The blazing sun of the desert and the night(wish). February 14, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It looks like the Desert of Eldariat may indeed be the arid cousin of the Wild Edge Territories. Both lands seem to have weird underground worm-like ambush predators, only this one was less successful.

It may also look familiar to anyone who's familiar with a certain RPG bestiary. Just my little nod to a great game and the frightening-looking death worm.

I finally picked up Nightwish's new album, "Imaginaerum." I've liked Nightwish for a long time and this new album is a great offering. Some of the songs, like "Storytime," contain their signature sound and some are sweeping orchestral compositions. "Slow, Love, Slow," manages to successfully blend metal, classical and jazz influences (my three favorite musical genres) into one song. There are some ambitious ideas behind this album's concept, and the final song even feels like a movie's closing credits. I found "I Want My Tears Back" and "Song of Myself" to be just a little too corny for my taste (and I have a very high threshold for that sort of thing). Overall, this album has a lot going for it and I highly recommend it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The wild edge of the desert. February 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
While it's not important to remember the one comic where the Wild Edge Territories' origin was briefly explained, here it is for your viewing convenience. Is the Desert of Eldariat the arid cousin of the Wild Edge? One way to find out.

Much like Stunt's appearance in Walk the Wild Edge, it's an interesting shift for me when he's in the spotlight. Normally it's Dominic and/or Luna driving the story forward, and their encounters are usually magical or set in the highly malleable psychoplanes. Stunt's adventures are more physical in nature, and it's almost unusual for me to have a character who can pull off death-defying stunts (no pun intended).

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
News bits. February 10, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Other than ending this week with a bit of slapstick, there's not much news to report today. So here, for your quick perusal, are some news tidbits to bring you into the weekend.

- I've decided not to redo the Snowsong/Supergreg story for the next volume and will instead use the time to make an exclusive story for the book.

- The conclusion to Atomic Robo & The Ghost of Station X was amazing.

- HR 1981 and ACTA are two dangerous laws that threaten internet privacy. Here we go again.
(note: the same Congressman who authored the infamous SOPA is behind HR 1981)

Think that's about it. Hope to see you folks on Monday as Jayden and Stunt begin their trek across Eldariat. How long of a journey will it be? One way to find out.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
On laughter and God(s). February 9, 2012 Posted by Mookie
These two really needed a laugh. Jayden has spent most of this storyline in prayer or silent regret. Stunt has spent most of this storyline baffled, ignorant of religious practices, or in silent regret. These two really needed a laugh.

That, and "Bobert T. God" gives me the chuckles (and no, it's not really the name the Scapilans gave their God, whose lightning-bolt attitude is borrowed from Zeus).

Throughout this comic's history I've made a conscious effort for every character to not refer to their God as "Him," or with any gender specification. It's been almost ten years and I don't think I've ever slipped up on the issue. The dialogue in today's comic hopefully reinforces that.

I also decided not to give the world's only deity (however a religion interprets Him/Her/Everything) a name, like the case in so many other works of fantasy. I did this because I never liked it when fantasy characters shouted things like "by the gods!" I thought a nice, visceral "oh my god!" is something easier for readers to relate to.

Now that I think about it, I could have established a pantheon and people could still have shouted "oh my god!" in preference to their favorite deity. Oh well.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Breakfast of superheroes. February 8, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'm one of those people who needs breakfast. Some people, like my wife, are "breakfast optional" people who can wait until lunch. Me? I need breakfast. Like Stunt, I'm grouchy if I don't eat when I wake up, even in the face of religious philosophy and belief-powered enchantment (not that I've experienced any of the latter). The only exception to this is a convention weekend, where my body goes into a three day work mode where I realize food is going be randomly scrounged up at best.

