The one ring! May 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie

This is the ring I used to propose to Alyssa, and it's the last bit of engagement news I'll be sharing with you folks, if only because I think the story behind this engagement ring is really freaking cool.

This was my father's grandmother's ring. It's over one-hundred years old and I was blessed enough to have it set aside for me. Besides its beautiful design, I can say nerdy-sounding things about it like, "This ring was forged over a century ago in the fires of love."

I'll quit bugging you folks now with all this stuff.
Rock on.
A rainbow in the dark. May 18, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Thank you all so much for the wonderful e-mails you sent me regarding the announcement of my engagement. My inbox is literally flooded with love and I cannot express my gratitude enough to you wonderful, kind readers.

Before I gush any further about how lucky a nerd I am, I'm going to take the rest of this news post to address something sad. I only found out about this yesterday, and given the musical theme of this current storyline I feel it's necessary to give it the proper respect it deserves.

Ronnie James Dio, a god of metal, died over the weekend.

I'm going to have "Holy Diver" and "Rainbow in the Dark" playing in a loop for the rest of the week. The "Kickapoo" song from The Pick of Destiny will sneak its way in there, too.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on. Forever.
A good way to start off the week. May 17, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm actually amazed that I was able to get today's comic done. Hell, I'm amazed that I was able to get any comics done at all last week. The reason I'm patting myself on the back for being as productive as I ought to be is because I've been holding on to some very exciting news. News that I'm so excited about that I can't keep it from you fine folks any longer.

Last week I asked my girlfriend, Alyssa, to marry me.

She said "yes."

We spent most of last week telling our families and close friends the good news, and this weekend it just really sunk in and hit us that we're engaged to be married. Now I can announce it to the world! And by "the world" I mean you fine and awesome readers who've shown me so much love over the years.

Rock on!
It does feel awesome. May 14, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Drawing this strip was fun. To achieve maximum inspiration for Gregory's "RRRRAAAAAGH!!" I was certain to play a lot of angry, aggressive and brutal music from my collection. Actually, I just played Behemoth's superb album Evangelion from start to finish. It did the trick.

Here are some other recommendations if you ever need to ignite your own personal "RRRRAAAAGH!!"

"Solsagan" - Finntroll
"At The Left Hand Ov God" - Behemoth
"Midvinterblot" - Unleashed
"While You Were Shouting At The Devil, We Were In League With Satan" - Zimmer's Hole
"All The Tears" - Gojira
"Live for the Kill" - Amon Amarth
"Before the Hangman's Noose" - DevilDriver
"The Sacrilegious Scorn" - Dimmu Borgir

Next week is going to be fun around here. Hee hee.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Return of the news! May 13, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Sometimes you guys absolutely crack me up.

Anyway. Sorry about the lack of news updates this week. I was switching over hosting services to ZeHosting and there were some hiccups with the transfer process, such as news being unable to update and some navigational glitches. Everything should be running more smoothly from now on, as things get used to running on the "new" hosting around here.

I say "new" because Pierre (the gentleman in charge of ZeHosting) has been graciously hosting me for years now. He's just changing things up a bit and I'm along for the ride. Whee!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Ack! May 12, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I am aware that the navigation buttons are currently gone.

The site has been in the process of switching / modifying hosting services and some things are still a little glitchy while templates and folders are renamed, reorganized and otherwise changed.

I'm working to fix this problem ASAP.
The wind told me. May 7, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Don't worry, folks. We're not heading back into Maltak. It's just that Donovan being able to sense a bad review... on the wind... from another country... gives me the chuckles.

Other than that, no news to report today.

I'll be spending part of the weekend with my family for Mother's Day, so there's that. Otherwise... yep. It's a slow news Friday, and that's fine by me.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Lengthy comic bookery. May 6, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Some cool comic books hit the shelves yesterday.
These are a couple that I picked up and my impressions of them.

The only thing I really like about War of the Supermen is that the lengthy, drawn-out New Krypton saga is finally drawing to a close. This multi-year massive crossover storyline has done absolutely nothing for me and I cannot wait for J. Michael Straczynski (one of my favorite writers in comics) to take the helm of Superman once this is all over.

