Conscious continuity errors, cats and climactic conclusions. January 5, 2010 Posted by Mookie
The choice not to draw the rain in yesterday's comic was a conscious choice on my part. I felt that, given the simply way I draw the rain, it would've looked too cluttered and taken emphasis away from the explosion of green that was so vital. So, I guess one could call it a "conscious continuity error," if you pay attention to this sort of thing. I do.

Thanks to you folks who e-mailed me concerning my friends' efforts to get their cat a new home. If you can provide any help and/or advice, please click the link above and drop me an e-mail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Other than that... um... yeah. Things look to be coming to a very dramatic conclusion around here.

Very dramatic.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
2010: Sure to be a linky year. January 4, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Hey folks!
We're ringing in 2010 with a bang! Of color! Whoo!

Well, it's only one color, but it's an important one to orcs.

Anyway, lots of stuff to talk about today, so let's get right to it.

First of all, you may notice that the Seer's Catalog link isn't working. That's simply because I've taken the store down for a day or so while I do some price adjusting on the books. The shirts from SHARK ROBOT are still up and available, though!

I've updated the list of conventions I'll be attending for 2010, which right now are KATSUCON and A-KON! More will be added to the list as my attendance is confirmed.

I forgot to mention this prior to the holidays because I was a little scattered, but I was interviewed over at SUVUDU. I think I was insightful and maybe just a little entertaining, but take look and judge for yourself.

Some very dear friends of mine are looking for someone to adopt their cat. If you'd like to know more about the situation, read the LiveJournal entry I've posted. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and happy new year!
Orcs crush the old to welcome the new. January 1, 2010 Posted by Mookie
Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope this comic is sufficiently symbolic on a day when we welcome in a brand new year and, more significantly, a brand new decade.

I have to say that the years 2000-2009 are going to be hard to top for me. Despite all the bad stuff, that was a pretty solid decade for yours truly and I have each and every one of you to thank for it. I would not be the man I am today without your continued support, and I humbly wish you all the best in the year to come.

Here's hoping 2010-2019 are equally awesome for everyone.

You know, until the world ends in 2012.
Freaking Mayans.

That's all from me for now!
Rock on, and Happy New Year!
Dramatic references! December 31, 2009 Posted by Mookie
So here's another one of those reminders to something mentioned much earlier in the story. Melna and Dominic had a discussion about the tale of Grobul, an orc myth... and then Melna yelled at him about it.

I had originally planned to make this another twelve-panel comic in which everything I just referenced in this news post was explained, but Melna's parting line just sounded too cool (to me, at least) and I decided to leave it the last bit of spoken dialogue in the strip for dramatic effect. You know me, I'm a sucker for dramatic effect.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Being an idealist is not the same as being naive. December 29, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic shows off just how much of a ridiculous idealist I am, and it's something I'm not ashamed of.

If I wanted to be truly realistic about the orc clans coming together under the rain I could spend another year telling that story alone. If orcs were more like humans they would debate about how the miracle truly came to pass, which of their belief systems was the "true" one that brought it about, the implications of another race interfering in a time of great religious significance and countless other things that you'd find in the news.

But no. In my ideal world, when people are presented with a miracle of great benevolence they find it in their hearts to put their differences aside and rejoice as one, truly remembering that we are all in this together and that compassion should not be delegated or debated, but simply shared... where even an old man scarred by racism and hatred can find the will to love and forgive again.

It breaks my heart that I will likely never see this sort of thing in the real world, so I put my ideals, however foolish and naive some may claim them to be, in my world.

There are times I wish humans were more like my orcs.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
And another holiday around the corner. December 28, 2009 Posted by Mookie

I hope everyone is recovering from their holiday weekend. I had a blast visiting my family, my girlfriend's family, and my girlfriend's best friend's family. Next year I'll be adding my father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate to that list... as well as more Spaceballs references.

Even though this week holds both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, two days that are notorious for leaving one in a drunken haze, the comic will continue to update normally unless otherwise noted. After all, there is a slight chance of irresponsibility, but I doubt it'll affect things around here.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Merry Christmas! December 25, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Merry Christmas, everybody.

The comic resumes on Monday.

I hope you have a wonderful day whether you celebrate this holiday or not.
'Twas the metal before Christmas... December 24, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I was originally going to make this another twelve-panel comic to finish off the week, as there will be no update tomorrow, but the eighth panel here seemed like such an upbeat and badass ending that I decided to have the last comic before Christmas be one filled with hope, albeit full of rain, blood and violence.

Hope can be metal.

I'm on my way to a huge family gathering today and will be gone most of the weekend. Unless otherwise noted the comic ought to resume normally on Monday.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Flooded! December 23, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Besides the usual amount of love and support you folks give me all of the time, you all gave me a pretty nifty present yesterday when so many of you visited The Abominable Charles Christopher that the website almost broke.

