/ FEB / 06 - 1443 CST : Y'all better be visiting the forum dammit!
here's how things stand as of right now:
forum is up and working again. I'm not going to get into the trouble
I had with this, but sufficed to say that somebody owes me a belly
rub (but I guess I'll settle for a pat on the back instead).
the strip that couldn't be posted on Sunday and basically caused
this whole mess is now where it should be.
Thanks to the kind person who let me know it wasn't up (you know who
you are). If you folks happen to stumble upon any other pages
that don't seem to be loading right, or are missing completely, or
any dead links please drop me an e-mail and let me know. 'Cause at
this point I'm pretty much done with looking for mistakes.
all in all everything seems to be running smoothly again, with the
exception of the fact that for some reason I currently have to type
in my password like a million times during the site publishing
process. I guess it could be worse, but it's still a pretty
damn annoying thing to have to do!
I'll have a few announcements to make tomorrow. Me sleep now.
0914 CST : Not quite out of the woods yet...
the site is back up now for the most part. I'm going to be sifting through it for the better of the day trying to find anything
that isn't working or missing. One thing I know for sure that
still isn't working is the forum, which will most likely be the next
area I try to tackle.
once we're 100% back to normal again, which most likely will be
sometime tomorrow (knock on wood) I'll be sure to fill y'all in on
what was up with the downtime.
then, sorry for the troubles and please hang in there.
/ FEB / 06 - 2316 CST : If you can still hear this...
should know that while the site still appears to be working, e-mail
that comes in through the site is currently down. Not exactly
sure at this point how long it'll be before Geek Tragedy is temporarily
taken down for (I had thought it would've happened already), but you
can expect the downtime to begin within the next 24 hours.
actually kinda hope the site comes down in the next little while, as
the sooner that happens, the quicker I can finish up all the
technical crap I need to get done in order to bring it back up
again. And once that happens, I can actually start
uploading the new strip(s) to the site.
bear with us here folks. I was told that all should be said in
done within 48 hours at the latest and I'm still holding out hope of
that time frame staying true.
1708 CST : This is a test...
Hey folks. Just
testing something here.
0947 CST : Sooner than I thought...
so that downtime I was talking about an hour ago may be happening a
little sooner than I thought. Like within the next 24 hours or
so. So if you log on later today to check out the strip and
the site is down, don't worry. It's all part of my master
if the site is still down 24 hours from now, then things haven't
gone quite the way I expected them to go.
any downtime longer than that will basically mean that things have
gone horribly, horribly wrong.
lets keep our "positive thinking caps" on for the time
being shall we!
(just hopefully not too much later),
0848 CST : Shuffle and repeat...
some of you may already know we're just about at Geek Tragedy's one
year anniversary. And seeing as how February was the best
month we've ever had here...well let's just say that I've got some
pretty high hopes for the month of March.
be sure to tell y'all what I've got planned for next month once it's
actually upon us, but in the mean time I just wanted to mention a
this point I'm not exactly sure when, but the site may be coming
down for a bit of maintenance sometime in the next couple of
weeks. Yeah, this isn't exactly the way I'd hoped to start off
Geek Tragedy's second year either, but it's kind of unavoidable and
will be for the better in the long run. I'll be sure to give
you guys a heads up just as soon as I know exactly when this is
going to happen.
other thing I wanted to mention was the fact that Geek
Tragedy shirts are now available for pre-order. Figured
I'd let ya know in case you missed either the last blog entry about
it, or the banners that I put up both here and on the strip
page. So if you're looking for a good way to help support he
site, buying a shirt is the best way for any of you guys out
there to do just that.
and in case you missed the last paragraph I just wrote, don't
worry. I'll most likely be rewording this announcement and
reposting it here a few more times over the next while until the
I know. I'm such a whore.
the next strip will be up later today, so I'll talk to ya then.
/ FEB / 06 - 1736 CST : "Paper / Plastic - Pt. I"
it took me so long to get today's strip up.
I was playing around with some colouring techniques and I burnt up a
lot of time that way.
comic was directly inspired by a recent exchange that
took place on the forum. Some of you most likely have
figured that out already, but I just figured I'd mention it for
those of you who don't drop by there too often.
