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July '07
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31 / JUL / 07 - 0923 CST : Couple quick things...

First off, I forgot to mention the commission work that inadvertently spawned the image you see above is being paid for by www.CloudFanart.com.  So if you have a sec you may want to check it out.

Also, Pete (aka roofpig on the GT forum) from over at Bardsworth, found a short, but very kind review that was done up about Geek Tragedy over at Tangents.  Thanks for catching that Pete, and thanks to Robert Howard for the very kind words (that I'm not entirely convinced I deserve, but I'm just going to shut up and take the compliment anyway).

Anyway, the hiatus ends Wednesday, so keep a look out for a new strip tomorrow.  Then on Friday I'll be picking back up where I left off with story line I started last month.  Oh, and after this week is over I'll be making some changes to the way the site is updated as far as both the schedule and content is concerned.  However, I'll give you more info on that later.

Okay guys, I'm outta here.  See ya tomorrow.

Later,

-Ed

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30 / JUL / 07 - 0900 CST : A little somethin...

Hey folks.

I'll be hard at work all day trying to restore order to the disaster area that was once my office, so I don't think I'll be back this way till Tues at the earliest.  However I just wanted to pop by to let y'all now that I had some spare time last night, so I went ahead and whipped up a few GT avatars that you guys can feel free to use if you'd like.  You can find them by clicking HERE, or on the GT Avatars link to the left below the GT STUFF header.

granted I just have a few to offer right now as I didn't have many strips and pics to choose from on my laptop, but once I get a few hours to sit in front of my desktop I'll make up a bunch more.  And hey, if there's a particular image you think would make a nice avatar, drop me a line and let me know.

Okay, time to get my hands dirty.

Later,

-Ed

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29 / JUL / 07 - 1535 CST : A little longer...

Hey folks.

I spent the weekend celebrating a birthday this weekend, so I never had a chance to finish off the con report.  Rather than give y'all another ETA on it's arrival that'll prove to be wrong, I'll just say that I'll have it done ASAP.

Sorry for the delay guys, but one the bright side at least the hiatus is almost over.

Later,

-Ed

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27 / JUL / 07 - 1543 CST : Taking a break from the hiatus...

Hey folks.

I've thrown up some artwork for...okay maybe that's a bad way to put it.  I've posted some artwork for you guys to check out.

When I was in Connecticut I was commissioned to do a comedic strip involving Cloud Strife in my cartoony GT type style.  Before I went to work on the strip itself I did up a very rough, bare bones sketch of Cloud in the same style I was planning on using in the strip and sent it off just to make sure I was on the same page as John, the guy who hired me.

Well afterwards I decided to keep working on the sketch and add more detail and shading for my own amusement and some extra practice.  Now despite the fact that I think it turned out rather well, I've come to realize that there are a few areas of my art I really need to work on.  Specifically when it comes to shading folds in fabric (as you can tell by Cloud's hammer pants), and metallic objects.  Granted there are a few other things I'll need to work on when I get the chance in the future as well, but those are the ones that really stand out to me.

Anyway, I just figured I'd show it to you while you're waiting for the hiatus to end.  Hope you get a kick out of it.

Okay folks.  I'm outta here for the rest of the weekend.  Have a good one.

Later,

-Ed

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25 / JUL / 07 - 1443 CST : Reporting on a delayed report...

Hey folks.

I had some work I needed to do the past couple of days so it looks like I'll have to push the last part of the con report back till Saturday morning.  As well, I should point out that I screwed up and forgot a couple things that happened on Saturday that I really wanted to mention.  So I've made a couple additions there (I haven't posted those updates to the site yet, so there's no need to look for them right now).

Also I should have a bit of art to show you tomorrow, which could end up being that last thing I have to offer before the hiatus ends.  Speaking of which, and I'm sure I'll bring this up come Aug 1st, but I feel I should mention it now as well, I'd just like to thank all of you who have been patient enough to hang in there with me this past month.  I will do my best to make it all worth your while in the months ahead.

Oh, and to all you new readers out there...well I guess you picked kind of bad month to jump on board, but I'm glad you're here!

Anyway, I need sleep.

Later,

Ed

PS:  Oh yeah, and thank you so much to one new reader in particular who took the time to point out some dead, misdirected and generally flawed links within the archives.  You've done a lot to help make the site better for everyone and I owe ya for it!

PPS:  One more thing.  I've updated the links page with some new comics that I started reading, so you may want to give it a gander if you have minute.

