February 25, 2008

And we're BACK on the George Comics Show!

I sincerely apologize for the downtime over the weekend and for much of this morning. The site's been down for the past 18 hours or so, but it looks like it's back now. The trouble stems from two things: a brand new George site I'd hoped to unveil yesterday, and my web host. I tried switching the domain name george-comics.com to the new server, and everything broke. I fiddled with it for hours before deciding it would be best to switch it back. The problem is that when you're dealing with servers and IPS and domain name servers, every update takes like a minimum of two hours to go through. So I've been agonizing for about 10 hours straight. But hey, we're back, and I fully hope to have the new website unveiled sometime this week without any down time.

Or I am going to flip out and crack some heads.

February 14, 2008

Buy some original George artwork!

Well, I did it. I've been following through on a lot of my promises lately, and this is one of them. If you visit the George Art page, you can buy original, hand-drawn George character sketches for a measly six bucks each. Talk about your cheap original artwork. I drew up some samples last night, and I'll be posting them on the aforementioned Art page in the very near future.

You know, for three years I didn't draw any cartoons on paper. I used graphics tablets. And while my artwork improved by leaps and bounds, my hand-drawn-on-paper cartoons still leave something to be desired, to me personally. I've been investing a lot of money in different types of papers, pencils, and pens trying to find materials that are comfortable and effective for me. I've got a big order coming from dickblick.com, but in the meantime, any of you artist types out there...what do you use, and why? I'm open to all suggestions regarding tools and techniques to make my artwork better.

February 10, 2008

Wanna buy some original George artwork?

Sometime in the near future, I'm going to start offering original George sketches for sale here at George-Comics.com. I've been doing a lot of pencil/pen-on-paper drawing lately, and it's a lot of fun...I think more fun than drawing on a graphics tablet, personally. So anyway, I figured it would be cool to start selling some sketches. The ones I'll be selling are roughly 5" x 8" and I'm thinking they'll cost $6 each, shipping included, payable via PayPal. You get to choose what character(s) you want (I'll probably put a limit of 2 characters per sketch) and then I'll ship them out to you within a few days. So what do you think? Sound like a good deal?

February 1, 2008

As promised...The George Museum!

The George Museum.

I delivered on yesterday's promise to scan a bunch of old George comics and assemble them into a place where you can view and laugh with, or at, them. All of the comics posted so far were originally made between February and April 1999. I have some more laying around somewhere, but I'm afraid I may have misplaced them, or, even worse, thrown them away accidentally. I hope that's not the case, but I do have low-quality electronic backups of many of them that I'll resort to if I have to. In the meantime, enjoy these 40 or so classic George comics.

January 31, 2008

George comic #250 droppin' like a....felon? Is that right?

Today marks the 250th George comic to ever be published on this website. Slowly but surely, the ol' archive is growing...250 comics is a pittance to guys like Stephen Pastis of Pearls Before Swine fame, guys (and gals) who have to turn out 365 comics every stinkin' year. But hey, my comics are full-color....and...man, what color! And what's more, they are just packed with...pixels. Anyway, to celebrate, I think tomorrow I am going to scan some of the really old George comics in and make a "George museum" where I can post them and talk about how terrible they are. A grand time will be had by all.

January 29, 2008

And so RSS Feedwagon drives off into the sunset...

...for now. The RSS Feedwagon story arc was one of my favorites to write and draw, but I must admit I'm happy to finally see it go. I mean, I've been staring at it in one form or another for like, two months now. I'm happy to get the mall storyline going. That being said, it's not the end of RSS Feedwagon. They'll be popping up again in about three weeks or so. So if you want your fix of pop-punk-metal-polka-nerd-synth music, make sure you're there.

January 26, 2008

Some new George Fan Art!

Special thanks to Christian A. for this George fan art (click the thumbnail image to see a larger version)!

If I get enough fan art from enough people, I'll go ahead and make a page dedicated to it, and link to the creators. So if you've got any artistic flair, toss me some George fan art or post it in the forum!

January 17, 2008

Dot Com VS. Dot Net: Round 1, FIGHT

When I first started this website, I very much wanted the domain name, "georgecomics.com." No hyphen. It was available years and years ago, probably around 2000 or so, but I was still naive about the web domain registration and hosting process so I decided to hold off. In 2005, it was gone, taken by an online comic book store. So, I begrudgingly grabbed george-comics.com instead. So every time someone asks me, "what's the address for your comic site?" I have to respond, "George hyphen comics dot com," head bobbing up and down with each spoken word to hammer in the fact that if you do not type it exactly as I have spoken it, you might not find George, but a photo gallery of Himalayan mountain goats on fire.

I could have registered "georgecomics.net" instead, but I felt, as I still do, that a "dot net" address just doesn't have the same...kick as a "dot com." You know what I mean? It doesn't sound as marketable. It doesn't sound as...Internetty. I can't really think of one very big, successful website that ends in ".net." That being said, I hate that effing hyphen. So I registered www.georgecomics.net anyway. Right now it just forwards you to george-comics.com, but I can't help but wonder if I would benefit from changing the site's address from george-comics.com to georgecomics.net. Or, if I should just leave it as-is and tell people to go to "George Comics Dot Net" when they ask.

What do you think? Would georgecomics.net be easier to market than george-comics.com? If so, is it worth losing what amount of name recognition george-comics.com has already gained? Should I eat this entire can of artichoke hearts for lunch?

January 9, 2008

A new, slightly different look for George

With today's comic debuts the "new" style in which I've recently been making George comics. For starters, it uses my own personalized font, which I made from my very own handwriting. So that's awesome. But it also features artwork done with the Paintbrush tool in Flash--until now I've been using the Pencil tool, which creates smooth, straight lines, but lines with no variation or differing weights. The paintbrush tool is harder to get the hang of, but it looks much nicer to my eyes. It feels much more like really "drawing" with pen on paper because the harder you press the stylus to the Cintiq screen, the thicker the line becomes. This makes for more fluid, dynamic artwork. I think that for the first few strips that I used this technique, the art is a little rough compared to usual, but I've gotten used to it now. Maybe you'll be able to see the difference.

January 7, 2008

Ventilation

Today I got a couple of comments on two of my YouTube videos (from the user "lapizmagiko") that got my blood boiling. Though he typed his comments in Spanish, through the magic of this new thing they have called The Internet (I suggest you check it out sometime), I was able to decipher what he said, which I will paraphrase here:

"Why do you need such a nice tablet (referring to my Wacom Cintiq12WX) to make drawings like those? God knows that you are wasting that jewel. Why give food to someone with no teeth to eat it?"

The initial thoughts that raced through my head cannot be posted here, because I keep this site family-friendly, and the words I would type might give your great aunt Flo a coronary. Also, I know that getting angry at someone who offers only blatant negative criticism is simply not worth it. That doesn't change the fact that I pity this person. As I said in my responses to him (responses in which I did not swear once, I'll have you know), not every person with artistic talent chooses to paint the Mona Lisa. My artwork is never going to win any awards for "most realistic" or "most dramatic," but that does not mean that it is easy, that it is trite and meaningless, or that I do not pour my soul into it. And so, yes, my feelings of anger have been diluted into pity, for I can't help but pity someone who allows for such ignorance, elitism and plain jealousy to cause them to insult someone's accomplishments in life, no matter how small they may deem them.