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I feel a trend coming on. November 3, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Something happened to me at ONI-CON this past weekend. Something that I thought would never happen to me, but once it occurred it felt almost liberating.

The following does not relate to any of the convention attendees that came to visit me at my table. You fine folks were nothing but courteous and fine examples of how people ought to act at these conventions.

It seems to me that, as time goes on, convention-goers are subscribing to the "if I can do it on the internet, I can do it in real life!" mentality. This leaves them to be as loud, rude, pushy and obnoxious as humanly possible. Everything from standing in the middle of a crowded room and shouting something random to pushing me aside (while carrying all my merchandise) to rush for an elevator. This behavior culminated in my grumbling "you stupid f*cks" as I pushed my way off of an elevator that nearly broke thanks to these morons piling in over capacity.

Maybe I'm just getting older and my tolerance for this sort of thing is deteriorating. When I was a teenager I certainly lacked common sense, but one thing I know I didn't lack was common courtesy. There seems to be a general disregard for that with these convention crowds nowadays.

It all came to a head on Halloween night, sitting with some good friends of mine in a public courtyard enjoying some excellent wine from a nearby wine bar when some of these aforementioned knuckleheads came yelling through the area. Before I knew what I was doing I just turned my head and snapped, "Shut the f*ck up."

They shut the f*ck up.

I feel a trend coming on.
Post-Halloween candy coma. November 2, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm back from ONI-CON and I hope everyone had a very happy Halloween while I was gone. I hung out in Texas in a viking helmet, which by itself is a pretty nifty statement.

The convention was a blast, albeit crowded in the hotel. Many thanks to all the fine folks who came to say "hi" to me, including the folks at Complex Actions who, if they remain true to their word, will have a new comic up today featuring their meeting with yours truly. Apparently my facial hair translates very well into comics.

Just in case you forgot where you first saw that prophetic text in today's comic, it was Luna who first "translated" it.

I fell behind in sending out October's Donation Wallpaper before I left for Oni-Con, and for that I apologize. If you haven't received your wallpaper from October yet it will be in your inbox by the end of the day today.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Boo! October 30, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If you're reading this, then you're probably not at ONI-CON with me. If that's the case, I'm very sorry because you're probably missing out on a good time.

I wrote this news post before I left, so hopefully I arrived in one piece and am currently getting ready for a thoroughly awesome weekend.

Halloween is Saturday. I'm sad that I won't be home with my costume-savvy girlfriend and other mischievous cohorts, but at least I'll be in a sufficiently nerdy atmosphere and will thus be among my own kind.

That's all from me for now!
Rock on and Happy Halloween!
So freaking metal... and sore. October 29, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Oh god.
Oh god oh god I am so effing sore.

Mastodon and Dethklok was so overwhelmingly metal that I am in a great deal of pain from the shoulders up. That's what I get for throwing up the horns and swinging my head around all night. I'm not as young as I used to be, and my body is reminding me of that. Totally worth it, though.

I'll keep things brief today, since by the time you folks read this I'll be hopping on a plane to Texas for ONI-CON! I was able to get enough strips done so the comic will update normally for the rest of the week.

We shall see if there will be a Monday update, but I'll try to keep you folks posted as things develop.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Links that are made of metal. October 28, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Just in case you've forgotten, and it has been a while since we've been here, the cave of the Crone does indeed have this effect on those who enter it. It also gives me a break from writing those "I'm speaking in orcish" brackets around everyone's dialogue.

While I'm feeling nice and linky, here's where Dominic had his vision of Azazia's death. Hukthak, or Roki, was indeed there in the background, but it has been a while since that smoky vision came up so I figured a little reminder couldn't hurt.

In more metal news, I've got tickets to see Mastodon and Dethklok tonight. I cannot be more excited and will probably overload on pure awesomeness.

This concert tonight, plus my early departure tomorrow for the trip to ONI-CON may require some Friday Halloween filler instead of a comic. I've been working to get enough strips done to cover my absence and it looks like everything will update normally... but just in case something comes up, I figured I should at least give you folks a heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and stay metal!
It's just a jump to the left. October 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Anyone who's seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show will most likely get the admittedly dumb reference to it in today's comic, and if you didn't see the reference beforehand you're definitely seeing it now.

I don't know why, but the revelation of Hukthak's name in this manner sent me into such a state of giggles that I couldn't help but put it in the comic. It may be because Tim Curry was the voice of Emperor Doviculus in Brutal Legend. Maybe.

Speaking of Brutal Legend (again) I want to thank you folks who helped me search for those Brocas Helm songs. I found them, downloaded them, and now love them at my leisure. Much obliged, my very metal friends.

Don't forget that I'll be at ONI-CON this weekend!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I'll be spoooooky this weekend! October 26, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Ah. What a lovely weekend I had.

I did abso-freakin'-lutely nothing of importance and it felt great.

But now it's back to work.

This Halloween weekend I will be returning to ONI-CON and I couldn't be more excited. A few years ago I moved to Texas and Oni-Con was the first convention to welcome me with open arms. I had such a great time there that I vowed to return, even though I'm back on the east coast. I have a soft spot in my heart for this show and the people who run it, so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area.

I may also be in costume on Saturday... seeing as it's Halloween and all!

On a slightly nerdier note, I just finished Brutal Legend and have this to say about it... if the gameplay was as stellar as the story and the soundtrack it would've been the greatest game I've ever played. Slightly choppy gameplay (and absolutely aggravating Stage battles) aside, this game had some sharp writing and a killer musical score that kept me plowing through it until I reached a brutally sweet ending.

