/ MAY / 08 - 1254 CST : Geek Tragedy's summer vacation...
wanted to let y'all know that I've decided to take the entire month
of June off from doing the strip.
not the entire month, as the current story arc won't
finish off until June 3rd. Which means that not including today's
GT˛, there will only be two more full coloured strips and
two more GT˛'s
till the 1st of July.
are a lot of reasons I feel the need to take some time off.
Mostly it's because I really need some extra time to work on a few
non-site related issues that have been building up since...well,
since I started doing the strip actually.
be bit more specific, I really need to take some time to try
and develop the art career I wish to have outside of the GT
universe. First and foremost though I need to get a serious
colour portfolio together that I can show when I go to the San Diego
comic con this year. Secondly, I really need to learn how to
use Photoshop so that I can finally make the full transition over
from my old (and I do mean old) version of Photopaint.
well, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'm also kinda looking
forward to having a few days to just sit around the house and do
nothing more than just read a damn book for a change.
at the beginning of the year I made a promise to you guys that I'd
have new updates every Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri, and despite taking
the month off I plan to stick with that. And no, this does not
mean I'm going to be running a month of guest strips. Instead
I plan to post sketches, pictures, examples of some of my past and
current commission pieces, and maybe an audio file or even a video
or two (which reminds me, I'll also be working on the long neglected
audio con reports next month).
regardless of what it is, I will still be posting something
on the days that I normally produce new strips. So with any
luck, by the time I get back from my little vacation, there will
still be at least a couple of you out there still visiting the site.
folks, now that I've given y'all an idea of what's coming up in the
future, it's time for me to get back to work on what I've got to do
at the present.
/ MAY / 08 - 1511 CST : Flashing back on more time...
a quick note for those of you who may not know or remember the strip
that Noname is flashing back to, it can be found HERE.
folks. I'm way to tired to write much more right now, but I
will be back Monday with and new GT˛ as well as nice long post
about what my plans are for the site during the month of June.
a great weekend guys!
/ MAY / 08 - 1645 CST : That figures...
course. Mere moments after I go ahead and post today's strip
on Myspace and then do the write up below, all of a sudden I can
upload the new files to the server.
It's all in the timing folks.
???? CST : Unable to server you...
sure when this is going to be up for y'all to see, but once it is I
wanted to let you know right away that the reason the strip wasn't
posted till now was due to my inability to (once again) connect to
Dreamhost's ftp server.
I was able to upload the strip to my...*sigh*...Myspace
page (and good lord does it ever make me feel dirty to be
forced to do it there). So hopefully at least a few of you
were able to check it out a lot sooner than now.
should also be noted that if I do ever have the same server problems
and find myself unable to post the strip on the site again in the
future (and given how at this point I've completely lost all faith
in Dreamhost's ability to provide reliable service, there's a good
chance I could) it looks like the Myspace
page will be my personal backup space for the strip.
folks, that's it for now. I'll (hopefully) see y'all again on
Thursday when I post the next GT˛.
/ MAY / 08 - 1527 CST : Keycon or bust...
this weekend I'll be heading on out to one of Winnipeg's local cons,
has had, and I'm sure will continue to have, a special place in my
heart. Not just because it was the first weekend long
convention experience I've ever had, or that it was the first
real life event that I ever placed
within the GT universe, but because of all the cool people
I've met and friends I've
managed to make there over
speaking of Keycon spawned friendships, I better wrap things up now
so that I can catch a few Z's before I have to go and pick one Lar
deSouza and his lovely wife Christie up from the airport.
have a wonderful weekend folks, and I'll see y'all Monday!
/ MAY / 08 - 0915 CST : Always take eye-candy from strangers...
have been severely lax with posting stuff in the news section here
as of late, so in a effort to make up for that, I'll do away a lot
of that boring text stuff I usually post here and give you nice
shiny pics instead.
off, here are a couple pics I took in Calgary at the Comic Expo
(yes, I do plan to post all the pics I took there, I
just haven't gotten around to doing that or editing the con report
yet...hopefully it'll be done by mid to late September though), of a
sketch that I commissioned out there, as well as a couple of the
sketches I myself did.
This is a
sketch I commissioned from Jo
Chen at the con. For some reason I got it into my head
that she didn't do commissions, so if I hadn't heard the person in
front of me at her table mention something about it, I never
would've even asked.
When she asked me what
I wanted her to draw, I told her I'd like either Chase or Old Lace
from Runaways. So the next day when I saw that she went a
ahead and did both characters, I was totally
floored. I talk about this more in the audio con report (which
I hope you folks will one day be able to hear), so I won't go on
about it now. However I do want to say that this is now by far
one of my most prized possessions, and I will have it hanging up in
my office the second after I get it framed!
Before the con I bought
some coloured markers to see what I could do with them.
Unfortunately I only had five colours to work with, and I've never
really coloured anything without the use of a computer, but in the
end I don't think I did too bad for my first attempt. I plan
to do up a lot more of these to have on display at future cons so
that maybe I'll be able to drum up some more commission work.
Here's a sketch of
Spidey I did for a guy named Jeff who dropped by the table.
