Sploosh! June 18, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Well, June's almost over but I was still able to get this month's Donation Wallpaper done. All these conventions strung together is really doing a number on my ability to keep a deadline... you know, besides the one I have to update a comic five days a week. Anyway, it's up for your perusal and approval, and if you're having trouble seeing it just hit your browser's Refresh button, as usual.

Like I said before, this weekend I'll be at PortCon Maine causing trouble, selling merchandise and bringing the metal. If I'm not doing any of those things I'll probably either be eating, swimming or sleeping, in whatever order those may happen to come at me.

And finally, in comic book news... go get 'em, Darkhawk! One of my heroes from the nineties comic book scene is getting the spotlight again and, thanks to a great team of writers, is holding it well on his own. I've always thought his armor was badass, but now that all new configurations and forms and stuff are being added... oh baby. Go get 'em, Darkhawk!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
I like 'em big, mean and green. Like She-Hulk. June 17, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Can you tell I have a thing for muscular orc women? I know I'm usually such a subtle writer with no tendencies to be ham-fisted or anything, so I figured I'd point out that I think I have a thing for muscular orc women. Some people like wispy elf girls. Not me.

I also seem to have a thing for shirtless dudes, though not in the same way that I have a thing for muscular orc women. A lot of the male heroes around here, including Dominic, have ended up strutting around with their shirts off on more than one occasion. I blame the heroes of my childhood. None of them wore shirts, and in my developmental years that translated into being a total badass.

As evidence, I present the list of my childhood heroes who wouldn't bother to wear a shirt:
Hulk Hogan (and every other wrestler ever)
The Incredible Hulk
Conan the Barbarian
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

So if you've ever wondered about the running theme of shirtless and/or bare-armed dudes running around the comic being badass, go ahead and blame the 80s.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on. Fer sure.
Here's hoping they invite me back (anime)next year! June 16, 2009 Posted by Mookie
AnimeNext was a blast for a number of reasons. First, it's always awesome to meet readers face-to-face and the folks I met this weekend were nothing short of awesome. Thank you all so much for stopping by and saying "hi." Second, the convention staff was as attentive, friendly, and generous as ever. They made me feel like a million bucks and I am very grateful for all their hard work. Third, all the panels I was a part of were very, very well received and I was flattered by all the nice words folks had for me and my fellow panelists after each talk.

It was also nice to chill out with fellow troublemakers Chris Malone and Dave Lister. Their obsession with all things Pokemon may be a little disturbing, but they're good buddies of mine and I love them anyway... for now.

This weekend I'll be heading up to PortCon Maine for a second consecutive weekend of hijinks and rabble-rousing. If you have trouble finding me, just listen for the metal.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Surprise! June 15, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I stopped by my parents' place on Sunday after AnimeNext to surprise my brother for his birthday. I spent the evening there and scanned today's strip on my father's computer. If you're reading this I'm probably en route back to Mookie Headquarters in Boston.

I'll have a proper news update and a summary of my lovely time at AnimeNext tomorrow, after I've settled back home and unpacked all my things.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and I hope you had a happy birthday, bro.
AnimeNext! June 12, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm at AnimeNext today, hopefully having arrived yesterday without much drama or trouble. I'm going to be doing my best to produce a comic for Monday while I'm here, which I anticipate being able to do without much drama or trouble. There's a slight chance that Monday's comic will be posted late, but I'll keep you folks posted as the weekend draws to a close.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and have a nice weekend!
Next stop, AnimeNe.. you know. June 11, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm heading off to AnimeNext today. I usually prefer to arrive at convention locations a day early so there's some flexibility in the checking-in process. Be sure to say "hi" to me this weekend if you're in the area of this one. I had a blast last year and I'm looking to repeat the experience.

While I was able to get Friday's strip done ahead of time to cover my absence, it seems I was unable to get June's Donation Wallpaper done this week. It should be up for your approval early next week, barring disaster.

