A tempest of metal. February 21, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Klo Tark forged a planar bridge during The Storm of Souls, though he used it to switch places with Dominic. He also used the thoughts and emotions of those around him instead of incorporating the Tempest itself.

I'm surprised today's comic got done at all. I am in so much physical pain from Tuesday's concert that it was an effort to produce anything. I hope you folks like it, though.

Gojira was incredible. Well worth the time and effort to drive to New York City and back again in the same night from the New England area. It was one of the most intense and powerful performances I've seen from a heavy metal band, and I'm glad I was able to catch them for the last show of their U.S. tour.

And I fell in love with the opening act, The Devin Townsend Project. Anyone who can get a mosh pit to do jazz hands is worthy of more attention. He tried to get the pit to do a group hug, too, but that wasn't so successful. Still an amazing performance and I'll be looking for more of his music.

Between the two bands, there sure were more messages of love, peace and tolerance than I'm accustomed to at heavy metal shows. It made for a great, unique vibe that mixed well with the beautifully brutal music. If you ever have the opportunity to see either Gojira or The Devin Townsend Project live, I highly recommend treating yourself to a ticket or two.

I only hope I don't fall apart for tonight's Enslaved show. Yeesh.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Metal. February 19, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I'm going to see Gojira in New York tonight.

It was rescheduled because of the massive snowstorm that blanketed the northeast U.S. earlier this month. There's a chance that tomorrow's comic may go up late. Not filler, because I did that yesterday to help recover from Katsucon. But just in case tomorrow's comic goes up some time later during the day because of massive metal overdose, you'll know why.

But I'm still going to see Gojira in New York tonight. I can't wait. My voice may be hoarse from Katsucon weekend, but what I'll lack in yelling I'll make up for in headbanging. Because you can't kill the metal.

And then, on Thursday, I go see Enslaved. This is going to be a massively metal week.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Katsucon recovery day. February 18, 2013 Posted by Mookie
KATSUCON was a blast. I had a ton of fun meeting people, doing panels and generally kicking off my 2013 convention season. Thanks to everyone who came by, and thanks to the Katsucon staff for being so amazing.

It was also a long drive to-and-from the convention, and after such a high energy weekend I needed a break. So there's filler today.

Today's filler is a hint of the sneak peek of the new webcomic we offered folks who came by and said "hi" to me and Garth! We're very excited about this new project, and it seemed to get an equally enthusiastic response!

We'll hopefully have more details concerning the launch of this new webcomic later this week. I'll keep you fine folks posted!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Familiar. February 15, 2013 Posted by Mookie
If this hybrid form looks familiar, it's because Dominic has seen it before. Which would make him wonder if he was seeing the Beast or King David at the time. But the Beast is really a part of King David. Or was. And Dominic is having some second-sight problems right now. And this is enough to break a poor seer's mind.

I'm at KATSUCON this weekend! I haven't been to this great show in a couple of years so I'm thrilled to be returning. Stop by, say "hello," come see some panels, and generally have a good time! I'll be sharing a table with Garth Graham and we'll be proudly premiering a sneak peek at our new webcomic. We're really excited about this and we hope you folks like what you see.

There will likely be filler of some kind on Monday in place of a comic, either in the form of a crummy filler sketch, guest art, or a photograph. The comic will resume updating normally on Tuesday.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at KATSUCON!
The Sword of Centuries. February 13, 2013 Posted by Mookie
The Sword of Centuries has been mentioned before, albeit a long time ago and in a different context. It's one of Donovan Deegan's most popular compositions, and the opening song Oblivion Folder performed at the benefit concert in The Battle For Barthis.

A few other bits of trivia about the Sword of Centuries:

- The official lyrics of the song can be found in the print edition of The Battle For Barthis.

- Over the years, readers have sent me lyrics, guitar tablature, and even audio samples of their own versions of Donovan's most famous song.

- The black blade of the sword is my own small tribute to Sokka's "space sword" from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Donovan's diva moment. February 12, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I don't normally like patting myself on the back down here in the news box, but I am in love with Donovan's "diva moment" at the conclusion of today's comic, as he corrects the king. I hope you folks find it amusing, too!

I'll be returning to KATSUCON this weekend! There will probably be filler of some kind on Monday, as it is a long drive to and from the New England area. It will likely also be a busy weekend, so I'll need the day to recover.

Not much else to say down here in the news box today, so I'll just keep things brief as I ready for the weekend.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Snowed in, but not for long. February 11, 2013 Posted by Mookie
We survived the snowpocalypse!

The northeast of the U.S. got slammed by a metric crap-ton of snow, and I spent most of my weekend shoveling it into mountainous piles, but we made it. I discovered that my wife plays dirty when I start a snowball fight, too.

And, as a result of the bad weather, the Gojira concert was rescheduled to a later date this month in New York!

Why am I going there instead of seeing them in the New England area this weekend? Because I'll be returning to KATSUCON! I'm so excited to be going back after a two year absence. I'll be sharing a table with Garth Graham, where we'll be selling our merchandise and offering a sneak peek at our new webcomic! We'll be doing panels all weekend, too, so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Likely snowbound. February 8, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I usually write these news posts the day before the comic updates, and sometimes only by an hour or so. As of this writing the reports of the incoming snowstorm due to hit the northeast are pretty serious, so it looks like I won't be taking the risk to drive to New York to see Gojira. Which kills me. Because I've waited years to see these guys live. And I already bought tickets. Bugger.

Knowing my luck, by deciding to not go, the storm will break up at the last minute and give us nothing but a dusting of snow and chilly wind. And I will spend my day cursing the Gods of Timing.

