/ OCT / 08 - 1345 CST : Putting my stripping career on hold...
here's the short version for those of you who'd rather skip the
incoming lengthy blog post:
offering will be the last Geek Tragedy strip that I'll be producing
for the next year or so. Likewise, Friday's GTē will be the
last of its kind during that time as well.
for those of you who'd like some more info on this matter, please
Goodbye to "The Other Woman"
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
as fate would have it, these opportunities currently only seem to
exist outside of the Geek Tragedy universe.
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.
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 GTē
(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.
/ OCT / 08 - 0800 CST : GT help desk...
meant to post this on Friday, but it totally slipped my mind.
In response to the "Do-it-yourself"
GTē 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.
should also point out that Carrie informed me that truly sad thing
about the conversation you see above is that it actually happened to
you so much Carrie for sending that off to me and finally giving me
a reason to post something in the blog section.