Waste not. October 4, 2011 Posted by Mookie
The realm of the Beast as the "garbage dump" of the Elemecca has been discussed before. This is a linky reminder in case you'd forgotten.

Besides the slow and inevitable approach of my wedding day (and all the stress of planning and organizing that entails) it's a pretty slow news day. So, as I often do when things are uneventful, here are some news tidbits that you might find interesting:

- Mastodon's new album, The Hunter, is spectacular. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.

- The Feynman Series Part 1: Beauty blends the narrative of Richard Feynman with some lovely visuals and music. Take a look for yourself and be moved.

- Along those same lines, check out "The Quantum World" by the Symphony of Science. This came out about a month ago, but I think it's neat.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Out of the frying pan and into the AAAAAGH! October 3, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Looks like Luna almost suffered an Akira-esque squishing after being swallowed up by that painting. But have things really gotten better for her? We shall see.

I spent the weekend at the first ever WEBCOMICS CON! I had a blast. I met a lot of webcomic creators, great readers, an incredibly friendly staff and was treated to a venue that was almost too nice. This show has a lot of potential and a lot of room to grow, so I'm hoping to see it return for a second year. And if they do, I'll be there!

One more thing. I'm getting married at the end of this month so there may be some time where the comic doesn't update. It won't be anything unannounced and it won't be for anything more than a few days, but consider yourselves warned that as we draw nearer to Halloween I may need to take some time off. My sanity may depend on it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Art has good taste in you. September 30, 2011 Posted by Mookie
What happened to Luna?
Where did she go?
Who was speaking to her?

You can ask me these questions and more if you come visit me at WEBCOMICS CON this weekend! It's the maiden voyage of this brand new convention dedicated to webcomics (hence the name) and I'm thrilled to be a part of it! I'll be selling merchandise, doing panels and just being generally happy to be there. Who knows? If you come around there may even be a spoiler or two.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at WEBCOMICS CON!
Sometimes the art looks back at you. September 29, 2011 Posted by Mookie
The last time Luna watched her sister doing graphic things she had a similar reaction. Then again, I don't know anyone who'd like to watch their sibling doing... yeah.

There are a couple of metal references in the names of the paintings. I had originally intended to have all of them be the names of metal songs or albums, but I decided that was a little much. So I stuck just stuck with "Humanure," which is the name of an album from the aptly-named Cattle Decapitation and whose cover art is pretty appropriately gross, too. Look it up, if you dare.

Don't forget that I'll be at the first ever WEBCOMICS CON this weekend, so be sure to stop by and check it out!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Big grins and bad reboots. September 28, 2011 Posted by Mookie
If I was ever given the opportunity to play alongside one of my musical idols I'd be smiling pretty wide, myself. Not that any of them have ever asked.

I'm headed back to the comic shop today for new comic books, and to give this final round of new first issues from the already infamous DC Reboot a try. Let's see if any other new debuts spark as much controversy as what happened with Starfire and Catwoman. If you'd like your summary of the controversy in comic format, David Willis of "Shortpacked" provided an excellent recap.

I will readily confess that I'm excited about Aquaman's new title, but after last week I'm worried that Mera might be given a similar rebooted Starfire/Catwoman treatment. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

But if there's one debut that I'm excited about it's Webcomics Con this weekend! It's the maiden voyage of this show and I'm thrilled to be a part of it, so be sure to stop by and say "hi!"

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
OMG I LUV FACEBATH! September 27, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic is endearingly dedicated to all the "Raven Darkbloods" out there. You know who you are. Be proud of it.

I'm going to keep things brief here in the news box today, as I damn near killed myself at the Enslaved concert last night. It wasn't a rough crowd and there weren't any unfortunate incidents to speak of. I just rocked out like I was sixteen again and my thirty-two year old out-of-shape body isn't happy with me. Ugh. But I'm not alone in my glorious suffering! My friend, who's a few years younger than me and in terrific shape, joined me at this intense concert and came away just as sore and exhausted. Good metal will pulverize anyone, it seems.

So if Enslaved comes around to your area, I HIGHLY recommend going to see them. You'll hurt so good.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
You're in trouble now. September 26, 2011 Posted by Mookie
As the legendary Frank Zappa would say, "There's no way to delay, there's trouble comin' every day." Gregory may not be as legendary a guitar player as Zappa was, but I like to think Donovan is.

Speaking of killer music, guess who's got two thumbs and is going to see Enslaved tonight? This guy. Oh yeah. I saw them open for Dimmu Borgir a few months ago and was absolutely blown away by their performance. I highly recommend them for your listening pleasure.

