30 / JUN / 05 - 0940 CST : Choose your own adventure with Frank...
Okay, the version of today's strip
with alternate text can be seen HERE.
Feel free to let me know what you think.
I'm going to write more on why I've
been flip-flopping between which one I like better in the next day or
so, but for now I need to do some running around and get some sleep.
0145 : On second thought...
Once I get home I'm going to put up an
alternate version of today's strip. Visually it'll be exactly the
same, however the text in the last two panels will be different.
In truth, the strip you see up right
now is actually the alternate. I personally think the original
version I had in mind was funnier, and my editor Leone agrees, but I had
my reasons for changing it. I'll go more into why later though.
Anyway, you may want to check
back in the afternoon and see for yourselves which of the two
incarnations you like best.
0001 CST : "The List -
strip has arrived.
When I went to update the strip I
noticed that Tuesday's strip wasn't showing for some reason. Now I
know it was working this morning, but other than that I have no idea how
long it had been down for.
Sorry about that folks.
28 / JUN / 05 - 0445 CST : "The List"
strip is up.
I have been less than successful in
regards to finding the time to sit down and write up a proper
"With Apologies" for the past week or so. With any
luck though, there will be one up in the next couple of days.
Even though the strips have been
posted like relative clockwork, everything else has been kinda up in the
air lately. It's my hope that once the new site design is done
that things will start running smoothly again.
In the mean time, if you find
blog entries and other non-strip type updates are few and far between
for the next few weeks, please bear with me. Thanks!
26 / JUN / 05 - 0530 CST : "Grey's Counsel Pt. III"
We have achieved
25 / JUN / 05 - 0635 CST : And so it ends...
The final installment of the "Dear
Mom," letters is now up.
Okay, so this may not actually prove
to be the last one I ever write, but it will definitely be the last one
in a while I think.
Oh, and about the lack of blog
posts lately...well, in an odd twist of fate the main reason I haven't
been posting on the site, is because I've been too busy working
on the site.
My progress on the new site design has
been slow going so far, but at least it's been painful too! I
have spent so much time cursing at my computer over the past couple
weeks, that a visible residue of profanity has now solidified like a
protective shell over my computer screen.
I'd wipe it away with a damp cloth but
I fear that were I to hydrate this now dormant filmy skin of
vulgarity, I would unlock a deafening cry of "SSSSHHHHHIIIIIIITTTTTT!"s
and "SONOVABITCH!"s that would shatter my office windows and
leave my eardrums bleeding.
All in all though, I seem to be making
some real headway!
Alrighty, later folks,
23 / JUN / 05 - 0100 CST : "Grey's Counsel Pt. II"
strip is up.
21 / JUN / 05 - 1340 CST : Because it's the thought that counts...
Just wanted to drop by before I head
to bed to wish my best friend Tim a...
There is just something
about having older friends that keeps you feeling
Granted Tim doesn't
really have internet access so he'll most likely never see this but I
figured what the hell.
-Ed (who also does bar
0155 CST : "Grey's
strip is up.
Now that the strip is updated three
times a week, I'm trying to work out what day (or eventually that
may turn into days) I'll be posting the
"With Apologies" write ups from now on. I'm
thinking Saturdays, but we'll see. I may end up posting one earlier
this week. Either way I'll be sure to give you folks a heads up
when it's done and/or when I've cemented a proper schedule.
One thing I do know is that y'all
can expect to see the final instalment of the "Dear mom," letters
later this week. I really did enjoy doing this section, and I am
sort of sad to see it go, but for now I think it's time to put the old
girl out to pasture.
The "Dear mom," section I
mean...not my mother.
Anyway, take care all. I'll be
back to post more later,
20 / JUN / 05 - 1215 CST : It's not the size that counts...
Well, tomorrow's the day.
After tomorrow Geek Tragedy will be updated with new strips three times
Sure they're smaller, but remember,
it's not the size of the army that counts...it's the fury with which it
strikes! (I just know my editor Leone is going to make some sort of
sarcastic comment about that)
Sorry I haven't posted much in the
past couple of days, but when I haven't been working on the strips,
other art projects, or putting in time at my paying job, I've been
trying to make some headway with the site redesign.
Oh yeah, and sleep. I've been
trying to do that too. In fact, now that I mention it...
17 / JUN / 05 - 1215 CST : Without them, who would be left to stand up
to the evil Foo?
Nothing much to report in regards to
the site at the moment.
