/ DEC / 05 - 1720 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
gots us a strip folks. Yep, the end to this storyline is
so damn close I can actually taste it (and in case you're
wondering, it tastes like sexiness...and cinnamon).
I probably won't have chance to say it any closer to midnight so
allow me to do so now...
do a little out with the old / in with the new kinda write up thing
tomorrow. Till then, have fun tonight (but please, stay safe
1227 CST : It's on the way...
those of you who were wondering, there will be a strip posted today.
back to working on it!
/ DEC / 05 - 0756 CST : Lazy with a purpose...
folks. I wanted to say a few things when I posted yesterday,
but I was running pretty late so I never got the chance.
almost a third of a strip consist of one giant word bubble is far
from being an ideal way of presenting a story to the viewer.
Even someone as wordy as myself can admit to that. Essentially
that little speech by Grey was a compromise I needed to make in
order to "get on with it" and try to wrap up this tale
before Ukrainian Christmas gets here!
I just wanted to let you folks know that what I did there was not an
indication of what direction I plan to take the strip in the future
in regards to it's visual presentation. Rest assured you will
never see the day where I cut out drawing completely and have each
strip consists entirely of word bubbles.
just save that technique for special occasions like when I'm running
over with a storyline, or painfully hung over.
till it bleeds...
meant to mention this a week or so ago, but Peter
Tarkulich has put the full version of his short film "The
Heart of Christmas" up on the net for your viewing
pleasure. I got a huge kick out of it, and I think all you
zombie / Christmas lovers out there will too (which means my mother
will most likely want to skip this one).
and there are a couple of naughty words in it too, so be warned.
you do see it though be sure to watch it all the way through till
the end of the credits or you'll miss out. Also if you like
what you see, you may want to drop Peter a quick e-mail to let him
know. Trust me when I say that even a little bit of feedback
can go a long way to giving a boost to people who take the time to
create bits of entertainment like this.
a reminder that once "Christmas Day of the Dead" wraps up
(should be in three strips I think) I'll be taking a week off from
the strip. I had intended to do so this last week, but I
really wanted to put the dead to bed before I did.
post more on this just before I take the break, but I figured I'd
mention it now for those of you that missed my previous post about
I guess that's all for now. I'm off to work on the next strip.
/ DEC / 05 - 1800 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
new strip is finally up. I've gotta
run, but I'll be back to post more later.
/ DEC / 05 - 2355 CST : Catching up...
folks. I ended up going out with a friend I hadn't had a
chance to hang out with in months and I totally lost track of
time. I'll try to get the strip up before I head to bed.
Otherwise it should be up early tomorrow.
1520 CST : Hang in there folks...
wanted to drop by to say that I hope y'all had a very safe and Merry
Christmas. And also to let you folks know that you can expect
the next strip to be up sometime today.
well, I've made the draw for the voting incentive, and will be
contacting the winner soon (most likely within the next 24
hours). I'm also going to be giving away a consolation prize
to the two voters out there who managed to put in an entry for every
single phrase that I put up from the time the contest started.
Once I've contacted and heard back from all three people, I'll post
here and announce who these lucky devils were.
back to work.
/ DEC / 05 - 0700 CST : MERRY CHRISTMAS!
may have seen me mention a few times how my mother has been rather
unimpressed with the way I chose to express the holiday spirit with
my current storyline. Due to that fact I've decided to do something
a bit different today.
folks, and Merry Christmas!
/ DEC / 05 - 1500 CST: And God said, "Let there be
imagine if you're anything like me than you're getting ready to kick
off all the Holiday craziness that tends to take place over the next
few days. In fact, I'm guessing that more than a few of you
are already knee deep in it.
I'll be sure to let you get right back to it, but before I do let me
just wish each and everyone of you a happy and joyous holiday
season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah (and if I
screwed up the spelling there I'm sorry, but you gotta admit for me
and this site that's pretty much par for the course), some
other special tradition, or even if this is just another day for
you, I hope that you are surrounded by friends, family, and those
that you love and care for.
to quote one of my favorite Holiday Movies "That was absurd,
now let's eat dead bird."
care, and stay safe everyone!
And I promise
that this current story will wrap up before the New Year!
Okay, March at the latest.
