/ MAR / 08 - 1102 CST : If at first you don't succeed, pay
things to talk about today.
starters, I just wanted to let y'all know that a new GTē strip will
be headed your way later today, so keep a look out for that.
Better luck next
if you look up and to your right, you'll see that Wizard World
Chicago has been downgraded from a definite convention stop for me,
to tentative. There are a few reasons for this, but the main
one is that I'd really like to have the site professionally redesigned
this year, and I'm beginning to think that the money I'd be spending
on that trip might be put to better use there instead.
see, I'm fairly inept at coding (which is putting it mildly), and
thus far my efforts to chip away at the redesign have proven to be
about as fruitless as trying to get an orange tree to grow out of my
ass. In fact it's getting to the point that I'm wasting so
much time on this endeavor that were I paying myself only minimum
wage to do it, I'd still end up costing myself twice as much as I
would if I were to hire a pro to do it. As well, every frustrating
hour I spend on this project is an hour that could be much more
productively spent getting my artwork done.
after giving it a whole lotta thought, and despite the fact it's a
con that I've been wanting to check out since I started the site,
Chicago has once again become that elusive creature I keep hearing
so much about, but fear I'll never get to see in my lifetime.
Damn you Wizard World
Chicago! Why must you always be my Snuffleupagus!
hear these talkies are really catching on...
last but not least, I wanted to mention that the first ever Geek
Tragedy audio con report will posted by the end of the
right folks. Thanks to the magic of the internet, and hours and
hours of me trying my best not to sound like a total ass, soon all
those MegaCon pictures I posted a while back will be brought to life
with the sultry sound of my voice whispering in your ear.
of right now the entire con report has been recorded, and once I've
finished up the final bits of editing I'll be sure to swing on by
and post it here for you guys to listen to. And with any luck,
should this prove to be something y'all enjoy, maybe I'll be able to
do all of my con reports this way in the future (only in a much more
timely fashion than this one I hope).
My strips aren't going to draw themselves, so I guess I better get
back to work.
/ MAR / 08 - 0845 CST : A day of changes...
at least a day of talking about them)
a lot of stuff I want to cover today, so I'm just gonna get right to
and foremost, let's talk about today's update. There are two possibilities
at this point. One, today's update will in fact be part XXIII of
the Noname Clause, but will once again be left in its black and
white form to be coloured later this weekend. A course of
events which, for those of you who have been hanging around these
part for a while now know, has pretty much become Friday
the second, and at this point more likely of the two possibilities,
is that today's update will be that of some sort of sketch I'll be
posting in lieu of an actual strip. As for what that sketch might
be...I don't know. Maybe it'll be a sketch of Frank or
possibly Noname in some sort of whacky hijinx. Or perhaps it'll be
some Hello Kitty fan art I've been just dying to whip up for months
now. Maybe some nude figure drawing I've done of the neighbors
who never seem to remember to shut their blinds at night...who
deciding factor between my doing a strip or a sketch is how much
time I have left once I get a few things done around the house, and
then go out and do some running around. And while I'm hoping
that this will still afford me enough waking hours to get the next
part of the story done ('cause to be honest guys, we're so close to
the end of this tale and I really want to move on to
the next one at this point), I seriously doubt that'll be the case.
thing I know for though is that regardless of whether I go with the
strip or the sketch, I won't have the update posted till later
on this evening.
It's not the size of
the strip that counts, it's how many word bubbles I can manage to
cram in there...
this storyline and the subsequent "epilogue" type strips
are finished up, I'll be changing the format of the strip a
bit. And by changing, I mean changing back.
Which is to say that instead of doing a strip of this length:
I'll be once again
testing out how I feel about doing ones like this:
be told, I really like the size of the strips I'm doing now.
