/ OCT / 06 - Good things come in threes...
I hope y'all enjoyed the Halloween strip as much as I enjoyed
drawing it. Y'know, it's nice to be able to look
back at what I had to offer you guys last year and realize
that I may actually be getting better at this art thing (and this is
coming from someone who is most definitely his own worst
critic). But enough patting myself on the back, let's get to
I get a seat at the table...
of you may have noticed this banner that's been up above the strips
there advertising the Manitoba
Comic Con. Well for those of you who didn't already
know I just wanted to mention that I will be attending said con this
weekend as one of the guest artists. This'll be the first con
I've ever gone to specifically to try and pimp Geek Tragedy out to
anyone who'll listen, so I'm pretty excited about the whole thing.
in true GT style I'm kinda behind on my prep work so I'm currently
hauling ass to try and get my shit together for this weekend.
Still, I think I'll have everything done just in the knick of time.
anyway, if you're in the area and you have a couple bucks to spare
(and I mean that quite literally as admission to the con is only $2
per person), be sure to drop by my table and say hi! I'll have
the last few remaining T-shirts up for sale, some artwork for you to
look at (both GT stuff and non-GT related stuff), and I may even be
able to send a sketch or two your way as well.
in case you're wondering which one I am, I'll be the pale tired
looking dude with a black SNL hat on...oh yeah, I'll also be the one
sitting behind a table with a Geek Tragedy logo on it.
wait, there's more...
the con is done for the day on Saturday, there will be a Geek
Tragedy "Meet, greet, drink & eat" type of thing going
down at one of the local bars. It's gonna be a small, informal
kinda gathering of friends and fans of both the site and comics in
general to which anyone who'd like to come on down and stop by is
welcome join. Here is all the info you need to know:
: Tavern United
(Garden City) @ 2100 Mcphillips St.
: Saturday, Nov.
4th @ 8pm
: Anyone who
wants to buy me a drink (or not).
my pal Corey (abodeofthedamned from the forum) is the guy who came
up with the idea, so he's pretty much "the man" when it
comes to this gathering (whether he wants to be or not). So if
you get there and you're not sure where we all are, just look for
the 7 foot dude with a shaved head and a goatee who looks like he
could crush you with his bare hands. He wouldn't do that
though, 'cause he's really got a heart of gold (which he won't be
able to show you btw due to certain circulatory problems he
encounters when it's removed).
and if you have any questions feel free to drop Corey or me a note here
on the forum.
grow up so fast...
but not least I need to make note of the fact that today, aside from
being Halloween, is a very special day. 'Cause today is the
day that the art world got a huge freakin' shot in the arm so many, many,
MANY years ago thanks to the birth of one Lar
I met Lar, I could always count on him for a lot of different
well timed words of encouragement when I was feeling discouraged.
The odd bit of Yoda like advice when I needed help. And of
course some very generous helpings of brilliant artwork when I was
in a bind. But more than anything else though, I always know I
can count on him for this...
the fact that I am a hairs breath away from saying goodbye to my
twenties, and no matter how old I may get, I know I can count on the
fact that Lar will always be waaaaaaay older than I
Lar! (I kid because I love man...and because you live too far away
to hunt me down...I hope)
that's all for me folks, I'm off to bed!
/ OCT / 06 - 1649 CST : "Happy Halloween!"
be back tomorrow to write more once I've had some sleep.
/ OCT / 06 - 1708 CST : "Symbolic Gestures - Pt. II"
a lot of artists, I really hate doing
backgrounds. So a couple weeks ago when I came up with the
idea for a strip that contains a joke that pretty much hinges on the
background alone, I knew I was going to be in for a long boring
day. And sadly, I was right.
of these days (maybe this weekend if I have time) I'll fill y'all
into the process I've worked out for putting Casey into strips where
he has people or objects showing through him, but for now let me
just say that it can be a serious pain in the ass. Still,
whenever I see the finished product I tend to feel that it was well
worth the trouble.
