Back on track July 3, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Aaaaand we're back.

Sorry about my little "vacation" there, but I was seriously on the verge of a bit of a breakdown. The time off from the strip provided some much needed breathing-room to get my other projects done.

Here's the short version...
- Portcon Maine was delightful.
- Dominic Deegan Volume One and a Half is going off to the printer and should be ready in time for Otakon in August.
- Thanks so very much to all of you who sent me birthday wishes. They were all very much appreciated.

ConnectiCon is this weekend, so y'all should stop by and say "hi!" I can tell you right now that I won't have time to produce extra strips to cover my absence, what with this being the last week I'll see my ladyfriend before she moves. I'll have some filler up in one form or another, though.

Anyhoo, come to ConnectiCon! Win me in the Auction! See me host the Human Chess game! Hear my infamous Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panel! Sign up for Team Deegan in the Webcomics Challenge (I'll be recruiting there at the con, so it's first come first serve)! Come and have fun!
Guh June 29, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Like the picture says... I'm absolutely swamped.

Portcon Maine is this weekend with ConnectiCon the very next weekend.

My ladyfriend is moving and I've been helping her out this week.

I need to get everything assembled, laid out and finished for Dominic Deegan Volume One and a Half by tonight so I can have it printed in time for Otakon in August.

I may be taking the weekend "off" from the strip, but I'm on the brink of exhaustion here and I have a lot of work left to do.

Oh yeah. And I hit level twenty-seven on Sunday.
Happy birthday to me!
No news is good news June 26, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Nothing special to report today, gang.

Really busy prepping for Portcon Maine this weekend! Come by and visit me if you're in the area!

Hafta work hard this week to get Dominic Deegan Volume One and a Half to the printer on time. Don't expect to hear much from until that's done.

My ladyfriend says "hi."
Filler Saturday... sort of June 24, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Yeah, it's kind of a filler for today. This strip will be finished and colored for tomorrow. My apologies for giving y'all the same strip twice this weekend... but I've got a lot on my plate. Between my ladyfriend visiting and helping her move (more on that later), preparing for two conventions in the next two weeks and working to get Dominic Deegan Volume One and a Half to the printer on time... I need the time to get all this stuff done. Whew.
What a Comic Book Day! June 22, 2006 Posted by Mookie
This was a big week of new comic books for me, so I'm going to get right into it because there's a whole lot to talk about.

The latest issue of The Ultimates 2 finally came out this week, and man was it ever worth the wait. America is under siege and Captain America kicks some major butt. There looks to be hope for Thor yet! And what a comeback by--! Well, I won't ruin it. Suffice to say it's a "smashing" entrance by one of my favorite superheroes. I only hope I don't have to wait another three months for the last issue of this storyarc to come out.

The third part of the five part Man-Bat miniseries came out yesterday, too. I'm really enjoying this, but it's moving further away from being a horror story and more of a detective story. Luckily I like both kinds of tales. This is still a good "man versus inner monster" story. Give it a look-see.

The Flash is back in his own book and I picked up the first issue. Currently the only Flash is the original one (the guy with the old-school Mercury helmet) and someone needs to take up the mantle. Great artwork accompanies a well-paced, character focused first issue. I have a good feeling about this new comic of a classic hero.

Bill Willingham, what're you doing to the Shadowpact? Is this even the same team that you originally wrote in the amazing Day of Vengeance miniseries? Because right now you're making them look like chumps. Are these the same misfit magic heroes who took on The Spectre and the seven deadly sins? Because they got beat down like chumps in the second issue of their own book. Now I understand that heroes need to be defeated in order to rise up and triumpantly vanquish their captors... but next time, I implore you to let them go down with more of a fight. This issue was incredibly disappointing but I have faith that it'll get better next month.

I eagerly purchased the latest issue of the bi-monthly Justice maxiseries (their term, not mine). Last issue had me absolutely floored with Captain Marvel's rescue of Superman, and this issue opens with the Big Red Cheese throwing the Man of Steel into the sun! And great moments like that don't stop for the whole issue. This is the stuff of the classic Justice League and it hits me in the same place Errol Flynn movies do.

At last. At last the fourth issue of All-Star Superman came out this month. Oh baby was it ever worth the wait. This is, without a doubt, one of the best comic books I am reading and contains more enjoyment per issue than any other series I spend my money on. This issue features Jimmy Olsen and has some fantastic science fiction. Not to mention Jimmy goes toe-to-toe with Superman himself (you've got to see this) and gets to wear one of the coolest jackets ever. If you're not reading All-Star Superman, start. You will not regret it.

