/ JAN / 06 - 1944 CST : I'm completely ruined...
body's clock is so set on nights that I now wonder if I'd ever be
able to survive on any other type of schedule for as long as I
live. All I can say is that I'm glad I only have one more
shift of days, and then things can get back to normal. Until
the next time they drag me in for training at work, but hopefully
that won't be for another year or so.
about not having a new strip up today, but my "real" job
kinda got in the way this week. And as much as I'd like to
simply tell my bosses to take my job and do unpleasant things with
it, a man's gotta make his money somehow.
have however had time to post the "Thanks for Voting
Wallpapers!" up on the site for you folks to download.
You can grab the link that will take you to them by clicking on the VOTE
button to the left. Here is a small peek at how the
wallpaper turned out in the end.
and as my way of making up for the fact that this week's strips will
be a bit delayed, in the next 24 hours I'll be posting a few
other wallpapers up for you folks to download. You'll be able
to find them in the "Other Work" section of the Archives
once they're up. Don't worry, I'll be sure to post here when
I've got them ready for you.
I guess it's off to bed with me now.
to bed before 8pm...man does this blow. It's like working days
has suddenly aged me 50 years or something.
/ JAN / 06 - 1837 CST : Now with 50% more purple!
people felt that the "100" in the last strip didn't quite
stand out exactly the way it should have, and ended up being kind of
washed out amongst all the surrounding white space. When I
looked back at it again I have to say that agreed with them, so I
went ahead and touched it up a bit.
also like to mention that I'm not too sure if I'm going to have the
strip up tomorrow evening like I had hoped. I'm not a totally
sure about that though. I've switched to a completely different schedule
for the next few days at work, and it's currently rather difficult
for me to gauge how much free time I'm going to have to get it done.
this shift in my work pattern will be followed by a couple days off,
so if I don't have time to do it on Tuesday, I'll definitely be able
to make up for it then. Keep your fingers crossed though,
'cause it may end up being posted on time anyways.
that's all for now.
0648 CST : Perhaps your yellow sun will give me powers
beyond that of normal men...
I'm going to be stuck at work all day today, so there won't be any
updates until later on in the evening, or quite possibly not till
hope y'all enjoy your day. I already know I won't.
/ JAN / 06 - 2222 CST : "Century Strip"
was mentioned to me on the forum that I've somehow managed to find
the time to produce 100+ strips. Now while I was trying to
keep track of how many I'd done to date, I kinda screwed up on the math,
and as a result I let the 100th strip slip by without even realizing
it. So today's strip is my way of trying to turn back the hands of
time, and make up for my oversight.
of oversights, I forgot to give you guys a heads up that for the next
three days I'll be working a set of day shifts for the first time in
about a year. So what this means is Tuesday's and quite possibly Thursday's strips won't be posted until
later on in the evening (much like today's was), instead of the afternoon
the way they normally
that I didn't mention it earlier, it kinda slipped my mind.
it looks like I'm off to bed. I tell ya though, I am not
looking forward to waking up to the sight of the sun. Hopefully
I'll be able to make it out to my car in the morning without bursting into flames...
/ JAN / 06 - 1343 CST : They're back!
for the first time since Geek Tragedy switched from it's old design,
polls / surveys have returned to the site.
they are only accessible from the GT
forum, but I'm working on installing an add-on to the forum code
that will allow them to be viewed from the main page here as
there are couple things that I think are important to mention about
You don't have to be a member of the forum in order to vote.
b) Your votes really will help me try to get a handle on what you
think of the site, and with any luck help to make Geek Tragedy
better down the road.
example, the first set of polls I plan to put up (there
is currently only a "test" one up at the moment) will
have a direct impact on the upcoming Geek Tragedy T-shirts.
The way I figure it is you guys are the ones who are going to buying
the shirts, and so while I know I can't please everyone, I'd like to
get as much info from y'all before I go ahead and have some printed
and while we're on the subject of voting, please remember to VOTE
for Geek Tragedy by clicking the button on the left of your
/ JAN / 06 - 1447 CST : "Fund Hellraisers - Pt. II"
odd how often I overestimate the difficulty of the work involved in
a strip I've scripted out, only to discover during the execution of
it that it was a lot less troublesome than I had anticipated.
today was not one of those days. Quite the opposite in
the moment I came up with the idea of today's
strip, I was totally convinced that the first two panels of it
would be so shamefully easy that it'd actual feel like I'd be
cheating, or would in some way be giving myself a half-day
now I'm still not sure what went wrong, but sufficed to say something
sure did. But enough bitching...
those of you from the forum who have been waiting for more options
as far as T-shirt designs, I'm sorry to say that you may have to
wait till the weekend. I had hoped for more time to work on
that particular project this week, but I fell short.
this constant need for sleep!