I don't really have much more to say about today's strip, so I'll
take a brief moment to talk about what's coming up on Monday
instead. As most of you probably already now (at least those
of you who celebrate this particular holiday) Halloween is on
Tuesday. And so, keeping with the tradition I started last
year, I'll be breaking with the current story line for one day and
throwing the GT crew into various costumes for your viewing
I've pretty much worked out what they'll all be wearing, but if any
of you have any suggestions feel free to drop me a note on the
forum. All I ask is that you try to come up with something
that is both unique and a good fit for the character you'd like to
wear that particular costume. I can't say for sure that I'll
use your idea, but who knows. After all, I've been known to
throw things into the strip or even rewrite a script in the past
after someone wrote something that helped spark my creativity.
that's all for now folks. If I don't see drop by on the
weekend, then I'll see y'all on Monday.
/ OCT / 06 - 1548 CST : "Symbolic Gestures - Pt. I"
I know making an emo joke is about as sporting as punching a kitten,
but every comic is allowed at least one during their run. Emo
joke that is. No one should be given any kitten punching allowance.
there are a few things I wanted to mention, so let's get to it.
like asking a girl to call you, but not giving her your number...
I launched the new site design a couple of days ago I asked for any
feedback, both good or bad, regarding what y'all thought. Well
I'm happy to say that almost all of your comments thus far have been
rather positive. However, it was also pointed out to me that I
never bothered to give out an e-mail address to which you could send
any feedback to. And given the fact that I inadvertently
removed all traces of my e-mail address from the site, I might have
made it a bit difficult for some people to share their
thoughts. So if you'd like to contact me, you can click HERE,
or on the little blog pic up in the top left corner there.
of which, you may have noticed that I've revamped that part of the
site. I was told the last one I did looked more like Willem
Dafoe then myself, so with any luck this one is a bit more me and a
little less Green Goblin. Also I wanted to point out that this
is the first bit of art I've ever done using only a tablet.
Not sure if it really made that much of a difference to the look of
my work, but then again maybe that's a good sign.
you link them, you will
added some more links to the new and shiny LINKS
page, so you may want to check 'em out. As well, there are a
bunch more I plan to add in the future, but it seems that whenever I
sit down to update that page I completely forget all the places I
like to go. Sort of like getting stage fright when you're
using a communal urinal, only there's a lot less body fluid
because I wiped you from existence doesn't mean I don't love you...
like to apologize once again for accidentally destroying 8 months
worth of content and members from the forum. However, I am
happy to see that a few of you have since taken the time to join up
again, and I will do what I can to restore your post counts if that
sort of thing matters to you (and I can understand if it does).
And for those of you
who have never joined up, well I'm thinking now is the perfect time
to do so. Who knows, you may even make a few posts or perhaps
a couple friends. And besides, if it wasn't what you thought
it be, don't sweat it. Knowing me I'll most likely just delete
everyone again in another 8 months anyway, so it'll be like you were
never there to begin with.
Her name is Tabitha
by the way...
One last thing. I
received a lot of positive feedback about the "vampire
hooker" character from the "Con Pros" story arc over
the last couple of months, and I thank each and every one one of you
who took the time to do so. But on top of the feedback, I was
also given some fan art from Pete over at Bardsworth
which I had planned to post during my down time last week. The
only thing is, I totally forgot (sorry, Pete!). However, it's
up now, so please be sure
to check it out!
Well that's it for me!
/ OCT / 06 - 2103 CST : Good lord is work ever going to
be fun tonight...
I'm still awake.
here's the scoop with the forum. Before I went ahead and
published the new site design to the server I made sure I backed up
everything that was currently there. One of the files that I
backed up was the database file for the forum.
news : It would
appear that somewhere along the line the original database file on
the server got totally screwed and that's what was causing the
problems with the forum.
news : I figured out the problem, and used the backup copy to
news : The backup copy is boned as well.
news : I have another copy of the database file on my computer
that seems to work fine.
news : It dates back to February of this year.
means of course the forum has done a time warp and so all posts made
after Feb '06, as well as any records of anyone who has joined the
forum since then have vanished.
thinking "oops"...doesn't really cover it here, does it?
sorry for the troubles folks! I'll try to make it up to y'all, but
there ain't really much I can do at this point...except maybe try
and get at least two hours of sleep before I have to go to work.
CST : One thing gets fixed, another thing breaks...
: Okay I lied. Firefox doesn't work either. I think I know
what the problem is though, so I should be able to fix it within the
next 24 hours. And yes, I should be in bed.
most of those broken links are working...but now the forum won't
load for people using IE.
