The white magic hamster ball escape. March 27, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The white magic shield that Jayden cast to protect herself and Stunt from the tunnel collapse gives me a case of the giggles. In my mind, Stunt had to walk against the shield (which managed to trap some sand in there with them) in order to move it through the sand like a hamster in a hamster ball. It's funny imagery to me, at least, even if it's not "officially" in the comic today.

I keep going back-and-forth over what to do about the next book collection. Originally I was going to redo the SuperGreg/Snowsong story altogether, but then I decided to keep it and put it in a volume with The Shadow of Siegfried. Now I don't know if those two vastly different stories belong together in one collection. So I'm considering putting out SuperGreg/Snowsong as a lone "book" (more like a giant-sized comic book) and releasing The Shadow of Siegfried in late summer / early fall in a collection alongside Endings & Annoyances and The Oracle Hunter. Or maybe some other combination that will tickle my fancy. Sheesh. You'd think I'd be more decisive after all this time.

At some point today I'm going to pick up the new Meshuggah album, "Koloss." I can't wait for that soul pounding math metal to melt my face off.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The visions of an ex-con and future arrivals at cons. March 26, 2012 Posted by Mookie
There's no comic missing between Friday's and today's update. We simply don't know what Stunt saw in Rilian's scrying pool... yet.

I'm heading to CONBUST this weekend! I'm thrilled they asked me to return this year and I can't wait to participate in what will surely be yet another enjoyable show! I had a ton of fun at all the panels last year and, with any luck, I won't make an ass out of myself at any of this year's talks. With any luck.

If you look down at this year's Convention Schedule at the bottom right of the page you'll see that I've added a few more shows that I'll be attending! I'm very happy to say that I'll be returning to A-KON, OTAKON, and INTERVENTION this year! Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area of any of these awesome conventions! I'll either be in a good mood or delirious from lack of food. Whatever the case may be, I'll try not to make an ass out of myself if you come meet me in person.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A cliffhanger over "magic water." March 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I guess this kinda counts as a "cliffhanger" before the weekend. No one is in any immediate danger, but I'd like to think it's got enough of that "what's gonna happen next?" feeling that you'll want to come back on Monday to see how it resolves. What I can tell you is that another week's worth of flashbacks is not in store for you come Monday.

I'm mostly going to work on Dominic Deegan Vol. 7: THE SHADOW OF SIEGFRIED this weekend, as it's my last free weekend before April claims me for nearly the entire month for convention after convention. With any luck I'll have enough done to comfortably start taking pre-orders by the time ANIME BOSTON rolls around.

I'll have more shows added to my list of appearances next week, so keep an eye out to see where I'll be appearing throughout the year!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Sleep deprived news post. March 22, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I didn't get much sleep the night before last because I tried to stay up as late as possible to update the comic as soon as ZeHosting migrated my account over to a more stable server. It didn't end up happening overnight so I stayed up way too late and...

...on top of some computer hardware problems that popped up at five-thirty in the morning...

...and on... of... blargh... sleepy.

Me write better news post tomorrow. Me sleep head now pillow face. Blargh.

That's blargh from me for blargh.
Blargh on.
Back online again! March 21, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Sorry for the late update, everyone! The fine folks at ZeHosting were migrating the site over to a more stable server. We're back up and running now!

Those of you with keen eyes and long memories already knew the name “Masutel” when it was mentioned in reference to the soaring shadow over Eldariat. Today Rilian provides confirmation that it was, indeed, the Archmage of the Third Circle himself that exposed the ruins of the ancient empire.

And for those who'd like a reminder as to why Stunt is freaking out over the Lost Treasure of Luana, just one starstone is worth a LOT of money. Methinks our ex-con protagonist is going to have to exercise a lot of restraint.

Otherwise there isn't much news to report today. It's been a mellow couple of days here, what with the weather being lovely, and it's given me a chance to work on the comic outdoors. It's not as peaceful as it sounds, though. I live in a city, so instead of the chirping of songbirds and the whisper of the warm breeze I get the sounds of heavy construction, the fumes of cars and garbage, and the generally pleasant yelling of citygoers who are mad at each other. While it's not as idyllic as I'd like it to be, it's the best I've got and I'll take what I can get to enjoy the warm weather.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
KOLOSSal confusion? March 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
If you're confused as to what the Lost Treasure of Luana is and what it can do, as well as who Masutel is, don't worry. Stunt is just as lost in this conversation and he'll be demanding answers as soon as he gets over being called an "insignificant criminal."

