Bad omens. May 8, 2012 Posted by Mookie
This does not bode well. The last time the crystal ball looked back at him it was a near disaster, and now that the Circle Archmagi are on a mysterious offensive... yeah, this does not bode well.

I should have news regarding the availability of SuperGreg vs. Snowsong within the next week or so. I'm just waiting for the printer to get back to me regarding a few things.

Otherwise, it's another slow news day. I like these. April was a busy month around here, so I'm going to sit back and enjoy the relative quiet of May. At least so far.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Luana and luna. May 7, 2012 Posted by Mookie
These out-of-panel visions are a blast. I hope you folks enjoy them as much as I do. Although I don't think Dominic enjoys the ominous tone of this larger-than-life vision.

There was a pleasing astronomical treat over the weekend. The supermoon turned many people into skywatchers for a night. It was a fantastic sight for most, but clouds ruled the sky here in the Boston area. Still, I managed to capture one semi-decent photo of the "supermoon" lighting up the clouds around it. I think it's neat.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Oracles and prophets. May 4, 2012 Posted by Mookie
After a couple of Friday cliffhangers, I felt it was time for a break. Though no one is any immediate danger (yet) I'd like to think things are intriguing enough to make you want to come back on Monday to see what happens next. It's not every day Dominic gets a vision of one of Callan's most renowned prophets.

I received the proof from the printer for SUPERGREG vs. SNOWSONG and I'm happy with the way it looks. If all goes well after a minor tweak or two it should go on sale before I leave for A-KON next month. If there is a delay, I'll likely keep the tradition of debuting new volumes at that convention if I can, even if I wouldn't really consider this short story a "volume." It's more of a comic book, both in size and in theme.

I'm looking forward to the next round of conventions, but I'm also going to enjoy this month off from traveling. As much as I love coming out and meeting you fine folks, I'm a homebody at heart.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Visions of words and beauty. May 3, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Sometimes the message of a vision is plain to see, even if its meaning is vague and mysterious. And while this isn't the first time we've seen a wordy vision, it certainly is the biggest and (probably) among the more important ones to date.

For the first time in months I've posted some photographs to my deviantArt gallery! I got together with my ever-ready model, occasional contributor to the site, and dear friend Tarah. We're very happy with the results. She is a joy to work with for an amateur photographer like me. I hardly ever pose her. She's just so natural in front of the camera that all I have to do is try to capture these magic moments she gives me, occasionally offer an idea or two, and hope I don't screw it all up.
There is nudity in these photographs, so you have to have a deviantArt account to view them.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Tragedy and immortality. May 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Oh man. It's been awhile since Dominic's had any out-of-body/out-of-panel visions and we're jumping right into it now that he's back in the comic. I told you things were moving faster now that the spotlight is out of the desert.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook probably heard me talk about this yesterday, but I feel it needs repeating here today.

Yesterday I learned that an old friend from high school passed away after a battle with lymphoma. John was my first "heavy metal buddy," who enjoyed its ear-shattering rebellion as much as I did. We were two long haired, awkward, social misfits who found solace in each others company. We bonded over loud music, comic books, horror movies, and more loud music. Time and circumstance had us drift apart, and now that's something I will forever regret. Thanks to various forms of social media we reconnected, albeit briefly, where I learned he married a lovely young woman and together they had a son. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, and in their memories and their love I know he has achieved immortality.

I raise my glass to you, John, my heavy metal buddy.
I'll see you in the halls of Valhalla.
Look who's back. May 1, 2012 Posted by Mookie
We've only ever seen Milov's parents briefly, but they're still around.

And, in case you forgot, Stunt was informed of Dominic and Luna's marriage via a spell.

