic book shop. I didn't buy many comics, since I realized that I didn't miss too many of the current superhero stories, but those that I did pick up again were good reads.

Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures is like an Atomic Robo appetizer. Short stories about him and his associates that are easily accessible and fun adventures. It helps to know some of Robo's history and the antics of Tesladyne from the regular series, but it isn't necessary to fully enjoy this title.

I caught up on Aquaman as well. His "reboot" stays true to his classic nature and has fun playing with the fact that he's, well, Aquaman. And thanks to Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, I actually take Black Manta seriously as a supervillain. I never thought that costume could look even somewhat menacing.

And last but certainly not least, I caught up with Wonder Woman. I can't say enough good things about this series. I love the renewed emphasis on classic Greek mythology and her connection to the gods. It helps that I was a big mythology nerd in school and ate this stuff right up.

Oh, dangit. I forgot to catch up to the most recent Animal Man. Guess it's back to the comic shop for me today.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Smoke and mirrors. May 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Luna's right. She went old school with her choice of spells.

Luna used "Mirror Image" against the Infernomancer in Erossus.

It was Dominic who first used "Smog Illusion," but it was Luna who identified it.

I'm headed back to the comic shop today. It's been months, but the new Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures hits the shelves today. I've been loyal to Atomic Robo for years and the spinoff is equally entertaining. If you're looking for a quality comic book to read nowadays, I can still recommend this one.

Very early work continues on my own superhero side project. I don't like to talk about it often here for fear of jinxing it, but since I'm returning to the comic book shop for the first time in months I felt it was worth a mention. If all goes well, it's gonna be cosmic.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Sleight of Hand +5 May 15, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Bumper's sleight-of-hand and pickpocketing skills are no secret around here. They've been showcased throughout the comic's history, from "cat burglary" to lifting a magic amulet to a clerical error. He probably just saved Stunt's life. Again.

I'm a wee bit behind on answering my emails (again) but I should be caught up before next week. I'm going to want a relatively clear inbox for the comic's tenth anniversary, after all.

Other than that, there's not much news to report. I'm still the occasional (amateur) photographer and (very amateur) stargazer, still playing Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars, and always looking for new comic books to read.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Nearly a decade ago... May 14, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Next Monday is kind of a big deal around here. One week from today is the tenth anniversary of Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire. It's hard to believe it's been a decade. It's weird to think about. For all the realizations about the time scale and how things have changed over the past ten years, it's still great to think about and it's an accomplishment I'm quite proud of.

Keep an eye on things down here for a big announcement next week, too.

Otherwise there's not much news to speak of... besides the fact that Behemoth was incredible and my ears are still ringing from the ferocity of their performance. Holy babylony. What a concert.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
BEHEMOTH! Ack! May 11, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Cliffhanger be damned.
I'm going to talk about heavy metal today.
Namely, about Behemoth.

I first saw Behemoth years ago at the New England Metal Fest. I didn't know who they were at the time, but by the end of their mind-blowing performance my friends and I were all saying to one another, "Holy shit."

Not only did their music pound us into the pavement with its raw power and ferocity, but their stage presence was incredible. None of us could take our eyes off the face-painted, armored warriors of metal before our eyes. There was stage blood, unholy masks, and that undeniable power that they channeled. I was floored.

They came around to the Boston area a few years later, but they were co-headlining and I wasn't terribly interested in any of the other acts. "I'll see them the next time they come around," I said to myself. A short time later their lead singer was diagnosed with leukemia. Not only was I worried about his health, but I was (selfishly) worried that I'd missed my last chance to see this incredible band perform live. Thankfully his leukemia has gone into remission since then (about a year ago, I think), and now they're back in the Boston area. Tonight.

Not only do I plan to lose my freaking mind at the Behemoth concert tonight, but I also plan to be deaf for Mother's Day. Sorry, Mom.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a metal weekend!
Right in the kisser. May 10, 2012 Posted by Mookie
There's a small nod to Fred Perry's GOLD DIGGER in today's comic.

I owe a lot of my love of comic books to Gold Digger. It was the first comic I started collecting after I'd fallen out of the habit in the mid-nineties. I was pulled in by its outlandish stories, large cast of loveable characters, and the strength of its black-and-white art. The series eventually went full color, but my favorite issues were the black-and-white ones. I fell in love with that medium and, as you can see, still prefer it.

It was one of those black-and-white comics that featured a scene with Brianna Diggers in a lost temple. She was confronting an otherworldly, ancient monster that roared of apocalyptic doom and its immense power. Her only weapon was a gun, so she opened fire. Normally such a beast would be unaffected by something so mundane, striding forward as the bullets bounced off its impenetrable body. Instead it stumbled away, flailing its arms and yelling, "Ow! OW! That really hurts! Cut it out! OUCH! Oh, one got in my eye. One's in my eye!" Brianna's reaction was, "Oh wow! I can't believe that actually worked!"

Stunt's knife-to-the-face is my thank you to that memorable scene from Gold Digger. Whether it put down Brintu Hathe for good remains to be seen...

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Ballbuster. May 9, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Dominic's used his walking stick as a means of communication before. He just doesn't use it very often. But now, thanks to Brintu Hathe, it doesn't look like he's going to use it at all any more.

SuperGreg vs. Snowsong should be available by the end of the month! Depending on when copies arrive here, I may or may not have them on sale before A-KON. If not, I'll just continue the tradition of debuting new books at that convention and put it up in the SEER'S CATALOG that following week.

I need to go back to my local comic book shop. I keep putting it off. I've fallen out of the habit, and as a result I completely forgot about Free Comic Book Day. Bummer. I was looking forward to the further hijinks of Atomic Robo and Dr. Dinosaur.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.

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