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Planning ahead and such. October 17, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Soooo I just had a fairly dunderheaded moment. Ask anyone who knows me personally and they'll tell you that I have quite a lot of these. More than I'd like to admit. This is one of them.

I'm going to be at ONI-CON this weekend and thus not here at home to update the strip.

So I'm going to ask for filler art from you, my dear readers, and thus there will be stuff to look at this weekend for those of you not coming to ONI-CON.

Some simple guidelines to follow:
- the art needs to get to me by Thursday, October 19 by 3pm US Central Time.
- the art needs to be related to the current storyline.
- feel free to sign it with your e-mail / website.
- please forgive me for doing this so last-minute.

You folks are the greatest. :)
To Oni-Con! And beyond! October 16, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I guess the big news that I should report to you fine folks is that I will be at ONI-CON this weekend! This is my first convention in the Texas area and I'm both nervous and excited. If you can make it down and say "hi," be gentle with me. I'm still new to the Lone Star state and I don't know if conventions are run differently than my nice, familiar east coast conventions.

I'll only have copies of SEER'S DIGEST to sell and sign at this convention, so I apologize ahead of time if you're hoping to get t-shirts or anything like that. I'll have more news on the future of DD t-shirts after ONI-CON.

In any case, I'm looking forward to going and I hope, if you're in the area, that you can stop by and say "hi!"
Another slow Comic Book Day October 12, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Not much came out for me this week as far as new comic books are concerned, but I'll give you folks the run-down of what I got my geeky little mitts on.

I decided to take a gamble on Tales of the Unexpected #1 this week. It features The Spectre and Doctor Thirteen. The former is very dark, gritty and gruesome, while the latter is a supernatural skeptic. Both stories were great to read and this looks like it could be a really spooky mini-series.

Martian Manhunter #3 shows the emotional side of J'onn J'onzz, both positively and negatively. It's a clash of moral, racial and planetary ethics in this issue. Not to mention napalm-throwing death planes. All in all I continue to enjoy this mini-series. I always knew Martian Manhunter was a cool, classic superhero, but I never knew I'd be a little freaked out by him once he finally lost his cool.

And finally, it's Week 23 of the always-enjoyable 52. The Island of Doctor Morrow was really, really amusing. I never knew one's intellect was directly proportional to one's tan. Things with Black Adam and Isis are certainly heating up, too. Sometimes I question whether or not I like The Question as comic relief (tee hee), but he makes me laugh and I always enjoy a good chuckle.

For those of you who want to know the real-life story behind today's strip and our eye-plucking criminal, just come and ask me about it at ONI-CON in a couple of weeks. You'll find out why I like that name so much.

That's all from me for now!
Mookie Kombat! October 10, 2006 Posted by Mookie
By the time you read this useless little news post, I will hopefully be enjoying my brand new copy of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

I normally don't post about new video game acquisitions and other general "life of Mookie" stuff here, but Mortal Kombat and I have had a long, long love affair. I am hoping to continue it today.
Comic Bookery! October 5, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I bought new comic books yesterday.
Let's get right to it.

The All-New Atom continues to amuse me every time I read it, and issue four was no exception. The war between the forces of science and magic is escalating, the Atom's predicatments are getting more absurd and The Waiting's dialogue gets more outrageous with every issue. I highly recommend this title. It lets science geeks take the superhero spotlight once more.

Mystery In Space! with Captain Comet #2 is a solid sci-fi mystery book. I like that Captain Comet has regained his youth, but I'm not sure how much I like that he just wants to be called "Comet" now. Maybe I'm just a stickler for alliteration. With new powers developing and a conspiracy looming, this mini-series has great promise. And The Weird is just that... weird.

Doctor Strange is one of my all-time favorite superheroes, and when a good writer gets his hands on him it makes for some of the best tales in comic books. Doctor Strange: The Oath #1 looks like it could be one of those tales. He may be Sorcerer Supreme, but he's still very much a human and he cares very much for his best friend. The last page will leave you hungry for more. I am very excited about this.

