/ DEC / 06 - 1544 CST : Spoiler Alert...
more thing folks. The colours for the rest of the strip are
still not done, and so if you can't wait till tomorrow and are just
dying to get a GT fix, I've grabbed three of the next six barebones,
inked panels which you can see HERE.
offer up all the unseen B&W panels for viewing at
this point, but the second and fifth ones won't have the same affect
until I've done a bit of photoshoppery with them. Once I've
put up the coloured versions I might just show you a side by side comparison
so that you can see what I mean.
well, if you'd like to hear my thoughts on (and to a lesser extent, explanation
for) the recent whacked out update schedule that's been going on
here for the past few weeks, please
check out what I wrote earlier today in the forum.
1351 CST : I'm not old, I'm just fragile and out of
Tragedy is not what you'd call an autobiographical strip. For
the most part everything you see within the comics are far from what
goes on in my real life. I own no ferret, I have no unhealthy
attraction to Hello Kitty gear, and I very seldom get attacked by
time to time though I do use my little bit of digital nonsense to
comment on certain things I personally feel quite strongly
about. For example, much like Noname, I utterly detest
snow and have no problem expressing this deep seeded hated here
whenever I can. Three such examples of my anti-snow
declarations can be found, HERE,
HERE, and HERE.
I know some of you out there might be asking yourselves "But
why Ed? Why do you hate snow so?" Well let me show you.
I went to bed yesterday, the streets were clear and I had maybe a
half a foot of snow piled up on my boulevard that I needed to step
over in order to get to my car. Fast forward about 16 hours or
so and this is what I'm currently dealing with...
Now if all
I had to do was shovel this little path from my house to my sidewalk
I wouldn't be sitting here bitching to you right now. However,
In order to park my car this morning when I (finally) managed to get
home from work I was required to do a bit more shoveling than
I shoveled pretty much the entire section of street that sits in
front of my house just so I could do a three point turn, and
park. So tonight when I go to leave for work I should at the
very least manage to move a minimum of 20 feet before I need to
worry about getting stuck.
and here's the real sad thing. After doing all this shoveling,
I felt perfectly fine...until I was finishing up this
small section of sidewalk:
which point I heard a what sounded like the pain filled whimpering
of a wounded animal. It wasn't until a few seconds later that
I realized the wounded animal in question (for which I can only
guess the Latin name would be "giganticus-pussyus")
here I am. A thirty year old man, sitting in front of my
computer (painfully I might add), in a bathrobe, cup of tea beside
me, and a hot water bottle pressed up against my back. Now if
only I could find some reading glasses and a walking cane I could go
ahead and smear myself with Bengay so that I might complete my
transformation and become one with the senior citizen collective.
if you'll excuse me, I need to go change my adult
wearing of which by the way has nothing at all to do with this
"old before my time" gag. I just really don't like
having to move away from the computer until I'm done working.
/ DEC / 06 - 2323 CST : Weekend catch-up...
actually had an update planned for today, but last night was the
first night back to work for me and after spending just shy of a
week walking in the daylight, that first shift always plays havoc
with my body clock. Which is to say after getting only 2 hours
sleep yesterday before work, I ended up sleeping the whole day away
I'm lazy like that.
I'll have more up this weekend. I'll try for the next update
to be tomorrow, but sadly I have a funeral to go to so there may be
nothing new till Sunday. However, if that's the case than I'm
pretty sure I'll have the entire rest of the page done by then.
and there is a discussion going on on the forum right now that I
think you should all check out as it has to do with way the comic
has been updating this month, and how you'd like to see it update in
the future. So
if you have an opinion on the matter, by all means check it out!
/ DEC / 06 - The page that wouldn't end...
I'm happy to say that my holiday weekend was filled with food,
family, and fun. Unfortunately it sure as hell wasn't what
you'd call productive.
honestly thought that I'd have more than enough time to get a lot of
work done on the strip and a few other projects, but between all the
dinners, running around, last minute shopping, and visiting with
friends and family the last few days left me very little down time.
I still have a few days off from work, and I've made it my mission
to do nothing else than lock myself in my office and work, work,
work. Oh, and speaking of my office, thanks to my friend Corey
planting the idea in my head a few weeks ago, and my sister giving
me a gift certificate as part of my Christmas gift I picked up this
little item earlier today.
been needing a new drafting table for quite a while, so now that I
finally have one I plan to shackle myself to it until I manage to
catch up on some of the work I need to finish.
I hope y'all had a wonderful holiday weekend, and that the spirit of
the season is still strong enough within you that you find it in
your hearts to forgive me for not having more to show you lately.
