If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere. November 26, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I hope you folks had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving weekend. If you didn't celebrate any sort of food-related holiday, well, I hope you had a nice weekend anyway. I'm personally enjoying the pumpkin pie leftovers. Mmm.

The big news here is that next weekend I will be a Guest at the NEW YORK ANIME FEST! New York City is a great place and I'm excited to be going back for the maiden voyage of this impressive-looking convention. I'll be on hand with plenty of copies of SEER'S DIGEST and ECTSASY & EVIL, along with a very limited number of hand-made scarves. It's cold in New York in December, after all.

The strip should update normally that weekend while I'm at the con. I'll let y'all know if that changes as we get closer to con time.

Things are wrapping up around here with The Shadow of Siegfried storyline. After it ends I'll finish off the year with some light-hearted fare, then close up shop around here for the holidays so things can resume, for better or worse, in 2008.

That's all from me for now.
Burp. November 23, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Ugh. Man. Am I ever stuffed from Thanksgiving.

I worked on today's strip through the uncomfortable fullness that comes from having your face stuffed with food and a blistering headache. My mother, bless her, encouraged me to take the night off and put up some more filler... more filler being a hand-written note from her saying something along the lines of "he's got a headache!" As amusing a thought as that was, I decided to keep things moving along around here. We've had enough filler days.

I'm headed back to Boston today, braving the post-holiday traffic. Again, if you happen to be on the road and you see a well-fed, long-haired geek screaming like a lunatic at the cars around him and gnawing on the steering wheel, it's probably me.
Tofurkey Day delay. November 21, 2007 Posted by Mookie
There sure have been a lot of filler days around here lately, and I'm afraid there's going to be one more tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

With any luck most of you won't mind, since we'll all be stuffing our faces anyway. For those of you who do mind and/or don't celebrate Thanksgiving, the comic returns on Friday.

Now all I have to do is brave the traffic from Boston to New York. If you happen to be on the road and see a scrawny, long-haired geek screaming at the bumper-to-bumper traffic and gnawing on his steering wheel, that would be me.

In any case, have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
WTF?! NO COLOR?! November 18, 2007 Posted by Mookie
As you may notice, today's "big color Sunday strip" isn't in color, though it is just one big panel.

As it turns out tomorrow's strip is much more dramatic, so I decided that Monday's strip would be in color instead. It is, however, going to be a big splash image just like the Sunday strips are. Just so ya know.
I don't have anywhere to be! Rock! November 16, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Just a few things I'd like to mention to you folks as we gear up for the weekend. I'm looking forward to the weekend because it's the first weekend I won't be traveling this month, and I get to go to a Zombie Thanksgiving Party. Pretty metal.

Anyway, that has nothing to do with anything here.

November's Donation Wallpapers are up. There's one of Lord Danovich in his "moon knight" armor and the other one is Sir Reinholdt. Some of you may remember him, some not. He's got nothing to do with this particular story even though he was always seen with Siegfried. I just felt like drawing him.

I've got another short rant / lamentation over at the SPWUG Blog Site. This time its on the current nature of video games. Now there's a unique topic on the internet. Aheh.

And finally, in my Nekobakuretsuconathon report I shamefully forgot to mention chilling out with Steve. I hope he can find it in his heart to forgive me... otherwise I shall have to commit sep-mook-ku to save face.

That's all from me for now.
Have a nice weekend, all!
Nekobakuretsuconathon report...athon. November 12, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Whoo, I did it. Two conventions in two weeks. NEKOCON and BAKURETSUCON are behind me and now it's smooth sailing until my next convention, which is next month.

Nekocon was a blast, as usual. I missed this convention last year after having gone for a number of years and it was great to be back. The convention center was packed with a fascinating variety of geeks, I got to meet a whole bunch of my wonderful readers (hello again!) and it was great to see a whole bunch of my old friends again... including Garth, Dave, Kilika, Jim & Nelly and the always entertaining Brian.

Dominic and Dominic even came to visit me!

Bakuretsucon was another convention I missed last year after having gone for a number of years. It was also great to be back. This is the smallest convention I attend all year with attendees numbering only in the low hundreds, but the people who do attend, combined with the incredible friendliness of the staff and my love of upper New England, make this convention one of my favorites. It was also great to see The Comiku Girls, Patrick, Jekka, Nikki and the always entertaining Steve Bennett.

Whew. That's three conventions in four weeks I've been to.
Time to buckle down and get ready for the New York Anime Festival. Hopefully I won't leave y'all with so much filler next time.

November's Donation Wallpapers should be up this week.
That's all from me for now!
Nekobakuretsuconathon part two. November 7, 2007 Posted by Mookie
On second thought, I think I'll do a double-con-report after this weekend when I get back from BAKURETSUCON. That way I'll have two conventions worth of pictures, links and stories.

Speaking of BAKURETSUCON, I'll be there this weekend. This has always been a fun convention for me and I'm glad to be going back in a few days. They're even letting me do my two nefarious panels, The Dominic Deegan Q&A and Writing Unique Heroes and Memorable Villains. Combine the fun I have at this convention with the fun I have doing these panels and you'll have one happy Mookie. Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

Unfortunately that means there'll be more crummy filler doodles this weekend while I'm at the con. I tried to buckle down and get extra strips done to cover my absence, but the last two days I've had a serious case of writer's block and it pretty much crippled my extra-strip productivity.

