December 30, 2005

Yes, yes, George Comics have been late...lately!

The Christmas season is an odd one. I should have more time to get comics done since I get over a week off from my job, and...well, okay, I do have more time to get comics done, but...I haven't been getting them done! It's an anomaly. OK, maybe it's not. I've been so relaxed and comfortable in my cozy den without having to worry about waking up and going to work that I've sort of let all of my responsibilities slide this week. And I have to watch my newly-received Seinfeld DVD box set! But anyway, I'm working on a new comic right now and with any luck I'll have a new one ready to go on Monday afternoon as well. Then my vacation's over and I expect things to be straightened out again with the incoming of 2006. Time for new year's resolutions and a clean slate! ...And a week later, time for broken resolutions and a positively filthy slate.

December 15, 2005

100th George Comics Arrives without Fanfare, Researchers Say

If I had timed it better, the 100th George comic would have been an awesome spectacle of epic proportions, rather than the simple end to the "The Paul" storyline. But I couldn't bear to interrupt the storyline when it was so close to being wrapped up. But never you mind, child, because I'm sure George Comic #101 will have some special meaning and message behind it to make up for today's loss. Either that, or a joke at the expense of Sirloin! Har!

December 8, 2005

When will it all end?!

Things just keep getting worse and worse for George and "The Gang," as I like to refer to them as...gee, I hope nobody else has ever used that for anything.

George Comic #100 will be here in one mere week, and...quite honestly I don't really have anything planned. Maybe on the day of its release, I'll oven-cook my fish sticks instead of microwaving them. But I dunno, something like that...should be reserved for something more important, like one's wedding day. But what the hey, there's only gonna be one George #100, so I guess I better cook something up besides fish sticks...

I got it. Popcorn shrimp.

November 25, 2005

Aye carumba!

Well, yesterday being Thanksgiving, I managed to forget to update the comic. But it's there now. I guess I'm sort of lucky it's not a Thanksgiving-themed comic, since I forgot to update it. Instead, you get that rascally The Paul! *shakes fist vigorously*

November 21, 2005

Told you!

Blame Warcraft. At least the comics are coming out regularly. Oh, that darned The Paul! I must say he provides a nice "devious" counter to George. I should use him more regularly. Expect to see a characters page of him in the near future!

In other news, I went to see the new Harry Potter movie last night and it was terrific. They just keep getting better and better. I was never into Harry Potter until very recently when a friend told me to catch up on them before the new movie came out so we could go see it together. And she was right, they are enjoyable indeed, overall...I thought the first one was by far the weakest, which is actually kind of odd because usually movies like this get weaker as they go down the line. Not so in the case of Harry Potter. Definitely worth the price of admission.

November 10, 2005

I'm a bad...blogmaster

I've only updated the blog like three times in the past three weeks, and for that, I apologize. I blame World of Warcraft. A friend of mine got me playing it, curse his hide! Now I'm enraptured with it. It's grabbed ahold of me like the One Ring and I'm afraid it's not going to let me go anytime soon. Don't worry though, I'll still manage to crank out the comics ;)

Man, what with Coach Demurson trying to sell the team's softball trophy, and Chiwawa put up for bids by none other than George, it makes you wonder nothing is sacred in the town of Perkton, California! Makes me wonder that, anyway. I'm sure, though, that Chiwawa will not be going home with a leather-clad biker. The softball trophy, however...well, it could be going to someone far more dubious, if he has his way.

November 3, 2005

It's still Thursday!

I was doing tech support at a business conference in a downtown hotel from very early this morning until the early afternoon, which is why you're treated to this George comic several hours later than usual. For this, I apologize. Actually, my presence wasn't even required at the conference after about 8:00 a.m., but I hung around just in case (and for the free lunch, but whatever). I can totally see Greg getting caught up in doing that sort of thing...perhaps at a cartoonists' convention? Hrrmmm...

October 31, 2005

For those about to...Trick-or-treat, we salute you!

