Dominic can't draw. February 24, 2011 Posted by Mookie
My cats are able to sleep through similar shouting. Whether I'm blasting some ear-shattering metal or I'm screaming my frustrations at various video games, my cats remain unfazed and relaxed. I envy them.

If you watched my Twitter feed yesterday you saw my opinions on the various comics I was reading as I read them, as noted with the #ComicBookDay hashtag. It was an interesting experiment and I had fun doing it, so I'll likely be doing it for a little while. And if you don't have a Twitter account, you can still view my profile page and see my little comic book tweets.

Ultimately it got me thinking about a possible idea for a new webcomic project. Just thinking, mind you, but the seed has been planted. Kinda like Inception, only far less badass and awesome.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
WHAAAAT?! February 23, 2011 Posted by Mookie
It's true. Couples that have been together for awhile just start yelling at each other, even without extraplanar hearing problems.

As you can see at the top of the site, I've changed the ad banner to three ad boxes and stacked the comic title to accommodate the new layout. I'm giving it a try and we'll see how I and you folks like it after a little while. And if you're interested in advertising up there, now's a good time to do so! Just click the link below the ads to find out more information. But while you're up there, don't forget to click the links of the fine folks advertising here already!

It's Wednesday, so new comic books are hitting the shelves. And speaking of trying new things, I mentioned last week that I won't be reviewing what I read here tomorrow but instead posting my thoughts on the comics as I read them (with as few spoilers as possible) on my Twitter page. Anything with the hashtag #ComicBookDay relates to whatever I'm reading at the moment. We'll see how that goes for awhile and what you fine folks think of it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Little more than a bug to an insect. February 22, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Not only is drawing Dominic as a dot in this comic very easy, but it really shows off the scope of what lies in the cosmos and the planescape where even a celebrated seer of commendable prowess is little less than a gnat to a guardian destroyer.

Speaking of that colossal planar insect, thanks to all of you who sent me recommendations about insectoid creatures in science fiction and fantasy who aren't represented as alien menaces or unspeakably evil monsters.

And if I ever start my own metal band, I'm totally naming it Guardian Destroyer.

I fixed up and made additions to the LINKS page. Some links had to be fixed and/or renamed and some were absent from the page due to my own neglect. So click on over there and check out the links!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Guardian Destroyer. February 18, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Insectoid creatures don't get enough love or respect in fantasy or science fiction, I feel. In my experience they're typically villains or so unbelievably alien that there are few things about them that anyone can relate to. Then again, maybe I just haven't seen or read enough science fiction or fantasy.

But I loved Sectaurs back in the 80's.

Regardless, I think the Destroyer in today's comic looks pretty intimidating and demands respect, if for no other reason than it dwarfs the Beast and Dominic is so tiny you can barely see him in today's comic... except for the two panels when he's pulling a Dark Helmet-esque "um... he did it."

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Ia! Ia! Teddy bear ftaghn! February 17, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'm proud that I wrote a comic where a Lovecraftian horror is stopped in its tendrilly tracks by a stuffed animal.

I picked up some cool comic books yesterday, but I'm not going to talk about them here. I'm not going to talk about comic books down here for awhile. For the time being I'm going to try tweeting about the comics I read as I'm reading them on Wednesdays. If you folks think it's nifty, I'll continue doing it! If you folks find you like my weekly reviews of comic books I pick up I'll come back to talking about them here, but I'll still post my nerdy opinions about them on Twitter.

You can find my Twitter feed here, and my comic book tweets will have the #ComicBookDay hashtag.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Is this the end for our hero?! February 16, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Has Dominic lost his mind?

Did he shift a likely energy-mind-willpower blast to a stuffed toy on purpose?

Will The Beast have seer for supper?

Do I have very little relevant news to talk about today so I'm going to stretch it out with dramatic questions?

The answer to two of those questions is "yes."

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Step-by-step affirmation. February 15, 2011 Posted by Mookie
1. Dominic certainly is jumpy today.

2. I, too, am tempted to scream out "Hadoken!" in the final panel.

3. These vision quest comics are still fun for me to create.

4. I love the Symphony of Science.

5. Five is my favorite number.

I don't know why I decided to make today's news post a list.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Crumbly. February 14, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Today is Valentine's Day, apparently. A day where people express their love for one another in various romantic ways.

I've been talking about my upcoming marriage down here in the news box and how disgustingly affectionate I am with my bride-to-be. One would assume then that today's comic would have some kind of romantic interlude in it to reflect the mood of the day.