I'm pretty excited about the new three
strip per week format that I'll be starting next week. There is a
slim chance however that Geek Tragedy may encounter a disruption in
service in the next day or so, but I'm fairly confident that this will
end up being a false alarm. Basically I'm having the same "Notification
of Suspension" problems that I had three months ago.
Those of you who have been coming to
the site from the beginning know what I'm talking about, but if you're
new, or if you have as bad a memory as I do, you may want to check out
/ MAR / 05 blog post to see what I'm talking about.
In other news though, after a pretty
crappy week things seem to be taking a bit of a turn for the better
today. For one thing, I was able to pick up the new Foo
Fighters double CD and it is every bit as amazing as I had
hoped it would be.
Honestly, if I could be anyone in the
world I'd want to be Dave Grohl...or maybe Tom Jones. It's a toss
Seriously, if I had Tom Jones' voice I
would never speak. I would instead sing every
damn word I ever wished to communicate to other people.
Hmm...maybe I'll give up the site and
take up the drums again. After all I played them for all of five
minutes back in University, so how tough could it be to pick it back up
Nah, I'll stick with the doodles
for now. Besides, it's a well known fact that cartoonists,
especially web-cartoonist, have way more groupies than musicians
Alrighty guys, talk to y'all later,
15 / JUN / 05 - 1100 CST: And I did it without using the word
"effect" even once...
This week's "With Apologies" is now up.
Oh, and in case you think I've forgotten about showing you guys the
Elvis pic that I've been working on at this point, I haven't. I
just want to clear it with the person I've been tapped to do it for
first before I go ahead and put it on the site for all to see. Not
sure if it would be a problem or not, but I'd rather err on the side of
caution when it comes to this sort of thing.
14 / JUN / 05 - 1410 CST : To show that I haven't been slacking...
Well despite being tired, I couldn't sleep. And despite being
awake, I couldn't get into the mood for writing.
So instead I started messing around with photo-paint and whipped up a
Geek Tragedy wallpaper (you can find it in the "Archives"
) for you guys using this week's splash page. It's my
first attempt at doing wallpaper, so if I screwed anything up I'm sorry.
Oh yeah, and I currently only have an image for monitors set at 1024X768
screen resolution. I'll be sure to redo it at other
resolutions in the near future though.
Okay, I'm going to see if I can actually manage to get some sleep
0845 CST : Making a splash...
Forgot to post about this earlier, but the
Geek Tragedy splash page
is up (and has been since midnight).
Working on this week's "With Apologies" and I'll try to get
it up before I go to bed, or if I run out of steam then it'll be up in
the wee hours of the night.
That's all for now. Later,
13 / JUN / 05 - 1520 CST : I'll let you be the judge...
Well the splash page for this week is done. I'll be posting it
a midnight just like I do with the strip pages.
I'm giving serious thought to having it turned into a poster,
but I'll see what y'all think of it first.
Just a reminder, after this week I'm going to be posting three
smaller strips per week. I'm hoping that's going to be the norm
from now on, but we'll see how it goes. Feel free to drop me a
note in the weeks ahead letting me if you prefer the one full page
per week, or the trio of smaller strips.
Alrighty, off to bed for me.
11 / JUN / 05 Ė 1245 CST : The best laid plansÖmost likely
werenít made by meÖ
As promised, here is a brief rundown of some of the changes that I
know for sure will be happening around Geek Tragedy.
As I mentioned before, Iíll be changing the format
of the strip from one page updated on Tuesdays, to three smaller strips
posted throughout the week. At this point it looks like the strips will
be posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. These dates may seem
kinda like odd times for updates, but for now they appear to be the best
way for me to work around my schedule.
This will come into affect (or in this case is it effect Leone?) on
You might have figured this one out already from the
new survey I put up, but incase youíve missed it Iíll tell you now.
I plan to add a forum to Geek Tragedy in the near future.
I should tell you that Iíve got mixed feelings about this one. I
truly do like the idea behind forums. Iíve always believed that
they are a great place for people to share their thoughts and feelings
with others, and in this case will allow me to have more direct channel
of feedback from you guys regarding what youíve seen on the site.
On the other hand however, I have a very difficult time stomaching
the type of bullshit that often goes on within various forums. I seems
that thereís just something about mixing anonymity with open
communication that manages to bring out the inner dickhead in some
people, and itís that aspect of the forum that I am most definitely
not looking forward to.
Still, I think (or perhaps I should say hope) the positive
will far out weight the moronic, and overall this will turn out to be an
inspired idea. For the time being though I have no definite date for
this addition to the site, as it will mostly depend onÖ
The Site Itself:
I was very fortunate to have found a service
that allows even someone as completely lacking in webmastering know-how
as myself to be able to build a site with relative ease. In fact, I
wouldnít hesitate for a moment to recommend Webnames.caís Webbuilder
service to anyone who is looking to take their first steps into building
a web presence.
