/ NOV / 05 - 1615 CST : My life has grown far too dependant on a
small plastic box...
folks. For those of you who've been wondering why I didn't
update the site yesterday like I usually do...well you're obviously
not checking out the Geek
Tragedy forum often enough.
I pretty much covered all the important details in the posting I
made last night from work (long story short, my modem box thingy
died and with it so did a large part of my life it seemed), but
there are a couple things I didn't mention.
off, in the future I plan to install the software necessary for me
to update the site on another computer that uses a different
internet connection. That way, if this sort of thing ever
happens again, I'll still be able to update the site (I'll just need
to drive a half hour away in order to do it!).
secondly, I really need to set-up some sort of back-up
hobby that isn't totally dependent on an ever-present connection to
the internet! Seriously, I hadn't a clue what to do with
myself around here for the past couple days. There was a time
that I would've just read a novel, or played a game, but it dawned
on me yesterday that it's been over a year since I bought a new one
of either of those things.
as I'm sure you can tell by this here posting, everything is back to
yeah, and here is yesterday's strip.
folks, I'm off to bed.
/ NOV / 05 - 1355 CST : Coming soon, to a theater near you...
I've got the strip up and ready to be viewed.
I can see how some people (say for example, my mother) may not like
the direction I took with this strip, but as far as a personal
challenge goes, I'm quite happy with it (though I
do feel that I need to do some further tweaking to some of the
colours, but I don't think I'll get to that till tomorrow when I'm
getting Tuesday's strip ready).
and for those of you who don't get the reference to today's strip,
you may want to click here.
all for now folks.
/ NOV / 05 - 1315 CST : Fixing the strip...
folks, as I predicted on Thursday, today's strip will in fact be
late. Look for it to up early Monday. Sorry about that.
and I've done a few fixes to the "The Strip" page.
Nothing too major but some of you may find it easier to navigate
through the strips now.
/ NOV / 05 - 1615 CST : "It Begins - Pt. VII"
"It Begins" chapter of this story draws to a close with today's
actually like this strip...a lot. And let me tell you why.
not because it's the most challenging, or elaborate, or funniest
strip (hell, there is barely a joke here in my opinion), or even
because I feel it's the best strip I feel I've ever done. No,
not at all.
reason I like this strip so much is that it actually turned out
exactly as I had envisioned it when I first thought of it months
ago, and that almost never happens for me. And sure, it may
seem egotistical of me to say that I really like one
of my own strips, but keep in mind that I am chronically disappointed
with most of my work. So come on, let me have my moment here.
also wanted to point out that I've recently had a significant boost
to the number of people who have been visiting the site. And
while I'd like to take all the credit for this achievement, it
actually belongs to someone else. Namely Gaald over at GamersWithJobs
who was kind enough to mention me on his site
(okay, I'm told it's not
Gaald's site, Certis runs it. Still, it was nice of Gaald to
mention GT!) and point some of his
loyal readers in my direction. Thanks man!
also like to thank the folks over there who took the time to post on
the forum and let me know what they thought of the site, and to
point out a few problems they've encountered with it. So
thanks guys, for both the ego boost and for giving me a few things
to think about as far as the technical side of the strip / site
final note. About Sunday's strip / splash page...yeah, it may
be kinda late. Due to reasons which I somehow feel will
quickly be taken out of my control, I may not be in the best of
health that morning. I'll do my best to get all my ducks in a
row before then, but that hasn't worked too well in the past so I
thought I'd give y'all a heads up.
I think you all know where I'm headed now (I'll give you a hint,
it's a three letter word that has my name in it).
/ NOV / 05 - 1530 CST : "It Begins - Pt. VI"
strip is now up.
had more to say, but I think it's best to wait till my eyes are
actually open before I write more. Off to bed now.
/ NOV / 05 - 1010 CST : There he goes, whoring himself out again...
been suggested to me by a couple people that since Christmas is just
a little over a month away, that maybe I should put up some more
original artwork up for sale. Well, seeing as how I'm often in
the habit of blindly doing whatever anyone tells me to do, I've
decided to go ahead and do just that.
you click HERE
or on the banner above (there is also one on "The Strip"
page), you will be sent to my Ebay auction. The panel I picked
to try and sell off this time around is the full page strip I did
for November the 17th. The reason I chose this one is because
it's a strip that seemed to get the most positive feedback I've ever
received. Like the last time I sold off some original work,
I'll also be giving the winner of the auction a print of the
finished work as it looks once it was posted on the site after I
smacked it with the Photoshop stick.
anyway, if you, or someone you know would like a little bit of Geek
Tragedy this Christmas, please feel free to check out the auction.
all for now folks!