See, I've always wanted to be the kind of webcomicker who has so much influence that websites get flooded whenever a link to them is posted. Watching that happen yesterday made me feel a little like Ron Burgundy. "Kind of a big deal."

Also, thanks to you folks, an artist I've admired for years now knows who I am. That's a pretty nifty present in my eyes.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I'm abominable, too. December 22, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I must take a moment now to be ashamed of myself.
Truly, horribly, completely ashamed of myself.

Because it's taken me this long to finally get around to reading The Abominable Charles Christopher. I wish I had a fraction of Karl Kerschl's talent.

I've been a fan of Karl Kerschl's artwork ever since he did a few issues of The Adventures of Superman a few years ago. His unique and expressive style gave Superman a level of compassion and humanity that I had only just begun to connect to. Afterwards I eagerly grabbed whatever superhero stuff of his I could find, especially his work on The Flash, Teen Titans: Year One and most recently Wednesday Comics.

Go and read The Abominable Charles Christopher. Now. Tell him Mookie sent you and that I want to siphon his talent for my own nefarious purposes... I mean, be his friend.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The home stretch. December 21, 2009 Posted by Mookie
This is it. The final stretch.
Everyone who was scattered so long ago has finally come back together at the last mountain of Maltak.

It just feels neat to say it after all this time, you know?

That, and... holy crap! Christmas is this Friday?! When did this happen? December is flying by as fast as November did.

Anyway, there won't be a comic up on Friday as it's Christmas Day, which is a pretty major holiday for yours truly and I have some traveling to do. There will likely be a crummy filler doodle or a picture of my cats, so consider yourself warned if you're near the internet on that day. Unlike previous years, however, I will not be taking time off between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, as these are days I could (and will) be using to bring The March Across Maltak to its conclusion.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Super-size stripping! December 18, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Here's yet another over-sized comic for you fine folks. I do hope you like it.

This method of moving the storyline along works better for me than a weekend update. Now I still get to enjoy my weekend... and by "enjoy" I mean "do tons of last-minute holiday shopping and try not to kill anyone in the process"... and I'm at a place in the story where I think I can comfortably say that things will wrap up just a little into the new year.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things remain so seemingly on the right track.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Linky, with a side of nerdy. December 17, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Kiya brings up a valid point in today's comic... you know, while she's beating the crap out of Neilen. He's been surprisingly brittle since setting foot in Maltak. In fact, he's fallen apart on several occasions. Not to mention that it was the hukthak that got him once before, and when he did seem "tough" in this new form he was only crashing through a brittle, dead elemental that Luna had summoned.

Then again, there are just as many links I could post to the parts where he puts himself back together again, but you folks are sharp and probably already knew that.

In comic book news, it was really nice to finally see something other than a "things just got worse!" moment from a Blackest Night book. The latest issue of Green Lantern Corps did have one huge "oh crap!" moment but it was nicely balanced by a well-deserved "hell yeah!" moment. I like the Corps because while Hal Jordan is an awesome Green Lantern, there are lots of others that are equally nifty and deserve the spotlight.

J. Michael Straczynski is one of my favorite writers in comics and I love what he's been doing with The Brave and The Bold. Single issue, stand-alone stories every month can be a challenge but he and artist Jesus Saiz more than meet it. Every issue so far has been thoughtful, well-written and beautifully drawn. I hope this team stays together for a long time on this book.

I only just started reading the new Power Girl series, and boy do I regret having waited so long to get into it. Palmiotti and Gray write great, snappy dialogue and Amanda Conner's artwork is beyond charming. This is the same team that did the Supergirl installments of Wednesday Comics, so if you loved that as much as I did then you should already be reading this book. Great stuff.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Fifty percent more free! December 16, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire! Now with 50% more comic absolutely free!

Well, just for today, and any other day I need the extra space to bring The March Across Maltak to its appropriate climax. Hope you folks enjoy the free stripping!

Wish I had more interesting things to talk about but, alas, I need to get back to making possibly more extra-sized comics and catching up with orders from the Seer's Catalog, as I'm sure my pals over at Shark Robot are doing.

Maybe after I've read the new comic books that have come out today I'll have more interesting things to talk about tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Got him right in the continuity. December 15, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Hansi was stabbed so hard in that panel that the scar on his face had to hide.


Just in case you forgot how Neilen got into that monstrous state, here's where he stole some of the Nakta from Luna during their battle outside the Sanctuary. I may be giving out more and more of these little reminders as we come closer and closer to the end of the story.

Speaking of which... holy crap! When did it become the middle of December?! I have to get back to work so I can finish this story on time!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on! I gotta get back to work!

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