Too mean? January 26, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Is this a little too cruel? Maybe.

Truth be told it was a little difficult to commit to the "price" of Maltak's rebirth for Luna, effectively dashing the hopes some people have had for seeing little one-tusked Deegan babies running around. I was kinda looking forward to it myself.

In other news... well... there really isn't any other news. Which is good. No news is good news. So hooray! I guess I can share some off-topic and fun stuff with you fine folks, then!

You will either find First Person Tetris amazing or it will make you ill.

Planetoid. Science-fiction rock and roll brought to us by evil time-lost intergalactic abominations? Metal.

It's taking a great deal of willpower for me not to run out today and buy Mass Effect 2. Whether it has anything to do with me forgetting to pre-order a copy isn't the issue here. This is an exercise in willpower. I'm hoping people will be able to see my green aura all the way out in Oa.

I swear, sometimes it's a wonder that I have a girlfriend at all.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Welcome back to the Dragon Lounge. January 25, 2010 Posted by Mookie
It probably isn't helping moving things along by making today's comic a giant one-panel update, but this dragon's appearances always demand a big showcase. He's huge, after all.

I also like the affinity for lounging he seems to have. Every appearance he's made in Luna's visions since coming to Maltak have been, well, relaxed. I used to draw this dragon all upright and imposing, with his draconic arms crossed and such, but I think I'll be sticking with these in the future. It's just more amusing to me.

Last but not least, I'm going to get a little "religious" on you folks for a second.

I have been vigorously praying to the metal gods for a boon because a lady with a heart and spirit made of steel is in need of their blessing. She is the most resilient, brave and high-spirited woman I've ever met. Period.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Hanger. Cliff Hanger. January 22, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I decided to leave things off on somewhat of a cliffhanger for the weekend, although it's not much of one if your memory is good and you remember the last time something like this happened to Luna.

Otherwise, it looks like the next week or so will finally bring The March Across Maltak to a close. Looks like it'll have taken a year to tell the whole tale. I wanted to have it done by the end of 2009, but finishing it off in January of 2010 is close enough for me.

I'm sure I'll talk more about the story as a whole once it's over... as if you folks haven't heard enough of me talking about my own work for the past eight years.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend.
Nerd rage! January 21, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Today I'm talking the comics that I picked up yesterday. There were a lot of them, so I'm only going to mention the ones that really stuck out to me... good or bad.

I've been giving Thunderbolts the benefit of the doubt since Warren Ellis ended his spectacular run and they completely changed the team I picked up the title to read. At the climax of this latest issue, with one of the only members of the new team I actually liked getting killed off like a chump, I'm dropping this disappointing title. Maybe I'll pick it up again if Songbird returns to the team.

The Brave & The Bold continues to impress me with its single-issue stories of unlikely superhero team-ups. I wouldn't call this month's duo of The Atom and The Joker a "team up," but it was a great read with the usual stellar writing from Straczynski.

Green Lantern Corps have a planet on their side. A planet. Wow.

Deathlok the Demolisher continues to be as violent, disturbing and awesome as he deserves to be. Well, it's more like the world around him is irrevocably messed up and he's just a product of that... only with insane ordnance and, um, more ordnance. I grew up with a much friendlier version of this strange "hero," but I think I like this version better.

Power Girl is, without a doubt, quickly becoming one of my favorite monthly titles. Jimmy Palmiotti's witty, fast and fun paced writing is a perfect match with Amanda Conner's charming artwork. With most superhero comics being so dark and dreary nowadays it's nice to read something a little more light-hearted and... dare I say... FUN?! Also, the little mad scientist badger reminded me of me.

I know she's probably fine... but did they really just kill She-Hulk in a six page BACKUP story in the newest Incredible Hulk? Apparently the only way to put over yet another Red Hulk as a "bad-ass villain" is to strangle She-Hulk. Again.

I enjoy everything relating to the Realm of Kings storyarc. I'm not a huge fan of Marvel, but their cosmic-themed stuff is really cooking these days.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Tidbits and Such: Part 2. January 20, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Here are some more interesting little tidbits and factoids about today's comic, since I enjoyed doing that so much yesterday.

- An alternate exchange between Thuen Gor and Loru Kal was going to go as follows, but Mel Brooks beat me to it:
"Do you care if it falls?"
"The Roman Empire."
"F*ck it."
"Hee hee hee!"

