Elemental ch-ch-ch-changes. January 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
We've only had exposure to one elemental changeling before, and he wasn't a pleasant fellow... even before he had a rock in his chest and returned as a necromantic abomination of... yeah. Being an elemental changeling is a dangerous bit of business. Let's hope Tarvis is a bit more stable than Neilen was. Then again, drugging Stunt probably isn't a good sign.

We're almost at the end of January and so far I've kept my new year's resolution about answering my emails! I fall behind on the weekends, but I catch up on Mondays. Comments and complaints, praise and critique, I've replied to all of them so far. Keep 'em coming, folks!

Okay. That's enough links for one news post.
Rock on and geek out.
Heroes that are super. January 23, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Today I want to talk about comics. Comic books. Comic books about superheroes.

I've been moaning about the current state of superhero comics and mourning the lack of great, memorable stories like 52, PLANET HULK and NEXTWAVE: Agents of H.A.T.E. for a while now. There are a few exceptions nowadays, like Thunderbolts, Animal Man and Wonder Woman, but they're far and few between when one sees the number of superhero titles being published. Atomic Robo is a great comic book, but Robo is more of an action hero than a superhero.

If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself. I've begun the first drafts of what I hope will be a fun and adventurous superhero webcomic. It's probably way too early to even begin talking about this, as superpowers have yet to be defined, names settled upon, and the first "issue" isn't even close to being completed, but I was on a writing kick this weekend and I'm excited as to how it's coming, even in these very, very early stages.

That, and I had nothing else to talk about today.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Knives, beer, comics and the internet. January 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Don't bother looking through the archives for the name "Lizzy Sarkhas." It's never been mentioned. If you mention it to Stunt alongside his real name, however, it's enough for him to draw a knife on you.

In somewhat related news, Alyssa and I were given a beginner's home-brewing kit as a wedding gift. The whole process took about a month, and at the conclusion we had our first homemade beer. It wasn't the most amazing thing ever, but it didn't poison anyone either. So we're counting it as a success.

In comic book news, Wonder Woman remains one of my favorite new titles. The heavy mythology story has me nerding-out like I'm back in middle school. The design for Poseidon in this month's issue made me squeak a little.

In internet news... well it turns out there were more "major developments" to speak of, though I won't go on at length about them. In case you missed it yesterday, Megaupload was taken down by U.S. officials and there was a coordinated retaliation by Anonymous. It looks like an interesting time to be online.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Uncensored legitimacy! January 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
And we're back! For those of you who may be confused by today's comic, you can now view yesterday's "censored" comic normally.

Thank you for standing with me and the thousands of other sites on the internet during yesterday's SOPA/PIPA BLACKOUT. It was a memorable day across the internet, and amidst the protests eight lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate withdrew their previous support for SOPA & PIPA. It's not the end of this fight yet, but it's certainly a step in the right direction and it made some people think twice about these dangerous bills.

As of this writing, PIPA (Protect IP) is still scheduled to go to the floor of the Senate for a vote on January 24. If you haven't already, contact your senators and encourage them to oppose this bill. Emails are good, but phone calls are the best. I called John Kerry's office. The staffer there was very polite.

Okay. That's enough politics from me for now. Barring any further developments, I'll probably talk about comic books tomorrow.
Rock on and Get Your Censor On.
SOPA/PIPA Strike. January 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie

WIKIPEDIA BLACKOUT & government representative contact forms.




SOPA markups to resume in February.

Contact your Congressman and/or Senator. Tell them not to support these bills.

Piracy and theft need to be fought online.
These bills do it wrong.
Nostalgia and internet censorship. January 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Much like Stunt's daydream yesterday, we've seen this exchange between a young Jayden and Luna before, albeit briefly during The Storm of Souls while Dominic was having visions of the past on his way to the Planar Pathway. I wouldn't expect anyone to remember that one passing panel from seven years ago, nor is it necessary to remember it for this story, but I like providing these links to comics past. Like the dreams for Jayden and Stunt, they're a bit of nostalgia for me.

The SOPA/PIPA Strike is tomorrow, with Wikipedia joining the protest in a 24-hour blackout.

That being said, tomorrow's update will be "censored" to show solidarity with the SOPA/PIPA Strike. I guess you could call it a "soft blackout," since the archive will still be accessible and only the newest comic will be affected. This is not the same as a "crummy filler day" or me just taking a day off. The comic will update, only in a censored manner, and once the protest is over you'll be able to see Wednesday's comic normally.

While I know quite well that "webcomicker delays update" is not even remotely new or surprising, I've been pretty vocal about this issue and I feel I should participate.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Memories, Conventions and the SOPA Strike. January 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic takes us all the way back to Stunt and Bumper's first appearance, when they were trying to steal Dominic's spellbook. It's hard to believe these two appeared almost ten years ago. At least it's hard for me to believe.

If you take a look to the bottom right of the page, you'll see the beginnings of my 2012 Convention Schedule! I'll add more as they come and my appearances are confirmed (I'm waiting to "officially" hear back from one or two), but right now here's where I know I'll be in the coming months! If you're in the area make sure to stop by and say "hi!" I always love meeting you guys in person and I'm eager to kick things off for this new year.

Finally in SOPA/PIPA news, a lot happened over the weekend! BoingBoing will join Reddit in the Jan. 18th blackout, as will Tucows Inc. and all of the I Can Has Cheezburger sites. Craigslist came out against SOPA/PIPA. The White House said it would not support SOPA/PIPA! Momentum is building against these toxic bills but the fight isn't over yet. Do what you can to let the House of Representatives and the Senate know that this legislation needs to be killed, not revised.