It does still seem to work
for Firefox users though, so if you have that browser installed but
never use it, I suggest you start. However, if you
want to be difficult and keep using IE, then I'll do my best to fix
this problem by tomorrow.
in need sleep now.
1809 CST : The missing links...
wanted to let you know that I am now away of a whole whack of dead
links and I am currently working hard to fix them. They should
all be repaired by tomorrow.
1743 CST :
Here it is folks, the new face of Geek Tragedy. Okay, so it's not
exactly a "new" face as much as it is a nip and tuck of
the old face, but you get the idea.
The last time I messed with the site design was just over a year
ago, and despite the fact that I was learning everything from
scratch, I don't think I did too bad of a job. However, I did make
mistakes…A LOT of mistakes. For example, setting the site up in
such a way that all of the content had to be changed individually
page to page instead of across the board…not such a good idea. It
meant if I needed to change a link in the navigation menu, or add /
remove any banners, I had to do so one page at a time. And once your
site hits the 100+ pages mark, that can be, as the French would say,
"le gigantic pain in my freakin' ass."
Also, Firefox users (who make up almost half of the visitors to
the site) will be pleased to know that this time around I made sure
everything works with that browser. A task which on its own wasn't
that difficult. The hard part came with making both Firefox and
IE display the site the same way. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of
those hardcore 'Kill Bill' folks that hates all things Microsoft,
really I'm not. However I would kinda like it if IE, oh I don't
know, interpreted code in some way that made the slightest bit of
sense! I mean seriously, how someone can use a Microsoft program to
create a website and then have a Microsoft created browser not
display it the way it's supposed to is a total freakin' mystery to
me! Especially when every other browser out there seems to have no
*sigh* Sorry, I'm just ranting here so I'll move on.
Now I won't go on about the new design forever, but there were a
few things I wanted to make note of. First off, as you've no doubt
already noticed the most current strip is now displayed here on the
main page instead of in its own separate section. The reasoning
behind this being that about half the traffic I receive to the site
was heading directly to the "The Strip" page and never
once dropping by here to check out any news that may have been
posted. Some people have even told me that they never knew this page
existed (which I admit to being kinda frustrated to hear). So even
though I'm sure a lot of folks will just skip reading anything
written here once they've checked out the strip anyway, at least now
I know there's an outside chance that a few more people may take
notice. Plus with the latest strip being right here, I think it'll
make the need for me to write those repetitive "The strip is
now up, and I'm off to bed now" posts obsolete.
As well, I should point out that not everything is fully up and
running on the new design, and some content has yet to be brought
over from the old one. Most notably being the "Meet the
Geeks" and "Contact / Info" sections. Basically if
you see a potential link that has been coloured black, that area
hasn't gone live yet, but it should be up in the next few weeks.
The last thing I wanted to mention was about those small ad
banners you see up and to your right. In case you were wondering,
these are not paid advertisements. As it stands now I feel Geek
Tragedy doesn't pull in enough of a readership to warrant trying to
sell ad space directly to people. Granted I may be selling myself
short here, but that's just how I see it. 'Cause when the day
finally comes that I do start charging for ad or sponsor
spots, I want it to be at a time when I can assure folks that
they'll getting their money's worth. So for now I'll be using that
space to promote various webcomics or what have you that I
personally enjoy or feel deserves a bit of exposure. I'm not sure
how often I'll be changing those banners, but it will most likely be
once ever couple of weeks or so. And in case why you were wondering
why I chose the ads I have up there now…
I put Theater Hopper up there partly because I quite enjoy Tom
Brazelton's work, but also because he's currently doing a sales
drive to help cover the cost of his latest book and I'd like to do
what little I can to help out with that. Granted any traffic he may
receive from here will be a drop in the bucket when compared to his
numbers, but ever bit counts.
As for the Bardsworth banner, well not only am I fan of the
comic, but Pete is friend who has done a lot to help me in the past.
So I'm more than happy to return the favour in any way I possibly
Well that's about it folks. Feel free to take a look around at
the new digs, and if you have a chance, let me know what you think.
