MZDM Comic Index
#335000 - Sun May 18 2003 01:56 AM
M a s t e r Z e n - D a o M e o w The Great American Comic Strip Koan
Master Zen-Dao Meow is a mystic cat in a state of meditation, in search of clues to a spiritual riddle known as a "koan." Zen-Dao's dreams and past life adventures are projected in the form of a webcomic which appears on this site for your reading pleasure. But reading the webcomic is only one part of the magic which awaits the imaginative visitor. If you wish, you may project yourself as your very own original avatar and interact with the myriad denizens of Zen-Dao's world: The Napping Cat's Dream!
The introductory tale of a boy, a cat, and a koan [Complete]
01 Sick & Afraid 494k Who is this kid and why is he in the hospital? These questions aren't really answered... yet.
02 An Old Message Delivered 644k Black cats with old messages creeping through windows?! Don't these hospitals have standards?
03 The Cat Grins -- A Dream Begins 740k Enough dreariness already-- let the Dream begin!
04 Zen-Dao Meow Is Chosen 711k One might question the Napping Cat's choice here, but then we wouldn't have a story.
05 Advice From Master Mu 715k Master Mu: Wise sage or violent curmudgeon--you make the call.
06 A Very Special Koan 647k Ah, the koan. So very much fuss over so very little. But this koan does have an answer.
07 Meditation Complication 540k Just why is meditation so complicated? And what do pink elephants have to do with it?
08 Memories & Worries 592k A dozen key figures from Zen-Dao's past, summoned straight from the subconscious. Why them? Future tales of past will tell.
09 Stolen Goods 540k Those twelve troublesome mystic icons. Just what happens when these things are let loose?
Past Life 1 features Zen-Dao Meow in a purrenial parody of the detective classic! [Complete]
01 A Transcendental Detective 704k What exactly is a transcendental detective. Zen-Dao proudly explains.
02 Listening To Miss Yin's Tale 810k A dark lady in distress arrives with a sob story. Isn't that what private detectives are for?
03 Hollis In The Park 738k Hollis uses his powers to investigate at Golden Gate Park. Look out!
04 Unwanted Visitors 571k Can't a mystic peacefully practice cosmic awareness without the cops barging in?
05 Office Talk 548k Wendy tosses in her two cents regarding the case and other matters.
06 A Well-Dressed Squirrel 675k A fastidious squirrel arrives with arrogant demands.
07 Closer To The Truth? 778k Zen-Dao and Val size each other up.
08 New Negotiations 740k The detective-client relationship *ahem* deepens.
09 Deceptions For Dogged Detectives 564k Mystic mind games help clear the house.
10 About The Cookie 696k Just what is this cookie that everyone seems so eager to acquire?
11 Sal -- Servant Of Zalar 839k What would a transcendental detective be without a nasty religious zealot as a nemesis?
12 The Good Stuff 761k Pigham shares the bounty from his hookah as well as his jovial personality.
13 Powers That Be 766k Sometimes a transcendental detective needs to reconnect with the infinite to tie things together. Authorities never seem to appreciate such talents.
14 This Case Is Too Dangerous 481k Wendy worries that Zen-Dao is in over his head.
15 Words And Weapons 692k Sometimes the zealots get the upper hand, at least temporarily.
16 Of The Gods Beyond 619k Pigham spins a trippy tale or travels beyond The Napping Cat, in the realm of gods.
17 Pigham's Elusive Prize 706k Pigham was this close to his sacred treasure, but those damn demons always muck things up.
