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A metallic ending. June 11, 2010 Posted by Mookie
And so ends this storyline, which I have decided to name "B.Y.O.B." Fans of System of a Down will hopefully appreciate the reference to that incredible band. And, in the end, Gregory got to "be his own bard" after all.

Some people wrote e-mails to me asking what band Facebath sounds like or what sort of metal they're supposed to be playing. I'll leave that "officially" up to each individual's tastes and imagination, but I will go so far as to say that I used Pantera's classic metal album "Vulgar Display of Power" as inspiration for Facebath's quest to find their own sound, even their glamorous beginning. For those of you who didn't know this, Pantera actually started out as a glam rock band. I'm not kidding. Look it up. There's something altogether disturbing about seeing Phil Anselmo in full makeup and teased hair.

I hope you folks enjoyed this metallic tale of brutal music and Gregory's new purpose in life. It was a blast for me, and I hope you like what comes next.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on forever.
Capitalism is hell. It's a pun. June 9, 2010 Posted by Mookie


Now on sale in the SEER'S CATALOG is the fifth volume of Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire.

Rock on.
A-KON and back a-gain. June 8, 2010 Posted by Mookie
A-KON has been a memorable convention for me over the last few years. I always meet tons of great readers, hang out with friendly fellow webcomickers and participate in panels that are as entertaining for me as they appear to be for those in attendance. Oh, and I always sell most, if not all of my merchandise. That's nice, too.

While there were countless memorable moments over the weekend, two stand out in my mind as of this writing.

A gentleman came up to my table and had the honest-to-goodness balls to say to my face, "Hey, I have to admit that I only read Dominic Deegan to make fun of it." I proceeded to invite him to visit my table again so we could talk about what he didn't like about the comic. What followed was a polite, civil discussion and critique of my comic. It was an overall pleasant experience.

A young lady of about nineteen or twenty (in a gorgeous Poison Ivy outfit) came up to my table and, in one sentence, made me feel absolutely awesome and incredibly old. She said, "I started reading Dominic Deegan when I was eleven years old. I basically grew up reading your comic." Wow.

THE WAR IN HELL will go up for sale tomorrow in the SEERS CATALOG. I made sure to send out all of the pre-orders before A-KON so if you haven't received your copy yet, rest assured that it's on the way.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Facebathed! June 7, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'd apologize for yet another Monday filler if these renditions of Facebath weren't so awesome.

The three lovely ladies who came to my rescue with three "visions" of these three rockers are, as listed above...

Jennie Breeden on bass guitar (and the bass guitarist).

Crystal Yates on drums.

Gina Biggs on lead guitar and vocals.

I am absolutely exhausted from A-KON and will write a proper news post about it once I've recovered.
F-bomb BOOM! June 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Yep.
Szark's dad dropped the comic's first F-bomb.
I make no apologies and neither does he.

This comic (expletive included) was inspired by a story my own dad told me. As he tells it, he was in college and attended a concert in which Jerry Garcia was the headliner, but opening for them was a band called The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Nobody had really heard of them and so there were little expectations. Then they began to play. While they weren't a hard rock band their sound was big and had a similar "room shattering" effect that was depicted in Wednesday's strip. My father says that after their first song the audience was dead silent for a few moments... until one guy stood up and shouted, "I don't fucking believe it!" which triggered a huge response from the crowd.

And while I don't know any heavy metal accountants, I do know a heavy metal lawyer. It really is always the ones you least suspect.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and say hi to me at A-KON! That's where I am now!
Cacophonic chords! June 3, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The audio assault continues in today's comic. My favorite panel was drawing Pam desperately hanging on to Dex as she's nearly blown off her feet by the music. It's just such a ridiculous image that I had to indulge myself. Hee hee.

Today I fly down to Dallas for A-KON this weekend. The comic will update normally tomorrow so there's no need to fret over crummy filler doodles or pictures of my cats. Hee hee. "Fret."

Tomorrow's comic will likely upset a few people. Consider yourselves warned. Metal often comes at you without such warning.

I will be selling THE WAR IN HELL down at A-KON this weekend, but rest assured that if you were kind enough to pre-order it last month your orders are on their way, along with an exclusive print that previews an upcoming story!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at A-KON!
BOOM! June 2, 2010 Posted by Mookie
There have been quite a few metal shows I've seen in the past few years that have left an impression on me similar to what the crowd is feeling in today's comic. Everything from the fiery introduction from an impassioned front man to those mind-shattering first chords that rip across the stage and through the performance space. Oh man. I live for moments like that in live music, and metal is the only genre that captures it for me on such a visceral level.

Here's hoping I conveyed that feeling well enough in today's comic.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
This is not going to be nice at all, in fact. June 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
And we're back.