/ DEC / 05 - 1500 CST : Almost forgot...
was going to post the work in progress wasn't I? Well
here is the strip inked and with all the text. I'm hoping
to at least get the flat colours and backgrounds done before bed,
but at this point we'll see...
1100 CST : Let's try putting the cart before the
horse for once...
know, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday I always plan to write a
nice little blurb here after I've posted the strip for that
particular day. However, what usually ends up happening is
that by the time I finally finish off the strip I'm so freakin'
tired that I can barely see straight, never mind actually write
something coherent. Hell, I have a hard enough time doing that
when I'm well rested.
today I figured I'd try something a little different and do a brief
write up before I've finished the strip. Let's see how
current storyline summed up in two words...
not going to mince words here, I really like this story. In fact, I
think it's the best thing I've done to date (but seeing as how I
haven't even been at this for a year yet, that's not really saying
much, is it?). Granted I liked it a whole lot more before I
had to edit it down to what it is now, but still, I'm a big fan of
it. I enjoyed writing it, I love drawing it, get a huge kick
out of receiving feedback from some of you about it, and there are
even times that I don't totally hate colouring it.
being said, I will most likely never produce another tale of this
length on the web again (or at the very least not for a very long
time). And if for some reason I do end up creating something
that requires me to break out the big old "X" in order to
keep track of what chapter I'm at, then I will only do so in one of
I'll produce it as a separate comic unto itself, and print it up to
be sold at cons or whatever.
I'll make damn sure that I've finished most, if not all of it, long
before I ever plan to post it on the site.
simply too big for someone as inexperienced as myself to deal with
in a timely fashion. To suddenly go from three, three panel
strips a week, to what I've tried to do here and think that it won't
be that big of deal was...well, total lunacy on my part.
it stands now, I've just about given up all hope of getting this
done by Christmas. So forgive me if I do end up going a bit
over (and I know from the feedback I've gotten so far many of you
have already done so).
and even though I do still plan to take a week off from the strip, I
promise I won't do so until after I've finished off Christmas
Day of the Dead. You have my word on it.
getting back to today's strip...
installment will mark the return of a certain diminutive, green clad
Christmas warrior that you haven't seen for a few weeks. This,
in my mind at least, should mark the moment where a lot more
"Christmas spirit" will start to be infused into the
story. Something I know my mother would be very happy to see,
'cause for the most part she hasn't exactly been thrilled with the
direction I've taken thus far (don't worry mom, there is only one,
or at the most two more decapitations left).
the second after I post this I'm going to be hard at work on
finishing it off, however I've got a small Christmas gathering
to attend later on tonight, so I may have to head to bed
early. So what I plan to do is post work in progress versions
of the strip as time goes on. That way, regardless of when I
run out of steam, at least you folks won't be left without a new
strip in some form or another.
speaking of working on the strip, I guess I better get back to it
Stef, I'll give you a shout soon. Hopefully by tomorrow at the
/ DEC / 05 - 1700 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
the love of God, are we at part nine of this freakin' story
now?! Oh man. I am soooo going to enjoy getting back to
the nice little three parters that I used to do. It seems like
so long ago...
the next chapter is up. I didn't quite get all the shading
done on this strip yet though. I was planning on pushing on
through till it was done, but I'm starting to make stupid mistakes
and so I figured it's best to leave it alone for now (I'll try to
have it finished up by tomorrow).
I hope you brought your reading glasses with you, 'cause there is on
whole hellova lotta text in this one (surprise, surprise!).
be completely honest with you I could've, and perhaps should've,
skipped this strip entirely as it's not exactly essential to the
overall plot. However I kinda liked the idea behind it and so
I allowed myself this one last indulgence. Of course I may
kick myself for this later on if this strip ends up putting me one
update past my self imposed deadline for when I want this story to
wrap up, but for now I'm content with my choice in this matter.
that's it for me. Talk to y'all on Thursday at the latest.
/ DEC / 05 - 1545 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
overdue, but here is part eight of the
here's hoping that with this strip things will be back on track as
far as updates go.
0820 CST : Incoming!
folks, just wanted to give y'all a heads up that I'll be posting the
next page today. That'll still leave me one strip behind, but
I'm hoping that I'll be all 'caught up by Christmas.
ya when the strip is up!