That being said, Iíve come to the realization that in order to
implement the changes Iíd like to make to the site Iím going to need
to build it up again from scratch, and do so on my own. But, in
order to do thatÖ*sigh*ÖIím going to be giving myself a crash
course in using web creation software.
Truth be told, Iím looking forward to this about as much as the
average Joe looks forward to rectal surgery, but much like rectal
surgery, even though itís going to be a pain in the ass, itís still
got to be done (there is just no forgiving that ham fisted play on words
When it will be done however, well that the question isnít it?
Iíd like to have it finished by the end of July (I have just
over a week off that month so I plan to put that free time to good use),
but given my total ineptitude in this area, I flat out refuse to make
any promises at this point in time.
Unfortunately this particular undertaking is kinda the lynchpin for
more than a few of the changes Iíd like to make (the forum being the
only one of these changes that I feel comfortable mentioning at this
time), so Iím praying that I will pick this stuff up quick. I can tell
you that by the time Iím done the site should look quite different,
and that aside from the strip itself, this project is my top priority at
This section, much like the "News" section
did just before the site officially launched, will be getting the axe.
This should come as no great shock to anyone who has been visiting
the site for a while, as Iím sure youíve noticed how I havenít
bothered to write a new letter in I donít know how many weekís now.
Still, I thought it best to make it official. My plan at this time is to
write one final "Dear Mom," and then end it. I will keep the
page up until the new site design is in place, but after that it will be
tucked away somewhere in the "Archives."
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, yes, my mother already knew
this was coming. I told her a few weeks ago, and sheís fine with it.
Or rather, I think she is. At the very least I know my sister
will be happy about it, as Iím sure the cessation of my weekly
insinuations that she is some kind of sadistic, drug-addled, demoness
(of which she is none btw, quite the opposite in fact) wonít be
bringing a tear to her eye anytime soon.
Look for the last letter to show up sometime during the same week
that the strip change takes place.
This section will remain. For the time being
though, I wonít be writing one after each strip, but will instead post
it once a week as I currently do now. Any other news that I feel needs
to be covered, will be done in the Blog Tragedy section, so no big
Also, seeing as how I never really stick to making only strip related
comments within it, I will be broadening the focus of this write up even
further to act as more of a "week in review" style article. I
havenít figured what day Iíll be posting it yet, but I should have
that worked out by June 21st.
Well folks, thatís how things stand for now. Iíll be telling you
about more changes as time goes on, but most likely not for another few
weeks, or at least until I make some progress with the web creation
software. Whichever comes first.
In the mean time, if anyone has any suggestions or tips that may make
this process smoother for me, please, please, PLEASE feel
free to let me know! Any help at all at this point would be greatly
Till then, later all,
09 / JUN / 05 - 0915 CST : Plugging away...
Not much in the way of Geek Tragedy news right now. Been
finishing up a commission piece today, which I'll hopefully be able to
give you a glimpse of over the weekend or early next week.
This weekend I'll be dropping by to let you guys know about some of
the changes to the site that y'all can expect to see over the next
couple of months. For now though I'm still trying to make sure
that I don't get ahead of myself and promise anything that I can't
I have some running around to do in the time being, so if I don't get
to post again today than I'll catch you folks tomorrow.
08 / JUN / 05 - 0915 CST : My writing is beginning to have an
affect ... it's beginning to drive her crazy...
My editor, the wonderful and hopefully forgiving Leone, sent me
an e-mail with a list of corrections for this week's "With
Apologies" last night, and in it she touched upon something that
she's been trying to drive into my head for weeks now, which I in
turn keep forgetting to take into account when I do my writing.
The following is an excerpt from said e-mail which I think quite
clearly illustrates the nature of what she's been attempting to
hammer into my brain...
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
"how the new format will effect the strip, "<------That's
it. You are banned from ever using that word again. IT'S
AFFECT. If I EVER see that word again I will hunt you down and
slap you upside the head. I will burn your clothes, break your
dishwasher or better yet..."
I'll end it there I think, because
beyond that point is when she starts to get a little angry with me, and
a lot more graphic.
Alrighty, that's all for now folks.
I'm off to have another deadbolt or two installed in my front
and back doors...and maybe buy a guard dog as well.
07 / JUN / 05 - 1645 CST : Getting back on track...
