Ikki-yie-yay, muthaf**ka! February 10, 2009 Posted by Mookie
There are times when something or someone you love does something wrong and you feel the need to point out their mistakes. Not because you're mad, but because you care and you don't want to see them make the same mistakes again.

This, unfortunately, is how I felt on the first day of IKKICON. I've been attending this crazy little convention since its maiden voyage three years ago and enjoy myself enough each year to make the trip from Boston to Austin.

Doubts were cast, however, when I arrived on Friday to discover that the convention had neither a hotel room for me to sleep nor a table to sell my merchandise, two things I had been promised as a Guest of the con. Thanks to the quick thinking and generosity of Ken Wallen of Guest Relations, Amelie and Sky Pirate I was eventually provided with both.

Further evidence of miscommunication and disorganization followed when I arrived at the Iron Artist panel to discover that the convention didn't have anything for the artists to draw with. For a solid hour and fifteen minutes I did my best to keep the crowd entertained with terrible jokes and various hijinks, with much help (once again) from Amelie and Matt Herms. We eventually did our best with a copy of MS Paint and a projector. I'm still debating whether or not to share the atrocities of art I created that night.

The next two days, however, turned into the IKKICON that I've known and loved for the past three years. I chatted with some great fans who showed me much love and support, and for my part I tried to do the same... for instance, the kind folks at PTME Productions. I did my first Hentai Iron Artist (in which I created atrocities of art that I'll never put online). I was spoiled by Barb the green room manager who is not only a phenomenal cook but a first-class hugger. I mingled with some of the voice actor guests who, I discovered, actually like it when we webcomics guests come talk to them.

It was a bumpy ride at first but I ultimately enjoyed my time at IKKICON. Many, many thanks to Ken, Amelie, Matt Herms, Sky Pirate, Barb, Meghan, Wes, Porsche, and everyone who came to visit me at my humble little table. It's folks like you who make these trips awesome.

My next stop is KATSUCON this weekend. I'll rant a little tomorrow about my history with this particular convention and why it means so much to me.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
It's a splash page! Get it? February 9, 2009 Posted by Mookie
This year's IKKICON was quite an experience, to be sure. On the whole I'm glad I went, but for the first few hours I was admittedly doubtful. Still, it remains a great con for me to attend and I ultimately had a fun time.

It is, however, very late as I write this update, since it's a long journey from Austin to Boston. I'm exhausted and will write a more proper update tomorrow, including links and hijinks galore.

In case you missed them late last week, February's Donation Wallpapers have gone up for your inspection and approval. I do hope you like them.

And don't forget that I'll be returning to KATSUCON this weekend, so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area. There may or may not be hijinks.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on... zzzzzzzzzz.
Ikki-ikki-ikki-FTANG! February 6, 2009 Posted by Mookie
It's a funny feeling when I don't spend the nights before a convention scrambling to get stuff done to cover my weekend absence. With the cut down to a Monday through Friday updating schedule I was actually able to take things relatively easy. Having two conventions in a row used to be incredibly stressful for me. Now I feel... not stressed.

This is awesome.

I'm catching a super early flight down to IKKICON this morning so I'll see you folks there! Have a nice weekend!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Up, up and away! February 5, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Every Thursday I used to do comic book reviews of the week's comic books I'd pick up. I'm still debating whether I want to go back to doing that, but I'm slowly leaning towards "yes." I never saw myself as a comic book afficionado. I just like talking about the comic books I buy every week.

That said, there are a couple of issues this week I bought that left me particularly giddy.

Darkhawk! Whee! He's got his own mini-series! The nineties were a terrible era for comic books in general but there were a few gems that came out of it. I grew up reading Darkhawk and I'm psyched that he's getting a little time in the spotlight. Say what you like, but I think that armor is awesome.

I've been waiting months for the new Legion of Three Worlds and this one did not disappoint. George Perez is an old school comic book artist who knows how to pack a lot of action onto one page. The man is a god of the craft, as far as I'm concerned. Unfortunately, I still find Superboy-Prime to be one of the most irritating villains around.

Werewolf By Night is a great horror book and is a successful reminder that being a werewolf sucks.

Deadpool's new solo series is the funniest thing I've read in a long time.

I am heartbroken that Blue Beetle's series is ending.