And finally, it's week seven of the ambitious, enjoyable and addictive 52. Booster Gold and his robot sidekick, Skeets, continue to steal every scene in this series... until the Elongated Man pays him a visit and gets really, really mad at him for very good reasons. Renee Montoya's visit to her ex-lover had some great inner dialogue, and Starfire, Animal Man and Adam Strange look like they have more to worry about on that alien planet besides the fruit. As usual, a great issue. Read it if you aren't.
Up and at 'em June 19, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Ah. That's better.
Much more awake now that I'm... awake.
Anyway, on to the stuff I want to talk about today.

First of all, Portcon Maine is right around the corner, so be sure to come and visit me there if you're in the area! And then, literally that very next weekend, I make my return to ConnectiCon! These are two great conventions that I urge y'all to attend, for your own sake. They're just so much fun!

Speaking of ConnectiCon, my good buddy / booth babe / road trip companion / international latin pop sensation Brian Carroll is holding an honest-to-goodness film festival there! Check out the details of the Dionysia Film Festival and submit content! Brian is a genuine lover of the art of film and his ambitious idea to show off other filmmakers' work is both admirable and awesome. So go ahead. Submit something. Chances are I'll go watch it if it's there.

I have sadly fallen back into my old habit of not answering e-mails. I get them. I read them. I love them. All of them. I'm just such a scatterbrained doofus that I always forget to reply to them. So this week I'm going to try a little experiment here. Just as I do "Comic Book Day reviews" on Thursdays, I think I'm going to try and do a "Mookie Answers This Week's E-mails" on maybe Friday or Sunday. I dunno. It's a half-formed idea... but then again, Dominic Deegan was only a half-formed idea when I first started.

And finally, this Wednesday my ladyfriend comes to visit me, and she'll be with me straight through til ConnectiCon. So if I happen to miss an update for no reason other than "I enjoyed the day with my ladyfriend who I hardly ever see these days," consider yourselves warned. :)

That's all from me for now!
At the moment... June 19, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I'll write a proper Monday news post later today.
Right now it's 3am at Mookie HQ and I'm very tired.
Comic Book Day, one day late June 16, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Sorry about that.
I meant to write up a proper news post yesterday, but real life got in the way. Stupid non-webcomic responsibilities. Pfft. Maybe one day I'll get sucked into my computer, like in Tron. Then I won't have to worry about real life getting in the way. Ooh. And I can have one of those awesome discs.

Anyway, it was a slow week for me but I picked up two real quality issues.

The "Up, Up & Away!" storyline continued in the newest issue of Superman this week, and it's classic superhero stuff. I mean really, really classic. It's just stripped down, honest-to-goodness Superman versus Lex Luthor, the way I grew up with it. The dialogue is sharp, the action is well-paced and the Kryptonian battleship is just plain awesome. I am going to be genuinely sorry to see this storyline end because it's one of the best Superman stories I've ever read.

It's Week Six of the ambitious 52 from DC Comics. Considering how fast-paced things have been moving, I was almost disappointed that most of the issue was spent lingering on a fight between the Green Lanterns and some of China's superheroes. Good stuff all in all, though. Booster Gold's "secret rendezvous" was hysterical and I keep poring over all the details in Rip Hunter's laboratory. This story has me completely glued and I cannot urge you all to read it enough.

And finally...
Sorry, dear ladyfriend, but I have found a new love...
Mookie loves LORDI!
Wednesday quickies June 14, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Just a couple of things. I'll do a proper news post tomorrow, I swear, but these two bits of news required immediate and urgent attention.

Happy Birthday to my brother, John.

I have come to realize that my cousins are nothing less than Gods of the Road! If they ever speed by you on the highway... or go-kart track... just give them plenty of space. There's no way you can compete with them.
No strip today June 10, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Hey gang.

I'm in New York visiting my parents this weekend and a thunderstorm knocked out the power last night. So there's no strip today because I was unable to upload it... which is actually a stroke of luck because I was unable to finish the strip yesterday.

So things ought to return to normal on Sunday with a color strip. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Slow comic book day June 8, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Slim pickings this week for me and new comic books. Only two titles. Luckily, they were good ones.

The newest JSA came out yesterday. I miss Rags Morales' pencils, but the story remains solid in its "old school" style by writer (and president of DC Comics) Paul Levitz. Nothing outstanding or life-changing with this. It's just an entertaining comic book, which is always nice.

It's week number five of the year-long 52. I miss Joe Bennett's pencils already (his work on Hawkman last year was nothing less than definitive) but the story remains as ambitious and engaging as ever. What's Lex Luthor up to now? What the hell happened to the heroes in space? The original Green Lantern and Animal Man "steal the issue" in my opinion with two character-defining (and very entertaining) moments. Again, if you're not reading 52 you are really missing out on something good here.
Nothing to say except it's Monday June 5, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Slow news day today, my friends.
But it's like I always say... no news is good news.