1045 CST - I can't even begin to tell you how long I've
waited to announce this...
are now finally able to accept pre-orders for the first ever Geek
you head on over to "The Store"
page you'll be able to read all about it, but in the mean time let
me put some of the info here for you:
now Geek Tragedy T-shirts have only been things of myth and legend. Well
folks, the legend has finally been made flesh!
actually we made 'em out of cotton (trust me, it's less messy that way),
the very first Geek Tragedy T-Shirt features all four main characters
(Grey, Noname, Frank, and Casey) in silhouette. The words
"The Hacker", "The Slacker", "The
Grifter", "The Ghost" appear above their heads with Geek
Tragedy below them.
image is printed in white and red on the front of a black shirt.
We are currently
accepting pre-orders for the shirts. Pre-orders will be
closed, and the order placed with the printers no later than March
I will only be ordering a handful more shirts than I have preorders for,
so if you'd like to guarantee a shirt in your size preordering them NOW
is your best best.
buying a Geek Tragedy T-shirt not only are you saving the life of a
unicorn*, you'll also be doing a lot to help support the site. So...what
are you waiting for?
note, saving a unicorn by buying a T-shirt has not been scientifically
have I ever been waiting a loooooong time to make that announcement!
if you folks out there would like to help support the site, and get
a bit of Geek Tragedy swag for your troubles, please head on over to
"The Store" and pre-order a
shirt. And just so you know, I'm planning on retiring this
particular shirt design after this one order. So once they're
all gone, they're gone for good.
final note. For those of you who were wondering what the the
"ladies" tees look like, I should have an example pic up
on "The Store" page by sometime
tonight. Sorry there isn't one up there now, but I don't
currently have a link to that style of shirt yet.
I better get back to working on the strip.
/ FEB / 06 - 1545 CST - "Congratz Ali!"
a week ago I was contacted by a fellow named Michael Rouse-Deane
asking if I'd like to contribute to a "secret project" he
was working on. Now when I first got his e-mail I took one
look at it, stupidly thought it was spam, and immediately banished it from
for me, he e-mailed me again a couple days later. It
was at that point that I realized his "secret project"
didn't involve selling me some cheap pharmaceuticals, or wanting to
increase the size of my manhood. And so I quickly went back
and read his original e-mail.
it turns out Michael was putting a book together to help celebrate
the 1000th strip of the webcomic HOUSD
(yeah, you read that right...1000th strip!), which went up
yesterday. He was asking a bunch of artists and fans alike if
they'd be willing to contribute some art and / or a few words to the
book, and wanted to know if I'd like to take part.
of course I did...for two reasons.
off, I was just plain floored that someone out there who is not my
mother would actually request to see my artwork.
secondly because hitting 1000 strips and still being able to produce
a comic that is fresh and funny, which Ali Graham does quite handily
with HOUSD, is
pretty damn amazing in my book. And as a virtual newbie to the
webcomic scene I was thrilled to have a chance to let him know just
how inspirational it is for me to see someone achieve that kind of a
I wasn't able to produce the strip that I had intended to submit for
the book in time, so I went with an alternate bit of artwork.
However, I did in fact finish the "Congratz Ali!" strip,
and even though it didn't make to the book I couldn't let it go to
waste either. So here it is folks.
second and third panels of the strip contain my interpretation of a
few of Ali's characters. They are totally his own creation and
I in no way lay any claim on them whatsoever. If you'd like to
see more of them (drawn the way they should be!) please check out HOUSD.
You won't be disappointed.
that's all from me.
Ali, if you're reading this, I promise that I will leave your
characters the hell alone from now on!
/ FEB / 06 - 1350 CST - I can only assume that something very bad is
about to happen...
past couple of days have been pretty good to me for the most part.
my cordless phone, which had seemingly died a few weeks ago, somehow
managed to miraculously heal itself and is now working just
fine. I was able to get the colours done on
yesterday's strip earlier this morning, which means I won't have
to add yet another strip to my collection of sub-par black and white
strips. As well, I managed to get a fair amount of sketching
done earlier today. And for a nice change of pace, I was actually
happy with it.
the absolute best thing to happen in the past couple days took place
earlier this morning when I became 100% certain that the Geek
Tragedy T-shirts will in fact become a reality!
here's the way things stand right now as far as the shirts go:
Here is the image that will appear on the shirts:
The pre-sale will start either Wednesday or Thursday.
Probably Wednesday. It will last no longer than two weeks, and
after that I will be placing my order. Two weeks after the
order has been placed, the shirts will be ready and I'll start
sending them out the next day.
