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Articles of Note:

Ghost in the Shell - A Teacher Slides Away

The New Fascism

Tribes and Reality

What's with all the Anti-Russia Propaganda?

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


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Portable Drafting Board - Drawing Comics Outdoors

 

 
   Stardrop. . .

STARDROP

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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 #284 - Next Episode, Thursday June 1st
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May 22nd, 2017
New Pages posted - 181 to 182
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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   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. . .

How to Stay Sane in an Insane World
 

Thursday
March 31st, 2016

How to Stay Sane in an Insane World

It's ALL about the diet, folks!

The tummy and the brain are absolutely connected.

Let me jump right into this. I know this isn't about comics, but so what? I care about people and I care about those who read my work and who have shown me so much support over the years. I owe everybody a great deal, and the truth of this whole Life thing is that I find myself surrounded by many folks who quietly deal with anxiety, depression, delicate hair-trigger mental dispositions which can ruin their days and weeks; people who spend their whole lives pressed down upon by a general diaspora and malaise.

And we are offered all kinds of advice! -How to change our frame of mind, methods for dealing with all manner of challenges and difficult people, difficult jobs and other daily stresses. We are offered a multitude of ways to count sheep for better sleep, to break out of bad habits which drain our self-confidence and esteem. -And while there's plenty of valid stuff in this ocean of advice, none of it is of any use, (or of only very limited use), if we're working from a busted foundation.

Basic nutrition!

There are SO many things which can and have been offered, -another ocean of advice- layers of complexity and endless research rabbit holes one can fall down and get twisted up in. I meet people who are following strict advice which is back to front from the reality of what they really need. I've spent several years reading through and trying out this stuff. I've heard it all.

Now, I'm not going to quote studies or link to books or any of that. I'm not going to play "dueling papers". I can do so if people really want, but I don't think that's terribly useful anymore. You can find plenty of that on your own.

What I AM going to do is offer something I think is far more valuable. I'm going to offer the fruits of my own explorations. Tried and true. -I ought to add that I feel robust and healthy and sharp these days. I sleep well, have lots of energy and I generally look and feel ten years younger than my 45 years. I'm not perfect; I spend too much time sitting over a drafting board for one thing... But in general, I feel pretty great and my body is trim and strong, and my mind is clear and I deal with stress now much more easily. More to the point, I feel better than I did a few years ago, before I started paying attention to this material.

Three things.

I'm going to keep this tight. If I could pick only three things to offer people suffering from anxiety... (And I'm going offer everybody the respect of NOT framing this as one of those "I was SHOCKED to learn how these three miracle foods can Change your life...!" click-baiters. Because.., grr that.)

1. Get off carbs. All body types can benefit from switching to a low-carb/high-fat diet. -And not that rancid vegetable fat stuff. Anybody telling you differently is either misinformed or flat-out lying for some reason. Sorry. I know that's a major problem for some people, but if you don't deal with it, you're going to stay sick and sickly and weak and crazy. How you gain that shore is up to you. But you can do it; you are strong and wise and kind enough. Look it up, order the book, read the forums, figure it out. Personally, I liked the book, "Life Without Bread" but there's plenty of info out there to dig into. Good luck!

2. Magnesium. Not just for fireworks! Without magnesium, you're friggin' insane. I just use capsules the fine folks down at my local health food store sold me by CanPrev -But similar products will do. Magnesium Citrate is also recommended, with slightly different qualities.

3. Iodine. 12 mg per day is the basic amount needed on average. (It varies from person to person). A couple of drops of Lugol's 5% in a glass of water. Without iodine, you're going to be foggy and sick and prone to anxiety and general insanity and unhappiness. Warning; the quack-watch goons will completely flip out on you over the iodine thing. Listen to them at your own peril. I've been using the stuff for half a year now and I have experienced a lot of good as a result. -With two caveats; first, you will experience a HUGE energy boost. This is generally a good thing, but it's a LOT of energy. You simply cannot take it at night because you'll be up for hours vibrating in bed. It's like caffeine squared.

Secondly, iodine liberates toxins and heavy metals which have been stored in your fat cells for later processing, (and by "later" I mean, "never", since our bodies don't get much of a break in our modern synthetic world or the necessary elements to deal with toxins, so they just get stored away indefinitely). The presence of iodine (which is needed to process such elements) signals various release mechanisms. You need to be prepared for that garbage to come to the surface, and have some kind of protocol or system for getting that crap out of your body once it has been mobilized. Your pee is going to start to stink from it. I've read accounts where people overdo it with the iodine, taking as much as 300 mg a day, get whammied with sudden illness which is subsequently diagnosed as... mercury poisoning! The best advice is "slow and steady wins the race." One or two drops a day and stick with it. It might take a couple of years or more to clear everything, but years do slip by quickly.

After the first couple of months, the detox symptoms tapered off for me and I just get the benefits of high energy and clarity of mind.

Oh. There's another thing... (Iodine, man! The stuff is powerful). Your dreams and emotions also wake up. Especially early on you will find that you feel a heightened level of everything; love, anger, fear and joy. Old issues from long ago will resurface with intensity, and you'll have to process that along with all the other toxic goo in your system. It's like the brain pipes un-gum themselves; it takes a while to learn how to balance all the new energy moving through you.., until you do.

Bonus: Salt Water!

A glass of salted water first thing in the morning. 1/4 teaspoon pink rock salt in a glass of water. Yummy electrolytes and other elements your body will thank you for. This is one of the easiest and most gentle things you can do for yourself and it will take the edge off the detoxification process. Hydration and salts. -It's such a pleasant drink, I've found, that I look forward to it every morning now.

There's lots of other things people can do, but these basic three (plus salt water) address the most desperate deficiencies in nearly everybody, and have the most intensely positive impact.

Okay! That's all for now.

Have a great day/night wherever you may be!


 

-Mark Oakley
Wolfville, Nova Scotia,
March 31st, 2016

 

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