The Incredible Hulk #99 gives us the conclusion of the four-part Anarchy story in the Planet Hulk saga. I can't say enough good things about this. Every issue offers the same great stuff while delivering a new twist / revelation. Things are heating up on Sakaar. This is a great issue and one of the best Hulk adventures ever. Read. This.

And last but not least, it's week twenty-two of the always wonderful 52. I'm dying to know just who the hell Supernova really is! It's driving me bananas! Lex Luthor is as much of a bastard as ever. However, I thought the introduction of "Super-Chief" was pretty silly. And for once I'd like to see Doctor Magnus's Metal Men not getting destroyed. I mean geez, how many times has he had to rebuild those poor robots? Mysteries are abound and I'm eager to see what comes of all this.

More on ONI-CON next week, and many thanks to those of you who have been ordering SEER'S DIGEST. I cannot express my gratitude enough.

And finally, in case you didn't notice, October's Donation Wallpapers are up. Rocky got such a great response that I figured he needed to be showcased a little. As for Rilian, well, he has nothing to do with the current storyarc, but this month is all about Halloween, so... boo.
A purrfectly dorky weekend October 2, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Not much to report on this Monday down here in Texas. Life is moving on as much as it can be expected. I'm shipping out orders for SEERS' DIGEST as fast as I can get them to the post office, so thank you all again for your support. I do hope y'all like the book.

But since last week was a boring Monday news-post, I figured I would spice up this week with some photographs. Only two things of note to report, but the pictures came out nice.

For those of you who read my livejournal, we've had a little visitor come around the house. She stopped by to see us again this weekend, and I would totally adopt her if not for the "no pets" policy in our lease.
This is the stray kitten that visits us.
I've begun calling her "Rascal."
She is adorable.
I think she likes me.
She makes herself at home whenever she comes to visit.
And has eyes that might very well have kitty superpowers.

This past weekend my ladyfriend and I met up with Xero for the opening weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival. We had a blast out in the blazing sun and even had a couple of pictures taken.
All dressed up and dorky.
My flower-laden ladyfriend.

And that's all from me for now.
Huge Comic Book Day! September 28, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I got a lot of new comics yesterday.
Some good. Some bad.
Lots to talk about so let's get right to it.

The Amazing Spider-Man #535 was a whole lot more of the same since Civil War started. Peter Parker is torn about the side he's chosen, and every day he's shown more evidence that he's on the wrong side. And he talks about it. A lot. This has been going on for a while now. I kinda get the idea that he's torn. Something of significance finally happens, but it's the very last page of the issue.

Hawkgirl #56 was a big stinker. The artwork and the writing are continually disappointing. This issue is the finale of the museum mystery storyarc, and it was quite a let-down. The only reason I'm sticking with this is because I'm insanely loyal to Hawkman and Hawkgirl and I'm hoping next month (which sees the return of penciller Joe Bennett!) things will pick up a little.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #10 is, on the other hand, continually charming. The problems, dilemmas, and villains are refreshingly low-scale and character development is big. It was great to see football players portrayed in a light other than "big, tough bullies." While I'm not a fan of the sport myself, it was just something nice to see. This is a delightful book and I recommend reading it because it will simply make you smile.

Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters #3 was impressive. I'm a big fan of the writing team on this book and they're writing a solid title here. The Human Bomb is freaking scary, The Ray cracks me up, the names of the members of First Strike are bitingly clever, and the new Black Condor is, just, wow. Take a look at this mini-series. It's worth the money spent.

Justice League of America #2 is building up to something great. Brad Meltzer floored me with Identity Crisis a few years ago and he's got me hooked on the JLA so far. I've never found Red Tornado as compelling as I do now. Such. Good. Writing. And the artwork is pretty stellar, too! You can't go wrong with a solid combo like that. Who's going to be in the new Justice League? We'll just have to wait and see. Oh yeah. And apparently "The Bomb Squad" is a stupid name.

I am so sad to say that, in my opinion, Ultimates 2 #12 was a gigantic disappointment. The artwork was amazing. It always has been. The writing was good. Hell, a drunken Iron Man is comedy gold. But this was supposed to be the big finale. The culmination of everything the past twelve issues has been building up to. There was mystery, intrigue, betrayal, spying and counter-spying... and all we got in the end was a big, big fist-fight. No big reveals. No witty way to beat the bad guys. The good guys just hit the bad guys in the face really hard for about forty pages. And it didn't even end! The "big finale" ends in a "To Be Concluded...!" I've loved The Ultimates for years, but this finale really gave me a case of the comic book blue-balls.

