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08 / OCT / 08 - 1345 CST : Putting my stripping career on hold...

Hey folks.

Well here's the short version for those of you who'd rather skip the incoming lengthy blog post:

Today's offering will be the last Geek Tragedy strip that I'll be producing for the next year or so.  Likewise, Friday's GT?will be the last of its kind during that time as well.

Now for those of you who'd like some more info on this matter, please read on.

Saying Goodbye to "The Other Woman"

As some of you may already know, Geek Tragedy was originally created as my way of getting back into putting pencil to paper after a seven year hiatus from the art world.  In many ways it was a lot like starting from scratch, as I quickly discovered that any semblance of talent I once had seemed to have atrophied to the point of near uselessness over the years.

Despite the awful nature of my early work though, I tried my best to learn from my many (many) mistakes rather than become discouraged by them.  And with each and every strip I produced I managed to get just a little bit better, until eventually I found my silly little doodles were becoming slightly less embarrassing for me to look at.  

Fast-forward three and a half years, and I finally find myself at a point where I can look at my work and see that glimmer of promise I once had back before I fell out of love with drawing.  And even though am I by no means close to where I want to be artistically, I am far closer to that level than I've been in a very long time.  An achievement that I would never have gained if not for Geek Tragedy. 

And I should mention that by "Geek Tragedy" I'm not just talking about the strip, or the site itself.  I mean all of the people out there who have helped, inspired, and enabled me to keep producing it over the years (but I'll get back to those fine folks in post I plan to make on Friday).

Believe me when say that I love doing the strip.  If I didn't, I wouldn't be sitting here at the keyboard right now writing this.  In fact, I most likely would've packed it in and moved on a year ago.

Also, in the past, I've turned down sex in order to work on this bloody thing.  And let's face it, for a guy that's either a sign of love, or fuck-nut insanity (or possibly both).  But now we seem to be heading back into creepy town, so I digress.

However, in recent months I've come to a point in my life that I never seriously considered as a possibility when I first started the strip.  A point where, if I buckle down and channel a vast amount of my time effort into it, I have an opportunity to conceivably start earning the lion's share of my living as an artist within the next year or so.  

Unfortunately as fate would have it, these opportunities currently only seem to exist outside of the Geek Tragedy universe.  

Normally I Just Flip a Coin, But...

For the better part of this year I've found myself agonizing over two possible choices.

Either concentrate all my effort into the opportunities that are arising for me outside of Geek Tragedy and see where they take me - or - ignore them and instead go back to putting all my time into the strip in the hopes that the results will be similar financially to the other jobs I've seen come my way (there is a third option of course, which is continue splitting my time between the two and creating work on both fronts that I'm equally unsatisfied with, but I feel that's gone on long enough already).

Now despite the fact that Geek Tragedy is both a serious labour of love and a huge part of my life, I know I would always be able to revisit it at a later date if things didn't work out for me.  On the other hand, most, if not all of the other jobs that I find myself eager to work on wouldn't afford me that luxury.  Also, getting back to the purely financial standpoint, I've been able to generate more income off of side jobs in the past few months than I have with Geek Tragedy in over a year.

So in the end I decided that I owe it to myself, and my career, to spend at least a year seeing what exists for me outside of the strip.

So there you have it.  No new strips for at least one year.

A Different Kind of Tragedy.

I would like to point out however that I have decided to keep the site going during my time off.  All of the past strips will still be accessible, but by the end of this year Geek Tragedy will have a new look that's geared more towards being a bloggy sort of thing.  And while there most likely won't be any new strips added beyond Friday's GT? (but it is still a possibility), I will be posting other bits of art and whatever else I can for the next twelve months.

So if the only reason you come here is for the strips, I guess this is goodbye for now.  But if you'd like to see where I go from here regardless of the comic, please feel free to drop by from time to time.  Who knows, you may even find something here you like even more than the adventures of the GT crew.

Alrighty, I think that's all for now.  I'll post again on Friday (or if pre-con prep work get's in the way, Monday at the latest) to say a few final words about my hiatus, the people who have helped me out over the years, and let y'all know if I managed to come up with some sort of plan as to how to handle this weekend's Manitoba Comic Con when I don't actually have a comic to promote anymore (I can't be sure, but I'm thinking I'll be spending a lot of time talking about Evil Inc instead of GT).

And while I'm sure I'll say this again next time I drop by, I'd just like to take this moment to thank all of you for reading.  You guys are a huge part of what made making this decision so freakin' painful for the past few months, and I couldn't be happier you did.






06 / OCT / 08 - 0800 CST : GT help desk...

Hey folks,

I meant to post this on Friday, but it totally slipped my mind.  In response to the "Do-it-yourself" GT?/b> that I posted last week, long time supporter of the site Carrie (who went by jediautobot back in the day when Geek Tragedy actually had a forum) sent me the following strip.

I should also point out that Carrie informed me that truly sad thing about the conversation you see above is that it actually happened to her.

Thank you so much Carrie for sending that off to me and finally giving me a reason to post something in the blog section.

Later folks,






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