Your feedback will be much appreciated (even if, or should I say,
especially if it's just to let me know about a dead link or some
/ OCT / 06 - 1815 CST : One more time for old time sake...
folks, this will most likely be the last time I update the blog on
the old site. The new design, along with a new comic, will be
put in place sometime tomorrow evening.
once it's up there will still be a few areas that I'll need to fill
in with some content later on, but I'll talk more about that
later. One thing I would like to mention now is that if you've
bookmarked "The Strip" page as your main entrance
to the GT universe, then I suggest you update your links to the main
page here. The reason being is "The Strip" will
no longer really exist past tomorrow.
course if you've bookmarked that page then I'm guessing you're not
reading this right now anyway...oh well, I'm sure you'll find out
it for me, I'm off to bed.
/ OCT / 06 - 1807 CST : Ten seconds of bitching and then I'll
admit that I'm not the greatest at webdesign, so maybe it's just me,
but getting the same damn code to work right on both Firefox and IE
has got to be the most frustrating thing on the planet! It's
like trying to get a fuckin' cobra to cuddle with a kitten!
no, this is not my way of saying the site revamp will be late, it's
just my way of saying the world is a screwed up place where shit
just never seems to work the way it's supposed to!
my ten seconds are up.
/ OCT / 06 - 1505 CST : Sketch and site update...
popping by to let you know that the site revamp will be done on
Monday, so you'll have a chance to see Geek Tragedy's new look very
soon. As well Monday will also mark the return of more GT
strips. The first offering that I'll be posting will be a bit
more of a splash page then an actual strip, but after that I'll be
jumping into a story arc titled "Symbolic Gestures".
the mean time though, here are a few sketches I did of the core four
characters (and Bojangles):
they're all inked up and coloured I plan to use them in various bits
of promotional material, so I think you'll be seeing quite a lot of
these pics in the future.
all for now guys. I'll try to drop by over the weekend, but if
I not, have a great weekend!
Oh yeah, I'm also offering up a chance at 5 free bits of art over at
the GT MySpace
page...but there's a catch of course (isn't there always?).
You can check out the blog over there to see what I'm talking about.
/ OCT / 06 - 2201 CST : Valleycon report...
even though I never did get around to doing one for Keycon '06, I
have finally managed to sit my ass down and write a con report for
last weekend's Valleycon in
Fargo. Unfortunately my partners in con crime Travis
("Vitamin-T" on the GT forum) and Steve (who goes by the
handle...sigh..."Furburgler") didn't get a
whole lot of pictures this time around, but I'll do the best I can
here with what I have. So here we go...
Shatner, no problem...
figured I'd address this right off the bat and get it out of the
in the end William Shatner didn't end up attending the con.
However, I was happy to see that this fact seemed to have little or
no affect on the folks who attended this year. In truth I half
expected to hear a lot of grumbling about Kirk's absence, but it
really didn't appear to damper anyone's spirits over the weekend.
everyone was more than happy to have a chance to meet and chat with
this years media guests Gary
Jones (SG-1), fellow Winnipegger Dean
Haglund (X-Files / Lone Gunmen) , and Claudia
Christian (Babylon 5 / too many movies to even try
Of the three I have to say my personal favorite to
meet was Claudia Christian. Not to take anything away from
Dean and Gary mind you, but as a fan of both Babylon 5 and beautiful
women Claudia had an edge. On top of which, she was just a
really cool person to talk to (I had a chance to chat with her
briefly in the hotel lounge as we were waiting for our drinks) and
she certainly wasn't shy about milling around with the fans and
checking out the con suites.
new thing about this year's Valleycon...
the dealer's room in the same venue as the rest of the con. To
say this was more convenient would be a huge understatement.
Maybe for some folks it wasn't that big of a deal, but when you've
got three guys who all want to do their own thing at times and you
only one car to get around the city in, being able to just pop in
and out of the dealer room without even leaving the hotel was a nice
surprise about this years dealer's room...
artists showing their work!
year there was only three or four artist showing there work. The
year before that I'm told there was only one. This year
however there was what one might call the beginning of an actual
artist's alley. Or more of an artist's dogleg really as the
tables kinda...never mind.
don't think it'll really come as any great surprise for you guys to
know that this is what I enjoy checking out the most when I come to
cons. And this time around not only did I get to meet some artists
who's work I've never had an opportunity to see before (Justin
"Spanky" Cermack, Even
Nelson, and Sherwin Schwartrock, who I don't have a link for,
but given his fairly distinct last name I doubt you'll have any
trouble tracking him down on the web), but I also got a chance to
say hi to some folks who I haven't seen since last year.
of the folks I haven't seen since last year...
