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The CCA and the impending ADB. January 12, 2011 Posted by Mookie
As you can see on the right I've created a link to the Comic Creators Alliance donation drive so you fine folks can remain aware of this great cause without me having to repost the link every day for the next two weeks or so.

For more information about the CCA and their cause, either click the link above or read yesterday's news post. It sums things up much better than I could.

We're supposed to get pummeled by a snowstorm around here overnight. Even as I write this I can see the snow falling and starting to accumulate into an apocalypse death blizzard. That doesn't really affect the comic much at all, seeing as you don't get a "snow day" when you do a webcomic for a living. Unless the snow is so bad that it clogs up all the internet tubes. You never know.

Now that I think about it, "Apocalypse Death Blizzard" is a great name for a Facebath song. Metal.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay warm!
I'm honored to be a part of this. January 11, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I'll let Lora Innes, who spearheaded this amazing project and asked me to be a part of it, do the talking today.

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Tuesday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In honor of the event the Comic Creator’s Alliance, a group of over 100 comic book creators (both web and print!), volunteered their artistic talents to raise money and awareness for this cause. There are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year. Unlike slavery in the 19th century, what is happening today is happening in secret. It won’t end until awareness is raised and people like you and me take a stand.

So here’s what we did: each creator contributed an original drawing of one of their own female characters, and combined them into a single image! This year's theme was "The Brady Bunch." There is so much going on in this image you can look at the wallpaper for a long time and still find something new!

All of the artists included in the drive are amazing and some of the fan favorites are: Scott Sava (The Dreamland Chronicles), Adam Hughes (Star Wars, Wonder Woman), Sarah Ellerton (Inverloch), Bryan Glass & Victor Santos (Mice Templar), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars), Billy Tucci (Shi), Crystal Yates (Earthsong), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), and Alison Action (Bear Nuts).
View the full listing of contributors here.

Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper. Or, this year you can buy a print! The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from January 11th – 24th. All proceeds will be split evenly between Love 146 and Gracehaven House, two organizations working on rehabilitation of victims and prevention of this crime.

To learn more about the problem, visit love146.org/slavery. (Note: contains adult themes and actual accounts of sex slavery.)

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I'm so honored to be a part of this great cause.
Rock on.
Altered. January 10, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Some of you have written to me concerning comics that are either missing or simply show up as broken links when surfing through the Archive. This is a known issue and I'm working with my gracious hosts to figure out what the problem is.

I personally don't have any problems with anyone who gets plastic surgery or body modification. I actually respect the people who have the bravery to decide to change their bodies forever. So I say if you want to stretch your ears, split your tongue, get immense breast implants or a huge member, and it makes you happy (and you've given it a lot of thought), go for it.

But that doesn't change the fact that this all freaks Dominic out. Read on this week to find out why.

The most "modification" I ever got was my ear pierced in high school. I don't know if the crappy tattoo I got on my 21st birthday in Las Vegas counts, but I'd sure like to have it modified so it doesn't look so crummy anymore... as I am stuck with it forever.

Dominic would disapprove, I'm sure.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Altered states. January 7, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Alterism and necromancy are the two schools of magic that have been bad-mouthed and scorned the most by Dominic in the comic's history. While Dominic's dislike for necromancy was reconciled during Around The World, alterism has remained a sour subject for him.

I'm looking forward to next week's comics because, at last, alterism will be put into the spotlight and we'll get some insight as to why Dominic is so freaked out by this largely mysterious school of magic.

Don't expect much more alliterative slang for alterists, though.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
No matter what. January 5, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic is an example of why I'm afraid to go to the doctor. I'm always afraid that I'm going to get one thing checked out and they'll come back with a million things that are wrong with me. This one time I went to the dentist because I had bad gingivitis. They said, "Not only do you have horrible gingivitis, but six cavities! And we have to yank your wisdom teeth out!"

We're going to be seeing a lot of this sort of thing in 2011. Sappy romance and sweet nothings, that is, not continuous examples of Dominic's physical frailty. So brace yourselves for a lot of Dominic and Luna being lovey-dovey and supportive and all that other sappy crap because I'm getting married this year and sappy crap is going to be saturating my very soul.

And with me planning my wedding this year, I wonder if Dominic and Luna will finally be getting around to their wedding?

I'm very mysterious, I know.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Unpleasant news. January 4, 2011 Posted by Mookie
Sorry to start things off on a somber note so early into the new year, but Luna's condition wasn't just an arbitrary choice at the end of The March Across Maltak and, even though she didn't want to address it right away, the time has come to face it.

Besides, ending today's comic with a punchline would've been completely tasteless.

Speaking of tasteless comedy, I used my telescope to find Uranus last night!


That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Huh? What? He did what with who? January 3, 2011 Posted by Mookie
And here we go. 2011 is underway and the first comic catches everyone up to everything that's been going on. This is how it's done when my family gets together over the holidays, it's how the Deegans do it, and I suspect there are a few other families out there who, to the casual eavesdropper, sound just like this at the dinner table, too.

There's a new Donation Wallpaper up for your approval this month. I haven't drawn Dominic and Luna just hugging in awhile and I needed some sap. So there you have it. I hope you fine folks like it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A (crummy) filler reminder. December 27, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The crummy filler doodle says it all.

I'm on my "winter break" this week and the comic returns next week, on the first Monday of the new year.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, and I hope you all have an equally wonderful new year. You've blessed me with an amazing 2010 and I hope to continue to be worthy of your support for 2011.

That's a lot of hoping!


That's all from me for 2010!
Rock on, and see you next year!
They're baaaaaack....! December 24, 2010 Posted by Mookie
No big surprises.

No cliffhangers.

No world-endangering crises.

