Small in stature but tall in power. April 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Alduraithel is kind of like the virus from hell. Some viruses just give us you a cold or a fever. He can rip you apart with his magic.

I do not function well when my wife goes away. I tend to mope around the apartment like an unattended puppy. If I didn't have a comic to do I'd probably just sit by the front door, waiting for it to open with big puppy-dog eyes. Well, I wear glasses, so it's more like all four of my puppy-dog eyes.

I hope she doesn't act the same way when I go off to conventions, like to ANIME ST. LOUIS this weekend. But I at least know that she's got better company when I'm away. Our cats don't sleep by my feet when it's just me in the bed at night, but she does not have that problem. Picky little pussycats.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Omae wa mou shindeiru. April 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For those of you who remember Snert from previous appearances, it should be noted that his eyes have never done what they're doing today.

I did it! I finally caught up with all my emails over the weekend! I'm back in business for keeping my 2012 resolution! I'm going to be doing my best to reply to your questions and comments as promptly as possible. So feel free to send me any feedback concerning the comic, the characters, the storylines, and everything in between!

This weekend I return to ANIME ST. LOUIS! This is a great show that's seen a lot of growth over the years and I'm so happy they asked me to return as one of their guests. Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

And I was finally able to get Meshuggah's new album, KOLOSS. It's a monster of an album that I'm going to need a week or two to fully appreciate, but so far I'm blown away.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Those stalking eye-stalks... April 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you thought today's comic was too sappy or happy, there's a lurking presence that may look a little familiar to darken the mood.

I felt this moment was necessary for these "couples" (even though none of them are romantically involved), but a reminder of the dangers around them was also necessary. I think Alduraithel's spying did the trick nicely. Whether he's helping or hurting remains to be seen (no pun intended).

If today's comic were to have a soundtrack, it would be the fourth movement of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil." There are many excellent recordings of this masterpiece, but this one is my favorite. Even if you think it doesn't go with today's strip, it's still an achingly beautiful piece of music.

Besides having a superheroic weekend planned, I'm also going to be finally catching up on my e-mails this weekend. I've fallen back into old habits and refuse to let it slide. Anyone who's written me an email within the past month or so should have a reply by Sunday. If you don't get a reply, your email may have gone to my junk mail folder so feel free to poke me again. I made a resolution for 2012 and I'm going to stick to it!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Discretion is the better part of valor. April 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Nimmel is truly Dominic's student when it comes to showing restraint when a friend needs to be comforted.

It's also not the first time Katya has snapped at Nimmel. Jayden just seems to have that effect on her lately.

I'm planning on having a superheroic weekend. Although my trips to the comic shop are becoming more infrequent, my love of comics and the superhero genre remains strong. Since Alyssa is away this weekend, I plan on putting the finishing touches on the upcoming SuperGreg vs. Snowsong collection (which will be in comic book form) and getting back to work on an unrelated superhero side project that I've been sadly neglecting these past few months. I may also put on a cape while I clean the apartment. Maybe.

And next week it's off to ANIME ST. LOUIS! I'm flattered that they asked me to come back this year and I'm excited to return! Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Katya has lots to say. I do not. April 11, 2012 Posted by Mookie
No news to report today. Some days are just slower than others when it comes to relevant stuff to talk about down here.



Still nothing.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
And his opponent...! April 10, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Nimmel Feenix has faced many dangers in his relatively short years as a wizard. Here's a reminder as to what he's gone up against.

A heartless infernomancer...


...a wicked and spiteful elemental changeling...

...a gathering of werewolf elders and alphas...

...a haunting demon knight...

...and college werewolves.

Nimmel's been through a lot already, with a fair share of wins and losses. Is "the Phoenix" up for this latest challenge? I hope so.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Recovering from Anime Boston. April 9, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'm exhausted from a very memorable Anime Boston, so I'll keep today's news post relatively short.

This weekend rawked.

The adorable image in place of the comic was generously provided by Sanchay, while the rocking image down here in the news box was provided by ElicaDragon! Thank you both for the wonderful fan art!

The comic resumes tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The "big dog" is my penis. April 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I imagine the college boy werewolves collectively sounding like a raunchy wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon, only without the wild takes and burlesque dance numbers.

And Nimmel is as disenchanted with them as ever.

Remember I'm at ANIME BOSTON today, tomorrow and Sunday! Come by the Artist Alley and say "hi" to me and my friend, Scott Wegener! We may look like a pair of grumpy old vultures, but we're actually quite friendly! Especially if we've just eaten (and preened our feathers).

There will probably be filler / guest art in place of a comic on Monday.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and I hope to see you at Anime Boston!
More links to the past! April 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic calls for some linky reminders! Well, they're not necessary but I'm feeling linky and nostalgic, so here they are for your viewing pleasure:

House Petrovich has a problem with evangelical churches from Callan.

Katya has a problem with Jayden.

Milov can perform Lunar Divinations and he trusts Nimmel.

Katya is a runt.

Tomorrow is Anime Boston. I'm excited and nervous. Come find me in the Artist's Alley and say "hi!" Given the chaotic and busy nature of this mammoth convention, it's likely that there will be filler / guest art up in place of a comic on Monday. Just giving you folks a heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
That was worse than a groaner. April 4, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Jayden speaks the truth. That was a pretty weak joke, albeit unintentionally by Tessa. But the Luanians have never been known for their stellar sense of humor. Besides Pamela (who's ordained by the Luanian church) making the occasional dirty joke, we've only seen one or two priests let a profanity slip or make equally bad puns.

