/ MAR / 05 Ė Change is a cominí, but firstÖ
folks. Two things of note today. First off is a little pic I made up.
is a sort of caricature of myself that I made to add to my bio page. I
also think Iím going to shrink this sucka down and have it replace the
GT logo that you see at the beginning of each dayís blog entry.
asked a couple of people, without telling them what it was supposed to
be, what they thought of the sketch when it was still just pencils. Here
were their responses;
friend Ken said, and Iím paraphrasing here because I canít remember
the exact words he used, that "It looked like a rugged, and surly
type person. Someone who is bitter and haunted by a past filled with
darkness, disappointment and pain. Heís not ready to snapÖyetÖbut
heís given up on life and just wants to be left alone. Either that or
it looks like James Woods."
something like that. I can sort of see the where heís coming with the
first part, but I donít see the James Woods thing. Maybe Willem DafoeÖanyway,
when I told him it was supposed to be tooned up version of me he asked
me if I even bothered looking in a mirror when I was drawing it.
Thatís when I left the room swearing under my breath.
I tried the same thing with my buddy Travis he told me, and once again
this isnít a direct quote, "It looks like a more detailed version
this comment I thought had promise because Noname is visually based
after me to begin with. So when I explained to him that it was my
attempt at a stylized version of myself I expected him to give me some
sort of "Ahh, I get it now!" look. Instead he gave me the same
sort of look he always gives me when I say something rather moronic. I
get that look a lot. I hate that look.
then I left that room swearing under my breath. Once I left the
room though I realized that I just stormed out of the lab I work in, so
I had to turn right around and go back. Which of course earned me yet
another "Youíre a moron" look from Travis.
if it doesnít look all that much like me, I still like it, and I
rarely like anything I draw. Plus it was a good chance to try a
different drawing, and colouring style for a change.
"the business" we call that a "segue"Ö
speaking of change, Iíve been contemplating something for a while now,
and I figured itís time that I shared it with yíall.
been doing this site for a couple months now and in that time Iíve
received some very positive feedback, as well as garnering a small, but
loyal viewership. Plus I feel that creating and maintaining this site
has really helped me improve my artistic chops. Iíve been able to
watch my meager abilities develop intoÖuhÖslightly less meager
abilities. And on top of all that, itís also been a blast! Granted at
times itís also been frustrating, painful, and infuriating, but you
know, in a fun way.
I canít help but think that I might be excluding a certain audience
base because of my siteís material. Granted when it comes to the
overall content of the web, the subject matter I tend to tackle
in my blog entries and strips isnít all that harsh, but itís also
far from being something that the comic strip syndicates would gladly
is exactly the reason why Iíve been thinking of making a few subtle
changes to the site in the next month or so. Nothing major! Just a few
tweaks here and there that might help the site give off a slightly more
widely accepted type of vibe.
before anyone gets upset about this idea please just wait until you
actually see the changes first before you rush to any rash
judgements. Then, once youíve taken them all in with an open mind, you
can feel free to let me know what you think about the siteís new
direction. Just give it a shot first! Thatís all I ask.
Iíve got some work to do in order to make way for some of the changes,
so I guess I should wrap this up. With any luck Iíll have the first
round of updates done and ready to go by tonight. So if you get a chance
please take a look and see what Iíve been working on.
knows, maybe youíll agree with me and find the site to be better for
folks, catch you later,
/ MAR / 05 - I've gone and ruined a perfectly bad day!
the last few hours of work I was in an extremely foul mood, and I was
all ready to write a real angry rant about a bunch of things that have
been bothering me lately. Only now I've gone and screwed it
all up by getting all happy and stuff.
even went ahead and drew this little sketch to further illustrate the
fact that I was all dark and brooding. What a waste.
guess I could just post what I was planning on writing in the first
place, but it wouldn't be the same. The magic is gone.
knows, maybe I'll luck out and something will piss me off again.
That'd be nice, but I probably won't get that lucky.
I think I'm going to go make myself something to eat and then do
some work on the site.
wait! Before I do I guess I should make an announcement that is
kinda fitting with my unfortunately pleasant mood.
to Brittany and Jared on their engagement!
least I think they're engaged. My friend Brittany sent me an
e-mail saying she got a shiny new engagement ring, and so I'm guessing
Jared set up some sort of condition that in order for her to keep it she
has to agree to marry him.
how this sort of thing usually works, doesn't it? Otherwise
he just would've given her a puppy or something made out of wicker,
right? Yeah, they're engaged.
that or I've screwed up big time...
it's bacon o'clock, time to go!
/ MAR / 05 - Well it will be in a couple hours...
is up. I posted it a bit early because my computer is acting a bit
funny (not funny "ha-ha", funny "totally screwed") and
I figured it would be better to do it now instead of trying to do
mom," will be up by noon(ish).
ya later folks,
served up a nice hot bowl of "With
Apologies" with some extra moronishness (Leone, if
that ain't really a word, then by God it is now! and yes, I throw
words like that in my writing just to drive you insane) sprinkled
on top! Yummy!
write a bit more but I'm still at work and it's that time of my shift
where other people start arriving. So I figure I should log
off for now and start acting like I really work here.
mom," is now up.
concludes our broadcasting day. I'll be back later today / early
tomorrow after I get some of the much needed sleep that I
desperately require in order to help recover from the weekend.
/ MAR / 05 - Pre-Strip day updates...I know, it's like Christmas in
in July with really crappy presents anyway.
and foremost the "Store"
page is back up. And I'm sure once you look at it you'll say to
yourself, "Wow, Ed kept that page down all this time and now that I
finally get to see it again...what a huge freakin' disappointment!"