They are, my opinion at least, the perfect length for me to get
across everything I need to in a single update. Unfortunately
though I have a bitch of time getting them done twice a week (along
with two GTē strips), without neglecting a whole lotta other stuff
in my life that needs serious attention.
yeah, in few weeks I'll reverting to smaller strips. However,
if it saves me the amount of time I hope, then maybe...maybe
I'll see what I can do about filling up my currently barren
Wednesdays and getting Geek Tragedy's update schedule up to five
days a week. MAYBE!
typing, more working...
because I don't want to end up spending all my time writing a news
post and thus squandering what little working time I'll have today,
I'll forego a few of the things I was planning to mention and get
back to them at a later date instead.
I do take off though, I just wanted to give a big Thank You
to my Aunt Susan for catching a couple of mistakes I made in
the last couple of strips. I really appreciate it, 'cause If
anyone needs and editor, it's me! So thank you so much for
giving me a heads up! Feel free to correct me anytime!
and I also made a slight change to the art in Tuesday's strip so
that it wouldn't look quite so murky.
That's it for me everyone. Have yourselves a great weekend,
and I'll see you when I post the new art for today!
/ MAR / 08 - 2054 CST : Breaking the silence...
for my lack communication over the past couple days, but I was kinda
bogged down with both Geek Tragedy and non-Geek Tragedy related
and then there was that whole, "I couldn't get anything to
upload to the site" issue I had for most of yesterday.
Yeah, that didn't help the flow of new content / information much
either (luckily yesterday's strip managed to get posted just before
the problems started).
However, things now
appear to be working once again (well actually I won't know that for
sure till I try and upload this update, but I'm keeping my fingers
crossed) so I figured I'd use this opportunity to say hi.
Also, I wanted to let
y'all know that I am currently working on a method of doing con
reports that will not only ensure they get done in a timely fashion
(for a change), but should hopefully allow them to be a bit more
enjoyable to behold in the future as well. Now I don't want to
say anything more about it right now, as it may not pan out quite
the way I'm hoping it will, but you should be hearing more about
this over the next couple of days.
Or at the very
least I'll be filling y'all in on just how badly I failed with this
particular idea. It's hard to tell at this point which way the
wind may blow...
Alrighty folks! I'm
going to take off and see how much work I can squeeze in before I
head off to my job-job. See you guys tomorrow when I post the
next installment of GTē!
/ MAR / 08 - 1826 CST : Edgier animals...
it seems that fine folks over at Animal
Planet, who brought new meaning to the word "cute"
with shows such as The
Puppy Bowl, have decided to change up their format a bit and
a bit more bite to their programming.
I'm all for it! After all, if it one thing this world needs,
it's less family friendly programming at the expense of showing the
same type of sensationalistic crap you can already see on every
other damn channel on TV.
I was planning on writing a bit more here about a few other
non-animal related topics, but it seems I've managed to pull
something in my neck. So instead I think I'm going to go ahead
and lay down on a hot water bottle for a while, and try my best not
to think about just how old and decrepit that statement has managed
to make me feel.
y'all tomorrow when I post the next full strip!
0715 CST : Squaring off later on...
still doing my best to enjoy the couple of extra days off I've been
given this weekend, so while there will be a GTē up today,
it most likely won't be posted till later on in the evening.
in other news, Friday's Easter strip has now been coloured.
time for me to go and eat some leftover ham!
/ MAR / 08 - 1219 CST : Pikachu, they apparently don't choose you...
not sure how many of you stay in touch with foreign affairs, but I
personally like to keep a very close eye on pressing world
issues. And so it was that while perusing news from around the
stumbled upon this article discussing Japan's newest ambassadorship
and who they chose to fill it.
right, Japan now has an anime ambassador, and they actually
assigned an animated time traveling robot cat named, Doraemon,
to take on this official government position.
Which oddly enough makes him the third cartoon
character to become an ambassador to the world, with Astroboy being
the second and of course, Geri Halliwell being the first.
guys, I'm outta here. See y'all tomorrow when I post the next
/ MAR / 08 - 1909 CST : More links will follow...