Well, Halloween and the first Halloween strip are both upon us like two linebackers after a fumble. It was lots of fun to do this strip. In fact I finished it at least a month ago because I was so anxious to do it. Greg was originally Einstein, but a buddy of mine suggested Colonel Sanders and I knew he was on to something. And Dave is already practically The Dude from The Big Lebowski, so that wasn't much of a leap. And Sirloin? He's already practically Mr. Clean. ...Except he's fat. And very unclean. I wish I could have fit Chain-link in there somewhere. Rest assured he's on his bench on the park, dressed as Janet Jackson or something.

October 27, 2005

Inspired by real life...yet again

Today's comic is, until the very last panel (well, even a part of it) almost exactly what went down in our offices some time back. Our resident programmer, Paul, picked up the ringing phone that the secretary wasn't picking up, on account of...well, she just wasn't there. The person on the other line was looking for a company that had a name similar to what we had in the late 90's, and then asked if we accepted credit cards, which came rather out of the blue (I was later told that Paul almost told her, "Sure, send 'em on over."). Then, in an unrelated twist, almost immediately asked for someone who does not work in our office. After the good-byes were said I knew there was a comic strip on my hands. But that was from the silly putty.

I also notice that this blog is the "Featured Blog of the Day" at BlogExplosion! Awesome. ...What better time to plug the First George Comics Book over at lulu.com? :D

October 20, 2005

Google PageRank GO!

Well, Google finally publicly updated their PageRank levels, and I'm proud to announce that the main George Comics page has a PageRank of 5. Thanks for reading and linking to the site, everybody! This makes me want to work even harder to promote the site to get it up to 6 by the time the next update rolls around.

Also, today marks the finale of the "Mac Daddy" storyline. It was really fun to write and draw but I'm actually sort of glad it's finally coming to a close here on the site. I've got some stuff lined up that I think is really good.

October 10, 2005

A cameo for the ages

Interjecting the creator of a comic strip into the very comic strip in question is not a practice that has not been done before...at least, not in George. Wait...does that make sense? There are too may "nots" in that sentence. I think you get my drift, because we have a communication thing going.

Anyway, the Mac storyline is great fun and I find myself more eager than usual to draw and write the comics for it. I'll be a little disappointed when it comes to an end, but hey, there'll be something good coming after it too. I hope. I am glad I finally got Colleen to show her face in the strip again! Now...where's Chain-link and Coach Demurson?

October 3, 2005

...Something looks different here.

That's because I decided to change the font on the comic, starting with today's strip. This new font is narrower without sacrificing readability, so I can fit a little more text onto each strip if necessary. Also, I just really like the look of it. It's cartoony and pretty easy on the eyes. The old font was fine, but sometimes fitting a lot of text into a particular panel was a challenge and I'd have to make some strategic edits. Plus, sometimes the commas and apostrophes would jump up or down to adjacent lines and try to pick fights with the other words, and this font keeps everything on a level playing field. Hopefully everyone else out there likes the new font as much as I do! I'm still sort of tweaking with the size, width, kerning, leading, all that good stuff. I'm going to find the absolutely optimal specifications for easy reading. Man, I got tired just writing that.

September 30, 2005

Just got my George Comics book in the mail.

I just received my own copy of George Comics: The First Book from Lulu.com, and I have to say I'm incredibly pleased. It looks great. Like something you'd pick up in an actual bookstore. Like I've mentioned, you can pick one of these books up for less than $15 with shipping and everything. And now that I've finally got my hands on one, I can hereby give it my own personal stamp of approval! That...that's gotta be good for at least a buck fifty, right?

September 29, 2005

Inspired by real life

Today kicks off a fairly long storyline about Greg's sudden fascination with Macs. It sort of models my own, really, although I don't know yet if Greg is really going to buy a Mac or not. There's going to be a bit of a tug-of-war between two other characters who try to sway Greg either to the Mac completely or back to the PC. It's been a fun storyline to do so far, in fact, I think I've had more fun with this storyline than I have any other so far. Hope it's equally enjoyable to read!