/ NOV / 05 - 1235 CST : "It Begins - Pt. V"
strip has arrived. And shockingly
enough has managed to do so before 3 o'clock!
hoping to have that announcement that I mentioned yesterday up
before go to bed. It's nothing too earth shattering though, so
if it has to wait till Monday I guess it won't be the end of the
world or anything.
let me just take this moment to publicly apologize to all of you if
I'm wrong, and I do in fact inadvertently bring about the apocalypse.
I promise it won't happen again.
/ NOV / 05 - 0545 CST : My way of saying thanks...
Geek Tragedy "Thanks for voting" wallpaper is now coloured
and ready to start defacing your computer screens. All you
have to do to get it is click on the VOTE button to cast your
vote for Geek Tragedy, and you will find a link that you can cut and
paste into your browser to get to whatever wallpaper best fits your
those of you who have already voted today and just can't wait to
take a peek at the coloured version of the pic, here is a mini
preview of what it looks like.
folks! I'll have a few other announcements either later today,
or sometime tomorrow.
/ NOV / 05 - 1140 CST : Apparently "lame" is spelt with an
Tragedy editor and crappy music enthusiast Leone, has informed me
that I spelt "Deon" wrong in yesterday's strip, and that
it should in fact be "Dion".
mistake has now been fixed.
All kidding aside, thanks for catching that Leone!
Yeah, it kinda helps to actually post the changed strip, which I've
now done. Sorry.
/ NOV / 05 - 1325 CST - "It Begins - Pt. IV"
today's strip is pretty far off from the
usual three panel format that you've all grown used to seeing.
This type of "almost full-page" layout is pretty much the
way I eventually hope every strip will look. Of course
for now I will most likely be flip-flopping from three panels to
what you see today. At least until I get a lot quicker at
doing the strips this way.
and it's also in black and white. Well actually it's in gray
tones. However, Grey is the only character that doesn't
show up in today's strip! Now that's what you call useless
reason I did today's strip in black and white is because I wanted to
free up some time to do the colour work on the wallpaper ('cause I'd
really like to get that out to you guys ASAP), and the colours are
what usually takes up most of my time. I will try my best to
come back to this strip one day and colour it, however I don't think
it looks too shabby the way it stands right now. But really, you
be the judge.
folks, it's about that time now I guess.
It would also be wrong of me not to mention that Taki Soma helped
out with the last panel of the strip. Thanks for your advice Taki!
/ NOV / 05 - 1635 CST : "Snow Day"
breaking with the current storyline (once again) with today's
you'd like to find out why, be sure to check out this
thread in the forum.
/ NOV / 05 - 1310 CST : "It Begins - Pt. III"
can't apologize enough for this strip
being a day late. Trust me when I say that I, more than
anyone, hates it when this sort of thing happens.
such a webcomic cliché for a site to have late or missing strip
updates, and I do try my best not to fall into those bad
habits. However, when other aspects of life come a callin' (as
they are know to do), sometimes you've just gotta drop what you're
doing and answer the freakin' door. Which was the case
here. Still, I'll do what I can to get the strips up on time,
even if that means having to put up a black and white strip every
once and a while, and then colour it whenever I get a chance.
brings me to the Geek Tragedy wallpaper. It's still not done
being coloured, but should be by the end of the week. I say
"should" and not "will" because I've got a commission
piece that I've been putting on the back burner for weeks now, and
I've got to start getting that finished up by the end of the
month. Not that I don't think the wallpaper is important, it's
just...you know...getting paid for something is kinda a nice way for
me to be able to keep affording to eat, and so one must prioritize
that's all for now folks.
/ NOV / 05 - 1730 CST : Before I slip into a coma...
just wanted to let you folks know two things.
webcomicslist.com is now up, so you guys are once again able to vote
for the site there if your heart desires (and why wouldn't it
two, the navigation buttons should now be working on all of the
strip pages regardless of what browser you're using. Which
brings to a close the third, and oh for the love of God please let
it be the last time I've redone the strip archives.
everyone, time for me to sleep,
1340 CST : "Guest Strip - by Lar deSouza"
night I woke up before work and checked my e-mail only to find out
that I had quite the nice little surprise
waiting for me in my inbox, compliments of Lar deSouza. Once I
saw it, I knew damn well that this was just far too good to keep to
myself, and so I immediately decided that it would become the very
first Geek Tragedy guest strip.
of you who have spent any time in the Geek Tragedy forum have gotten
to know Lar (who goes by lartist on the forum) a little bit
over the past month or so. Some of you no doubt already knew
of him even before that from either his work on "Least
I Could Do" or the other
he does. I personally am a huge fan of Lar's work, and his
artistic style in general. So to have him take the time to
infuse his skill with one of my characters, well I just thought that
was the coolest thing ever!
getting a chance to see Casey lay down a sound bitch slappin' on
you so much Lar! I just hope I can convince you to do another
guest strip for me sometime in the future!
