Pack mentality. March 11, 2010 Posted by Mookie
March's Donation Wallpaper is up for your approval. If you can't see it just Refresh your browser. That ought to do the trick.

Today's strip was originally going to have much more angst. I'm glad that I decided against that, as I find this outcome far more amusing.

It was a slow week for new comic books yesterday, but a couple are worth mentioning.

Red Robin remains one of the most enjoyable titles I've been reading lately. The action is fast and the mood is relatively light, making this a fun read. It's refreshing to see that one can do battle with shadowy assassins and ruthless killers without being bogged down by all that dark and brooding stuff.

The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange (in glorious black and white!) was everything I love about the Sorcerer Supreme. Mystic stories inspired by the classic tales of the good doctor hearken back to the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko days, which were great. My only problem is that it's a one-shot issue, so I won't see another one of these next month. Oh well.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Those wolves got snowed out! March 10, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I tried various, elaborate cold and snow themed puns for today's punchline, but the wordier I got the less it seemed to work. I decided to keep things simple in the end, and I think it worked better.

March's Donation Wallpaper will be up later today.

I'm working to have Dominic Deegan Volume 5: THE WAR IN HELL out by May, June at the latest. I had meant to have it out by the end of 2009 but various things prevented that from happening. With any luck a May / June release for The War In Hell will happen without such things getting in the way.

Otherwise, it's another slow news day. I like these pleasantly uneventful days.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Puppy dog eyes. March 9, 2010 Posted by Mookie
For those of you who didn't quite get the joke, "A Nimmel House" is a reference to the classic college movie "Animal House." Hm. Maybe it would've been clearer if I'd spelled it "A-Nimmel House" instead. Yeah. Maybe I'll change that sometime today.

Some time today or tomorrow I should have March's Donation Wallpaper up for your approval.

It's a slow news day today, so instead of trying to fill the news box up with something marginally interesting about my personal life, I'll just keep things brief.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Oh, it's on now. March 8, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Something interesting happened to me last week that I simply could not ignore. Something that directly affected this storyline, albeit in a relatively insignificant way.

Multiple readers from different locations e-mailed me with a suggestion for the name of this story about Nimmel in college... and they all came up with the same pun. Whether they all conspired to do this or if this was just a cosmic coincidence I'll likely never know, but the title they suggested was just so damn funny that I couldn't help but make it the official title of this arc.

The title of this college story is, thanks to you, my readers, "A Nimmel House."

I love you guys so damn much.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Fight! Fight! Fight! March 5, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Drawing that face-shove was probably more satisfying for me than it ought to have been. Still, a party's not a party without a proper fight. At least in a werewolf's case.

I received an e-mail from a reader yesterday asking me some very good questions about the Winter Archipelago and my use of Russian naming schemes. I figured it was a good excuse to have today's news post be about where I draw inspiration for the werewolves' homeland.

Basically I just took upper New England, filled it with naked werewolves and decided to use whatever cool Russian names I could think up at the time. I'm well aware that I'm likely butchering any proper Russian naming traditions, but I'm firmly sticking by my "whatever sounds the coolest" policy here.

I apologize if you were expecting something more profound.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
He is in a pickle. March 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I think every heterosexual male has faced a tough choice like Nikolai's today, at least to some degree... and every boob-loving man will tell you that it really is a tough call to make.

Otherwise it was a pretty slow week for comic books yesterday, at least for me. There were a couple that stood out, for good and bad, and here's what I had to think about these choice picks.

JLA: Cry For Justice came to an end and, after reading the series as a whole, was very disappointing. I felt like it started going in one direction at the beginning, took several wide turns, changed focus entirely, and ended with a conclusion so out of left field that it felt like it was just a setup for another storyline. All in all, I'm sorry I spent my money on this series and do not recommend it to anyone.

Deadpool has been seeing a lot of exposure lately, arguably too much, but I've been consistently enjoying the Deadpool Team-Up series, mainly because he only seems to team up with the most obscure Z-list characters of the Marvel Universe. I didn't even know there was a character called IT! The Living Colossus until yesterday, but Deadpool's team-up with IT! The Living Colossus was enjoyable, quick and funny. This is admittedly a great series and I recommend it for a light, fun read.

Girl Comics No. 1 was a decent read. I just wish it had a title other than "Girl Comics."

JSA: All-Stars is the best team book I'm reading nowadays. Now that Magog is gone (thank GOD) the team actually seems to be getting along, which makes for a less infuriating read.

Savage She-Hulks was decent, if only because I'm relieved the original She-Hulk wasn't really choked to death like a chump in a six page backup story a few months ago. I think writing all those orcs has given me a new affinity for strong, green women, too.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Is this some kind of bust? March 3, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Just a minor reference today. Nimmel got his fancy shirt from Milov at the conclusion of The Shadow of Siegfried. Not very important to the plot, but I know how some of you like the little details. I know I do.

A couple of you wrote me some very touching e-mails regarding yesterday's comic, and for that I'm very grateful. I also know some of you wanted me to go a more serious route today, but I swore that this storyline was going to be more lighthearted and (hopefully) funny. At least for now. After feeling sick for the last few days I needed a boobie joke in the vein of Police Squad.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Still feeling sick. March 2, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Going to keep things brief again today.