/ DEC / 05 - 0351 CST : Voting up...
kinda wish I could get the minute that I spent on that last blog
0345 CST : Voting down...
you're wondering why the vote button is gone, it's because Webcomics
List's site seems to be down at the moment. Not sure when
it'll be back, but when it is I'm sure that the button will
0215 CST : Oops! It looks like I have some e-mailing to
a quick note to the folks who have sent in entries for the Geek
Tragedy voting draw. Those of you that have asked questions,
or even just said a quick hello in your e-mails, I'm sorry I never
got back to you. I actually didn't realize people were writing
much more than the code phrases, and so unfortunately I wasn't
really taking a good look at many of the e-mails sent to that
figured I'd mention this in case you guys felt like I was
ignoring you. I'll try to play catch up with y'all over the
next few days.
/ DEC / 05 - 1325 CST : 'Tis the season, if you need a reason...
not going to lie to you folks, the strip ain't gonna be done
today. Full pages, plus commission work, plus boring
"work" work, plus Christmas season craziness, plus life in
general is making it really tough for me to get the strips done on
I could rush it, or do more black and white strips but I really want
this storyline to be done up right. And that means full
colour, and full pages. Plus I've already whittled down as
much as the story as I could and I don't fancy taking out any
more. As well, I've got a lot of positive feedback from folks
about this little Christmas yarn that I'm spinning here, and from
what I've heard people are really getting into it, and I'm not
wanting to disappoint them by half assing it from here on out.
here's the deal; From now until Christmas, I'm going to be putting
out pages as fast as I possibly can, but not necessarily on Tues,
Thurs, and Sundays. Days that I don't post the pages, I'll be
posting some finished panels here on the blog to help tie you guys
over till the full strip is up.
my hope that this weekend and the coming Christmas weekend
will afford me enough time to pick up all the slack from the
previous weekdays. So what this might mean (with emphasis on
the word might) is that I'll be able to update
twice on the weekends. And if that's the case, then everything
will equal out in the end in regards to strip updates.
there you have it. I hope y'all are able to find it in your
hearts to forgive me for how lax the strip schedule will be for the
next couple weeks. I'd like to think you will, as I'm sure
almost all of you are also feeling the pressures that come with the
last ten shopping days until Christmas.
your waiting for the strip though, please take a peek at the
following finished panel from what was supposed to be today's
strip. With any luck after seeing it you'll feel that the rest
of this story might be worth waiting an extra day or two for...
/ DEC / 05 - 1400 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
off, sorry for the delay in getting the
finished strip up. I'd like to say that it won't happen
again, but given how things have been going with these full page
strips, for all I know the same thing could happen again
things to note about the strip. Though it's being presented to
you on a single page, this is basically three separate strips that
have been edited down and spliced together. As such I
personally don't feel it has the best flow to it, but I did what I
well, after staring at the unfinished strip for the better part of a
night without any text to distract me, I noticed a few minor details
that needed changing. Blue Bird no longer looks like her lips
have been pumped full of Botox. One pic of Casey had some of
it's neck removed, and another has been altered so that he no longer
looks like he has the head of a two year old.
it should be noted that Frank calling Casey "Case" isn't a
typo. He's just using a more familiar form of his name.
So Leone, you can cross that off the list of mistakes that I'm sure
you'll be sending me by the end of the night.
also like to take this time to thank everyone who has been voting
for the site so far this month. You've being doing a wonderful
job and I hope you find it in your hearts to continue it in the days
yeah, and I'll be sure to have that "Thank You" wallpaper
done up in the next couple of weeks!
I'm cooked folks so it's off to bed!
/ DEC / 05 - 1830 CST : So close...
yet so far.
here's the deal. I spent waaay too much time messing around
with Blue Bird's new "hologramish" look, and not enough
time on the rest of the strip, so it's still not quite done.
I also need to try and get at least some sleep today, which
means it won't be finished till tomorrow. In the mean time
though, I posted where I'm at with the strip
right now so that you folks can take a peek at it if you'd like.
everyone! I promise I'll start getting the rest of it finished
up the second I get home from work tomorrow morning.
1530 CST - The strip is coming...
just don't know when. Maybe in about two or three hours.
/ DEC / 05 - 1430 CST - The Best laid plans of mice and Ed...