I forget again I just wanted to mention that two of cool new people
I met out in Orlando were JT and Kevin
from the podcast, The
Gigcast. JT did an interview with me out at Megacon,
but unfortunately the audio got botched. However we're
currently trying to work out a time to redo it sometime over the
next few weeks or so.
if you go back in their archives and check out Gigcast
#130 you'll hear a nice little review about Evil
Inc's recent switch over to colour.
more links to come once I get all write up for Megacon done, but for
now, back to work!
1047 CST : Because they're supposed to be worth a lot
you head to the left and click on the link that says "Pictures"
(or you can just CLICK
HERE), it'll take you to a section of the site where you'll
see some of the pics I took during my weekend at MegaCon.
Unfortunately I haven't had a chance yet to add in the actual report
part of the con report that's supposed to go with the pics, but
that should be done soon (I hope).
I'd like to throw some links your way so that you can check out the
sites of some of the wonderful folks I met out in there in Orlando,
but unfortunately I'm currently writing this from my car
dealership's service / parts waiting area (yes, my car troubles
continue) so I don't have any of that info with me. However,
with any luck I'll remember to get those out to y'all once I get
home later this morning / afternoon.
everyone, that's it for me for now. See ya tomorrow when I
post the next GTē.
To my mother who had her connecting flight canceled, and had to
spend the first night of her vacation in a Chicago airport
hotel...Keep your chin up mom! I'm sure your pilgrimage to the
holy land will go better today, and you'll be standing before the
shrine of the one true King before you know it.
Have fun in Graceland!
/ MAR / 08 - 0845 CST : He's at it again...
with today's GTē I
bring you the long awaited second installment of the ongoing
series, Grey's "Yo mama" jokes. Okay, so
maybe " long awaited" is a bit of a stretch, but at least
the "second installment" part of that statement is true.
for anyone who's interested, the alternate text I was thinking of
using on Grey's T-shirt was " Please don't 'P' in my 'OWNED'
" And if anyone doesn't know what it is I'm playing off
of with either of those statements, I'm guessing you never knew
anyone with a pool growing up, did you?
also like to apologize for not getting the colours done on Friday's
strip this weekend. Saturday and Sunday were actually quite
productive for me, but only in the way that it allowed me to catch
up with almost everything in my life except for the
site. I'll do my best to get that strip finished up before I
post tomorrow's offering, but I'm afraid I may have to leave it as
black and white for a while yet.
for those of you who were wondering, I am working on a bit of a con
report for MegaCon 2008, but it won't be up till Wednesday at the
earliest. I was going to try and finish it off today, but I
figured that my time might be better spent trying to get a nice head
start on Tuesday's comic instead.
guys! I'm off to get a bit of sleep, work on the strip, take a
shower, and eat some soup. That's right baby, I'm just living
/ MAR / 08 - 0845 CST : Sleep, it does a comic good...
body's clock is still having a bit of a freak out after being
exposed to daylight for the better part of five days, so my sleep
schedule is all out of whack and has left me extremely tired and
cranky at this point. So before I finish off the inks for
today's strip, I'm going to go lay down for a while and see if I
can't manage to get at least four hours of uninterrupted sleep
before my brain decides to wake me up for no damn good reason.
I do wake up, I'll go ahead and post an inked version of the strip
once it's done, followed by a finished coloured version a few hours
later (or at least I hope it'll only be a few hours later). So
if I had to guess, I'd give an ETA of about 7pm for the strip to be
/ MAR / 08 - 1759 CST : Oops part 2...
when I scripted out this last strip, I didn't have "the"
in front of "Hulk" when he said his name, but somehow once
I started putting in the word bubbles I managed to turn "The
Hulk's" speech pattern into that of "The Rock".
Anyway, that has now been fixed.
1629 CST : Oops...
quick note. Yesterday I wrote that the GTē
strips were updated on Mondays and Wednesdays, when I actually meant
Monday's and Thursdays. Sorry for any confusion.
for catching that for me Grace!