This weather nonsense better not repeat itself when I go to KATSUCON next weekend, or to see Enslaved the weekend after.

If this storm is going to be as bad as it's being forecast, and you live in its path, please be careful. Or have an epic snowball fight.

On the off-chance of lasting power and/or internet outages, keep an eye on my Twitter feed for the latest information. Or to watch me bitch and moan about missing Gojira in concert.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend.
Now arguing with himself. February 7, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Dominic has delved deep into the mindscapes of others to speak with their inner selves. It usually hasn't been his idea, either. How will he fare in an apparent battle against himself? We shall see. And so shall he. One of him, anyway.

Turns out I may not be able to see Gojira after all. There are reports of a major snowstorm due to hit the northeast on the days I'm supposed to drive down to New York and back again to see them. And, just my luck, Gojira is in the New England area next weekend, where I live, but I'll be returning to KATSUCON then! I am the plaything of the Gods of Timing.

I'll be really bummed if I miss this incredible band that I've been waiting years to see, but on the bright side I'll be able to curl up in a blanket with my wife and spend the weekend watching professional wrestling.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Lost within himself. Again. February 6, 2013 Posted by Mookie
I do enjoy these out-of-panel adventures. Dominic is usually the one having them, but occasionally other characters get to have them, too.

New comic books hit the shelves today. Try to get to your local comic book shop and pick up some quality reading. Whether it's superheroes, two-fisted action adventure, manga, fantasy, science fiction, or anything in between.

I'm seeing Gojira this weekend. Oh em gee I'm seeing Gojira this weekend. Metal.

Otherwise there isn't much news to report today. So I'll leave things at that.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Mindscape. February 4, 2013 Posted by Mookie
It's not only been a little while since we've seen Dominic around here (since the comic is named after him), but it's been awhile since we've seen him on a "visionquest" of sorts. Whether he's venturing into his own mind or doing battle in another dimension, I felt it was about time to go extraplanar with our titular seer again.

I hope everyone had an entertaining Superbowl Sunday yesterday. I wasn't terribly invested in the game, but I do enjoy getting together with my friends and watching the whole spectacle... and that OREO commercial was hysterical.

I'm going to see Gojira for the first time this weekend. I'm so pumped for this concert. Gojira is the last on my "bands I absolutely have to see" list and I'm finally getting to see them live.

The following weekend I'll be returning to KATSUCON, where I'll be debuting my new webcomic project with the super-talented Garth Graham. We seriously cannot wait to show this off to you fine folks, so if you're in the Katsucon area stop by and take a look at what we've got!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Lost within himself. February 1, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Dominic's done this sort of thing before. When Luna's sister, the "Oracle Hunter," stabbed and infected him with a virus spell he pursued it, traveling into his own mind. He didn't go terribly deep that time, but he may have to do so this time. The King's magic is much more thorough than a wound from an enchanted dagger.

It's the end of the week but the beginning of February! There are lots of cool things happening for yours truly this month. I'll talk about the convention I'm returning to next week, but right now I'm going to talk about the two concerts I'm super excited about attending.

I'll be seeing Gojira for the first time. I am so excited to see this stellar heavy metal band live. I've been a fan of them since I heard their incredible album, From Mars To Sirius. Their latest album, L'Enfant Sauvage, blew me away and I cannot wait to see them perform live.

I'll also be seeing Enslaved later this month. They'll be the only band I've ever seen three times. I've spoken about their incredible album, RIITIIR, many times down here and it's taking all my willpower not to gush about it again. This progressive heavy metal band really has my ear nowadays, and I can't wait to have them blast it off for the third time.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a great weekend!
There he is! January 31, 2013 Posted by Mookie
If you've been keeping track of this sort of thing (and I may be the only one who is), you'll notice that this is the first we've seen of Dominic since the new year arrived.

If King David has his way, this may be the last we see of him this year, too!

New comic books hit the shelves yesterday. I hope you went to your local comic book shop to pick up some new stuff to read, whether it was action/adventure, superheroes, romance, or anything in between. I'm still a fan of superheroes myself, even though the market for such is less-than-appealing to me nowadays. Still, fantastic adventures like SAGA and ATOMIC ROBO await me at my local comic book shop, so I still look forward to Wednesdays.

February is almost upon us, andt hat's going to be a fun month for yours truly. There will be a superheroic debut, a return to a beloved convention, and two heavy metal concerts. Gonna be lots of fun.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Exactly what he deserved. January 30, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic originally gave Quilt some parting words for the Infernomancer. It was going to be something along the lines of "I'm smiling because I'm at peace with this, and you aren't." I tried many variations of it, but no matter what I tried it just ended up sounding too mean for Quilt. So in the end I kept him quiet and at peace, while the Infernomancer screamed his way straight to Hell.

The Infernomancer is the one character that absolutely deserved to die screaming in terror in these final months of the comic. The remorseless kitten killer, slayer of innocents, and butcher of children gets exactly what he deserves today.

And a long time ago, Karnak revealed that the Infernomancer was terrified of dying. Hence his screaming... and the joyous look on the Warden of Hell's face.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
January 28, 2013 Posted by Mookie
Whenever the Infernomancer has gotten really mad recently, he's torn himself cycloptic, often accompanied by beastly tentacles. It's a mostly symbolic gesture that, to me, makes him look more like the avatar of The Beast. And I think it looks creepy.

My amateur photography adventures continue! I worked with another new model this weekend and will have photos to show off later this week. I do hope you like what you see.

Things are moving along very, very nicely with my new webcomic project. Garth Graham has been sending me incredible artwork and we'll hopefully have a significant announcement within the next few weeks.

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

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