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Your lips are venomous poison...! November 24, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Remember that drippy little demon who liked to whisper words of poison into people's ears? If not, those links ought to help.

Between Azeroth shattering yesterday (orc mages!) and the sky finally being clear enough to use my brand new telescope, it's a wonder there's a comic up for today!

Actually, that's an exaggeration. The server maintenance being extended for hours upon hours and the street light shining almost directly into my telescope didn't make for as big a distraction as I was anticipating. So, in truth, I had plenty of time to make a comic for today, even if it is a sad one right before a major holiday.

Just a reminder that there will be filler tomorrow instead of a comic, since it's Thanksgiving. There will be an update on Friday as normal.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
The truth really, really hurts. November 23, 2010 Posted by Mookie
For those who may have forgotten that Buglak Adrak's brother, Adrak Bulgak, could take the pain of others onto himself, here's a handy link to remind you that he could do it.

So as you can see, there is indeed a comic up today. I did not, in fact, spend all night looking at the stars. My sexy new telescope (an Orion XT6 classic Dobsonian telescope) did indeed arrive yesterday, but there was no stargazing to be had. As luck would have it, the entire week is forecast to be cloudy and rainy. The Gods of Timing sure like to screw with me, it seems.

Speaking of timing, don't forget that I've started this year's holiday sale a little early in the SEER'S CATALOG! For the next month all domestic orders will pay no shipping and international orders will pay reduced shipping!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Sales, reopenings and the universe. November 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
There's cool stuff to talk about today.

First of all, there's the big news in the SEER'S CATALOG. Not only am I accepting orders for The Storm of Souls with its brand new cover, but I've also begun this year's Holiday Sale a little early! For the next month all domestic orders will pay no shipping and international orders will pay reduced shipping!

I've also reopened the Fan Art pages! The more numerous pages of art have been separated into different pages and some characters now have their own pages. There is, as always, lots of great artwork by lots of talented folks to see and I am humbled to have it here on my little corner of the internet.

On a selfish note, I'm rather excited that my first telescope will be arriving today. If there's no comic tomorrow it's because I stayed up all night looking at the stars. Whee!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The rocky road to Hell. November 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm quite happy with the rocky effect of Karnak's scrying in today's comic. I'm usually happy when I get to have rocks, or tentacles, or shards of dimensions, or whatever, creeping their way between the panels. I think it looks neat, but I'm biased.

The printer has informed me that, after tweaking the cover problems, The Storm of Souls ought to be printed next week. However, due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the delays in shipping it causes, they will likely not arrive until the beginning of December. You'll be able to place orders for the book next week, though. Just be aware there may be a slight delay in their arrival. Nothing major, but just something I felt should be mentioned.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, there will indeed be crummy filler on that day. Just a heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
I don't want to live! I DO NOT WANT TO LIIIIVE! November 18, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Turns out there's a small problem with the proof of the Storm of Souls cover, but it's nothing that isn't easily remedied. With any luck the books will be back in stock by the end of the month at the latest, just in time for the holidays.

Experiments are tests. Sometimes those tests fail, and we must accept those failures with quiet dignity and grace. That being said, it seems that t-shirts with incorporated photography were a failed experiment on my part, but a mongrel heart still beats alive and well. The next batch of t-shirt designs (hopefully in time for the holidays as well) will have more artwork and less photos. Lesson learned.

Some cool comic books came out yesterday. Here's a quick list of my favorite reads:
Zatanna. Fun superhero magic.
Thunderbolts. Excellent team book.
Power Girl. Fun, classic superhero action.
Green Lantern. Cosmic and color-coded, like Voltron.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
For upcoming products! November 16, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The talented and friendly Zack Finfrock made a Doritos commercial for a major contest. It's funny and well done, so I want to help him spread the word so people can see how funny and well done it is. Check it out! Good luck, Zack!

I'm still waiting for a physical proof of the new cover for the STORM OF SOULS to arrive from the printer, but in the meantime here's a tiny teaser of the new design.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaaaains! November 15, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Looks like Karnak and Siegfried are getting back into the swing of things this week. Wakka wakka.

It was a pleasantly slow weekend and, in lieu of anything relevant or interesting to talk about, I'll put you fine folks on to some music I've recently discovered.

Normally I recommend stuff I really enjoy, but these two bands I found (thanks to informative e-mails from some informative readers) didn't really do anything for me. I'm not saying this music is bad. It's just not for me. Still, it's unique enough that some of you fine folks may enjoy it.

In Legend features the drummer from Van Canto and can only be described as "piano metal."

Arkona is a Russian pagan metal band featuring the pretty singing (and equally impressive growling) of Masha Scream, who I think has one of the coolest names in metal.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Round 2! FIGHT! November 12, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Oh yeah. Round two of this hellish brawl begins next week, and Karnak is armed with chains. The Dungeons & Dragons nerd in me will be enjoying making Karnak fight like a kyton. They were always my favorite of the D&D demons.

I should have a new Karnak themed Donation Wallpaper up by next week as well. Keep an eye out for it!

Okay. I don't know how else to draw attention to this without seeming somewhat tacky, so I'm going to go for it anyway...

Nominations are up for the 2010 Webcomics List Awards and I think it'd be neat to get nominated in a category or two. Granted, only other webcomickers and print comics folks can nominate (and not for their own comics), and I submitted my nominations yesterday, but I don't know any subtle ways to spread the word about this. So here I am in the news box telling any fellow webcomickers reading that I think it'd be neat to be nominated in a category or two. Hint. Hint.

