Plenty of cat smooshing. May 10, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I think it's about time we had a laugh around here. Things have been so grim and dramatic that it seemed to be the right time to smoosh the cat.

My wife and I have done this to our cats on many, many occasions. Never on purpose, of course. Usually either Rascal, Scamp or Mugsy have inserted themselves between us in the middle of the night. Alyssa and I are a very snuggly couple, so it's inevitable that an unwise feline is getting smooshed in our midnight cuddles.

You think they would have learned their lessons after, say, the third or fifth time this happened to them.

And that wraps up this week! No cliffhanger this time. With only two weeks of comics left, I think I'm finally done with cliffhangers. But who knows? Maybe one or two will slip in before the comic's final update on May 24th. Maybe.

Spoiler alert: I promise not to make the final comic a cliffhanger. That would be beyond cruel and you all have been so nice to me over the years.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Asking nicely. May 9, 2013 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot, Maltak responded well to Luna whenever she asked nicely.

The last time we saw Kiya, she was determined to find Reinholdt and be with him no matter what. Looks like she got her way.

But as to whether it was her destiny to replace the Crone of Maltak, or if she chose to take on the mantle herself... that will remain a mystery for now.

In other news:

- I have been listening to Devin Townsend's "Ziltoid the Omniscient" almost constantly as of late. It's a release that's a few years old, but a really solid album... if you're into concept albums about fourth-dimensional alien conquerors obsessed with coffee, and a sixth-dimensional Planet Smasher who hates musicals.

- I've also been listening to "Ghost," another album of his that's a few years old but a great release. The normally metal Townsend finishes a four-album cycle (Ziltoid not included) with a collection of ethereal music that's a real delight.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on. Indeed.
A part of me. May 7, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I felt it was appropriate to personify Dominic's second sight as "a part of him," instead of an abstract entity or otherwise inhuman presence. It's been the driving force behind most of Dominic's adventures, and was as much a character in this comic as any other cast member.

And with its return to the Heart of Magic, the story of the Oracle for Hire is effectively over. Without his second sight or his visions (which he never had control over), he's simply Dominic Deegan.

But for how much longer?
He's still very, very badly hurt.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Overwhelming and beautiful. May 6, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Today's Elemeccan revelation is based very much on the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field. For those who don't know what that is, the Hubble telescope focused on a very small portion of the cosmos, where no light had been detected by previous telescopes. After a series of very long exposures, it revealed the light of ten thousand galaxies. Not individual stars. Ten thousand collections of billions of stars.

Existence is awesome, in the very grandest sense of the word.

There's going to be a slight change in the end date for the comic. I've been saying for awhile that I wanted to close the comic on or before May 21st of this year, which would be its eleventh anniversary. But, after some last minute counting, I determined that if I were to end the comic on May 24th instead, I would go over my self-imposed deadline but end on exactly three thousand comics produced.

So I'm going to do that, because I think that's awesome.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A glimpse of things to come? May 2, 2013 Posted by Mookie
My father-in-law is an engineer. I hope word gets around to him, one way or another, that the future of his son-in-law's fantasy human nation seems to rely heavily on his profession... as well as metalworkers, builders, and other jobs that go into creating "man-made wonders."

Let's just hope that in forty-thousand years Callanians haven't expanded across the galaxy and are besieged on all sides by alien threats from beyond the stars.

No foreshadowing there. Just a little Warhammer 40K reference.

If you ordered a scarf on Tuesday, or books from the SEER'S CATALOG, I'll have them shipped out by the weekend.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Do you see? May 1, 2013 Posted by Mookie
So is Dominic.

The final batch of hand-made Dominic Deegan scarves sold out in just a little over ten minutes yesterday. There were just over seventy available, much more than in previous online sales, so I didn't expect them to sell out so quickly! I guess the comic's finale had something to do with it.