And for the record, Rilian is referring to Urban Eddie and Jaxon, not Stunt's mother and Lizzy Sarkhas, as the "other criminals."

I'm still a sucker for tournaments (I played too many fighting games in the 90s), so I think it's neat that I made it to Round 2 of the ComicMix March Madness Webcomics Tournament! Thanks for all your votes in Round 1! Now let's do it again in Round 2!

In more metal news, the new Meshuggah album "Koloss" leaked and is all over the internet. From what little I've listened to, it's a fucking monster and I will most certainly be buying it when it's released in the US next week. Meshuggah is a technically masterful powerhouse of a metal band and, while my brain goes into seizures trying to figure out what time signatures they're playing in, I highly enjoy them.
(pardon my language, but when metal is this heavy and awesome an uncensored F-bomb is the only adjective that will do)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Links to the past. March 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
So technically it was Miranda who first told Jayden of Rilian, but it was Luna who had more recent and personal dealings with him. I imagine she didn't have too many nice things to say after he left her to die.

Though it's been quite awhile since she's done it, Jayden has blasted zombies in the past with her white magic.

The site was down for awhile this weekend, but as you can see things are (hopefully) running smoothly here once more. If for some reason the site is down for an extended period of time, the best way to stay informed is to check either my Twitter feed or ZeHosting's Twitter feed. Besides being an admitted Twitter junkie, I try to keep folks as in-the-loop as possible regarding site issues when they arise.

Thanks to everyone who came to see me, Chris and Aaron on the webcomics panel at VERICON this past Saturday! I had a blast and I hope they invite me back next year.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Walk toward the light. March 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
He's baaaaaack. Again.
Last year ended and this year began with an appearance from Rilian. And he still doesn't look happy to see, well, anyone.

This was brought to my attention yesterday, and I think it's neat. ComicMix is holding a "March Madness" tournament of webcomics and Dominic Deegan is among the 128 "competing" comics that you can vote for! I know it's silly, but I'm a sucker for tournaments. Whenever I see a tournament bracket I either hear the Mortal Kombat theme or remember the Karate Kid tournament montage (is that Stunt fighting for Cobra Kai?).

It's been a week of interesting dates being turned into weird "holidays." March 14th was Pi Day and I heard a rumor that today, March 16th, was Stone Cold Steve Austin Day. 3.14 and 3:16. I don't know if the second one is true, but professional wrestling is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine, so I'm hoping it is.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Ancient ruins and RSS feeds. March 15, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Jayden did mention that the Desert of Eldariat was an ancient nation before it became a wasteland inhabited by magical monsters. Looks like whatever flew over their heads unearthed some of those ruins. And just who, or what, is living there?

There was a bit of webcomics news about an android app called DailyComix that was hijacking other webcomics' RSS feeds to make money. Dominic Deegan wasn't on the list of comics being "offered" (not that I'm complaining) and that's probably because there is no RSS for this comic. People have been asking me to implement one for years but I've never felt it was an urgent issue. I understand that it would be convenient for folks to be reminded that the comic has updated, but it's been updating at around the same time every weekday for the past decade. I figured after nearly ten years people would remember that. But who knows? Maybe this is the kick-in-the-pants I needed to actually get one this year. Maybe. I dunno. It still doesn't feel like an urgent issue to me.

Also, if you see anyone offering some kind of RSS feed for Dominic Deegan, I've got nothing to do with it. There is no official RSS for this comic. Yet. Maybe.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
My thoughts on Mass Effect 3... March 14, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I finally finished Mass Effect 3 yesterday. I was very invested in the excellent story (as I have been for the past two installments) and powered my way through to the end. I won't talk about the controversial ending because I don't want to give away any spoilers, and I'm still processing what I really thought about it. But I imagine what I would have to say about the ending has likely already been said by countless gaming articles either praising it, condemning it, or both.