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23 / JUL / 07 - 1502 CST : Connecticon Report (work in progress)...

Hey folks.

I've finished off most of the con report and it's now up for you guys to check out.  However, I still have Sunday's part of the report to do and my remaining pictures to post, but those should be up by Thursday.

Oh, and I haven't had much of a chance to proof read it yet either (I'll also try to have that part done by Thursday), so I apologize for how it may appear at the moment.

Okay, that's all for now.

Later,

-Ed

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22 / JUL / 07 - 1141 CST : Odd...

For some reason my shout out below to Brooke went *poof*.  Not exactly sure why that happened, or what I wrote the first time around, but that's why I tend to save backups of my news posts, so it's back now.

Later,

-Ed

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21 / JUL / 07 - 1021 CST : Report and art...

Hey folks.

Just letting y'all know that I'll have the con report done and up on Monday, and some more artwork to help pass the the time during the hiatus up later on in the week.

Not sure if I'll be back before then, so if I'm not, enjoy your weekend everybody!

Later,

-Ed

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18 / JUL / 07 - 1942 CST : Connecticon connections...

Hey folks.

First off, about today's strip.  I was lucky enough to be tapped for an interview with Otaku Life Radio at the con which can be heard in amongst a lot of other great interviews, so please check it out

Overall I'm pretty happy with how the interview came out, but (and I'll go into this with more detail in my con report) there was a moment in the middle where I completely lost my train of though.  So much so that after a few seconds of speaking gibberish in an effort to bluff my way through it, I had to just stop and admit that I have no idea what the question was that I was trying to answer.  Granted it wasn't quite as bad as I portrayed it in the strip here, but it was still kinda embarrassing.

Pre-con report shout-outs...

Now I should have the full con report up in the next few days, but in the mean time I'd be doing a grave injustice if I didn't say a quick "hi" right now to a few of the folks I was lucky enough to to hang out with during the con.  First and foremost of course has got to be:

Brooke (aka Otter) of A Girl and Her Fed - It was so great to finally meet you face to face!  I'm thrilled that we had a chance to hang out and laugh our asses off, and hopefully we'll get another chance to do so at a con sooner rather then later.  Oh, and thanks for showing me that there is such a thing as "good" American beer (speaking of which, I owe you a beer).

Ben (aka Duke) of Ansem Retort - It was great sharing a table with you during the con, Ben.  You are definitely wise beyond your years, and despite making me feel really old at times, you made twelve hour days at the table much better than I thought they'd be.

Jamie of In His Likeness - Damn man, you're one of the funniest guys I've ever met, and it was great to meet you. I'm kicking myself for not checking out your strip sooner, but I assure you I'm making up for lost time.  And hey, maybe next time I'll try one of those Irish car bombs.

Jennie of The Devil's Panties - Great meeting you again Jennie.  I don't know how you do it, but I admire you so much for your ability to do about 97 cons per year, and yet still seem so full of fun and energy.

And last but not least...

Dern of Dear Pirate - Despite your unhealthy love for Canadian TV of the past, it was great talking with you.  Oh, and I'll see what I can do about getting you a copy of at least one "Littlest Hobo" episode so that maybe you'll realize that Canadian TV also has a dark and ugly side as well.

Now there are a lot more people I'd like to mention, but I need to try and get some more sleep right now, so I'll just have to wait till the con report.

Later,

-Ed

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17 / JUL / 07 - 0859 CST : A date with a coma...

Hey folks.

Home from work.  Need sleep.  Write e-mails when I wake up.

Later,

-Ed

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16 / JUL / 07 - 1220 CST : One month in the making...

Hey folks,

I had time on the plane to get some work done, so I managed to finish off the second part of the Toronto Paradise Comicon report.  Pretty amazing how some things only take me 4 to 5 weeks to finish once I've put my mind to them, huh?

One more thing.  To all the folks who I met and are expecting e-mails from me, first off, it was great getting to know all of you.  And secondly, I'll be sure to drop you a line later on in the week once I've recovered a bit from the weekend.

Now if you'll excuse me,  I'm going to try and get some sleep before I have to head off to work in about three hours.  However I'll have more up here on the site for you to see come Wednesday, so keep your eyes peeled.

Later,

-Ed

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15 / JUL / 07 - 2244 CST : Fried by fun...

Hey folks.

Coming back from Connecticut tomorrow after an amazing con experience.  It's shaping up to be a loooong day though seeing as how I'll be hopping on my first plane at 9:55 Winnipeg time, and yet not arriving home till around 6pm.

