Humbled two thousand times over. April 15, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Thanks to each and every one of you who sent me well wishes and kind regards in response to yesterday's two-thousandth comic strip. However you decided to show me some love it was well appreciated and I remain, as always, humbled by your collective awesomeness. You folks are the reason I keep going back to the drawing board.

In other news, I may be pushing back pre-order time for THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS: Dominic Deegan Vol. 4 from the end of this week to the end of this month. Things are moving along nicely (for now) and it'll be available for purchase in May, but I'm not sure exactly when and I feel funny making you fine folks wait too long for your pre-ordered books. We'll see how things go the rest of this week and I'll keep you posted.

Now if you'll all excuse me, I have to dislodge my cat from my ankle.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
In the yeeaarrr two thouuusssaaannd! April 14, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Holy crap.
Have I really drawn two thousand strips already?
Have you folks really stuck around this long to read all of them?

I can only hope the answer to both of them is "yes."

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank those of you who have taken the time to read all of these comics. You grace me with a little bit of your time each day and I appreciate the fact that you keep coming back to see what happens next. I couldn't have done this without you.

Well, technically I suppose I could've written and drawn two thousand comic strips even if nobody was actually reading them. So, I guess it's more accurate to say that I could've done it without you all, but it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun.

Thanks again. You folks are the greatest readers in the world and I am so grateful for, well, everything.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Easter Eggs of Awesome. April 13, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Sorry this news update is coming so late, folks. My girlfriend and I went to New York to visit my family on Easter Sunday and the traffic coming back to Headquarters was nothing less than an atrocity. I only now just got back to my place after spending the evening at Girlfriend HQ. I guess it's a good thing I uploaded today's comic before I left.

Anyway, apart from working on THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS: Dominic Deegan Volume 4 and making sure my cats don't kill each other things are pretty routine here at Mookie Headquarters. I'll take advantage of things being mellow here before I head off to NoBrandCon in a couple of weeks, and then May's insane conventions are upon us.

I guess I better get back to work.
Rock on.
It's not a toomah! April 10, 2009 Posted by Mookie
It's been a long week since I returned from ICON and I'm glad today is going to be fairly mellow. Between playing Doctor Boyfriend to a sick girlfriend and working on the fourth collection of the comic I'm feeling a little drained. Thankfully I'll have the weekend to recover and hopefully not catch whatever made my lovely ladyfriend so ill.

However, if all goes well today and this weekend, THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS: Dominic Deegan Volume 4 will be available for pre-order by the end of next week. I'll keep you folks posted if anything changes, but keep your fingers crossed.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and have a nice weekend!
MINE! It's all MINE! April 9, 2009 Posted by Mookie
April's Donation Wallpaper is up for your appraisal and approval. I do hope you like it. In case you're having trouble seeing the thumbnail just Refresh your browser and that ought to do the trick.

I picked up a couple of nifty comic books yesterday, too. Here are some of my recommended reads.

The new Green Lantern was awesome, as usual. The first Orange Lantern was an unexpectedly cool and brutal bad guy, even if I don't like his name very much. The Blue Lanterns, however, remain my favorite of the new Corps.

The new miniseries, Deadpool: Suicide Kings, had a fantastic start that captured all of Deadpool's humor and insanity. I'm so glad some very witty writers have gotten their hands on him lately. I only hope Marvel doesn't put him in too many titles at once because, as much as I'm enjoying Deadpool now, I'm afraid the overexposure could make me sick of him.

DC's last attempt at a Warlord series was... bad. The newest attempt has a faster start, more solid artwork and doesn't waste time with a lengthy origin. From the first time you see the Warlord, he's just that. The Warlord. And the people of this sword-and-sorcery world need his help. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
The Battle for... Bonsai! April 8, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Thanks to all of you who sent me even more musician jokes yesterday. Now I can more effectively make fun of my friends who still play music.

Work on Dominic Deegan Volume 4: THE BATTLE FOR BARTHIS continues now that I've got a break from conventions for a few weeks. If all goes well it should be available for pre-order later this month and in the store itself around May.

And finally, on a completely unrelated note, I recently downloaded Bonsai Barber for my Wii and find it absolutely adorable and endearing. If you've got ten bucks to spare I highly recommend it as a delightfully daily distraction.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
What's the definition of perfect pitch? April 7, 2009 Posted by Mookie
If I had to draw Chief Thuen Gor scowling one more time I think I may have shot myself. I've been eager to get to this strip because I finally get to make one of the most tragic figures in the story so far crack a smile at a bad joke.

My favorite real world version of Donovan's joke has to be "How many trumpet players does it take to screw in a light bulb?" For any of you who have ever played music, you know this to be true. I find it particularly endearing because I played the trumpet for about nine years. Go figure.

Here's another one I enjoy.

What's a trumpet player's most effective form of birth control?
His personality.

But just so the trumpet players don't think I'm picking on them, here are a couple of other musician jokes I have come to love over the years.

What did the drummer get on his IQ test?

How do you get two flute players to play in tune?
Shoot one.

How do you get a guitarist to stop playing?
Give him sheet music.

What do you call a musician who breaks up with his girlfriend?

How do you get a musician off your front porch?
Pay for the pizza.