Rheault & Meg Mickelson
(who's work you can check out on
his myspace page) and Meg (also showing
work on myspace) are a couple of talented artist from
Minneapolis, Minnesota who each have very different styles and areas
of interest when it comes to their work. Joe's exists mainly
within the world of action and adventure comics, while Meg's recent
projects include illustrating a children's book and creating a
series of portraits of famous women. Aside from being artists,
they're also a couple of really friendly and interesting people whom
I enjoyed getting a chance to talk with again this year.
by Joe Rheault
by Meg Mickelson
should also be noted that they've recently gotten engaged and will
be getting married sometime next year. Congratz you two!
Now I don't know if they plan to have children or not, but if they
are, damn is that gonna be one talented kid!
Miller & Taki Soma
have such a high amount of respect for these two people both
professionally and personally, so of course I was thrilled to have
the chance to catch up a bit with them this year. Now I know you've
heard me rave on about them in the past, but hopefully you haven't
quite gotten your fill yet 'cause here comes some more.
sure y'all know this already, but Zach Miller is the creative
mastermind behind one of my favorite webcomics, Joe
and Monkey. A webcomic which by all rights should be one
of the biggest one's out there at the moment. Seriously, how
this guy doesn't get PvP type numbers going to his site is a mystery
was also one of the very first established webcomic artists that I
ever had a chance to meet face to face, and once again this year he
showed an amazing amount of patience with me as I proceeded to ask
him a never ending stream of fanboyish type questions.
Miller's Joe and Monkey in poster form!
do you use to ink the strip?"
do you go about making your merchandise?"
you a boxers of briefs man?"
you please just hold me and tell me my comic is good?"
the way, he gives a very good hug. Gentle, yet firm.
if you haven't already, check
out this man's strip! Or buy one of his cool
t-shirts. Or better yet, buy me one of his cool
for Taki Soma, well up until a
month or so ago I always took comfort in knowing that despite the
fact she is a much stronger artist than I am, at least we're not in
the same field so I don't have to worry about competing with
her. Then of course she had to go and bust an artistic cap in
my ass by launching her own webcomic called "You'll
Never Die...". A webcomic that, given how incredibly
funny this woman is, I was surprised to find out had a rather
serious tone to it. There are only a few installments up
at the moment, but it's still well worth checking out.
Soma is much better at this art thing then I am.
I think I'm pushing the limit as to how long I should make this con
report so lets just finish it up with a few quickies, shall we?
by Ramona. Each switchplate she makes is one of a
kinda, so you know you're getting something unique if you buy one.
So if you get a chance, check her stuff out. I know I fully intend
to send her off a few GT pics in the future so I can decorate my
house with Noname, Frank and the boys.
non-alcohol related activity...
a chance to ride a segway! Kinda nerve racking when you're on
it, but man is it ever fun!
you could read my mind, this is what you'd hear, "Don't
fall, don't fall, don't fall!"
alcohol related activity...
blackjack with my friends (two of the worst blackjack players you'll
ever meet), and watching in amused horror as they doubled down on a
20 and a 17...and still managed to win their hands (the bastards!).
"double-down" Walters and Steve "hit me till
I bust" McClelland
favorite "tradition" that carried on from last year...
the person parked beside me at the hotel leave a huge freaking dent
in the side of my car. I'm giving serious thought to sticking
little plaques by each of the dents that read "Valleycon
'05" and "Valleycon '06".
two biggest things about 'south of the border' that I once
beer is weak (but cheap), yet sweet mother of god do the bars ever give you a
lot more when you order shots then they do here. Seriously the
shot glasses in the hotel lounge were like tumblers. And I can
only assume that the white line that runs around the side of them
are there simply for decoration purposes and are in no way meant to
be used as a gauge for measuring.
to the guy who was such a GT fan that he went as Frank dressed up as
V. Thanks for supporting the site man!
really, it's Frank!
observation made about the people who attended the con...
must be some sort of correlation between Sci-fi and Fantasy fans and
the need to grow facial hair. At minimum it seemed that every
second guy there had a full beard. I don't know how I never
noticed this before, but it's true. I'm thinking there needs
to be a University study conducted on this phenomenon.
last but not least...
one thing I will never wear to a convention again...