Once I get settled this week I'll have some new art up, another strip of some sort to tie us all over till the semi-hiatus is done, and a con report.  Not the Connecticon con report mind you.  That would just be silly.  It'll be the second half of the Toronto one (I just have to plug in a few more photos to finish it off...yeah, sorry about the wait on that one).  

However there will be a CT con report coming.  I'm shooting for sometime before Christmas on that one.

Okay, I really need to get my ass to bed now.

Later,

-Ed

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11 / JUL / 07 - 1649 CST : Fractured Tragedies...

Hey folks.

One of the things I wanted to work on while the strip is on hiatus, was the first installment in a series of art pieces I've dubbed "Fractured Tragedies".  Long story short, Fractured Tragedies are GT inspired works that will be done in a variety of styles.  Some will be quite similar to the type of stuff you've seen done within the strip, while others will be drastically different.

The reasoning behind them, and my decision to use multiple styles, is that I'd really like to build up my portfolio this year, and I'd kinda prefer to have it display more than just the usual GT stuff I do.  Not that there's anything wrong with the work I do for the strip, but I'd rather be able to show people (especially people who might want to give me a job) that I can do more than just that.

Well I've finally gotten off my ass and started on an idea I'd been batting around in my head for a while now, but never had the time to do.  It's a little piece involving Phil, and I call it "The Corruption of Youth".    

Anyway, here's the pencil sketch...

 

And here is the full coloured piece done in a cell shading type of style.  

Granted it's not a huge departure from my usual work, but I figured it would be best if I ease into different types of artwork, and I'm actually quite pleased with how everything turned out.  So pleased in fact that I've decided to do up a limited run of 26 prints that I'll be trying to sell at the cons.  Starting with this weekend's Connecticon!

That's right, tomorrow morning I'll be heading on over to Hartford where I will be trying my best to spread the word about the site to the unknowing masses.  I'm pretty excited about the trip for many reasons, not the least of which being that this is supposed to be the con for webcomic creators.  As well, I'll finally get the chance to meet some folks who I've known for a while now, but have never had a chance to meet face to face.

However, if I don't wrap this up right about now and get my ass back to work, I'll never be packed in time!\

Later,

-Ed

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07 / JUL / 07 - 1344 CST : Putting the "semi" into this hiatus...

Hey folks.

I've worked out an idea for a "breaking the fourth wall" style mini storyline to give y'all something to check out while you count down to the end of the hiatus.  Not sure when all the updates will be, but the first one will be in the next couple of days.

I'll also be posting any other work I do during this month that I think is polished enough for you guys to see.

Okay, that's all for now.  I'm having a celebration dinner tonight with my personal massage therapist and I need to get ready.

Later,

-Ed

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04 / JUL / 07 - 2235 CST : Regaining equilibrium...

Hey folks.

I'll cut right to the chase here and let y'all know that Geek Tragedy will be going on semi-hiatus till August 1st.  Now let me explain both why I'm doing this, and what exactly the "semi" part of that means.

I'm sure I'm not telling you guys anything you don't already know when I say that life is a balancing act.  We all have various things that require our attention each and every day, and all of us attach varying degrees of importance to these daily events.  Some people live for their jobs, while others focus more of their attention on what happens when the work day is done.  Still others live for their cats (aka: crazy people).  Now while I do appreciate the job I'm lucky enough to have, and the fact that it allows me to afford to...well, eat on a fairly regular basis, I am definitely someone who lives for what I do after quitting time.

Which, as you might have guessed, is working on both Geek Tragedy and art in general.  Now I'll be getting back to the "balance" aspect of my life in a bit, but first I need to explain something that some of you may or may not already know.

School is now in session...

I started doing GT to try and get back into drawing and rebuild my skills after a seven year break from putting pencil to paper.  And when I look back to the very first strip, and then compare it to some of my more current work, I think I've been rather successful in that regard so far.  Since starting the strip just over two years ago I've come to think of this endeavor not like a second job, but more like I'm going back to university.  

The reason I make this distinction between the two is;

a) It's hard to think of something that actually costs you more money than you make from it as a "job", as I consider a "job", regardless of whether it's a second one or not, is largely defined by it's ability to earn someone a paycheck (otherwise I see it as charity or perhaps court enforced community service).

and b) I feel this is more like a learning experience, which is hopefully leading to a "graduation day" of sorts, that will in turn lead to a career one day.  Who knows, maybe that career will directly involve the site, but given disproportionate ratio of webcomics out there compared to the lucky few creators making a living from doing them, I feel it's more likely that it will be based around some kind of freelance and / or commission work. 