At the last few conventions I've attended a few people pointed out that it's been months since we've seen Dominic and Luna. About five months now that it's May! I think Stunt, Jayden, Milov, Nimmel and Katya have carried the spotlight well in Dominic and Luna's "absence," and I'm glad many of you didn't seem to mind. It tells me you fine folks are invested not only in the fates of the main characters, but in much of the supporting cast as well, and for that I am very grateful.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Dramatic choices. April 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
A couple of notes about today's comic:

- Keep in mind that Nimmel can't see what's happening to Katya. His scream is fueled by his isolation and not knowing her fate.

- Would it have been more dramatic if Katya had died? There's no denying it would have been sad, but I think Katya being put in a similar situation to Nimmel... not knowing the fate of her best friend... is equally dramatic and sad. Besides, I think dramatic tension can be built without a body count.

- Katya joins the ranks of other characters who have come back from the brink of death. Luna, Szark, and Stunt have all skirted the edge of eternity. They've all returned with a bit of help from their friends.

- My wife recently said to me, "Things are moving pretty quickly here." I'm glad she noticed. The speed of Alduraithel's attack and the lack of a full explanation were deliberate choices. We spent the first few months of 2012 watching Stunt and Jayden walk around and talk to one another with many dramatic pauses. Now we're out of the wasteland and things are picking up speed. Two archmagi have made their moves and they're not going to bother explaining themselves too much. Here's hoping our heroes can keep up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Now that's just mean. April 27, 2012 Posted by Mookie
This is probably one of the meaner weekend cliffhangers I've done lately. The difference is that we'll likely know Katya's fate come Monday, while Nimmel is left hanging for what seems to be an indefinite amount of time.

Maybe it's because I'm in a bad mood. Yesterday CISPA was amended (horribly) and passed on a rushed vote through the House of Representatives. The broad language and vague definitions that seem to plague these "cybersecurity" bills worries me to no end, and I hope this one is not signed into law. It's worth keeping an eye on this issue.

I wish I had some more fun stuff to talk about today, like anything concerning comic books, video games, my (very amateur) photography or (very very very amateur) astronomy, but sadly there just isn't any news worthy items.

Oh. There is one thing. It's overly sappy and romantic, so if you want to avoid a toothache stop reading now and I'll see you on Monday.

This Sunday it'll have been six months since I married the love of my life, Alyssa. I love you, hon. I don't know what I'd do without you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend.
Death and politics. April 26, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In my mind, Alduraithel's eruption sounds very much like the explosion of a biotic combo in Mass Effect. There's just something about that sound that sends a chill up my spine. Maybe it sounds more like a violent, fleshy, splattery sound to you. Maybe it's some combination of both. Whatever it may be, it's ultimately up to you and your imagination.

I haven't been as politically outspoken down here in the news box as I have in the past. I'm still vocal about my political views, but mostly on my Twitter feed and Facebook page. I took exception to this a few months ago when I took part in the now-famous SOPA/PIPA Blackout. I'll talk internet freedom and privacy here since, for me, it's as much of a workplace issue as a political issue.

CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is going up for vote in the House of Representatives tomorrow, and it's been called "worse than SOPA." There's already been some mounting opposition against it, even from the White House itself. This looks like it's going to get interesting, so it's worth keeping an eye on further developments. Or, if you're feeling more active about it, contact your Congressional representative and let them know what you think of this proposed bill before it goes to vote.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Things are looking especially bleak... April 25, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Things look increasingly bad, huh? But don't worry. It'll all be over soon. Or is it already over for some of them? Now I'm all worried, too! Gaaah!

New comic books hit the shelves today, and I still have to get back into the habit of visiting my local comic book shop. I do miss the nice folks who work there (like the Salmon of Justice!) but the motivation has been lacking. A good story is a powerful motivator, but lackluster stories are equally powerful deterrents.

Speaking of comic bookery, SuperGreg vs. Snowsong should be available next month, barring any printing disasters or delays. I'm hoping to have it up for sale in time for A-KON, but you never know when problems may arise. Here's hoping I can avoid an episode like that entirely this year.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Screwed no matter what. April 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Nimmel's predicament may look dire, but I'm still in a great mood from Anime St. Louis. I want to say "hi" to a couple of people. Besides Dirk, who I've mentioned a few times already.