I'm the first to admit that there ain't much there. The truth is
until I actually have something to sell the only updates that I could've
done would be purely cosmetic. Yes, I know, if that was the case
maybe I should've actually done some cosmetic changes, but
other things kinda took precedent over them in the past few weeks.
bio has been fleshed out a bit more. Keep in mind
though, if you plan on reading it in the next three hours before the new
strip goes live, it will be a bit of a spoiler. Also Noname's
bio has been tweaked a bit. The only way I think you'd
really notice the change though is if you memorized his bio to begin
with. Though if you have memorized the Geek Tragedy
bio's...wow, you're either my dream woman, or someone who has too much
time on their hands.
I know I did something else but I can't remember what it was...
totally gone. Well I guess y'all will just have to look through
every single page of the site and try to find out what I did on your
I didn't really think that was going to happen. Hell, I don't
think I've even gone through every single page of the site.
folks, I'll be back in a couple hours or so to post the new strip.
/ MAR / 05 - Alien women are soooo hot...
were many reasons I was looking forward to this long weekend. Not
the least of which was that Space (the Canadian Sci-Fi channel) was
playing the two part Farscape : The Peace Keepers Wars mini-miniseries.
already watched the first two hour episode, and I've taped the second
part which I'll be watching just as soon as I finish up the strip, and
it is amazing! I was a huge fan of the series before it got
cancelled (which sucks in my opinion but on the bright side at least it
got to stay on the air longer than most shows I really loved, like
Firefly for example) and so far they've done a really great job of
wrapping up where the series left off.
fact watching it almost makes up for the fact that I had to spend
(or in my opinion, waste) almost an entire day cleaning my
I was planning on posting more, but I'm starving right now so I
guess I should try and force myself to actually cook something.
With the exception of a home cooked Easter dinner on Friday (thanks
Mom!) the only things I've been consuming this weekend have been pizza
and banana pudding.
I wish I was joking about that, but sadly I'm not...
off to burn some food!
BTW, did you know if you actually were to "eat like a bird"
you'd be consuming about twice your weight in food each day?
Just a fun little fact I was told about last night that I figured
I'd share with y'all.
before 00:00 CST
I'd be willing to bet money that by the time I finally get around to
posting this one it'll be well after midnight.
of the time when the weekend comes I'll stick to my normal midnight
shift type sleep schedule. Which for me means I'll go to bed
around 2pm and wake up at 10pm.
as much as I wish it was otherwise, the rest of the planet (or at
least the city of Winnipeg) just doesn't seem to keep those hours.
So when I have places to go and people to see on the weekend, especially
when it's a long weekend, I will flip my sleeping habits around and walk
for a while in the world ruled by that giant orb of flame you call
the weekend's pretty much over and so today is the day I flip back to
vampire standard time...and it's all I can do to not fall asleep right
here as I type.
last week I couldn't get to sleep to save my life, but today, the one
day I actually need to stay awake, my body is screaming to be
fed dreams! I'm so groggy that as I'm typing here my
fingers feel like there moving through mud. Any chance of getting
some actual productive work done on the site is pretty much right out
the window at this point.
it, I've got to take a nap, otherwise I'm likely to blog all sorts of
crazy sleep deprived crap.
I'm not up in a couple hours though promise that you guys will wake
Wow, you wouldn't believe the sheer number of spelling mistakes and
typos my spellchecker picked up in this post. You'd figure
that typing at about 3 words per minute would help limit the number of
mistakes one would make, but no. I shudder to think what the
grammar looks like...oh well, no sense worrying about it now. I'll
check it when I wake up.
/ MAR / 05 - Slowly but surely...
so far the long weekend has been treating me pretty well.
Surprisingly I've actually been able to chip away at most of the
tasks I set for myself so far.
has been one downside to this Easter long so far though.
My computer seems to be acting a little screwy, or I
guess "more screwy than usual" would be a more accurate
description, these past couple days. I've done a quick and dirty
spit polish to it and that seems to have helped things for now, but I'm
pretty sure I'm going to have to dig a bit deeper to get
everything back up to speed.
I figured I should make sure the strip is finished first before I risk
totally buggering up my computer. Which unfortunately is something
I've been known to do on more than one occasion when I've tried to
"fix" my computer in the past.
all goes well though I might even have the strip in the can before
I go to bed tonight. So at least that'll give me about a week to
mess around with my computer before I'll have to have it running well
enough to do some more photo-painting.
I know I haven't been fast and furious with the updates so far this
weekend but I'll try my best to check in a little more often in the next
then, later everyone,
/ MAR / 05 - Already running behind...
the long weekend just officially started for me about 2 hours ago and
I'm already behind in everything I wanted to do.
wasn't sure when I'd be able to get back home from doing all my errands
so I figured I'd do a quick post now, 'cause I'd rather not have two
days go by between updates.
don't actually have anything to say though...
worth waiting two days for this update huh? Well I hope it was
good for you. With any luck I'll be back before tomorrow with a
much more full bodied update, but if not then I guess I'll
catch you guys tomorrow.
/ MAR / 05 - "Divine Interference"
is up (and has been since midnight) and so is
(and has been for about 45 seconds).
those of you who will be waking up and seeing the strip before I get off
work and head home, yes I know, there is a mistake in one of the
word bubbles. Unfortunately I was helpless to do anything about it
all night while I was stuck here in the lab, but I assure you it will be
gone shortly after I get home and fire up my computer.
to come later in the day, but now I have to do my best to not get fired.
CST - A new record I think...
mom," letter is now up for viewing. I think this
is the soonest I've ever had that posted on a strip day.