I'd apologize for taking Memorial Day off yesterday, except that I'm really not very sorry at all. Whee! That was the first weekend Alyssa and I had (mostly) to ourselves in a long time and I enjoyed putting work aside for one day so I could spend some much-needed quality time with her... and her family... and my family... since we'll all be one big family at some point in the future. Whee!

Don't forget that I'll be down at A-KON this weekend! I'll be doing panels, selling merchandise and generally causing trouble down in Dallas like I do every year. I really hope some of you fine folks can make it down and say "hi" because I love to meet you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
They almost named themselves "Satanic Porn." May 28, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The lovely, talented and scandalous Jennie Breeden surprised me with a visit yesterday.

It's amazing that I was able to get today's comic done at all.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a great weekend!
Brutal stuff indeed. May 27, 2010 Posted by Mookie
My internet connection is working fine now, which comes as a great relief to me. After days of speaking to people at my ISP who were of no help at all, I finally spoke to two people on one day who were more than willing to help me. I even managed to convince one of them to check out the comic... so if you're reading right now, thanks for all your help! Life is better now! Whee!

Anyway.

In lieu of anything else interesting to say, here are some links to some more recommended metal. Most, if not all of these, are not work safe so exercise caution of you choose to click the links.

This stuff is pretty brutal.
You've been warned.

Meshuggah - "Bleed"
Behemoth - "Slaves Shall Serve"
Gojira - "To Sirius"
Finntroll - "Solsagan"
The Sword - "How Heavy This Axe"

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Two more years til the big 10! May 26, 2010 Posted by Mookie
In the midst of my excitement over getting engaged and the hair-pulling aggravation of my internet connection crapping out for no apparent reason, I forgot to mention something very important that happened last week.

As of last Friday, May 21st... Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire has been online for eight years!

I think it's appropriate that the comic on that day was Gregory's band rocking out in a celebratory revel of metal and more metal.

Thanks for making the last eight years the greatest of my life. You're all far better to me than I deserve and I wouldn't be where I am today without all of you. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't appreciate the fact that I have some of the best readers in the world.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Crummy connection continues. May 25, 2010 Posted by Mookie
As of this writing my internet connection remains crap-tacular and I'm working to resolve the issue with my provider. Anyone who's had to deal with the run-around these companies give you and twelve million different suggested solutions to one problem that arose out of nowhere... I'm sure you can imagine the size of my headache.

This was, once again, written in one of those rare windows of time where I actually seemed to be able to connect to the internet.

My crummy connection has me falling behind on my e-mails again (shocker!) so if you've sent me anything particularly important, please be patient while I deal with these headache-inducing connection problems.

Grawr.
I think they covered every metal subject. May 24, 2010 Posted by Mookie
My internet connection has been crap this entire weekend, and as I'm writing this it's during one of those rare moments when my freaking provider is actually allowing me to get online, so you'll have to forgive me for keeping this brief.

This week's comics ought to be fun. At least I'm excited about writing the development of this band. I hope you folks will enjoy the ride, too, as this musical storyline is nearing its conclusion.

That's all from me for now.
Rock (disconnected).
Metallic. May 21, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm sure many of you saw this coming a mile away, but it was still a lot of fun to draw this fun reveal of Gregory's new band. As usual, I played a great deal of heavy, aggressive, maybe even "explosive" music to help me get the inspiration for today's comic. My muse was totally headbanging.

My favorite part of the comic is likely the tiny, crummy drum set that Taz MaDara is playing. I originally drew a bigger, more impressive drum kit for him, but when I was a teenager with dreams of "making it" with my own rock band I played in a rehearsal space that provided guys like us with tiny, crummy drums. Taz's tiny drum kit is totally on purpose and an homage to those days of my youth where our drummer, who was a big, lanky dude, was cramped behind a tiny little drum kit.

If only I'd known about the "circular headbang" technique back in those days. My neck wouldn't nearly be as sore today.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Atomic explosion! May 20, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Some cool comic books came out yesterday, but I'm only going to take the time to talk about one of them. It's one I've mentioned before and will continue to sing its well-deserved praises for as long as I can.

If you only go to the comic book store to pick up one title this week, or even this entire month, you must pick up the newest issue of ATOMIC ROBO. I've loved this book since its first issue and its only gotten better over time. This month's issue has to be one of my favorites. Ever.

"Why Dr. Dinosaur Hates Atomic Robo" has excellent pacing, great humor and one of the best evil geniuses I've seen in comics in a long time. Scott Wegener deserves much, much praise for making each and every panel that features Dr. Dinosaur a freaking visual meal. Every facial expression and gesture of this reptilian supervillain is absolutely nailed by Wegener.

You. Must. Read. This. Comic.
Please.

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