This week's "With
Apologies" is now up in it's pre-proofread form.
Yes, I know, it's down right shocking that I actually got some
writing done on time!
Anyway, I'm off to bed.
06 / JUN / 05 - 1515 CST : "Ashes, Ashes"
week's strip is now up.
I figured I'd post it a little early this week, seeing as how you
guys had to wait a while for last week's to be posted because of my
0900 CST : The lost weekendÖ
For those of you who were swinging by
the site on the weekend you might have noticed a few things. Stuff like,
Geek Tragedy being down for a while on Sunday, no blog entries the whole
weekend, and no second part to last week's "With Apologies"
Well, while I shoulder no
responsibility whatsoever for the site outage, and the lack of blog
entries is simply a by-product of my having very little in the way of
life on which to report (plus Iíve been having some issues with
getting my posts to work right, but Iíll bore you with the details of
that another day), I do feel I should apologies for not getting the
second part of the "WA" section done.
Sorry about that.
I had a lot on my plate this weekend,
and unfortunately it was the written word that ended up paying the price
for it. You'd think by now I would've learned not to guesstimate on when
one of my write ups will be posted until the vast majority of it has
already been written. I'll try to stick to that rule of thumb in the
Before I go, I wanted to give y'all
one quick update on the impending site changes that will begin taking
place in a couple of weeks. Near as I can tell at this point, I will be
phasing the changes in bit by bit starting on June 21st, instead of
throwing them out there all at once.
Right now my goal is to have all of
them up and running by the end of July, however that is an insanely
tentative date at this point, and it's going to depend on a lot of
different factors before I'll know for sure if I even come close to it.
Not the least of which being how steep I find the learning curve on the
new software I'm currently battling with to be.
Well that's it for now folks. I'll be
sure to get into more specifics about the changes next week after the GT
splash page is up.
03 / JUN / 05 - 1045 CST : One down, one to go...
The first part of this
Apologies" is now up. It hasn't been seen by the
lovely and talented Geek Tragedy editor Leone yet though. I think
at this point y'all know what that means...
Anyway, keep a look out
for the second part to be up on the weekend at some point.
Okay, back to work I
02 / JUN / 05 - 1030 CST : She doesn't just check for spelling
My editor Leone let me
know that I forgot to give Noname nipples in this weeks strip.
Yes, she is very thorough isn't she?
Well, he's got some now,
so that should make both her, and Noname very happy.
Still working on the
"With Apologies" section. So far it looks like I'm going
to be breaking it up into two parts, but we'll see if I can condense it
down a bit into just one large write up. Keep an eye out for it
later today, or early evening.
For now, I'm going to be
catching up on the sleep I fell short of getting yesterday.
01 / JUN / 05 - 1535 : Red is obviously the colour of evil...
Okay it's fixed now.
Don't know why that shade of red lost so much definition after it was
resized, but at least I'll know never to use it again for text.
Too bad though, it
would've looked cooler in red I think.
I'm off to bed!
1520 CST : Blame
it on the dark side...
Okay, I just checked out
the strip now that it has been posted and Vader's text is pretty much
unreadable, isn't it?
So it looks like I'm
going to lose a bit more sleep and fix that up for you guys before I go
Okay, back to Photo shop
1510 CST : "Bodily
new strip is now up!
I hope it was worth the
I'd love to stick around
and type more, but to paraphrase Vader...The
need for sleep is strong with this one.
1315 CST :
Getting the word(s) out...
Just a little update
The strip is pretty much
done at this point. Just need to add the word bubbles, and the
Geek Tragedy headers 'n stuff and then it'll be good to go.
In the mean time, here's
a little preview...
The next post I make will
be to let you know the strip is up. I'm hoping it won't be much
longer than an hour from now, because I hate to keep y'all waiting.
Plus, it'd be nice if I
could go to bed sometime today!
0730 CST : It
looks like my sister won't be a getting a free house after all...
Taking a quick break from work
right now to let y'all know that in about half an hour I will be heading
home and finishing up this week's strip.
That's right, my upgrades were
pretty much completed last night shortly before I had to head
into work (I still have some more things I'd like to do, but for
now I'm just happy with everything being up and running again), and
while things could've gone a lot smoother, they still went oodles better
than I figured they would.
Anyway, keep an eye out
for the strip today. I'm thinking it will hit just around 1pm, but
will post whenever it goes up regardless.
should follow some time tomorrow. It'll be a long one this time I
think, as I'll be covering ground from the small strip on Sunday,
the full page one today, and a few other topics as well.
Okay, later folks,