September 22, 2005

A plethora of changes

Well, one big change for the George Comics website, one fairly big change for me, personally. First, check out the new navigation menu for the George archives. It's mondo improved over the old navigation menu, and was all programmed by Paul over at ThePaul.com. He programmed the previous navigation system as well, but it was just a conceptually bad system to begin with, I think. This new one is so much easier to use. You can browse comics all day long (or for 30 minutes or however long it takes to get through 76 comics), find them easily in the drop-down menu, and see every comic's release date and title right there. Give it a whirl!

Also, recently I purchased a Mac Mini. I didn't really have any reason to purchase it other than the fact that I wanted to give a Mac a whirl. I always hear about how they're so great for graphics and designing. Anyway, it's a great little computer and it amazes me how they can cram so much stuff into it. I recently did the first strip ever on the Mac, and it's a joy to use. It still takes some getting used to because the Mac OS is so much different from Windows, which I've been using exclusively for over a decade now. Sure beats Windows 3.11!

September 20, 2005

Archives down for maintenance!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the George archives are going to be down for probably at least a couple of days while I switch the site over to a new server. The archives were written in PHP, which the new server does not support; it supports ASP instead. But with the help of my buddy Paul we're gonna make a new comic archive navigation system from scratch that's gonna be a lot better than the old one.

September 15, 2005

The George Comics book: Finally for sale!

I know some people have been asking about a George book for some time now, and until recently I was just "home-brewing" (okay, "work-brewing") a few books here and there but not selling any at high volumes. Then I discovered lulu.com, which has allowed me to make high-quality versions of the first George Comics book available. Check it out:

George Comics: The First Book

George Comics: The First Book features the first 73 George comic strips in glorious full-color print, a foreword from Chris Koehn, Artistic Director of novastudios.ca, a word from me, calligraphy character sketches and a picture of the "Cooler than James Bond" George desktop wallpaper. It retails for $12.39 plus shipping--I know this might seem kind of pricey, but full-color printing is much more expensive than black-and-white printing. Actually I don't make much of a profit off each book, either, but I am just happy to get George books out there with people reading them. Oh, and if you choose standard media shipping as the shipping method, it's only like $2.46 (in America, anyway), so actually you can get the book for less than $15. Eh, not too bad for a book packed with such awesome comics, is it? ;)

September 12, 2005

Hurricane Relief Telethon

An exclusive four-panel George comic strip will be appearing on the Webcomic Telethon site sometime during Sept. 13 or 14. The Webcomic Telethon is a hurricane relief effort where visitors to the site read the comics and, hopefully, donate money when they read something they like. It's a very cool idea, so check it out! Eventually a book with many of the comics submitted to the site will be released...hopefully George will make the cut! In the meantime, there is in fact a new Monday comic up to keep you occupied.

September 5, 2005

Stupid Labor Day

Well, the day in question is not a bad day by any means, as most of us have the day off, but it made me forget to update George. Oh well, it's there now, just about eight hours behind schedule. Sorry about that. I hope this does not dissuade any of you from voting for George over at Webcomic Battle!

August 30, 2005

A day late, a dollar short

Monday's comic is up, although I'm posting this entry on Tuesday. Don't concern yourself with these trivial matters of time. All the days run together for me, anyway.

So Dave is exploring the world of online personal ads. I have to admit that I had a brief flirtation with Yahoo! Personals a while back, with hilarious (not hilarious at the time) results. It really is the closest thing to an online wasteland on there in terms of the mental quality of people who register. And...if you're a Yahoo! Personals user, rest assured I'm talking about everyone except you.

August 24, 2005

George Comics wins!

Thanks to everyone who helped George vault past Popealien at Webcomic Battle. There's already a new battle up and it can be voted on until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Thursday.

In the meantime, Thursday's comic is up. I actually bought the Chihuahua version of Nintendogs and bought a chihuahua in it, then named it Chiwawa. Man I'm a nerd, but maybe it'll give me ideas for things to do with Chiwawa. Badabing too, maybe. Who knows?