I want to give a shout to That Guy With The Glasses for not only being fun to hang out with, but for giving me some insightful advice on my "Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panel, forgiving me for being slightly grumpy last year (in my defense, all Italians are grouchy when they haven't eaten) and for sharing my bitter hatred of Moulin Rouge.

I also want to give a shout to Steve Argyle, who is not only a gentleman and a stellar artist, but shares my love of fine beer, Japanese food and wine, and wickedly dressed villainesses.

The Anime St. Louis guest relations staff welcomed me with open arms, and I want to thank them as well. Ally, I hope you enjoyed your "night out with the boys!" Cat, thanks for the late-night taco run! Thanks for the various rides over the weekend, Steven! And thanks to everyone else whose names I have criminally forgotten (like the gentleman who drove me to the airport two years in a row, the chefs in the green room, and the fine fellow who welcomed me to the dealers room) for making this weekend so memorable.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Anime St. Louis convention filler! April 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
ANIME ST. LOUIS was a blast, but as of this writing I've come home very late and I'm exhausted. As promised, there is a filler sketch in place of a comic today. I received some very generous help.

Kate, the guest werewolf tangling with Alduraithel, appears courtesy of PARADIGM SHIFT. Many thanks to Dirk Tiede for the Monday filler, and for letting me wrap a tentacle-esque monster around his comic's main character.

Insert whatever jokes you'd like about furry characters, anime conventions and tentacle monsters here.

The comic resumes tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
NOW we can see him. Gah. April 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
You may have noticed that Alduraithel was spying on Milov, Jayden, Katya and Nimmel with only four of his five eyes last week. Now we know why.

I'm at ANIME ST. LOUIS today through Sunday! Come by and say "hi" if you're in the area! It should be a fun time!

There will likely be filler on Monday, as I'll be arriving back home late on Sunday night.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and I hope to see you in St. Louis!
Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew...! April 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Anyone who knows me can tell you that anything concerning eyeballs creeps me out. Big time. I love gory movies and slasher films, but as soon as anything starts happening to anyone's eyes I have to leave the room. I think I may have fainted when I watched A Clockwork Orange.

Happy birthday, Alyssa! I love you so much and I wish I could be with you today, but I'm headed off to ANIME ST. LOUIS to check in and do all that pre-convention preparation. I promise I'll bring you back something super cute from the dealer's room!

The comic will update tomorrow normally, but there may be filler on Monday. I'll see if I can convince my fellow guest and weekend roommate Dirk Tiede to help me put together something cool for the likely Monday filler.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
This does not look good for our heroes. April 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Other than my attendance at ANIME ST. LOUIS this weekend, there's not a lot of news to report today. Oh, I'll be giving my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains talk at the convention, so be sure to catch that if you haven't seen it yet. It's always a good time and lots of people seem to enjoy it. I guess that's why conventions keep letting me do it!

Let's see. I guess there are some geeky things I could mention:

- I really enjoy Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer. I love the Mass Effect universe and cooperative gameplay, not to mention the great alien races that are playable (if you're lucky enough to unlock them). I'm partial to my Quarian Engineer (a la Tali), my Asari Justicar (a la Samara), and the Striker Assault Rifle on any Soldier class. That thing is like firing a metal concert.

- I stopped playing Star Wars: The Old Republic for awhile (mostly because of Mass Effect) but their Legacy update has really rekindled my interest. I can't wait to unlock all the new character options that are tempting me like a wonderful, nerdy siren's call.

- I need to get back into the habit of going to my local comic book store. Not because I'm terribly invested in many current titles, but I miss the people who work there. I'm lookin' at you, Salmon of Justice! (which is such an inside joke I'm not even going to attempt to explain it)

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

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