Anime Boston weekend! April 2, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm at ANIME BOSTON for the weekend!

I'll be alongside Scott Wegener and Garth Graham in the Artist Alley, so be sure to look for us there if you want to come and say "hi!"

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and see you at AB!
Nothing to see here. April 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'd considered doing an April Fool's Day comic, but I wanted to get this interlude with Miranda and her extraplanar instructor over with by the end of this week. Having already missed Monday due to ICON, I needed all the days I could get to finish up this short series of comics cleanly. So, no practical joke from me. I'm sure there are plenty of better, funnier examples of April Fool's tomfoolery around the internet today.

I'm gearing up for ANIME BOSTON tomorrow, where I'll be in the Artist Alley alongside Scott Wegener. There ought to be some neat surprises for folks who stop by and say "hi," so be sure that you do!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
A sight for sore eye. March 31, 2010 Posted by Mookie
This was a lot more fun to draw than it probably should have been. My love of fantastic, bizarre looking creatures is really starting to take hold of me lately, and getting a chance to flex that part of my brain has become a real pleasure for me lately. I hope you folks like it, too.

Don't forget that I'll be at ANIME BOSTON this weekend. I'll be stationed up in the Artist Alley this year, putting in ungodly hours and being as receptive as I possibly can. I'll be sharing table space with Scott Wegener of ATOMIC ROBO, so be sure to keep an eye out for two aging nerds causing some mischief.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Archmages are mysterious. March 30, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I wonder what mystical things Miranda is up to. If things are unclear to you right now... good. That's the point. Things will become (mostly) clearer as the week goes on. The woman is an archmage after all. She's very mysterious.

I'm still reading through some of your feedback for A Nimmel House. While I likely won't directly reply to your e-mails, rest assured that I'm reading each and every one of them and taking the feedback and critiques to heart as I did with The March Across Maltak. Honestly, I may begin asking for direct feedback like this after every story from now on, as I have found it very helpful.

Speaking of the phrase "from now on," I feel like I ought to clarify something. I may have said that I'll be writing stories on the same scale and length as A Nimmel House "from now on" and that's an incorrect term I used. I didn't mean that I was going to be giving up the lengthy, world-changing tales altogether. I was just taking a very long break from that level of story. I feel like the comic as a whole will benefit from that.

Don't forget I'll be at ANIME BOSTON this weekend!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Photographicon. March 29, 2010 Posted by Mookie
ICON was a blast. As you can see from the photo filler for today I had quite a memorable weekend with some very memorable people.

Alyssa is the best girlfriend ever. I don't know why she keeps putting up with me.

Ananth & Yuko are great friends of mine who live too far away from me. I always have an awesome time hanging out with them, especially when we talk old-school manga and Lovecraftian horror.

Sadly not pictured is my best friend Dave and his wife, Jenny, who graciously housed us all while we were at ICON. You're the man, Dave... but I did tell you that I was going to leave feces all over your walls. Tee hee.

And that's me in the corner making an incredibly stupid face while Sarah Douglas causes a scandal with me. She played just about every bad girl in every movie I ever watched growing up in the 80s, from Superman 2 to Conan the Destroyer to Solarbabies to the original V series, effectively making her my first "bad girl crush." Thankfully I was not disappointed upon meeting a childhood icon of mine (no pun intended), finding her to be a friendly and elegant woman. It took every ounce of willpower in me not to "fanboy out" at her.

This week will have some "interlude" strips, since I don't want to start a new storyline with ANIME BOSTON right around the corner. No rest for a con man.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
An iconic ending! March 26, 2010 Posted by Mookie
And thus concludes "A Nimmel House." I promised folks that stories from now on would be shorter and lighter in nature. I hope this one fit the bill and I hope you fine folks enjoyed it. As always, I am eager to hear your feedback.

I don't know why nosebleeds are the conventional implication for sudden, overwhelming attraction to a beautiful woman, but it's funny.

Today I'll be at ICON reveling in the rampant (and wholesome) nerdiness of a science fiction/fantasy convention. Besides being the first convention I ever attended, it's also one of the only shows where I treat myself to something from the dealer's room (where I will be stationed all weekend). Maybe this year I'll finally buy myself a battle axe.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and see you at ICON!
A pep talk from an... ICON. Hee hee. March 25, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'll be at ICON this weekend! Be sure to stop by and say "hello" if you're in the area. I know I've said this before, but ICON was the first convention I ever attended and, in the long run, is the reason I'm doing conventions today. This good old-fashioned science fiction & fantasy convention holds a special place in my heart so I'll likely be in an extra good mood if you come to see me.

Some great comic books came out yesterday.

Power Girl continues to be one of my favorite titles. It proves you can tell an entertaining superhero story without the heaviness of personal tragedy or crushing inner turmoil. Not to mention I absolutely adore Amanda Conner's artwork.

I'm a sucker for fictional creation myths. The one in Brutal Legend was one of my favorites in video games, and this month's Green Lantern blew me away in explaining the creation of the Emotional Spectrum in relation to Earth and life beginning here. Not to mention I absolutely adore anything color-coded and themed. Blame Voltron.

Deadpool cracks me up. Daniel Way is the best Deadpool writer going these days and I never want him to leave the helm of this title. Hit-Monkey (he's an assassin that's a monkey!) should be a lame concept, but in his hands it works well. Highly recommended.