Voto para George!

Hey everybody, head on over to Webcomic Battle and vote for George! There's a new strip debuting there today and it'll run there until about 11 p.m. or so Pacific time, so as of right now you've got at least fourteen hours to get those votes in. Badabing!

August 18, 2005

Here, kitty kitty!

Well, today's strip marked the debut of George's cat. Sort of. I mean, George had a cat when I did the comic back in high school, but it was full-grown, was named Babong, and its origins were never fully disclosed. So now he gets a fresh start in the cat business, with the tiny kitten with the much cuter name of...well, you'll just have to tune in Monday to find out what its name is.

Also, I think I forgot to mention this (and if I did already mention this then...well, listen to it again), but there's a full-color PDF version of the first George book, featuring 64 of the comic's first strips. Download it from the Downloads page (where else?). It's not terribly big but is still of decent quality, at least for on-screen viewing. Happy reading.

August 15, 2005

Back from Ozzfest!

New Monday comic up, which you might remember debuted over at WebComic Battle about a week ago. It won two battles and succumbed to Popealien the next, but at least it won a couple times. I'll submit another one when I...get around to it.

Ozzfest was pretty fun, but man was it tiring. My right knee still doesn't work quite right. But seeing Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath made up for it! Ozzy still rocks, despite the fact that he's something of a corporate clown nowadays. Tony Iommi has cemented his place among the top rock/metal guitarists of all time, too.

August 11, 2005

New post goes here!

New comic up for Thursday. Probably the only time you'll ever see Rob with a mustache. Greg looks pretty cool without one, doesn't he? He almost looks like he could be hip. But, alas, he's not, so the mustache must be rebuilt!

I'm going to Ozzfest this weekend so maybe I'll make a comic about that for next week. Ozzy biting George's head off? Time will only tell.

August 5, 2005

Prepare for battle!

Head on over to WebComic Battle and vote for George! A brand new comic is debuting there today, and, if it successfully fights off today's challenger, will be appearing tomorrow as well. So vote!

August 1, 2005

The mustached avenger

New comic up! Also, head on over to Webcomic Battle and vote for any George comic strip you might see! There's a new George strip debuting there within the next couple of days, so keep on the lookout for it.

I printed up 20 or so of those George books I was talking about last week (oh, the joys of having an industrial-strength printer at work) and they look good. If I can print any more without getting myself in trouble, I will and maybe will mail them to some lucky readers.

July 25, 2005

The world's swap meet

New Monday comic up. There have been times when I've passed up buying something at a yard sale or swap meet only to regret it later when I see the same item on eBay for twice as much. Then, there are times when I buy stuff at yard sales and swap meets with the intention of re-selling them, only to be too lazy or to find out I really didn't get a great bargain after all.

A George Comics book, featuring the first 64 comics, is in the works right now. But it's not going to be anything too flashy...the hard copy is going to be nice, pretty high-quality, with a coil binding on it, though I'm not really going to be able to mass-produce them. I might just be able to print say, 20 copies or so to help generate local interest for now--if there becomes some sort of demand for them I might have a bunch professionally-printed and then charge a small (hopefully) amount for each one. It's going to be 5.5" x 8.5", so it'll be a nice portable size. Two comics per page in full color. It's gonna be cool! I think. I hope? I'm also going to have a PDF version of the book for download, absolutely free.

July 18, 2005

Fony--the world's leading electronics manufacturer

New Monday comic is up. I did a version of this comic years back when portable CD players were still kind of expensive (by today's standards) that had Dave buying a CD player with 40-second anti-skip and an AM/FM tuner for eighty dollars at the swap meet (flea market, whatever you want to call it). That seems ludicrous now, but I guess back then that was a fair deal for such a CD player. Also, the strip was set in the basic room with a table, not at the swap meet itself. And the punchline was different. But dang it, the basic premise was the same, I tell you!

