Rocking, voting and webcomicking. November 2, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Today is an important day for those of us in the U.S. It's the midterm elections and, regardless of your opinion of the government, apathy is your greatest enemy and a fatal flaw in all of us. So if you're eligible to vote, I urge you to go to the polls today and do so. Just sitting around and going "meh, I don't really care" won't make political issues go away. It'll just make them worse for you, regardless of your views.

I'll be voting today, and I hope you folks will be, too.

I'll be returning to the Webcomics Weekend this weekend. I wasn't invited to be a guest, but I'll be in attendance anyway because I support events like this that celebrate webcomics and webcomic creators. I'll be missing the Friday pub crawl, but only because I've got tickets to see DIMMU BORGIR that night. So if I'm very hard-of-hearing on Saturday, you'll know why.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Oni-Con. Wine. Halloween. Nerds. Awesome. November 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm back from ONI-CON in one piece and I'm mostly happy with the way today's comic came out. I managed to get it done while I was at the convention so my working conditions weren't ideal, but I'm satisfied with the result. Mostly.

It was great to be back at Oni-Con. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said "hi," thanks to the staffers who treated Alyssa and me like a million bucks, and thanks to Vintropolis for providing us with a fantastic way to end our days at the convention. There's nothing like sitting down with friends, enjoying some high quality wine, and geeking out with the waiters and owner because they're all as nerdy as you are.

Overall it was a great weekend, and I hope everyone managed to have themselves a happy Halloween! Alyssa and I spent the day traveling so we didn't really do anything special, but we're planning on making up for it next year in a big way.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
ONI-CON! October 29, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm at ONI-CON today!

If you're in the area be sure to stop by and say "hello!" I'll either be in a great mood because I'm back at ONI-CON or I'll be loopy from the super early flight I had to catch this morning to get down there. I'm sure you'll be entertained regardless.

Did I mention I'm at ONI-CON today? Whee!

There may be crummy filler for Monday's update, and if there is I apologize ahead of time.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and see you at ONI-CON!
Links 2 3 4! October 28, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Just a few quick news items for today, complete with relevant links.

- Here's a quick refresher as to why Karnak is beating the hell out of Donovan and who he's saving Miranda from.

- I'll be at ONI-CON this weekend!

- New t-shirts are up for pre-order through SHARK ROBOT.

- The link to the Fan Art pages is currently disabled because I need to do some maintenance on them.

- Fixed and added some stuff on the LINKS page. (If someone from the notorious Keenspot forum could e-mail me the new-ish URL again I'll post that up, too)

- I watched the amazing documentary Heavy Metal In Baghdad yesterday and, while the film itself ends on a downer, I was pleased to discover that Acrassicauda made it to the U.S. and are currently rocking. You cannot kill the metal.
Merchandising! October 27, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm very proud to announce that new t-shirts are available for pre-order through SHARK ROBOT!

These shirts incorporate my (amateur) photography into the designs and I think they've created some very cool, very different imagery from what you'd expect. I'm proud of them and I do hope you like what you see.

Shirt designs remain with SHARK ROBOT through the strength of their pre-orders, so if you like these designs order now!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
A supernova in your soul. October 25, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The spiritually cosmic speculation in today's comic was, I confess, inspired by my blossoming interest in astronomy and the universe in general. I'm glad I was able to work the starry analogy in with the concepts of how the comic's afterlife works. Or at least in Miranda's theory.

This weekend I'll be returning to ONI-CON and I couldn't be more excited. Oni-Con was the first convention I was invited to attend as a guest while I was living in Texas. The people I met there, both staffers and attendees, welcomed me with open arms and generous hearts. It was thanks to Oni-Con that I became acquainted with many more people in the Texas convention circuit and I couldn't be more grateful for the experience.

So if you're in the area and you want to stop by and say "hi," I'll likely be in an excellent mood. I'm sure you will be, too, because Oni-Con is a fun weekend.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Fist fights in Hell and other infernal quandaries. October 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Karnak and Siegfried's extended fist fight confirmed a suspicion I had about myself. I hate drawing extended fist fights. Sure, I could have added more magical blasts and special effects to spice things up a bit, but the effect I wanted was a toe-to-toe brawl and I'm happy with how this fight turned out, even if I didn't fully enjoy the process.

At least their fight is over. For now.

On a completely different note I've taken to reading a charming book, "Death By Black Hole & Other Cosmic Quandaries" by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I've been on a serious astronomy kick lately and I'm trying to soak up as much about our beautiful, majestic universe as I can. This book is a good, accessible start and it helps that Tyson is a clever writer and educator. I'm not even halfway done with this book and I already highly recommend it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
He's got soul, and he's super bad. October 21, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Of all the good comic books I picked up yesterday I feel like it's only appropriate to talk about one of them, as its very name coincides with a major element of this current story.

Ragman: Suit of Souls features one of the most underrated and, in my opinion, underused characters in DC Comics. It gives a brief history of the character and his inherited powers for those unfamiliar with him, which ties in nicely with a moral dilemma of his which is the center of this book, and concludes with a bittersweet but satisfying ending. There's more character study than action and adventure in this one-shot issue, but I like the character and concept of Ragman so I'm biased to like stuff about him.