And although none of these titles came out this week, Green Lantern, Atomic Robo and The Incredible Hercules are my favorite titles being published right now.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Comicweb lackbash. February 4, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Convention Season, as I like to call it, is starting up for me again and I've begun to notice a growing trend that is a little unsettling. It began a few years ago and I've only seen it grow in momentum as time has gone by. I wish I had more clever name for it, but I call it "webcomic backlash."

Some conventions don't see webcomics as valid guests any more. Maybe this is because there are quite literally tens of thousands of webcomickers nowadays and we're a dime-a-dozen. Maybe it's because some webcomickers acted like prima-donnas once they had received Guest status at some conventions. Maybe some convention planners just don't like webcomics. I honestly wish I knew, but I can only speculate that it must be some combination of the aforementioned things.

I'm not saying this is the case with every convention. The ones who have invited me to return or debut as a Guest have treated me with nothing but the utmost courtesy, and for my part I've done everything in my power to give back to conventions who honor me with Guest status.

Still, if you're a con-goer and you like seeing me and my fellow webcomickers at conventions it couldn't hurt to let those who run your favorite convention know it. Most cons have feedback sessions at the end of their weekend and many planners pay close attention to their website's forums, so sound off if you feel so inclined.

That said, I hope to see you at IKKICON this weekend and KATSUCON the weekend after!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Con men work it harder. February 3, 2009 Posted by Mookie
There's no cheat sheet needed for the revelation of the name "Azazia." It's never been mentioned before and it is but another mystery in this tale of orcs, wizards, and creepy necromancers who do impromptu tongue replacement.

It is becoming clearer to me that the decision to go down to a Monday-through-Friday update schedule was an awesome idea. Not from a creative standpoint, but from a convention standpoint.

So far nearly every convention I am slated to attend is within one weekend of another one, and it's happening in pairs. If I was still updating seven days a week the amount of filler doodles, reduced updates and stupid photos of me looking exhausted would be aggravatingly increased. Many of you have written to me and told me you miss the weekend strips, but clearing them off my schedule for the time being was one of the best decisions I could have made.

Speaking of two conventions in two weeks, don't forget I'll be down at IKKICON this weekend and KATSUCON right afterward. These are two conventions I'm always happy to return to so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area. I'll most likely be in a good mood.

More on conventions tomorrow.
That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Yay. It's February. February 2, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Roethlisberrr-! Ah.
Actually, that was a pretty awesome game.
Well played.

I'll be heading down to IKKICON this weekend, so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area! As I mentioned last week, since the comic only updates during the week there shouldn't be any interruption in updates. This message brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

February's Donation Wallpapers ought to be up for your approval before I head off to IKKICON. There will be two of them this month, too.

That's all from me for now.
Orcs are not a subtle people. January 30, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Not updating on the weekends has given me the opportunity to do something that I haven't done in a few years. I get to present a cliffhanger once a week that isn't resolved the very next day, namely whatever comic is posted on Fridays. It's fun for me because I do so love a good cliffhanger, and if you've been reading the comic for a while you'll know that I've made that perfectly clear over the years.

A lack of weekend updates is going to make everyone's lives easier next weekend and the weekend afterward, when I'll be attending IKKICON and KATSUCON consecutively. No filler weekends, no missed comics, no cutbacks on updating, no photographs of me looking exhausted on a Monday. Now that Dominic Deegan only updates during the week there will be no interruption of the comic, even on those occasions when I'm attending two conventions in two weekends.

That's all from me for now.
Have a nice weekend, and rock on.
Coincidence? Probably. January 29, 2009 Posted by Mookie
For those of my readers who watch football, you may notice the striking similarity between Rothesberger the bartender and Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The reason for this is a very silly story.

A few years ago when the Steelers won the Superbowl, Ben Roethlisberger was the quarterback. I was cheering for the other team (the Seattle Seahawks, I believe) and, for whatever reason, disliked how the Steelers were playing. Whenever they made a play I would shake my fist at the screen and yell, "Roethlisbergerrrrrrrrr!!" My friends in the room found this, for whatever reason, hysterical. They told me I should somehow work my "outrage" into Dominic Deegan.

So I did.

This Sunday the Steelers are returning to the Superbowl. Rothesberger the bartender has made a (brief) return to the comic. Coincidence?