am both a pimp, and a whore...
added, and will continue to add more items to the Geek Tragedy
Cafepress store in the next week or so. I've also worked out a
way to allow those of you who live in the great white north like I
do to save a bit on the higher cost of having items sent out our
way. I already posted this on the forum, but allow me to
repeat it here for those of you who haven't read that post yet.
worked out a way for you folks who live up here in Canada (like
myself) to catch a bit of a break on the shipping charges for the GT
Cafepress items. If you guys want to order any items through me, by
doing so I'll be able cut the shipping rates you'd pay to be, at the
very least, on par with what folks in the US would be charged for
However, in order to do this there will be a few conditions:
Canadian orders done through me will need to be placed and paid for before
certain pre-set times. This will allow me to give everyone a good
idea as to exactly when there order will be shipped to them.
To place an order with me, you'll need to send an e-mail off to firstname.lastname@example.org
letting me know the item you'd like to buy, how many you need, and
if you can pay through PayPal or will require another option
instead. Once I get your e-mail, I will be sure to get back to you
within 24 hours so that I can:
1) Let you know what the total for your order will be.
2) Work out any payment method issues.
3) Let you know when payment will be required at the latest and when
the item will be shipped to you.
Now I know some of you were wanting to receive certain items before
Christmas hits, so in order to facilitate this I'm making the first
cut off date for the orders to be November 30th. I know that seems
pretty early, but this will allow enough time for Cafepress to
produce the items, ship them to me, and then in turn give me enough
time to get the items out to you before Santa shows up.
(Cafepress's holiday shipping cut off date for
international orders is Dec. 9th, which will get the item(s) to you
by Dec. 23rd. So if I wait any longer than November 30th to place my
order, I may not have time to resend the items out to you once they
arrive at my door)
So there you have it folks. If you'd like to save a few bucks on
shipping (and you're from Canada of course), than this is the way to
go. However, if you just can't wait to get your hands on GT merch,
or time is a serious factor for you, then you can always order
direct from Cafepress.
Oh, and one more thing I should mention. I'll be adding a bunch more
stuff to the store in the next week or so. So if you don't see
anything there that appeals to you right now, you may want to keep
checking back over the next few days.
pimp mode is now "off".
all browsers should be equal in the eyes of Geek Tragedy...
going to be spending some time today trying to get most of the strip
pages working, and looking right with Netscape and FireFox
browsers. So with any luck, all of you non-IE using people out
there will be able to use the navigation buttons to scroll through
all of strip, instead of just the full page ones, by the end of the
well, if I have time after, I will be trying my best to get a bunch
of the other pages on the site to look less uglyfied when viewed
through those browsers. Honestly, if I knew just how bad
various areas looked for you folks I would've been sure to have
fixed that problem a long time ago.
again for your patience regarding this matter guys!
last but not least...
leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again...
actually I do know, and it'll be Sunday.
off to Minneapolis this weekend so I'm afraid that there won't be
any blog posts for the next few days. This also means that
anything I don't get done by the end of today, won't be completed
till after the weekend. Plus there is a good chance that I
won't be returning any e-mails sent to me for the next few days.
will however still be a new strip posted on Sunday, I'm just not
sure at what time it'll be up.
that's it for now I guess. If I don't post again tonight, then
I hope y'all have a great weekend (I know I will), and I'll blog at
ya when I get back.
Webcomicslist.com still seems to be down, and I have no idea when
it'll be up again, so it looks like voting will be put on hold for a
while. If anyone out there happens to know any info about
what's going on with that site (like when it'll be back up again)
could you please drop me an e-mail and let me know if you have a
/ NOV / 05 - 1415 CST : "It Begins- Pt. II"
you look at today's strip don't be
alarmed! I am not planning on switching to a black and white
strip format from now on. In fact I fully intend to colour
this strip very soon (hopefully before Thursday's strip is up).
happened here is that I other non-Geek Tragedy related areas of my
life required some attention, and that put me a bit behind.
And while normally I'd just stay up till the colours are done, I
have to get up early tonight so that's not an option today.
Like I said though, I will be colouring this strip in the near
other thing to note is the webcomiclist site seems to be down for maintenance
and that is why the voting link currently looks broken. I'm
sure once that site is back up and running, the link will go back to
normal and you can all vote again.
you're waiting for that though, you can always click the button
above that to go to Onlinecomics.net, and add me to your favorites.
You know, if you feel so inclined.
folks, I'm off!