- I originally thought the reveal of Adrak's "restoration" came out too corny (and maybe it still did), but ultimately I came around to it. The poor guy's spent the whole storyline covered in disgusting warts, taking the injuries of others onto himself (which certainly didn't help) and missing most of his teeth. I figured he earned the chance to look a little suave. Besides, I inexplicably like the smaller version of his father's beard he's sporting.

- I came up with a few alternate ideas for endings to today's strip, all of which included Loru Kal being the comic relief. In the end, I thought it would be better that he just sit and enjoy the moment in silence.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Tidbits and such. January 19, 2010 Posted by Mookie
There are a few things worth mentioning about today's comic:

- It's official. Having some kind of scarf-like apparel in this world means you're a bad-ass. It's like seeing a squire in a fantasy movie finally get a cape.

- All the hair dye and facial markings/tatoos washed off when Luna called the rain. That's why Melna, Hirek and Suyan look so different. Grench's hair is different, too, but apparently I use the same lines to fill in brown hair as I do for pink hair. Curse this black and white medium!

- If you say Thuen Gor's line as Mel Brooks playing the Emperor in "History of the World Part 1," it becomes a lot funnier.

- I think Loru Kal, former chief of the Rhazgala, may have come out of this whole ordeal better than anyone. Lucky old stoner.

- I'm totally getting up early today to vote in Special Election Day here in Massachusetts. That's got nothing to do with the comic at all. I'm just getting more political as I get older.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I just sort of... sit there... when she's not around. January 18, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I was trying to come up with some colorful insight to today's comic or an interesting bit of news to share with you all today, but the truth of the matter is this...

Nothing interesting happened to me all weekend.


Nothing. At. All.

I could tell you that I hung out with a friend of mine and she helped me play video games, or that I had a delicious new kind of vegan pizza, or that I found a brand of beer at my local liquor store that I'd been waiting for them to restock, but all of that is so mundane that I don't find it terribly newsworthy.

Yep. Pretty uneventful weekend, as it were.

Man, when my girlfriend goes away for a couple of days and leaves me alone I turn into the most uninteresting nerd in the world.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Warm, fuzzy and... ominous? January 15, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I figured I would leave this week off on a warm, fuzzy note. Mostly. Lots of cuddling and reuniting in the first four panels, but the last four aren't nearly as chipper. Is it symbolic? Ominous? A sign of things to come for these orcs of Maltak? We shall see.

Other than that, I'd say today is a pretty slow news day. It's been that way most of this week, and that's always nice. I'm subscribe to the "no news is good news" school of thought and bless those pleasantly uneventful days that come and go without giving you much trouble.

I'd say the new year is off to a nice start.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
Orc women are scary. January 14, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I could've taken this in a serious direction, but I just really needed a laugh.

Kiya's had an outburst like this before and violently horny women are comedy gold, especially if it's one with tusks and a penchant for beating elemental abominations to death with a stick.

For those interested, I posted some more of my very amateur photography for your viewing pleasure.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes! January 13, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I may not like having a body count by the end of these epic storylines, but I do make certain there are significant changes for the characters who have made these long journeys. This is Reinholdt's significant change and new beginning.

I've liked the idea of vigilant guardians at holy sites ever since I watched Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade as a kid. Sometimes I do an old man voice and say, "You have chosen... wisely." when someone I know does something smart. From there it led to countless examples of the vigilant guardian and I've always wanted to include one here in the comic. Rather than introduce a new member of the cast, I put an existing one through the ringer. I like doing that.

What significant changes await other members of this journey have yet to be seen...

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Now that's dedication. January 12, 2010 Posted by Mookie
It's true. Hukthak was right.

I've been waiting to drop this little revelation for about a year now. On the grand scale of things it's pretty insignificant, but it's just the sort of ridiculous thing Donovan would do. He even gave us a little "wink" at the beginning of the story after giving an example of his bad orcish.

As for his "old saying" today, that's a Vincent van Gogh quote I just slightly modified. I was originally going to make it an inspirational quote for orcs in the vein of, "you've got a second chance, so stop whining and get off your ass to do something with it!" but the reaction ended up looking more shocked at the forwardness of the statement than the fact that he just spoke perfect orcish. Something poetic seemed more fitting, since he really had been speaking nothing but gibberish up until today.