For those of you who
post or lurk around the forum, you might have seen me make a passing
comment a few days back about a "directors cut extended version"
of the Christmas storyline. Well it's looking more and more
like that may actually happen.
don't exactly know how I ever thought that I'd be able to fit
everything I wrote in before Christmas, 'cause I now realize that
the only way I ever had a chance at accomplishing that feat was if I
had started producing these strips in September. At this point
I can only blame my lack of experience in matters of sequential
storytelling, and will in turn try my best to learn from my mistakes
and do better in the future.
With only five more
updates left before Christmas, I've really had to try and get pretty
brutal with editing this storyline down (as it stands, I may
actually have to see if I can squeeze in an extra strip somewhere
between now and the 24th). In the process I've had to take out
a couple jokes/events that had been among my favorites right from
when I first started writing this tale. I've tried my best to
think of some way of using these bits later on in the year, but for
the most part they're so dependant on this specific storyline that I
don't see how I'd be able to manage that.
Which leaves me with one
alternative. After Christmas I'm just going to have to keep
working on "Christmas Day of the Dead" as a sort of side
project while I continue with the rest of the strips. Yeah, it
may seem kinda odd for me to keep working on a Christmas story well
past that holly jolly season, but a man's gotta do what a man's
Now does this mean I'm
going to be posting Christmas / zombie related strips throughout the
year? No. In fact you most likely won't be seeing these
strips for quite a while to come. What it does mean is that
eventually at some point in time (I'm guess Christmas of next year)
you'll be seeing a remake of this storyline done up the way it was
originally intended to be seen.
Well, I think that's
just about enough jaw flappin' for me. I guess I should be
getting back to work now. After all, I've got me a new(ish)
ending to write.
1120 CST : Vote for me, and I'll make all your dreams
okay, that's highly unlikely, but it couldn't really hurt either,
wanted to direct your attention to the "Vote For" banner
up above which I've finally had a chance to get up (thanks again to
JediAutobot for the suggestion). Now while the banner itself
doesn't help you cast you're vote for Geek Tragedy, it does explain
the voting incentive draw to those of who who missed the blog entry
that's it for now. I may post more a bit later on, but if not
I'll chat with you folks again tomorrow when I post the strip.
/ DEC / 05 - 1600 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
as how the last strip I did was (mostly) black and white, I decided
to take some extra care with colouring today's
strip. Hopefully it shows.
all for now folks. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Oh yeah, and please remember to vote!
0330 CST : And so it shall be passed down for
working on the strip and no matter how hard I'd try to put it out of
my mind I just couldn't shake this craving for eggnog. Now I
could very easily have gone to the 7/11 down the street and paid the
$10 or whatever the hell a place like that would overcharge for
something like that, but I decided on a slightly different route.
made my own!
I spent a few minutes surfing the net to find a recipe that I had
all the ingredients for only to come up short by at least one
ingredient per recipe. So in the end, I took the combined
wisdom of a bunch of those recipes, and decided to just wing it.
surprisingly enough, I did in fact come up with something that
tastes fairly eggnogish. I call it "Ednog".
just had to share that with y'all. Hopefully this culinary
achievement won't be marred ten or so minutes from now with another
entry telling how horribly ill I've become.
/ DEC / 05 - 1630 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
so today's strip did end up being black
and white(ish). I do still want to colour it fully later on
though, but for now just pretend Geek Tragedy is an old black and
white horror movie.
0935 CST : A possible glimpse into the future...
it's still well before the new strip is going to be posted,
but I wanted to give you a bit of a heads up. Today's
strip may be in black and white. It's not written in stone
yet, but just in case I thought I'd warn you.
I prefer the strips to be colour too, but it's a time thing right
now as something has come up that may take a bit of my time away
from the strip today. If the strip is in B&W, I will do my
best to have it coloured by Sunday. However, if it ends up
being coloured today after all...well I guess I just wasted our time
writing this post, didn't I?
but before I get back to it I wanted to answer a question about the
December voting draw. For those of you who asked, yes, you can
submit an entry to me every time the "code phrase"
changes. However, once the phrase has been changed you can't
submit an entry for any of the old phrases that were used
back to work!
/ DEC / 05 - 1200 CST : Just as soon as I wake up...
was suggested to me by JediAutobot on the forum that I should put up
a little banner to help remind folks of this month's voting incentive,
and I will in fact be doing that very soon. But first I have
the chance to catch up on some sleep, and you know me and sleep...
the mean time just scroll down and bit and see what I'm talking
/ DEC / 05 - 1630 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
if you haven't already, you may want to read Sunday's
strip before you read today's offering.