New comic books hit the shelves today, and with them will (hopefully) be the latest ATOMIC ROBO! As for the other superhero titles I collect, we'll see which ones remain and which ones fall off my pull list. Perhaps I ought to focus more on some indy superhero titles. I've heard good things about Irredeemable and Incorruptible. While it's not a superhero book, I wish a new Orc Stain issue would finally come out. What a bizarre, disturbing and fascinating world that was.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Dawn. Ugh. February 7, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It appears that Jayden didn't get over the First Heresy of Hell as easily as she appeared to have way back during Visions of Doom. It also appears that Stunt is as grouchy and disagreeable first thing in the morning as I am. And many other people I know. Like my wife. She's been known to kick me if I wake her up too early.

I've spoken before about the SuperGreg/Snowsong storyline and how I originally planned to redo the whole story and offer it as an early 2012 release. Then I recently said I was going to redo the storyline and make it a part of the next book collection. The reason I keep pushing this back is because I've been unhappy with my attempts to redo the story. Upon further inspection, I keep finding more and more moments from that story that I really liked. If this keeps up I may just scrap the idea of redoing the story altogether and use the time to make some exclusive bonus comics for the new book instead.

Hmm. Now that I think about it...

Anyway, I'll keep you folks posted.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Bad dreams are made of these. February 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Once again we delve into Jayden's past, only this time these are all events we've witnessed before. But, since it's been such a long time, this storyline needed a refresher so, when she brings it up again later, it won't be an out-of-nowhere revelation that relies on links to older comics down here in the news box.

But here are those events linked here for your convenience:
Jayden as Siegfried's cohort.
Jayden and Siegfried's affair revealed.
Jayden speaks the First Heresy of Hell.

In other news, I posted some photos from last Thursday's Slaughterhouse Sweethearts burlesque show, "Eat Your Heart Out," on my deviantArt page. I think I managed to capture some scandalous moments despite my very amateur photography skills, but take look and see what you think!
(Note: while there's no nudity in the burlesque photos, there are other pictures that contain nudity in my gallery)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Confessions and pasties. February 3, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For those who may have forgotten, Stunt revealed this secret once before. In my experience, a confession to someone while they're asleep isn't the best method for getting something off your chest. It may be good practice for the time when you actually build up the courage to speak face-to-face, but that's all.

This week has been filled with innuendo and other naughty things, so I'll finish things off with a photo I snapped from The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts' vicious Valentine-themed burlesque show, "Eat Your Heart Out," at which I was one of the official photographers.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
A little something extra. February 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Surprise! It's a twelve-panel comic today!

Sometimes I feel like certain strips need a little bit extra to cover everything I want in a given day. Sometimes it's exposition and sometimes it's emotional beats in the pacing. I tried to squeeze this into eight panels, but every version felt too rushed or left too much unresolved for tomorrow. So I decided to put a little extra work in and give you folks a bonus-sized comic for today. I hope you like it.

I'll be having a wickedly good time at EAT YOUR HEART OUT tonight in the Boston area! My friend "Femme Bones" (the real-life Tara Swift) founded this burlesque troupe and their shows are always sinfully spectacular.

Or perhaps "Sirlesque" is more your thing?

This news post got really scandalous. I think I'll stop now before I get all a-flutter.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
On comics. February 1, 2012 Posted by Mookie
New comic books hit the shelves today. I'm sad that the new ATOMIC ROBO won't be released today, but here's hoping I can salvage something out of my "comic book day," an event I looked forward to on a weekly basis. At least there's Animal Man, which has so far been tremendous.

I love comics. They've been a huge part of my life. Not just here in my little corner of the internet, but since my childhood. When I was a boy my father brought home a big box of old comic books a friend of his was getting rid of. I was too young to appreciate many of them, but the (superheroic) seed was planted in my brain. I grew up reading the newspaper dailies, classics like Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side. I was introduced to webcomics just over a decade ago. Whatever form comics will take next, I'm sure I'll be following the medium, whether as a participant or a reader.

But I'll always be a fan.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
She packs quite a punch. January 31, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's been a little while (no pun intended) since we've seen any halflings in the comic. The last time we saw them was during Dominic and Luna's vacation, when they visited Olde Tucklebruck Island. Our battered priest is a grinning reminder that, while they may be small, halflings hit really hard.