Actually, that was the same priest in those last two examples. There really are very few funny Luanians in this comic. I think their lame attempts at humor are endearing, but I'm biased because I write these lame jokes for them.

Preparation continues for ANIME BOSTON this weekend. This will be my first big show of 2012. I find myself a little nervous, but I think that's a good sign. After eight or nine years of doing conventions, big and small, I still get the occasional butterflies. That nervous rush of meeting readers face-to-face, hoping that I'll still make a good impression and that everyone who comes to see me walks away happy, is encouraging to me. It means that I'm not jaded to all this. It means that I still thrive off meeting you awesome folks in person. I hope these butterflies never fly away for good.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
On further reflection... April 3, 2012 Posted by Mookie
And so we see what was revealed to Stunt in Rilian's scrying pool. We also see the reality of it seemingly hit him full-on, and the impact may have been too much.

Don't forget that I'll be at ANIME BOSTON this weekend! I'll be sharing a table with Scott Wegener and we'll be making plans for our own future convention, "CurmudgeonCon." Come by and see which one of us has the more impressive scowl.

I'll have the usual merch at the con this weekend. I'll likely also take the first round of pre-orders for the upcoming SuperGreg/Snowsong collection (in extra-sized comic book form) and may experiment with selling limited edition prints again. I've got a bunch of monsters and mongrels from the Wild Edge trying to claw their way out of my head.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Back-to-back conventions. April 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
CONBUST was a blast. I spent the weekend at this intimate, friendly convention where I spoke with a lot of great folks, was included in some memorable panels ("Dragons Are Awesome!" alongside Jane Yolen stole the show, I think) and generally had a really nice weekend. Thanks to everyone who came by and thanks to the wonderful ConBust staff for having me back this year. I can't wait to do it again.

This weekend I'll be at the mammoth ANIME BOSTON. I don't believe I'll be doing any panels there this year, so come find me in the Artist Alley and say "hi!" For the third year in a row I'll be sharing a table with my curmudgeonly comrade, Scott Wegener. I imagine he and I will spend a great deal of time scowling.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
HUG. March 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
As much as he may deny it, Stunt is actually a bit of a hugger himself. Now we know of two people he's embraced. At this rate he may become a certified softie.

This story will wrap up next week. It'll likely be a brief epilogue which leads right into our next tale, just in time for ANIME BOSTON. I usually prefer to have storylines end on Fridays, but if this story were to end here I felt it would be cut short. On the other hand, there aren't five comics worth of wrap-up to do, so stretching this one out to Friday of next week wouldn't work either. So we'll see what happens after the weekend.

Don't forget that I'll be at CONBUST this weekend! I'll be speaking on panels, selling some merch and happily talking with anyone who stops by to say "hi!"

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Steamy bathtub... friendship. March 29, 2012 Posted by Mookie
As tempting as it may have been to put Stunt and Jayden in a steamy bathtub together, this story isn't really about that. As much as it's been about faith, regret, forgiveness and the search for redemption, it's also been about the blossoming friendship between an ex-con and a troubled priestess... with a touch of arcane drama, lost treasure and an ancient necromancer.

Don't forget that I'll be at CONBUST tomorrow and throughout the weekend! I'll be speaking on a number of panels, with topics ranging from "Creating Believable Heroes & Villains" to "Dragons Are Awesome!" to "Mooks" (which is a panel about henchmen, not about me). This is a charming, intimate convention so I'm sure to be in a good mood. Be sure to come by if you're in the area!

I returned to the comic book shop yesterday and, as predicted, ATOMIC ROBO: Real Science Adventures! was a real treat. I was also happy to discover that the latest issue of the elusive ORC STAIN was released sometime this month, and was waiting for me at the store in my subscription box. Oh, Orc Stain, how I've missed your disturbingly vivid and beautifully grotesque world.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Comics. And comics. And comics. March 28, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'll be heading back to the comic book shop today for the first time in weeks. I'll be picking up the first issue of a new ATOMIC ROBO series, Real Science Adventures. If it's as fun as Atomic Robo has always been, this spinoff should be well worth the money spent. Do yourself a favor and go check it out, even if you buy no other comics this week.

It's looking more and more like I'll be releasing SuperGreg/Snowsong as a stand-alone "comic book" instead including the story in a collected volume. It just makes sense given the superheroic theme of the story to release it in that form. That means I'll aim to release The Shadow of Siegfried by late summer / early fall, or perhaps in time for the mid-summer conventions. I'll keep you folks posted.

I'm sad to say that I've once again fallen behind in answering my e-mails, as those of you who have written to me have no doubt noticed. I read every email I receive, but it's just replying that's gotten away from me. Again. I'm going to aim to catch up on that before Anime Boston next weekend, so please bear with me in the meantime.

I didn't get a chance to pick up Meshuggah's new album after all, but I'm going to aim to remedy that before ConBust this weekend. Anyone who comes to see me shouldn't be surprised if my face has, in fact, melted off.

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

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