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An imagined catastrophe. September 17, 2009 Posted by Mookie
The making of today's comic was delayed significantly last night when I spent a significant amount of time looking for my cat, Rascal. I couldn't find her anywhere and was convinced she had somehow gotten out of my apartment. It turns out she was just under the bed, behind a pillow that had fallen under there. The most ridiculous thing about it is that I'd looked under the bed at least five times, with a freaking flashlight, before Alyssa came home and found her in under a minute in the same spot.

It's moments like this that make me wonder how I manage to, well, do anything.

On a complete nerd note, the newest issue of Blackest Night came out yesterday. Things just keep getting worse for our heroes and in every issue something heart-wrenching happens, no pun intended. However, I had no idea that being a compassionate person meant you got to kick a ton of zombie ass. If that's the case... the zombie apocalypse is going to be awesome.

Atomic Robo has been added to my list of comic books that are actually fun to read. Deadpool and The Incredible Hercules are the other two that actually seem to be enjoying their adventures, and even when they're miserable it's actually amusing instead of crushing. It's almost like comic books can be fun.

Tomorrow I'll probably gush on and on about how wonderful I've been finding Pathfinder to be. Squeak.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
What the hell just happened? September 16, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If today's strip seems confusing... like why would someone supposedly devoted to light and healing seal someone away in the underground darkness, or what the hell Grench is doing in the wall, or how being underground in the dark in the wall is "servitude" to the Akta... rest assured that it'll be explained more clearly tomorrow. This strip was more about action than exposition.

Otherwise, the first batch of pictures from my weekend trip to Maine have been posted for your viewing pleasure. These are my continued attempts at being an artsy photographer. It's a hobby and it's fun, so I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Autumn is going to be delicious. September 15, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I say this every year around this time and so I will say it once again. The fast approach of autumn, the weather cooling down and the leaves beginning to change colors can only mean one thing... the fall beers are starting to come out! Whoo!

Summer is a relatively bad beer time for me. I love India Pale Ales but besides that my selection is a bit limited. I'm not a big fan of the summer seasonals. Wheat and fruit beers have never done a thing for me. I like heavier, darker brews with unique tastes and flavors. The autumn season of brews showcases my favorite beers... Octoberfest beers and pumpkin ales. Mmm! Give me a pint with a bowl of hearty vegetable soup on a cold day and I am a very happy man.

After the fall beers cometh the winter... and that means it's time for the stouts. Mmm. It's going to be cold and delicious in the coming months.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and respect your beer.
The (very clean) horror! September 14, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Something altogether disturbing and shocking happened to me this weekend. I came to the horrible, reality-altering realization that, in my new apartment... I'm the cleanest one.

I don't mean this in terms of hygiene, mind you. My girlfriend and our friend are very clean women. Sometimes when they smile their teeth do that "ding!" thing. I meant that I'm the cleanest one in terms of doing the dishes, cleaning the cat litter, putting stuff away when I'm done with it and so on. The reason that this is such a mind-bending shock is that for the past thirty years I have been a Slob with a capital S, and yet this weekend I found myself spearheading an operation to straighten up my new apartment. If you're a chronic Slob like me, you realize what an affront to our nature this is.

To reward myself for a job well done I picked up From Mars To Sirius by Gojira. This album is a few years old, but if you haven't heard this progressive masterpiece of metal you're truly missing out on some high quality music.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Thursday comics? On Friday? September 11, 2009 Posted by Mookie
New comic books were delayed a day thanks to Monday being Labor Day, which worked out well for me since I was unable to get to the comic shop on Wednesday. I picked up quite a selection of new issues and some stood out more than others.

I may be more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan, but I must admit that Marvel is putting out two of the funniest titles I've read in a long time. Deadpool (when written by the hilarious Daniel Way) is one of them, and the other is The Incredible Hercules. Greg Pak writes Hercules in a charmingly oafish way while smartly weaving classic mythology into the Marvel universe. Maybe I'm biased because I was a huge mythology nerd in middle school, but I've been reading this title for months and it's never failed to keep me thoroughly entertained.