Granted I didn't even write one last week so that's not really all that
impressive is it?
well the typo free version of "The
Strip" is now showing in a web page near you.
I get back to work though I have to ask if this has ever happened to
I went to go to the washroom (I assure you this isn't going to get
disgusting, just bare with me here) and so I start to unzip my fly
(it's also not going to turn pornographic either so keep reading please)
only to find that it was already open.
of course the first thing I thought of was "Well...how long has
that been open for?" Now near as I could remember the
last time I would've needed to zip up was back at my house
when I put my damn pants on to begin with, and that was a loooooooong
of course the next thing I thought of was "Oh man, how many people
have I passed by, or worse yet, talked to today?" Granted the
number was only something like ten or so, but that's still much higher
than I would've liked.
worst part of all this being that no one said a freakin' thing to me the
entire time. Granted this could simply mean that no one noticed, after
all who really goes around looking for that sort of thing, but I
can't help but suspect that at least one person noticed and just
chose not to say anything.
guess what I'm saying here people is that if you happen to notice that
someone's fly is open, or they have a bit of food in their teeth, or
they're on fire please tell them. Especially if that person is ME!
it may seem awkward at the time but I assure you I will thank you for it
later. In fact when it comes to my fly being open I think everyone
would thank you for it.
glad we could have this little chat. Now back to work for me.
/ MAR / 05 - One sketch forward, two sketches backÖ
need to create a device, or perhaps some sort of genetic enhancement
process that will allow my hands to function at roughly the same speed
as my brain. Then maybe I'd be able to at least come close to
getting all the writing and sketching projects I'd like to accomplish in
any given week finished.
course I'd also require such a device to have an "off" switch.
'Cause if the pace of my manual dexterity was set by the speed of
my brain functions all the time, well than it would most likely take me
about four hours just to crack open a can of diet Dr. Pepper and fry up
an egg first thing in the morning (yes, I drink pop with my breakfast.
I know that may not be the healthiest thing in the world to do, but I
hate coffee and until they start selling caffeine in syringes it's the
best way for me to ingest some go-juice immediately after I wake up).
and before I go any further, this is not my way of breaking it to you
guys that the strip will be late this week. Trust me; it'll be
done with plenty of time to spare.
reason I am currently fantasizing about such a machine is because
I kinda hope that I can get the last strip of March done before Friday.
You see I've got a four day weekend this Easter, and I would REALLY like
to spend a fair share of my time off working on a few side projects I
keep pushing back.
it's always nice to be able take a break and spend some quality time
with family and friends without constantly thinking in the back of my
mind "The strip's not finished yet.
of course there's the fact that I've been putting off taking my car into
the shop for about three months now so I guess I should set aside some
time for that as well. As of this writing I'm overdue for both an
oil change and my quarterly maintenance inspection / tune up. Plus
I need to get some body work done due to an accident that happened way
back in November. Which is something I have no reason
whatsoever for putting off this long as I was cleared of any fault and
therefore don't even have to pay a dime to get it done.
yeah, and I've now received a second notice to get my car checked
out for a possible part recall. Seems the manufacturer has
discovered that some of the cars that share the same model and year as
my own have gas pedals that may cause the vehicle to keep accelerating
even after you've taken your foot off it.
I havenít personally experienced this particular defect, but the
letter has informed me that should it arise it could
"potentially" cause an accident.
No shit? Thanks for the heads up because I never would've
figured that out on myÖhmmÖyou know now that I think about it,
seeing as how I'm the one who's stupid enough to keep putting off such a
repair, I'm not in any position to get sarcastic about it am I?
No, I guess not.
I guess I should wrap this sucker up before I put my keyboard in my
Oh, and if anyone does come up with some way to do the brain / hands
speed-freak thing please drop me line.
Actually, to tell the truth, I'd settle for any type of super power at
this point. Even something fairly useless like being able to change my
hair colour at will, or bake cookies with my mind would still be pretty
cool in my eyes.
/ MAR / 05 - The only bad thing about this weekend...
was too damn short. Other than that, it was all good!
course I didn't get anywhere near as much stuff done as I had hoped, but
then again I doubt that will ever really be possible unless I give up
sleep all together. Which isn't too likely to happen anytime soon. You
see I have a hard enough time stringing coherent sentences together
while I'm completely well rested never mind when I've been reduced to a
sleep deprived zombie.
speaking of being sleep deprived I guess I better head off to bed now.
Before I do though I figured I'd let y'all know that this week's strip
is close to being finished. And here's a little spoiler for you, you'll
be introduced to a new face on Tuesday!
I bet all you loyal viewers are just vibrating with excitement now
aren't ya? Well calm down you two, you'll see it soon enough.
folks I hope y'all had as much fun this weekend as I did.
I'm too tired to proof this very thoroughly so this entry could very
well have oodles of screw ups in it. Forgive me, I'll be sure to
look it over again when I wake up and fix it up if that is indeed the
/ MAR / 05 - Things to do...
have a bunch of stuff I'm hoping to get finished this weekend.
First and foremost, obviously, is the strip. Plus I also have my
fair share of domestic chores that need looking after.
top of that I'm hoping to put a dent in updating certain pages of the
site that may be a little less than current at this point. It's
odd how even though I work on this site every day I rarely, if ever, take
a few minutes to check it out thoroughly. What this means is that
most of the time if something is screwed up or outdated I won't notice
until one of you guys point it out to me.
thank you all very much for doing so...continually...often
bluntly...seemingly every chance you get...with little or no regard to
my fragile ego...*sigh*
though, this site has really benefited from your input and I truly
I'll let y'all know of any major updates, but most of the ones I'm going
to be dealing with won't really fit into that category.