I've set up a page where very kind people can donate to George, if they feel so inclined. Like it says there, any donations I receive will go straight into maintaining the comic strip and website, be it for hosting fees, advertising, or anything else about a comic strip/website that costs money. Mostly I think that any money I receive through donations will go into advertising, at least for now. I've been doing a lot of work over the past month or so to make the website and the comics better, and I'd really like to make a big marketing push now to get George more into the "internet eye." So if you feel like helping out, you know what to do! All donations are extremely appreciated.

July 13, 2005

All kinds of new stuff going on!

Thursday's comic is up a little early because frankly, I couldn't wait to debut the new "style" I'm doing the comics in (which, incidentally, is outlined in the "How a George Comic is Created" section). You'll notice the characters are bolder and sharper, the backgrounds in many cases are more colorful and detailed, and the overall comic is a little bit bigger than before. I made the comic and main website just large enough to fit comfortably on a screen set at 800x600 resolution...though, come on, if you're still using that resolution you seriously need to get a new monitor/video card or something!

The header graphic on the main website has been updated. The old one served me well for the past six months but the new one is definitely way cooler. Also, the titles of the pages are graphics now instead of boring old text. And you know about the new wallpaper and buddy icons. Plus, there's a new custom 404: Page Not Found error page that's way cooler than the dumb old black-and-white default one.

I also made this pretty cool Flash banner to help promote the site. I'm going to buy some advertising space at two or three comic sites around the web to help drive traffic to it. I've got a couple of non-animated banners as well, and one of them is currently in rotation at a fairly large webcomic listing site, so that's cool.

So tons of new stuff going on. Tell two friends! Then they'll tell two friends, and they'll tell two friends, and they'll...probably not care, but maybe they'll tell two friends too.

July 9, 2005

New stuff over at George-Comics.com

Hey everybody. Been workin' on some new stuff for george-comics.com... First, in addition to the new wallpaper I posted a few days ago, I put some George AIM Buddy Icons up in the Downloads section. Enjoy!

A lot of people might enjoy reading about how a George comic strip is created. It ain't exactly a walk in the park, but it's fun to do! And now you can read about how I go about creating the finished products you see. Actually, the comic featured in the write-up is one that won't be officially debuting for a couple of weeks, so...that's kinda cool! ...Right?

July 7, 2005

Fake sunglasses, ugly hats, and...fleas? And new wallpaper!

Thursday's comic is up. Is everyone familiar with the phrase "Flea market" in regards to a swap meet? How about "ramaté?" In any case, that's where they're going. Hilarity will ensue, I hope. I know it does every time I go to the swap meet.

Also, there's a new wallpaper up in the Downloads section. Sheck it out!

July 4, 2005

Happy quatro de Julio!

I think that's right. Anyway, hope everyone's having a great Independence Day. If you're in America, that is. If not, have fun on this regular old Monday, doing regular old Monday stuff. Hah!

My birthday was two days ago. It's never very much fun to have a birthday so close to the 4th of July, though, because everyone always goes out of town. I wanted to at least have a little family get-together, but half of my family took off to go to the coast for the three-day weekend. Just about everyone else had prior plans. Oh well...better than being born on Christmas.

June 23, 2005

Comic numbah 50!

Today we usher in the 50th George comic strip. If I had planned it a little better I probably would have made some reference to it in the strip. Oh well, there will be plenty more milestones to celebrate in the future.

Also, hope it was enjoyable to watch Chain-link Jefferson, uh, age. But as with all storylines I come up with, I can't wait to start something fresh.

June 20, 2005

Chain-link unplugged! ...Plugged?

Hope everyone's enjoying Chain-link Jefferson's tales of past glory, or...tales of...no glory at all, I guess. It ends on Thursday and then the whole gang will be taking off to go to an Australian mountain range! ...Okay, so they're going to go to the flea market. Same thing, right?

June 16, 2005

The Chain-link saga continues, and more

More Chain-link comin' on down the line! Drawing him playing a ukelele is something I should do just for fun one of these days.

Also, check out this picture of Raul V's station at work:



That's a George bumper sticker! Thanks for the picture, Raul!