18 Which Brings Me To You 512k Can Zen-Dao help Pigham retrieve his goodie?
19 Special Delivery 886k Val's ex-lover shows up, from beyond the grave.
20 The Expendable 717k Alliances are often sacrificed in business. Some learn this lesson the hard way.
21 Crashing The Party 650k Last minutes attempts at getting the upper hand end with surprising reversals.
22 The Mandala Revealed 1149k So here it is at last, the titular "Maltese Mandala." But what the heck does it mean?
23 A MacGuffin 732k Is the mandala just a hollow prize?
24 Criminal Accusations 918k Alliances fall apart as truths are revealed.
25 Cops And Coda 731k Zen-Dao comes out on top...depending on your perspective.
Past Life 2 finds Zen-Dao in a purrenial parody of another detective classic! [Continuing]
01 Chinatown Stakeout 1186k At the New Year's Parade, Zen-Dao and Hollis await the arrival of Baka Kitty, but so do Pigham's gang, and the police, led by Cap. Moiety.
02 Give Me Your Hand 957k As Hollis and Zen-Dao chase Baka Kitty across the rooftops of San Francisco, tragedy strikes!
03 Loss Of Powers 991k Zen-Dao bemoans the loss of his mystic powers while Wendy offers her insight and advice.
04 Manchia's Problem 695k Zen-Dao meets with his old college rival, Manchia, who fears that his wife may be possessed by a demon.
05 Icy Reflections 662k Zen-Dao visits Mawarra's Pub to get his first glimpse of Manchia's beautiful wife, Val.
06 Following Her 595k Zen-Dao resumes his role as detective, following Val as she goes through a series of bizarre rituals.
07 History Through Mist 970k Wendy's old college professor, Mist, reveals the tale of Carmelita Zapata, a woman once possessed by The Dancing Yin.
08 Dangerous Leap 1236k Zen-Dao rescues Val from a dangerous leap and romantic passions are ignited.
09 What A Team We Would Make 1071k Zen-Dao takes Val on as a pupil to help her master the powerful forces within.
10 Demonic Services Required 902k Pigham, disappointed with his latest acquisition, summons the traveler demon, Kashmir, to locate the correct magic item.
11 Intersecting Agendas 1018 k Pigham and his new bodyguard, Mr. Black, assault Val from the astral plane while Furilius Pitch makes his pitch to acquire Pigham's Cookies.
12 Meta-Revelations 1488 k The players gain new insights into the nature of their circumstances and their sense of reality. Master Mu, Quacky & Elroar make their first past life appearances.
13 Smoke-Sing-Sex 4300 k (CRUISER-sized HUGE!) Denied refuge at the Master Mu Monastery, Val and Zen-Dao engage in an evening of high times and assorted pleasures with Bong Tzu, Cruiser and each other. Music by The B-52's.
14 Black Night--Goddess In Flight 2890 k Mr. Black's pursuit of Val continues with cosmic consequences.
15 Psychedelic Avatars AWAKE 1763 k Val ascension awakens the psychedelic potential of avatars across the city. Player Gods from the greater Dream manipulate their avatars within the past life.
16 Cards, Combat & Karaoke 2571k Pigham confronts Manchia, Capt. Moiety recruits Waldo, while Wendy and Zen-Dao cross dimensions with their cards. .
17 The Pinkerdroid-Avatar War Forthcoming
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Reserved for Past Life # 3 Index
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Reserved for Past Life # 11 Index
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Reserved for Past Life # 12 Index
Minor mind-tripping treats from the collective cat conscious. [Self-contained Comics]
01 Confounding Itself 208k Dream origins explored in metaphor.
02 How In Tune With Nature I Be 267k All aspects of the Dream, from the high to the low, have their place and purpose.
03 Quacky's Present 354k Quacky gets a birthday gift, but does he know how to appreciate it?
04 The Dancing Yin (Step One) 134k Val's very first dance as The Dancing Yin.
05 Another Line 278k Zen-Dao gets a lesson in getting started.
06 Tic Tac Tao 514k Eternal conflict through the ages.
07 The Dancing Yin (Step Two) 855k Val's dance accelerates with a little giffy animation.
08 The Siddhis Dance 403k Seemingly supernatural powers (or "siddhis") on display by assorted mystics.
09 Quacky's Moment 540k Quacky, ever impatient for that enlightenment.
10 Do Be Do 285k To take action or to just "be"--advise from sages and singers.
11 The Confidence Game 1067k Enlightenment marketed for the masses, Furilius Pitch-style.
?? T h e R e s u r r e c t i o n O f D o r k L o r d 370k The Dream gets interactive as the first Psychedelic Avatar from beyond the cat awakens.
