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What is, The Walking Mage?

The Walking Mage is a completed web-strip series featuring the wizard, Quinton Zempfester from Thieves & Kings. A fast and funny political satire for readers of all ages by cartoonist, Mark Oakley.















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Articles of Note:

How to Stay Sane in an Insane World - Top 3 diet changes (not what you think!)

MadMax and Tomorrowland - Reality Splitting Decisions...

Star Wars the Force Awakens - JJ Abrams is a Lightweight

The Mysterious meta-Jenny

I Will Not Hate Because You Want Me To

Response to Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing

Art Software Review - OpenCanvas 6

Why Facebook is an unreliable tool for the Self Publisher

Three Questions from a Beginner Cartoonist

Comics in the New Media ~ How to Publish Comics on Tablets and eReaders Without Getting Ripped Off

Mark at the Movies:Superman, Man of Steel. Propaganda to dim the spirit and fan your fears.

Mark at the Movies: What do, Mirror Mirror, Hunger Games and Cabin in the Woods all have in common? More than you think!

Drawing Democracy

365 Days of Digital Cartooning - Drawing Comics on a Tablet PC

Tablet button bar Button for Photoshop / PaintTool Sai / MangaStudio5

Photoshop CS4 vs CS5 Speed Comparison for Tablet PC

Photoshop Speed-Up Trick for Digital Art

Portable Drafting Board - Drawing Comics Outdoors


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Also.., Jenny Mysterious is now LIVE and will have regular weekly updates! Yessss! Been a long time coming. Jump to her section below. Thanks everybody!

New Episode #270 - Next Episode, Thursday Nov 4th
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   Jenny Mysterious. . .
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October 21st, 2016
New Pages posted - 146 to 147
I've decided to publish the long-talked about Jenny Mysterious free on-line, with new pages every week, starting right now! BUT I am asking folks to become Patrons. Please support my comics with as little or as much as you choose with a monthly subscription, (even just a dollar would be fine!). It's really easy. See my Patreon page for details.

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webcomic Jenny Mysterious by Mark Oakley www.iboxpublishing.com

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   Thieves & Kings. . .

Sample Chapter from, Thieves & Kings, Volume 3, "The Blue Book"

Thieves & Kings, page from the graphic novel series by Mark Oakley www.iboxpublishing.com

Thieves & Kings is not a webcomic. It's an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel series which I've been working on since 1994. It is nearly done; I hope to wrap up the story in the 7th volume, (currently in production). The chapter featured here offers a good example of what it's like to read Thieves & Kings. --It's a peppy sequence, and it contains both regular comic pages, and some text pages. It doesn't show much of the title character, (Rubel) and none of the Shadow Lady, but Heath and Varkias carry the show quite nicely. I do hope you enjoy this sample of my work!

  The Walking Mage. . .

The Walking Mage webcomic #2 - Fired

The Walking Mage is a complete story. Originally it was done in black & white, (which you can check out here, if you like). I wanted to experiment with color and so began by using a computer to color the Walking Mage for its print release. After a few panels I decided that it would be a lot more fun to paint it by hand, and so switched to water-color around episode six.

The story itself is quite a good little yarn; funny and pointed in many places, as political satire ought to be. I was actually quite surprised to learn this! I found myself laughing out loud in several places. --I don't know why this story in particular was so hard for me to accept, but it was. I avoided reading it for several years after it first went to press. The ending is rather abrupt, but it was a serial strip, after all.

So anyway, after having let this web-comic languish in the digital attic, I've decided to pull it out and post it again for all the world in its full-color glory. This is the first time the Walking Mage has been available in full color on the web. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Quinton and Varkias. Cheers!

   News From the Studio. . .

Dream Time ~ Shoe by Jeff MacNelly

Oct 25th, 2016

Dream time!

So in sleepspace, Jeff MacNelly, the cartoonist who drew "Shoe" (about a bullpen of reporters who were all birds working at manual typewriters up in a tree), had this whole other side project going. -One filled with amazing characters and strange but touching stories of pure genius.

I'd never paid much attention to his work, and I have no idea why of all the cartoonists I could possibly dream about, "Shoe" would bubble to the top of my subconscious.

-But in the dream a comics friend of mine insisted I take a look and excitedly loaned me a big hard cover book filled with MacNelly's epic cartoon world, and I read the whole thing over what felt like hours, unfolding the spectacular narrative page after page. (At some point, they became animated. Jeff was also a brilliant animator in my dream, and his works so loved by the world that studio money had been poured liberally over his various projects).

His humor was subtle and surreal but totally magnetic. I thought, "Gosh, I was too young to get his stuff when I was a kid, but now..! I had no idea he did more than his bird reporter strip. That little thing was just a side show!"

One story was about this character who was a 2 dimensional talking candle stick. It proudly announced, "I am going to the convenience store!" and began walking to the stairs to leave our little apartment.

I said, (apparently interacting as a character in the story myself), "Um, no Candle. You're only able to walk on shadows. You're flat. How are you even going to manage the stairs?"

Candle, undaunted, began the task of scaling the shadow cast by the hand railing. When the other characters saw what he was attempting, he was eagerly followed by a procession. They managed after some acrobatics to get up to the door and outside, then proceeded to cross the street by walking along the cast shadow of a telephone pole. They had to tussle with the shadow of a cat on the opposite sidewalk, and ended up running around the neighbor's house, taking cover under shrubs and the shadow of a parked car.

Weird, weird, weird! -But also so full of heart. The proud single-minded focus and slight sadness of the piece was inspiring. -All the other characters in Candle's life were able to casually go to the convenience store any time they wished, and Candle had decided that today was the day he would also venture to this wonderful place he had only heard of in stories and wished finally to also see with his own eyes, to be like all his friends but could never manage.

The whole thing was drawn in Jeff's fabulously loose political cartoon style, and I woke up with a dozen similar stories fresh in my head, separate pieces which at the end of the book, all connected and interwove with brilliant nuance offering a big picture comment about our world and the human experience.

Humbled by these works of a great cartoonist whose accomplishments I felt certain I would never match in my lifetime, I tumbled out of bed and made for my computer. I Googled, "Shoe cartoonist, other works" wondering and hoping if maybe it was a real thing!

Well.., nope.

He did do a bunch of political cartoons, won a few Pulitzer prizes for them, and he'd also illustrated some kid's books, -all respectable works indeed, but nothing like the sprawling interconnected universe of characters I'd just woken from.

So I guess these weird stories are mine if I want 'em.

But as with all dreams, the details melted away, leaving me with only disjointed images.

I hope in some reality sideways from here, Jeff MacNelly perhaps really did write and draw all that stuff!



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