/ JUL / 07 - 0923 CST : Couple quick things...
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.
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).
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.
guys, I'm outta here. See ya tomorrow.
/ JUL / 07 - 0900 CST : A little somethin...
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
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.
time to get my hands dirty.
/ JUL / 07 - 1535 CST : A little longer...
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.
for the delay guys, but one the bright side at least the hiatus is
/ JUL / 07 - 1543 CST : Taking a break from the hiatus...
thrown up some artwork for...okay maybe that's a bad way to put
it. I've posted some artwork for you guys to
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.
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.
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.
folks. I'm outta here for the rest of the weekend. Have
a good one.
/ JUL / 07 - 1443 CST : Reporting on a delayed report...
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).
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.
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!
I need sleep.
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.
/ JUL / 07 - 1502 CST : Connecticon Report (work in progress)...
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.
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.
that's all for now.
/ JUL / 07 - 1141 CST : Odd...
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.
/ JUL / 07 - 1021 CST : Report and art...
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.
sure if I'll be back before then, so if I'm not, enjoy your weekend
/ JUL / 07 - 1942 CST : Connecticon connections...
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.
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.
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).
(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.
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.
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.
last but not least...
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.
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.
/ JUL / 07 - 0859 CST : A date with a coma...
from work. Need sleep. Write e-mails when I wake up.
/ JUL / 07 - 1220 CST : One month in the making...
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
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.
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
/ JUL / 07 - 2244 CST : Fried by fun...
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.
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).
there will be a CT con report coming. I'm shooting for
sometime before Christmas on that one.
I really need to get my ass to bed now.
/ JUL / 07 - 1649 CST : Fractured Tragedies...
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
Anyway, here's the
here is the full coloured piece done in a cell shading type of
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!
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.
if I don't wrap this up right about now and get my ass back to work,
I'll never be packed in time!\
/ JUL / 07 - 1344 CST : Putting the "semi" into this
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.
also be posting any other work I do during this month that I think
is polished enough for you guys to see.
that's all for now. I'm having a celebration dinner tonight
with my personal massage therapist and I need to get ready.
/ JUL / 07 - 2235 CST : Regaining equilibrium...
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
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.
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.
is now in session...
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.
reason I make this distinction between the two is;
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
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
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
a step back...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
enough of this Chatty Cathy nonsense. I've gotta go put some
/ JUL / 07 - 1611 CST : In Heat...
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.
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.
You've earned it!
guys, it's shower time!
/ JUL / 07 - 1916 CST : I'm back...
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
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