A boy says to his father, "Dad, I want to grow up and be a musician!" The father replies, "I'm sorry, son, but you can't have it both ways."
ICON, YouCON, WeAllCON! April 6, 2009 Posted by Mookie
ICON was weird this year. Enjoyable, but weird. This convention has been in the same location for almost thirty years and this weekend marked the first time in its history that it was somewhere else. Actually, it was in three different places, and all at least five miles apart from each other.

I'm sad that I had to miss out on my panel with Greg Pak. I dearly wanted to fanboy at him and rub my hands through his beard.

My thanks to those of you who made this weekend enjoyable:
- First of all, you wonderful readers who came to see me at my meager panels and dealer's table. You folks always make me feel like a million bucks and I cannot thank you enough for making me smile.
- Thanks to Chelsey who manned, or should I say "womanned" my table while I was driving back and forth from my panels up and down the Long Island Expressway.
- Thanks to Alex for loaning me Chelsey and sandwiches.
- Thanks to Bernie for being a cool table-mate.
- Thanks to my best friend Dave for giving me a roof and transportation for the weekend. You really saved my butt, pal. Also, I decided not to link to that video of you butchering "Uptown Girl" at your office party. The world has enough awkward white guys trying to sing.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
An icon of... something? April 3, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm headed off to ICON today. This convention always holds a special place in my heart because it's the first con I ever attended. My father took me there when I was a freshman in high school and it was my first experience of three straight days of science fiction, high fantasy and anime. You might say that it changed my life in those formative years, and you might be right.

Here's hoping that I can admirably contribute to it this year.

Monday's comic may be filler or updating late depending on my travel plans. I don't think there should be any delays in updating, but I figured I'd give you fine folks a heads-up just in case.

That's all from me for now.
See you at ICON!
Get to dah SHUTTAHL!! April 2, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Adding yet another convention to the "tour" this year, I'll be attending NOBRANDCON for the first time at the end of this month. Like I said about St. Louis, it's always nice to visit new places and meet new people, so this should be a new (and hopefully) pleasant experience.

As for ICON this weekend, good luck finding me at my table on Saturday because I've been scheduled for a metric crap-ton of panels, one right after another, throughout most of the day. I'll be doing a lot of running around (or in this year's case, shuttling around) but I'll try to get as much table-time as possible. On the plus side I'll get to do a panel with Greg Pak, the amazing writer of Planet Hulk, one of my all-time favorite stories in comics. I'm going to try not to fanboy too much.

Speaking of comics, I cannot urge you folks to read the new Deadpool series enough. It's freaking hilarious... even if I do miss the old Thunderbolts terribly.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
April Fool's Day snuck up on me. April 1, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Yesterday proved to be a very distraction-filled day for a number of reasons, so I finished today's strip a little later than I usually do. It wasn't until after this comic was uploaded and set to update that I realized that today is April Fool's Day, and had I remembered earlier I would've totally had an April Fool's comic up instead.

But no.
Instead you fine folks get a lovely dose of April Fool's... exposition, which I guess is pretty cool. I mean, I think it is, but I'm biased about everything around here. Besides, for those of you with excellent memories, you'll remember that the Tienchak have been mentioned in relation to Karnak before.

Anyway, I'll try to get April's Donation Wallpapers up for your approval before I head to ICON, but it's more likely that they'll be up when I get back.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
St. Louis was my Confirmation saint, too. March 31, 2009 Posted by Mookie
ANIME ST. LOUIS was, as I had hoped, a blast. I met lots of cool people, caused trouble with a nefarious pair of ne'ver-do-wells and brought the metal to a lovely convention center. Sadly, I forgot my camera so I was unable to obtain photographic proof of such events, but rest assured that I am telling the truth.

My sincere thanks to the staff, attendees and my friends (old and new) who made this weekend a memorable one and I would love to return to St. Louis if they'd have me and my metal back.

Next up is ICON this weekend. My travel plans are currently up in the air, but this shouldn't cause any interruption of updates. There is a slight chance, so I figured I'd warn you fine folks anyway.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A message from the distant past! March 30, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm probably on a plane right now heading back from ANIME ST. LOUIS. Since I wrote this news post before I even left for the con in the first place, I can only hope I met a bunch of you fine folks, had a blast, and will have a more relevant review of my experience tomorrow when I'm actually home to write a current news post.

In the meantime, enjoy today's trippy comic and I'll be seeing you folks tomorrow with a proper news post... and hopefully a comic. Cross your fingers!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Anime St. Louis, here I am! March 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
With any luck I've arrived at ANIME ST. LOUIS and am currently causing some kind of mischief with a nefarious pair of ne'er-do-wells.

With any luck you're all enjoying where this story is going and where I've left you hanging on a cliff for the weekend.

With any luck I'll see some of you in St. Louis this weekend and good times will be had by all.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, geek out, and have a nice weekend!
Anime St. Louis, here I come! March 26, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm flying out to ANIME ST. LOUIS this afternoon. I've gotten all my strips done to cover my absence so things will update as normal while I'm gone. Since my flight back from the convention isn't until Monday night, however, Tuesday's strip may be either a little late or crummy filler. I apologize ahead of time if it turns out to be either of them.

I'm always excited to attend a convention for the first time. It's always worthwhile to travel to a new city, meet new people, and all that other stuff that comes with traveling somewhere you've never been before. So if you're in the area, stop by and say "hi" this weekend! I'll most likely be in a good mood.

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

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