I've done nothing but jinx myself by saying stuff like "Next
update will up tomorrow", so I'm not do it again today.
That being said, it might be worth your time to check out the site
tomorrow. I can't say why exactly, it's just a feeling I have.
/ DEC / 06 - The Grinch who stole jpg files...
off I wanted to apologize for having a broken file / comic up on the
main page here over the past 24+ hours, and to thank those of you
who let me know about it. But more importantly I wanted to
wish y'all a...
a Happy Hanukkah!
if you'll excuse me, I'm off to spend the day with my family!
/ DEC / 06 - Just about all wrapped up...
was able to get three more panels done today, and will most likely
have the rest of the page finished up Christmas eve. However,
I do have a family Christmas dinner to go to tomorrow, so if I don't
get the work done before I have to leave, I'll get it done later in
the evening when I get home.
if you'll excuse me, I have a whole lotta wrapping to do!
/ DEC / 06 - 1042 CST : Or your money back...
Here's where we stand on today's update. At this point I can guarantee
that 1 / 3 of the strip (which sounds more impressive than the first
two panels, no?) will be finished and up for you folks to see later
unfortunately that would mean I'd have to end off at a point where
there's no joke, which I don't mind telling you I'm not exactly
happy about. So I will try my best to get just over the
halfway mark before I quit for the day. However, I am heading
off to a Christmas party tonight to which I have locked myself into
cooking up a bit of food for, so I'm not sure how long I'll be able
to sit in front of the computer.
if I do only get a third of the strip done today, I promise I'll
have most (if not all) of it finished up tomorrow. Of course
I'm thinking a lot of you out there will have far more important
things to do this holiday weekend other than check out the site, but
having it finished will give me peace of mind at least. And
besides, it'll still be here waiting for you guys to read when
you're all done unwrapping your presents, stuffing yourselves with
Turkey, and / or spinning the dreidel.
ladies and gentlemen, I'm off to ink, colour and eventually cook.
/ DEC / 06 - 1211 CST : One more day...
dropping by to let you know that you can expect the next update to
be posted tomorrow afternoon or so. As well, once Friday is
all said and done, I'll finally be getting some time off work.
Which means I should hopefully start gaining a bit of ground with
the strips again soon.
also hoping that this time off will give me kind of a kick in the
ass when it comes to writing a bit more here than a simple
"hi" and "bye". Unfortunately for now the
only thing kicking my ass is fatigue, so I'm off to bed.
/ DEC / 06 - 0938 CST : Putting this page to bed...
current page will be all finished up later today. Then, if
we're lucky I may even have a couple panels of the next one done
before the night is out.
that's all I really had to say.
/ DEC / 06 - 0851 CST : The progress of my work...
guys. Well I'm not sure if I'll be able to get this page
finished up today, but if I do I know I won't get a chance to work
on it till later on this evening.
I'm aware of the typos / spelling mistakes in the strip so far
(serves me right for doing the word bubbles when I was half asleep),
and I promise they'll all be fixed once I update the page.
Okay, I've gotta take off now.
/ DEC / 06 - 1959 CST : "It's a Wonderful Death - Pt. III"
hoping to have this page finished tomorrow, but I might be out of
the house for most of the day, so I'll give you and update in the
morning when I know more.
/ DEC / 06 - 0942 CST : Small fix...
fixed the problem with the archive that was causing people to see
the black and white version of "It's
a Wonderful Death - Pt. I" instead of the coloured
one. Keep in mind you may have to hit the refresh button for
this to take affect.
/ DEC / 06 - 1521 CST : Colour me old school...
I'm just finishing up the colours on the third panel of the latest
strip, but I'm pretty sure I have at least enough steam left in me
to finish up the fourth one too. Regardless though, I will
have work up for you guys to see in a few hours.
well, I'd like to thank those of you who sent some feedback my way
(both good and bad) concerning the colours for the last strip.
I appreciate the fact that you folks care enough to let me know what
you think, and that you don't seem to mind me using the strips to do
a bit of experimentation. I have however switched back to the
old school style of colouring (yeah, like it was so long ago
that I can really warrant calling it "old school") for the
because I didn't like how "Wonderful Death - Pt. I" looked
mind you, I just find my usual style a whole lot quicker and I
really need to play some catch up here.
I'll be back in a few with the pretty pictures.
/ DEC / 06 - 1203 CST : "It's a Wonderful Death - Pt. I"
writing this quick as need to run out the door right away, so I apologize
if there are any typos or flat out screwed up sentences within this
post. I'll be sure to correct them when I get back)
as you can see the colours for the last strip are now done.