12 The Cruiser In YOU 174k Are we independent entities, or all just reflections of the eternal godhead of Cruiser?
13 Maybe 301k Val's very first avatar incantation transforms Sovan Kawasagi.
14 Go West, Young Pilgrim! Go West! 1142k Zen-Dao channels the history of American expansion. Westward Ho!
15 No Parachutes 504k Avatars react differently to their impending doom.
16 Surfing The Waves 1187 Bruno gives Zen-Dao a surfing lesson.
17 Mad Way 648k A nightmarish self-referential conundrum of creation.
18 Behind The Curtain 1728 Zen-Dao imagines himself as Harry Houdini riffing on the nature of magic.
19 Flower Power / Tower Power 674k Dual aspects of the creative drive explored.
20 God Metaphors 1685k Zen-Dao explores a variety of representations of God in assorted spiritual traditions.
21 Avatars On Time 947k A kaleidoscope of chronology customs crystallized.
22 Something Wonderful Indeed 1353k The Mythic Eye envisions the multidimensional threads of reality which we call The Napping Cat's Dream.
A Higher Form of Fan Fiction [Self-contained Comics]
01 Why Is The Sky Blue? 704k Pastangum sepeculates on a seemingly simple phenomenon and other avatars join the chorus of curiosity.
02 Perspective 267k The late Vanvanarmo wrote this piece offering assorted avatar perspectives on life.
03 Success 156k Nyu crafted the art and words of this ditty about overcoming life's obstacles.
Illustrated versions of live chat events [Self-contained Comics]
01 - Backstage With Val 688k Val interacts with avatars in the chat. Gumba Masta freaks out and Roland receives a rare kiss.
02 - Manchia & MasterFlare 669k Manchia arrogantly continues his amorous pursuit of MasterFlare while other avatars comment on the activity.
03 - Val's Cocktail Party (Part 1) 768k Val creates a penthouse setting for the chat and hosts a cocktail party.
04 - Val's Cocktail Party (Part 2) 832k The cocktail party continues with mixing and mingling.
05 - Why Do You Disturb Master Mu? (Part 1) 823k Master Mu emerges from the monastery to entertain questions.
06 - Why Do You Disturb Master Mu? (Part 2) 671k The questions continue fast and furious with Mu providing ambiguous answers.
07 - Hard Times At The Spittoon Saloon (Part 1) 1000k With all other law enforcement dead, Waldo is the new sheriff of the western town of Spittoon. But can he protect the remaining folk from Manchia's gang?
08 - Hard Times At The Spittoon Saloon (Part 2) 1021k Wraith Zen-Gun and Val fend off Manchia's assault in Part 2 of this adventure.
09 - Master Zen-Dao Meow's Mystical Musings 856k Zen-Dao leads a discussion on mysticism and the source of our moral convictions.
10 - New Year's Eve Grad Party - Class of 2003 (Part 1) 878k Rein Sharper is key note speaker at the graduation party for the 2003 class of avatars, but there's little time for speeches with so much partying.
11 - New Year's Eve Grad Party - Class of 2003 (Part 2) 890k The party continues and Val ushers in 2004 with an incantation for Psychedelic Avatar #400.
Partially illustrated role-play involving The Dancing Yin's transformation of avatars into Psychedelic Avatars set in a sword & sorcery milieu.
Partially illustrated role-play with Zen-Dao as the host of Lucid Dream Estate. [Uncompleted]
01 - Haiku Conundrum Investigative reporter Val and numerous other guests arrive at Lucid Dream Estate.
02 - Haiku Conundrum Continues Visitors enter the realm of dreams and must communicate in haiku.