Action Comics #843 is another finale I was looking forward to... the conclusion of Superman's fight against the intergalactic Auctioneer. Very solid finish. Superman got to show off to the world that he really is the world's greatest hero. He also teamed up with a bonafide motley crew of superheroes, both A-list (Aquaman, Nightwing, Firestorm) and Who?!-list (Shockwave, Blue Jay, Livewire) and they kicked some butt. Thumbs-up from this fan of The Man of Steel.

The Trials of Shazam! #2 is very, very promising. There's a new keeper of the Rock of Eternity and a familiar member of the Marvel Family must endure the trials to become the new Shazam. Normally I'm not a fan of changes to old classics, but Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family really did need to "grow up" a little, and this book is doing it with a great deal of respect for the legacy of the world's mightiest mortal. I'm not sure how much I like the new "techno-magic" look of the Rock of Eternity, but I have faith that this will be a good series. "H.P. Lovecraft on steroids" indeed.

And finally, I don't think I need to tell you that I loved week twenty-one of 52. I'm warming up to the idea of Ralph Dibny as the new Doctor Fate. Most of this book deals with the "new" Infinity Inc., the product of Lex Luthor's superhero program. While I normally find the storyline around Steel and his niece the least interesting, this issue turned that around for me. Man. Lex Luthor is a dick.

Whew. And that's all from me for now!
No news Monday September 25, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Yup. Nothing special to talk about today.

SEERS' DIGEST continues to sell well, so thank you all for your tremendous support.

ONI-CON is about one month away. My first Texas convention! Be gentle with little ol' me, willya?

Other than that, things continue to move on as they usually do... which is fine by me.
Comic Book Day! Hooray! September 21, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Yesterday I bought new comic books.
Today I'm going to tell you what I bought and what I thought of them.

The fourth issue of The Flash continues to build on this title's momentum. No pun intended. The secret of the Speed Force is revealed, a new super-villain is taking shape and an old Flash foe makes a return. Nothing earth-shattering or ground-breaking here, just an entertaining read worth the money spent.

Ghost Rider was the first comic book I ever collected. So I was thrilled to hear that he was getting his own ongoing title again, and it was being drawn by the same artist from when I was a kid. The third issue of the new series features one of my all-time favorite superheroes, too! Doctor Strange! This issue had hellfire, mysticism, diabolical gore and the return of the Penance Stare! I'm totally geeking out over this one.

If you're not reading Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E you are really missing out on a good laugh. I have never, ever laughed out loud so much as I do when I read this ridiculous comic book. Page one of issue eight had me giggling in the comic book store. I highly recommend this one. Who knew the Mindless Ones could be so adorable?

In the latest issue of Superman we are treated to some history behind the mysterious Subjekt 17, Supes' latest foe and one that can kick him around something awful. Stick an Atlantean sorcerer in there and you've not only got a pretty badass brawl but an intriguing cliffhanger. If you like old-fashioned superheroics and values, Superman is the title for you.

Finally! Shadowpact is at long last picking up the momentum I had been so hoping for since its first issue. In this issue the team has to deal with the very non-magical ramifications of being missing for one year. Like having to find new apartments and buy new cars. Good character stuff here as well as some long-term setups being put into motion. I'd like to add, on a personal note, that it was good to see Ragman get some time in the spotlight. He's my favorite.

And last but not least, it's week twenty of the wonderful 52. While it was hard to follow up last week's mind-blowing revelation, this week had some more intrigue. What was Supernova doing in the Batcave? What's Lex Luthor up to? It should be noted that I find the entire concept of "Archbishop Lobo" very funny. Thankfully, it's meant to be funny.

Oh, I guess I should mention that I'm kinda-sorta following Civil War, if only by just flipping through the newest issues in the store. I thought "Thor's" return was pretty lame. 'Nuff said.
Whole lotta nothin' September 18, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Things are pretty slow and steady down here in the Lone Star state. Nothing of any real interest to report to you folks at the beginning of this week. Then again, I have always believed that no news is good news, so I'll count my blessings in that regard.