It will be a little strange to not have them available at two of the biggest conventions I'll attend this year, which are both coming up, and within a week of each other. But I should have other, new goodies available at both Anime Boston and A-KON at the end of this month, including new artwork and further previews of my new webcomic. Be sure to stop by and say "hi!"

And finally, new comic books hit the shelves today, and this Saturday is the annual Free Comic Book Day! It's a great day to celebrate comics, get a peek at some new titles, and to otherwise have a good time at your local comic book shop.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Sale! Sale! Sale! April 30, 2013 Posted by Mookie
The final batch of home-made Dominic Deegan scarves goes on sale today at 3pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time, until the last one is sold. Keep an eye on the SEER'S CATALOG for your chance to buy one before they're gone forever!

- Also keep an eye on my Twitter feed for the fastest updates.

- If you purchase a scarf after they've run out, and before I've had the chance to take the option to buy off the site, you will receive a full refund.

- One scarf per person, please. I'd like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to buy one.

Over the years, people have generously offered to help produce scarves to make them more readily available, but since 2004 they've all been made by my mother, by hand. It's been "our thing" for such a long time that I didn't want to outsource the production, so to speak.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Doors and scarves. April 29, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Either Dominic's somehow gotten much smaller (whatever has happened to him), or the Elemeccan door to the Heart of Magic is a lot bigger than it initially seemed. But then again, from where we are on Earth, the Sun looks a lot smaller than it really is, too.

Don't forget that tomorrow, April 30th I will be selling the final batch of home-made Dominic Deegan scarves. The sale will begin at 3pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time and go on until the last scarf is sold. There's a very limited number of scarves, so be sure to keep an eye on the SEER'S CATALOG.
- If you purchase a scarf after the last one is sold and before I can take the option to buy off the site, you will receive a full refund.

Not much else to say besides that today.
Hooray for mellow Mondays!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Explosive finale. April 26, 2013 Posted by Mookie
This is another one of those moments that makes me realize that the comic is really ending in about a month. It is a very strange feeling that I have yet to fully process.

Much like his last attempt to vanquish The Beast, or at least its harbinger, Celesto has an explosive finale... only this time without the deaths of innocent people and destroyed lives.

Don't forget that on Tuesday, April 30th I will be selling the final batch of home-made Dominic Deegan scarves. The sale will begin at 3pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time and go on until the last scarf is sold. There's a very limited number of scarves, so be sure to keep an eye on the SEER'S CATALOG.
- If you purchase a scarf after the last one is sold and before I can take the option to buy off the site, you will receive a full refund.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Knowledge dispels fear. April 25, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Looks like Celesto had a change of heart after all. Good thing, too, because Dominic is still in pretty bad shape... if the blood loss in the last panel is any indication.

Dominic's reflection on The Beast in the second half of today's comic is true about most things we're frightened of. The unknown is the scariest element of all. Knowledge dispels fear as it creates understanding, and even the mightiest of monsters can be reduced to a stain on the ground.

A recent (and metal) example of this is Nergal, the lead singer of Behemoth, and his battle against leukemia. He says that when he didn't know what was ailing him, he was afraid. But once his illness was diagnosed, "the enemy was defined." He stopped panicking, relaxed, and once his enemy was seen in the light he focused on how best to fight it; turning his illness into "a chess game he was determined to win."

Over time, knowledge of The Beast has diminished it. From a disembodied, eldritch god-fiend from an unknowable place... to the discarded eyes of a mad king, given parasitic life in a planar garbage dump.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A change of heart. Perhaps. April 24, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Celesto had his two greatest enemies in his sights, but it seems as though he had a change of heart. Maybe. The details... or the victims... of that eruption are unclear.

Guess it's a good thing this isn't a Friday update.

Over the past two weeks I've had the opportunity to photograph two wonderful models. My 2013 resolution to take more pictures has been a rousing success so far, and I've been lucky enough to work with very talented and creative people. I'll post new photos to my deviantArt gallery within the next few days.