I have to get a shower and go help my mother set up her new computer.
This should prove to be, if nothing else, fuel for this weeks
"Dear mom," letter. And yes I know I didn't have one up
last week, but I promise you that I've talked to my mom a bunch of times
in the past week and she forgives me.
I figure my sister could've used a week off being picked on by me.
/ MAR / 05 - I should be sleeping...
pic below has been updated since I posted it. I've now used the
correct version of the word "fore"...and I've changed the word
"the" to "they"...you see this is why I don't like
showing you guys stuff until Leone takes a look at it first)
haven't been getting a whole lot of sleep lately and so I had fully
intended to be in bed already to try and catch up on my beauty rest.
However I am in a really good mood right now and that's got me
kinda wired so I figured I'd check in with a quick post.
is a sketch I was playing around with that I ended up liking enough to
take to slightly higher level. I plan to ink this and
colour it too in the next week or so, but I wanted to show it to y'all
first. I always like my pencils better than most of my inked work.
course that may have something to do with the fact that I can't ink
worth a damn. Hopefully that will change over the next few months
with the more practice I get at it. Anyway, here it is. The
text is pretty small at this size so check out the archives later today
or tomorrow for a full-sized version.
you guys get a kick out of it.
This problem has since been fixed. Scroll down to the latest entry
to find out more.
/ MAR / 05 - A brand new headache for a brand new day...
know I honestly thought the low point of today was going to be my
trip to the dentist. Then I log on to find an
e-mail regarding my site with the words "Notification of
Suspension" in the subject line waiting for me in
sitting back in a dentist chair getting my tooth drilled began
to look quite relaxing.
time being I don't really want to go into any great detail about
the e-mail until I've tried to work things out, and there is no doubt in
my mind that things will get worked out (or so I keep telling myself),
still I figured it'd be best to give y'all a heads up just in
case you go to check out the site in the near future only to find it's
not there any more.
if this does happen though, let me just assure you that it will only be
temporary! Geek Tragedy will be up for quite a while one way or
the other, I promise.
I'll be sure to keep y'all posted as to what's going on.
(just hopefully not much later),
to answer your question Leone, no, the cheque didn't bounce.
That might actually be an improvement on the current situation.
CST - All's well that ends well...
those of you that e-mailed me and called me I just want to let y'all
know that everything is cool with the site again. I'll post a much
more in depth write up in about an hour or so.
lord is it after 16:00 CST already? I really do have to shorten
these blog entries don't I?
here is what happenedÖ
I mentioned before I got an e-mail last night informing me that my
siteís account had been suspended due to some issues that were pretty
much out of my control. After the alternating fits of uncontrollable
swearing and sobbing subsided I did a quick check and found that I could
still update the site, at least for the time being. I figured that would
change come morning, and since I wasnít sure if Iíd be able to post
any updates to the site for the next few days I decided that Iíd
better let you all know what the situation was right then, just in case.
something like this can really throw you for a loop at the best of
times, but when you work nights itís especially taxing because you
know that there isnít going to be anyone awake to contact about it for
at least another 8 hours. And when youíre a natural born pessimist
like me, that gives you a loooooong time to stew over the situation and
come up with a whole lot of negative scenarios, each one worse than the
I had to go to the dentist first thing in the morning which:
Isnít the sexiest way to spend the morning.
Meant a further delay from being able to get a hold of someone that I
could talk to about the mix up.
pretty much my only option at that point was to send off an e-mail
explaining the situation and to hope for the best till I could get back
to my house and call customer support.
for the entire drive home after getting my tooth fixed, drool flowing
freely down the side of my mouth like some sort of vast slimy river, I
kept worrying about how I wasnít going to be able to update Geek
Tragedy or receiving any e-mails through the site for the next few days.
Then it also occurred to me that with half my face frozen I was going to
sound either drunk or challenged to whoever I talked to on the phone,
which I figured wasnít really going to help me state my case in any
kind of clear and intelligible manner.
by now, as you might have already guessed, I had totally built up this
conversation in my mind to be one horrific train wreck which I was just
oh so pumped to have!
when I walked through the door the first thing I did was grab the
phoneÖwell actually the first thing I did was go and pee but no one
really needs to know that. So I grabbed the phone and noticed that I had
a voice mail waiting for me. I presumed it was from my mother so of
course I checked it right away. Because lets face it folks, even though
I had some pretty pressing matters to attend to, I am still a big
mommaís boy at heart who doesnít want to invoke the rain of guilt
that she could shower down upon me for ignoring a message from her.
it turns out the message wasnít from my mom, but instead was from
Shawn at Webnames.ca customer support. Seems he wanted to let me know
that my troubles were the result of some sort of clerical mistake, and
that everything has been worked out so my siteís account is no longer
what this means is that in the two or three hours that passed between
him getting into work and me getting home from the dentist, he read my
concerns, investigated the problem, fixed it, unsuspended my account and
left me both a phone message and an e-mail to inform me that everything
was cool again.
Iíve just become cynical and jaded over the years but Iíve come to
expect sweet bugger all in this world when it comes to customer support.
Thisíll happen to a person after theyíve spent a week or so sitting
on lawn chairs in their living room because theyíre still waiting for
the couch and love seat, which they ordered over seven weeks prior to
moving into the house in an effort to make sure something like this wouldnít
happen, to arrive (btw, screw you Leonís and that waste of oxygen you
hired as a sales rep who did absolutely nothing to help me other than
convincing me to get a much better living room set somewhere else).
when Iím lucky enough to encounter truly amazing customer support it
totally blows me away! Which is exactly what happened here.
thank you for everything youíve done Shawn. Youíve restored my faith
okayÖthatís stretching it a bit, but I do appreciate all your help
just the same.