As of this writing I'm still feeling sick, but not sick enough to keep me from making a comic.

Methinks there be drama ahead.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The female of the species... 2. March 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Poor Nikolai.
He never stood a chance against an assault like that.

I'm going to keep things brief today folks because, as of this writing, I've come down with something and I feel like crap.

Although I'm not officially listed on their website as a speaker (yet), I'll be returning to VERICON this year. I had a blast there a few years ago and I'm very pleased that they've invited me back.

I'll also be appearing at the first ever INTERVENTION, a start-up convention presented by some good friends of mine. This convention promises to give webcomickers and online entrepreneurs the spotlight they've definitely deserved and I'm happy to help with its maiden voyage.

That's all from me for now.
I need to go take care of myself so I can do a comic for tomorrow.
Rock on.
The female of the species... February 26, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Why do dogs lick their balls?
Because they can.

I love that joke.

After writing The March Across Maltak for a whole year, which was a serious adventure with high stakes, it's refreshing to dumb things down to college humor for awhile. It's not a permanent shift, mind you, but one that's giving me a somewhat guilty case of the giggles.

That's all for this week, folks. Next week I'll have updates about some new destinations that have been added to my "2010 Convention Tour." Most are shows I'm returning to this year but there may be a surprise in there somewhere. Come on back next week to find out.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Sad but true. February 25, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Well. Those of you who caught the comic in the first hour or so that it was online also caught one of the single biggest blunders I've ever made in the past eight years where Nimmel had no scar over his eye. Cripes.


Nimmel's plight is, sadly, based upon a true story.

A few years ago I rented a room in a house with some folks who shared the werewolves' penchant for walking around with little to no clothes on, as did their circle of friends. At first I was ecstatic, and for good reason. I met many attractive women who, within minutes of being introduced for the first time, would take their clothes off and just hang out. For a time, as a single guy, it was a dream come true.

But having regular access to anything that was once elusive soon takes away its lure. After a time that level of nudity just became expected, and for awhile it was... until that fateful day when I was just sitting around having a chat with a naked woman and I realized that I was totally unfazed by it.

I, like Nimmel, had become immune to boobs.

Whether or not I'm immune to boobs in anything but a casual context is another story for another day. Maybe.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
...boobs. February 24, 2010 Posted by Mookie
In Nikolai's defense, I don't think any college guy I know would be able to concentrate on anything being said to him if a naked girl just strolled by. I know I wouldn't.

Other than that, there's really not much to talk about today. Or maybe there was something I was supposed to talk about, but now that I'm thinking about boobs myself... maybe I lost my train of... thought.



That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Now Link! Yaay! Has saved the day! February 23, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm going to go into more detail about why it sucks to be a runt in the Winter Archipelago tomorrow, but for those of you who are impatient here's a quick reminder about Katya's condition.

While we're on the subject of references, some of you have asked me to link to the Moon Dance where Nimmel impressed the noble werewolves. There you have it.

While we're still doing some references to older comics, here's where Nimmel learned his lesson about turning away offers of friendship. I have every intention to address this directly later in the story, but I figured a little reminder couldn't hurt right now.

I don't know whether to be proud or ashamed of the derogatory term I invented today. I'll put it right up there with "piggart," I guess.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Weekend Update! February 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I hope folks had a nice weekend because I had quite a memorable one. Here's a run-down of my eventful weekend, if you're the type of person who's interested in what goes on in my life outside updating things around here.

On Friday I saw The Wolfman and found it to be entertaining except for everything Benicio del Toro said and did, which was unfortunate because he's the leading man in that movie. Great supporting cast and fantastic monster effects, but when the lead (and normally great) actor is so wooden and flat it brings down the whole movie.

On Saturday night I had a reunion party with my old co-workers from the art store I used to work at. I missed my high school reunion a few years ago but this had the positive vibe I wanted that to have. I caught up with some friends I hadn't seen in a long time, made promises to rebuild some damaged bridges, and help some others explore a wonderfully idealistic dream.

On Sunday I went into Boston's Chinatown to watch the Chinese New Year celebrations continue. I took some pictures, which I plan to upload sometime this week, and those crazy lions even came into the restaurant where Alyssa and I were having lunch. Twice. It was awesome.

I hope everyone else had as pleasant a weekend as I did, and if you didn't then I'll just hope that some future weekend holds similar if not exceeding excitement for you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I heart boobs, too. February 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie
It's been quite a while since we've seen her, but in case you've forgotten who Katya is she first appeared in the infamous storyline The Shadow of Siegfried. She wore lots of loose clothing back then (as do most of the werewolves around here) but today she's wearing something a little tighter, perhaps inspired by some of the mage robes from Dragon Age: Origins. I love that game.

I also felt the need to have her point out just how naughty this week's dog pile may have looked to some people. I thought it was funny myself.

The fact that Nikolai's love of breasts drives him to a dramatic fall to his knees still gives me the chuckles. I may or may not have been like that when I was in college. I may or may not still be like that.

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

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