June 9, 2005

I got the Chain-link Jefferson blues...

Today's comic kicks off a line of comics featuring everyone's favorite old cartoon bluesman, Chain-link Jefferson. He's going to be reminiscing about his time in the 50's, 60's and 70's playing the blues. I think it'll be fun. Plus you'll get to see what he looked like 50 years ago (in...cartoon time). Have fun reading!

June 2, 2005

Jackhammerin' the night away

Thursday comic is up...these "server room nightmare" strips originated from something that actually happened at my place of employment; something similar but not as disastrous. There was much jackhammering and a big hole in the wall and they offered us earplugs which we all declined to wear, but began to look nervously at when they started up the jackhammer. I think they're gone now. They weren't jerks or anything; just men on a mission and no one was going to stop them from carrying it out.

Come to think of it, they never did show us their credentials.

May 30, 2005

It's the beginning of summer...sort of!

I almost forgot to post today's comic on account of the holiday...but it's still technically morning out here in California, so no worries, eh? Happy Memorial Day. Summer may not officially start for another three weeks, but it feelsl like it started about a week ago in Cali. And it just hit me that my birthday is drawing near...just about a month to go. I can't believe I'm going to be 23...it seems like just yesterday I was bustin' heads with Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant in NBA Jam. Boomshakalaka!

May 23, 2005

Planet Moron was right.

There's a new Monday comic up featuring The Paul again, hope you enjoy it. The real story here is that Planet Moron has good math skills. Let's just say that due to a lack of hours in the day, I will once again be posting new comic strips on Mondays and Thursdays, rather than the current Monday/Wednesday/Friday lineup. I know this means less George to fit into your weekly routine, but I think it's better that I do this rather than start missing deadlines or turning in shoddy work. I think two comics per week is about the minimum that can come out without causing anyone to lose interest, so I won't be dropping down to one per week unless something catostrophic happens, like me getting married or something (AAAAAH!).

But the real real story is Planet Moron's math skills, here. Remember when he posted this gem? "The unfortunate thing is if you cut back down to two per week that will reduce your workload only 33% meaning you'll still be doing 117% more work than before.Hey, statistics can't lie!" Well thanks a lot. I've cut back and I'm STILL doing more work!

May 20, 2005

They're on a roll!

Friday's comic is up. I guess this is the second time the Perkton squad has won a game due to some last-second heroics by Amanda. She's definitely their MVP.

I haven't reminded you all that the current installment of the Caption This Picture is still going, and there are some funny entries, but there aren't very many. It will end on Sunday night, so get your entries in and you might win a handsome George bumper sticker!

May 18, 2005

You throw like a GIRL!

Actually, those fast-pitch softball players blow my mind. If I even had the ABILITY to swing my arm in a circle that fast, I'm certain it would fly off, and the batter would undoubtedly have a split second where he or she would ponder which flying entity should actually be swung at.

Well anyway, tune in Friday when we'll find out if The Paul ruins George's afternoon, or if George is granted a reprieve from his atrocious pitch with a caught fly ball.

May 16, 2005

Abe ain't so tough.

In today's comic we get to peer into the inner workings of George's skull and see just how well prominent historical figures stand up to armor-clad 1970's arena rockers. As you can see, they don't stand up very well at all. But I think Abe Lincoln would beg for mercy at the spike-heeled boots of Gene Simmons, don't you?

May 11, 2005

Game on!

Well, they're back on the field again. There were just so many good ideas running around inside my head and bumping into each other that I had to put them back on the field for another round. Every now and then I think it'll be fun to put the characters in a community sports league of some kind, be it softball, basketball, or...uh, I dunno, that might be it.

May 10, 2005

George news; Contest winner announced

George has been mentioned by a newspaper website (North Carolina's "News & Observer") as a possible candidate to replace some of the worn-out, crusty old comics that you often see in the newspaper. So that's really cool. It would be awesome if they'd run it, but man, that would mean more than doubling my workload! It sounds pretty heavy but it WOULD be really cool to be featured in a newspaper on a daily basis, no matter how far away!

