It's about freakin' time March 5, 2007 Posted by Mookie
It took a little longer to get around to than I would've liked, but I have finally updated the long-neglected Fan Art pages! Go ahead and check out all the new and wonderful artwork, including the filler submissions of Dominic's students that I requested a few weeks ago. You'll notice a slight theme there.

My ZeStuff erupts with kittens. Check it out.

There are also a couple of convention announcements to make. First of all, this weekend I will be at CHIMAERACON! You'll find me hanging out at the San-Japan table, helping them promote their convention and selling some books. I may also do a panel or two. Who knows? It should be fun.

If you can't make it there, I will also be making appearances at ANIME CENTRAL, A-KON, CONNECTICON and ATSUICON. I will more than likely be attending OTAKON this year as well, but nothing's definite yet.

March's Donation Wallpapers ought to be up later this week.
Excellent Comic Book Day March 1, 2007 Posted by Mookie
This was a great week for comics.
I'll get right to it because there's some good stuff here.

Unfortunately Hawkgirl #61 isn't really one of the good ones. I still think the idea of switching the title from Hawkman to Hawkgirl was an interesting idea, but the current writer just writes her so... girly. She's said "Oh!" so many times I'm just waiting for her to swoon and she gets her butt handed to her in just about every issue until someone comes to save her. Grr. Pretty much all she does in this issue is pine for Hawkman and get her butt kicked. The saving grace, however, is that the new artist draws very nice butts. Hooray for tight pants on superhero chicks.

The Flash #9 begins a new storyline headed up by a new creative team, and the writing here is really, really sharp. Bart Allen's inner monologue is very entertaining to read, as is his banter with his girlfriend. Unfortunately the poor guy gets dumped a few pages into this issue after he just spent the last three trying to save her! I know reality in comics is usually a thing to be praised, but ouch! Otherwise this was a great issue with fantastic writing and I'm hoping for good things to come.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #15 continues to hit me in that "aww" place. Did you hear what Liz said about MJ? Ohmygod did Gwen tell everyone about Peter's secret? Was that Liz and Gwen at the mall? Oh. My. God. He did not just say that. *grin* This comic is a charming guilty pleasure for me, and if they didn't tell you on the front page of every issue that Peter Parker was Spider-Man you'd never be able to tell... until this issue, that is.

Action Comics! #846 continues the story of Superman's adopted son from Krypton... or not, if General Zod has something to say about it. Bad things happen when you take your kid to work in Metropolis, and things couldn't be looking worse for the Man of Steel. He (and poor Lois) get freaking manhandled in this issue, and just when things are looking extremely bad, they get extremely worse. The last pages of this issue left me biting my nails for more.

Justice #10 is a superhero battle royal of near-epic proportions between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. Green Arrow is our narrator in this issue, and while he had a tendency to be a little too poetic and dramatic, his contribution to the battle is nothing short of Awesome with a capital "A." Aquaman kicks some major butt as he clears a path to his kidnapped son, The Atom makes fun of Batman, and Elongated Man proves he is one hell of a Leaguer. This is an amazing issue with an amazing ending that also left me biting my nails for more.

And so we reach our conclusion of one amazing series with Doctor Strange: The Oath #5 of 5. I can't say the ending was anything revelatory or unexpected, it was just well-written. The Sorcerer Supreme hasn't been this cool or charming in a long time, and it was a refreshing ride with this stellar miniseries. The "gloves come off" against the man who ruined Strange's hands, and their showdown was fantastic. If you haven't been reading this series, pick it up when it comes to trade paperback. You won't be disappointed.

And finally, it's week forty-three of the "please don't let it all end!" 52. Osiris seeks the Marvel Family for aid in his ailing country, while Sobek is just hungry. A horrific villain makes a horrific return. A truly noble hero gets a second chance to make it home (go, Buddy, go!). And the shocking ending of this week's issue reminded me just which of the mad scientists' Four Horsemen rode out first. *shudder*
Getting caught up in stuff February 26, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I know I said I'd update the Fan Art pages last week and I apologize for not getting around to it. Truth be told I'm dealing with some things in my personal life right now that sometimes get in the way of keeping things up-to-date around here. With any luck I'll have that page updated this week.

Now then, let's move on to the happier stuff, shall we? First of all you'll notice some new swag in the Dominic Deegan ZeStuff store! I'm very happy with the new shirts being offered and I hope you'll like them, too.