/ JAN / 06 - 1621 CST : Random bits...
get to it shall we!
put up the coloured version of what will be the next "Thanks
for voting!" wallpaper (now that it's coloured, the wallpaper
itself should be up for downloading by the weekend if not
sooner). You can check it out by voting.
still puts me one wallpaper behind pace for the month (as
technically this last one was meant for December), but keep your
fingers cross and I may be able to get another one out to you before
of Apple Geeks fame is using
this week to show everyone how he goes about producing the artwork
for the strips over there. I sorta did something similar
in the GT forum a little while back only less detailed and
nowhere near as pretty.
I highly recommend you check it out. It's a great read so far,
especially if you're into webcomics (and if you're here reading
this, I'm guessing you are).
hell finally frozen over?
Tragedy T-shirts becoming a reality seems to becoming more and more
likely. I'm going to try and get some polls up and working
soon to try and get your opinions on a few things about this
subject, but in the mean time you may want to head over to the GT
forum and check out how the discussion
regarding them is shaping up so far.
of the moment...
promised myself I wouldn't go to sleep today until I finally found
something to update the "of the moment" box, and at long
last I have done just that. Given how slow I am when it comes
to stumbling onto these sorts of things, this may be pretty damn
old, but I got a kick out of it so I thought maybe you would too.
in mind though, if you're not too fond of the sight of pixilated
cartoon blood and violence, you may want to skip this one.
can think of far better ways to spend my time studying it...
I'm not working on the strip or the site, I'm currently trying to
relearn anatomy and the "how-to" of drawing the human form
as it exists outside the cartoony Geek Tragedy universe. I feel it's
something that I'll really benefit from down the road, but
unfortunately it all makes for some pretty dull sketches. So
I'll leave you with the pic of Frank I did up after I was bored to
tears and needed a break from drawing a few pages of legs, hands,
and neck / shoulders.
all for now folks.
/ JAN / 06 - 1047 CST : "Fund Hellraisers - Pt. I"
new strip is up much earlier than usual.
early in fact that I think I'm going to take a nap now, and then try
to come back on here later to write more when my eyelids aren't
quite so heavy.
/ JAN / 06 - 1754 CST : "Self-Deprecation"
those of you who missed it, you may want to quickly skim over this
entry in the 19 / JAN / 06 blog before you check out the
strip today. Yes, I admit that having to look over
"required reading" in order to better understand a strip
isn't always the most fun thing to to do, so allow me to apologize
about that. But then again I guess any strip that follows some
sort of continuity will often have this type of requirement, and
this particular blurb is quite short, so hopefully you'll forgive me
this one time.
also like to mention that today's strip marks the return of what was
previously meant to be a one-shot character.
However, I've always regretted the fact that in that strip she just
didn't quite resemble her namesake as accurately as I had intended.
And so because of that, I've been dying for good chance to take
another crack at her ever since.
happy to say this time around I feel I came a lot closer with
her to what was my original intent. Rest assured though, I
highly doubt that all female characters I write into the strip will
be done this particular way.
that I have anything against this style of drawing mind you, it's
just not what I'd like my work to look like outside of when I draw
this one character. As well, I'd really rather not have to
spend anymore of my life browsing through the net's seemingly
endless galleries of Sailor Moon pics looking for reverence material
(EDIT: Yeah, that was
actually supposed to be "reference" material. Trust
me when I say that I most certainly do not revere Sailor Moon
in any way, shape or form!)
folks, I'm off to bed.
