Oh, it's on. October 11, 2010 Posted by Mookie
First of all, congratulations to the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts on the great success of their debut performance this past weekend. The show was great, you ladies kicked all kinds of ass, and I'm proud to have been your sponsor.

As for things here, they're about to get punchy. And kicky. And stabby. And some more stabby.

This is going to be a big fight. I hope you folks like it.
You might say... it's ON!

As soon as I hear back from Dave at Shark Robot I ought to have some new t-shirts for your perusal and approval. They're very different from anything I've done before so I hope you folks like them.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Blood-soaked beginnings and blood-soaked snacks. October 8, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Yep. This hell-bound story is gory and dark.
Everything is moving along nicely. Well, hellishly.

This weekend is the debut of the SlaughterHouse Sweethearts burlesque troupe in A Blood-Soaked Beginning. If you're in the Boston area I highly recommend attending this midnight showing of original dance, music and spooky burlesque shenanigans. I personally sponsored the show so I'll be in attendance. Feel free to say "hi" if you're there!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
You've got something on your face. October 7, 2010 Posted by Mookie
One of the best and most imaginative comic books I've been reading hit the shelves yesterday. It was the newest issue of Orc Stain and I couldn't have been more excited to see it... until I realized I was looking at issue five and the last one I got was issue two, months ago.

I was vigilant for those missing issues. Every week I would go to my local comic shop and scan the shelves, only to find nothing. Turns out a combination of the book's popularity and a reasonably small amount of issues being stocked led to this unfortunate lapse in issues.

But I read issue five anyway and it was still an entertaining read. James Stokoe has created a gruesome and bizarre world that I would never in a million years want to live in, but I do enjoy the visits when I read Orc Stain. From its incredible, unique artwork and quick dialogue that expertly showcases this strange land with little to no direct exposition as to how it all works, this is one of the best comics out now and you're seriously missing out if you're not reading Orc Stain.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Cheek-to-cheek. October 6, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Yep. That's Bulgak's butt right there. Most souls in the comic are naked anyway, and I was getting tired of finding excuses for him to find scraps of hell-wear and other such objects of modesty. So, there it is. I showed Luna's butt during THE MARCH ACROSS MALTAK and nobody told me I was doing anything wrong, so...

Yesterday I made a long post about the band Immortal and how I thought they took themselves too seriously. I take that back. My perception about them was wrong. Abbath is one funny dude. My apologies to Immortal, if they're reading (which I highly doubt).

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay metal.
I don't like you... but dammit, I respect you. October 5, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic has become one of my favorite Siegfried moments ever.

I've been listening to a lot of metal as background music while I draw this storyline... which isn't much different than any other day of the week or any other storyline. In any case, in the midst of all my metal listening I was reminded of a valuable lesson I learned from a band I don't even like very much.

Immortal. They're a pretty well-known death metal band but I don't like them very much. It's not that I think they're bad. They just aren't for me. Anyway, they take themselves very seriously and it has resulted in unintentionally funny music videos that have made them the subject of (admittedly funny) internet mockery.

Maybe they look funny in their videos. Maybe they take themselves a little too seriously. But in the face of criticism and mockery they haven't changed one thing about themselves, their music, or their attitude. They're doing whatever the hell they want and don't give a crap about what anyone else thinks, and I have to respect that. It's not a new or profound lesson, but one that's worth repeating every now and again.

When it comes to your creativity the only person you really have to answer to is yourself.

It was my respect for Immortal that inspired the final page of B.Y.O.B.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay metal.
Some grow armor. Some dance. October 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Did I mention that I love October?

Did I mention that one of the reasons I love it is because it's so spooky? Turns out a good friend of mine, frequent model for my amateur photography and long-time fan of the comic also likes to celebrate the spookiness of October, only she does it with burlesque numbers she's written and choreographed herself.

SlaughterHouse Sweethearts: Blood-Soaked Beginning is the debut performance of Boston's spookiest burlesque troupe. Not only am I behind this project one-hundred percent, I'll also be there to cheer my friend and her sweethearts on. If you're in the Boston area you should come check this out. If you're not in the Boston area, take a road trip for this one. You won't be disappointed.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
October! October 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Cripes. Is it really October already?

Normally when a month sneaks up on me like this I lament the seemingly fast passage of time, but October is my favorite month of the year so today I welcome it with open arms and an enthusiastic spirit.

There are so many wonderful things to love about October.
The continued presence of the autumn beers!
Pleasantly cooler weather (here in New England, anyway)!
Halloween costumes!
Halloween candy!
Did I mention Halloween?

I'll be at ONI-CON again this year for my favorite holiday in my favorite month, so if you're in the area be sure to stop by and share in some Halloween spirit!

Did I mention I love Halloween?

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Flashback snacktime. September 30, 2010 Posted by Mookie
As I said regarding Bulgak's teaser flashback, this one will also be going into more detail, but if you want a quick refresher on Karnak and the orcs, just follow the link.