Green Lantern shirt. I loved Green Lantern when I collected
comics ten years ago or so, and I was happy to hear a lot of people
at the con say stuff like "Hey, Cool shirt!" and
then walk on. But as the night progressed folks all of a sudden
seemed to feel the need to play 'grill the drunk guy about all
things Green Lantern'.
was Green Lantern engaged to...What was the name of the alien who
wore the ring before him...How many member are in the corps...Is Hal
the love of god people, it's a shirt! I use it to hide my nipples!
That's all! You don't see me asking people trivia questions
Battle of Trafalgar when I catch them wearing an Old Navy shirt, do
so it didn't really bother me that much, it just made me realize
I've been away from comics waaaay too long.
in all I had a great time at the con. However, next year I
really hope to be part of the fine group of artists showing their
work in the dealers room. Even if I'm not though, if the last
two years are any indication of what Valleycon is like, I'm sure
I'll have more than enough fun just the same.
and I'd like to give a huge shout out to Tony Tilton and all the
staff and volunteers who worked so hard to pull off another great
con. You make it well worth the trip across the border for me
and my friends...but if my car gets dinged one more time, I'm
sending you the bill!
/ OCT / 06 - 1745 CST : Consider this a pre-view...
been given a few pics that were taken at the con, but at this point
I'd kinda like to get some sleep. So I'll have the report up
tomorrow and just show you this little pic in the mean time...
worry, this time I made sure we paid for the Pocky before he
started to dig in.
1651 CST : Waiting on two things...
shooting for having a con report up by this evening, but before I
can do it I need two things. First, I need the eggs I ate an
hour or so ago to stop making my stomach feel like they're trying to
hatch into chickens inside there and peck their way out. Secondly, I
need to grab some of the photo's my buddy Travis took at the con.
I should mention that I'm pretty sure I lost a few of the business
cards and / or links that I grabbed off of people at the con.
So if you're reading the con report and I haven't put a link up to
your site or what have you when I said I would, I give you my most
heartfelt apologies. If you'd like though you can always
e-mail me and give me the info that way. Or you can just say hi.
Whatever tickles your fancy.
folks, I'll be back in a few.
For those of you looking for the newest strip, I just wanted to
remind you that I
am taking the week off from the comic so I can get the site redesign
And by the way, if you ever have trouble sleeping or feel the need
to slip into a coma or something, you'll be happy to know I've found
the perfect answer to your problem. It's called,
"integrating 200+ comic strips into a new archive
system." Trust me, do this and you'll be out in no time.
/ OCT / 06 - 1852 CST : Nothing to do with the site...
does this have anything to do with Valleycon, but dear God did I
ever need to share this with anyone who hasn't seen it yet! I
tell ya, Spring just won't be able to get here soon enough!
1136 CST : Back from the valley...
dropping by to let y'all know that I got back safe and sound from Valleycon
yesterday evening, and to remind y'all that there won't be any new
strips this week as I'll be busy getting the new site up and
what I will be posting over the next few days is a write up about
the con (no really, I mean it this time) some pictures, plus any
other artwork that I happen to whip up during the week. So
hopefully you'll still find it worth your while to drop on by.
try my best to put something up later today, but given all the
catching up I have to do from being away this weekend, along with
what I'm hoping to accomplish with the site I can't promise
I'll definitely have something for you to look at tomorrow, so I'll
see ya then for sure.
/ OCT / 06 - 0722 CST : "Con Pros - Pt. XXV"
so we come to the end of the longest damn arc I've ever created
since I helped Noah that one time back in the day. (glory hog
bastard took all the credit too!).
folks, I've gotta get my ass in gear and go get ready to head out to
Valleycon this morning.
If you happen to be out there yourself and want to say hi...well I
don't have a table at the con so maybe just look for the drunk guy
who won't shut up about his silly little webcomic and that'll most
likely be me.
well, since I'll be out of town for the next couple of days, and
given how difficult it was last year to find a computer with
internet access, I most likely won't be able to approve any friends
requests for the GT
myspace till after I get back. So if you sent a request or
msg or comment that goes unanswered, don't feel like I'm ignoring
you. Okay so actually I will be ignoring you, but not because
I want to.