This blog entry was made possible by Shawn. So if you didnít like it I
guess you can blame him.
15 / MAR /
05 - Stripday!
Strip" with a side order of
do I ever have a headache right now. I know I usually blog more on strip
day but it's kinda hard to look at a computer screen at the moment so
this will be briefish I think.
can just hear what Leone (that's Geek Tragedy's ever suffering editor
for those of you who don't know yet) is thinking right now, "Wow,
Ed isn't in the mood to ramble on and on? That must be one hellova
headache!" Well it is miss smartie-pants, thanks for your concern.
speaking of GT's editor I'd like to share with y'all the fact that she
has found my spelling and diction skills to have vastly improved as of
late. Well okay, what she actually wrote was;
you have a dictionary there by your side (I
did notice the choice of big words again) or you are taking your time
and sounding out the words"
that was her giving me a compliment! So you can just
imagine what she has to say when I screw up. Of course I wouldn't
have it any other way.
I'm going to lay down for a while and see if my head feels a bit
better. If it does I'll be back to post a few more thoughts I've been
wanting to share. If not, I'll catch y'all tomorrow.
do you know what doesn't help a headache?
The Muppet Show theme song running through your head in a constant loop.
MAR / 05 - The quiet before the storm...
the strip is all done, and for once the "With Apologies" write
up is finished ahead of schedule. Nothing to do now but
wait till midnight to post them.
hoping to start on a few projects this week that I've
been meaning to get to for the past little while. I'm wanting
to add a few more pics in amongst some of the more text heavy areas,
plus I'd like to make up a "Geek Tragedy" banner that can
be used to help advertise the site.
is always the "Store" page to bring back from the dead, and my
"Links" page could use some more meat on it's bones.
I'll keep y'all posted on what's happening and share any new
sketches and pics I might come up with in the next few days.
MAR / 05 Ė And yet it still makes more sense then having them
wear sweaters ...
night I saw the oddest commercial. Apparently there is now a line of BBQ
sauce made especially for dogs. Now granted I havenít seen much
TV lately so this may be old news to most of you, but it was the first
Iíve heard of so it really grabbed my attention.
fact Iíve been thinking about this product for a while now since I
first saw the commercial. Thatís right, my head is so completely
devoid of any pressing concerns regarding current events or world issues
that the newly discovered existence of doggy condiments has rushed
straight to the forefront of my innermost thoughts and became
a blog worthy event. So getting back to the sauceÖ
Iím guessing that this BBQ sauce has the same purpose that itís
human counterpart does, which is to enhance the flavor of food and make
it more appealing to eat. If thatís true, then there are two things
that bother me about this;
off, when did getting a dog to eat anything become a chore that
required outside assistance? Hell, my sister has a hard enough time
trying to stop her dog from eating grass every time they take a
walk, and this despite the fact that Jewel knows all too well at this
point that sheís just going to throw it up 10 minutes later.
pretty sure anyone who owns a dog has at least one story that involves
their pet consuming something that was really better off never having to
take a trip through the K9 digestive system. I personally remember our
old family dog, Brandy, eating crayons every chance sheíd get
(something we wouldnít realize sheíd done of course until we took
her out the next day). Now Iím not sure if many of you have ever had
the misfortune of tasting wax, but for those of you who have Iím
certain youíll agree that it wasnít exactly a taste explosion.
speaking of taste, here is my second problem with this product. What are
the chances that this thick brown liquid tastes anything like BBQ sauce
to begin with. In fact Iím going to go out on a limb here and predict
that it tastes exactly like liquefied dog food. And if thatís the case
then what people will essentially be doing here is pouring dog food on
their dogís dog food in an effort to make the dog food taste better.
the only way to test this theory would be to try it myself, and thatís
just not going to happen. Nor do I endorse others to do so. Of
course I canít really stop youÖ
that being said, if anyone feels the need to boldly go where no
human mouth has gone before, God speed to you! All I ask is that you let
me know what your taste buds tell you. Unless of course you plan to tell
me in person. In which case, before you tell me, Iíll also have to ask
you to brush you teeth first.
there you have it folks. Five minutes of your life that you can never
get back, GONE! And all because I felt the need to over think something
that most people wouldíve dismissed seconds after seeing it. So for
those of you who did read this I feel I should say
"thanks"Öand quite possibly "sorry" as well.
MAR / 05 - Just stopping in for a quickie...but it doesn't mean I don't
didn't post yesterday so I didn't want another day to go by without
putting word to screen so I figured I'd do a quick dive-by blogging
do have a longer post coming regarding something that has been weighing
really heavy on my mind since I saw it on TV, but that one wasn't going
to make it up till after midnight so here you go.
10 / MAR /
05 - If you can't blog anything nice...
really wanted to post something chuckle worthy here before I went to
bed. Barring that I at least wanted to write something on a positive
note or maybe some sort of new fun bit of info regarding the
site, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.
snowed again last night and my mood at the moment can best be summed up
if you'll excuse me I'm off to trudge through the snow to the 7-11 at
the end of my street and buy something incredibly bad for me to eat that
will no doubt be insanely marked up in price because I am too lazy to go
speaking of lazy, who am I kidding...I'm not going to walk to the end of
my street, I'm going to drive there like I usually do.