New t-shirts should be up for pre-order soon. More news as I get it from Shark Robot.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Just one of those days. October 20, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The revelations in today's comic is probably the most exciting news I have to report today here in the news box. It's one of those in-between days when there's kinda nothing really going on.

Alyssa has the day off so we're going to spend it together, but I'm not going to bother you fine folks with the specifics of our cavity-inducing snuggly-wuggly time.

New comics hit the shelves today, so I'll buy some of them.




Slow news day today.

Rock on.
Cool under pressure. October 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I've been talking a lot about music lately but I don't want to overdo it. However, I'll "conclude" my musings on music for now with a small explanation as to why I never talk about jazz here in the news box.

I love jazz. I grew up playing it, worked in a jazz club during college and hosted a jazz radio show on WERS in Boston for awhile. It was a huge part of my life for a long time, and even though I relish the primal fury of heavy metal and the soaring elegance of classical music I will always have a place in my heart for the smooth, cool sounds of jazz.

So why do I never speak of jazz in regards to Dominic Deegan? Because jazz is an American art form and its development and growth is closely tied in to American history.

Whenever I listen to jazz I can't think of otherworldly vistas, planar quandaries or extravagant monsters. When I listen to jazz I think of city streets, subways, smoky pool halls, long walks on forgotten sidewalks and other such urban scenarios. Power chords and double-bass drums make me think of dragons and wizards. Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis make me think of city life and urban America.

Jazz is a wonderful art form and an inspiring genre of music, but for me it's just not the right fit for a fantasy setting, no matter how urban or modern it may be.

Though if I were to pick a song that helped me think of someone in the comic, "Take Five" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet would be Dominic's song.

That's all from me for now.
Stay cool.
And so they keep punching one another. October 18, 2010 Posted by Mookie
And so the brawl between Karnak and Siegfried continues. I told you this was going to be a big fight.

Thanks to those of you who have been e-mailing me suggestions for more classical music to listen to. I'm always open to new ideas for a personal "soundtrack" while I'm making the comic.

For those of you who are interested in my (amateur) photography I've posted numerous new photographs to my deviantArt page. So if you like pictures of funny cats, city skylines and open flame go take a look!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Pieces of you... in Hell. October 15, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Those of you with really good memories will remember that it was indeed a severed piece of Tox'xel's body that pierced the souls of the Chosen and caused that dimensionally damaging explosion.

Those of you with really good memories will also recall that Karnak fell into Hell a whole and living man.

More on these developments as The Court of Karnak continues!

Next week I'll have additional conventions for 2011 posted as well as news regarding the restocking of THE STORM OF SOULS in the SEER'S CATALOG.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
CHOOM! October 14, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Here are some more musical recommendations for a "soundtrack" to this storyline, if you're inclined to think in a musical manner like I am.

This does not represent the scope of the classical music I enjoy, but rather just some of the darker, more brooding pieces that are appropriate for a hell-bound story like this one. Below some of the pieces, in italics, are specific movements that I feel are particularly apropos.

Johannes Brahms - "A German Requiem"
- Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - "Requiem"

Carl Orff - "Carmina Burana"
- O Fortuna

Sergei Prokofiev - "Alexander Nevsky Suite"

Gustav Holst - "The Planets Suite"
- Mars, the Bringer of War

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Floored! October 13, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Dimmu Borgir's Abrahadabra is awesome. It's rare that I pick up an album that has songs I thoroughly enjoy from start to finish. The addition of a full symphony orchestra makes this their biggest sounding album to date and I highly recommend this one for metal fans.

Most pre-release reviews I read warned me that this was a very "different" album for Dimmu Borgir and I should keep an open mind. Honestly, I didn't see what the big deal was. Maybe it's because the band is wearing white costumes instead of black ones? Maybe it's because the double-bass drum isn't pounding away maniacally for every second on every song? Maybe it's because they enlisted the help of a (GASP!) female vocalist on one track? Maybe it's the full symphony orchestra? I don't know and I don't care. I love this album. Period.

A friend of mine told me over the summer that she used to think of me as her "jazz and heavy metal" friend. Now she only thinks of me as her "metal" friend. A recent e-mail said that I "seemed to eat and breathe heavy metal." Now while both of those statements are mostly true, metal is not my only musical love. Metal just happens to have the coolest videos to share with you folks.

Jazz and classical music are two genres that I absolutely adore but don't talk about enough here in the news box. I'll be sure to remedy that this week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay metal/jazzy/classical.
Hellbrawl! October 12, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Despite what Karnak says in today's comic about "blowing up a soul" and it doesn't die, more than a few souls in the comic's past have been destroyed and, as a result, blew up.

Their conversation, as well as their brawl, isn't over yet.

Now I'm going to spend a moment being a total and shameless fanboy.

Dimmu Borgir's new album Abrahadabra drops today and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Dimmu Borgir often serves as my soundtrack while I'm working on these hellish stories, so the chance to hear some new music from them is very exciting.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay metal.

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