The return of the Con Man! February 18, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Katsucon was, in a word, refreshing.

I didn't realize I was going through "convention withdrawal" until I was there at the show. Normally my convention season begins in January, but I didn't have anything scheduled this year so things didn't get rolling until last weekend.

Doing conventions provides a social aspect of this job that I wouldn't normally get if I did all my "socializing" online. Seeing some old friends as well as meeting some new ones, doing panels and, most importantly, meeting you wonderful readers face-to-face is what keeps me going and I didn't realize how much I missed being on the road until I was out again.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see me. I had a blast, thanks to all of you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Just call me Ulysses. February 16, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Sorry for the lack of an update yesterday. After leaving KATSUCON a day early to drive five hours from Washington, DC to North Carolina, paying our respects to a brave young woman, then driving thirteen hours back to Boston... needless to say the combination of my first convention of the year, mourning, and nineteen combined hours of driving had taken its toll.

I'm honestly surprised I was able to get a comic up for today. For some inexplicable reason my body only wanted three hours of sleep after Sunday's odyssey, which made for a very punchy Mookie. I'm not entirely happy with the way today's comic looks, but one must push through when one faces a deadline.

I changed this month's Donation Wallpaper slightly. I wasn't happy with the version that I put up before I left for Katsucon so I decided to tweak it a little. Refresh your browser to see the newer thumbnail, which should have a blue border.

I'll have some photos from the convention and I'll tell you how Katsucon cured my curious case of withdrawal tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock... zzzzzz.
That's a LOT of driving. February 12, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I left for KATSUCON late last night to do an overnight drive and, with any luck, I've arrived in one piece. And so the "2010 Convention Tour" begins!

My attendance at Katsucon will be cut a little short, sadly, as I must leave on Sunday to pay proper respects to a remarkable young woman and support my friends in their time of need.

So, to review:
- Boston to Washington, DC in an overnight drive.
- Washington, DC to North Carolina on early Sunday morning to attend a funeral.
- Back to Boston from North Carolina by car.

There will, more than likely, not be a comic on Monday.

There is, however, a new Donation Wallpaper for February which arrives just ahead of the new storyline which begins next week! I promised to lighten things up and now that we're done with this interlude featuring Celesto and The Beast, I intend to do just that.

Oh, and here's another quick reference to what Celesto mentioned today, in case folks forgot.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
..... February 11, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I'm going to keep things brief today.

Yesterday I received some very sad news regarding a remarkable young woman whose battle against cancer was so brave and epic that she is, without a doubt, celebrating in Valhalla as we speak.

I had several versions of witty and/or bad-ass remarks for Celesto today, but drawing came easier than writing for me yesterday, so in the end I decided on a moment of silence... albeit angry, splattery silence.

While this sad news will not affect my Katsucon appearance this weekend I may need to put a hold on updating the comic later in case my friends need me for anything. I'll keep you folks posted, as always.

That's all from me for now.
Ia! Ia! Shub-Niggurath! February 10, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Oh dear (elder) god that was a lot of tentacles to detail for today's comic. I'm happy with the layout and the look, but... man, that's just a lot of tentacles!

Here are some suggested songs for today's strip if you're a soundtrack type of person, as I am:

Metallica - "The Thing That Should Not Be"
The Pixies - "Where Is My Mind?"
Gojira - "To Sirius"
Bloodbath - "Eaten"
Svenson - "Sunlight Theory"

That's all from me for now.
Rock on with your tentacles out!
The plight of Celesto "Howard Philips" Morgan. February 9, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I had forgotten how much I enjoy drawing The Beast. Not only am I not limited by pesky things like anatomy and biology, but I love the way that the Lovecraftian thing always seems to find a way to slither and sneak between the panels of any given strip. H.P. Lovecraft often wrote about things that lived "in the space between spaces" and other such things, so I hope I'm doing him a little bit of justice.

And everybody knows that it's just not a Lovecraftian monster unless it has a lot of tentacles.

Don't forget that I'll be at KATSUCON this weekend! The weather here on the east coast of the U.S. has been memorable to say the least, but as of right now I'm still planning on attending the show. I'll keep you folks posted one way or another if there are any changes.

That's all from me for now.
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
Who dat?! February 8, 2010 Posted by Mookie
On average I watch about one football game a year.
The Superbowl.

No matter which teams are in the championship game the day is usually an event for me and my friends. Yesterday's Superbowl was no different as I watched an underdog team come from behind and win it all for the very first time.

