Epic guilt, I tell you. August 5, 2008 Posted by Mookie
I've been doing a lot of these "one big panel" comics since the vacation arc started. This was the one that was supposed to go up yesterday when I got back from ConnectiCon, but stuff happened and et cetera. Still, the idea gave me the giggles and I'd already started it, so instead of scrapping the whole thing in favor of eight panels I decided to finish it.

I decided to color it because I feel guilty for doing so many "one big panel" comics lately. There ought to be less of them, since the summer conventions are drawing to a close and so is this vacation storyline.

There will be another (eight-panel) update Wednesday and then another on Friday, but none during this weekend while I'm down at OTAKON.

August's Donation Wallpapers will be up once I return from Otakon, too.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Marathon-conathon-leviathon. August 4, 2008 Posted by Mookie
CONNECTICON was a blast. An exhausting blast that left me with very little free time to draw today's comic. Also, on the way back from the convention I found myself stuck in horrendous traffic that caused me to arrive at Mookie HQ close to 3am. Thankfully, the lovely Aido was nice enough to draw this charming little picture for me.

So here's what's going to happen. As opposed to doing a Monday-Wednesday-Friday update in preparation for OTAKON next weekend, I'll do a Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday update, so you'll still get at least three strips this week.

I'll have a con report, tons of links and pictures once I'm done with this con-athon.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Countdown to Awesome. July 28, 2008 Posted by Mookie
I don't know where "please do not kick the leviathan" came from, but it popped into my head and it gave me a case of the chuckles, so much so that I decided to make it today's punchline. Or would that be kickline? Either way, I think it's funny, but I'm biased.

Okay, the big news is that this very weekend is CONNECTICON! This convention never fails to be entertaining as hell and I've been honored to be involved with it every single year since its maiden voyage. This year will be no different, as I'll be doing a number of panels including the DDQ&A, Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains and Great Comic Books. I'll also be up for auction at the Webcomic Charity Auction and I'll be hosting the Cosplay Chess Game for the fourth year in a row. I'm so fracking excited.

I'll have some swag for sale, as well as convention-only goodies such as scarves and limited-run t-shirts (but if the shirts do well enough they'll go on sale here). If you stop by and say "hi" you'll notice that I'll be offering commissions, except I won't be the one doing them. My good friend Tarah, whose artwork has been featured here over the past few years, will be drawing any and all of your requests.

And finally, because OTAKON is the very next weekend, the update schedule around here is going to change temporarily. This Friday will be the last update of the week, and starting next Monday the strip will only update on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. Once Otakon is done, the strip resumes its normal updating... if I make it out of these two mammoth conventions in one piece.

That's all from me for now!
Rock on.
Don't Panik. I'm from the internet. July 22, 2008 Posted by Mookie
Brian Wilson is a buddy of mine. Not the Beach Boy. The webcomicker. Among my friends in the webcomic circle, Brian tends to be that guy who makes you go, "Oh lord, I cannot believe you just said that out loud." He managed to translate that into his previous webcomic and now it's in his new one, Geist Panik. I dig the idea of an amnesiac ghost hunter chick with a strange tattoo on her butt... plus, he threatened to do horrid things to my cat if I didn't plug him today. I can't believe he actually said those things out loud.

A reader quickly whipped this up after reading my news post yesterday regarding what the hydra sounded like underwater. I think it's either haunting or ridiculous... but you be the judge.
Go into the water. Live there. Die there. July 21, 2008 Posted by Mookie
The serious fantasy writer in me imagines the hydra's song as a haunting whale song, only infused with the innate magic of the world and harmoniously joined in five equal and yet unique parts.

The smartass in me imagines the hydra's song as a barbershop quintet.

I'll let you folks be the judge as to what version haunted Luna for days afterwards.

In any case, I decided to go with a full-page splash panel (pun intended) today because I wanted to give the encounter a similar feel to that of the dragon in Nagastrali. I decided to do it in color because... well, I just felt like it. I may also feel a little guilty whenever I do a big one-panel comic on any day that isn't Sunday, so making today's strip colored is really just to ease the epic amounts of guilt I carry around anyway. When you're raised an Italian Catholic and spend your youth hanging out with Jews, you get a lot of it.

