Faith, fanaticism and likely playing too much ME3 today. March 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
As you can see, we've got yet another comic-and-a-half sized update for you fine folks today. It didn't feel right to end the comic on Jayden's unanswered question (and I felt it came across as a criticism of faith in general), so an extra four panels did the trick. I do hope you folks like the extra serving of comic.

We're going back a long way on this one, but a very strong white mage with a lot of faith in Jayden helped restore her magic at the conclusion of Visions of Doom.

I've caught up with my emails, so feel free to send them my way and I'll do my best to reply as fast as I... oh, who am I kidding? With Mass Effect 3 hitting the shelves today it's likely I'm going to fall behind all over again. I have a galaxy to save and an awkward quarian to romance!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Jayden, the quarians, and Ralph McQuarrie. March 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The spotlight has been on Stunt for the past week and a half or so, and now it seems to be Jayden's turn. She was originally going to get right into her own story, but I felt it was important to return the "moment" that she so generously gave Stunt. Does this slow the pace down a little? Perhaps, but I feel these quieter moments are just as important as a revelatory backstory.

Over the weekend we received the unfortunate news that Ralph McQuarrie, the artist responsible for some of the most iconic imagery in Star Wars, had passed away. We owe some of the most memorable images of science fiction adventure to this man's visionary work, and his contributions to the world of art and film should never be forgotten. Do yourself a favor and follow the link to view some of his paintings. You won't regret it.

Mass Effect 3 comes out tomorrow. Once again, I apologize if there's no comic for Wednesday or any other day this week... but I'll be damned if I have to wait any longer to play a Quarian Infiltrator in multiplayer!
(For the record, I'm totally kidding. The comic will update normally this week.)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
On video games and conventions. March 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Some quick little news bits before we head into the weekend:

- I've begun playing League of Legends again now that they updated the Co-op vs. AI Mode from "insultingly easy" to "a casual, fun challenge." I don't really queue for PvP games any more. I found them (and most of the player base) unforgiving and too competitive to be any fun. With the new Co-op Mode you can practice your Champions, experiment with builds and play style, and nobody yells at you. Check it out via a referral from my account, or start up again if you've put the game down. I highly recommend it, even if you're a casual player like me.

- In two weeks I'll be speaking at the Saturday webcomics panel at VERICON. They ask me back about every other year and it's always a pleasure to be speaking at Harvard alongside the other webcomic guests. Come by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

- Mass Effect 3 comes out on Tuesday. I apologize ahead of time if there's no comic on Wednesday... or any other day next week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend.
Again. AGAIN. March 1, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For all Stunt's self-reflection and revelation over the past week, it looks like he's still got some work to do. At least he's apologizing for it. Again. And again.

It's March! That means it's time for my convention season to officially get started! Whoo-hoo! I've been away from conventions since November of 2011 and I'm eager to get back into the swing of things. Check the convention schedule down at the bottom right of the page to see where I'll be throughout 2012! New shows will be added as my attendance is confirmed, so keep a close eye on where to find me this year!

Thank you folks for indulging me yesterday on the leap year four month sorta-kinda-anniversary of my wedding. It was a fun little indulgence and it made my wife happy. Whoo-hoo!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Leap year anniversary-ish-kinda-sorta. February 29, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Four months ago today I married the love of my life. It was a Halloween-themed wedding (a "Hallowedding," if you will) and it was the greatest day of our lives. She was a fairy princess. I was a monster in a poor excuse for a suit. I totally threw up the metal horns when we were pronounced man and wife.

I won't do this on the 29th of every month, but since today is a leap year and these are rare occasions, I wanted to mark the occasion with the day that changed my life four months ago.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A stabbing reminder of the past. February 28, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot it, Stunt's recalling the conclusion of his brawl with Urban Eddie in Barthis. It didn't turn out so well for Stunt, but it was even worse for Eddie.

