Updating problems post-Anime Boston May 28, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Hey gang.

ANIME BOSTON was an amazing time. I have a lot of stories to tell and some wonderful pictures to post.

However, I'm experiencing some internet connection problems as I write this update and am unable to post anything for today. A full con report, along with a new comic, should be up tomorrow.

My apologies for the inconvenience and my thanks to everyone involved with Anime Boston for making it one of the most memorable conventions ever.
Anime Boston Filler #3 May 27, 2006 Posted by Mookie
The third bit of Anime Boston filler artwork comes from the generous and hard-working Aido. Not only was she nice enough to keep an eye on my table while I did things like eat, go to the bathroom and do my panels, but she whipped up this great pic to cover for me around here, too! Then again, she owes me for leading her through the dangerous streets of Boston to the safety of the Chateau Mookie.
Anime Boston Filler #2 May 26, 2006 Posted by Mookie
This lovely bit of filler artwork to cover my ANIME BOSTON absence was provided by the lovely Shannon "Duchess Hoverbun" Hommerbocker." I have to admit that I am intrigued by the image of Dominic with black hair. Who knows? Maybe he'll dye it black once the War In Hell is over. Maybe he'll be in mourning... *grin*
Anime Boston Filler #1 May 25, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Today's bit of filler artwork was generously produced by the uber-talented Hawk of Applegeeks. He and I are guests at ANIME BOSTON this weekend, and this little doodle was my "fee" for him being a guest at the Chateau Mookie this weekend. With luck, I'll have more filler artwork from the other V.I.P guests staying with me to keep things moving around here.
You know what day it was... May 24, 2006 Posted by Mookie
The week's new comics came out yesterday, so here's a quick review of what I picked up...

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane is my guilty pleasure title. It basically re-tells the story of Mary Jane and Peter Parker in high school, only through MJ's eyes with a more contemporary spin. It's a good introspective character study, but what really pulls me in is that if you didn't know it already, you'd never be able to tell that Peter Parker is actually Spider-Man.
Incidentally, Brian and I have admitted to being "totally gay" for this comic.

The new Hawkgirl came out yesterday as well. I still really miss Hawkman, but the title seems to be going in interesting directions without him. Strange dreams, voodoo magic and mob-land intrigue were all showcased in this month's issue. I have a feeling that this is a mystery that's going to come together in one fell swoop. Get it? Hawkgirl? Swoop?

And finally, this week's issue of 52 came out, and boy oh boy was it a good one. Black Adam has serious potential to become one of the most complex and memorable villains in the DC universe, and his showcasing this week was nothing short of show-stealing. Oh, and Booster Gold continues to crack me up every single time I see him.
If you're not reading 52, I think you're really missing out.

Oh yeah... and there's going to be some filler material this weekend while I'm at ANIME BOSTON. I hate to leave you all off on a cliffhanger like this, but... wait. That's a lie. I love leaving you all off on a cliffhanger like this! Mwa ha ha ha!
Confounded, conventions and craziness! May 21, 2006 Posted by Mookie
My brain was seriously "elsewhere" this weekend. If it weren't so addled with other pesky things, I would've remembered to announce that Dominic Deegan turned four years old!


In fact, it took a few people e-mailing me to wish Dominic a "happy birthday" that I remembered that I've been doing this for four years now! So thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, not to mention thanks for the reminder.

Psst. Don't tell my ladyfriend that I'm apparently prone to forgetting important anniversaries.

And as if that news wasn't big enough, ANIME BOSTON is this weekend! I really cannot tell you how thrilled and excited I am to be returning to this convention. I'll be doing my Dominic Deegan Q&A and my Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panels! There will be "sold-at-convention-only goodies," such as DD scarves and even a few pin-dolls! Not to mention copies of City Limits! It's going to be a great convention, and I'm probably going to be in a super-great mood.

Finally, I seem to have hit a small snag in shipping out orders for the Cast Poster. The store I usually buy my poster tubes from has run out of the ideal size. I was waiting for new ones to come in, but that doesn't seem like the case. I'm just going to have to buy shipping tubes that are much bigger than the posters. My apologies for this most inconvenient delay.

See you this weekend at ANIME BOSTON!
Comic Book Day and campy dialogue! May 17, 2006 Posted by Mookie
There are some days when I realize how over-dramatic and borderline campy my own dialogue can be when it comes to "big reveals" like today's. Then, about two seconds later, I remember that I really like writing over-dramatic and borderline campy proclamations, and all is well with the world.