The ad at the top of the page this week is for Spwug, a fledgling geek culture magazine that I contributed some articles and artwork to. It's now available for pre-order and, from what I've seen, it's going to be a pretty impressive launch. Go and check it out.

Lots of you are asking me about the status of the new forum. Aside from the "personal life stuff" I mentioned above, I'm working on it. Sorta.

And finally, I know they're late, but here are some pictures from the always-enjoyable Katsucon.
A friend of mine all "dolled up!"

That's all from me for now.
Stay tuned later this week for how I'm planning on catching up on all the unanswered e-mails I've, well, failed to answer these past few months.
Comic Book Day later! February 22, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Meant to have this up earlier, but I was feeling ill last night after I bought this week's new comic books. Oh well. Better nate than lever, right?

Legion of Monsters: Werewolf by Night #1 is a one-shot comic spotlighting the classic Marvel monster, Werewolf by Night. Shoulda kept the poor wolf in the dark. Sheesh. I had no idea that hillbilly shut-in girls were natural smoking hotties and homeless drifers were sculpted (and perfectly stubbly) male models. Guh. I mean, woof.

The Amazing Spider-Man #538 ties directly in to the conclusion of Civil War, so if you're not reading that you'll have absolutely no freaking clue what's going on in this issue. Come to think of it, I haven't really enjoyed Spidey all that much these past few months. Lots of spider-angst and dramatically repeating the last few words of every sentence. Character development through tough times and introspection is all well and good, but not all the time. Not all the time.

The Helmet of Fate: Black Alice #1 is so far the best issue in the Helmet of Fate series of one-shots that documents the helmet's journey to its new owner. The artwork here is really solid and the writing (done by Gail Simone, who's currently writing The All-New Atom which I love) is fantastic. If only all the goth girls I knew in high school were as magical as Black Alice. Le sigh. It's a one-shot and stands strongly by itself, so do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You'll love it.

The Spirit #3 just blew me away. I love Darwyn Cooke's old-fashioned artwork, but it was the writing, the pacing, and the seamless switching of narrators that hooked me in this issue. And the way the flashback sequence was drawn? Very stylish and very cool. Man, I am loving this series so far. This is classic comic bookery at some of its finest. I hope the momentum continues on this one because it's awesome.

I can only wish that any of my first dates in high school (both of them) were as exciting and eventful as Tim Drake's in Robin #159. The world's most ridiculed sidekick gets as much pop-culture ribbing as Aquaman, but to actually sit down and read his book, which is very well-written and drawn, you get a new look at him. Besides Tim being a likeable guy, in this issue we get to see Batman be both a badass and a father-figure. This is a good series and I'm glad I started reading it.

Things look bad for my favorite magical superhero team in Shadowpact #10. Etrigan beat the snot out of them last issue and stole Blue Devil's trident. Now he can't stop rhyming, Ragman's powerless, Nightshade's got stitches and Nightmaster is on death's door with his own sword through his chest! To top it all off, Blue Devil's gone and made Hell "cool." I'm interested in seeing how this "replacement Shadowpact" will fare against Etrigan, but I just wish the actual team would get the spotlight more often instead of this constant stream of side-characters. Ah well. I still enjoy the book and it's a good, fun read.

I said it last month, but the Fisherman is a dumb idea for a villain. I do, however, appreciate the attempt to make him much freakier and scarier in Aquaman #49 by giving him Lovecraftian motivation and powers. I would've liked more time spent with Aquaman and his buddies this issue, but the "creature-out-of-space" inner monologue was entertaining enough. We'll see what the new creative team does with next month's extra-sized issue. The cover alone has me all giddy.

Superman #659 reminded me why I love the Man of Steel so much. While I didn't like the "Fall of Camelot" storyarc and all of its doom-and-gloom implications, this issue brought me right back where I wanted to be... watching Superman help people because it's the right thing to do. In this issue he recalls a time when a fiercely pious woman believed he was an angel, and all the implications (and complications) that followed. This story could've gone in a hundred bad directions, but the tale turned out to be fantastic and very well-written. I'd recommend picking this one up by itself. You'll enjoy it.

And finally, there's not much I can say about this week's 52 except... wow.
What's to come February 21, 2007 Posted by Mookie
New comics reviewed Thursday.
Convention report with pictures plus Fan Art update on Friday.

I regret to say that I will be unable to attend both Digital Overload and ICON this year. I was really looking forward to these cons but real life kinda got in the way.