An unexpectedly eventful day yesterday kept me once again from catching up on my backlog of emails. I will not fall into old habits. I will keep my resolution and answer your emails. I hope. Yeesh.

I'm excited that tomorrow is a leap year. It may seem like an odd thing to get excited about, but I was married on the 29th of October in 2011 and that will make this (and every other) leap year a rare mini-anniversary day for us. I'll likely celebrate by posting one of our sappy wedding photos down here in the news box, complete with some cavity-inducing gushing about my incredible wife. Consider yourselves warned.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Fell in with a bad crowd. February 27, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Stunt's past misogyny has been primarily threats and insults, albeit very nasty ones. At least he's wise enough to know that the "at least I didn't kill anyone" argument isn't all that redeeming by itself. He was still really mean and words can really hurt.

I'm still playing catch-up with my emails. My apologies if you haven't heard back from me yet. I'm working on it.

For those who may have missed it over the weekend, there was a beautiful grouping of celestial bodies in the early evening sky. The Moon, Venus, and Jupiter were all shining brightly in a triple conjunction. I did my best to capture the event.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Cooldown in the desert. February 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Just as we had a wind-up to Stunt's confession and tragic story at the beginning of the week, I felt that a cool-down was needed at the end of the week. A cliffhanger would have been very easy to set up, but after what we learned a couple of days ago I felt that it would have been too much.

So I hope you enjoy this somewhat tender moment between Stunt and Jayden as we head into the weekend.

And for those who may have forgotten (although this was pretty recent), this is what Stunt is remembering.

You fine folks have sent me a lot of emails over the last few days. I should catch up to answering them by today or tomorrow.

Other than that, there's little to report for today. As I always say, "no news is good news."

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Run, Laurie, Run. February 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Stunt's confession continues today. Some of you enjoyed yesterday's twelve-panel reveal of the past that haunts him, while others voiced your displeasure with him and called for his blood. Some of you called for my blood for writing it at all. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and as always I encourage you to share them with me, but keep in mind that this story is not over yet. However, if you're too pleased/surprised/upset/outraged to wait until this tale's conclusion, drop me a line. I'll do my best to reply as promptly as I can manage.

Speaking of which, I've been pretty good about keeping up with my emails since I made my resolution for 2012. As of right now I'm a little behind on replies, but I usually catch up by Friday. I read all my emails as I get them, just to keep tabs on what people think of the comic so far. Or if folks are calling for my blood.

In other news, I watched Troll Hunter with Alyssa last night. I have a guilty pleasure for "found footage" style monster movies, and Troll Hunter was a blast. The beautiful, spanning shots of Norway's breathtaking landscape, the designs of the trolls themselves, their classifications, the ambiguous ending; everything about this film was very entertaining.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The sad tale of the Mondane family. February 22, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's another extra-sized comic today, as you can see, but as this is an important part of this story I felt the bonus panels were warranted. Stunt's been having some trouble with this, and it's a doozy of a confession.

I wanted to keep going. There's more to his story and I wanted to get the whole thing out as quickly as possible, but this would've turned into a double or even double-and-a-half sized comic. I think this is enough tragedy for one day as it is. But who knows? Maybe tomorrow's update will also be twelve panels long if I think it's warranted.

In other news tidbits:

- I'm looking forward to picking up some new indie comics today. Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions!

- Alyssa and I just started watching Downton Abbey. We're only a couple of episodes into the first season, but... man! Why did I wait so long to get into this? It's amazing!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Wait for it... February 21, 2012 Posted by Mookie
No comparisons to old comics in today's strip. Just a little joke after a few days of drama and dune buggy action. But feel free to look back through the archive anyway. There's lots of stuff to look at.

New comic books hit the shelves tomorrow. I've got a bunch of suggestions for new titles thanks to you fine folks, so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for new reading material. I'm going to finish up February with all my current superhero titles, but come March I'll be taking a break from the mostly disappointing landscape of superhero books from the big two.