In comic book news, Deadpool remains freaking hilarious, events leading up to The Blackest Night continue to get me excited, it's good to see Blue Beetle on his own again, albeit in a backup feature, and I am pleased with the developments concerning Dick Grayson taking on the mantle of Batman and Tim Drake becoming Red Robin. Damian is a little prick.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and I'll see you at AnimeNext!
Very slow news day. June 9, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In lieu of anything new or interesting to say at length today, I present you folks with a little "wish list" of sorts. This is just for your entertainment purposes only. It's not a hint for people to get me presents.

- The Sims 3.
- Not to be turning 30 in under a month.
- For my cats to actually get along.
- For my cat to get away from the monitor so I can finish writing this.
- That my girlfriend and I find an apartment without the process making me want to strangle someone.
- My beard to come back.
- Superpowers.

Yeah. That's all I got for light entertainment today.

Wow. This really is a slow news day.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Nerds! Nerds everywhere! June 8, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If there's ever been a Dungeons & Dragons type game called Myths & Magic then its reference in today's comic is entirely coincidental. I was just using my love of alliteration to showcase that most of the characters in this comic were shameless nerds at one point.

I'll be heading down to AnimeNext this weekend and I don't anticipate my attendance there to affect the comic's update schedule like A-KON did last weekend. I'll be bringing some of the usual merchandise and hanging out with some of the usual troublemakers. It's a fun convention so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in town!

June's Donation Wallpaper should be up for your perusal and approval before I go.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.

EDIT: Some folks have informed me that the term "nerd herder" is a reference to the NBC show Chuck. This is also entirely coincidental since I've never watched a single episode, even though I hear it's very nerd-friendly.
Dates! Dates! Dates! June 5, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If you look over to the right you'll see that I've added two new conventions to the list. Both are relatively new additions to the "summer tour" so if you're in the area for either of them be sure to stop by and say "hi."

AnimeNext was a lot of fun last year, so much so that I decided to accept their invitation to come back. The folks who run this convention treated me super-nice so I'm eager to return and be reunited with some real friendly folks. I'll be hanging out with some other troublemakers, so be sure to see if you can catch some mischief.

Other than that, it's the cusp of a weekend where I don't have to travel, so I'm going to be sure to enjoy it as best I can. I hope you folks do, too.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Read this in the voice of The Simpsons "Comic Book Guy." June 4, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In the last two weeks a lot of comic books came out, and since I wasn't in town to pick up Wednesday's new arrivals last week I had quite a stack of books waiting for me yesterday. There were some great titles that came out, including Green Lantern, Deadpool, Nova, Batman & Robin, but I don't want to talk about any of those today. There are two things that struck me as I read two weeks worth of comics, and they're probably things I've mentioned before, but I feel like talking about them again.

First of all, I feel like Marvel should just name their next big event "You Have No Choice But To Read This." I have no interest whatsoever in Dark Reign and I've never liked Norman Osborn, not even in that "I love to hate him" sort of way. I've just never liked him. I cannot, repeat, I cannot pick up a Marvel comic book without his face in any given issue. I feel like I'm being bashed over the head. I know I'm guilty of that more often than not in my own comic, but I'm not presiding over an entire comic book universe populated by a team of writers and parallel dimensions and an enormous cast of superheroes where, with all these possibilities, one story is told. Would I feel differently if this was all centered around a villain I actually loved to hate? I don't know.

Second of all, I was irritated by the preview for the upcoming Cry For Justice, where Green Lantern (whom I normally adore) makes a speech before the Justice League and calls for a change. It's not that I'm opposed to change in my comic books, it's the argument that was presented. It was something along the lines of "being 'good' and 'true' doesn't scare the villains back any more. These aren't the villains of yesterday, and we have to be meaner, too," etc. Call me old fashioned, call me a hopeless idealist and escapist, but I'm just so sick and tired of that kind of argument being presented before colorfully costumed superheroes. The world is bleak and dark and wearing a cape and costume isn't a realistic way of dealing with bad guys. I get that. I do. I read the news every day. I guess whenever the real world starts leaking its way into the ideals of my colorfully costumed superheroes I turn into a grumpy old nerd.