I will instead be attending Chimaeracon as the unofficial guest of San Japan. I'll probably run a panel or two and sell some swag. Stop by and say "hello" if you're in the area.
This just in! February 19, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I just go back from KATSUCON about an hour ago.
I'm pooped.
I'll have a proper news update and con report either tomorrow or Wednesday.
Now I need sleep.
Happy Valentine's Day and such. February 14, 2007 Posted by Mookie
If you're reading this I'm probably getting ready for my very early flight out to Washington D.C. to spend time with some very-missed friends prior to KATSUCON this weekend.

It's getting increasingly difficult to pick out only a few choice pieces for filler art whenever I go away. The artwork y'all sent me was fantastic and I wish I could've displayed all of them, but I can only take so many days off before everyone else starts to get mad at me. :)

Those of you who sent me filler that I chose not to use, I'll be putting your pieces up in the Fan Art pages when I update them next week after the con.

Until then... I'll see you at KATSUCON!
Katsucon and Fillers! February 12, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Sorry about the late Monday update, folks, but my blood elf paladin needed some materials for his blood-forged ranseur. I'm sure y'all understand the urgency with which I had to pursue that goal. :)

Anyhoo, the big news is that this weekend I will be at KATSUCON! If you're in the area, feel free to come and visit me somewhere in the Artist's Alley. I'll be selling copies of SEER'S DIGEST and, on Saturday, a limited number of Dominic Deegan scarves to keep you warm in this cold winter. Get 'em while supplies last! (I do so love saying that)

It's getting tough to choose from all the great filler art of Dominic's students y'all have sent me, but tomorrow night is the deadline (since I'm leaving for D.C. early Wednesday) so keep 'em coming!

Next week, after Katsu, I'll have more news on the return of the Forums and some changes as to what conventions I'll be attending in March. Stay tuned.
Comic Books and KATSUCON February 9, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Before I get to the new comics I bought on Wednesday, I have a quick favor to ask of you, my talented and wonderful readers. I'm leaving a little early to go to KATSUCON next weekend, and I'm not going to be able to produce enough strips to cover my absence.

So I'm calling for filler art, and to keep things relevant, make the submissions pictures of Dominic's students... Prento, Steffanie, Tara, Marcus, Wolfgang, Donella and Garrick. It can be the whole class or your whichever student(s) tickle your fancy. After all, some of them may not have what it takes to complete Dominic's course. Feel free to slap your name, e-mail and/or website onto the picture to give yourself credit. I look forward to your submissions!

Now on to the comic booky goodness.

The Helmet of Fate: Sargon the Sorcerer #1 is a story very much in the same vein as Ibis the Invincible, where a great magical legacy is passed down to a new hero. This is a pretty straightforward story, and I particulary liked the design of the new Sargon's outfit. Pick this one up for a good mystical tale.

Action Comics Annual #10 showcases a series of short Superman stories and informative tid-bits. I particularly liked the one about General Zod, Ursa and Non in the time before their infamous imprisonment. Knowing more about Superman's worst enemies and all the different types of Kryptonite is handy, too.

Outsiders #45 reveals the truth behind Black Lightning's "murder" of a corrupt businessman one year ago. Not much action in this issue, but I did enjoy seeing the family-man side of Arsenal and the surprising kiss between Grace and... well, see for yourself.

Mystery in Space #6 of 8 has Captain Comet fighting for his life against the League of Insect Assassins in a sweeping fight across Hardcore Station. That's where the action was, but the story in this issue was with The Weird, who gets more bizarrely charming the more I read his strange tales. The Eternal Light Corporation takes over Hardcore Station and issues a deadly warrant for Comet's arrest! What's The Weird going to do about it?

The All New Atom #8 was a great issue. Hell, this entire series is fantastic and I don't talk enough about it. Super-science, temporal paradoxes, crazy scientists, cosmic beings, alternate universes and just damn clever writing have dominated this title since the beginning, and it's showing no signs of letting up. It's superhero books like this that make me proud to read comic books. Pick this one up. I highly recommend it.

The absolutely amazing Planet Hulk saga continues in The Incredible Hulk #103. This is the Hulk as you've never seen him, taking steps to bring a war-torn world to peace and unity. He even takes himself a Queen who wants to see all sides of him... even Bruce Banner. And just when things are looking up for Hulk and the planet Sakaar... oh man. There's probably a reason the next chapter of this epic is called "Armageddon." Oh dear.