Oh. I guess I should thank all of you who have been kind enough to order SEERS' DIGEST from the Seers' Catalog. Your support has been tremendous and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

That's all from me for now!
Comic Book Day catchup! September 14, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Through the month of August I was buying comic books, and September has been no different. I want to talk at length about all the great comics I've bought, but I'll do a quick "catch-up" list here so I can do a proper Comic Book Day review next week.

Here we go.

Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters
Well-written and convincingly patriotic.

Action Comics
Superman versus auctioneers from space. Awesome.

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
This is one of the funniest comics I have ever read. If you're not reading it, you're truly missing out.

All-Star Superman
Superman kicks major butt as Clark Kent. Another one of the best titles being published today.

The Trials of Shazam!
I was looking forward to this one for a long time and it didn't disappoint. Great magic superheroics.

Mystery in Space
Lots of old-school sci-fi goodness in this one. It looks very promising.

The All-New Atom
A very cleverly written new title with great characters and good old-fashioned superscience. I highly recommend this one.

The Incredible Hulk
The Planet Hulk storyarc continues to impress me with each and every issue, and it just keeps getting better.

Martian Manhunter
J'onn J'onzz is bad ass. 'Nuff said.

Aquaman
Still tons of great underwater adventure here. The new Aquaman is a charming punk, the Dweller in the Depths is mysterious and King Shark cracks me up.

52
This is a masterpiece. The ending of Week 19 absolutely floored me. Read. This. Comic.

Thanks to all of you who have ordered Seers' Digest. There are lots of orders to take care of but I'll have them all sent out by the end of this week. It's still up on sale in the Seers' Catalog, so go take a look while supplies last!

And as a last-minute addition to my convention schedule, yours truly will be attending Oni-Con next month. If you're down here in the Texas area be sure to come and say "hi" to this newcomer to the Lone Star state.
Volume One and a Half! September 11, 2006 Posted by Mookie
It made its amazingly successful debut at this year's Otakon and now it's available for purchase in the Seers' Catalog! My dear friends, I am proud to announce the "official release" of SEER'S DIGEST: Dominic Deegan Vol. One and a Half!



This goes far beyond the contents of the original Volume One which was published by Keenspot. CRYSTAL CLEAR only contains the first one hundred strips, which covers three-and-a-half chapters. SEER'S DIGEST, however, contains the first nine complete chapters which totals up to four hundred and twenty strips!

I'm very proud of this book. I worked very hard on it and I think it shows. With any luck you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
Place holder September 7, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I'll have a review of the week's new comic books up tomorrow, since I do believe they were delayed by Labor Day on Monday.

In the meantime, check out the shiny new Donation Wallpapers for September. I'm particularly fond of these because it's been a lot of fun bringing Stunt and Bumper back into the comic. They're like my misfit kids.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the Seers' Catalog next week. A certain book may be finally available for you fine folks.
Move: Accomplished September 5, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Hey folks!
My move from New York to Texas was a complete success!

I'm still in the process of settling down here in the Lone Star state. This week's agenda includes buying new furniture, figuring out whose stuff goes where, and all those other things that you need to take care of when you move in with a ladyfriend.

I'm going to be a little scarce this week, so if you sent me an e-mail regarding fan art or advertising last week while I was in transition, please bear with me while I try to catch up to all that. My "settling in" should not affect the updating of the comic.

That's all from me for now!
Now I'm off to figure out which box has all my video games.
Back on Monday September 1, 2006 Posted by Mookie
If you're reading this I'm about two steps away from actually moving to Texas. I've spent this entire week packing, unpacking and repacking all of my earthly belongings. On top of that I've been working to have a number of strips ready for you fine folks next week... and as you can see from today's little "sneak peak" I was successful in that endeavor.

A tremendous thanks to all the excellent artists who contributed to the amazing Best of Dominic Deegan series that ran all last month. I was truly floored by their work and I hope you all were, too.

Back to packing for me!

See you in Texas!

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