Orc Stain continues to fascinate me in its own weird, bizarre way. James Stokoe's mean, nasty, dick-obsessed orcs are hardly admirable but One-Eye (the main character) does what he must to survive in the mean, nasty, dick-obsessed world. I especially enjoyed the anguish of the soda can and the "Fist of the North Star" moment, only with a hammer and a... well, guess. This is a unique read and I recommend giving it a look.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and see you at ICON!
The two camps all men fall into. March 23, 2010 Posted by Mookie
My best friend and I have often bonded over the years discussing whether it's better to be a "boob guy" or an "ass man." This is not how we define our relationships with women, mind you, but just the stupid stuff guys like me and my buddy like to talk about every now and again... effectively making us a boob and an ass.

Don't forget I'll be at ICON this weekend! Going to be a good time and I can't wait to be surrounded by an old fashioned sci-fi/fantasy crowd again.

I've been spouting more and more political stuff down here in the news box lately, but I've been trying to cut back. Unfortunately it's impossible to avoid the heated debate over U.S. Healthcare Reform if you even glance at the news lately. I have my opinions on the matter, but they are not as solid as my stance on equal rights, so I will not go into a discussion about it here until I've formed a more concrete position.

This Washington Post article about the Reform Bill has been very helpful, however. It simply states what's going into the Bill without any opinions or debate. It's just the facts so I can form my own opinion. If only more of the major news was like that.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Doin' it and doin' it and doin' it well. March 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Thanks to everyone who came out to hear me speak at VERICON this past weekend. I had a great time and I hope those of you who were there found me, Dorothy and Randall informative and hopefully entertaining.

I'm disappointed that both Randall and I had our theories about Dorothy's motorcycle helmet disproven but I'm crossing my fingers that he'll let me in on his top-secret underwater exploits. I'm dying to meet Aquaman.

Ahem. That's enough with the inside jokes.

I hit the road again this weekend, where I'll be returning to ICON to make mischief and cause trouble. I'll be talking on lots of panels and selling merchandise in the dealer's room, so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area of one of my favorite conventions of the year!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Name calling. March 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Nimmel has referred to himself as "The Phoenix" before. This is just the first time he's received an official review of it.

I know things are different nowadays with screen names, gamer tags and other such things, but when I was growing up we did not get to choose our own nicknames. You got them and they stuck whether you liked it or not. For my part, I did not decide one day that everyone would start calling me "Mookie." It was slapped on me in high school by my best friend for no other reason than there were too many "Mikes" around. It's stuck with me ever since.

Don't forget that I'll be speaking at VERICON on Saturday! I won't, however, be selling any merchandise there. I'm only scheduled to speak on the webcomics panel and do a signing immediately afterward. Still, feel free to say "hello" if you see me looking terribly out-of-place (a.k.a. dumb) in Harvard's hallowed halls.

For those of you interested in my other creative endeavors, I've posted some more examples of my amateur photography. These photographs are not work safe so mind where you view them. There is also a lot of fake blood. Surprise, surprise.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Alcohol and Aquaman. March 18, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day and here in the Boston area that's a big deal. I live in a particularly "college student thick" area of the city. Combine those two elements and you get the inspiration for Katya's dialogue in today's comic.

Some great comic books came out yesterday, but I'm only going to talk about one of them because it made me so freaking happy.

The Brave & The Bold #32, which features Aquaman and The Demon teaming up this month, tells the Aquaman story I have been waiting years to see.

Aquaman is showcased as the only thing keeping a horde of Lovecraftian monsters at bay deep beneath the waves. He has to team up with The Demon for the magical part of sealing them away, but most of the issue is just Aquaman kicking a ton of ass. The scene where he mentally bitch-slaps and dominates the mind of a creature whose brain is so alien and unfathomable that a normal brain cannot handle it was my favorite.

J. Michael Straczynski basically spent an entire issue saying, "Guys, Aquaman is a f*cking badass." Jesus Saiz captured the underrated majesty of the King of the Seas in every single panel. This was one hell of an issue and I strongly recommend picking it up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
... March 17, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Man. I just hate awkward silences.
Don't you?


...rock on.
Oh, I remember that now. March 16, 2010 Posted by Mookie
This was how the day after my thirtieth birthday was spent. The slow recollection of how much of an ass you made out of yourself the night before is just the salt on the wound that is a hangover.

Getting drunk is not as fun as they make it out to be in the movies. Blech.

Remember, I'll be speaking at VERICON this weekend.

Getting back on track with Dominic Deegan Vol. 5: THE WAR IN HELL.

I fell behind sending out this month's Donation Wallpaper over the weekend, but I should get caught up with that today.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
True story. March 15, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Hey gang! Don't forget that I'll be one of the speakers at VERICON this weekend, so be sure to stop by if you're in the area!

Today's comic was originally going to be Nimmel's slow, comical descent into inebriation, but this scene came to me at the last minute and I decided to go ahead with this instead.

The first thing my girlfriend said when she saw today's comic was, "Honey, this is too similar to your thirtieth birthday." I'm glad she caught on to that because this is almost exactly what my thirtieth birthday was like, minus the naked werewolves. I had far too much vodka, vomited my brains out and passed out on the sofa with a bucket next to my head. It was an unpleasant end to an otherwise amazing birthday.

But I was fortunate because I had a "guard dog" that night. I had several, actually, and this strip is my little tribute to them. You all know who you are. Thanks again for taking care of me that night.

Oh, and I'm sorry for throwing up on your shoes that night, honey. Aheh.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Oh, this is a bad idea. March 12, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Vodka! Vodka! Vodka! HEY!

I must say that I do not recommend vodka as a cure for melancholy. I tried that once, many years ago. It only made me feel worse. Then again, I think Nikolai's record so far has shown that he's not the wisest of werewolves.

I'm looking forward to working on Monday's update.
Tee hee.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!

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