I will only be ordering a limited number of shirts over the
pre-ordered amount. So the only way to guarantee a shirt in your
size will be to pre-order it.
There will be both XXL (and larger) shirts as well as ladies
cut shirts available to order, however they will cost a bit more
than the regular shirts.
Payments can be made through PayPal, or credit cards (via PayPal).
I will try to accommodate other methods of payment as well, so just
e-mail me and we can discuss it.
still got a few things to work out yet, so that's all the info I
have for you at the moment. In the mean time, if you have any
questions please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or post a message HERE
on the forum, and I'll get back to you ASAP.
that's it for now folks. More news to come tomorrow!
/ FEB / 06 - 1657 CST - "Training Wheels"
today's comic is currently in black and white,
and for that I am truly sorry. I'll get to the colours first
thing tomorrow morning when I get home from work.
CST : Good or maybe even gooder news will be coming soon...
case scenario, the strip will be up today but the colouring and
backgrounds won't be done till tomorrow.
the other hand there's a chance that it'll be totally finished
before I head to bed. Unlikely, but there is still a chance.
let you know either way later on when it's up.
/ FEB / 06 - 1244 CST : Sunday may come a day late this week...
actually Sunday's strip may be a day late. It's
about 50 / 50 right now. Hopefully those odds will fall in my
favour though and I'll have it up on time after all.
keep y'all posted.
/ FEB / 06 - 1508 CST : "Immoral Code - Pt. III"
are usually two types of strips that I end up producing.
first kind are the ones that are born out of what I feel are really humorous
ideas, and as such are there just for a laugh. When all is
said and done they usually have no real impact on any past, present,
or future GT storylines. They're just gag strips, pure and
the flip side of that coin are the plot heavy strips. These
are the ones that require me to get from point A to B in an effort
to cover certain key points that I need to have in place for other
(often more important) storylines down the road. Unfortunately
they also tend to have the lamest jokes (providing they even have a
joke at all), because with them I put the humor second.
all the strips I've done I of course have a short list of
favorites. 90% of which is comprised of the "gag"
mention all this because today's strip was always conceived as a
"plot point" strip, and yet now
that it's finished I can honestly say that it's quite high on my
that's right! I just took five or so paragraphs to let y'all
know something that could have easily been summed up simply by
saying "This strip is one of new favorites."
did I choose to do it that way you ask? Because for once I've
managed to finish a strip and still be awake enough to feel like
writing, and as fate would have it I didn't really have something to
say. So instead I chose to say a whole lot of nothing at great
I feel better now.
and because I think it's a shame that the second panel ended up
being obscured by so much text, here it is without.
that wuss is always crying it seems...
1108 CST : Pre-strip show...
the strip isn't up yet. I'm just getting all these pesky words out
of the way now as I'm usually too tired to even think straight by
the time the comic is done.
I'm pretty sure today's strip will be the last installment in the
"Immoral Code" storyline. There is a slim chance that I
may tack on a fourth chapter come Sunday, but unless I figure out
some way to strengthen the joke I've got for it I'd rather just move
the survey saysÖ
closed the poll regarding what image you folks would most like to
see on the first Geek Tragedy T-shirt. Here is your winnerÖ
was going to put up a banner both here and on the main strip page
for another week asking for people to vote, but given how the voting
breakdown was shaping up so far I'm pretty sure I already know which
one was going to be considered the favourite in the long run anyway.
Besides I didn't really want to wait another week before I move on
to the next step.
next step by the way is my having one final chat with the screen
printer regarding the order, and then opening up presales for the
shirts. I'm hoping this will happen sometime around the middle of
next week. I'll be sure to go into more detail about the shirts
because I'm certain I'll be asked about it before then anyway, I
will say this; At this time I still don't know if this shirt will be
available in both men's and women's styles. I'll try my best to
accommodate you ladies out there who prefer the more form fitting
gender specific style, but there is a very good chance that in the
end I will have to stick to the more standard type of T-shirt.
'Cause even though I do so very much like to make the ladies happy,
I already know that there will be a higher demand for regular style
I guess thatís all Iíve got for ya right now. Iíll post again
once the strip is up though.
/ FEB / 06 - 1503 CST : How could I forget...
updated the "of the moment" box in the top right hand
corner there with one of the funniest bits of musical violence I've
seen in a good long while.
