/ JUL / 07 - 2235 CST : Regaining equilibrium...
cut right to the chase here and let y'all know that Geek Tragedy
will be going on semi-hiatus till August 1st. Now let me explain
both why I'm doing this, and what exactly the "semi" part of that
sure I'm not telling you guys anything you don't already know when I
say that life is a balancing act. We all have various things
that require our attention each and every day, and all of us attach varying
degrees of importance to these daily events. Some
people live for their jobs, while others focus more of their
attention on what happens when the work day is done. Still
others live for their cats (aka: crazy people). Now while
I do appreciate the job I'm lucky enough to have, and the fact that
it allows me to afford to...well, eat on a fairly regular basis, I
am definitely someone who lives for what I do after quitting time.
as you might have guessed, is working on both Geek Tragedy and art
in general. Now I'll be getting back to the
"balance" aspect of my life in a bit, but first I need to
explain something that some of you may or may not already know.
is now in session...
started doing GT to try and get back into drawing and rebuild
my skills after a seven year break from putting pencil to
paper. And when I look back to
the very first strip, and then compare it to
some of my more current work, I think I've been rather
successful in that regard so far. Since starting the strip
just over two years ago I've come to think of this endeavor not like
a second job, but more like I'm going back to university.
reason I make this distinction between the two is;
It's hard to think of something that actually costs you more money
than you make from it as a "job", as I consider a "job",
regardless of whether it's a second one or not, is largely defined by it's ability to earn someone a
paycheck (otherwise I see it as charity or perhaps court enforced
b) I feel this is more like a learning experience, which is hopefully leading
to a "graduation day" of sorts, that will in turn
lead to a career one day. Who knows, maybe that career will directly involve the
site, but given disproportionate ratio of webcomics out there compared
to the lucky few creators making a living from doing them, I feel it's more likely
that it will be based around some kind of freelance and / or commission
of whether or not Noname, Frank and the boys start paying the bills
around here though, GT has now become such a huge part of my life that I
can't ever imagine not doing it. And because it's such
an important part of my life I don't want to half ass it. So in an
effort to stick to my "full ass" ideals as far as the site goes, I try
my absolute best to put as much time into it as humanly
possible. Which brings me back to the balancing act part of
a step back...
I've been doing everything I can to juggle all the chainsaws life has been
tossing my way, and to be honest, I'm starting to feel like I'm dropping more of them than I'm managing to keep up in the
air and losing some limbs in the process.
E-mails that have gone unanswered for weeks. There are prints
I've yet to finish printing up and mail out. I've got home repairs that are starting to
cause me more and more grief the longer I leave them. And my car...well
lets just say that it has recently helped to put the last nail in the coffin of any hope I had
of making it out to Wizard World Chicago this year.
of all though, there is artwork that I've promised to do up for
friends that I haven't had a chance to touch in weeks. Months
and in some cases. Granted this work isn't of the "paid
for" variety, but it's still something that I committed myself
to. And while one does have a lot more leeway when dealing
with friends as apposed to clients, there comes a point where "leeway"
becomes "taking advantage of my friend's kindness and
understanding", and can really start straining a friendship.
Now, I'm well aware nothing worth doing comes without a certain
amount of sacrifice, and I am perfectly willing to make those
sacrifices to keep the strip going, but I'd rather try to put a
limit on how much others suffer for my sacrifices. Besides,
lately I've barely
been managing to keep the strip going despite those sacrifices,
which kinda defeats the purpose of making them in the first
place. So I
think it's time for me to take a bit of a break and think about what
it is I need to do to correct this problem.
thought, or perhaps hoped is a better term, that the week off I took
last month would be enough time for me to do this, but it just acted
as more of a band-aid over a bullet wound. Granted I'm still
a while away from becoming burnt out, but I don't much fancy allowing
myself to reach that point before I put the brakes on for a
spell. And given the fact that I've been doing this
pretty much non-stop for the past couple years, I don't think
needing to take a month off is that unusual or surprising.
yes, Geek Tragedy will be going on semi-hiatus till August 1st.
During which time I will be posting news updates, and some artwork
on no set schedule (which is where the "semi" part of the
hiatus comes in) to give y'all something to see when you drop by
the site (and I do hope that you folks out there keep dropping
by). But mostly though I will be trying to work out a much more
effective work schedule for myself, and possibly a change to both the format
of the strip as well as the days on which it's updated.
once I get back from Connecticut
next week, I'll be doing my best to try and get my non-GT
related projects / obligations back on track. And more importantly,
reconnect with some of the people in my life who I feel have
been given the short end of the stick as of late. Speaking of
which, I'd also
like to apologize to those same people, my family, friends, and
loved ones for being a ghost for the past few months, and thank them
for their seemingly endless patience.
there you go folks. I know this announcement seems kinda
sudden, but trust me when I say it was a long time coming. But
let me just make one thing perfectly clear before I take off to get
ready for work;
Tragedy will definitely be back come August 1st! Just
figured I'd say that in case some of you thought that this was the
first step towards the end, 'cause I assure you it isn't it.
enough of this Chatty Cathy nonsense. I've gotta go put some