That's enough blatant self-promotion from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
That sh*t-eating grin. November 11, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I don't normally pat myself on the back about, well, anything at all. I especially don't pat myself on the back artistically around here, but today is going to be an exception.

I am extremely pleased with the last panel in today's strip. Karnak's grin is just spot-on and conveys his wicked delight exactly the way I saw it in my mind's eye. I'm biased, of course, and I'm essentially patting myself on the back here, but I hope you find Karnak's evil amusement as entertaining as I do.

In other news, The Storm of Souls will be back in stock in the SEER'S CATALOG within the next few weeks! I'm just waiting to approve a proof of the new cover from the printer and then it'll be back!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
My valued readers. November 10, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I saw Our Valued Customers linked in various places by various people yesterday so I felt the need to do the same, although I must admit my shame in not doing it sooner. It's real quotes spoken by (sadly) real people who come by the comic book shop where the creator works. Why do I feel bad for not linking this sooner? Because the comic book shop is around the corner from my apartment and I buy my weekly comics from him every Wednesday. As far as I know I haven't appeared in any updates. Yet.

Today is the last day to pre-order new t-shirts from SHARK ROBOT! Actually, I'm not certain if today is the last day you can or if the time to pre-order is literally over today. I suppose if you click over to Shark Robot and look you'll know one way or the other.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Get over here! November 9, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Bulgak remembers that he did, in fact, do that. In my mind he sounds just like Danger Mouse's sidekick, Penfold, in today's comic.

There's only one day left to pre-order new t-shirts through SHARK ROBOT! Remember, designs stay in that store based on the strength of their pre-orders, so if you see something you like now's the time to order it! Otherwise it may not be around by the end of the week.

Finally, due to daylight savings and a weird glitch with the way the auto-updating program is coded, the comic's going to be updating at 2am EST instead of 3am EST. Earth shattering news, I know.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Not a dull weekend. November 8, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The Dimmu Borgir concert left me sore, hoarse and nearly deaf. I could not be happier. I was also impressed with the opening band, Enslaved. Quality viking metal. Epic symphonic black metal. All in all a very metallic evening.

New England Webcomics Weekend was a great success for everyone involved. Even me, and I wasn't even remotely involved! I was simply attending, showing my support for the exhibiting webcomickers and the event itself, and yet a whole bunch of wonderful readers said "hi," offered flattering words and asked me for quick sketches of characters. I almost felt like the "hidden boss" of Webcomics Weekend, so that was neat.

I finally got to meet Karl Kerschl, whose work in comics I've greatly admired for years and his webcomic, The Abominable Charles Christopher, is one of the most beautiful and moving I've encountered in a long time. I confess I had more than one fanboy moment when I met him. It was awesome.

Ananth & Yuko, it was wonderful to see you guys again.
Randy, I managed to survive my ride home.
Chris, I'm sorry we didn't hang out more.
Evan, your work floors me.
Spike, you flatter both me and my (allegedly) beautiful hair.
Dave, one day I'll drag you to a proper Boston pub.

If I forgot anyone in this initial post, I'll make it up to them later this week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Big f*cking news. November 5, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Yes, I'll be attending Webcomics Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

And yes, there's only five days left to pre-order new t-shirts from SHARK ROBOT.

But what am I really excited about today? What is making me bounce up-and-down for joy like a little kid on Christmas morning? What is so awesome that I'm easily willing to miss the NEWW Pub Crawl for?

I'm going to see Dimmu Borgir tonight.

Dimmu. F*cking. Borgir.

If you see me walking around NEWW in a daze, you'll know why.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a great weekend.
(insert relevant title here) November 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Besides once again mentioning my attendance at Webcomics Weekend and that there's less than one week left to pre-order new t-shirts from SHARK ROBOT, there really isn't much relevant or interesting news to report today.

Oh. I did pick up a couple of good comic books yesterday.

I've been really enjoying Avengers Academy. I started reading this series solely because Speedball is in it, but I've really become invested in what happens to the students at the Academy... most of them, anyway. I'm really cheering for Mettle, Veil and Reptil. I hope Hazmat becomes slightly more likeable. Striker and Finesse just grate on my nerves. It's also nice to see Henry Pym finally getting the super-science push he's deserved after all these years. This is a solid series with a great concept. I recommend it.

Brightest Day continues to impress me, this time with a savage spotlight on Hawkman and his barbarian-level "heroics." Whether he's portrayed as a complex soul of a thousand lives, a devoted soulmate across time and space, or just a mace wielding maniac with wings, I have a soft spot for Hawkman.

Chaos War has been rocking my mythological socks off. I was a big mythology nerd in middle school so watching Hercules rally whole pantheons against an ultra-cosmic supervillain is just making me squeal all over. Amadeus Cho is one of the best teen heroes in comics today without a touch of inner anguish or angst. I love it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Tattoos, t-shirts and tallying votes. November 3, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm aware that Bulgak's facial markings in today's flashback are different than the ones he had during The War In Hell. I did that on purpose. You'll see why before the week is over.

There's only one week left to pre-order the new Dominic Deegan t-shirts from SHARK ROBOT! Remember that designs only stick around based on the strength of their pre-orders, so if you see something you like now is the time to place your order!

Finally, I'm writing this news update while the U.S. midterm election polls are still being projected, so things may change by the time I wake up in the morning. That being said, I admit that I'm not terribly happy with Republicans taking a majority of the House of Representatives, but the local, state and senate races that I was invested in went the way that I voted. So you win some, you lose some. Oh well. Life goes on.

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

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