1422 CST : "Immoral Code - Pt. II"
it's Valentine's Day! And no, I didn't make a special strip
folks. I was planning on doing up a card much like I did last
year, but I just ran out of time.
did however get the new strip done and up,
so if you find yourself in a real pickle you could always send that
to object of your lust and / or affection. Though given the
total unromantic nature of today's strip, I wouldn't really suggest
than that I don't really have much to report. Well, I guess I
do have a few things I could report, but nothing that is set in
stone yet so I'd rather keep my mouth shut for now. That way I
don't have to come back here a week or so from now and say
"Remember that thing that I said that was going to
happen...well it's not so much gonna happen anymore."
'Cause that just makes me look stupid. And I'd really like to
cut back on looking stupid this year if I can.
that's all for now!
/ FEB / 06 - 1627 CST : "Immoral Code - Pt. I"
people. The first part of a new
storyline begins today.
and when you're done checking out the strip, please be sure to
vote for what image you like best in
the Geek Tragedy T-shirt poll if you haven't already. And
hey, if you're still in a voting sorta mood after that you can
always click the vote button to your left as well.
yeah, yeah. I know. I'm like a broken record.
Sorry (but please vote!).
/ FEB / 06 - 1026 CST : Better late than never...
before I start into what I came here to say I have to get something
off my chest.
does not belong on a clubhouse sandwich...EVER!
if I have to say the words "Could I get that with no onion
please?" then I had better be ordering a bloody cheese burger,
not a damn clubhouse!
mean for the love of God people, if you're going to screw up a
perfectly good club by putting onion on it don't call it a
clubhouse! Call it a...I don't know...skanky whorehouse or
something instead! Or if you must bastardize it by
adding that particular ingredient, mark that on the freakin'
menu (preferably with big bold red letters!). After
all you always seem to go to the trouble of spelling out what
exactly goes into such mysterious sounding dishes like the
"BLT" or the "grilled cheese sandwich", so why
should a club be treated any differently?
enough about that...
may remember how back at the beginning of November of last year, Lar
deSouza from over at Least
I Could Do did up a guest strip for me.
Well it seems later on that month he had tried to send me a special
birthday pic showing what his own unique take on the rest of the GT
crew would be. The only thing is, the pic never actually made
it to me, and neither of us realized this until just a couple weeks
though Lar still had the pic on his computer and was kind enough to
resend it to me. And now that I've seen it, let me tell you
folks, the phrase "Better late than never" doesn't quite
cover it! It's AMAZING!
just love the spin he puts on each of the crew. Plus I've
looked at this pic a million times now, and I still laugh every time
I look at Frank and Bo locking eyes. I tell ya, it's just
plain sick how talented Lar is.
man! I definitely owe ya one (or is it two now?)!
all for now folks.
/ FEB / 06 - 1537 CST : "Viewer Feedback - Pt. IV"
again I dip into the old mailbag (as well as current headlines) to
find inspiration for a new strip.
I'm not a political person by nature. In fact, I'm just about
the least politically minded person I know. So not
surprisingly Geek Tragedy isn't a very politically charged
strip. It's just not what I want it to be. So while I
personally have certain opinions regarding both the violence that is
erupting around the world right now, as well as about the Danish editorial
cartoon that has sparked it, I don't feel comfortable airing those
views out through Noname and the gang.
today's strip will be just about all you'll ever hear from me about
this subject. Which, as you'll find out once you've read it,
I'm off to bed now. Before I go though, I
posted that poll asking what design you guys think would look best
on T-shirt. So if you have three seconds to kill, please
drop by there and cast a vote. And just so you know, you don't
have to be a member of the forum to vote.
/ FEB / 06 - 1438 CST : Choose how you'd best like to get rid of
posted a topic on the forum asking for you folks to sound off on what
design you'd like on the first Geek Tragedy T-shirt.
you'd be kind enough to post your comments on this subject, they'd
be much appreciated. However, if you're the shy type, you may
want to wait till tomorrow when the survey regarding the GT-shirts
is up and running. Or you can always e-mail me about all
this to and let me know that way.
not sure how long I'm going to leave this topic open for debate, but
it probably won't be for much longer than a week. I know a few
of you (myself included) have been waiting for some type of GT-shirt
to become a reality for a while now, so I'd like to be able to get
started on it, and have my order sent off to the printers ASAP.
all for now.