Instead we have an unspeakable monster from another dimension on a murderous rampage bent on devouring the world for its own unholy purposes.

I love my fiancee, but I hate Valentine's Day.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Wallpapers, wonders and nerd rage. February 11, 2011 Posted by Mookie
There's a new Donation Wallpaper up for your approval. I think it makes Dominic look pretty badass and I hope you folks like it.

There are times when I simply marvel at the age we live in, and I mean that sincerely. Yesterday I found myself watching the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt streaming live onto my computer via Al Jazeera and BBC alternatively (I switched to whoever had the better signal at the time) and realized I was witnessing history as it happened from around the world in my living room. What struck me was seeing the surge of disappointment and anger rise from the crowd at Mubarak's speech. I never thought I would say I was watching a potential revolution on another continent as it happened from the safety of my desk.

It's not the most profound revelation on the wonders of technology, but I never claimed to be a profound guy.

On a much nerdier note, I just read the latest issue of one of my favorite ongoing comics, Justice League: Generation Lost. If the ending to this sticks, I swear I'm giving up superhero comics forever.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Thinking outside the box. February 10, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I know I've said this before and I'll say it again. I love doing these "vision quest" comics. It's a much needed break for me from the strip's traditional eight panels in two rows. I really enjoy playing around with layout in these comics, even if it means less happens in one update. I hope you folks enjoy them, too.

Dominic is probably not going to enjoy himself too much, though.

A photograph I took of my friend Tarah, who's a frequent contributor to the site, was used as the cover for the new single by The Death Blossoms, "Bass Down Low." It's funny to me that only the creepiest, most morbid pictures I take of this lovely lady end up getting the most attention. But she's a bigger horror and splatter fan than I am and most of the macabre themes for her photos are her ideas, so it all works out in the end.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Short and sweet... like an explosion. February 9, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Nothing terribly profound or complicated today. It's not even a very long comic. Just Dominic showing off a little and being proud of himself. I think he's earned it.

Unlike the past "interludes" with The Beast that featured Miranda for only a week, these searches and other monitoring excursions to other planes are going to last a little longer. Not months or a year, mind you, but just a little more than a week. Maybe two.

We'll see what the plane of Destruction has in store for Dominic, and if he'll be as slick throughout this metaphysical expedition.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Swan dive! February 8, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I hadn't forgotten that Dominic only has one leg. Since his vacation and subsequent "recharge" he's sometimes been projecting himself as having both legs when he delves into visions, psychoplanes, other planes, etc.

As for his swan dive? He used to be a dancer, after all.

A new Donation Wallpaper ought to be up this week for your approval.

I should also have news about the next book, Two Thief or Not Two Thief, which I'll try to make available earlier than usual.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Go Packers! February 7, 2011 Posted by Mookie

It may not look like I ate much from this picture, but I originally ordered three pizzas. Best vegan pizza ever, too. Yummy.
The end? Or an end? February 4, 2011 Posted by Mookie
UPDATE #1: I didn't mean to imply that anyone who isn't the genetic offspring of their parents is not "truly" their child. It was just a statement of genetics/DNA/etc. but I confess that it may be poorly worded. I'll likely change it over the weekend. My apologies.
UPDATE #2: Dialogue changed. If you're still seeing the uncorrected strip just Refresh your browser. Again, my apologies for the poor choice in wording earlier.

And so ends the first storyline of 2011, Altered States. I wouldn't say it's really over, though, since the issues introduced have only been partly resolved and new questions have been raised. Still, this is a nice place to stop (for now) and move on to more magical stories.

I've already gotten a lot of comments from you wonderful folks, but as always I welcome your feedback about the story as a whole.

And on this lovely Friday, I'll leave you folks with some links that have given me the chuckles:

The Most Illegal Move in the History of Professional Wrestling.

Carl Sagan and his fully armed Spaceship of the Imagination.

This may seem sad at first, but watch it all the way through. Trust me.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Taking his mind off things, too. February 3, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I envy my cat's life except for that one critical aspect of his existence.

Every so often Dominic gets a reminder that he's busted up and physically frail. Really. I think an eight-year-old could kick his ass. And when the weight of your physical flaws is heavy upon your shoulders, wedding magazines are the way to go for a smile. I think.

Seriously, when you begin to plan your wedding these freaking magazines show up everywhere. They're all over our apartment. I know I've tripped over a few in the middle of the night and the cats like to perch upon the piles. Pages upon pages of flowery decorations and glittery... things. It can either overwhelm you, or it can serve as a reminder of your upcoming special day.

With me, it's both.
And the reminders are all over the freaking apartment.

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

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