And maybe, just maybe, a new issue of Orc Stain will finally come out. At some point. Possibly. Ah, indie comics.

Oh, and I just remembered that Mass Effect 3 comes out in two weeks. If I vanish for, like, a few months, you'll know what's happened to me. Blame the Reapers.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Old tricks, new comics and fun board games. February 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It looked as though Stunt was about to have a repeat of his adventure across the Wild Edge, where he had to care for a wounded traveling companion, but the "stored spell medallion trick" has saved Jayden's life once before.

Thanks to everyone who sent me recommendations for new comic books and graphic novels. I've got a lot of non-superhero, non-big two (Marvel and DC Comics) titles to check out the next time I'm at my local comic book shop thanks to the suggestions sent by you fine folks!

And finally, I spent last night playing board games with my friends. I'm not much of a board gamer. I play casually and usually get my butt kicked, but I enjoy the time spent goofing around with my friends. However, last night we played a game that really struck a chord with me. It's called Small World and I highly recommend it. High fantasy fun and quick-to-learn rules made for a really great night of gaming. And, shockingly, I actually won! My lucky combination of seafaring orcs and swamp dwarves led to an unexpected victory. I highly recommend this game and will likely add it to my own (small) collection of board games.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Dune buggy! February 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Looks like Jayden wasn't kidding when she said that priests with white magic aren't invincible. Looks like Stunt may have a big problem on his hands, besides the giant desert insect monster. And he has it in more of a headlock than on his hands. And it looks like... nevermind. It's a cliffhanger for the weekend and I make no apologies. Mwa ha ha.

Thanks to everyone who sent me comic book recommendations yesterday! Friday is now my "catch up on the emails I fell behind on answering during the week" day, so with any luck you'll hear back from me before the end of the day today. Unless I fall behind again. Which I hope I don't. Because then I'd be falling back into old habits. Like cliffhangers for the weekends. Mwa ha ha.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Rants, writing and indie comics. February 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Stunt hasn't had a misogynist rant in awhile (which is a good thing), and even though this one is pretty nasty I don't think it's the worst we've seen him deliver. I think Pamela got one of Stunt's worst verbal tirades during Two Thief Or Not Two Thief. He also doesn't look as happy about it as he used to (which is also a good thing).

Sometimes I get emails from folks coming to me for advice on writing. I came across this interesting piece the other day and figured I'd share its wisdom with you. It starts off a very blunt truth: People Are Going To Shit All Over You.

I think I need to take a break from superhero comic books. I only picked up a few yesterday and most of them left me a little apathetic. Even Thunderbolts and Wonder Woman, which were good reads! I'll likely finish up February's releases and then only buy indie comics in March. Any and all recommendations for quality books not released by Marvel or DC (or any of the companies they own) are welcome.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
On comics, old and new. February 15, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Stunt has nothing but bad experiences and memories of the Royal Knights. Besides the fact that the knights were indeed known to kill thieves on sight, he and Bumper were chased and caught by Lord Siegfried's "knight vision."

I've been linking a lot of old comics down here lately, even when it's unnecessary. I think with the comic's tenth anniversary coming up in May, I've begun to realize that I've made almost ten years worth of comic strips and I'm rather proud of that. I've said before that these links to older comics are a trip down memory lane for me, and I hope you folks enjoy the occasional stroll as well.

Speaking of comics, new comic books hit the shelves today and... man, there's only two reasons I really go to the comic book shop any more. One is to make sure my subscription to ATOMIC ROBO has arrived, and the other is to visit the awesome lady who works at my local shop. Superhero comics have me so down and disappointed lately. Even Ghost Rider, the first superhero comic I ever collected, is in the news for all the wrong reasons. There are plenty of great non-superhero comics and graphic novels out there, and I encourage you to support your local comic shop, but my superheroes just don't feel so "super" any more.

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

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