New comics came out yesterday, and in case anyone's wondering what I'm reading this week, here's a quick run-down of what I picked up...

It's week two of DC Comics' incredibly ambitious "52," which tells the story of what happened after the Infinite Crisis and before One Year Later. The plot is beginning to thicken and I'm becoming more and more intrigued. Mad scientists missing! A mystery to be solved! And Booster Gold becomes more and more endearing every time he appears in a comic.

I picked up the first issue of the Man-Bat limited series, and issue two came out yesterday. Issue one was really creepy, but this one takes the story in a more detective direction. I guess that happens whenever Batman gets involved. Is Man-Bat really behind the gruesome murders? I'm hooked.

Make fun of him all you want, but the new Aquaman issues have been capital-A Awesome. Since issue 40 there've been swords, sorcery, prophecies, duels, rescues, queens, warriors and fantastic places beneath the waves. Issue 42 is no different and continues to capture my imagination. Who is this new "Aquaman?" Who is the Dweller in the Depths? And what's a ghost doing in a magical floating mansion? This is some good comic bookery.

And finally, the first issue of Shadowpact came out yesterday. The misfit and mismatched team of magical heroes from the Day of Vengeance mini-series is back, fighting the mystical villains of the DC universe. DoV was my favorite pre-Crisis series and it's nice to see the Shadowpact back in action. It's only the first issue, but there's a lot of promise here and I'm looking forward to further magical mayhem. I only wish Ragman didn't look so freakin' adorable. Isn't he supposed to be really creepy?

That's all the comic bookery from me!
Rain, rain, go away. May 14, 2006 Posted by Mookie
There sure has been some rampant racism in the strip as of late. Am I trying to paint a picture of a divided world where racial tensions run high? Or is it because I had the bright idea to watch Hotel Rwanda and Crash over the course of two nights? You be the judge.

Besides the fact that ANIME BOSTON is only a few short weeks away and I'm thrilled about it... there really isn't much to report. It's been raining non-stop for a week here in the Mookie HQ area, and the weather has gotten me in a real slump.

If anyone's seen the sun lately, tell him Mookie says "hello."

Oh well. At least new comics come out this Wednesday, and there are a couple of things I'm really looking forward to. I'll blab all about them on Thursday, I'm sure.
Giving, receiving, and comic books! May 10, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I'm shipping out all the orders for t-shirts and posters today. Once again I apologize for falling behind, so if you ordered something from me and you don't have it yet, rest assured that it's on its way. If all goes well I should (finally) have a new P.O. box for those of you who want to send me traditional mail.

Don't forget that Anime Boston is only a few weeks away! If you want to see my infamous panels, The Dominic Deegan Q&A and Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains, be sure to stop by if you're in the Boston area! As the schedule stands right now they have me doing both panels one right after another starting at around noon on that Saturday. It, like most convention schedules, is subject to change, but consider this a preliminary heads-up.

And finally, I got a couple of new comic books yesterday. In case you're interested in what I'm reading and what I think of it, then read on.

I was able to pick up part 4 (I missed it last week) and part 5 of the Action Comics / Superman crossover storyline called "Up, Up and Away!" I am really, really enjoying this. I'm a big fan of Superman and when there's a good writer working on his titles he really is the greatest superhero ever... even in this story, where his powers have been taken away from him and he absolutely loves it.

I also picked up the first issue of DC Comics' amazingly ambitious "52," which tells the story of the year after their "Infinite Crisis" event, one week at a time. Not only is it a story that puts the spotlight on the DCU's minor characters, but they're putting out a new comic every week for a whole year. Very ambitious and very exciting. The first issue was full of great moments. I'm eager to see where this goes, so I'll have a lot to talk about for the next fifty-one issues.

And that's all from me for now!
Important and Neat May 7, 2006 Posted by Mookie
There isn't too much news to report on this bright and lovely Monday, but what I do have to say is both important and neat.

First off, I've fallen a little behind in shipping out t-shirt orders. That will be fixed this week. I do apologize for the delay in getting everyone's stuff to them and I have no excuse save my own scatterbrained-ed-ness.

Second of all, ANIME BOSTON is only a few weeks away! I don't think I need to tell you folks how much I enjoy this convention. Not only do I get to meet you all face-to-face, but I get to do both the Dominic Deegan Q&A and the Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains panels again this year! I am so freakin' excited!