Good lord, is this Dark Reign crap over yet? I try to avoid it as much as I can but Marvel gives me very little choice in the matter. As if I wasn't struggling to keep reading Thunderbolts already, this month I'm force-fed yet another showcase of how devious Norman Osborn is. I get it already. I got it months ago, but this crossover seems to show no sign of stopping so I guess if I want to stop reading about how devious Norman Osborn is in every freaking Marvel title I think I'll just have to give up Marvel altogether. Except for Deadpool and Hercules, anyway.

I can't say enough good things about Wednesday Comics. If you're not reading this wonderfully reminiscent series in its old-school format you are seriously missing out on some good old comic bookery.

Adventure Comics has been very enjoyable so far as it features the recently "resurrected" Superboy trying to get his life back on track. It's still too early to make a decent call on this series, but with two solid issues like this I just have a good feeling about this one.

The Warlord is a guilty pleasure of mine. Classic sword and sorcery adventure and everyone is running around in bikini armor and loincloths.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and have a nice weekend!
Bleary. September 10, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I almost didn't manage it with all the traveling I've been doing, but somehow I was able to produce a comic for you fine folks today. I hope you like it.

I'm very tired and don't have much energy left to write an even semi-entertaining news post, so I'll just pass for today and come back with something (hopefully) interesting to read down here tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
On the road again... again... again. September 9, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Some short news updates for today.

Still in New York dealing with an urgent family issue.

Will be heading back to headquarters in Boston later today.

Will be trying my best to get a comic drawn and uploaded for tomorrow despite all the family stuff and traveling I'll be doing, but I can't guarantee anything.

Much love and hugs to you, the greatest readers in the world.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Right back on the road. September 8, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Oopsie. Looks like I slipped up. There's a small continuity error in today's strip and I didn't notice it until well after it was scanned and uploaded. The hole in Luna's dress from when Thuen Gor stabbed her with the hukthak mysteriously vanishes in today's fourth panel. Oh well. Chalk it up with one of many mistakes I've made over the seven years this comic's been updating.

As for those vague family matters that need my attention, I'm leaving for New York today and should be returning to headquarters tomorrow. I don't anticipate any problems with the strip's updates, but I'll be sure to keep you folks posted if anything comes up.

I got some fantastic photographs of my friends from my weekend excursion to Maine and will be posting them for you fine folks to see once I get back from New York.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
We're supposed to remember this? Again? September 7, 2009 Posted by Mookie
There I go again, referencing stuff that was said months ago and expecting you fine folks to remember it. For those of you who need a quick reminder who said what...

Thuen Gor speaks of the growing strength of the Nakta.
Donovan worries about the true nature and the price of the Nakta.

Otherwise the strip has updated despite the fact that I'm still in Maine today. I'll be heading back to headquarters tonight where I'll figure out if the comic's updates will be uninterrupted by some family matters I need to take care of this week. I'll probably be pestering you fine folks with a bunch of my (amateur) photography later this week.

Oh, and there are two new Donation Wallpapers up for your approval. If you're having trouble seeing them just Refresh your browser and that should do the trick.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Wallpapery. September 4, 2009 Posted by Mookie
September's Donation Wallpapers will be up for your approval later today. Since I missed August I thought I would make it up to you fine and generous folks with two wallpapers for this month. I do hope you like them.

I'm leaving for Maine early tomorrow morning and I'll only be gone for the weekend. As I mentioned earlier I don't anticipate an interruption in the comic's updates, but there may be a delay later next week when I have to go to New York to deal with some urgent family matters. I'll keep you folks posted if there are any delays or interruptions.

For those of you who really need to keep up-to-date on the matter can always follow my twitter if you're in to that sort of thing. I'm getting better at "tweeting" a lot more now.

Anyway, I'm off to save the world like a total nerd.
Rock on, geek out, and have a nice weekend!
Vegan cake, obviously. September 3, 2009 Posted by Mookie
"Long hair is often associated with drug use. I wish long hair was associated with something else... like an extreme longing for cake."
-Mitch Hedberg

I was going to post about something else entirely, but my friend is sitting here listening to Mitch Hedberg and I found that quote not only appropriate at this present moment, but applicable. I have long hair and I want cake. Now.