But just because he's been doing it on purpose this whole time doesn't mean that he's going to stop doing it any time soon. That Python-esque dialogue is too fun to write.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
It's really just another word for "boring." January 11, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I play World of Warcraft with my girlfriend (don't ask me what server we play on because we like our gaming privacy) and she finally unlocked the death knight class. She made an orc named "_______." In order to help her through the starting area I made a death knight to play alongside her. Unsurprisingly, I also made an orc and named him "_______."

We may have taken to calling each other by those names this weekend. We are so romantic, aren't we?

I only share this story because besides rearranging our living room and welcoming a good friend back home, that's the most interesting thing that happened to me all weekend.

I like to call weekends like that "pleasantly uneventful."

Finally, I've updated the list of conventions I'll be attending in 2010. I will, of course, add more as my attendance is confirmed.

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

UPDATE: Thanks to all of you who flooded my inbox in an effort to point out my stupid mistake regarding my gaming privacy. I had forgotten about the WoW Armory. Oops. I appreciate the heads-up, but rest assured those death knights aren't the only toons we play. We can always switch to our other characters if this slip-up of mine proves to be too invasive.

Gold donations are always welcome, though. Hee hee.
Armed with a monologue. January 8, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I went through about five different version of Jacob's monologue before settling on this one. There were much wordier incarnations which took up most of each panel, as well as ones that ended on a somewhat goofy note. In the end I chose this one because it seemed to be just the right amount of dialogue and still left some question as to what he's going to do next.

And, in case you forgot, Jacob did mention his body's healing after being struck with the hukthak a little while ago. Okay, it was a long time ago, but that's what these links are for.

The SEER'S CATALOG is back up and running. Shipping costs have returned but I've permanently lowered the prices of some of the books so they're all the same now.

And, finally... well... I don't think it should come as a surprise to any of you that this does not make me happy. To think that I used to have such nice things to say about New Jersey.

Sometimes I think the world is giving me more and more reasons to build my Death Ray.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend.
Orc N' Rule. January 7, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Thanks to all of you who sent me many, many kind e-mails regarding my decision not to kill Luna, as well as your opinions regarding my "main character body count" philosophy. It took me a while to read through all of them and, while I may not reply to your kind words, rest assured that they were all very much appreciated.

Also, any resemblance Jacob may be bearing to Nimmel in the last panel of today's comic is completely coincidental. More on why his hair is only one color and his arm is back to normal (as well as reattached) tomorrow.

The Seer's Catalog ought to be up and running by tomorrow.

A couple of cool comic books came out yesterday that I really enjoyed, and I want to make special mention of them.

I've really been enjoying Red Robin since Tim Drake took up the mantle. I was, at first, skeptical that I'd enjoy it since he looked to be going down the path of the "dark, brooding hero who blurs the lines of good and evil and makes the choices the other heroes can't make" (be sure to say all of that in a growly voice for maximum effect). The latest issue that came out resolved all that in a satisfactory and pretty bad-ass way. Thumbs up.

Orc Stain is really, really interesting. I'm a sucker for stories about orcs whether they're good or evil (though preferably good). The world and orcs that James Stokoe created is bizarre, brutal, savage and weird as hell. It reminds me of Rock 'N Rule with tusks... and a weird obsession with dicks. I mean, really. They're everywhere. I'm curious to see where he takes me in the strange and wonderfully awful world of Orc Stain.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
To kill off, or not to kill off. January 6, 2010 Posted by Mookie
I get the impression that people sometimes mark the bravery and/or quality of a writer by his willingness to kill off major characters. As I was coming closer to the end of The March Across Maltak I found myself struggling with this concept. I often found myself thinking, "I should kill someone off to really make a powerful ending."

I came very, very close to killing Luna. Frighteningly close. In the end, as you can see from today's comic, I decided not to go through with it. Call me a coward if you like. Call me a weak writer if you like. I know some of you have been calling for me to kill off a main character or two.

When I thought about it further, killing Luna would have destroyed Dominic. I'm seeing the effects of that level of loss with my grandfather lately, and to be honest it's not something I want to be writing about.

I don't believe that the bravery or quality of a writer is measured by his "main character body count." I believe it's measured by the strength of his story and the emotional investment of his readers.

As always, I leave the judgment of the quality of my writing to you, my readers.

And for what it's worth, Luna was technically dead for a bit there.

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

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