Dominic spots Celesto. The Masters spot Dominic. June 30, 2011 Posted by Mookie
More fun with visions!

I'm very happy with the layout of today's comic, with Dominic using the panels as "vision bleachers" and Celesto's coat hanging in a very Rilian-esque manner over the borders.

I haven't tweeted about new comic books in awhile because there are very few superhero titles that I seem to care about nowadays. Between Flashpoint and Fear Itself taking over every title that I read in some big "crossover event," I find myself shrugging at the shelves.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Funny seeing you here. June 29, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Playing around with panel layout in these vision comics is always fun for me.

I'm particularly fond of the last panel because Dominic and Celesto look as though they're having an uncomfortable city subway encounter. If you've ever ridden the subway in any given city, you've probably seen something resembling this... though hopefully without the tentacles and displaced eyeballs.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Seeing it, but not much to say about it. June 28, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Not much news to report today.

It's even a quiet day for the comic, with only a cryptic dual vision in Scarlatti's dual swords.

I'll have more news this week regarding some upcoming conventions I'll be attending, otherwise...


Slow news day.

Rock on.
Maine and marriage. June 27, 2011 Posted by Mookie
PortCon Maine was a mellow, relaxing convention. Thanks to everyone who came by to say "hi" and chatted with me. I had a lot of fun, as always.

But something altogether wonderful happened on Friday night. I had just come home from dinner in downtown Portland and caught the live feed of the NY state senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage, which passed. It was thrilling to watch. I may call myself a "Bostonian" nowadays, but I was born in New York and it's nice to see my home state embrace compassion and equal rights on this issue.

While I'm on the subject, I hope the repeal of Proposition 8 in California gets out of its legal limbo soon.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Port(Con) of call! June 24, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'm at PORTCON MAINE today! Be sure to stop by and say "hi" to me at this charming convention that I'm happily returning to!

Or, if you feel so inclined, you can yell at me for today's weekend cliffhanger. Just don't yell too loud. I startle easily.

Monday's comic should update normally, but I apologize ahead of time if there's some form of filler.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at PortCon!
Musical selections as Dominic thinks things over. June 23, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Today's news post has little to do with the comic or anything relevant to it. There's just been some music I've been digging lately and I want to share it with you fine folks.

"Perform This Way" by Weird Al Yankovic.
I've loved Weird Al since I was a kid, and years later he still cracks me up. Do yourself a favor and check this out.

"Of Blood and Salt" by Gojira.
This track has been floating around the internet for about a month now but I only just became aware of it. Gojira is one of my favorite bands and I've been waiting anxiously for new material from them. This monstrous song was worth the wait.

"Winter Winds" by Mumford & Sons.
I'm normally all about the metal and the yelling and the RAWR! around here, but I'm also a sucker for some folk and bluegrass music. Their sound is unique and I really dig it.

Hope you fine folks like these musical selections.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Oops. June 22, 2011 Posted by Mookie
If you pre-ordered TWO THIEF OR NOT TWO THIEF from me at ANIME BOSTON and you have not received your book, please email me ASAP. A couple of books have come back to me with address problems, and since I foolishly didn't ask folks to write down their email addresses when I took those pre-orders in person, I have no way of contacting them.

Email me soon so I can get your orders out to you. And next time I take pre-orders at a convention I'll be sure to request email addresses to avoid this problem should it arise again.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Bullying is stupid. June 21, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Yes, Heliner's reason for bullying Chance is pretty bad and everyone in today's comic knows it. Then again, there are no "good" reasons to bully someone.

I want to take a moment to address something. Over the last few weeks I've received a small handful of emails where people have claimed that they were told that I don't care what anyone says about the comic and/or I don't listen to criticism because I don't like hearing negative feedback.

I don't know where these claims are coming from, but I want to say that they are simply not true. I've been listening to your feedback for years.

- When I did The Storm of Souls some people said that they didn't enjoy the comic's turn toward sweeping planar epics and that I should scale the stakes back down. So I did, with The Battle for Barthis.

- Some folks said that Dominic & co. were winning too often and that there should be a story where the good guys lose. While The War in Hell wasn't a total loss for the good guys, Karnak, the bad guy, definitely won.

- During The March Across Maltak, the criticism I received most often was that I had introduced too many new characters and ignored all the others that readers had fallen in love with over the years. So after it was done, I left every character who was involved in that story out of the comic for a whole year.

What is true is that I'm awful at responding to emails, so maybe that's where some of these claims are coming from. Anyone who has ever known me can tell you that I'm a terrible email correspondent. But I do read each and every email I receive, good or bad. So while I may not reply to you personally, you can rest assured that your feedback is being received and recognized.

As always, your opinions and feedback are welcome.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Brief but (mostly) important. June 20, 2011 Posted by Mookie
There was originally going to be dialogue in today's comic, but I think it works better without any.

TWO THIEF OR NOT TWO THIEF is officially up for sale in the SEER'S CATALOG.

This weekend I'll be returning to PortCon Maine! I always have fun there so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

Today's news is brief, but (I think) it's important.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Peeping into panels. June 17, 2011 Posted by Mookie
If you were to point out that Dominic was able to scry Celesto pretty easily in today's comic while the whole point of his venture to Prontus was to find roundabout ways to find him via second sight because it's otherwise impossible to scry him... well, you'd be right to be suspicious of me. Don't worry. This will be addressed next week.

Otherwise it was a slow news week in the aftermath of AKON, and that's fine by me.

TWO THIEF OR NOT TWO THIEF will be up on sale next week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
More awesome folks. June 16, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I shamefully forgot to mention some people from AKON. Here I correct my shameful mistake.

The following people are also awesome:
The Melna cosplayer!

And, of course, each and every person who came up to my table to say "hi!" Whether you were buying books, giving me cool stuff (like miniature crystal balls or maple candy), or simply wanting to meet me in person, it's all of you who make this whole webcomic thing so awesome and memorable.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A list of awesome. June 14, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I was so jet-lagged and exhausted when I got home late last night from AKON that I forgot to acknowledge some of the very cool people I got to hang out with over the course of the weekend.

The following people are all completely awesome:
J. and Mel!
Phil and Kaja!

If I've forgotten anyone, I'll be sure to mention them before the week is over.

And finally, it is my job as an older brother to embarrass the crap out of my little brother. It's his thirtieth birthday today, so happy birfday bro!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I'm all AKON'ed out. June 13, 2011 Posted by Mookie
In years past I've had fellow AKON artist alley denizens help me with Monday's filler, but this year's convention was so crazy that I barely had time to ask anyone for filler doodles.

So, as I have often done in years past, I turn to my cats to provide you folks with filler material.

Dominic and company will return tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Southbound. June 9, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'm off to AKON today!

All the TWO THIEF OR NOT TWO THIEF pre-orders are in the mail and on their way to everyone who so generously ordered!

Friday's comic will update normally, so there's only one day of crummy filler to look forward to next week! Yay!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at AKON!
Heroes. Villains. Stand-up. June 8, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'm not only very happy to be returning to AKON this weekend, but also thrilled that I'll be doing my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains talk there again! My half lecture / half stand-up routine (or so I've been told) had to be held twice at AKON a few years ago to accommodate everyone who wanted to see the panel! Last year they upgraded me to a bigger panel room, so hopefully they'll put me back there again this year because doing that talk twice in one weekend is really exhausting.

I leave for Dallas tomorrow morning, but Friday's comic should be ready for its normal update. If not, then I apologize ahead of time for two days of crummy filler doodles instead of just one on Monday.

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

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