I've been on a real movie and documentary kick lately, so in lieu of other things to talk about here's a quick list of them that I've watched lately, both old and new, that you fine folks might enjoy.

Black Dynamite
Carl Sagan's COSMOS
Ken Burns' JAZZ
The Atheism Tapes
Lord, Save Us From Your Followers
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: 1960's
The Most Dangerous Man in America
The Buddha
Beer Wars
The Pluto Files

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Soul food! September 29, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I realized that since Karnak's reappearance in this story he hasn't been eating anyone. The only time he hasn't been chomping down on demon flesh was his brief appearance in THE SHADOW OF SIEGFRIED, but even then I'm pretty sure he was thinking about it.

Yesterday I mentioned a short series I watched thanks to streaming Netflix on my Wii called The Atheism Tapes. Now I want to recommend a documentary that, despite its title, is its polar opposite in purpose and subject called Lord, Save Us From Your Followers. At first I thought it was going to be something along the lines of Religulous (which I disliked), but instead this documentary was made by a devout Christian who not only remains remarkably moderate in his examination of the role of religion in the "culture wars" here in the U.S., but who ultimately calls upon his fellow Christians to be more tolerant, compassionate and loving to everyone, no matter how different they may be. I don't subscribe to any religion myself but I believe calls for empathy and charity are wonderful regardless of their source.

There's not going to be too much empathy, charity and compassion during this current story, though. We'll probably see more of Karnak having gruesome snacks.

Mmm. Soul food.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
News bits. September 28, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Just some quick little news tidbits for today.

- I added some new photographs to my deviantArt gallery. More will be coming in the following weeks.

- A good friend of mine has started her own burlesque troupe and I'll be enthusiastically attending their debut performance. If you're not in the Boston area, do yourself a favor and plan a road trip for this one.

- Thanks to instant Netflix on my Wii I've had the opportunity to watch a fascinating program called The Atheism Tapes. Thoughtful stuff. Give it a look if you want to see if you can keep up with very intellectual conversations about God (or the lack thereof).

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Buried emotions... in Hell! September 27, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Melodramatic, isn't it?

Bulgak and Grench were indeed the ones who found Stonewater in Maltak and, like everyone who wears a black robe in a fantasy setting, Bulgak was the one lurking in the background.

Come to think of it there are probably going to be a lot of references to events that transpired during The War In Hell. Good thing it's the latest volume of collected comics available in the SEER'S CATALOG, eh? Am I a marketing genius or what?

The answer is no, I am not.

Anyway, this is the week I should have news regarding new t-shirts. I've been experimenting with incorporating my photography into the designs but it's required more tweaking and fixing on my part than I anticipated. I want to be totally happy with these and it's proving tricky, but fun to do.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Teasing the past and the future. September 23, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The scene in the last panel of today's comic was touched upon briefly near the beginning of The March Across Maltak. As you can probably tell, things are going to go into much more detail now but I like providing these links. The comic's archive is big enough now that even I need these little reminders sometimes.

I picked up the conclusion to the Hit Monkey mini-series yesterday and, it's official, I am now totally gay for Daniel Way. I've said before that the very idea of Hit Monkey should be dumbest thing in comics, but Way makes the character (yes, the monkey is a genuine character!) so sympathetic and believable that one has no trouble agreeing that a monkey in a suit with nunchuks could beat the crap out of Bullseye. Thank you, Daniel Way, for your monkey goodness.

I'm holding my breath a little now at where Justice League: Generation Lost is going. I love this series. I think it's amazing, but do they really have to tease the "Kingdom Come" future? Again? Don't get me wrong, "Kingdom Come" is a great graphic novel and I highly recommend it, but leave it alone already! Magog would've thrived in the nineties. Guh.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Noodly. September 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Originally I wanted to make the soul hunter's consumption of Bulgak's infernomancy whip thing to be a lot more splattery and horrid. I wanted it to look like a truly painful thing that signified a pain that cut deep into his very soul.

But, in the end, I got the chuckles at the thought of the soul hunter sucking it down like a piece of spaghetti. Maybe it's because I've been having leftover pasta for dinner over the last few nights. Maybe this is a case of life imitating art? Or at least art imitating dinner. Or maybe I just really like spaghetti.

However, I can neither confirm nor deny my belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Back in business. September 21, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The site was down for many hours yesterday, so if you missed Monday's update be sure to check it out.

There are new Donation Wallpapers up for your perusal and approval. I've decided to stop doing them monthly and will most likely switch to a schedule more suited to whatever storyline is most current and/or popular with you fine folks.

I should have more news regarding new t-shirts later this week. I mentioned that I'm experimenting with some designs that incorporate my amateur photography, so we'll see if these new designs meet your general approval as well.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
And we're back! September 20, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The site was down for awhile today but the fine folks at ZeHosting, who graciously host yours truly, seem to have things back up and running here. Hooray!

There are new Donation Wallpapers up for your approval. I do hope you like them.

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

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