MAR / 05 - Everything you ever wanted to know about Casey...almost
bio has now been posted. Well the first installment of it
anyway. Trust me, if I revealed any more of it at this point it
would spoil the next few weeks for you.
seriously, I'm doing this for you.
chipping away at different parts of the site (and my life) that
need attention right now but I figured I'd post the T-shirt sketch that
I've been working on.
my hope that I'll have a full colour version of this on some type of
nudity curing article of clothing in the next month or so, but in the
end it'll depend on the cost. With silk screening every
colour drives the price of the shirts up more and more. What this
means is that if I can't get a colour combo that looks good and won't
break the bank I'll most likely go with a black and white version in the
here it is...
post a larger version of this pic in the
in the next hour or so, so if this is too small for you to get a good
look at you may want to take a peek over there.
finally finished the rewrite on the Welcome page. Now anyone
who is a first time visitor to Geek Tragedy won't be given
descriptions of areas of the site that no longer exist.
MAR / 05 - The Strip: Now with 10% less suckage...
is now up, and I don't mind saying that it's my
favorite one to date. Granted I am not exactly a master of my
craft at this point but at least I'm seeing a bit of an
improvement. Funny how repeating the same task over and over again
each week sharpens ones abilities. Who knew?
to note as of this writing; If you look up above you'll see that
link, which is pretty much the most
important link the site has, is now all red and biggish so
it stands out a bit more. Thanks for the suggestion Jay.
Some of the
past blog entries have been dumped into a March blog archive and last
week's strip has been put into the strip
header for the
page has been updated along with Casey's bio
However Casey's bio, and the
Apologies" and "Dear
mom," sections have yet to be updated. If all
goes according to plan though these section will be posted by noon,
or before I head to bed at the latest.
it for now, but being strip day I'm sure I'll post here three or four
more times before my day is done.
Just shy of
Apologies" write up has now been posted. Once
again I've done so without Leone's final stamp of approval though so
please ignore the mistakes within for now.
of my lovely and talented editor, let me just take you "behind the
curtain" for a second and show you just how dedicated she really
checked my e-mail after I woke up today I was thrilled to see that Leone
had come through once again and found a couple of mistakes in this
week's strip before I had a chance to post it. Then all of a
sudden it struck me...
actually got around to sending her the finished strip before I went to
bed, so how the hell did she find any mistakes in it? I mean she's
good, but I didn't think she was that good.
Well it just
so happens that she's working nights this week so I figured I'd
find out how she managed that trick. Here is a paraphrased
version of our conversation:
I send you the strip this week?"
"Nope, but I found out where you had it posted and sort of hacked
Well I'm glad you're on my side. Now if you'll excuse me I have to
go remove certain...um...personal pics from that page."
"No need, I already did that for you. By the way, you're
giving me a raise."
Okay, so I
made up that last part up, but still...
or so CST
mom," is done and up.
out of steam fast now though so I'm not sure if I'll have Casey's bio up
before I fall asleep, but we'll see.
06 / MAR / 05 - Off to bed...
But before I go I just
wanted to post a quick entry. Tuesday's strip is finished except
for a few word bubbles. It would've been nice to have finished it
off completely before I called it a day but I am just way too tired at
On a personal note I hope
everyone who came out for poker had fun last night. And for
one person in particular...well I hope the morning after wasn't too
rough for you.
05 / MAR / 05 - Don't draw angry...
I just finished the
pencils for Tuesday's
and while I don't usually like to brag about my own work, they look
pretty freakin' unawful (yes Leone, that's another "Ed word").
Now that might not sound like much of a ringing endorsement, but after
the Herculean like struggle I just went through to get these doodles
down on paper it's good enough for me!
You see there are nights
when honey just seems to drip forth from my pencil and spill it's sugary
goodness all over the bristol board. I tell ya, it's moments like those
that require all the will power I can muster to stop myself from
throwing the sketches down on the ground and make sweet, sweet love to
Ďem. (mom, you may want to forget you ever read that)
Then there are nights
where I seriously begin to contemplate sharpening my pencil up to the
finest of points and ramming it into my brain through my ear canal just
so I can make the pain stop!
Guess what kinda night I
had last night? Well lets just say I didnít have to worry about
getting any paper cuts in unusual places if you know what I mean.
*nudge* *nudge* *wink* *wink*
Now normally when it gets
as bad as it did last night I just stand up, walk away, and try again
the next night. Not this time though. This time I decided to make a
stand. I was going to get this page done by TODAY, just like I
planned or die trying dammit.
Well the page is done and
Iím still alive and feeling fine.
Granted I did
inadvertently end up giving myself a pretty nasty smack in jaw with my
T-squareÖand I got so pissed off at one point that I started
swearing like I was in an episode of Deadwood (great show btw if
youíre not shy of language of the "blue" persuasion) and
threw my eraser at the wall with enough force that it bounced back and
hit me just above my eye. Which you can imagine did wonders for my
already foul mood.
But none of that matters
now, because Iíve finally put this baby to bed, and now itís my
Take care all,
04 / MAR / 05 - Halo Geeks...
I mentioned a couple days
ago that I was working on a sketch for a friend of mine. Well
it's all inked up now so I figured I'd share it with y'all.
My buddy Travis is
going to be running a Halo 2 tournament
at a local gaming con in the spring (I'm sure I'll tell you more about
the con and the tourney the closer we get to it) and he wanted to have
some flyers printed up that he could pass out and let people
know about it. He figured that they might be more eye catching if
they had some sort of pic on them so asked me if I'd be able to help.
he wanted me to draw was a Covenant Energy Sword.
Then he mentioned that if I wanted to draw one of the Geek Tragedy crew
holding one instead that would be fine too. He'd even let me put
the site address on the flyers to help pimp the site for my
Well this was the end
result. Knowing it was going to be black and white I took some
extra time on the inking. I really hate inking btw, but looking at
this now I think I may just try to take that bit of extra effort every
time I ink the strip from now on.