1148 CST : Keep in mind this strictly hypothetical...
if you've got a second, I wouldn't mind you opinion on something
I posted on the GT forum.
about to start colouring today's strip, but before I did there were
a couple things I wanted to cover.
off, some people were wondering if I was abandoning storyline strips
for what some people like to call "gag-a-day" style
ones. I'm guessing this question stems from the fact that
neither of the last two entries I've doodled into The Book of GT
have had a "Part I" attached to the titles (nor will the
next one as you will soon find out).
the answer to that question is no, I am not heading in that
direction with the comic. Sure, I enjoy reading
"gag-a-day" strips, and will most likely throw a few into
the mix here from time to time, but I fully intend to stick with
writing tales rich with continuity and roman numerals in the titles.
of my last two strips will eventually branch off into a storyline
later on, but for now, after sticking with a single overly long
story for a couple months, I just wanted to do a few quick one-shot
jokes to cleanse my creative pallet before I head into a new mini
for using honey...
last thing I wanted to say before I get back to work is thanks to
everyone who has taken the time to give me feedback about the
changes I've made over the past week.
of you like the new fonts, and various changes to the characters
style that I've been playing around with, while some of you...well,
not so much. Regardless of what your opinion is though, good
or bad, I'm very happy to see that y'all care about the strip enough
to sound off and let me know what you're thinking.
for those of you who have told me that you're not happy with
the way things are looking now, I just want you to know that I appreciate
your opinions, and I hope that it all grows on you in time.
Plus I'm quite grateful to you guys for expressing your displeasure
in such an insightfully critical, yet courteous manner. 'Cause
even though sending e-mails that simply say "U suck!" may
get your point across, they don't exactly do much to help me try and
improve the strip or give me much reason to place any value on your
Less typing, more colouring!
/ JAN / 06 - 1703 CST : "Tech Savy"
new strip be up yo.
just found out about five minutes ago that I've been without a
working phone for the past few days. It seems that when I
moved my cordless base unit from my office to the hall that the
power cord came loose. So while I thought my phone was
charging, it was actually dying. And to further complicate
matters, after having the battery run down to nothing, the phone can
no longer seem to do whatever techno-voo-doo that it does to connect
to the base.
yeah, now I have to wait six hours till the battery is fully charged
again to see if this problem is going to correct itself, or if this
is just the beginning of a brand new headache. Anyway, I just
figured I'd mention this in case any of you out there thought I've
just been screening my calls for the past few days, and not picking
reminds me, I'd like to send a message out to my good friend Tim. BUY
A DAMN ANSWERING MACHINE! Now there is a good chance he won't
see this, so if someone who knows him could just pass this along to
him next time you're in contact with him, thanks!
Penguin Appreciation Day!
know, if you're anything like me then you've got to be thinking,
"Wow, is it that time of year again already?" You
bet it is! So put on your tux, break out the sardine pudding,
and waddle your ass out to the bar!
and if you've got that special little penguin in your life, then:
Hopefully you're a marine biologist or something, and not just some
sort of sick freak.
b) Today would be a good day to show him or her how much they mean
remember, this festive day may be almost over now but that only
means that Shoelace Awareness Day or Spank Your Secretary
/ Boss Day or some other nonsensical made up day
is just around the corner. In fact...
hereby decree that January 20th is now officially Have Sex
With a Webcartoonist Day! Hell, you know what, lets make
that Have Sex With a Webcartoonist Week! (I'd go for a
full month, but I've got to get some work done sometime).
there you go folks. Come tomorrow, find yourself a
webcartoonist and let the celebration begin! Hopefully my
phone will be working again by then...
/ JAN / 06 - 1258 CST : "Body Types"
the week off was fun while it lasted, but to be honest I'm kinda
glad to be back to making new strips.
tell ya, it felt rather weird at first to write a strip that has
nothing to do with mythical fat men, or zombies, but I managed to
make it through somehow.
from drawing Frank in a slightly different way, and using hues that
are a bit more toned down to colour the characters, you may notice
that I switched the font I was using. I'm not sure yet if it's
for the better, but I'm going to be playing around with it for the
next couple weeks I think. I actually feel that the text could
stand to be a bit smaller than it is now, which would be nice if I
that proves to be true. After all, I do like to get my
"blah, blah, blah" on fairly often, so the more text I can
squeeze in the better I think.
I'm just about done a new Geek Tragedy wallpaper. So if you'd like
to take a look at the inked work for it, just go ahead and vote and
you'll be able to catch a glimpse of Starsky and Hutch for the
for once I've actually managed to post everything I wanted to well
before I feel the need to crawl off to sleep. So with any luck
I'll be able to post a bit more here later on before I head off to
I don't though, take care folks!