Just bringing Dominic, Luna, Donovan and Spark back into the comic after almost a year's absence. It's nice to see them again, and having old friends show up on your doorstep with nothing but smiles is what this holiday weekend should be about.

So have a great weekend, everyone. I hope your holidays are filled with as much love, cheer and joy as you've given me this year. I cannot express my gratitude enough.

The comic resumes on Monday, January 3, 2011. I'll have some crummy filler up this Monday to remind you folks in case you're lost in the daze of a holiday hangover.

That's all from me for 2010.
Rock on!
Miranda's Magical something beginning with M? December 23, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Looking at Miranda's assortment of magic items, some of you may think I missed a golden opportunity for some alliterative names. The truth is I avoided them because alliteration is not really her territory. That's Spark's domain, and most everyone knows you don't step into a cat's territory without some consequences.

I picked up some choice comic books yesterday. Here's a quick rundown of my favorites.

- Nowadays I cringe at anything involving vampires, but Deadpool's encounter with them is funny as hell. I especially like his "all vampires are named Dracula" stance.

- I really wish Power Girl would stop almost remembering Max Lord. Otherwise it's a fun series that I highly recommend.

- Justice League: Generation Lost teeters back and forth from really funny to crushingly serious. Rocket Red cracks me up and I love Booster Gold. But I swear, if anything happens to Blue Beetle I'm boycotting DC Comics forever.

- I love Cliff Chiang drawing Zatanna.

- As silly and ridiculous as it was, the Larfleeze Christmas Special was really fun to read, complete with the cookie recipe, maze and free Orange Lantern ornament!

I hope you folks enjoyed the penultimate comic of 2010. Last one is tomorrow, and then it's a week off for me!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Miranda's Tome of Arcane Might? December 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Anyone who's ever played a game of Dungeons & Dragons knows that the coolest magical items and spells are the ones that have a particular wizard's name attached to them. It places them above and beyond the countless other spellcasters of ages past and, in essence, immortalizes them. Bigby, Mordenkainen, Tenser, Leomund and Evard should ring a bell in the minds of my fellow RPG nerds.

I think "Miranda's Gem of Magical Empowerment" sounds nice. I think she likes the way it sounds, too.

I also took particular joy in drawing young Miranda. Happy little nerds make me immensely happy.

Also, thank you to the reader who sent me this wonderful time lapse video of the lunar eclipse, which I sadly missed due to cloud cover. I also want to thank the reader who clarified that all lunar eclipses happen during a full moon. It seems I still have a lot to learn.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Spaaaaaace clooooooak! December 21, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I love "space cloaks." I've loved them ever since the cosmic superhero Quasar donned his third costume in the early 90s. To me a "space cloak" shows off the scale at which a magic user or cosmic-themed hero operates, and since Miranda is an archmage and has the spotlight in these last few comics of 2010, I felt it was appropriate to showcase the true extent of her magical power by setting her against the backdrop of the vast, awesome grandeur of the universe.

Why so much space talk today? It may have something to do with the lunar eclipse on this day, the winter solstice. And it's a full moon tonight, too! This is a rare cosmic event so be sure to head outside and give it a look if you can!

Of course, it's forecast to be cloudy and snowy tonight in my area, so I'm gonna miss it.

I wish I had a space cloak.

That all from me for now.
Rock on!

EDIT: The lunar eclipse happened overnight between the 20th and the 21st... and it was so cloudy that I missed it.
Intergalactic. Planetary. December 20, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The post office during the weekend before Christmas is a sight to behold. The line goes out the door, and it's full of people who look impatient and aggravated for no other reason than they're there. And when they get to the front of the line one encounters people who apparently have never mailed anything in their entire lives. I swore I heard one person ask the clerk if they really needed an envelope to mail something.

I give post office employees all the credit in the world, and I especially appreciate the workers at my local branch. I'm there so often (with orders from you fine and generous folks) that they know me by name and are always genuinely chipper. I'm the only person I know who actually looks forward to standing in line at the post office.

Just a reminder that this is the last week of comics for 2010. The last comic will be on Friday and it will resume on Monday, January 3rd. My own little winter break.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
That little wizard may be me. December 17, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Alas, not all the otherworldly beings that Miranda deals with are eloquent, charming or even friendly. This one was a hook-nosed grump with a penchant for storm-offs. Sounds a little like me on a bad day.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the no shipping sale in the SEER'S CATALOG. Tonight at midnight Eastern Standard US time shipping rates will return to the books. You can still order them, and I'll get them out in the mail as fast as I can, but I can't guarantee they'll arrive in time for whatever holiday you celebrate.

The shirts through SHARK ROBOT remain available, too. Yay!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a great weekend!
Cliffhanger, or cliff-exploder? December 16, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Since today's comic ends with an explosive cliffhanger I want to talk about two of the many comic books I picked up yesterday, since I was inspired to learn the art of the cliffhanger from comics.

The second issue of Atomic Robo & The Deadly Art of Science hit the shelves yesterday and it continues to both impress and amaze me. The dialogue is snappy and natural. The artwork is unique and charming. The tone of this book is, and always has been, to emphasize the fun and adventure of comic books and to create a world you want to escape to, not from. Atomic Robo is one of the best comics out there and I highly recommend it.

On the other end of the spectrum, there was nothing charming or fun about the latest issue of Thunderbolts but it was one of the best issues I've read from an already magnificent team book. It focuses on the origin of Ghost, one of the more unique "heroes" to come out of the superhero genre. What I liked most about his origin is that he's not a trained soldier or a genetically engineered super-whatsit. He was an out-of-shape computer programmer who... well, I don't want to give the story away. Go pick it up and see for yourself.

Remember that this is the last week to take advantage of the holiday sale in the SEER'S CATALOG, and there are still awesome shirts available through SHARK ROBOT!

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

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