Jeff Smith, who wrote and illustrated the classic epic Bone, is now trying his hand at one of my favorite superheroes, SHAZAM! It's a look at Captain Marvel's origin with poor, luckless Billy Batson. I particularly liked his version of The Rock of Eternity, and the ramifications of going where you're not supposed to when you're there. Captain Marvel is a great superhero that, when done right, should leave you with a feeling of wonder, awe and mostly magic. Jeff Smith seems to be capturing all three so far.

And finally, it's the action packed week forty of the incredible 52. John Henry Irons and the Teen Titans finally confront Lex Luthor at his tower. And what a confrontation it is! After forty weeks of being fairly passive, Steel blows the lid off this issue and kicks some major butt, even if Luthor beats the crap out of him with his newly acquired superpowers! Still, it looks like one of the many stories here has finally come to a conclusion, and what a climax it was. Look up in the sky!
Comic Book Day... delay. February 8, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Reviews of this week's new comics will be up later today.
February's Donation Wallpapers will be up by Friday.
Ikkicon and the Superbowl! February 5, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Let me just say that IKKICON was an absolute blast. I got to meet a lot of great new people and some of you wonderful readers, hang out with some old friends and make some new ones. That, combined with the amazing turnout this first-year convention received (even if it did result in a lot of cramped space), made this weekend a great one.

I want to say a special hello to my buddy Xero and the lovely Blair, both of whom I wished I could've spent more time with this weekend. I also want to say that while he's been at nearly every single convention I've ever attended, I'd never been officially introduced to Steve Bennett until Ikkicon. What a nice fella. And a final special thanks to Justin, Heather, Mina and Porkchops for being so helpful when I needed company, a table-guard and hugs.

And finally... pictures.
My first 2007 convention scandal! Belly signing!
Thanks to Amanda and Marysia for being such scandalously good sports.
Stunt and Bumper are back!
I think Stunt's still a little bitter about the split. Bumper seems happy, though.
My apologies to the Dominic cosplayer (whose name I have already shamefully forgot). I wish I'd remembered my camera on those days you were around.

And finally, on a Superbowly note, when I was a kid I liked two teams because I liked their helmets and they were perpetual underdogs... the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. Now, years later, the Patriots have already won three Superbowls, and now the Colts have just won another one in my lifetime. My childhood feels a little more validated.

That's all from me for now!
Next stop... KATSUCON!
Yet another slow comic book day February 1, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Before I head off to IKKICON this weekend, I do believe I have time to let y'all know what I thought of the (few) new comics I picked up yesterday.

I'm going to talk about JSA Classified #22 and Hawkgirl #60 because they're linked. Hawkman's been missing for the past year with little mention as to his whereabouts. He's one of my favorite superheroes and he'd been gaining major momentum before his disappearance, so I was curious where he was. The "big revelation" was not only done far too quickly and without much fanfare, but also has absolutely nothing to do with how he and Hawkgirl got separated at the end of the Infinite Crisis and Hawkgirl's ailment in 52! GAH! On the bright side, the new artist for Hawkgirl draws lovely butts.

I knew I was in for a treat when I picked up Ultimate Civil War: Spider-Ham #1 yesterday. I laughed my ass off cover-to-cover with this one. Throw in an appearance by Doctor Strange and I'm one happy hamper... er, camper.

Things are coming close to the end in Uncle Sam and The Freedom Fighters #7 of 8. With a turncoat revealed and the awesome might of the Cosmigods bearing down on the Heartland, things are looking bad for Uncle Sam... until an old friend makes a kick-ass return. Of all the costumes that have been re-vamped from the original Freedom Fighters, this one has to be my favorite. I thought Black Condor was going to be on the top of my list for a while, but I'm a sucker for a helmet with a fin on it.

And finally, things look downright horrible in week thirty-nine of 52. I think poor Aquaman's finally lost his mind. Ralph Dibny makes further sacrifices. Black Adam's got four big problems headed his way. Infinity Inc. is... oh dear lord that's gross. Where are those missing fifty-two seconds? And Lex Luthor gets exactly what he wants. But not everything's looking bad. I mean, did you know that Mercury is the only metal that's liquid at room temperature?
To IKKICON and beyond! January 30, 2007 Posted by Mookie
The big news I want to share with you fine folks this week is that you can find me at IKKICON this weekend. As I mentioned before it's this convention's maiden voyage and I'm happy to be part of her first crew. Not only will I (hopefully) have some new copies of SEER'S DIGEST to sell, but I'll also be doing my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panel. I'm quite excited and I hope those of you in the Austin area can stop by and say "hi!"

