There are several reasons for this... the primary one being that "DMACOY" is not memorable or interesting at all. When I first set up this webcomic site I was still buzzed with expatriate ferver and dying to share my experiences of being a free and wild twenty-something with the rest of the world. To me, nothing encapsulated my world as a foreign English teacher than the beer "Cass." I loved "Cass." I loved drinking alcohol that was not too strong yet strong enough for me to cut loose. "Cass" was, to me, like Marcel Proust's madelaine. One taste transported me back to happier times (or wilder and more irresponsible times at any rate). Nevertheless there are problems with using the word "Cass" in a website name. First of all, "Cass" is a trademarked name. I'm just asking for trouble using it in my title. Secondly, like I said before, "DMACOY" (the initials for "Don't Make a "Cass" of Yourself") is just unmemorable... even if it does help me dodge a lawsuit.
So now my website is about "The Wandering Schmuck." I love that title much better. It's far more apt at capturing the flavor of this site- and my life during the first decade of the 21st century- than "DMACOY."
When I was in Seoul this past February waiting for my son to be born, my parents came over to visit me. We were wandering around the Presidential palace one beautifully crisp afternoon. As we strolled my mother made a comment about how I was "the wandering Jew"... since I had been traveling so much during my life.
"What is the wandering Jew?" I asked.
"Ah, that's a very old legend that's inspired by the Bible," my mother said, "As you know Jesus Christ promised that he would return to save us all within the lifetime of the people standing before him. Well, that didn't happen obviously. People waited and waited and eventually died.. even the youngest ones who had listened to Christ that day. Christ didn't return... and for over a thousand years people were wondering how they could justify the veracity of Christ's teachings when he couldn't even keep to his own schedule. So they invented the legend of the Wandering Jew."
"So how does the Wandering Jew explain Jesus' delay in reappearing?"
"Well, according to the legend, when Jesus stood in front of the multitude and said "I will return within your lifetimes," ... there was one man in the crowd who doubted him. This man, like everybody else there, was Jewish and he was quite skeptical about Jesus and Jesus' abilities. Because of his lack of faith God punished him by not allowing him to die."
"That sounds more like a reward than a punishment," I said.
"Well, according to the legend it was a punishment," my mother said, "He couldn't die. He could only watch his family die. He watched his children and his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren die. People became afraid of him because he wouldn't age either. They drove him from town to town, throwing stones at him and calling him a witch. Because of this he was doomed to wander and never settle down.... and he will never be allowed to die until Jesus comes back to Earth. In this way, of course, Jesus was telling the truth by saying he would return in his contemporaries' lifetimes because one of his contemporaries is still alive."
How awesome is that legend? I would love to be a wandering Jew and never die but instead travel from place to place ... exploring every country in the world over a millenia. I suppose the whole watching-your-children die aspect of it is unpleasant but as long as they live happy, full, long lives then maybe my agony can be mitigated.
So that is my blog, "The Wandering Schmuck." To kick off this re-christening (if you will) I present my very first color comic. It's not part of the continuity of my Mongolia or Korea storylines, but it is a fun little thing I doodled and colored with art markers. I'm quite proud of the color tones.
I'm currently inking a HUGE story for the Wandering Schmuck: Mongolia (previously "DMACOY: Mongolia") storyline. With luck I'll have it up by Christmas.