Maybe one day, when the weather finally clears up around here, I'll try my hand at astrophotography again. It's an entirely different process and one that usually involves a lot of time, patience, and expensive equipment.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Seeing double. April 22, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Many of you remember this, but I'll link back to the moment where The Beast's harbinger ripped out Gregory Deegan's white magic.

There was also the time that the soul of Raf MaLiksh took refuge inside the body of a seer, much like The Beast did to escape the Lost Treasure's destruction.

I've fallen a little behind in sending out book orders this month. If you ordered from me I apologize for the delay, and your order is most likely on its way as you read this.

In other merchandising news, I'll be selling the final batch of hand-made Dominic Deegan scarves next week. On April 30 scarves will go on sale in the SEER'S CATALOG, and once they've sold they will no longer be produced. I was saving this final batch for the summer conventions, since I've only sold them in person over the years, but I wanted everyone who's never had a chance to meet me at a show to have the opportunity to purchase one. More details will become available as next Tuesday approaches.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Almost over. April 19, 2013 Posted by Mookie
The Beast has been blown up, ripped apart, and otherwise obliterated on numerous occasions, but it keeps coming back. Today is no exception. As for what form it's going to take, or how it's returning? You'll have to come back on Monday to see.

Happy birthday to my beautiful and wonderful wife, Alyssa.
I love you so much, sweetie.

I got my hands on "Infestissumam" yesterday, the new album by Ghost BC. I am in love with this release. Front to back, I adore every single song on this album. It's wonderfully old school heavy metal and a refreshing change from the usual ear-shattering variety of metal I listen to. If melodic songs about Satan performed by a robed group of nameless ghouls and their skeletal high priest is an intriguing idea to you, I highly recommend "Infestissumam." And even if you don't, give a song or two a listen. They're catchy tunes, regardless of how you feel about the Devil.

I didn't make it downtown to be a human wall against the Westboro Baptist Church yesterday, but many others here in Boston did, including some friends of mine. Thankfully, the WBC never showed up (even if they claimed they did).

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Mostly shielded. April 18, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Celesto's right. This isn't the first time this has happened to Dominic. In the Elemecca.

During The Storm of Souls storyline, Celesto tried to kill Dominic by "detonating" the soul of Raf MaLiksh, causing him to lose his leg. Only this time, the souls who went "supernova" were mindful of Dominic.

Not much they could do to stop The Beast from sinking a few of its teeth in first, though.

I'm sad and angered to hear that the infamous Westboro Baptist Church is "scheduled" to be here in Boston today, planning to picket the services of the victims of Monday's bombings. There's a huge human wall planned, and I'd like to be a part of it. If I am, it may affect the update of tomorrow's comic. If I can't make it downtown, I still plan to help those in need by donating to The One Fund.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Catching up. April 17, 2013 Posted by Mookie
The city I call home is still recovering from Monday's terrible attack. Keep the people of Boston in your thoughts, if you can, and here are some ways you can help.

It's unfortunate that this moment in the story comes so near Monday's tragedy here in Boston. Frankly, it feels weird to showcase an explosion in today's comic. The last few strips have been leading up to this, and what's happening here isn't related to the bombings... but there's still a guilty ache in my chest.

In regards to yesterday's comic, since there wasn't a proper news post to go along with it, here's a quick reminder of the identities of the ghostly figures Rilian saw moments before he sacrificed his soul alongside the Prophet Luana.

I finally got a chance to pick up "Blodsvept," the new album by Finntroll. It's a fun album that's nice and loud, and I recommend it if you're into "trolls" being metal. My favorite moment on the album is during the song "Rosets Kung," where they either give tribute to jazz scat singing or do their best Tom Waits impression. I can't tell. It's still a great album.

Next on my to-buy list is "Infestissumam" by Ghost B.C. I only recently became aware of this band, and I'm hooked. On a personal note, my wife affectionately refers to the lead singer, Papa Emeritus II, as "Pope Skeletor."

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

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