Back from Youmacon and back in time. November 5, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Miranda may not have personally met the dragon that helped Luna in Maltak, but she heard all about him.

With the time change from daylight savings, the comic will be updating an hour earlier again. Whenever I try to adjust the update time to compensate for daylight savings, all the news posts become off by a day in the archives. So, instead of trying to fix that, I just let the comic post an hour earlier for a few months. You fine folks don't seem to mind.

Youmacon was quite an experience. I'm really tired from the eventful weekend and extensive travel, so I'll have a more thorough news post about the show later this week. But for now let me just say that everyone involved with the show, from staffers to attendees, were very nice and I was so happy to spend the weekend with such nice people.

It's election day in the U.S. tomorrow. Get out there and vote.
(my apologies for any annoying political ads that show up around here from me just mentioning that today)

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Defiant. November 2, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Faced with the possibility of losing his friends and family, and the love of his life, Dominic chooses not to despair... but to fight.

Things have been gloomy here lately so I figured it would be nice to go into the weekend with a glimmer of hope for our heroes.

I'm at YOUMACON this weekend, starting today! Come by and say "hi!" I'll be talking on a couple of panels, selling books and a limited number of scarves, and generally enjoying myself at this awesome convention. I'm so happy to be returning and I look forward to seeing you folks there!

The comic should update normally on Monday, but there's always a chance of post-convention filler photo. Just a heads-up.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and see you at YOUMACON!
A hazmat Halloween! November 1, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For anyone interested, here's the Halloween costume I decided on... a homemade hazmat outfit. I thought of giving myself a cute character name, like "Hazmat Matt" or "Biohazard Bill," but in the end I just thought "hazmat guy" was more appropriate.

There were so many trick-or-treating kids in our neighborhood yesterday. It was just like when I was a trick-or-treating kid in my home town, except now I was the one handing out candy (well, my wife handed out most of the candy because my mask scared some of the kids), so it felt like my life had come full circle in a spooky sort of Halloween way. Regardless, it was a great day.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Spooooooky! October 31, 2012 Posted by Mookie

Here's the promised crummy filler doodle in place of a comic! I was going to do a cute picture of Spark in black paint, but I thought this was more appropriate given the revelation of Rilian's "secret identity" yesterday. That, and I sometimes enjoy just posting pencil sketches.

I hope everyone has a spectacularly spooky day and gets lots of candy. Alyssa and I will be spending this Halloween greeting eager trick-or-treaters, and enjoying being in a neighborhood that actually has trick-or-treaters.

We'll post pictures of our costumes before I leave for YOUMACON.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and Happy Halloween!
Real quick news update. October 30, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'm writing this new post real fast while I have power. The winds are strong and, with news of power outages all across the east coast, it may be only a matter of time before mine goes out.

Rilian has contacted Dominic once before, through his dreams.

Tomorrow there will be Halloween filler instead of a comic (if the power stays on and I can manage to upload one).

The forecast is looking good for the end of the week, so I should have no problems getting to YOUMACON!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
One year ago... October 29, 2012 Posted by Mookie

One year ago I married the love of my life.

Happy anniversary, Alyssa. You're the elegant fairy princess to my goofy monster. I still can't believe you chose me, and I want to spend every moment of my life showing you I know how lucky I am.

In other news, there's a huge hurricane heading toward the east coast of the U.S. and, while the area where I live isn't in great danger, there's still a strong possibility of a prolonged power outage. If the comic mysteriously stops updating this week, it's because the the storm knocked out the power. I'll do my best to keep folks posted via my Twitter feed, but this is all in a "just in case" scenario.

If you live in the U.S. and you are in the projected path of Hurricane Sandy, please be careful.

On Wednesday there will be Halloween filler in place of a comic, and on Friday I return to YOUMACON!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and be safe.
It's full of stars! October 26, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Today's comic could be considered, quite literally, a cliffhanger. Hee hee.

I've got stars on the brain (again). With autumn upon us and the winter months approaching, some of my favorite celestial objects are making their return to the night sky. It's nice to peek out the front door to see Orion, the Pleiades, and Jupiter hovering overhead. The New Age-y part of my brain likes to think they're watching over me. The stargazing part just thinks they're awesome.

This is the end of my relatively mellow week, and next week is eventful!

My wife and I will be celebrating our first anniversary!

Then it's Halloween (and there will be filler of some kind on that day)!

And to top it off I return to YOUMACON!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!
The scary door. October 25, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The blood vanishing from Dominic's head in the second half of today's comic is not a continuity error. It was done on purpose.

That's pretty much all the relevant news I had to report today. I'd considered not doing a news post at all today, but I felt clarifying what could have been perceived as a mistake on my part warranted a post.

So here are some random-ish things to fill up some space down here! I hope you folks find them entertaining, if nothing else!

- My niece is adorable.
- I'm really excited to be returning to both YOUMACON and BAKURETSUCON next month!
- Garth and I will be at KATSUCON next year promoting our new webcomic!
- I have nifty in-laws. They bring me cupcakes.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Healing through music. October 24, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Gregory uses music to cope with tragedy, even if it isn't always appreciated. The werewolves of House Danovich look happy enough, though.