1507 CST : The Ed agrees...
as you can no doubt tell from today's GTē I've managed to
the full trailer that's been released for the new Hulk movie, and
much like The Hulk, I plan on reserving judgment till I've seen the
get me wrong, I think the the trailer looks pretty amazing, but then
again that's what I thought about the first one too, and look how
that turned out.
folks, time for me to start working on tomorrow's strip before I get
/ MAR / 08 - 1603 CST : For new and old alike...
taking a bit of break from doing some colouring, so I figured while
I've still got full use of my mental faculties I'd swing on by and
say a few things. Now most of this stuff isn't really related
to one another, so I'll just throw this all out in point form.
Megacon: I'd just like to thank everyone who swung on by my
table while I was out there in Orlando to say hi, check out my work,
buy a shirt, or grab a flyer. I'll try to get a bit of a con
report up later on (or at the very least post a bunch of the pics I
took) so I won't go into great detail right now, but I do want to
say that I got to meet a lot of wonderful new people out there, and
overall it was a pretty cool experience.
First off, for those of you who grabbed a flyer out in Florida,
please note that the info regarding when I update was a bit outdated
as it says that I update on Mon, Wed, and Fri. That's not actually
the case anymore. The way it stands now, I have full strip
updates (or if I'm really busy, at least some sort of filler art) on
Tuesdays and Fridays, and GTē
strips posted on Mondays and
that's supposed to be Thursdays, not Wednesdays)
because I've been so busy getting stuff ready for the con season
I've been throwing up a lot more "filler" art on the site
than I would've liked to. However, now most of that work is
done, things should be getting back to normal so you can expect the
next installment of "The Noname Clause" to be
posted Friday evening.
strip: One of the reasons I've gone ahead and started doing the GTē
strips was to offer more content on the site on a weekly
basis. However, I also wanted to give new readers, who may
find it a bit daunting to start in on a storyline based strip with
three years worth of back-story, an easier way to ease themselves
into the GT universe (btw, Care
Bear Zombies...huge hit in Florida!).
feel this is especially important right now, as the current
storyline is pretty much a climax of sorts that at times requires a
decent knowledge of past events (though I do try to end each strip
in a joke that is a punch line unto itself which hopefully doesn't
require any archive diving to be funny). With that in mind
though, I wanted to let all you new readers out there that once this
tale wraps up I will be going back to doing shorter, less GT history
dependant tales that will (hopefully) stand perfectly well on there
I will always eventually go back to the main story arc(s), as
that's the driving force of the strip in my opinion (plus this
particular chapter will end up posing a few more questions come the
end, rather than sum everything up), but once I'm done
with Agent Oshiro laying the smackdown on the evil albino, know that
y'all can look forward to some slightly more light hearted stuff for
a few months.
/ site redesign: For those of you who have been waiting for the
forum to go back up, I'm sorry to say that you may have to wait a
while longer. I'm currently working on a redesign to the site,
and so I'm holding off on the forum till that's all finished.
And once the revamp is done (hopefully by late summer) on top of
relaunching the forum I should also have the long dead areas that
are the cast and contact & info pages finally up as well.
and for those of you who are interested, I will be using ComicPress
to do my redesign.
I think I've bent your ears (or eyes) long enough, so time for me to
get back to work.
/ MAR / 08 - 1032 CST :The morning after...
now that I've managed to get some stuff unpacked and had a decent
night's rest, I've come up with a plan of attack for today.
Go out and buy some food.
Make myself some lunch.
Get a few things done around that house that need to be done.
Post some artwork that was done up at the con by myself and another
artist in lieu of a full strip today.
Play a bit of catch up with my Evil
Get as much Geek Tragedy work done as possible before I head into
also wanted to mention that now that the con craziness is over (for
this month at least), things should all be on track as far as
updates go after today. Which means that Friday's strip will
in fact be a regular strip again, and not just some filler art to
tie you over while I'm trying to get buttons made, prints printed,
and T-shirts shipped off.
folks! Thank y'all for your patience over the past week or so,
it means a lot! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go get me
0036 CST : Now that I'm home...
flight was delayed for over an hour...was stuck in a terminal about
the size of my living room with four planes worth of people for far
too long...just got home now...strip up when I can scan it in and
finish the word bubbles...tired...oh so tired.
time to do a bit of unpacking.