Which at the moment puts me one strip behind the pace for this week.
Now I was hoping to have
the newest strip done by this morning, but I'm not quite there
funny, I remember swearing to myself last year that I wouldn't do a
story that required full page strips three times a week again unless
I had time enough time to allow for a two strip buffer (which unless
I'm mistaken was a declaration I made here in the blog for all to
see), and yet here we are again.
odd really. I mean, one would think that I don't actually
enjoy sleep or something...
I personally prefer not to have more than a two day pause between
putting up new work, nor do I like posting work that has yet to be
coloured. So I've been trying to think of a way to remedy this
situation, and after giving it a bit of thought I think I've come up
with a possible solution.
I've finished penciling each page, instead of inking, colouring,
adding backgrounds or whatever for the entire strip, what I
plan to do from now till the story is over is work on the pages in
sections. Which means I'll finish the first panel from inks to
end, and once done do the same for the second panel, and then the
third, and so on and so on.
way, once I start running short on time and it looks like I won't be
able to finish the page before I have to get some sleep or go to
work, I'll be able to post what I have done without having to show
you any ugly bare bones black and white stuff. So in the end
I'll still be completing each page within the same amount of time it
was going to take me all along, but in the mean time you folks will
be treated to a more constant stream of updates instead of having to
wait a lot longer than you're used to for new content.
hey, if this seems to work out well for everybody, than maybe, maybe
I'll stick with doing full page strips from now on.
on Friday I'll be setting this plan in motion and we can all see how
it works out together.
that's enough yapping from me. I'm off to the freakin' malls
to see if I can't managed to finish off my Christmas shopping
today. So if the site isn't updated for quite a while after
you read this, it means I've finally snapped and was arrested for
going "Dead Rising" on the horde of mindless, slow-moving,
zombies that always plague the stores this time of year.
/ DEC / 06 - 1824 CST : Colour me tired...
taking a break from working on the strips for now so that I can get
some food and maybe even some sleep. However, here's a couple
panels (without backgrounds) to show how the colours are shaping up
for the last strip.
/ DEC / 06 - 1021 CST : Upcoming strip schedule...
hours at work are pretty screwed up at the moment. Normally I
work Monday through Friday, but as of late my shifts have been all
over the place due to staff shortage. So much so that I even ended
up taking on an extra shift this last Sunday (which almost never
it stands right now I'm working tonight, then I get two nights off,
followed by seven shifts in a row. Then after that I'll have
six days off (knock on cyber-wood). Now what this means for
the strip is that tomorrow's strip will either be up late in the
evening or early Thursday morning. Where as Friday's should be
up on time. After that...well let's just say I'll be doing the
best I can, but I may end up having to play a lot of catch up on
those six days I have off.
also wanted to mention that the colours for yesterday's strip, which
will most likely be done tomorrow, as well as a few others will be
done in fairly different style than you're used to seeing. I
know I mentioned something about this before, but I just wanted to
remind you all about it.
and just in case you're not fond of the new colours, don't worry too
much about it as I'm 95% sure they'll be going back to the usual
style after December.
there you have it folks. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go
figure out when I'll be able to fit time in my schedule for
Christmas shopping and sleep.
I also fixed the link problem that was causing people to skip over
the last strip when they clicked on 'PREV' from the main page.
/ DEC / 06 - 1916 CST : It's a Wonderful Death - Pt. I
know I haven't posted here much lately, but I plan to make up for
that in a couple of days. For now though I need to get my ass
to bed so that I can at least try to get four hours of sleep
Yes, there are typos in the strip (for example I know I screwed up
surveillance), but I'm a little pressed for time right now so I'll
fix them up tomorrow.
/ DEC / 06 - 1759 CST : Fur is murder (to colour)...
it took so long for me to get the finished version of the strip up,
but I was messing around with some different colouring techniques
and lost track of time. As
you can see I had what you might call mixed success with my
second panel looks all good and fine, but good lord did I ever screw
up that ferret! I'm
tellin' you folks, fur is just the biggest bitch for me to do in
some way that looks half decent. Still, at least I figured out
a few ways not to colour and shade animals, so I guess
the time spent on it wasn't a total waste.
I gotta run.