Since the convention is relatively close by, I should be able to continue updating the comic this weekend while I'm gone. If things prove to be too hectic, I'll do some filler artwork. Either way, there should be something to see this weekend.

That's all from me for now!
See you at IKKICON!
Comic Bookery rides again! January 25, 2007 Posted by Mookie
I picked up Moon Knight #7 yesterday. It's the beginning of a new arc, so not much happens in this issue, mostly relying on stuff that's happened before and teasing stuff that's going to happen. Still, I like the "I'm a violent lunatic who sees things" take on Marc Spector this time around. Be warned... from what I've heard about issues one through six, this book is not for the faint of heart. Or face. *rip*

The Helmet of Fate is making its rounds around the DC Universe until it finds a new wearer. The Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible #1 has the helmet in the clutches of the dark god Set, and it can only the new Ibis can rescue it! I thought the writing was a little clunky when it came to the new hero, though I liked that the kid was actually Middle Eastern and not a white kid with with an Egyptian costume. Thoth was hilarious.

I picked up Robin #158 yesterday. I'd picked up the previous issue last week while browsing through the shelves, and since a new storyarc had begun I thought it was worth a look-see. The writing is really solid and it makes Tim Drake a really likeable teen superhero. The art makes him look a little dorky, but it fits with the mystical nature of this short story, not to mention the appearance of the creepy Klarion the Witch Boy. I think I'm going to stick with this series.

Mystery in Space #5 of 8 reveals the shocking and gruesome secret of the psychic monks! The Weird has a revelation about Hardcore Station (with a simply adorable break of the fourth wall)! This is a fun sci-fi read, but I'm having problems getting behind the redesign of Captain Comet's costume, not to mention the name change to just "Comet." It's very reminiscient of the extreme nineties era of comics. At least he doesn't have a tattoo on his eye. Still, Captain Comet proves he is the best psychic in space, and that's some good old-fashioned comic bookery!

The Flash #8 has the fastest man alive falling right into Inertia's trap! That little punk gets all literary on The Flash, but the scarlet speedster beats it quickly. Hee hee. The Flash. Quickly. I make pun. Anyhoo, there's also a showdown with Mota, a glimpse of things to come, and a split-second rescue with an appropriate reward from the damsel-in-distress. I like The Flash and I'm enjoying this series. I'm curious to see what happens next month when a new writer hops on board.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #14 is, like, totally my guilty pleasure in comics. This charmingly written series never fails to make me smile, but in this issue nobody's really smiling. Is Peter's secret out? Did Gwen betray his trust? Skipping class, locker room confessionals, dashed hopes for breakups... high school drama has never been so entertaining to read! Look out, MJ! Pete's maaad at you.

I love, love, LOVE Doctor Strange: The Oath #4 of 5. He hasn't been written this well in ages. From his "ghastly" defeat of the Marrakant Hellguard to a shocking revelation about The Ancient One and the Panacea, this series is building up to quite a climax! The Sorcerer Supreme is really shining again, and I could not be happier. I particularly liked Night Nurse's notes on Strange's powers. My friends in Boston would be proud.

And finally, the end is near in week thirty-eight of the amazing 52. We finally discover just what the hell those mad scientists have been building on Oolong Island! Who knew Egg Fu had such a lovely reading voice? There's trouble within Infinity Inc! Luthor's plan is nearly exposed! And Renee Montoya makes a last ditch effort to save Charlie in Nanda Parbat... if she can only find it. Heartbreak, adventure, mad science. I love this book.
News, Cons, Fans and Gas January 23, 2007 Posted by Mookie
Sorry about the lack of a news update yesterday, my friends. This weekend was quite busy and by Sunday night (a.k.a. time to write the news post) I was exhausted. There's not too much to report this week, so I figured this could wait a day while I recharged.

I'll be making an appearance at IKKICON in about two weeks, so if you're in the area for the maiden voyage of this convention be sure to stop by and say "hi!" I should have books back in stock to sell at this convention. I just hope the order arrives here on time. *nailbiter nailbiter*

Dominic Deegan and the Shield of Creation started as a submission to the Fan Art pages but the sheer volume of new installments made it impossible to post here. This is a fun fan-comic and I think y'all should check it out.
Incidentally, I'll be updating the much-neglected Fan Art pages soon. I promise.

And finally, if'n you like some home-grown rockabilly goodness, check out Nate Gibson & The Gashouse Gang. Not only is it some good music (I like the song about the Trolley Tour myself), but I went to college with Nate and he's a good guy. Show him some love and tell him I sent ya.

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