Knife that turkey! November 23, 2006 Posted by Mookie
It's just like the filler says, folks...

Happy Thanksgiving!

The comic should return tomorrow unless I fall into a food coma from which there is no return. The likelihood of that happening is minimal, even though I am known to eat far beyond my normal capacity on Thanksgiving day.

ZeShirts! November 20, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that the fine gentlemen over at ZeStuff have officially put the new Dominic Deegan T-shirts up for pre-order. There are only two shirts available right now, but more will come as I design them. I'm very happy with the designs and I hope you like them as much as I do.

So go on! Visit the Dominic Deegan ZeStuff Shop! Take a look around, and I do hope you like what you see.

Thanksgiving is this week. I don't know if there will be a strip up on that day. Probably not, but if that's the case there will at least be some form of filler.
Ze Comic Book Day! November 16, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Before I get to telling y'all what I thought of the comic books I bought yesterday, I feel it is my duty to tell you to keep an eye on the t-shirt section of ZeStuff today. There may be a couple of surprises there... available for pre-order.

Ghost Rider #5 offers us a look into Johnny Blaze's tragic origin. What struck me most about this issue is how much emotion artists Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira can manage to show from a superhero whose face is just a skull. It's difficult to do but powerful when captured. Ghost Rider was the first comic book I ever collected and this new series is rekindling my love for the character. I suggest you folks check it out.

Things continue to move at a brisk pace for my favorite magic superteam in Shadowpact #7. They've got hellhounds to track, a Congregation to battle and a doctrine to write. What I think I like most about this series lately is that the team is facing a new magical villain every issue, which is an old-school approach to superhero team books and keeps things moving along nicely. I only wish they'd settle on a regular artist.

Aquaman #45 was supposed to come out last month, which left off on quite a cliffhanger. I mean, geez, when I leave you all with a cliffhanger, you only have to wait a day to see what happens, not two months like me! *whimper* Anyhoo, lots of goodies in the conclusion to the first arc, including the secret to King Shark's alliance, what the Dweller in the Depths is hiding and the fate of Arthur's father. This is a solid adventure series, but I only have one problem with it (besides its recent delays). Arthur is clearly written to be a young man, and while Butch Guice is a great artist, he draws him to look around the same age as the rest of the characters, if not older.

And finally, it's Week Twenty-Eight of the always enjoyable 52. I was hoping to see Batwoman again soon, and this issue shows her off nicely. Also showcased is the bizarre fate of Red Tornado and the weird adventure in deep space, which happens to be one of my favorite storylines in this impressively large tale. I'm rooting for you, Animal Man!

I meant to pick up The Flash #6, but I couldn't find it at the shop I went to. I'll try to pick it up today.

And while I don't like the idea or the story of Marvel's Civil War, I still flip through the newest issues when I see them on the shelves. Looks like Spider-Man finally switched sides and The Punisher joined the fray. I'm just wondering how they're going to wrap this whole mess up in two more issues. We'll see.
Mr. T... shirt November 13, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Not much to talk about today, folks, except that I should have an announcement to make regarding the sale of all-new shirts within the next few days, courtesy of the fine gentlemen at ZeStuff. Keep your eyes open.
Comic Bookery and Fan Artery! November 9, 2006 Posted by Mookie
First and foremost, my friends, is the massive update to the Fan Art pages! There's tons of great work to be seen, which includes all the submissions from when I was asking for Oni-Con filler art. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get all this amazing work shown, but better late than never.

Now then, on to the new comics I bought this week...

We'll start with the one I was surprisingly disappointed in, Superman #657, which apparently sets up a big upcoming storyarc. What disappointed me about this issue was that it felt as though it was perpetuating every stereotype that's hounded Superman lately... that he's a big, dumb idiot who rushes into things with and causes more problems. Then again, the narrator is an arrogant Atlantean sorcerer who doesn't seem to like Supes to begin with. We'll see where this goes, but I guess I was expecting something a little less "Superman is stupid!"

Tales of the Unexpected #2 is a gruesome horror book and I'm currently liking it that way. The mystery in the slums is getting deeper, dirtier and uglier... and The Spectre is killing those guilty in equally ugly ways. In sharp contrast is the surprisingly entertaining adventure of the skeptical Doctor Thirteen. "You goths take your roleplaying games way too far." Hee hee.

The conspiracy against the last Martians continues in Martian Manhunter #4. Really, I always knew J'onn J'onzz was bad ass, but now he's really shining in the spotlight. And by the time this issue is over, you just have the feeling he's really going to show off his stuff next month.

I do so love it when a good writer gets his hands on Doctor Strange, and Doctor Strange: The Oath #2 showcases just how great a character he is. Even with all the magical mystery surrounding this story, my favorite part of this issue dealt with Strange's past as an arrogant schmuck. The Doc, Wong, and newcomer Night Nurse are all charming in this mini-series and so far I highly recommend this one.

And finally, it's week twenty-seven of the amazing 52. This is a tragic issue, folks, with trouble coming for The Question and a heartbreaking scene involving Ralph Dibny and his wife's killer. Oh yeah, and Skeets is still a dick. This weekly book gets better and better every time I read it. If you're not reading this by now, then you're just not listening to me, are you?

That's all from me for now!
Blech November 8, 2006 Posted by Mookie
After being sick for about two weeks with some eldritch mutation of the flu, the common cold and whooping cough, one's body begins to expel the illness through the various orifices of the head. Namely the nose and mouth. So, as you can see, I've had ooze, slime, boogers and snot on my mind these past few days. Just in case anyone's wondering why I decided to stick a booger joke into this storyline. Guh.