I'm still getting comfortable with doing sketches for people
on-the-fly at cons, so I wasn't totally happy with how it turned
out. I messed up the eyes (which you can't see because they've
been touched up in photoshop a bit), and next time I add in text,
I'm going to have to take more care so that both it and the word
bubbles don't look like they were done by a two year old.
Also, a big thanks goes
out to Jeff for being so kind as to send me a scan of the pic, as I
kinda forgot to snap a pic of it once I was done. And speaking
of photos, Jeff is a really talented photographer, so
if you have a chance you may want to check
out his work over at his site (however some of his stuff,
while very tasteful, may be NSFW).
but not least, here's a commission piece I did up for my buddy Steve
for his his fiancé's birthday. I also plan to take this and
turn it into a colour print once I find the time, but I feel I did a
fairly good job with grayscale markers alone.
folks, I'll be posting some more stuff in the few days (including
the amazing sketch that Brad
Guigar did up for my artist's edition of How To Make
Webcomics), but I think I'm just about done for now.
/ MAY / 08 - 1908 CST : Maybe this is to make up for the third live
saw this and I figured I should post it quick before I head off to
take a nap before work. Not sure how the rest of the X-Men
feel about Wolverine getting top billing here, but I'm guessing
they're used to it by now.
1538 CST : I'm still alive...
a while since I checked in and I know a few of you out there that I
never get a chance to see anymore check out this section to just to
see if I'm still alive so I want to assure y'all I am.
I'll try to swing on by tomorrow to give a bit more reassurance that
my life-force has not been extinguished and hopefully give you guys
an update on the con pics / report.
/ MAY / 08 - 2120 CST : Shout, shout, let it all out...
I mentioned earlier in the week, tomorrow I'll be recording the
audio con report for the Calgary comic expo, but in the mean time I
just wanted to throw out a few pics and some shout outs to just a
few of the folks who helped me out, as well as some of the fine folks who I
and foremost I wanted to thank the immensely kind and caring Miss
Grace for not just looking after my house while I was gone, but for
helping me catch up on all the household stuff that I tend to let
slide while I'm working on the site stuff week after week. And also for going
to the trouble of stocking my fridge with some bacon and eggs so
that I might have a decent breakfast for a change.
a big thanks to the real-life GT crew, Travis and Steve, for driving
out to Calgary with me and helping me out at the table all
weekend. You guys may not think you did much, but trust me,
you two were a big part of what made this convention such a great experience!
now, while there were a lot of great folks who I met out there that
I'll be sure to mention in the days ahead, I'd like to take this
opportunity to drop some links to three of the cool webcomic
creators that I was lucky enough to run into at the con.
up, Alina from Were Geek...
Geek is one of the webcomics that I've heard great things
about, but have never had the chance to check out, so it was cool to
meet the artistic force behind it. I had some time to talk and
hang out with Alina and her boyfriend Layne (dude, if I screwed up
your name, I'm really sorry, but I totally forgot to write it down
and my memory generally sucks when it comes to names!), and I gotta
say that I truly hope we'll get a chance to do it again sometime.
Oh, and Alina and I
decided that it may be a good idea if we start our own webcomic
feud, so here goes nothing...
Man, I tell ya, what
kind of a hack uses the word "Geek" in the name of their
webcomic. I mean come on! That's just...oh.
Crap. Okay, so I guess we're gonna have to work on this feud
thing a bit.
Next up we've got
Giovanni and Frank (great name man!), from Fluent
This is the first time
I met these guys, and truth be told I hadn't heard of their
webcomic till last weekend, but now that I've had a chance
to check out a few other their strips, it looks like I've got some
got some entertaining reading ahead of me. Also, I know that
their hoping to do more cons in the future, so if you guys get a
chance to meet them in person, be sure to pick up one of their
posters and help support them a bit. Or just tell them that Ed
from Geek Tragedy says hi...though I'm guessing they'd prefer the
extra cash more.
Oh, and if you look
real close, you'll see that Frank is sporting a shiney new GT
"Slacker" button. Which of course means two
things. One, he's got great taste in merchandise. And
two, he is most definitely a true artist.
And last, but certainly
not least, Jennie of The
I'm now two for two
this year as far as doing cons that Miss Breeden has been at.
Which might seem like a rather cool coincidence if it weren't for
the fact that the woman does about 87 cons per year!
One of the things that
never ceases to amaze me about Jennie is that every time I've ever
met her, despite the fact that she has just a killer travel / con
schedule, she always seems to be so upbeat and happy. Also,
she's just about one of the most entertaining people I've ever met,
and I don't think I've ever heard her tell a story that didn't
manage to entertain the hell out of everyone around her.
Alrighty folks, that
all for now. I'll try my best to post a few more pics here and
there leading up to the full con report, but in case I don't get the
chance swing by and do that for the next few days, have yourselves a
great weekend, and I come on back tomorrow when I post the next full
CST : All in good time...
wanted to give y'all a heads up to let you know that the newest GT˛
will in fact be up today, but I may take a nap first so it might not
be done till later on in the evening. Unless of course I get a
second wind suddenly, but given how tired I feel right now that's
looking kinda unlikely.
I assure you guys I'll have it done and up before I go to work
back to work.