/ NOV / 05 - 1615 CST : There are still no Geek Tragedy T-shirts...
you can now buy Geek Tragedy hats, mugs, and boxers at our Cafe
had always wanted to do any sort of Geek Tragedy merchandise
completely "in-house", but unfortunately that just isn't
an option at this point. So instead I've gone ahead and set up
some stuff at Cafe Press. I'll be adding more items, and
different designs to existing items as time goes on, so if you have
any suggestions please feel free to drop me a line.
so you know, I do still plan to have Geek Tragedy T-shirts available
before Christmas. However what I plan, and what actually
happens don't seem to intersect too often. So for the time
being take a look through the store and see if there is anything you
I'm off to see if I can't get back to sleep now.
0930 CST : An age old battle...
heading to bed early today to try and catch up on the sleep I lost
over the weekend. Before I do though, I just wanted to mention
that a black and white version of what will become the newest Geek
Tragedy wallpaper is up in the webcomicslist voting area.
it's coloured (should be in the next few of days) I will post a link
as to where you can download it from in the "Thanks for
voting" area. The reason I'm posting the wallpaper there
instead of on the site is because the wallpaper is my way of
thanking you folks who vote for Geek Tragedy, and this way I can be
certain you people are the ones who get to check it out first.
again for voting people, and please keep up the great work!
/ NOV / 05 - 1800 CST : This time for sure...
today's strip page. Okay, now
I'm off to bed.
1750 CST : I'm about five minutes away from becoming
I seriously doubt that they ever have to go through this kinda shit.
I'd thought I had worked out the problem, but no such luck.
For some reason everything works perfectly fine until I insert the
actual comic. Then all of a sudden the navigation buttons stop
I'm printing up the code for days strip page, as well as the code
for Crossing Genres - Pt. V (which seems
to work just fine with Netscape and the other browsers) and will do
my best to figure out what the difference between them is tomorrow
after I've slept.
Sorry folks, I really thought I'd fixed it.
1545 CST : "It
Begins - Pt. I"
folks! The Geek Tragedy Christmas storyline has
now officially begun!
those of you who use Netscape, Firefox, and Opera should start
noticing some improvements to the site over the next few days.
At the moment, the current strip page's navigation buttons should
now work for you guys. (okay,
it seems it doesn't work quite as well as it did before I published
it to the web, but I'll do my best to fix that before I go to bed)
Granted that is pretty much the ONLY strip page that will fully work
for you right now, but every spare moment I get this week will go
into fixing all the other strip pages. So before long y'all
should be able to click through the strips the way I had intended
for you guys to be able to do from the very beginning.
big thank you goes out to Troy (who's last name I won't mention
'cause I don't know if he'd be cool with that) for not just alerting
me to problems with the strip pages, but for also taking the time to
look over my code and point me in the right direction as to how to
fix it. Thanks man, I owe ya!
well, you folks who are using the various browsers that have been
having trouble with the strip pages should start to notice that some
of the site's pages look less screwy now as well. When I built
the site I made the mistake of not testing it out with other browsers,
and as such I didn't realize just how bad certain pages looked when
viewed through them. Well from now I on I will be sure to test
out any new pages I make using as many browsers as I can find,
and in turn will do my best to go back and see what I can do with
the ones I've already created.
I'd like to write more, but my bed is a callin'!
/ NOV / 05 - 1400 CST : "Community Disservice - Pt. V.5"
I had planned to kick off the Geek Tragedy Christmas story line
today, but then I realized that before I do that, maybe I should
address the fact that Grey is once again a free man. Which is
exactly what I did in today's strip.
other news, Webcomicslist.com reset its top 100 list for the
month of November yesterday, and thanks to you guys jumping on those
vote buttons like Mr. Bojangles jumps on a moogle, I'm currently
well past the 50 mark now. Thank you so much! In the
next week or so I will be making an announcement about how those of
you that voted will have a chance to win a little something special
from Geek Tragedy to thank you for your efforts.
well, I intend to set up monthly incentives to hopefully reward
those of you folks who continue to for vote GT! (and don't worry, I
haven't forgotten about the wallpaper I already promised you guys)
More details on that to come later...
if you'll excuse me, I'm off to try out my brand spanking new Wacom
Intous3 tablet which just showed up at my door this
you mom, and Jodi for this early Birthday / Christmas present!
For those of you who are wondering why the Serenity banners are
still up on all the pages this long after the movie has opened, it's
due to a design flaw that was put into place when I built the site
(one on a long list of problems actually that I plan to tackle just
as soon as I have the time) which requires me to remove each banner
from every freakin page individually. A task that I just know
will prove to be as long and boring of a process as it sounds, and
so I've been putting off doing it for well over a week now.
I do intend to take them down soon, but in the mean time why don't
you folks go out and see the movie one more time before I do!
/ NOV / 05 - 1415 CST : For those about to vote...
and the webcomicslist.com site seems to be down so voting may not
work at the moment.
post an update about this once I find out more as to why it's down
and if or when it'll be up again.