Last but not least, I'll be at the maiden voyage of Webcomics Con this weekend! Be sure to stop by and help support this brand new show dedicated to, well, webcomics! It ought to be a blast.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. September 23, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'm at the MIT Comic Book Fair today until about 4pm. I'll be doing my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains talk and selling books, with the proceeds going to charity. This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun, so if you're in the area be sure to stop by and say "hi!"

Other than that, it looks like it's going to be a nice, easy weekend for once. I think I'll use that time to wisely kick the last lingering bits of con plague from my system.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Nom nom battlecaster. September 22, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Sorry about the delayed update, folks. My con plague spiked a little bit yesterday and the medicine I was taking knocked me out. A lot. Still, the comic's up and I do hope you like it.

Now I must return to nursing bottles of orange juice and popping cough drops like candy. I need to be in tip-top shape (or as close as I can manage) for the MIT Comic Book Fair on Friday. Should be a lot of fun, even if I'm still battling this lingering con plague.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A breakout piece of art. September 21, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'm going to keep things brief today. What I thought was just a lingering cough as a result of a sore throat has revealed itself to be, in fact, con plague. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it's when you get sick after going to a convention for a weekend. Sometimes there's just no avoiding it, and it's got me.

But given the amount of tea and orange juice I've been consuming (not at the same time), I should be fine in time for the MIT Comic Book Fair fundraiser this Friday.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Intervened 2. September 20, 2011 Posted by Mookie
This past weekend I had a sore throat and I lost my voice. I was barely able to speak and battled a hacking cough that I'm still fighting off as I write this. And with all that against me, I still had an awesome time at INTERVENTION.

I hung out with lots of great people, from fellow webcomickers to friendly readers who came to say "hi." Thanks to everyone who came to my panels and put up with my scratchy voice. I swear I normally don't sound like I've been smoking eight packs a day for the past twenty years.

Intervention is a new convention, but it's definitely worth checking out. The general vibe of the whole show is very laid back and friendly, which I love. Some of the more "businesslike" conventions don't have that air of comfort around them, which is what makes shows like Intervention such a treat.

And with any luck, I'll be back there next year.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Intervened. September 19, 2011 Posted by Mookie
It's very early in the morning as I'm writing this, as I've just returned home from an overnight train ride from INTERVENTION. More on my weekend's experiences tomorrow. (Spoiler alert: They're all good.)

Today's filler fan art was provided by the lovely and talented Annie Stoll who has been kind enough to give me convention filler art before. Many thanks to her for filling in for me while I recover.

Finally, check my Convention Schedule on the right for new upcoming events! One is this Friday!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The Scary Door. September 16, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Does that landscape look familiar?
Is Luna having another vision of her own?
Is she destined to go mad from exposure to this alien realm?

All this and more you can feel free to ask me at INTERVENTION! I'm traveling down to the show early this morning, but I promise to be at one-hundred percent capacity when I return to this really fun, very unique convention. I'll be doing a number of panels this weekend, too, including Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains and a Q&A regarding the comic! So be sure to come by and say "hi!"

There may be crummy filler doodles or convention photos in place of a comic on Monday.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and I'll see you at INTERVENTION!
Tangled webs and deleted stories. September 15, 2011 Posted by Mookie
In case you missed it yesterday, Dominic Deegan got mentioned in the superhero webcomic, "Spinnerette!" I'm always appreciative of superhero love. A six-armed hug is a mighty thing, indeed.

Speaking of superheroes, I find myself sadly among the "alienated" crowd of readers in regards to the DC Reboot. If you've been reading my ramblings down here for the last few years you'll know that I've been pretty faithfully following the exploits of DC's various superheroes. Now it's hitting me that all those stories that I enjoyed so much have been erased, save for some of the outer space stuff. The fact that Justice League: Generation Lost, which I loved, never happened is a real sore spot for me. We'll see how many of DC's superhero books I'll be collecting after this first month of #1's.

I'm leaving for INTERVENTION on a very early train tomorrow. The comic will update normally for Friday, but expect crummy filler doodles or convention photos for Monday. You've been warned.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
And the winner is...! September 14, 2011 Posted by Mookie
"Michael Cao" is a reference to a gentleman named Michael and his webcomic, THE COW. Mike won a named appearance in the comic at the ConnectiCon 2011 Webcomic Auction and, in keeping with tradition, he has been promptly killed off. Mike was kind enough to contribute to last year's Fan Art Week as well!

Coincidentally, the winner of last year's auction at ConnectiCon was also named Michael, although his death was admittedly more gruesome. At least I think so.

I'm headed to the comic shop today to check out more of the "DC Reboot." So far I've found the costume redesigns to be awful, but some of the stories to be solid and intriguing. We shall see if this trend continues.

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

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