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Comic books. Hundreds of them. August 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
A metric crap-ton of comic books came out yesterday and, as of this writing, I still haven't finished reading all of them. Most of them have been very good so I'll talk about the ones I got to that really left an impression on me.

Teen Titans has become the bleakest, most depressing series I've put myself through. If Blue Beetle wasn't on the roster I would drop this title after this month. It seems that every major storyline with them has become "they need to learn how the real world works. They need to learn the meaning of loss." After two consecutive team member deaths and the loss of their leader I think they've gotten the picture! Geez! Writing a story with a happy ending doesn't make you a crappy writer!

I was going "oh crap!" all throughout the newest Green Lantern, but it was in that good way where things keep getting worse and I want to see how our heroes get themselves out of it. I hope Larfleeze gets what's coming to him, that jerk.

Batwoman in Detective Comics is probably the most artistically interesting comic I've been reading. It's got creative layouts and a great use of varied coloring and inking that helps set the mood of the comic when she's in and out of her costume. Incidentally, the Batwoman costume has to be one of the sexiest superheroine outfits I've seen in a long time, and it doesn't even reveal a hint of skin.

The Incredible Hercules features the origin of Amadeus Cho, the seventh smartest kid in the world whose hung out with Herc since his own series began. Not only is Greg Pak a talented writer but I like seeing kids and teenagers in a heroic role that doesn't involve boatloads of angst or annoying dialogue. It's the same reason I love Blue Beetle.

Deadpool as a pirate. Freaking hilarious. Absolutely freaking hilarious. Daniel Way, in my opinion, is the definitive Deadpool writer. Suicide Kings or Merc With A Mouth (Deadpool's two other comics) are okay but they don't feature the same kind of insanity that Way captures, runs with, and makes a joy to read every month. I highly, highly recommend this book (if Daniel Way is writing it).

For a series that started off quite slow, The Flash: Rebirth kick-started last month and blasts off this month. The Flash and the other speedsters have a very complicated history that can be quite hard to follow... with time travel, alternate dimensions, backwards-aging relatives, mathematical formulae and so on... but my god, Barry Allen has never looked more badass than on the last page of this month's issue. Wow.

Still more to read. Maybe I'll talk about the rest tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
Boxes. Hundreds of them. August 25, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm mostly happy with the way today's comic turned out. Writing, drawing, and even scanning it felt odd because this was the first strip produced in the new apartment (yesterday's was finished and uploaded ahead of time).

It always takes time to get back into a working groove when I change locations, and with boxes and belongings still strewn about the apartment finding a place to work was a challenge all by itself. Still, I found a cozy spot that works for now and updating the comic shouldn't be a problem while the rest of our collective stuff is unpacked, tucked away, and then moved around again because we didn't like where it went the first time.

Speaking of which, I had every intention of showing off more photographs but I can't seem to find the cable that connects my camera to my computer. I'm sure it'll turn up once the rest of the stuff is unpacked, tucked away, and then... you know.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Movin' right along. August 24, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I've successfully moved into my new apartment with my beautiful girlfriend and our sassy friend.

My internet is reconnected and working smoothly.

My apartment is strewn with boxes and my cats are very confused.

After two days of moving the belongings and furniture of three people I have become so obscenely exhausted that I barely have the energy to finish typing this.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Mookie HQ relocation! August 21, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Tomorrow is my "big moving day" which, if you read yesterday's news post, isn't really much of a "move" and more of a "shuffle." Still, I'm excited to be moving into a new place with my beautiful girlfriend so I'll continue to call it my "big moving day."

Now the smart thing for me to do would be to work on Monday's strip today and upload it for Monday's update just in case anything goes wrong with getting my internet reconnected, but knowing me I'll be so distracted by the idea of moving tomorrow that I'll spend the day organizing and cleaning in preparation for Saturday's move that Monday's comic won't get done.

Cross your fingers that I can make a practical choice for once.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and have a nice weekend!
Viva la Comic Book Day! August 20, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Yesterday was a slow week for new comic books for me, but there are a couple worth mentioning... in my humble opinion, at least.

Atomic Robo & The Shadows Beyond Time is probably my favorite Robo story so far, if for no other reason than I have a soft spot in my sanity for Lovecraftian monsters. That, and the revelation of Atomic Robo's greatest fear was highly entertaining.

Blackest Night: Superman was as freaky as all the other Blackest Night-related stuff has been. Seeing the range of Superman's heart in the emotional spectrum almost made him look like a flying rainbow, but somehow the art team managed to pull it off so the Man of Steel looked pretty badass. Go get 'em, Superman!