/ JAN / 06 - 1641 CST : Oh how I wish I were sleeping...
amazing just how tired a person can feel, and yet still not be able
to get to sleep...
seeing a how I'm awake I figured I post a quick hello, and give a
now posted the "revamped" pic of Noname on the
"Thanks for Voting!" page, so you may want to check it
out. He hasn't changed much, but I thought you folks may want
to take a peek.
well, you can expect the coloured versions of both the last strip,
and "It Begins - Pt. II" to be posted tomorrow. I
know there are a few other strips that still need colouring, but at
the moment those two are the ones that I know for sure will be done
remember, my week off is just about over and so the new strips start
back up on Tuesday.
yeah, and for the first time since I moved into my house, my office
actually looks like an office now instead of a storage shed that had
an unfortunate run in with an exploding garbage bin. If I can
get my long neglected webcam to work, I'll try and see if I can take
a few screen caps for y'all to see.
that's all for now folks. I'll leave you with this little pic
of Bo that I did up for myself as sort of a style guide so that I
can draw him with a bit more consistency than I have in the
/ JAN / 06 - 1243 CST : Casey looks so damn good, you'd think it was
guest art again...
of you who have been coming to the site for a while know that I
don't often stroke myself in public when it comes to my own
artwork. However, I have to say that once it was all coloured
up the "revamped" pic of Casey I did looked pretty damn
(insert hip pop culture word or phrase that means "good"
here)! Can I get a "wha, wha!"
okay...I promise I won't ever do that "wha, wha!" thing
I'm pretty proud of how the pic turned out. If you'd like to
see feel free to click on the VOTE button to the left there.
for you folks that have missed the previous "revamp" pics,
don't worry, I'll be posting them on the site eventually.
that's it for now. I'm hoping to have some, if not all of the
site content I've been working on up by the end of the
weekend. And remember, come Tuesday my "week off" is
over and new strips will start up three times a week again.
/ JAN / 06 - 1313 CST : I wish I could do it to myself...
things I wanted to let you guys know about.
posted the revamped version of Grey on the "Thanks for
voting!" page. Not much has changed with the little guy,
but the one thing you may notice is that I kind of toned down the
size of his ears a bit. I've also made them look a bit more
ear like too. You might have noticed that I did this with
Frank's ears as well, and intend to do with all of the core
from that, I'm also trying out a few other subtle stylistic changes,
but nothing too noticeable I think. Anyway, by the end of the
week you should have had a chance to see each of the slightly
modified GT crew, and I hope you like what you see.
may experience technical difficulties...
I do a bit of tinkering with the site over the next week or so, you
may find that the site is either down, or a bit messed up for (what
I hope are) short periods of time. I apologize in advance is
this ends up being the case, and I promise you I will do my best to
keep any downtime to a minimum.
for your patience!
time to fire up the bulldozer again and get back to cleaning my
/ JAN / 06 - 1243 CST : Just when you thought it was over...
haven't fully decided yet, but I may do a write up for the
"With Apologies" section regarding some of the questions
I've received regarding the CDotD storyline. I was
hoping to have finally laid that topic to rest, but it seems a few
folks were curious (or in some cases unclear) about certain events
that did, or did not take place over the past month or so. So
if I do whip something up, maybe I'll be able to shed some light on
the subject for you fine people.
all-inclusive one week stay in packrat heaven...
though I'm taking a week off from the strip this week, that doesn't
mean that I won't be working on the site. In fact, I'm hoping
to get a few projects done around here that I've been wanting to do
for quite a while. Some of these things are sort of backend
technical tasks that I won't bother getting into, but I'll be sure
to let you know here of anything new that shows up on the site
of working on the site I also have a few other task in mind that I'm
hoping to put some time into (I never did get to read that book I
bought over the Christmas Holidays). The largest one being to
give my office a total overhaul.
see when I first moved into my house I set aside a room to be used
as my office, which also doubled as sort of a temporary storage area
for everything that I hadn't quite found a place for. That was
over a year ago now, and sadly most of the "temporary"
clutter in here still hasn't moved an inch. In fact, because
about 80% of the time I spend at home is within this one room, said
clutter has only gotten worse.
much, MUCH worse.
a room that measures roughly 11x11 feet, I currently have only
enough open floor space to wheel my chair between my computer, and
my drafting board. A path that works out to be only about 3
feet in length. On top of which, I am currently surrounded by
what can only be described as make-shift "bunker" of empty
(and in some cases, not so empty) pop cans, partially finished
bottles of flavored water, crumpled up bags that once contained various
delicious snack foods, and ample amounts of discarded Bristol board.
as you might have already guessed, I'm not the tidiest person on the
planet, and so I can put up with quite a lot when it comes to
working within a sea of chaotic squalor...but even I have my limits.