"Live for the Kill" by Amon Amarth plays in my head when I think of werewolf fight songs. It's a great song that's all about wolves hunting and not being sorry about it at all. Pretty metal, and there's even a cello break featuring Apocalyptica. I was even going to use one of the lyrics as the title of the song that Gregory was about to sing, but instead of using it verbatim I warped it a little.

Both last week and yesterday there were no news posts. Normally I try to have something for you folks to read down here, even if I have very little to say. A few people advised me to just not to a news post when there's no news to report, so I think I'll give that a try. Not everyone always reads the updates down here, anyway. There are still some folks who don't know that the comic is ending on or around May 2013!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A better confession. October 22, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Jacob's dialogue in today's comic was originally going to be spoken during the zombie attack, just before he went all corpse armor and broke free of the swarm. The wordiness of it would have slowed things down, so I opted to save it for later. I think it works better as a confession, especially to a woman he's been at odds with for so long.

This week is looking to be pretty mellow, and that's good. Next week is going to be eventful.

It begins with the first anniversary of my wedding...

Then it's Halloween, my absolute favorite holiday of the year...

It concludes with my return to YOUMACON! I'm not listed on the Guests page (as of this writing), but I will be there as a Guest selling books (as well as a limited number of scarves) and doing panels. I had a great time there last year and I can't wait to go back! Be sure to stop by and say "hi" if you're in the area!

That's all from me for now.
Rock on!
Little mage. October 18, 2012 Posted by Mookie
This could have been yesterday's comic, and things may have moved along faster because of it, but I really wanted to get that full-page image out of my head.

In other news...

- We had a great time hanging out with you in a non-convention setting, Garth! It was great to talk comic books, video games, superheroes and science fiction; and to watch awesomely bad movies. Come back and visit us again soon!

- Our new place now has a proper amount of furniture! These are the kinds of things you get excited about when you're rocking the domestic life.

- It looks like a monster has taken over our front porch. I love good Halloween decorations.

- I am a terrible gunzerker.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
A sense of scale, and relative silence. October 17, 2012 Posted by Mookie
For such a simple comic, I had a lot of trouble coming to terms with making this update as simple as it is.

Much of today's comic is blank, and I've done this before during Dominic's episodes of Seer's Shroud. I wanted to make today's comic wordier, but I felt the dialogue was cluttering up the empty space and taking away from the effect of making Miranda look small in the absence of Masutel's normally vast mental power. So, following the advice of my friend Garth I decided to make today's comic rather brief in dialogue to showcase Miranda and Masutel's diminished size, and to have one of those poignant moments that I adore so much. I hope you fine folks enjoy it, too.

In other, nerdier news from Garth's visit...
- Beastmaster is an amazing movie that stands the test of time. The silent, fleshy bird-men creatures that eat you with their wings are still creepy after all these years.
- The Kentucky Fried Movie is one of the funniest movies ever made. Period.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
Size doesn't matter? October 16, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Many of Masutel's appearances have been big. Whether it was the first time he spread his wings or flying over the desert or destroying a cathedral, Masutel's size has always taken up a few panels. So I felt it was only right to dedicate a lot of room to his mindscape, only to find him reduced to a miniscule speck on the ground. I think it's visually dramatic, and I hope you folks think so, too.

I have the pleasure of entertaining the wonderful and talented Garth Graham as a house guest over the next few days. We're going to talk about superheroes, science fiction and outer space. I may be able to convince him to share more concept art from our forthcoming webcomic project, too! Maybe.

In other, nerdy news...
- I love my mechromancer.
- The pandaren are charming.
- Razzle-fraggin'-flarking Collectors.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
The shadow over Capitol City. October 15, 2012 Posted by Mookie
The FAN ART PAGES have finally been updated again! There are some great new pieces to look at, so be sure to check them out! And while you're there, be sure to check out all the older artwork that has been showcased throughout the years! Every so often I like to click through the fan art archives, like I link to old comics, as a trip down memory lane.

While there's no more email address dedicated solely to fan art submissions, you can still send your artwork to my current email address. I'll still see, and eventually display, whatever you fine folks send my way!

Speaking of emails, I appreciate everyone who sent me "votes" on Halloween costume ideas! After some costume shop adventures this weekend, my wife and I hit upon an idea that was far from any of the previously mentioned ideas. Alyssa's a crafty lass and is helping me make this costume. As to what it is, you'll just have to wait for me to post a picture somewhere.

I may or may not take Halloween off. I've done it before, and I'm feeling particularly festive this year. I haven't decided yet, but I'll let you folks know closer to the holiday itself whether there will be filler in place of a comic that day.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.
She can kill you with a look... and her fists. October 12, 2012 Posted by Mookie
Miranda's use of her Evil Eye has usually been played for comic effect, but the thing has range and power. It can go around corners and it's even interdimensional. It's brought orcs and spellwolves to their knees. I didn't want it to have such a crippling effect on King David, but I still wanted him to feel it a little.

No one is safe from Miranda's Evil Eye.

And it's probably unwise to get her this mad. When her family is in this much danger, she's capable of killing you with her bare hands.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend! My wife and I are looking forward to decorating our new place with the usual Halloween ornaments. Spider webs, jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, and other classics.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on, and have a nice weekend!

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