Go, Saints!

Things are moving along here once again, as you can see. After a year of orcs and a barren landscape it's time to get back to the shady politics of Callan and a fan favorite antagonist doing what he can to mess things up. Celesto fans will (hopefully) like things this week.

And don't forget that this weekend my "2010 Convention Tour" kicks off at KATSUCON! Be sure to stop by and say "hi!" if you're in the area. Those of you who always come to see me at Katsucon always make this a memorable show, and I'm eager to meet some new readers, so be sure to come if you can!

And yeah, calling it a "tour" fulfills just about every one of my rock star fantasies. Rock on.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, I said!
Break's over! February 5, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I think today's filler pretty much says it all.

It's been a nice week off and I feel properly rejuvenated.

The comic resumes normally on Monday.

I do hope you folks have enjoyed a week of random, funny-looking monsters from the Wild Edge. I know I did.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Wildly comical! February 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
And today we have yet another batch of sketches of monsters (and Bort) from the Wild Edge territories because it's liberating and creatively rejuvenating and all those other things I've been saying this week. Honestly, these have just been really enjoyable and I'm sure you folks don't need me repeating myself.

Some comics came out yesterday. Here are a few which I felt stood out for one reason or another.

I really, really wish the Justice Society of America would stop yelling at each other. It's all they seem to have been doing for months now.

Red Robin is on the upswing in the mood department. I'm not a fan of dark, gritty superheroes and Tim Drake never seemed to fit that role comfortably. Now that he's smiling again I find this series much more enjoyable.

The conclusion to Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire was nothing less than satisfying. Jason Aaron breathed some much-needed life into the Ghost Riders and, seeing as how Ghost Rider was the very first comic book I ever collected, it's nice to see him getting a proper, respectful treatment.

The "ending" to Superman: World of New Krypton was less than satisfying. When a limited series ends with a "To Be Continued!" that only provides a tie-in to the next limited series it makes me want to read that series LESS. You folks didn't see me ending The March Across Maltak with that. Whether you liked that story or not I wrapped it up with a definite "The End," not a "To Be Continued in The March Across Maltak: The Tuskening!"

I don't know what a "tuskening" is. I feel like I should now invent it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Hungry like the wolf. February 3, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Nimmel may have been through a lot since I introduced him to the comic during The Storm of Souls, enough perhaps to warrant my leaving him alone, but the truth is I'm not done with Nimmel Feenix by a long shot.

The story of Nimmel studying abroad will be coming up very shortly around here. Not next week, since there's some "fallout" to be addressed from Maltak's rebirth, but soon after. As promised, the storylines from now on will be shorter and more lighthearted, even if college may be a struggle for our young mage.

If there's one thing I would have done differently with this comic when I was getting started, it would be not making the werewolves a race of people. Granted, I was into that sort of idea almost eight years ago, but my tastes have changed and I've seen the "noble, nature-loving werewolf people" concept done nearly to death. While it's too late for me to change the fact that this world has a race of shape-shifting wolf people, it's not too late for me to change other aspects of them... and hopefully make it funny.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Wildly edgy! February 2, 2010 Posted by Mookie
More sketches of weird, nonsense monsters and denizens of The Wild Edge today. I was planning on doing some "Next on Dominic Deegan...!" teaser doodles, but these absurd creatures have been banging around in my head for some time now and I said to myself, "What the hell. It's my week off."

Doodling these chaos-born creations is very liberating artistically and I recommend doing it yourself if you ever need to give your creative engines a bit of a kick-start. Just let your pencil hit the paper and don't think too hard about what you have to draw. Just let your imagination take over and let it guide your hand, with no worries about... well, anything!

If I keep enjoying this as much as I have, the entire week may be filled with these silly updates.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay weird.
A new comic and a long story. February 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot, this is my week "off" from updating the comic. I need a few days to step back and recharge after the year-long tale of The March Across Maltak. I'll still be putting things up this week, but it just won't be new Dominic Deegan comics.
What will it be for the next few days?
You'll have to come back every day and find out!

Today are a few sketches I did of some elusive denizens of the Wild Edge Territories. You may recognize Bort at the top there. I've been kicking around some ideas in my head for awhile now and I've begun setting things in motion for starting up a second webcomic set in The Wild Edge. Keep an eye out for more information as things develop.