And those limits were reached about 6 months ago.
I can, I'll try to remember to take before and after pics of exactly
what it is I'm talking about here, and then post them on the site so
that y'all can truly appreciate that arduous task that I have set
for myself in the next few days. But if I don't, take my word
for it, it ain't gonna be pretty.
that's all for now folks. I'll have a new pic of one of the
(slightly) revamped Geek Tragedy characters up tomorrow on the
"Thank for voting!" page.
/ JAN / 06 - 1259 CST : Almost forgot...
thing I definitely wanted to mention today though was that when the
new strips do start up again next week, you'll notice that some of
the characters will have had slight revamps to their looks.
Nothing too drastic, just small touches here and there.
you'd like to see what I mean, I posted a pic of Frank with his new
hairstyle on the "Thank you for voting!" page over at the
Webcomics List. So in order to take a peek (or if you just want to
help out the site) please vote!
CST : Post-storyline wrap-up...
few things I wanted to mention today;
day is done...
strip finally marked the end of the Christmas Day of the Dead
saga. Now before I get into my thoughts on the story, I just
wanted to mention that I fixed up the spelling mistakes (or at least
the ones I spotted anyway) in the last strip and its title. As
well, I know there are a few mistakes in some of the past strips,
and I'll be getting to those throughout the week (thanks to everyone
who point them out to me btw). Now that we've got that out of
have a lot mixed feelings when it comes to the CDotD
story. The one main negative comment that I have about it
would have to be that I just don't think the story quite flowed the
way I had intended it to. Mostly I think this was due to the
fact that a lot of the tale was edited out on the fly as it
unfolded. This in turn ended up giving kind of a "rushed"
feel to the whole thing in my opinion (especially near the end).
give you sort of an idea as to just how much was taken out of the
story, here is a short list of some of the plot points that never
did make it to your computer screens:
there are a few other smaller parts that were left out or altered
that I won't get into.
the positive side though, I feel that having to produce the amount
of work that the CDotD required me to do really did help to
further sharpen my meager art skills. Also I learned a lot
about what works, and doesn't work in regards to page layouts, and
the strip in general.
example; I discovered that trying to do full page strips three times
a week was maybe not such a good direction for the site to be taking
at this point in my life. At least not if I wanted to still have
a life outside of the Geek Tragedy universe.
regardless of how I feel about the strip, I do hope that at the very
least you guys enjoyed most of it. And with any luck, you'll
be able to seeing the unedited director's cut version by the time
next Christmas rolls around.
and I do promise to eventually go back and colour all the past
strips that I left black and white...one day.
I had more that I wanted to tell you, but it'll have to wait until
I go though, please keep in mind that I
will be taking this week off from doing strips.
So even though I still hope to have a few pics for you folks to
check out, and I'll be doing my best to post here everyday, there
won't be any new strips posted till Tuesday of next week.
all for now. Talk to y'all later,
/ JAN / 06 - 1756 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
it's finally over!
at least it will be once I've gone back and coloured all the black
and white strips that I've done over the past couple of
months. I'll try my best to get that all finished up during my
week off from the strips.
be sure to post more on that tomorrow, but for now I better head off
/ JAN / 06 - 1755 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
the next strip is up now. Sorry for
1715 CST : Sorry folks...
had some company over, and I didn't think they'd find it too
entertaining to watch me sit at the computer and finish off the
strip, so I wasn't able to get it posted this morning like I wanted
to. Figured I'd mention it for those of you who've been
checking out the forum, and saw that I was 90% finished it but were
wondering why it hadn't been posted yet.
back at it now so it'll be up shortly.
/ JAN / 06 - 1037 CST : Thanks...
received some very nice feedback from a few of you out there regarding
the last strip and I just wanted to say thanks. It means a lot
to hear from you guys, and know that you're enjoying what you're
going to try and get a decent amount of sleep today for a change,
and I'll be finishing off the current strip after I get up.