I didn't get most of the shading done on today's strip. If I
have time tomorrow, I'll be sure to do it then. If not, well
hopefully I'll get it done before the New Year.
/ DEC / 05 - 1530 CST : Help make a webcartoonist happy this
folks! I've got a few things I want to get to today, so let's get
right to it.
Geek Tragedy end this year with a bang...
I'm at it again. This is the part where I once again get down
on my hands and knees and ask y'all to click that little vote button
on the side of the screen there. And like last month, those
that vote will be able to get their hands on a special Geek Tragedy
Voting wallpaper. I don't have a preview pic up of the
wallpaper yet, but let me just say this...nudity! I can say no
and as an added incentive for people to vote this month, I'm giving
something away ('cause lets face it, I'm not above dishing out
bribes). When you vote you'll notice a short "code
phrase" written on the "Thank You!" page.
Starting today, and continuing right up until Christmas Eve I will
be changing this phrase at random intervals. All you have to do
is write down the keywords, and send them to the address listed on
the thank you page, and you'll get one entry into a draw.
Christmas Eve I will tally up all the entries and draw one
e-mail. The winner of the draw will get a copy of The Webcomic
Hurricane Relief Telethon Book, and a signed colour print of any
strip they'd like from the strip archives. Plus you'll also
get a free sketch of your favorite Geek Tragedy character.
please only send one e-mail per vote / per "code
phrase". If I begin to get more e-mails sent to me then
votes, I'll start requiring further information to help verify your
vote. For now though, I'm fine with the honor system.
on folks, I know if even half of you voted on a regular basis I'd be
climbing that list like mad, so help a brother out here.
here I thought I was oh so clever coming up with a Zombie Christmas
you're enjoying the current Christmas / Zombie storyline you may get
a kick out of the trailer for "The
Heart of Christmas".
see it turns out many moons before I ever started down this undead
Christmas path, Peter Tarkulich (roofpig from the GT
forum, who has also just started a
webcomic of his own) had already shot a short film about a
zombie who crashes a Christmas party and helps teach the people
there about the true meaning of the holidays (and I'm pretty sure he
eats some folk while he's at it). I'm told the full film will
be released on the site closer to Christmas, so you may want to keep
checking back there from time to time.
while you're there, be sure to check out his other work too.
I want for Christmas is some freakin' sleep...
everything goes to plan, than the "Christmas Day of The
Dead" storyline should wrap up on Thursday, Dec. 22nd.
Then on Christmas day, I'll be posting a special Holiday splash
page. After that, I will be taking a week off from the strip,
so you won't see any new strips from me till after the New Year
(though I may be dropping by to do some updates here and there).
are my big plans that week you may ask? I intend to sleep, and
read books. Yeah, that may not seem like much to some of you
guys, but those are two things I rarely seem to have time for
nowadays, and I miss doing them both every so dearly!
ya later GeekTragedy.ca...
that was possibly the worst header I've ever come up with.
Sorry about that.
I just wanted to mention that at this point I am about 98% sure that
I will not be renewing my .ca address. So for those of you who
come to the site via redirection from www.geektragedy.ca
should note that as of Dec. 10th that will no longer be an
option. As well, anyone sending me e-mails to my firstname.lastname@example.org
address past that date will find their e-mails being bounced right
back to them.
pretty sure by now that most of you head straight to the .com at
this point, but I figured it'd be worth mentioning just in case.
well I think that about does it for me. I'm sure I've
forgotten something here, but whatever it is, I guess it'll just
have to wait till tomorrow.
Once again, I'm too tired to proofread right now. So until I
get a chance to do it later on, enjoy the typos!
/ DEC / 05 - 1800 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
folks. Today's dose of Geek Tragedy goodness is
should mention that there may be more added to this strip
tomorrow. If not, than I'll just be reworking Tuesday's strip
to include whatever wasn't shown here today.
also be letting you guys know of a new voting incentive tomorrow, as
well as a couple of other things regarding the site and the
strip. For now though, it's time for me to go.
/ DEC / 05 - 1930 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
strip is up.
CST : In case you were wondering...
the strip isn't up yet.
it will be up today.
I haven't gone to sleep yet.
work is really gonna suck tonight because of that.