Other than that, the only news to report is that CONNECTICON is drawing ever closer! I'll have some neat swag for you to purchase, a guest artist doing commissions, and I'll be doing lots of (hopefully) entertaining panels! If you only go to one convention this year, make it this one. You won't regret it.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
If I were a deep one... blub blub blub... July 17, 2008 Posted by Mookie
I'm totally geeking out over my own material again. I don't know whether that's arrogance, vanity or just plain nerdity. I think I just made up a word. Anyway, in case you couldn't tell, I'm pretty excited about Quastrilla, the home of the comic's underwater people, the qualenti.

I've loved underwater settings for years. I've watched The Little Mermaid more times than I can count (I even own the two-disc special edition DVD). I thought the Snorks were awesome. I'm a very vocal fan of Aquaman and the Sub-Mariner. Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies.

That being said, I get to translate a lot of my love for this stuff into Nagastrali and now Quastrilla. The latter has been the vacation spot of this arc I've been the most excited about, so now I'm pretty thrilled that we've gotten Dominic and Luna under the sea (cue steel drums).

I hope you all enjoy Quastrilla as much as I'm going to enjoy taking you on the tour.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Because you can't have too many dorsal fins. July 15, 2008 Posted by Mookie
A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.

- "The Mermaid" by W.B. Yeats
I felt like we really connecticonned. July 14, 2008 Posted by Mookie
There's really not a whole lot to report on this fine Monday. I've got a bit of a break from the summer convention season until next month so I've been taking it easy, at least as far as traveling goes. That said, things are pretty mellow here at Mookie HQ.

Next month things get crazy again, however, as I get ready to hit CONNECTICON and then OTAKON within one week of each other. Updates to the strip will probably slow considerably during that week in between conventions, but I'll keep you folks posted as we draw closer.

I'm especially excited about CONNECTICON. It's been my favorite convention since its maiden voyage and I've been privileged to be involved with it every single year. This year will be no different. I'll be doing my Writing Unique Heroes and Memorable Villains talk, along with the Dominic Deegan Question & Answer panel (which I like to call the DDQA). I'll also be talking comic books alongside some fellow troublemakers, I will be available for auction and I get to host the Cosplay Human Chess Game for the fourth year in a row. Wowzers. Who knows? Maybe I'll get in on the fun this year and wear a costume myself.

July's Donation Wallpapers are up for your inspection and approval.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Links. They come to town. July 8, 2008 Posted by Mookie
Just to clarify before I go any further, the name of that halfling mountain guide is in no way a reference to my buddy Tim Buckley. Buckley Hussle was an old Dungeons & Dragons character of mine and putting him in the strip is pure self-indulgence.

And I didn't originally intend for my dwarves to look like a biker gang, but once I saw them like that on paper I decided to keep it. We've already got comic books, sports teams and superheroes around here. Biker dwarves can just be added to the ridiculous roster.

Anyhoo, PORTCON MAINE was a fun time, as usual. I missed it last year due to unfortunate personal issues, so returning this year was a treat. It's a very laid back and intimate convention so I get a chance to talk at length with readers, hang out with friends, and generally soak in that lovely Portland atmosphere. Oh, and winning the "Pretty Pretty Princess" contest was an experience, too.

Much love to the peanut gallery that helped me cause so much trouble this year:
Randy is my ideal bear.
Garth, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Andi can be hit on nearly 700 times.
Sketch now knows that the counter read 696.
Erica will have delicious sammiches with me soon.

July's Donation Wallpapers are up for your inspection and (hopefully) approval. I do hope you like them because I think they're adorable. But I'm biased.

That's all from me for now.
Next stop... CONNECTICON!
Rock on.
Ports of call. July 7, 2008 Posted by Mookie
I actually meant for this to be Sunday's strip while I was at PORTCON MAINE this weekend, but while I was working on the strips I was stricken with a mind-splitting migraine and was unable to finish it on time. I managed to finish this one during the convention this weekend so I figured I'd show it off today. I think it's funny. It's also a personal nod to my first long-term girlfriend from college, who was a short young lady with an impressive chest. It's also a nod to my best friend's wife, who is equally small and has an equally impressive chest.

PORTCON MAINE was a delight and I'll have a full con report, complete with links and pictures, up tomorrow.

Later today or early tomorrow I'll be posting July's Donation Wallpapers. I do hope you like them.