Anyway... um... I kind of lost my train of thought. Now I'm pretty much fixated on cake.

Let's try again. Hrm. The March Across Maltak is heading towards its climax and... um. Hm. My copy of Pathfinder is in the mail and I'm... um. Hmh. I'm eager to play Professor Layton & The Diabolical Box so I can test my brain to... hm. Dammit. This isn't working.

I need cake.
Rock on.
Books & Nerds. September 2, 2009 Posted by Mookie
With the moving process I admittedly fell behind in sending out orders for books, but now that things are (more-or-less) settled in around here I'm all caught up with that. So, you know, if you're feeling anxious to order some high quality collections of comics about a grouchy seer, now's the time to do it.

There I go again, sounding like a salesman.

I should have two Donation Wallpapers ready for you fine folks before the end of the week.

In the meantime, I'm going to go ahead and show off what is probably the most accurate picture of me and my girlfriend taken to date. Two grinning nerds... ankle deep in city pond water. Go figure.

And finally, in even further geek-tacular news, I have recently had my attention turned to a tabletop roleplaying game called Pathfinder. I'd been playing Dungeons & Dragons for decades and was perfectly happy with their 3.5 rules, even though they had their flaws. D&D 4th Edition felt more like Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics and while it makes for a great board game, I don't feel like it's a roleplaying game. Even the rulebooks look and read more like video game manuals. What Pathfinder has done is (legally) take the rules of 3.5 and tweak them into... 3.6, I guess. I haven't had the opportunity to check out the core rulebook yet, but from everything I've read and the testimony of some very trusted friends of mine, this game is the next evolution of that beloved system. Check it out and see if you come to share my excitement about this.

Then again, I was sold on the idea of half-orcs being a flexible race... and the hundreds of dollars I put into 3.5 books over the years could still be used because they made their rulebook compatible with them oh thank you god!

Ahem.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Clinging desperately to the summer. September 1, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I have to admit that Jacob's only dialogue in today's strip made me chuckle when I wrote it.

And so it is that September is upon us.
Good gravy, when the hell did that happen? Wasn't it just August, like, yesterday?

Anyway, as you folks can see I was able to tear myself away from my... er, our new gaming computer long enough to get a comic done for today. I know it's not very "professional" of me, but I challenge anyone with an ounce of nerd in them to not be tempted by shiny new electronics that only serve to make things you already own look cooler.

In my last, desperate attempts to cling to the summertime I'm heading to Maine for the weekend with my friends. I don't anticipate an interruption in the comic but I do anticipate pestering you wonderfully patient people with even more photographs once I'm back.

There may, however, be a slight delay and/or interruption in comics in the middle of next week due to urgent family issues that need my attention. Just giving you folks a heads-up just in case.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
When nerds get new toys. August 31, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Oh man. Things don't look that great for Jacob today.
In fact, I'd venture to say he looks downright... dead.
Hrm. This probably isn't good.

In geeky news, this past week my gaming computer (which had been generously built by my pal Tim) started acting haywire for no reason. I had to finally put my Frankenputer to rest and go shopping for a new way to play my PC games. Turns out my girlfriend is just as big a nerd as I am and helped me pay for a pretty spiffy new machine. As I write this it's sitting in the box next to me, waiting to be opened and powered up. If there's a delay on Tuesday's comic, you'll all know it's because I was too busy playing with my... er, our new toy.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
You'd swear, too, if you knew how screwed you were. August 28, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm not a big fan of swearing, which is why I've tried my best to keep it out of the comic for so long, but when I originally wrote Jacob saying "oh crap" it just didn't seem to convey how absolutely screwed he knows he is.

If you're like me and you like a soundtrack to certain things, I'd say a good song for Thuen Gor's rage would be "Ov Fire and the Void" by Behemoth.
WARNING: This song and especially this video are not work safe in the slightest, and if you're a particularly religious person I wouldn't recommend watching the video. Ever.

Other than that it's a slow news day. This is a free weekend for me so I'm going to spend it straightening out the last of the unpacked boxes in my new apartment. It'll be nice to walk across my living room without stubbing my toe or worrying about tripping and breaking something important.

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