And finally, plans are (slowly) moving forward for what I'm tentatively calling, "Dominic Deegan: Volume One and a Half." I'll keep you all posted as things move forward.

Oh. There is one more thing...
Why the hell is it that every year everyone I know but me gets invited to E3? Seriously? Cuz I'd love to go. Maybe Dominic should start playing video games.
Back again May 4, 2006 Posted by Mookie
So I'm back from being out-of-town for a few days. I hope y'all didn't miss me too much. Well, I hope you did. That makes me feel all loved.

The new Donation Wallpapers for May are finished and the thumbnails for them should be up sometime this morning. I can't upload them myself yet because of some FTP issues, but they'll be up as soon as possible. And a good thing, too, because I'm rather happy with this month's offerings.

And finally, since new comics came out on Wednesday...

I couldn't have been happier with the finale to Infinite Crisis. Action-packed, full of heroics, and quite a few impressive double-splash-pages. I don't want to talk about it too much because it'd spoil it for those who haven't read it yet... but wow.

And I have been pleasantly surprised by the JSA. It's got some old-fashioned writing to it lately, but it's proven to be refreshingly bright without being too unrealistic. And I've been in love with Rags Morales' artwork since Identity Crisis. And I guess it helps that it's a ghost story. Whatever the reason, I'm enjoying it.

And that's all from me for now!
Out of town April 30, 2006 Posted by Mookie
I'll be out of town for the next few days, returning to headquarters on Thursday afternoon. This won't affect the comic, however, as I've produced enough strips to cover my absence. I just won't be around to answer e-mails, send out donation wallpapers or reply to advertising inquiries until Thursday. The new Donation Wallpapers for May should be up on Friday as well.

Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for a podcast I did! It was my first ever. The show should be up on KeenCAST either later today or Tuesday. I had a blast doing the show and you should give it a listen! We talked Dominic Deegan, news, comic books and everything in between.
Of comic books and down-time April 26, 2006 Posted by Mookie
So now that I have a working news archive here, I'm going to try something new.

Every Wednesday I go to my local comic book shop and buy the week's new comic books. I love comics. I've been reading them for years. So here in this space, every Thursday, I'm going to tell y'all about the comics I'm totally geeking out over.

The Incredible Hulk's "Planet Hulk" storyline continues to be refreshingly simple and engaging. Nothing too complicated here. The Hulk is stuck on an alien world fighting like a gladiator. Great cosmic comic bookery here with enough wonder and aliens to keep the pages turning.

Was very pleased with the ending to The Sentry mini-series. It was like reading a comic book equivalent to Twin Peaks for a while there, but the end came with surprising clarity.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane is the most adorable series I'm reading now. It is definitely my guilty pleasure.

Hawkgirl's "haunted museum" story is picking up speed. I like everything DC Comics is doing with their "One Year Later" event, but I was skeptical with Hawkgirl. I loved Hawkman and I'm eagerly awaiting his return, but until then Hawkgirl is on her own and the series does well with her solo.

And finally, The Warlord is just pure escapism. Modern man stuck in a fantasy world. The artwork takes some serious getting-used-to, but I'm a sucker for sword-and-sorcery tales like this.
Back to "normal" around here April 23, 2006 Posted by Mookie
Howdy folks.
It's me.

The site crashed last week as a result from a front-page link and "dedication" from Tim Buckley, which brought to our attention the need for a serious overhaul. With much help, patience and genius from the gracious Pierre, we've finally gotten everything up-and-running around here.

I am purposely keeping the Cast page off the navigation bar for now. I'm still trying to figure out how I want to work that little project, so bear with me just a little longer. I'm only halfway through my organization of the Archive. Going through the Storm of Souls all over again will be quite a task in and of itself. I've also purposely gotten rid of the old link banners on the Links page. I'll make up some new ones soon.

Other than that, I'd like to welcome all the new folks who have been coming over to my little corner of the web! I hope you like what you see and I hope you stick around!

Ahem... and now that all these new readers are showing up, now's a great time to contact me for advertising... ahem. *grin*
Ker-CRASH! April 19, 2006 Posted by Mookie
The site crashed yesterday, resulting in the need for an overhaul. Things are still a bit skeletal here and none of the other pages are working yet, save for the nifty new calendar Archive. I'll be working on getting everything up and running over the course of this week and the weekend.

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