Last week, as The March Across Maltak came to a close, I asked for your feedback and critiques regarding the story as a whole. So many of you sent me your feedback and, as of this writing, I'm still reading through everything that was sent to me. Even if I don't reply to your e-mail (shocking, I know) rest assured that each and every critique sent my way will be read.

Your collective feedback has really run the gamut from "it was the best story you've written" to "this was the worst story you've written." I'm flattered by what you all thought I did well and I appreciate your criticisms as to what could have been done better. While I'll take all of this feedback into consideration for the next time I do a big, ambitious storyline... I have no intentions to do a story of that size again any time in the conceivable future.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The End. January 29, 2010 Posted by Mookie
That's it.

The End.

The March Across Maltak has finally come to its conclusion and I, for one, am very happy with the journey as a whole.

I don't know if it's the best story I've written. I'd rather leave that judgment to you, my awesome readers. It was certainly the longest story I've told and one that I was incredibly invested in. It's almost hard to believe that since January of 2009 I've been telling you folks the same tale. It's almost hard to believe that you're all still with me one year later. I hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did.

Now that the story has officially concluded and the work can be looked upon from beginning to end, let me know what you thought of it. What I did well, what I did poorly, what could have been done better and what you really enjoyed. This was an ambitious storyline for me and I want to know how you all thought I did.

I'm going to be selfish, however, and take next week off from the comic. Like I said, I was incredibly invested in this story and seeing it through to its end has somewhat drained me creatively. I need a week to step away and "recollect myself," so to speak. I think this little breather will help me "recharge" and be ready to tell the next story here, which I promise will be shorter and lighthearted.

Be sure to come back next week, though. There may not be new comics updating, but there will be things to look at.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a great weekend!
Eat your heart out, Stuart Smalley. January 28, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I think that's enough self-affirmation for one storyline, satisfying as it was to write this for Luna. It's also the penultimate strip for The March Across Maltak. Tomorrow is the big wrap-up. Don't expect any more twists or revelations. I think we've had enough of those for one storyline, too.

Lots of good comic books came out yesterday, too. I'll talk about the ones that especially stood out for me.

Another of the Blackest Night tie-ins that I was really looking forward to came out, namely The Atom and Hawkman. I adore Hawkman & Hawkgirl so it continues to pain me to see them as black lanterns, but it's also good to see them in the spotlight, even just a little. Most of the focus was on The Atom, who I like more and more with every appearance. This was a great one-shot with a hopeful hero and an even more hopeful ending.

The newest Superman: Secret Origin was equally satisfying. Gary Frank's artwork captures the Man of Steel almost perfectly, especially when Jimmy Olsen's first photograph of Superman is revealed. Picture perfect. I also love it when Superman is written well. No one I know who's a fan of Superman likes him because he's invincible or super-strong. Fans of Superman like him because of his heart, compassion and selflessness, and this series showcases that wonderfully.

I remain undecided about Justice League of America: Cry For Justice. The artwork is spectacular, but it really should have been called JLA: Watch Prometheus Be An Unstoppable Prick. This series seems more like a showcase for him than for the Justice League. And if anyone can explain to me half of what Prometheus did to the JLA this month, you deserve some kind of science award.

I am totally eating up the entire Realm of Kings storyline, as showcased this week in the latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. Fast-paced and fun with high cosmic adventure and a very "strategic" talking raccoon make this one of my favorite reads. And what a cliffhanger!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Getting it just right. January 27, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Getting today's comic just right was incredibly important for numerous reasons. I wanted to showcase how strong Luna has become without trivializing her infertility. It's not something to be taken lightly and I want to treat the subject with respect.

I'm happy with her in today's strip and hope you folks are, too. Those of you who weren't happy with the price she had to pay certainly let me know it yesterday. I was originally going to make a punchline out of a particularly angry statement someone had e-mailed me, but I opted not to go for a funny comic today. Shame, too. It was a funny remark in an otherwise outraged e-mail.

Every writer will tell you that, after a while, your characters write themselves. That's not totally the case with me, as I often struggle with dialogue and getting it just right. Instead my characters let me know when the time is right for them to say certain things.

Today, after many years of writing Luna's development, was the right time for her to shrug off potentially self-esteem shattering news and focus on all the good she's accomplished. It was almost revelatory for me to write her dialogue and say to myself, "Yeah, she'd totally say that. She's strong enough now."

And here's just a tiny spoiler for you folks, since you've been with me for this long journey and through this year-long storyline.

The dragon said she'd never be pregnant.
He didn't say she'd never be a mother.

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

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