Something's been going on here. December 31, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot that the comic resumes updating normally tomorrow, you're probably wondering what this picture of a rock and some grass means.

But if you've been coming by during my annual holiday vacation, you'll know that something's been happening here all week, and even through the weekend.

Hope you folks enjoyed this little interlude!

The comic returns tomorrow, on the first of the new year!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a happy new year!
I'm on vacati... hey, what's he doing here? December 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'm on my annual holiday vacation this week!
The comic will resume updating normally on...

...hey. What's Celesto doing here?

The last time we saw him he was trying to regain control of himself while meditating in the Wild Edge.

I wonder if he'll be up to something this week?
Guess we'll have to see what he does over the next few days.

The comic resumes its normal updates on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. In the meantime... just keep an eye on this guy for me, okay?

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you in 2013!
A sign of things to come. December 21, 2012 Posted by Mookie
It's him.

The Infernomancer closed out 2011 in a similar fashion. He was certainly an omen of bad things to come for 2012. Will he jinx 2013 as well?

He's also emerged from a bunch of tentacles before. His appearance was a bad omen then, too.

And that's it for 2012! I'm taking the next week and a day off to spend time with my family and celebrate the holidays. The comic will resume normally updating on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. But something may be happening here during my annual holiday break, so check back and see for yourself.

Thanks to all of you for an incredible year. You're all so wonderful, and I cannot express my love and gratitude enough. In 2013, I hope to give you all the best grand finale I can manage.

That's all from me for this year.
Rock on, have a great holiday, and see you in 2013!
Just one guard. December 20, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Here we are. The penultimate comic of 2012.
Almost like it's setting up for a week-long cliffhanger or something.
Tee hee.

And it's somewhat appropriate that the final comic of 2012 is falling exactly on what some people are believing to be the end of the world! I don't believe that nonsense whatsoever, but it's a funny bit of trivia while it's still relevant.

In another bit of trivia, just like tomorrow's final comic of 2012 falls on "then end of the world," this comic happened to update on Talk Like A Pirate Day. If I paid more attention to my calendar maybe I'd actually plan these things out, but I like happy accidents.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Like hell. December 19, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Luna was originally going to just say "like hell." It would've been a direct homage to one of my favorite moments in Superman: Birthright, which is one of my favorite graphic novels. When Superman's confidence gets restored because of what Lois... and then he... with the... and the... it's a great story and I don't want to spoil anything.

The other Superman graphic novel I've been told I need to read is Superman: Red Son, where we see what would've happened if Superman's rocket had landed in Soviet Russia instead of the U.S. I've never gotten around to reading it.

Anyway, I thought today's dialogue worked better, so I changed it and realized I could just talk about Superman down here in the news box. It's Wednesday, too, so that's appropriate since new comic books hit the shelves today. Maybe I'll finally go treat myself to Red Son.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Too late? December 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Unless you count the time he peeled himself out of his own skin, or even the time he was sun bathing in that same skin, this is the first time we've seen Rilian without his signature black robe on.

I think it's safe to say that he's looked better.

Just a reminder that this is the final week of comics for 2012. I'll be taking annual holiday break next week and the comic will resume updating on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. There may be something to look at that week, so be sure to come by anyway!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
In memoriam. December 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in Friday's tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

That's all from me for now.
A new hope? December 14, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I had to end this week on a somewhat hopeful note.

I guess the holiday season is inspiring me to be upbeat. At least on potential cliffhanger weekends.

Next week is the last week of comics for 2012.

I'll be taking my annual holiday vacation from December 24 - 31. The comic will resume its normal updates on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. While there won't be regular comics that week, there will likely be something to look at anyway. So be sure to come by and see for yourself.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
12/12/12 December 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Donovan and Miranda are a raunchy couple.

They have a history of it.

They aren't ashamed of it.

And Miranda may be the one with the dirtier mind.

Today is 12/12/12.
I'm pretty sure everyone on the internet is pointing this out. And now I am, too.

New comic books hit the shelves today! Namely ATOMIC ROBO, one of my favorites, if not my favorite comic period. I've been singing this comic's praises for years. Do yourself a favor and pick this title up if you haven't already.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Older events and old news. December 11, 2012 Posted by Mookie
There may be some resemblance in today's comic to the conclusion of The Storm of Souls, where one of the strongest and most "monstrous" spellcasters stayed behind to deal with an even more monstrous obstacle. Luna's come a long way.