And finally, many of you have asked me as to the status of your book orders. As of today I am completely caught up with all current book orders. If you ordered a book from me, it's in the mail. The rest is in the hands of the United States Postal Service.

That's all from me for now!
Hope to see you at BAKURETSUCON!
*thud* November 5, 2007 Posted by Mookie
It's 2:30am and I just got in from my twelve hour drive back from NEKOCON. I'm way too tired to put up a decent news post or care that daylight savings time has made the strip update an hour early. I'll fix that later.

I'll have a con report tomorrow, and then it's off to BAKURETSUCON this upcoming weekend.

Now I go to bed.
Neko-bound! November 1, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I'm off to NEKOCON today. It's a long drive from Massachusetts to Virginia. Here's hoping I make it there and back again in one piece.

Just a reminder, the next three days are gonna be convention filler doodles. So if you hate this sort of thing, or just hate my filler doodles, come back on Monday. The strip will have resumed then... unless I don't make it back from Virginia in one piece. In which case, maybe I'll finally get my cyborg parts. That'd be awesome.

In any case, hope to see you at NEKOCON!
The farmer in the HELL. October 31, 2007 Posted by Mookie

I was going to do a holiday picture today of some of the characters in various costumes, but since I'll be putting up filler doodles this weekend I figured I should move the story along as much as possible.

Still, I hope y'all have a Happy Halloween today!
Candy candy candy candy candy.
Nekobakuretsuconathon. October 29, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Hey gang.

This big news today is that I'll be a guest at NEKOCON this weekend. I'll have copies of both SEER'S DIGEST and ECTSASY & EVIL for sale as well as a very limited number of Dominic Deegan scarves. I'll' also be doing a number of panels so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area.

The weekend after that I'll be attending BAKURETSUCON, so be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in that area, too.

And about a month after all this I'll be a guest at the first ever New York Anime Fest. I'm very happy they put me on the guest list so be sure to stop by and... oh, you get the idea by now.

The downside to all this is all the weekend filler that's going to go up. This weekend there will be, unfortunately, crummy filler doodles by yours truly. As for the weekend after and December, I'll either ask for more fan filler art or con one of my artist friends to do a weekend's worth of either guest strips or filler art. We shall see.

Hope to see you at NEKOCON this weekend!
Oni-Con. October 24, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Despite airline screw-ups and the fact that I arrived super late on Friday, ONI-CON was a blast. This was the second year I'd attended and it was well worth the trip to fly all the way back down to Texas for it.

If you want the full details of my travel horror story, check out the SPWUG blog.

I was there with the usual group of Texas troublemakers, including Xero, Juno and Myk. I wish I could've hung out with Aaron and Amelie for more than ten seconds, but that's a con for you. Good times to be had all around, though.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said "hi." Thanks to everyone who came to my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panel. Thanks to these two who were nice enough to cosplay as Dominic and Luna. Thanks to Liz for making me cookies.

I hope I get to go back again next year.

Next conventions up are NEKOCON and BAKURETSUCON within one week of each other. Gonna be a busy month.
My stupid odyssey. October 22, 2007 Posted by Mookie
This strip gives me the willies because I drew it while I was stranded at the airport in Detroit for seventeen hours and seeing it again reminds me of that horrible night. Guh.

Otherwise ONI-CON was a blast. I'll have a con report with links and pictures up tomorrow, complete with the reason why I was stuck in Detroit for seventeen freaking hours.

Right now I need to catch up on some much-needed sleep.

Seventeen hours.
Fan Filler Weekend! October 19, 2007 Posted by Mookie
The next three days will have fan art instead of a strip while I'm at ONI-CON. As always I received some fantastic submissions and it was really hard to pick just three. The ones I didn't select to fill in for the comic will go up in the Fan Art pages, which I will update next week.

Enjoy the art!
Oni-Con and poor Aquaman October 18, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I'm getting on the plane to Houston for ONI-CON and I'm pretty psyched. I'll have copies of both SEER'S DIGEST and ECSTASY & EVIL available there, I'll be doing my nefarious Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panel (which I'm going to stop doing come 2008) and I'll be hoping some of you lovely peoples come by and say "hello" to yours truly.

As far as comic books go this week, I wasn't really happy or impressed with the titles I picked up so I'm just not going to mention them. I don't like spreading a lot of negativity around, and I figure not talking about them does as much damage as bashing them.

I will, however, express my disappointment over Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis being canceled. That book had such promise when it began, and I was hoping for an undersea tale of dark magic and shining destiny. Once writers changed it became a tale of goofy science fiction, underwater internet references (I'm not kidding) and the Jar-Jar Binks of superhero sidekicks was introduced. Oh well. Maybe he'll get to shine better as a member of The Outsiders, or maybe I'll hafta make a case for DC to let me write Aquaman. I mean, it's not the worst thing that could happen to the poor guy, right? Aheh.

That's all from me for now.
Hope to see you at ONI-CON!

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