I’ve mentioned Dominic before in a previous post, but I feel its high time to give Mookie a spotlight all of his own.
I was first introduced to Dominic Deegan back in high school (2005ish) and I’ve been following it ever since. Dominic can be credited to starting my interest in Webcomics as a whole, and my secret desire to write an epic with an expansive world.
In a nutshell, Dominic Deegan is the misadventures of a seer, his talking cat, dysfunctional family, and fiancee; but that barely scratches the surface. Dominic and the supporting cast have been to hell and back to fight a war (seriously), fought off necromancers (Dominic’s older brother, Jacob), and even had a silly super hero arc. Tension is broken up by punny one liners ( “isolate” when talking about an ice sorcerer) or hilarious mistranslations from one language to another (thanks to Dominic’s dad).
But when serious shit goes down, Mookie keeps everything together. The stories are very well crafted and leave me guessing through out the whole arc as to who the bad guy really is. But I must be coy for a moment, want to know my favorite part of Dominic Deegan? Flaws.
No character is sacred for Mookie; everyone has their flaws. Dominic, the titular lead character? Social misanthrope, sarcastic, and rather cranky sometimes. Moving beyond personality, Dominic now finds himself missing a leg, which took a lot of getting used to (on Dominic’s part). There is no invincible, “I can kill everyone” type of character; everyone has their flaws, a weakness of some sort, or a sordid past to work beyond. Mookie gives nothing to his characters, but rather makes them work for it.
I am very jealous of him, needless to say.
I highly recommend Dominic Deegan to pretty much everyone over the age of 14. There are some adulty situations that arise in later arcs, and people dying in gruesome manners in almost every arc (nothing really shown, but lots of blood). And good luck slogging through the archives; there’s easily close to, or over, 1000 strips there. Mookie has been very good about updating every day, be it with a strip or a piece of filler art.
That’s all from me. Rock on.