That's all from me for now.
What a tweeest! January 28, 2009 Posted by Mookie
I'm proud of something today, and it's not for anything relating to the comic (even though I am excited about the momentum this story is starting to build). It's not even for anything remotely artistic or comic-book related. Nope. I am proud about my tiny little collection of games for my Nintendo DS. If by "collection" you mean "four of them," anyway.

I like my shoot-em-ups and brain-blasters as much as the next guy. I bang my head when I pretend to be a rock star. My heart swells when I have the choice to do good or evil and I choose good. I like swinging remote controls around like a lunatic.

None of my DS games make me do any of that. All four of my games make me think. Period. Between Brain Age, Brain Age 2, Professor Layton & The Curious Village and, my most recent acquisition, the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer, my brain has to stay sharp, think logically and mathematically, and work muscles that usually take a back seat when I'm drawing comics. I also happen to find them a lot of fun.

If only I had this stuff when I was a kid. Maybe I wouldn't have waited close to thirty years to finally learn something useful. Oh well. Better nate than lever.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
We're supposed to remember all this?! January 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
This is the point in the story where I'm starting to bring back concepts, plots and characters from a long time ago. So here's a quick little "cheat sheet" for those of you who need a reminder as to who's who, what's what, and why you should care. At least, I hope you care.

The Shintula Clan and why most orcs are freaked out by them.

Dominic's theory about The Nakta.

Reinholdt insults Luna and makes Dominic mad.

Reinholdt scarred and broken at the jailbreak.

Reinholdt acting like a real knight, even in defeat.

Hansi Reinholdt's return and explanation of his behavior. Unfortunately, Dominic is still mad at him.

Luna and Dominic's aforementioned fight about Hansi Reinholdt.

Hope that brings you folks up to speed.
Rock on.
Either that, or a witch took them. January 26, 2009 Posted by Mookie
As I'm writing this Monday morning news post I'm getting the evil eye from my kitten, Scamp. I think he suspects that, in a few hours, he'll be headed to the vet for a basic surgery that will leave him... um... without his jewels.

If he asks, I'm going to blame the loss on a cat burglar.

And, in regards to Hansi Reinholdt's refusal to let Dominic take candy into the wasteland of Maltak, I'm sure in some survival guide somewhere there is a benefit to taking some kind of sugar into the wild. This just made for a funny punchline.

That, and I know that sugar bombs are a source of nourishment out in the Capital Wasteland. There will not, however, be any super mutants running around Maltak. Of that I can assure you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Very interestink... but shtoopid. January 23, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Another Friday is upon us and all I have to say about that is... um... thank God it's Friday? Man. Coming up with something remotely interesting to say each day is harder than I thought. Granted, it's not hard for me to ramble on and on about nothing, but I'd hardly call the rantings of a nerd (yours truly in particular) "interesting."

I was going to fill the rest of this news post with nerd rantings, but I decided to just leave well enough alone and hope you fine folks have a nice weekend. Or at least an interesting one.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
That's two close calls. January 22, 2009 Posted by Mookie
Call me a coward. Call me a writer who's afraid to be merciless. I don't care. I didn't have it in me to kill that orc family.


Besides, they seem to be acting as a great tool for introducing the major players in this orcish saga. So far they've managed to introduce us to "Hukthak," three major figures in the Bikta and a mysterious orc with leaves and a hammer who we may have met before. And just because they managed to get lucky twice doesn't mean their luck will last. You wonderful folks will just have to keep reading to see what their fate is, along with the fates of our main characters.

And finally, direct from the Useless Trivia Department, the name of the wife in the luckless orc family, Malia, is the name of an old co-worker's daughter. She made the name up and I liked it so much that I decided to put it in the comic... even if that old co-worker couldn't stand working with me. Oh well.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Like father, like son. January 21, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In typical "me" fashion I said I was going to do something last week and finally got around to it in the middle of this week. It is one of the more endearingly infuriating traits I inherited from my father. Just ask anyone who knows us.

I'm speaking about the Fan Art pages which have finally been updated. There's lots of great artwork there, as usual, so go and take a look-see!

If there's anything you sent me that I didn't post, just send it again and I'll post it on the next update. I'm going to do my best to make updating the Fan Art pages a weekly thing again, so with any luck you won't have to wait long to see your work up around here.

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

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