0922 CST : Playing catch up...
finally have a chance to get the colours for the last strip done
later on today. After that you can expect the strip that was
regularly scheduled for today to be up sometime over the weekend.
once that strip is up things may be a bit sketchy as to when the
updates will happen. I'll try my best to stick with the Mon,
Wed, Fri updates you've come to expect, but given the current
craziness of both my paying job and the holidays in general, plus
taking into account that most (if not all) of the strips for the
coming Christmas story line will be full pages, there may be slight
delays here and there till it wraps up in early Jan.
in mind though I will still make sure that there are three new
comics per week, I just don't know if they'll all fall on there
usual days. So please, bear with me here folks. I
promise you I'm doing the best that I can.
A new space for
If you look to the left
of main page under "GT Stuff" you'll notice a new
link up for Geek
Tragedy's ComicSpace. For those of you who haven't
heard ComicSpace is a
new site that's been launched by OnlineComics.net
creator Josh Roberts.
is basically a Myspace
site for comics that, despite launching only a couple days ago, has
quickly been embraced by both online comic and print comic creators
alike. Granted it's a little light on features at the moment,
but so far I find it to an incredible service. Not to mention
a wonderful resource for discovering new webcomics that I may have
In fact, I've been
pretty blown away by just how many amazing webcomics there are out
there that I've never even heard of before. One artist in
particular who really caught my eye with her work was Zoe
Stead. Seriously, this woman's colours and style
totally blew me away. Be sure to check out her work at on deviantart,
as well as her comics Earthbound
WAVAM Project. Something tells me you won't be disappointed.
Well that's all for me.
However I will be back with the coloured version of the strip later
on in the day so keep your eyes peeled for that.
/ DEC / 06 - 2308 CST : I can't give you the whole enchilada...
I can give you a small taste. I ended up being a few word
bubbles away from having a black and white version of the strip up
for you guys, but I've really gotta get my ass to work soon, so this
is the best I can do for you at the moment.
have the B&W version of the strip early tomorrow, and then
hopefully the colours will be done later that night.
CST : &$#@%...
with three hours to go before I have to start getting ready to head
back into work, and taking into account how poorly things are going
with the strip, I'm beginning to have serious doubts as to whether I
can get it done on time. Which mean of course if I can't
manage to finish it off tonight then it looks like you may have to
wait till tomorrow to check it out.
hey, maybe if I get my ass back to work right now and stop being
mister chatty-pants here I might still be able to pull this off,
/ DEC / 06 - 2113 CST : Future acts of stripping...
dropping by to give you all a heads up about what you can expect as
far as the strip goes for the next little while. This coming
week I'll be working three more day shifts instead of my regular
graveyards, so Monday's comic won't be up till later on in the
on Wednesday I'm working till 4pm and then I have to head back into
work for midnight that same night (don't pity me, I kinda did this
to myself). What this means is that there's a good chance I'll
only have time to do the strip in black and white. If this is
the case though I'll try my best to have the colours done for it the
next day, but I can't promise anything.
speaking of colours, there may be some radical (but most likely
temporary) changes to the way I colour the strip this month.
The reason being is for the next little while I need to get some
practice in on various colouring techniques that are outside of what
you're used to seeing from me. Now normally I'd just do this
sort of thing in my spare time, but seeing as how I don't have much
free time for the next few weeks I'm going to try to merge this
"practice" with my GT work.
there's the scoop. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get as
much work done on Monday's strip as I can before I head off to bed.
/ DEC / 06 - 2007 CST : "Wish List - Pt. I"
if I was at this point in the strip's progress I'd still have plenty
of time to get the colours done before midnight, but I've actually
got to head out in an hour so I'll have to finish them off this
weekend. In the mean time though, I hope you don't mind the
B&W version too much.
1057 CST : Christmas comes early...
you might have guessed from the last strip, I have kinda mixed
feelings when it comes to winter in that I absolute love Christmas
time, but hate snow. Unfortunately I live in a city where snow
is a day to day problem for about five months in the year, so it's
pretty hard to escape. Still, the anticipation of Christmas
usually does a good job of helping me live through at least part of
this snow plagued season.
speaking of contrived segues...
I want for Christmas...
prologue for is year's Christmas story line will be starting up
today, and then the story itself will fully launch later on next
week. Now I know it may seem kinda early for someone to be
kicking off a holiday arc when it's only the first of December, and
normally I'd agree with you, but trust me when I say I need the
extra time. 'Cause try as I might, I found myself unable to
edit this tale down to less than a dozen or so installments.
So basically if I don't start right now then it won't come to
a close till spring of 2007. Which, correct me if I'm wrong,
would kinda be heading into "overkill" territory.
I hope you like what Christmas shenanigans I have to offer you this
year, and if not...well this may be kind of a loooooong month for
people, I better get back to it.
Given how it's pronounced, it never ceases to amaze me that
"segue" is spelt the way it is.