Wednesday Comics continues to thoroughly entertain me. The stories featuring Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth, Superman, and Supergirl are my favorites, with Aquaman making another memorable appearance in Supergirl's story again this week. I highly recommend picking this weekly title up.

In other news, I'm moving this weekend. Well, it's not really a traditional "move" in terms of packing up my stuff and lugging it across town. I'm moving from one floor of my apartment building to the one below me. It's more like "just carrying all my stuff to another room" but I think it still counts as moving. The cable company tells me my internet ought to be switched properly on that day but just in case there's no update on Monday, you'll know why.

And I'm still trying to get in the habit of using my twitter more often.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!
You'd think I'd have fixed this by now. August 19, 2009 Posted by Mookie
This strip was fun because I got to let Spark use one of the oldest tricks in his arsenal of kitty weapons. Granted, it's not a very reliable cat trick, but who knows? Maybe Dominic will have a change of heart anyway.

When my girlfriend was looking at today's strip before I uploaded it she made an observation that many of you have shared with me over the years. "I love how Spark seems to change size all the time. It's an endearing thing you do." I think she was just being nice because I give her back rubs all the time.

But it's true. For the longest time around here, Spark changes size. I want to give some reasonably complex reason as to why this happens, but the truth is I don't even realize I'm doing it until after I've finished the comic. Call it whatever you like... artistic laziness or ineptitude or whatever... but it's something I'm aware of. I'm just not quite sure I'm going to go out of my way to fix this little quirk because, after all these years, I've come to amuse myself with it, too.

I think the most important thing I learned from all this is that size doesn't matter to my girlfriend.
The M is for "Moron." August 18, 2009 Posted by Mookie
To those of you who wait until the comic updates for the day, which is 12am Pacific Standard Time, so that's 3am Eastern Standard Time (where I am), I have a really stupid reason as to why the comic came up a little late. Turns out I'd actually gotten the comic done hours prior, but numerous things happening during the day made me forget to scan the comic in. So at 3am, when the comic's supposed to update, I realize that I'd forgotten an important step to actually letting you folks read it. Grumble. Sometimes I'm amazed I can tie my shoes.

In case you missed the announcement yesterday, SEER'S DIGEST is back in stock! Many of you have been asking as to when it would be available online again, so... ta-da!

Besides the infuriatingly humid August heat around Mookie Headquarters, there's not all that much else to report today. So I'll just keep this brief and try not to be so scatterbrained for tomorrow's update.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Two lame weekend visitors. August 17, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Melna and Luna already touched upon this a few stories ago, but it's been such a long time I felt the need to reiterate what was said. Plus, given what's on the horizon, those two could use a reason to smile.

I should've known better than to think that a weekend to myself would result in a productive couple of days. Turns out two unwelcome weekend warriors, Laziness and Procrastination, came to visit me and rendered me unable to get August's very late Donation Wallpaper completed. At this rate I'm tempted to just call it a lost cause and do two for September.

I was, however, able to update the Fan Art pages. The artwork in today's update includes the submissions that I didn't end up using for the fan art filler week during my vacation. As usual, there's some fantastic artwork to be seen so go and have a look-see.

Finally, SEER'S DIGEST is back in stock. Some of you had been e-mailing me with questions as to when all four volumes would be available again, and this announcement comes just in time. Looks like my stock of The Storm of Souls is running low, so take advantage of all four volumes being in stock while you can! (Wow. Did I actually sound like a real salesman there?)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Starring Daniel Day Lewis as Stonewater. August 14, 2009 Posted by Mookie
All I have to do to make today's strip complete is implement the theme song from Last of the Mohicans. I'll violate copyright laws but it'll be worth it, I tell you.

As usual, I'm kind of a meathead.

I promised this month's Donation Wallpaper would be up by the end of the week as well as an update to the Fan Art pages, but as you can see neither of those things have been done. As usual, whenever I say something's going to get done by a certain date, you really have to add a few days. I'm like a Monty Python sketch.

The good news is I should have those things done over the weekend. My girlfriend will be out of town so I'll have the whole apartment to myself. Unless, of course, the cats take advantage of her absence and do kitty-like things to me.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend.
Aquaman and Deadpool are hilarious. August 13, 2009 Posted by Mookie
See? Smoking is bad for you.
Then again, I did spend a some time glorifying a beverage that's probably just as bad for you.
Oh well. I guess we all have to pick our poisons.