/ FEB / 06 - 1922 CST : "Fund Hellraisers - Pt. V"
final installment of "Fund
Hellraisers" is now up.
those of you folks who are visiting the site for the first (but
hopefully not last) time, there are new strips up every Tues, Thurs,
and Sun. Oh, and if you like what you see here, please be sure
to click the old VOTE button to the left there.
1813 CST : Almost there...
those of you who are wondering, yes, there will be a strip up
it's up so much later than usual, but I have the night off work so I
knew I'd be able to sleep in later on. Which in turn made slack a
bit, and take a very looooong break from working on it so that I
could watch The Devil's Rejects and The 40 Year Old Virgin
I'm back at it now, so it should only be an hour or two more.
0757 CST : This is why chickens don't use cell
you ever found yourself out and about in the middle of nowhere
with nothing but a raw egg, a radio, two cell phones, and a powerful
pretty much screwed, right?
and here I thought cell phones hit the peak of their usefulness when
you started to be able to use them to download
/ FEB / 06 - 1426 CST : "Fund Hellraisers - Pt. IV"
had intended to write more here after I
posted today's strip, but unfortunately I've gotta run.
folks, I'll try to make up for it tomorrow.
/ FEB / 06 - 1723 CST : "Fund Hellraisers - Pt. III"
new strip is now up.
I forgot to mention. It's a brand new month, so the votes at
webcomiclist.com have now reset. So if you could be kind
enough to cast a vote I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
all for now folks.
1601 CST : Make that
I posted that a new strip would be up within 24 hours. I did
so at 1323 CST. It is now just before 1600 CST.
yes, that makes me a liar, but only by a few hours as the newest
strip is almost done and should be up soon.
0657 CST : Some laws may have gray areas, but stupidity
is usually black and white...
of mine have come to learn that I've got some pretty set views as to
what "piracy" is. In fact I'm one of the few people
I know that spends a fair amount of time online and yet doesn't make
use of some sort of file sharing program. I just can't bring
myself to do it, as I feel that particular path is laid out on far
too slippery of a slope.
that being said I still don't think I'll ever be able
to allow myself to side with the RIAA on just about anything.
And the following is a perfect example as to why:
Marie Lindor to Move
for Summary Judgment
Marie Lindor, a home
health aide who has never bought, used, or even turned on a
computer in her life, but was nevertheless sued by the RIAA in
Brooklyn federal court for using an "online distribution
system" to "download, distribute, and/or make available
for distribution" plaintiff's music files, has requested a
pre-motion conference in anticipation of making a summary judgment
motion dismissing the complaint and awarding her attorneys fees
under the Copyright Act.
like they go out of their way to try and make
themselves appear to be totally unlikable evil pricks or
something. This sort of thing is exactly why I refuse to be in
their corner when it comes to just about anything. It's like
the whole MPAA / DECSS drama that happened a few years back.
And if you're not sure what I'm talking about there, just pop over
to 2600.com and type in "DeCSS"
on that site's search box. Trust me, you'll be given more info
on that subject than you'd ever be able to read.
and in case you were wondering, no, the strip I'm going to be
posting today doesn't have anything to do with this. But there
may be one in the near furture...
/ FEB / 06 - 1323 CST : Test zone...
just wanted to give you folks a heads up that I'm going to be
testing out a few things on the site throughout the day. Most
(if not all) of what I do shouldn't ever touch the main pages of the
site. However, incase they do, and within that time you
happen to drop by and see that things look a little screwy, I
apologize. Don't worry though, I'll try to have everything
back to normal ASAP.
and things'll be getting back on track as far as the strips go
(which is to say there will be new ones posted) in within the next
24 hours. Thanks for your patients in this area over the last
/ FEB / 06 - 1944 CST : Once more a creature of the night...
hellish stint of day shifts are finally over. To tell the
truth, aside from the fact that they totally screwed up my sleeping
habits and turned me into a bit of a zombie for the past few days,
they really weren't that bad I guess. Still, I'm glad
they're over now, and with any luck I won't be back on days for
another year at least.
about not getting Tuesday's strip up yesterday folks. But as
promised I have now posted a couple
wallpapers for you guys to download if you'd like.
first one (which you may remember from the old site if you've been
hanging around here for that long) is made up from the very first
Geek Tragedy splash page I ever did. While the second one is a
visual remix of Sunday's "100 strips" strip.
try to put up a few more wallpapers for you guys to grab over the
next while, but for now though I'd kinda like to focus on the actual
comics instead. After all, that's why we're all here in the
first place, right?
that's all for now.