June's Donation Wallpapers are drawn and ready for your consideration, but as of this writing I am having some FTP access issues and will be unable to get them posted in time for the morning update. Check back later, though, because they should be up later today.

On the convention front, I've got two coming up that I highly recommend attending if you can make it. At the end of this month / beginning of July I'll be a guest at PortCon Maine. This is a very friendly convention that I really enjoyed last year, so be sure to stop by if you can make it. One week later I'll be at ConnectiCon, which is always a fun time and I guarantee you'll enjoy yourself there. Incidentally, today is the last day to get a great registration rate for CTCon, so head on over to their website and take advantage of that!
Comic Book Day, at last! June 1, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Ah, the day when the week's new comics come out. How I look forward to thee. Let me tell y'all what I spent my money on this week.

The new Amazing Spider-Man ties in with Marvel's ongoing Civil War event. Man oh man did this issue bore the ever-loving tears out of me. A whole issue dedicated to a long-winded debate about the merits of superhero registration and not a single page of web-swinging or slinging. I like introspective Spider-Man, but this was too much.

Another disappointment this week was the latest issue of The Warlord. Last time I said, "the artwork takes some serious getting used to," and now I'm starting to see it just gets in the way. It's really hard to follow exactly what happens from panel to panel, and I feel the writing calls for more than what the artist can provide. I'll stick it out a bit longer because I'm a sword-and-sorcery sucker, but my faith in this title is fading fast.

But now on to the good stuff.

The latest issue of the Incredible Hulk is the final installment of the first part of the Planet Hulk epic. Man. This is the stuff of classic comics. Action-packed, a solid story and something significant happens every issue. Now that "Exile" is done, I can't wait to see what the Green Scar does next in "Anarchy." All I've got to say is, "Let's tear this mother down!"

The newest issue of Action Comics, which continues the eight-part "Up, Up, And Away!" crossover with Superman, continues to instill me with wonder and surprise for the Man of Steel. Superman's powers return at an almost overwhelming level, and Lex Luthor's plot to destroy Metropolis is revealed! I dare anyone who thinks Superman is a big, stupid, one-dimensional hero who hits stuff to read this story and maintain that very unfair opinion of him.

And finally, it's week four of the super-ambitious 52. I swear, it's unreal how awesome this title is. Booster Gold has become one of the most entertaining characters in the DCU. Who's poisoned Steel? And what the hell is wrong with the superheroes rescued from outer space? If anyone ever wonders where I get the inspiration for cliffhangers and "leaving 'em wanting more," it's from comics like this one. If you're not reading this, you are seriously missing out on some quality comic bookery.

And finally... this was given to me at Anime Boston by the gracious Kel McDonald. It's a painting of yours truly that could only be revealed after I got the week's new comics. Thanks again, Kel. :)
Holidelay May 31, 2006 Posted by Mookie
This week's new comic books won't come out until tomorrow because of Memorial Day... so instead I give you some more random pictures from Anime Boston:

Me and my "booth babes."
The "serious picture" of the guests at the Chateau Mookie.
Stop looking cool, man! She's gonna swallow your soul!
I'm so metal. Even in the subway.

June's Donation Wallpaper should be up either on Friday or Monday.
Anime Boston Con Report May 29, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I really don't know where to begin.

Anime Boston 2006 was one of the greatest experiences ever. It was also one of the most exhausting, but in a good way. I would much rather come away from a convention tired from being too busy than sad from being inactive. So a big thank you to all of you who wore me out this weekend.

The week leading up to the con was pleasantly spent with Katy, who came to visit me. Besides getting some much-needed sunlight, we ate good food, walked about the city and she even taught me the ancient art of spinning. Needless to say, she's much better than I am.

Hawk & Ananth showed up with Shannon followed closely by Brian, and the following night we were joined by Aido after a miniature adventure which involved me running down a city street at 11pm with a sandwich. Mr. Kick-Mookie-In-The-Face even stopped by to say "hello" and embarrass the hell out of me in a way that I'll probably never be able to repay him.

Needless to say, The Chateau Mookie was honored by the presence of some of the most awesome people I know. I cannot thank you all enough for making this weekend so memorable. I'd gush on and on, but I've told y'all enough of this gooey stuff in person.

The biggest thanks of all goes out to all of you wonderful readers who made it out to Anime Boston this weekend! Thank you for stopping by to say "hi!" Thank you for coming to my panels and making me feel so loved! Thank you for making me one of the happiest guys in the world.

In other news, the Fan Art pages have been updated with awesome work that people gave me alongside awesome artwork given to me at the convention! Incidentally, there's one piece that I neglected to post today because I'm purposely saving it for my "comic book day" review. (I'm lookin' right at you, Kel)

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