Yesterday was a particularly good comic book day. Lots of great comic books came out and I read a few of them over and over again. Here are the ones that inspired such behavior.

The latest issue of The Blackest Night was as good as the first. It's only the second issue in this eight-part tale so things are still in the "getting worse" phase. This is, so far, everything I've hoped for and I'm hoping it doesn't disappoint. Then again, I learned that hope is a bad thing when dealing with the Black Lanterns.

Deadpool has three separate titles being published, but my favorite has to be the one written by Daniel Way. The way he writes the merc with a mouth cracks me up every single month. Deadpool's latest scheme to become a pirate was nothing short of comedy gold. I also love Hydra Bob.

Wednesday Comics has some great stories each week, but one of my favorites has to be the one featuring Supergirl and her super-pets. This week she sought help from Aquaman and anyone who's been reading these little comic reviews knows how I feel about the king of the seas. For an "issue" that's only one page long I was thoroughly entertained. His "cell phone" alone cracked me up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
The "M" is for Misogyny. Clearly. August 12, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Some people may accuse me of being a misogynist from the visions in today's strip. It wouldn't be the first time I've been called that, either. The reason these accusations may fly again is because all of the victims in those smoky visions are women. Someone, somewhere, may cook up some elaborate theory about me and my "deep hatred for women everywhere and how this is a symbolic representation of..." and so on. Say what you will. The fate of Maltak may very well rest upon the survival of these four women so I think I'm showing them in an important light, even if it's in the form of a warning.

Truth be told, it's kind of flattering when someone projects some complex theory about my thought processes based on what they see in the comic. Most of the time it makes me seem far more intellectual than I really am! Some thought there was some greater symbolic meaning behind this infamous comic, and a couple of readers actually analyzed it as a representation of my feelings of women being inferior. Honestly, I just wanted to put Dominic in a He-Man harness because I thought he'd look silly.

Today's rant wasn't inspired by anything anyone's said to me recently, nor was it a reaction to any particular comments. Sometimes, on the internet, you just feel the need to cover your bases. Just in case.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Nice things to look at. August 11, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Things don't look good in Dominic's vision. Because of that, I'm going to show you folks some nice things to look at. Here are some pictures of the readers who got dressed up for me at ConnectiCon last weekend.

Detective Quilt!
Dummy Dominic!
Jacob!
An impromptu group cosplay!
Dominic!
Jacob!
Dominic!

Thanks to all of you who got into costume. You looked awesome.

I also forgot to extend another special thank you to everyone who submitted artwork to cover my vacation last week. I had a bunch of excellent submissions and it was difficult choosing only five. Thank you all for sharing your talent with me. Those pieces that were not showcased last week will be posted in the Fan Art pages later this week.

And finally, for those of you interested, I added some more photographs to my deviantArt gallery. They're from my vacation and most showcase my bikini-clad girlfriend. I also find her very nice to look at.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Sad, but charitable. August 10, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm back from my vacation and what a wonderful time I had. I've got some nifty pictures to share, but we rolled back into town very late last night and I was too tired to upload them for your general viewing pleasure. I'll have them up for you folks to look at later this week.

I should also have August's Donation Wallpaper up later this week.

But right now I'm going to tell you fine folks the story of Eruk, the orc who got brutally murdered in today's comic by the Bikta. A fine gentleman named Eric was the winning bidder at this year's Webcomic Auction during ConnectiCon, where we raised money for Child's Play. He was bidding on a named appearance in the strip, which in this story meant getting "orc-ified." He not only told me how he wanted his name changed, but he specifically requested that he be brutally murdered. Eruk, I hope your death was satisfactory.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Gone fishin'. August 3, 2009 Posted by Mookie
ConnectiCon was the perfect end to my summer of conventions. Not only was I surrounded by a horde of fellow webcomickers and old friends, but I got to meet some of you, my fantastic readers, and I got to host a couple of events that really made this convention memorable for yours truly. I'm exhausted and drained... but man oh man, was it ever worth it.

I'll upload some photographs once I return from my vacation.

In case you've forgotten, this week I'm on vacation with my girlfriend. In place of the comic will be five pieces of fan art filler so generously donated by some very talented readers. They're all related to the current storyline so I do hope you enjoy them in my absence.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and enjoy the guest art!
Last stop on the summer tour. July 31, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If you're reading this, then you're probably not at ConnectiCon with me right now, to which I say... why not?!

Next week is my vacation and five wonderful pieces of fan art will be showing instead of comics. I do hope you folks enjoy them as much as I did.

That's all from me for now!
Rock on, and see you at ConnectiCon!

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