Last year I mentioned that I was going to redraw and rewrite the SUPERGREG/SNOWSONG storyline because I wasn't satisfied with it, due mainly to my working on it during a difficult time in my personal life. While I'm still planning on doing that, I've decided to include it as part of the next volume, The Shadow of Siegfried, as opposed to its own separate, early 2012 release. I'll keep you folks posted as time goes on.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Dirty jokes. January 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Sex humor is nothing new to this comic. It's been going on for years and, since I think sex-related humor is funny in the right dosage, I don't think it's going to stop.

In equally scandalous news, the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts, a Boston-based burlesque troupe (whose debut performance I sponsored awhile ago) will be staging their first performance of 2012 this Thursday in the Boston area! My friend "Femme Bones" is the founder of this troupe and their shows are always memorable. Here's a short video preview of EAT YOUR HEART OUT! (warning: "so many boobs")

Bit of trivia: Femme Bones is the inspiration for Tara Swift, Dominic's student who is an aspiring enchantress and scandalous dresser. She is the only character in the comic with a real-life counterpart that I have not killed off.

And finally, while we're being somewhat naughty, here's one of the dirtiest jokes I know that doesn't contain a single dirty word.

Why do blonde girls have bruises around their bellybuttons?
Because blonde guys are dumb, too.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Poignant, badass and mind-blowing. January 27, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Okay, so I lied.

We didn't find out why Stunt had such a profane outburst in yesterday's comic. He's not ready to talk about his past. Neither is Jayden, apparently, but we have the advantage of already knowing what's bothering her. Besides, I think this is a more poignant moment between these two... but, as always, I'm biased because I make the comic.

Other than that, there's little news to report today. So here's a couple of links to some cool stuff I ran into on the internet.

FDR: American Badass.
This is hilarious, but totally not safe for work. Lots of swearing, blood and awesome.

The First Word.
This is a beautiful and mind-blowing webcomic. It's also not safe for work, as it contains mature content, but the big giant warning on the front page explains that quite well.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Too mad. January 26, 2012 Posted by Mookie
While Stunt's misogyny is no secret, this outburst is certainly a lot meaner and more profane than his older remarks. But it's good to know that he's showing some level of regret, at leasy when swearing at clergy. As to what caused that nasty outburst? Tune in tomorrow to find out.

I picked up new comic books yesterday. Not many, as the current state of superhero comics is still lackluster at best, but what I picked up wasn't all that disappointing.

AQUAMAN #5 has the poor guy stuck in the desert, and appropriate jokes follow. This series doesn't ignore the fact that Aquaman is frequently ridiculed and embraces it as part of his narrative. He kicks a lot of ass and gets little credit for it. I still like him, though.

DEADPOOL #49.1 is a musical. I'm not kidding. You have to "sing" the tunes in your head, mind you, but it's still an entertaining read. Daniel Way's writing continues to crack me up and I highly recommend every one of his almost fifty issues of Deadpool. Oh, and the closing tune is a Misfits song. Rock.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #5 is a decent space adventure. Kyle Rayner is my favorite Green Lantern, I'm a sucker for color-coded cosmic heroes (I grew up watching Voltron) and I like the other Lantern Corps. This series isn't amazing, but it's a fun read.

My only complaint with Superman #5 is that he's still wearing that awful new costume. Bring back the underwear on the outside, dammit!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Genies and superheroes. January 25, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Tarvis's elemental form had a few versions before I settled on this one. I tried for a more monstrous look, like a wispy, smoky belker from an RPG bestiary (double nerd points to everyone who knows what a belker is), but that ended up looking too sinister. I tried for a crystalline dragon-like form, but that ended up looking too majestic. In the end, a cloud-centaur-genie-thing was just right for our newest elemental changeling.

New comic books hit the shelves today, even though I've been groaning about the lackluster state of superhero comic books lately. However, some of you sent me very nice words of encouragement (via email, my Twitter feed or Facebook) in regards to the very early drafts of the superhero webcomic I'm planning out, so I'm excited to grab some new comic books for inspiration! Or, at the very least, roll my eyes and complain about what should have been done differently.

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

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