Comic Book Day is today, so expect a review of what goodies I pick up tomorrow. But in the meantime, I feel the primal need to RAWK. Guitar Hero 2 beckons me.
Fan Art and such November 6, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Soooo there's a slight problem with my plans to update the Fan Art pages. Turns out a lot of really good fan art got left behind and/or lost. I feel like a total doofus, but allow me to explain.

The lost Fan Art is due to a computer malfunction. I had been given a new one by the combined efforts of Tim Buckley and Brian Clevinger, and I had begun to receive fan art on that computer. It then died. Hence, lost Fan Art.

The Fan Art that was left behind was due to my move to Texas. I'd misplaced a few pieces given to me at Otakon in August, and I didn't realize I'd failed to post them until after I'd moved out of Boston. While I was in transit to Texas from New York, I thought I'd packed those pieces. Apparently I was wrong. My apologies.

I'll be updating the Fan Art pages this week with the pieces I've already got. If you don't see yours go up, please send it again. I'll post it ASAP.
Donation Wallpapers and such! November 3, 2006 Posted by Mookie
In case you might have noticed, November's Donation Wallpapers are up. You may have also noticed that only one of them was done by yours truly this month. That's because the second one was done by my good buddy Xero Reynolds.

Here's the scoop. I asked Xero to do this picture back in August when I was showing The Best of Dominic Deegan. He was swamped with work and couldn't finish it in time, but he felt compelled to finish it anyway. As a gracious favor to all of us, Xero offered up this slick and awesome picture of the Infernomancer as this month's second Donation Wallpaper. Be sure to check this one out if you've got the means to donate. It is tres awesome.

That's all from me for now!
The sicklies November 2, 2006 Posted by Mookie
No reviews of comics this week, my friends. My ladyfriend caught whatever illness I was getting over and I had to play Doctor Boyfriend today. Got some good stuff, though, so be sure to go to your local comic book store and read some quality stuff.

November's Donation Wallpapers should be up by the end of this week, and I'll do my best to update the criminally neglected Fan Art pages. I've got a lot of good stuff to show you folks from some fine contributors. If I don't get it done this week, early next week for sure.

That's all from me for now.
Doctor Boyfriend, away!
Falling behind October 30, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I must apologize to you lovely peoples today. Between ONI-CON, getting sick (I've still got an obnoxious cough that I just can't seem to shake) and adopting Rascal, I've fallen behind in a number of things around here. Most ashamedly, I've fallen a bit behind in sending out book orders. But fear not, for I should have everything caught up-to-date and sent out by this Wednesday at the latest. Again, my most humble apologies.

Other than that, y'all have a Happy Halloween tomorrow!
What a little rascal Rascal can be October 27, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I warned you there'd be no strip today.
I spent the whole day yesterday welcoming Rascal into our apartment.
So in place of a new comic I give you ZOMG AD0RABLE KITTY PIX!

On the prowl in her new domain.
Playing with my bathrobe belt.
She'll get over it. I hope.
Yeah. She got over that quick...
...real quick.
She not only looks like royalty in this picture, but it looks like she's plugged in.
Sleepy time with the ladyfriend.

Comic returns tomorrow because I played with my new kitty yesterday. Whee!
Of illness and adoption October 26, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Sorry gang. No Comic Book Day review this week. I've been really sick since I came back from ONI-CON and I'm spending as much time away from my computer screen as I can. Good stuff this week, though. Go to your local comic book shop and check it out.

Also, there may or may not be a comic strip up tomorrow. My ladyfriend and I have been given permission by our landlord to bring a certain stray kitty into the house and adopt her as our own. I'm bringing her to the vet and into the apartment for the first time tomorrow, so I may be a little busy.

If there is no comic, however, you can be sure I'll post pictures of her here.
ONI-CON report! October 24, 2006 Posted by Mookie
ONI-CON was, despite the trip there and back, a blast. It was my first Texas convention and I want to thank everyone who helped me feel so comfortable... from the staffers to the con-goers to the weather. I'm lookin' at you, sunshine.

I hung out with some memorable folks, and I want to send a special thank you to Liz for being such a gracious guest relations host and my buddy Xero Reynolds for being, well, such a Xero. Mwa ha ha. Oh, and Myk? I'm so sorry we never got to properly cuddle in the hotel room, darling.

I was also happy to sit in on a Webcomic Panel with the fine gentlemen of Squirrel Works where they were gracious enough to "open the panel for me." You punctual darlings, you.

Gregory and Jacob are getting along again, even though Jacob can be such a stupidblighter sometimes.
Cutest. Moogle. Ever.

All in all, ONI-CON was a really good time. I met some great people and some awesome readers. I'd be eager to do it again next year and wonder if all the Texas conventions are as friendly as this one.
Back home again October 22, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I just got home from ONI-CON.
The convention was a blast, but the ride home was a bitch.
I'm going to sleep now.
Con report with pictures will be up on Tuesday.
ONI-CON fillers! October 19, 2006 Posted by Mookie
This had to be one of the hardest choices I've had to make concerning submissions for filler art. So many good pieces of art came my way I felt bad choosing only three of them. Really. I must've sat here staring at my screen for an hour trying to decide which ones I wanted to showcase.

Finally I decided on three. I think they're really neat and I hope y'all enjoy them, too. They'll be up Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All the other submissions, which are fan-freaking-tastic, will be included in the next update of the often-neglected Fan Art pages, which will happen next week. Thank you all for submitting these amazing pieces of work. If I wasn't taking the weekend off for ONI-CON I'd take the entire week to showcase these beauties.

Now I'm off to catch my bus to Houston. See you at ONI-CON!

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