I really hope y'all got as much enjoyment from reading "Con
Pros" as as I did writing/drawing it. And remember I
will be taking next week off from doing the strip to finish work on
the site redesign.
I still hope to be posting some artwork for you to see throughout
the week, but there
won't be any new strips till Oct. 23rd.
that's all for me. Have a great weekend everybody!
/ OCT / 06 - 1117 CST : Please invade my personal (my)space...
dropping by to let you know that I've finally taken the advice of
some of you out there and put up a Geek
Tragedy myspace page. Not sure what'll come of it, but
I've been told it's a great way to help spread the word about GT and
get to know some of the folks who read it, so I figured it was worth
at the moment I've got a grand total of one friend up there (and no,
it's not Tom as I kicked his ass to the curb already...that dude
just bugs me), and I think Corey is getting kinda lonely. So
if you're on myspace, and you happen to like the comic, feel free to
drop me a friends request. In the mean time I'll be sending
out requests of my own to some of you out there, so please don't
snub me. After all, I have a fragile ego and you could quite easily
shatter my very soul.
now that I feel like a total friend begging whore, I think I'll get
some work done on tomorrow's comic.
/ OCT / 06 - 2129 CST : "Con Pros - Pt. XXIV"
second last part of
the "Con Pros" story arc is now up.
a side note I'd just like to say that colouring a character that is
dressed in all black is a lot more of a pain in that ass than one
(mean me) might think.
I know I haven't really written much here as of late, and
unfortunately today won't be any different. However, next week
when I take a week off from the strip, I'll do my best to fill this
space up with words of all the colours of the rainbow! But for
1551 CST : I like to sleep before I strip...
case any of you were worried that there wasn't going to be an update
today (and let's face it, after last
weeks...uh..."creative" update schedule I can't really
blame you) I just wanted to put your mind at ease. Today's
strip will be up, but most likely not till much later in the
be back then,
/ OCT / 06 - 2147 CST : "Con Pros - Pt. XXIII"
I admit that it's rather self-indulgent when a webcomic creator produces
a webcomic about webcomics, but it's been a long time for me so
I think I'm entitled.
love to write more, but my brain has pretty much turned to play dough
at this point. So I'm gonna have to take a rain cheque.
1833 CST : I need to marry a colourist...
folks. Just popping by to let you know that the strip is still
in the works for today. Actually it would've been up by now
but I'm having a bitch of a time getting the third panel's colours /
effects to look right. You'll see what I'm talking about once
/ OCT / 06 - 2245 CST : Turkey power!
I'm thinking I got a bit of extra energy from dinner tonight,
because instead of feeling the need to take a nap before work I
managed to get
the shading done on the strip (and they say turkey makes you
sleepy). Now with any luck this week's strips should be posted
on Mon, Wed, Fri like they're supposed to, so look for a new comic
to be up tomorrow.
all for now guys. I'm off to get ready for work.
1438 CST : "Con Pros - Pt. XXII (unshaded)"
put the strip up now, but I haven't shaded it yet so
unfortunately it looks pretty bland and crappy at the moment.
I'll finish it up just as soon as I can, but I've got to get ready
to head out for Thanksgiving dinner tonight so I won't have the time
to do it tonight.
of the big bird day Happy
to all my fellow Canadians!
that's all for me.
0809 CST : Ow, ow, ow...
all of yesterday moving my mother's furniture to her new place, and
good lord am I ever sore today. Still I'll have the next
installment of Con Pros up later today, and then everything should
be back on track with the updates for this coming week.
drop by again when I've got the strip up.
/ OCT / 06 - 1453 CST : "Con Pros - Pt. XXI"
the comic is finally up!
if I can get the next one done this weekend, I'll have everything
back on track for this storyline to end next Friday. Bear with
me here folks, it's been a rough week for getting the site stuff
done, but I'm hoping I'm just about over the hump now.
/ OCT / 06 - 1828 CST : Bad week...
folks. I'll get it up as soon as I can after work tomorrow.
1543 CST : On the way...
letting y'all know that the comic is going to up today. Just
not sure yet if it'll be B&W for now, or in full colour.
Depends on how soon I run out of steam.
/ OCT / 06 - 1637 CST : Sleep is for pussies anyway...
beginning to think that I've got serious guilt issues when it comes
to this site, as it would appear I am incapable of falling asleep as
long as I've got work left to do. Hopefully now
that the colours are done my subconscious will let me sleep.