And finally, I have to geek out about the fact that this weekend a very nice couple brought their kittens to the convention and they played on my table. Oh em gee so cute wanted to melt in teh cutnessxxorzz and all that.
The kittens approve of the scarves.
I called this one "Marshmallow."
I called this one "Dusty."

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Humbled and grateful at Level 29. July 3, 2008 Posted by Mookie
A big, gigantic, huge, massive, enormous thank you to everyone who sent me happy birthday wishes yesterday via e-mail, MySpace, Facebook, GAIA and any other form I may have missed. I felt the love and you really helped make my 29th birthday a memorable one. Thank you all so very much. You remain the greatest readers in the world.

Here's hoping I get to meet some of you at PORTCON MAINE this weekend, and here's hoping the rest of you forgive me for the big-panel strips that will be up on Saturday and Sunday to cover my convention absence.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Level 29! July 2, 2008 Posted by Mookie
Happy birfday to me.
Happy birfday to me.
Happy birfday dear meeeeee.
Happy birfday to me.

Normally I'd be upset about reaching the ripe old age of twenty-nine since it's just that much closer to the dreaded thirty. However, since I stopped counting my age in years, being able to say I'm that much closer to reaching Level 30 makes today seem a little cooler.

The strip returns tomorrow, and I hope to see you at PORTCON MAINE this weekend.

And many mooooooore!
Let's go drink some BEEEEER!! June 30, 2008 Posted by Mookie
Luna loves beer almost as much as I do. Mmm. I'm happy about Olde Tucklebruck Island as I get to sing the praises of one of my favorite (and most misrepresented) beverages. Plus I got to introduce the island with one of my worse puns to date, so I consider it a victory.

The biggest bit of news to shout about this week is that I'll be heading out to PORTCON MAINE this weekend. I'll be there doing my usual convention thing, so if you're way up in the area stop by and say "hi." If I'm not at my table I'm probably off having a delicious pint of beer somewhere. Mmm. Frothy heaven.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
He's an Executive Necromancer. June 27, 2008 Posted by Mookie
I must admit to another moment of vain self-geekery here. Besides being excited about Dominic and Luna's vacation, where I get to do some raw world-building and explore the cultures around our heroes, this very conversation explaining the "executive" side of necromancy has been something I've been dying to get off my chest for years... no pun intended.

Their conversation has a little more to it, but not enough to break the flow of the vacation. At least I don't think so, but I'm biased because I write the comic. In any case, I do hope you fine folks are still enjoying this storyline as much as I am.

That's really all the news that's fit to print from me for now.
Rock on.
I'm a cheater of draconic proportions. June 24, 2008 Posted by Mookie
Okay, so I did it again. Another full-page one-panel comic. I tried drawing the dragon in the eight panel layout but it didn't come across as grand enough. So I decided to slow the pace of things down for a couple of days and give the dragon his own panels to show off just how freaking huge these things are. Maybe it comes across, or maybe I just come across as lazy. Either way, things go back to eight panels tomorrow.

Now then, on to my impressions of AnimeNext.

First and foremost I want to say that Connor and Andrew in the Guest Relations department treated me like a freaking king. They went above and beyond the call of, well, anything I needed this weekend and made me feel like the coolest guy in the world. My hats off to you guys for really making me feel right at home.

That being said, I definitely had an issue with the placement of the Artist's Alley. While the Dealer's Room, Main Events and the various Panel rooms enjoyed good lighting and cavernous space at the Meadowlands Expo Center, the Artist's Alley was quite literally down a hidden hallway and behind three curtains... in the parking garage. I'm honestly surprised anyone was able to find us at all, but my many thank to those of you who ventured down there and said "hallo" to yours truly.

So I'm unfortunately left with a conflicted aftertaste of the con. I had a great time hanging out with Connor, Andrew, folks who came by to see me at the table and those who came to my panels, and I would gladly come back to do it all again. An extra big thank you to those who came to see my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panel and found me worthy of a very generous standing ovation. I was touched.

Guest relations made me feel like a king and the staff of AnimeNext were super friendly. The Artist's Alley placement made me feel like an afterthought. We'll see if they change things for next year, because if they do I'd gladly return.

Much love to the rest of the peanut gallery who kept me company this weekend!
Blue and Blond!
Digital Pimp!
Paradox Lost!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and dragons remain metal.

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