But I will list what I loved about Mass Effect 3 without giving anything away:
- The last level leading up to the final confrontation was intense.
- The Shepard and Tali romance is the sweetest one in the game.
- "I am the very model of a scientist salarian."
- A beautiful soundtrack.
- "Eve." What a woman.
- The quarian missions.
- Everyone I've spoken to who imported save files from the previous games has had a remarkably different story to follow.

I'm sure I'll have more to say on the subject as time goes on (and downloadable content becomes available) but, as I usually say, that's all from me for now.

Hackett out.
Picking up bits and pieces. March 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
No news to report in any great length today, so I'll keep things short.

- Still working on my first Mass Effect 3 playthrough. I should have been done by now, but I've been hijacked by some friends into the admittedly addictive multiplayer mode. I should complete it sometime this week.

- I'll be speaking at VERICON this Saturday at their webcomics panel! Be sure to stop by and check it out!

- Slowly catching up (again) on my backlog of unanswered emails. Thanks for all your patience!

- Oblivion Folder made a "guest appearance" over at NINE SHOT SONATA. Rawk.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Flyby. March 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
If you stayed up all night to see the comic update and it came an hour later than you expected it to, that's because daylight savings time is upon us again. Instead of 2am Eastern Standard Time, the comic will update at 3am Eastern Standard Time for the duration of daylight savings. It's a boring story, but we go through this update time change every year. So we're back to 3am updates for awhile.

Don't forget that I'll be speaking at VERICON this Saturday on their webcomics panel. I always have a nice time at Vericon and really enjoy doing panels for them whenever they ask me to return. Be sure to stop by and say "hi!" this weekend!

I meant to be so productive this past weekend... get work done on the next book collection, further tweak the first drafts of a superheroic side project, reply to my growing backlog of unanswered emails... but I readily confess that Mass Effect 3 took up most of my weekend. But I'm not the only one to blame. My poor wife was sick all weekend and insisted on watching the "Mass Effect Movie," which is her watching me play the single-player campaign and telling me how to play.
"Medi-gel! Use the medi-gel!"
"You better choose the romance option."
"Stop scanning planets and help the quarians already!"

Ah, geeks in love.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
An ill wind... March 9, 2012 Posted by Mookie
What's that in the sky?
Is it a bird?
Is it a (psycho)plane?
No! It's a cliffhanger!

Don't forget that I'll be speaking at VERICON next Saturday on their webcomics panel! It'll be my first convention of 2012 and I look forward to seeing you all again face-to-face!

By now I'm sure everyone has seen the KONY 2012 video, which has not only gone super-hyper-viral but received more than a bit of backlash. I think this BBC article sums up the whole situation nicely, from the intentions of the filmmakers to the positive and negative reactions it's received.

In less controversial movie news, I watched Mary and Max last night. It's an oddly humorous, somewhat disturbing, and ultimately touching animated film that I highly recommend.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Revelations, ass-kicking and a lack of capes. March 8, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Stunt may have provided Jayden with a revelation of his own today, albeit delivered not quite as gently as hers last week. Then again, no one has ever accused Stunt of being a healer of any kind.

And it's true. In the past, Luna has usually kicked Stunt's ass.

It's been two weeks now without my weekly fix of superhero comic books, and it feels both strangely liberating and sad. On the one hand, I'm happy to not be spending money on stories I don't enjoy any more. On the other hand, I miss my fix of over-the-top action adventure in spandex and capes. Sometimes in space. I'll likely be combing the shelves of my local comic book shop in search of an alternative. Hopefully it will include punching things in space.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Stop taking all the blame. Stop the Reapers. Stop Kony. March 7, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Jayden's full explanation of her affair was explained at length during "The Shadow of Siegfried," and it took two comics to do it. I've been trying to keep current reminders of past events in this story, but setting up Jayden's explanation would have made this another twelve-panel update. So provided for your convenience are those two comics as a reminder.

And Stunt has never, EVER liked Siegfried, or any of the Royal Knights. I'm pretty sure that was made clear during this story, but these linky reminders are fun for me.

I picked up Mass Effect 3 yesterday. I haven't gotten too far into it, but the dizzying scale of the Reaper invasion has me intimidated and I couldn't be happier. It was also neat to be recognized at the GameStop where I picked up my copy. It was a great start to saving the galaxy!

Finally, set aside 30 minutes of your time and watch this.

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

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