Anyway I thought you
might want to take a peek at it. I'll put the full, uncut
version in the archives in a little while so you can get a
better look at the sword Frank is wielding.
Well that's it for now.
03 / MAR / 05 Ė The months aheadÖ (btw this is
a looooong oneÖand while Iíve spell-checked it I am waaay too tired
to deal with grammar right now, but I will get to that next time I
Iíve been wanting to
make a brief post about where I plan to take the site in the next few
months. Unfortunately, as my editor has pointed out to me on numerous
occasions, I am pretty much incapable of brevity when it comes to
conveying my thoughts and / or ideas to another living being. So instead
I will make a sickly verbose post regarding the hopeful future of Geek
First and foremost I am
hoping that down the road I will have more than just one strip update
per week. My goal at this point would be to do three. The full-page,
full-colour one every Tuesday which will primarily focus on the
adventures of Noname, and a couple three or four panel black and white
strips every Thursday and Saturday that will feature the lives of the
rest of the crew.
This would be the ideal
set up for me for a couple reasons. First off, the more strips there are
per week the more reason people will have to keep coming back during the
week. And oh how I get a kick out of seeing people who are not my mother
show up several times in week. Not that I donít get a kick out of
having my mother visit the site often itís justÖuhÖI love you mom.
The other reason being
that thereís so much Iíve envisioned doing with the other three
characters outside of the main story line, and yet I know I will never
be able to get around to it if I only do one strip per week. So by
sharing the spotlight a bit over three strips it would vastly improve my
ability to flesh out the lives of Frank,
Grey, and Casey to my viewers. This in turn, in my opinion at
least, will allow people to see each character as a separate entity
instead of just a supporting cast member.
Now while creating three
strips per week is my chief intent with the site at the present time,
itís also most likely going to be the last thing Iíll be able to
achieve. Keep in mind this is technically my "hobby" right now
for lack of a better word. While Iíd love to just blow off work and
draw all day, Iíd love to keep eating and have a roof over my head to
do that in even more. Plus Iím already struggling a bit with some time
management issues, the last thing I need to do at this point is
overextend myself any further than I currently have.
If you donít believe me
just take a look at my kitchen. At this point I am well past the
"are there any clean plates left to eat off of" stage, and
currently existing within the "are there any less filthy dishes
left to eat off of " realm. I swear pretty soon Iím not going to
need to wash my dishes to get them clean, Iíll need to shave them.
2) In lieu
T-shirts are coming!
Very, very soonÖish.
Those of you who have
been visiting the site for a while know that one of the pages that has
been up for your viewing pleasure since the beginning has been a
"Store" of sorts. I say "of sorts" because I donít
know if the strictest definition of the word "Store" can apply
to page that has absolutely nothing to sell.
At the moment I am hard
at work sketching out a design for the first Geek Tragedy T-shirt. As
well I am also shopping around for a silk-screening shop that has the
perfect mix of quality vs. cost to fit my needs. Luckily the latter of
the two efforts is proving to be going much better than I thought it
would. Little did I know before I started looking into it that there are
no shortage of businesses out there that specialize in this area.
If everything goes
exactly according to plan I should have the first installment of Geek
Tragedy merchandise in my hot little hands by the end of April!
It should be noted though
that if this does prove to be accurate it will also mark the very first
time that pretty much anything has gone exactly according to
plan for me since the site's inception. Still, Iíve always wanted to
be optimistic at least once before I die so I guess this is my big
(Almost) Everyone deserves to have their voice heardÖ
Iíd really like to get
a forum going.
Okay, thatís a big
What I mean to say is,
Iíd really like to get something going that allows for people visiting
the site to communicate their thoughts and ideas to both me and others
in a friendly and courteous manner, and to be given this opportunity
without fear of being goaded, taunted, and / or ridiculed by people who
have nothing better to do with their time than put the screws to others
by taking advantage of the anonymity that hiding behind their keyboards
allow. However the sad truth of the matter is that, as of this writing
at least, that thin slice of heaven on earth I just described does not
yet exist anywhere on the internet. So until it does a forum is the
closest thing to it that I can think of.
As you probably have
already guessed Iím not a big fan of the type of "Lord of the
Flies" mentality that seems to run rampant in most forums. What I
am a big fan of is hearing from those who visit the site. Not in an
effort to have my ego, or anything else for that matter, stroked, but
instead to allow you guys to let me know what youíre thinking.
What parts of the site do
you enjoy the most? What parts do think could use improvement? What
parts are just total rubbish?
I honestly want to know
what your opinions are, both the good and the bad. Hell, especially the
bad. Do you guys have any ideas or tips as to how I can improve my
inking? Shading? Punctuation and grammar? Oh for the love of God please
tell me how to improve my punctuation and grammar! These are the things
I want to know. As long as itís constructive, I want to hear it.
And so for the those
reasons (*sigh* I canít even believe I am actually going to
write this) I plan to set up a Geek Tragedy forum sometime in the next
Okay I better move on to
the last point before I change my mindÖ
4) A blog
is not enoughÖ
Okay hereís a side note
before I begin. Once I run spellchecker on this post, "blog"
is joining the ranks of such words as "yíall",
"kinda", "freakiní, and the Canadian spelling of
"colour" in the Special Ed (yes I know how putting those two
words together makes me sound) Edition of my word-processorís
dictionary, because I am sick of getting yet another word showing up in
my writing with an annoying red line under it. God knows I get enough
legit red lines showing up already, the last thing I need is an
unnecessary one popping up all the time to make me feel even more
illiterate than I already do on a regular basis.