Also, congrats to Laurie Anderson for winning this week's (or...this past TWO weeks') caption contest! She'll be the proud owner of a new George bumper sticker.

May 9, 2005

One for the guitarists

New Monday comic up. Paul gave me the idea for this one, but initially I didn't think it would work because not everyone knows what a wah-wah pedal is, but I tweaked it so it gets explained. The original idea was to have Chain-link Jefferson stomping on Chiwawa complaining that "this wah-wah pedal don't work!" However, that would have meant killing Chiwawa and angering some animal-rights activists, sooo...you get the watered-down version instead.

Contest winners for this week will be announced later today!

May 6, 2005

Quit yer yappin'

Chiwawa strikes again! This one stemmed from talking to my buddy Paul about dog training and how when you teach a dog to speak sometimes it's hard to get them to stop! Chiwawa is a great addition to the strip. Eventually I want to finally introduce George's cat, Ba-bing (thinking of calling it Bada-bing instead) and Dave's chimpanzee. Although I don't know much about chimps aside from my family (HAR!) so I don't know how well that would work...

By the way, the main site seems to be down right now. Stupid GeekHosting. If the above comic doesn't display for you, try back later!

May 4, 2005

Shake yo' groove thang

The saga of Chiwawa continues with the new Wednesday comic. I drew a chihuahua for a friend's website, DogDiscussion.com, and thought it would make a great addition to the strip. So far, so good!

Could still use some entries in this week's "Caption This Picture" contest! Get 'em in, you've got a great chance to win a George bumper sticker!

May 2, 2005

AYE! CHIWAWA!

Enter the first animal this comic strip has seen, not counting Dave or Sirloin. People with chihuahuas tell me I've nailed them down pretty well (not literally, though don't you feel like doing that sometimes?).

This past week's contest is going to be extended until this coming Sunday, because a) I haven't drawn a new picture to caption for this week, b) there weren't enough entrants to fairly declare a winner, and c) I was at a party last night and the last thing on my mind was drawing a new picture. Well, okay, second-to-last thing on my mind. I guess.

April 29, 2005

PAINT my house, don't PAINT my house!!

Boy, I've had this idea rattling around in my brain for years, and finally it got out. I printed this one out a big glossy sheet of 9"x18" paper and it looks pretty cool...my mom's got it hanging in her beauty shop as sort of a promotional deal. So rock!

The "Caption This Picture" contest is still going, so don't miss your chance to win a George bumper sticker!

April 27, 2005

She likes me! She really likes me!

Or maybe not. But in any case, Greg and Rob finally get to exchange words with Colleen at night's end. Well...I guess they didn't really exchange any words, but they're ga-ga over her none-the-less. Poor souls!

I can't edit the main page using FrontPage anymore. I dunno why. I reinstalled the FrontPage extensions on my server but it's still giving me the hassle saying they're not installed. Guess it's time to put in a call to ol' tech support.

April 26, 2005

New blog worthy of mentioning

Our Life on the Funny Pages - Thus far a very funny blog started up by Big Al, whose main blog I read frequently. I love blogs dealing with comic strips!

April 25, 2005

Contest winner!

Well, the main website is experiencing some technical problems which is why I held out on announcing the Caption This Picture contest winner, but in any case, in an extremely close race between he and Planet Moron, ScooterKSU slides a stick into Planet Moron's spokes and watches him eat dirt (probably voluntarily). So he wins the tile coaster. I might send Planet Moron a magnet or something to stick on the Planet Moron break-room fridge.

Big round of thanks to all who participated--keep it up!

April 24, 2005

BLAM -- The sound of Emeril exploding

Monday comic up just a wee bit early...While Greg and Rob try to get a closer look at Colleen, Dave shows just what he does in George's spare bedroom all day--invent dumb and useless stuff. In an old strip I did in high school, Dave invented a gasoline-powered wallet, which was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response from George...not being one to repeat myself (in this particular strip, anyway), I went with a gasoline/electric hybrid can opener. Oh, the craziness!