If I ever publish a superhero comic book you can rest assured the heroes will be irritatingly idealistic and you'll have a choice as to what stories you'll want to read about.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
So little to say, but so many words. June 3, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I should have all the pictures from Anime Boston and A-KON posted by the end of this week at the latest. I didn't have room for my camera last weekend so I was relying on some very generous friends of mine for pictures. Once they get them all to me I'll post them up for your viewing enjoyment.

Other than that I don't really have much else to say today. Oh, I missed getting comic books last week thanks to Memorial Day delaying their delivery to the shops, so with any luck I'll have a double-dose of comic bookery today. Oh, and I hear The Sims 3 is awesome so I may treat myself to that. Oh, and I'm very close to confirming my attendance at another major summer convention. Oh, and I may have news on new t-shirt designs in a couple of days.

I guess I had a little more to say than I thought.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Gravy so lumpy that Frank Zappa would be proud. June 2, 2009 Posted by Mookie
After the madness of A-KON and a long journey home, I spent most of yesterday in a post-convention slump. Sometimes I have "lump days," where I just decompress from being surrounded by people for three straight days and become a lump. Granted, I was surrounded by wonderful people, generous readers and old friends all weekend, but three days of being open and friendly for at least ten straight hours at a time can be very draining. Hence, I take a solitary day to recollect myself.

The drawback of these "lump days" is that I get only the minimal amount of work done. As such, it will probably be tomorrow or the day after when I finally get all my pictures together from both Anime Boston and A-KON to show off to you fine folks. It's been a crazy two weeks and I want to share some of the insanity.

Along with all the links provided yesterday, I want to give my love to some other folks who joined me at A-KON and made it a very memorable weekend...
Juno, we never had a chance for a good scandal.
Dave, you're as big a crybaby as I am at the movies.
Shawn, you're a much harder worker than Dave is.
Matt, darling, I eagerly await another Ikkicon reunion.

June's Donation Wallpaper will be updated as soon as possible, as well as more upcoming conventions. My summer tour continues!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
There's too many of them! June 1, 2009 Posted by Mookie
My flight back from A-KON was delayed three hours and I arrived back at Mookie Headquarters well after one o'clock in the morning. Needless to say I am numb from the neck up and can barely manage the strength to write even this meager news update.

I will, however, provide links to those kind and talented friends of mine who contributed their own visions of Luna to fill in my lack of a comic for today. I do hope you will show some love and help me thank, in order of appearance after the original Luna:

Jennie Breeden
Xero Reynolds
J.E. Seams
Jen Brazas
Brion Foulke

I am humbled and floored by their willingness to help me entertain you fine folks with some Monday filler. I'll have a more coherent news update when I recover from the insanity that was A-KON.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on... zzzzz.
Clever title for me being at A-KON. May 29, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If you're reading this then I hopefully arrived in Dallas for A-KON yesterday safe and sound. With any luck those of you in the area will be able to find me in the massive Artist's Alley today and all will be (relatively) well.

That's... really all I got. I mean, I typed up this news post before I left, so with any luck everything's going smoothly and I'll be back with an update on Monday. If, for any reason, there's filler instead of a comic next week, I apologize.

That's all from me for now.
Have a nice weekend!
A-KON abound. May 28, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Stuff happening in the dark is comedy gold, in my opinion. Plus, whenever I decide to use this gag it makes for a very easy comic, which is good because I had to produce enough strips to cover my absence for A-KON, which I am leaving for today. The rest of the week is covered for updates, but there is a chance that Monday will have some kind of filler instead of an update. We'll see how my flights go.

If you're going to be at A-KON this weekend you can find me in the Artist's Alley, selling merchandise for as long as supplies last. Last year I sold everything I brought with me, so we'll see if this year will be a repeat of that incredible occurrence.

I'll also be doing my notorious Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains twice this weekend. I've never done this before so we'll see how my energy levels match up with the apparent demand to see this panel I do. Keep your fingers crossed.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and see you at A-KON!

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