Luckily I have the night off of work tonight so I'll have a good
chunk of time later on to do so.
/ JAN / 06 - 1800 CST : "Christmas Day of the Dead - Pt.
strip is now up. Or at least most
of it is.
to bed folks.
1055 CST : Lets have a moment, shall we...
finally gotten around to updating the "of the moment" box
(it's in the upper right hand corner there). Do yourself a
favour and click it! Trust me, if you can stomach the song,
you're in for one hellova good laugh. Be warned though, it
requires sound, so you may not want to fire it up at work if music
is a no-no.
day (of the Dead) ever...
usually too tired to do a decent write up about the day's strip by
the time I get around to posting it, so once again I'm going to say
a few words about it before it's actually up.
always try to end each installment of Geek Tragedy with a
laugh. If not a laugh, then a chuckle. And if not a
chuckle, then I try to leave you with a smile. And if I can't
leave you with a smile, well then I'll just have to assume that
you're a cold hearted bastard and there is just no pleasing
you. I mean seriously, why ya gotta be like that?
if you remember correctly part eleven of CDotD (that's short for
Christmas Day of the Dead, 'cause there was just no way I was going
to type...it...out...again...DAMN IT!) didn't exactly end with much
of a punch line. Actually it didn't end with a punch line at
all. For that I am sorry, and can only give you my word that,
that type of ending will be a rare exception to the rule.
bring this up now you may ask? Well because today's strip will
in fact be one of those rarities that end on a less then happy
see, when I post it, I'll be leaving out the last third of it for a
while (no longer than 24 hours though). There are two reasons
for this. One, because I feel that delaying the last third of
the strip will add a lot more weight to what transpires in the first
seven panels, and will in turn allow the story to take what I feel
will be a much needed dramatic pause.
secondly because I'm not totally sure I'll be able to get the entire
page coloured before my body succumbs to the need for sleep, but
there is no real need to dwell on this point so let's move on, shall
there you go folks. Fair warning that today's strip may be a
bit light on the funny-ha-ha. Sorry about that. But if
you were coming here today looking for a good laugh, you can always
click the "of the moment" box again!
that's all for now. Back to the old PhotoSweatShop for me.
/ JAN / 06 - 1310 CST : I'm not lazy...
just really suck at doing this webcomic thing!
folks. Allow me to give you a little bit of insight as to why
it takes me so damn long sometimes to get one of these full page
see, sometimes I get really hung up on one particular panel of the
strip and just keep fussing with it, and redoing it over and over
till I'm happy. Most of the time when I do this, the initial
sketches don't get past the pencils stage. Sometimes however,
I don't realize just how wrong something is until it's inked.
this next strip for example. The first panel was supposed to
depict "a badly beaten Sugarplum laying on the ground, looks up
towards Frank (who is standing outside of the panel)" and asks
him why he didn't turn into a zombie.
got to redo the panel a fifth time!
after all that, I picked S.P. up off the floor, and leaned his ass
up against a wall. Luckily, this panel is perfect in every
single way and so there is no need to change a thing!
that's a lie. In fact there are several things wrong with it,
but but after spending God knows how long on ONE FREAKIN' PANEL I
was, to paraphrase a very unromantic song, quite willing to give up
on trying to be with the one I love, and just settle for loving the
one I'm with.
there you have it. A perfect example of of how not
to produce a webcomic!
and by the way, the strip won't be up today. I will however
give you this little sneak peek though.
/ JAN / 06 - 1500 CST : New Years Day just wouldn't be New Years
a laundry list of things that are horribly wrong with your life that
need changing. But
before I get to that I'd like to announce the winner of the Geek
Tragedy voting reward draw.
Christy Leigh Rogowski
(yes, the last name is close but I assure you we're not related) has
won a copy of the the Webcomic Hurricane Relief Telethon Book, a
signed colour print, and a signed sketch. For those of you who
were wondering, she chose "Tragedy Strikes" (the very
first strip I posted after the site's launch) as her print, and
Frank as the character she'd like a sketch of.
also like to mention that for managing to catch every single
"code phrase" I posted, both Carrie Favela, and Ryan
deGroot will receive signed prints of the strip of their
to the three of you, and thanks to everyone who voted last
month. I hope you find it in your hearts to keep clicking that
little box to the left well into the New Year.
speaking of the New Year, allow me to present to you...