Speaking of the game's soundtrack, if anyone knows where I can find a copy of Cry of the Banshee and Drink the Blood of the Priest by Brocas Helm I'd be very appreciative. I love those songs and can't find them anywhere.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
It's on. October 23, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In case you can't remember how Dominic knew about the demonic poison and its relevance to the Crone of Maltak, here's where he first pitched his theory. We'll see if his theoretical solution to this problem is still applicable.

In other news, I have admittedly fallen a little behind in sending out book orders, what with my grandmother's passing earlier this month and a slew of other things. Rest assured that I will be caught up with all orders by the end of this weekend, so if you've been waiting a long time for your order, I do humbly apologize.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
So. Yeah. Stuff. October 22, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If this looks familiar to you as well as Dominic, it's because it's a sight like this that started this whole adventure, only without the wicked implications of ruining everything.

Other than that, this remains a pleasantly dull week with very little news to report. Normally I'd be upset with this level of humdrum, but considering how busy October has been I'll take a few days of nothing. It's quite refreshing.

So. Yup. Back to the blah.
Whee!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Reposte! October 21, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm posting most of yesterday's news post again because:
1- I have absolutely nothing of interest to say today.
2- This is important and I feel it should be emphasized.

Katherine Bray-Strickland has to be one of the toughest women I've ever met, if for no other reason than she went through the rigors of medical school while undergoing pretty serious cancer treatments. Those treatments have, unfortunately, become even more serious, but she's showing all the fight and determination that's characteristic of one of the toughest women I've ever met.

And so I come to you, my readers, who have shown me some incredible displays of love and compassion to share some of that with Katherine Bray-Strickland. You can read the Supporting Kati blog to send her some encouragement and that general positive energy you've been so kind to share with me over the years. Right now this brave and unbelievably tough young woman needs it more than I do.

In (unfortunately) similar news, my pal James Riot is selling prints for breast cancer awareness and to help a close relative. The blog says it all. The guy's a good buddy of mine, his artwork is incredible and this is a noble cause if I've ever seen one.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
No funny title here. This is serious. October 20, 2009 Posted by Mookie
First of all, congratulations to Chris and Julie Mow on their beautiful wedding this past weekend. I didn't get as many decent pictures as I wanted because I was too busy enjoying the celebration, but I'll post what few good pictures I got in my deviantArt gallery soon.

Now then. On to more serious stuff.

Katherine Bray-Strickland has to be one of the toughest women I've ever met, if for no other reason than she went through the rigors of medical school while undergoing pretty serious cancer treatments. Those treatments have, unfortunately, become even more serious, but she's showing all the fight and determination that's characteristic of one of the toughest women I've ever met.

And so I come to you, my readers, who have shown me some incredible displays of love and compassion to share some of that with Katherine Bray-Strickland. You can read the Supporting Kati blog to send her some encouragement and that general positive energy you've been so kind to share with me over the years. Right now this brave and unbelievably tough young woman needs it more than I do.

In (unfortunately) similar news, my pal James Riot is selling prints for breast cancer awareness and to help a close relative. The blog says it all. The guy's a good buddy of mine, his artwork is incredible and this is a noble cause if I've ever seen one.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Worst. News post. Ever. October 19, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Comic is up.

News post is not.

I'll have a more relevant and (hopefully) entertaining news post tomorrow, which will (hopefully) include various links to various things with various pictures and such.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A mountain of revelations! October 16, 2009 Posted by Mookie
October's Donation Wallpaper is up for your approval. If there's one thing I like about writing orcs it's that they're known more for using weapons other than swords in any given fantasy setting. This has led me to a brand new appreciation of battle-axes and warhammers, the latter as portrayed in this month's wallpaper.

Swords are pretty metal, don't get me wrong, but never underestimate the badass factor of a razor sharp battle-axe or a thundering warhammer. I even wear a Thor's Hammer pendant around my neck at all times. It's true.

In case you have trouble seeing the wallpaper, just Refresh your browser. That ought to do the trick.

If Monday's comic is a little delayed, that just means I was negligent in my duties (duh) and it's my girlfriend's brother's wedding this weekend. If there's a delay in Monday's update it just means I'm still recovering from the celebration.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
Rumble rumble. October 15, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Okay, so today's link to an earlier strip may be handy to remember in order to truly "get" today's comic. So, for your convenience, here's Hukthak remembering where he found the weapon... which is also called a Hukthak.

I like Hukthak. He's the orcish equivalent of a wandering fantasy hero calling himself "Blade" or something like that. Some days I wish I were badass enough to warrant having the same name as a weapon.

In other news, the newest issue of The Incredible Hercules had me laughing my non-bad-ass off. I mean, how can you go wrong when the whole premise is "HercuThor vs. Thorcules?" Not only was it funny and have a great superhero brawl, but now I know the term "elven tickler" and all that entails when it comes to any story about Hercules.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Obscure jokes, metal, cupcakes, and vegan pizza. October 14, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In case you were wondering, this happened the last time Reinholdt said "al dulaka." It's not crucial to the plot in any sort of way, but it's crucial to getting today's joke. If you can call it a joke. I dunno. I think it's funny.

Alyssa had the wisdom to take Brutal Legend with her to work yesterday after we got up early to buy it. This insured that I wouldn't be tempted to play it until she got home and all my work was done. It's a good thing, too... because it's pretty f*cking metal and it's taking all my willpower to stop rocking out to write a news post today.

A number of you have asked me how to make the werewolf cupcakes from a photograph I posted. The recipe is from a book called Hello, Cupcakes! Everything you need to know is in its hallowed pages. It should also be noted that I did not make nor eat those cupcakes, as they are very far from vegan.

I may not be able to have lycanthrocupakes, but I can have the best vegan pizza in all of Allston, MA. Mmm.

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

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