Regardless of whether or not Noname, Frank and the boys start paying the bills around here though, GT has now become such a huge part of my life that I can't ever imagine not doing it.  And because it's such an important part of my life I don't want to half ass it. So in an effort to stick to my "full ass" ideals as far as the site goes, I try my absolute best to put as much time into it as humanly possible.  Which brings me back to the balancing act part of this post.

Taking a step back...

Lately I've been doing everything I can to juggle all the chainsaws life has been tossing my way, and to be honest, I'm starting to feel like I'm dropping more of them than I'm managing to keep up in the air and losing some limbs in the process.  E-mails that have gone unanswered for weeks.  There are prints I've yet to finish printing up and mail out.  I've got home repairs that are starting to cause me more and more grief the longer I leave them.  And my car...well lets just say that it has recently helped to put the last nail in the coffin of any hope I had of making it out to Wizard World Chicago this year.  

Worst of all though, there is artwork that I've promised to do up for friends that I haven't had a chance to touch in weeks.  Months and in some cases.  Granted this work isn't of the "paid for" variety, but it's still something that I committed myself to.  And while one does have a lot more leeway when dealing with friends as apposed to clients, there comes a point where "leeway" becomes "taking advantage of my friend's kindness and understanding", and can really start straining a friendship.

Now, I'm well aware nothing worth doing comes without a certain amount of sacrifice, and I am perfectly willing to make those sacrifices to keep the strip going, but I'd rather try to put a limit on how much others suffer for my sacrifices. Besides, lately I've barely been managing to keep the strip going despite those sacrifices, which kinda defeats the purpose of making them in the first place.  So I think it's time for me to take a bit of a break and think about what it is I need to do to correct this problem.  

I thought, or perhaps hoped is a better term, that the week off I took last month would be enough time for me to do this, but it just acted as more of a band-aid over a bullet wound.  Granted I'm still a while away from becoming burnt out, but I don't much fancy allowing myself to reach that point before I put the brakes on for a spell.  And given the fact that I've been doing this pretty much non-stop for the past couple years, I don't think needing to take a month off is that unusual or surprising.

So yes, Geek Tragedy will be going on semi-hiatus till August 1st.  During which time I will be posting news updates, and some artwork on no set schedule (which is where the "semi" part of the hiatus comes in) to give y'all something to see when you drop by the site (and I do hope that you folks out there keep dropping by).  But mostly though I will be trying to work out a much more effective work schedule for myself, and possibly a change to both the format of the strip as well as the days on which it's updated.

Also, once I get back from Connecticut next week, I'll be doing my best to try and get my non-GT related projects / obligations back on track.  And more importantly, reconnect with some of the people in my life who I feel have been given the short end of the stick as of late.  Speaking of which, I'd also like to apologize to those same people, my family, friends, and loved ones for being a ghost for the past few months, and thank them for their seemingly endless patience.

So there you go folks.  I know this announcement seems kinda sudden, but trust me when I say it was a long time coming.  But let me just make one thing perfectly clear before I take off to get ready for work;

Geek Tragedy will definitely be back come August 1st!  Just figured I'd say that in case some of you thought that this was the first step towards the end, 'cause I assure you it isn't it.

Okay, enough of this Chatty Cathy nonsense.  I've gotta go put some pants on.

Later,

-Ed

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03 / JUL / 07 - 1611 CST : In Heat...

Hey folks.

The strip I did over the holiday weekend is now up. I would've loved to have done it up in full colour, but sadly I'm running pretty behind on both time and sleep this week so it wasn't really an option.

Anyway, I'll have more to say about this week's updates tomorrow, but for now I've got to go get ready for a very special night.  You see, Grace, my lovely partner in button making (among other things) has reached the landmark point in her life where years of hard work and sacrifice have finally come to fruition.  And so I'm off to watch her take the final step in her academic career. 

Congratulations Gracie!  You've earned it!

Alrighty guys, it's shower time!

Later,

-Ed

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02 / JUL / 07 - 1916 CST : I'm back...

Hey folks.

I'm back from the lake.  It was a weekend of too much sun, food and drink, and far too little sleep.  All in all, a pretty fun time.

I was able to draw and ink a strip over the weekend as well, but I haven't had a chance to scan it into the computer yet, so it'll be up tomorrow.  After that, we'll be getting back to the current storyline.  Thanks for bearing with me here folks during the delays.

Later,

-Ed

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