Okay, /rant off.
Even though itís the
newest feature on the site Iím pretty sure the blog will be here
indefinitely. If nothing else it helps provide newish content thatíll
show up every day that people can either read or blow right past on
their way to "The
Strip" or the "Archives."
That being said, I plan
to go beyond just the written word and start sharing more eye candy for
you guys to scope out. Outside of the strip itself I do a fair amount of
sketches for fun, friends, or to just warm up my pencil for my next
serious drawing session. From now on Iíll try my best to take the time
and post a few of these for yíall to see.
The smaller ones will be
posted right here. Anything that is too big to fit correctly on this
page will be put directly into the archives, or perhaps Iíll even
create a dedicated page for them. Regardless of how they will be shown
to you, rest assured that more art (and I use that term loosely) will be
shown. No promises on how good any of them will be though.
The only thing I ask is
that if you like what you see here, or anywhere on the site for that
matter, and you want to use it, just try to be fair about it. I honestly
have no problem with someone using a pic of say Frank as their forum sig,
or an avatar or something like that. Hell, Iíd be flattered! And hey,
if you can find it in your heart to tell people where you got it from if
they ask, even better!
All I ask is that you
stick to a little "fair use" common sense. And if youíre
ever not sure whether what youíd like to use something for falls into
that category, please drop me a line and ask. Iím not an ogre, or a
ghoul, or any other mythical type creature (though Iíve always wanted
to be a unicornÖat least for one day). I promise I wonít bite or
spank you unless youíve paid me to. All Iím asking is that someone
doesnít go and print up something with one of my pics on it and
sell it for cash money.
Any if you do print
something up of mine and make a bunch of cash off of it, could you maybe
make a donation to the site and then tell me what it was you sold so
that I can "re"rip you off and sell it myself?
Well thatís it folks. I
think Iíve done more than my fair share of damage to your eyesight for
today. If anything else strikes my fancy before tomorrow Iíll be sure
to post it.
MAR / 05 - Survey Says!
I finally posted the
results for last
month's survey along with my thoughts on them. As
well I've also made up a new one for this month. Don't worry
though, it took a lot of will power, but this time I left out
"Three words; You...naked...now." from the answer
And a collective
*sigh* of relief could be heard washing over the internet.
I still have a few
things I'd like to finish updating today. Specifically the
"Store" page, and my "Welcome to Geek Tragedy"
Plus either today or
tomorrow I'll be letting you guys know what you can expect
from Geek Tragedy over the next few months or so.
I've got plans
baby! Big plans!
I'm working on a
sketch for a friend right now and I've just been reminded about some
dinner plans which will require me to head to
bed early. What that all means is the updates to
the Geek Tragedy Welcome and the "Store"
areas will have to wait for another day.
I've also had it
suggested to me that maybe I should post a few pics I did up of the GT
crew before Geek Tragedy was actually online. So keep an
eye out for those in the next couple of days.
01 / MAR
/ 05 - It's Launch Day Baby!
friend of mine told me that since this is the
site's official launch day I should "rub some funk on
it" to get it underway with a bang. The problem is I
haven't a clue as to how one would "rub some funk"
on anything, so I guess that's kinda out of the question, but it sure
sounded like it would've been a cool idea.
usual the write ups for "With
Apologies" and "Dear
Mom," sections will be updated by noonish
today. You may notice that the "With Apologies" write
ups will be a fair bit shorter than they have been in the past,
lord knows they couldn't get any longer. This is mainly going to
be due to the fact that I will be splitting the topics I cover in
that section with a new "blog" section that I'll be adding.
well you may notice a few other page and layout upgrades over the
next few days. So if things look a little different next time
you drop by, DON'T
PANIC! It's just another small step I'm taking to try
to woo you, my audience. Maybe next week I'll
give you all foot rubs...
"With Apologies" is actually posted it should be noted that
I never had a chance to run it by my editor, Leone, who's watchful eye
is the only reason I come off even partially literate. So
please keep this in mind if you happen to read it before she
sends me my weekly laundry list of spelling mistakes.
If you're reading this
then you've already seen that "Blog Tragedy" is the new
"front / splash" page for the site. From now on
each week's new strip will be posted on the cleverly named "The
Strip" page instead of here.
In turn, now that
the strip has found a new page to call its
home, this page has become the place to find
out about any and all breaking Geek Tragedy News as well as any
totally random thoughts that may pop into my head that I feel are
course originally this is what the "News" page was for,
so now unfortunately that page is no longer
needed so I had to let it go...but not before I ripped off
it's "News" headers to be used on this page and all it's sub
And so the circle of
Don't feel too bad for
the "News" page though. He had a good run while it
lasted and did a damn fine job. I'm sure he'll have no trouble
getting work on some other site.
Oh yeah, and it should
be noted that the "Store" page has only been temporarily
taken down, and will return soon.
Also, just in case you
were planning on looking for it, Casey's bio will not be posted in the
the Geeks" section until next week. Yes, I am
doing this on purpose and not just because I'm lazy.
This week's "With
Apologies" section is now up for your inquiring
eyes. I hope it sheds a little light on why I did what I did in this
And for those of you
who asked, the results of last months survey will be up soon, and a
brand new survey will pop up to fill the old one's place. If not
in the next few hours than by tomorrow morning at the very latest.
It's after two now
and I'm just about ready to head off to bed (I sleep days and work
nights remember) so pretty much everything that hasn't been posted
yet today, like the new survey, will be finished off tomorrow.
Till then folks,