1425 CST : The need for zzz's...
like to get the colours finished and out of the way today, but I
think I'd be doing myself a lot more good if I at least try to get a
solid 7 or 8 hours sleep for a change instead of the 3 to 4 hour
naps I've been allowing myself the past few days. So look for
the colours to done sometime in the early afternoon tomorrow.
time for bed.
1153 CST : "Con Pros - Pt. XX
I wasn't sure how long it'd take me to get the colours done for the
strip, and seeing as how I've already kept y'all waiting an extra
day for it, I
figured I'd post a B&W version of it now. I'll be sure
to drop by again once the colours are done.
/ OCT / 06 - 1549 CST : Off the pace...
/ Saturday strip is now all coloured and up for y'all to see.
Unfortunately though, because I was so late getting that one
finished up I've put myself a day behind on the comic
schedule. So for this week it looks like the updates will fall
on Tues, Thurs, and Saturday.
the Con Pros...
and while I've got you here I wanted to mention a couple of
things. First off, unless I've screwed up my calculations, I
figure next Friday's strip will mark the end of the 'Con Pros'
storyline. A storyline which, for those of you keeping score
at home, is the single longest tale I've ever spun with the GT crew
to date. Now whenever I write a series of strips that goes
beyond six parts, I'm always worried that maybe I'm dragging things
out a bit too long and perhaps even boring you folks. So you
can imagine how hesitant I was to unleash this 25 part monstrosity
on you guys (so hesitant in fact that I came damn close to ending it
given the positive feedback I've received from a lot of you kind
folks out there, I'm guessing I must have done something
right. Which means a lot to me by the way, as it really helps
give me the confidence to try my hand at something like this again
in the future.
sites don't redesign themselves...
second thing I wanted to mention to all of you was that once I put
'Con Pros' to bed next week, I'll be taking a week off from doing
the strip. The main reasons for this is to give myself time to
finally finish off and switch things over to the the new site
design, and because I need a few extra days to get some stuff ready
that I want to have done for the Manitoba
though a lot of the stuff I need to to do to get ready for the con
involves banging out some new artwork, so while there won't be any
strips that week, I will be throwing some other eye candy your way.
that's it for today. But before I go, here's a sneak peek at
one of the unfinished panels from the upcoming strip.
/ OCT / 06 - 1226 CST : Plugging along...
working away on the colours for the last strip. They're not
quite done yet, but I figured I'd drop by and give you a preview of
how they're coming along so far:
you may not know about me is that when it comes to the site I'm a
total stat whore. In fact, I don't think a single day has gone
by since it's creation where I haven't checked the daily traffic /
hits at least once or twice (and sadly, sometimes even more often
of my favorite areas to peruse within the stats are definitely the referrals.
Mostly because I'm always curious to find out exactly how some of
you happened by my little bit of digital nonsense. So whenever
one of you is kind enough to link to me from your livejournals,
Myspace, personal site, on various forums or wherever, I want you to
know that not only do I take notice, but I'm also very
haven't done much in the the way of advertising in the past 6 months
or so (something I know I have to work on), but despite that fact
GT's readership continues grow (slowly, but surely). And the
main reason for that growth is you guys out there! You folks
are the lifeblood that fuels my motivation to keep doing the comic,
and I thank you for it! And aside from thanking you here and
now, in the future I'm gonna try to do my best to drop those of who
are spreading the GT word a more personal thank you. Granted I
don't know how I'm going to do that, but I'll try.
on that note, I wanted to send a shout out to Jay (aka: Dripp from
the GT forum) for this
little bit of free propaganda he threw my way on YouTube.
of the biggest oversights I've made with the site so far is never
getting around to putting up my own (working) links page.
After all, it's kinda hypocritical of me to be saying how great it
is for others to link to me, when I've yet to return that favor on
some sort of permanent basis. Well I'm happy to say that once
the new site design goes live (still not sure when that'll be, but
I'm shooting for early November) my hypocrisy will be coming to an
I know it's not much, as the traffic that will be sent through these
links will be much more of a trickle than a flood, but at least it's
That's all for now folks. I'm hoping to have the rest of the
colours finished up before I head to work tonight, but we'll see.