This may be old news to some metal fans, but it only just hit my radar. Enslaved has had a new album out since October! How the hell did I miss this? These guys have quickly become one of my favorite bands. Their previous album, Axioma Ethica Odini is incredible. From what I've heard of RIITIIR, it may be equally mind blowing. I can't wait to get my hands on this (I still like to go out and buy CDs) and really sink my teeth into it. If it's metal enough, I may even do that literally.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Mighty POWER OF THE DRAGONFLAME... er, HEART! December 10, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Fierla's right to be upset that someone's desecrated the body of a dragon. They're tied to the nagasta creation myth after all.

I was debating whether or not I was going to take my annual Christmas vacation this year, what with the comic ending on or before May 2013, but I ultimately decided to take my yearly week-long break. But who knows? Maybe there will be something to see anyway, just like last year.

If today's comic was to have a soundtrack, I'd pretty much pick anything by Rhapsody of Fire. Most of their songs are about dragons and dragon-related things, I've found. But if I were to pick one, I think it'd have to be "Power of the Dragonflame."

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
R.I.P. Dave Brubeck. December 6, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Dave Brubeck died yesterday.
The legendary jazz musician was 91.

Time Out is an incredible album. I've listened to it countless times over the years in its entirety. It's one of those gems that never gets old, from start to finish, without ever having to skip a song. If you've never heard it, do yourself a favor and go buy it. Right now. It's an essential musical investment.

And for all the heavy metal I listen to, and for all the classical music that moves me to tears, I've always thought of Dave Brubeck's most popular song, Take Five, as Dominic's personal theme song.

Thanks for everything, Mister Brubeck.
I'll see you in jazz Valhalla.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Once and future Klo Tark. December 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
This isn't the first time Klo Tark had been affected by someone watching him from the future. Only this time, instead of seeing Dominic, he seems to have heard Katya. Er, seemed to have heard her.

New comic books hit the shelves today. Whatever you're reading, whether it's superhero stuff, space opera or high fantasy adventure, remember to support your local comic book shop. Even if you're looking to start reading print comics, just browse the shelves. Chances are you'll find something that intrigues you.

I'm feeling comic-booky today because Garth has been sending me inked pages of our new webcomic project. They look great and I cannot wait to show this stuff off to you folks! We're hoping to launch by the time KATSUCON rolls around. As always, I'll keep you posted.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.
Something different this December. December 3, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The past few years, during December, I've done "holiday special" sales in the Seer's Catalog to boost sales for the month. But I've decided not to do that this year.

Between Black Friday, Black Thursday, and the barrage of "WE'RE HAVING A HOLIDAY SALE!" emails I've been receiving from every major retail store I've ever shopped at, the consumerism of December has really hit me this year and I don't want to be a part of it.

Whichever holiday you celebrate, this time of year should be about giving, not about receiving the best deals on retail items.

So in the spirit of that, instead of trying to get you folks to buy more stuff from me, I'm going to be donating money out of my own pocket to various charities, such as RAINN, the RED CROSS and the ASPCA. If it's within your budget to give to these or other charities, please do so.

You all have already given me so much love and support over the past decade. I feel in these final months of the comic it would be greedy of me to ask for anything more from you.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
November 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
In case you forgot, Dominic and Katya "linked up" to find Nimmel when he was lost in the Tempest. Whether Nimmel's attempt is going to work out better or worse than Dominic's remains to be seen.

But the odds are in his favor, being assisted by:
- Katya's form-amplified second sight.
- Two eld spellcasters.
- Ara's cloak.
- Dominic's very gifted students.
- His seasonal magic in the middle of a massive elemental storm.

In other out-of-this-world news, did you hear that water ice was found on Mercury? Between this and all the awesomeness of the Curiosity rover on Mars, there's plenty of astronomical stuff to be excited about. Mercury is also one of the two planets I have yet to spot with my telescope (Neptune being the other), so now I'm even more inspired to try my luck at finding the little guy.

And finally, things are really shaping up with my new webcomic project alongside Garth Graham. I can't wait to show you fine folks this stuff. I'm seriously nerding out.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!

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