Here's more info on this Wednesday's SOPA Strike.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Airship to the face. January 13, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's Friday the thirteeeeeenth! Oh noooooo!

I don't know what the big deal is. Thursday the twelfth is just as rare. At least according to more scientific minds than mine.

Anyway, I thought I'd end the week on a silly note. I picture the Luanian-loving captain of the airship sounding a little like an enraged viking that's had enough of an overused internet meme (warning: there is a lot of yelling and cursing if you click that link). But, as always, there's no "official" voice to anyone in the comic. Whatever sounds best in your head is the "official" version.

I should have some convention-related announcements to make next week, so keep an eye on the convention schedule just to the bottom right! Time to start the 2012 tour!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
One bloody regret and dangerous legislation. January 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Looks like Stunt has some regrets after all.
Or at least one bloody regret.

Not much to say about the comic books I picked up yesterday. I wanted to start reading Swamp Thing and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., but the comic shop I frequent didn't have enough back issues in stock. I guess I'll just have to wait for the trades.

In more significant and important news, the movement against SOPA/PIPA is regaining momentum now that the new year is upon us. In case you didn't hear about it already, Reddit will undergo a blackout in protest of SOPA/PIPA on January 18th. To further spread awareness about this dangerous legislation, League of Legends made a recent news post regarding its dangers to the gaming community and the internet as a whole. There are links to take action in both of these posts.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Mystically dramatic. January 11, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Looks like Jayden is finally getting her chance to be playfully dramatic with someone... as opposed to the kind of drama that sent her on this pilgrimage in the first place. That wasn't very playful at all, really. But certainly dramatic!

New comic books hit the shelves today. A number of concerned superhero fans have informed me that I ought to be reading Swamp Thing, O.M.A.C. and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Given my current level of disappointment with the superhero genre as of late, I figure I'll give them a try. At least I don't think I can get any more disappointed.

Finally, in comic-related news, congratulations to Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener on the ATOMIC ROBO ROLEPLAYING GAME! I've been a tabletop RPG nerd since I was in middle school, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into their world of action science (once the whole thing is written and developed, anyway)! But still! Congratulations, guys!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Slow news day. January 10, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Apart from my participation in the COMIC CREATORS FOR FREEDOM fundraiser to fight human trafficking (which I'm thrilled to be a part of again this year), there really isn't much news to report today.

I haven't heard any new music I want to talk about lately. The state of superhero comic books is still disappointing. I haven't taken any new photographs in awhile. Further hearings on SOPA and PIPA aren't going to happen until the middle of this month (as far as I know). Today's comic doesn't even lend itself to linking to older strips in the Archive.

I guess it really is just a slow news day.

2012 is off to a relatively mellow start.


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Comic Creators... for Freedom! January 9, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Last year I was invited to be a part of a fundraiser with the Comic Creators Alliance, a project dedicated to raising money and awareness to help fight human trafficking. Now renamed COMIC CREATORS FOR FREEDOM, I was thrilled to be asked to participate in this year's fundraiser! I'm honored to be counted among so many talented people again. And thanks to Crystal Yates, who was very patient with me despite my nearly missing the deadline for submission, Luna is participating in this year's wallpaper, the "Epic Snowball Fight!"

Visit the COMIC CREATORS FOR FREEDOM website to learn more about this very serious issue, make a donation to the cause and get the epic snowball fight wallpaper for participating!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Do YOU know? January 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In Stunt's defense, no one who reads the comic really knows much about the Luanian Church either. But that is one of the purposes of this story, after all. To not only explore this unlikely pair and what they have to gain (or lose) from this encounter, but to shed some light on this priesthood. It's a journey I'm excited to take and I hope you all will enjoy it as much I'm planning to.

This week has been weird. I've had a buffer of comics prepared for most of the week, which I haven't had for years. That buffer is now gone, and to be honest I'm relieved. My sense of "what happens next" was a little off as I was working on comics a day or two ahead of the update schedule. But now that my buffer is gone (thanks to a combination of Star Wars and babysitting) things will be back to normal for me next week.

And so far I've kept my new year's resolution of answering my emails promptly! One week down! Fifty one to go! Whoo-hoo!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
From a clerical error to a parting gift. January 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For those who may not remember, Bumper didn't exactly steal that Luanian pendant. It was more of a clerical error. Okay, so he did steal it. And he gave it to his best friend as a parting gift.

Picked up new comics yesterday... and it was only slightly better than I feared. ANIMAL MAN #5 was fantastic, THUNDERBOLTS is still a solid read and the new DEFENDERS series has caught my interest, too. But the rest?

- RED LANTERNS really should bear the subtitle "Ass Shots of a Space Vampire Chick."
- STORMWATCH is... wait, who did what to...? And who is this and why did he...? Screw this. I'm confused.
- Since Veil and Speedball left the team I've become more and more apathetic to AVENGERS ACADEMY.
- ACTION COMICS is... wait, who did what to...? Who's talking? Is that a...? I'm confused! Again!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
What are YOU looking at? January 4, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Not much to say about today's comic. There isn't much being said in today's comic, either. So perhaps it's best to see where this unusual pairing will go.

We're a few days into 2012 and I'm going to make good on a new year's resolution that I've tried (and failed) many previous years. This year I'm finally going to get better at promptly answering emails. I've been relatively good so far, so if you've sent me an email since the new year, chances are I've replied to you already or I'll be replying to you shortly. I've said this many times before, and failed at it many times before, but this is the year I finally answer my emails promptly.

New comic books hit the shelves today. Here's hoping the last few titles I buy are worth reading. If nothing else, the new ANIMAL MAN comes out today, so I've got at least one new comic that I'm excited to read, and that is better than having no comics to read.

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

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