Note to self, set up twitter on your cell phone before you go out of
All of the news for March 10th was written while I was stuck in the
airports. The wireless connections there made it impossible to
update the site while I was there. Sorry for the lack of news
and strip for today, but it was sadly unavoidable.
/ MAR / 08 - 1859 CST : Let's try this again...
Everything I said before you can just apply to this post...except
now I'm in Chicago...and the plane isn't delayed...and hopefully the
wireless access actually works well enough for me to get this info
out to you guys.
I'll be sure to get the GTē
up for y'all just as soon as I can once I get home, so look for it
shortly after midnight or perhaps in the wee hours of the morning.
1423 EST : I'm on my way...
currently sitting in the Orlando airport waiting to board the first
of two flights that will be taking Grace and myself home. The
first flight has been delayed about 30 minutes, but we've got a huge
buffer once we land in Chicago for our connecting flight, so there's
no worries there.
I was at the con I managed to get the artwork of today's GTē
done so that it'll be ready to be scanned in once I get home.
However, we're not scheduled to land until around 11pm CST, so it
most likely won't be posted till after midnight
folks, time for me to log off and check some e-mails before I get on
/ MAR / 08 - 0845 CST : Goes from -32 to +23 in 12 hours...
in a few hours I'll be leaving home (where it is currently -32C),
and flying off to Florida for MegaCon.
Now, I won't be getting back here (where it is currently -32C) till
late Monday, so the updates for this Friday, Monday, and Tuesday
will most likely be various pics from the trip instead of actually
strips. But at least there should be something
up for you guys to look at on those days.
folks, I don't want to miss my flight out of Winnipeg (where it is
currently -32C), so I better head off. See ya in Orlando
(where it is NOT currently -32C)!
Thanks for house sitting for me mom!
/ MAR / 08 - 0845 CST : The first time is always the most painful...
in prepping for the con, I bought a very specific type of paper to
have my portfolio pages printed on. I've been using it for
quite a while now and I really love how it looks, the weight of it,
and how it reacts to the ink.
the past three or four years I must have gone through at least ten
or so of the 20 packs. Well this time around when I needed to
buy some more so that I could update my portfolio, I noticed that
they came out with an 80 sheet pack for much cheaper
than it would cost to buy four packs of the 20's.
checked to make sure it was the exact same company's product, with
the exact same type of paper, in the exact same packaging, and it
was. So of
course I bought it. Well
imagine my surprise when I opened up the pack at home and found the
wrong freakin' paper inside.
yeah, today's GTē
is pretty much the dialog that went off in my head after I put the
pieces together and realized that the sticker saying "BONUS"
on it, was actually some ass backwards way of the company
telling me they had a surplus of another kind of paper, and figured
they would be doing their customers a favor by
offloading a product they didn't want in the first
thanks guys! I can only hope that one day I'll be able to
shake the hand of the person who came up with such an innovative
marketing scheme. Of course before I do, I'll be sure to
substitute that shake with the bonus upgrade offer of
a boot to the ass instead! And at no extra cost
enough with the complaining as I've got to something else I need to
still got a few things for that I need to have ready for Mega
Con by Wednesday at the latest, plus I'm spending most of
today helping my buddy Travis move into his new house (something I
don't think either of us are looking forward to, but he's done the
same for me a few times now so it's the least I could do) , so it's looking like
tomorrow's update has a high chance of being some type of filler art
instead of an actual strip. And if that's the case, I apologize
folks, time for me to log off, eat some breakfast, and then carrying
some heavy shit through the snow (I'm totally psyched!).
Taking another look at the headline I used for this news, and
reading back through what I wrote, I now realize it doesn't really
apply to anything in there. However I'm pretty sure when I
wrote it I had meant to talk a bit more about how much of a pain
it's been getting ready for the first con of the year, but hopefully
once all this work is done the rest will go a lot smoother.
that was probably it...I think.