I cannot say enough good things about Red Robin. Chris Yost and Marcus To are an amazing writer/artist team who manage to capture Tim Drake as a kick ass street superhero who isn't weighed down by crushing angst or moral dilemmas. This title manages to be dark and gritty while being fun and adventurous at the same time. It's a great mix, but I'm sad to see Yost leaving as writer next month. Fooey.

I love Aquaman. I freely admit it. And the dark revelation of his "new" powers in the first issue of Brightest Day was impressive and disturbing. With Martian Manhunter and Hawkman & Hawkgirl also being spotlighted in this series, many of my favorite DC superheroes seem to be getting a push, so I'm hopeful that things go well. I hope.

Last month's issue of JLA All-Stars almost made me drop the title entirely. Anna Fortune's debut was a cheap deus ex machina save for the team, and the fact that she looks like a steampunk sorcerer ninja just made me angry beyond belief (note: I hate ninjas and steampunk). This month's offering saved the title for me and made me reconsider the character, as all her "ex machina" saves came unraveled and her inexperience almost killed, well, everyone in the world. The rest of the team is finally getting along, shines in their own title (finally) and looks like they're actually 1) competent and 2) enjoying each other's company. I'm going to give this title another chance... but I'll miss you, Damage.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
What the tusk?! May 5, 2010 Posted by Mookie
That sure looks like a weird case of tusk-mouth, doesn't it? But didn't Luna "give the curse of tusk-mouth back" during The March Across Maltak? Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about that. More on this little development coming soon.

And in case the name "Gar MaDara" was a little familiar to some of you, it's in reference to an old crummy filler sketch of Donovan's first band that I did a couple of years ago.

And, finally, I am happy to say that all the problems with the proof of The War In Hell were successfully fixed and that printing of the fifth volume is underway. This is a huge weight off my shoulders and I can't wait to deliver the finished product to you fine folks.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
What the...? May 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Offended? Amused? Confused?
If so, then Taz MaDara did his job today.

I was out of it yesterday, but today I want to thank the fine folks at NOBRAND CON for giving me another lovely weekend with them this year. For two years in a row this has been an unexpectedly awesome convention, with great attendees and a staff that exceeds all expectations. If you're in the area and want to attend an intimate, friendly convention with an awesome staff and guests who are very happy because they've been treated far better than they should, then I cannot recommend NOBRAND CON enough. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

In closing... I want to go to this bar.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The return of the No Brand Hero. May 3, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I just flew in from NO BRAND CON... and boy are my arms tired!

Actually, I'm so travel-weary and jet lagged that I'm in no shape to write a proper news post today.

I'll have a (hopefully) more entertaining and proper news post tomorrow. Right now I'm going to readjust my body to my time zone and that whole "not being in a plane" thing. Blargh.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
No brand hero! April 30, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I guess it's better that I missed an update yesterday. This strip works so much better as a Friday comic. Now with added splatter!

Come say "hi" if you're in the area!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Every. Single. Page. April 29, 2010 Posted by Mookie
As you can see, I received a lovely surprise from my printer yesterday in the form of the proof of The War in Hell... in which there were major printing problems on every single page.

I spent the entire day correcting ninety-six pages worth of mistakes and problems.

That is, I did so after I got over a massive panic attack and a good ol' "soul puke." Needless to say, the day left me in no shape to produce a comic for today, and for that I apologize.

But it's a good thing that things are back on track, because you can still pre-order your copy until 5pm Eastern Standard US time. Afterward you'll have to pay shipping and you won't get your exclusive print.

I'm shipping off to NO BRAND CON today! Hope to see you there!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Cover band! April 28, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Tomorrow is the last day to pre-order your copy of...!

It's Wednesday, that magical day of the week when new comic books hit the shelves. It's put me in a picturesque mood down here in the news box.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Personally, I hate "guyliner." April 27, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Rachel's expression and giddy laughter today was inspired by the lovely and equally raunchy Jenny Breeden, who I have personally seen react in such a manner when confronted with "cute boys in kilts."

As far as Bumper's line about women loving musicians in makeup... either I've just done one too many anime conventions over the years or I've seen one too many rock stars wearing "guyliner." Probably a little bit of both.

Don't forget that I'll be at No Brand Con this weekend!

Also don't forget that Thursday is the last day to pre-order your copy of THE WAR IN HELL!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on... with or without makeup on.

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