Tragedy's 2006 Top 5 New Years Resolutions
- Put the Feng
back into my Shui : Nine times out of ten I find strips that
contain backgrounds have much more visual appeal to me than ones
that don't. Unfortunately, while I do occasionally take the time to
do a background up right, quite often I
have a bad habit of letting this area of my
work slide. So this year I'll to do my best to do more detailed
backgrounds more often.
that, I'd just be happy to get these guys off that freakin' green
couch so I don't have to keep using that "portrait hanging on
the wall" background every second strip!
- Eat more artistic bran muffins
: Overall I was rather pleased with the regularity in which I
produced Geek Tragedy, however that consistency was kind of derailed
near the end of the year. Granted that had a fair amount to do with
my switching over to producing more full page strips more often in
order to tell the current story, but that still doesn't change the
fact that the Tues / Thurs / Sun update schedule that many of you
had grown so used was totally thrown out the window.
a fan of webcomics myself, I know damn well that consistency is key.
I've dropped many strips from my "must see" list because
of infrequent, and / or chronically missed updates and I'd rather
not go down that road myself. So while I may keep playing around
with GT's format I will do absolute damnedest to make sure you've
got new strips coming at ya three times a week in 2006 (right after
I take that week off I've been looking forward to).
- Write makes right
: A lot of my time this last year went into learning PhotoShop,
webdesign, housekeeping, cooking, and relearning the ins and outs of
drawing, inking, and having a life. And while I still have a lot of
learning left to do, I feel that I might finally be able to focus a
little less of my time in those areas, and get back to doing a bit
more of the writing that I used to do when the site first launched.
I don't consider myself a modern-day Mark Twain, but that doesn't
change the fact that I still do like to make with the keyboard yabba-jabber.
Unfortunately most of my blog entries this past year seemed to be of
the "Strip is up. Ed go bed now," variety. And so this
year I aspire to put finger to keyboard that little more often (at
least once a day would be idea, but I think I'll set my sights a
little lower to begin with).
course I'm not exactly sure if my writing more is something you
folks will find to be a welcome change, or just a reintroduction of
a past torture that you had hoped was never to be repeated. I guess
I'll find out soon enough.
and I'll try to work on my e-mail response time this year too)
- Get a bigger freezer :
Seriously, the bodies are really starting to pile up, and you can
only cut them up so much. Though I suppose I could always choose
shorter victims but…
just wanted to see if y'all were still paying attention.
- I shall go forth and buy a big fuzzy hat and leopard print
jacket : I
straight up suck at self promotion. I am in fact the anti-pimp. It's
just that simple.
I'm talking to friends who already know about the site I can go on
and on about Geek Tragedy until they get that glassy-eyed,
to-take-them-away-so-they-don't-have-to-listen-to-me-anymore look on
their face. However, put me in a room full of people who have never
heard of the site before and you practically have to hook up a car
battery to my nethers before you'll get the address out of me.
tell ya, if it wasn't for the fact that I've been blessed with some
very supportive, and vocal friends, family, and fans I very much
doubt one would need more fingers than the average high school shop
teacher has in order to count up the number of daily visitors that
come to check out GT. And while I'm very grateful for all the pimpin'
these fine folks have done for me in the past, and I'm sure will
continue to do in future, it's high time that I step and start
taking a much more active roll in this area.
been given a ton of very good suggestions that I can put into action
in order to increase traffic to the site, and most of them won't
even cost me dime. And as for the ones that do require a bit of
coin, I've already started to set aside some funds so hopefully I'll
be able to work those into the mix as well.
look for the GT logo to show up on / in a few ads, comic shops,
websites, milk cartons, tattoo parlors, or wherever in 2006. And
look for me to show up at a few comic con, sci-fi cons, dog
shows, livestock auctions, bars and bar mitzvahs.
yeah, and you have my solemn vow that one day there will in fact be
GT-shirts too. So please, I beg of you, quit asking me about them!
Seriously, every time you ask me about T-shirts a unicorn dies. No,
it's true! So if you don't want to quit asking for my sake, do it
for the unicorns.
there you have it folks. A whole list of things that, like
most New Year's resolution, will probably be abandoned and / or
forgotten long before we've even hit February.
that's all for now. Keep a look out for a new strip sometime
tomorrow. Till then,