The winner of the caption contest will be announced tomorrow, and a new picture for captioning will go up as well. Thanks to everyone who participated this week!!

April 21, 2005

Dang ol' bright laptop screen

Well, if you didn't venture over to the Downloads page to check her out yet, there she is, Colleen! She's the newest character to grace the strip. This has ended up being one of my favorite comics, not only in the joke, but in the way the last panel looks...I had originally thought of just having Amanda shouting out the door in the same setting as the first two panels, but it's much livelier to have Greg and Rob out behind the bushes with their laptop screen glowing. It was fun trying to create the glow you see; the last panel actually was colored as usual in Photoshop, but has a translucent black layer over it. I cut out the areas I wanted to appear as glowing and softened their edges so the original color would show through. This makes it appear as these areas are glowing because they're much lighter than the darkened areas around them--the original file looks really cool. The effect is a little lost in this tiny comic, but I think it still came out pretty good!

Don't forget, this week's Caption This Picture contest is still going! It's not going very strong, though. Not too many entries...if at least a couple more people don't enter, I think I'm going to have to run it into next week, too. So come on, get in their with your best captions! It can't hurt to just enter!

April 20, 2005

She's into computers, you say?

New Wednesday comic up. And Friday there'll be a new character added to the strip! Keep your eyes open...because, you know, if they're closed you can't see her.

If you can't wait that long, I've updated the wallpaper in the Downloads section to include the newest character to the strip, as well as adding a 1600x1200 version for you hardcore screen-res geeks out there.

As always, the Caption This Picture contest is ongoing, and the prize is a handsome George tile coaster. These things are worth six bucks plus shipping and they're really cool--all it takes is a funny picture caption to win one! Good luck!

April 18, 2005

New comic up; contest winner announced

Hey everybody, a new comic is up. One for all you nerds out there (myself included).

Congratulations to last week's "Caption This Picture" contest winner, ThePaul! Thanks to everyone who participated, and here's hoping you'll be back again this week! The prize will be a handsome George tile coaster, so hop, step, and/or jump to it!

April 15, 2005

Tax day is upon us!

Here's hoping you're more like Greg, Rob, or even George than Dave. Personally, I did mine on the internet a couple months back. And yes, I already blew my refund.

April 13, 2005

So Greg told me to write this post.

He told me, "Hey man, you get quite a few visitors to your blog, right? Can you link to my blog? I'm willing to pay you!" Well, unfortunately no one in the real world accepts cartoon dollars, so I told him to keep his money and buy a new sound card with it or something, but that I'd still link to his blog. So check it out, I hear he wants people to e-mail him stuff so he can respond to them on his blog. I don't know why; he must have a lot of free time.

Also, don't forget this week's Caption This Picture contest!

April 12, 2005

Hey, look at that, a Sunday-style comic.

It just hit me that I didn't write anything about the latest comic. It's the first Sunday-style comic I've done for the current site. I've got a few old ones hiding in my art portfolio, so maybe I'll re-make some of those. Anyway, I had the idea for this strip many, many years ago and have actually drawn it at least three times. The first time I was probably in seventh grade, the second time I was probably a junior in high school, and it's taken me another six years to finally draw it again. But this is it! This is the best one. Hope you like it.

April 10, 2005

We have a winner!

I'm proud to announce that Planet Moron has won the first weekly "Caption This Picture" contest! A great big round of thanks to ALL who participated, and here's hoping you come back for more in this week's contest.

April 9, 2005

First weekly contest coming to an end!

I'm happy to say that, seemingly overnight, we got a few more contest entries, so it looks like I won't have to extend this week's contest into next week after all. That means that if you want a chance to win a George bumper sticker, you've got to submit your caption by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night! A winner will be decided on Monday morning and a new picture will kick off the next week's contest. The prize for next week will either be a bumper sticker or a handsome tile coaster. Eventually I'll start giving away t-shirts as prizes, but I wanna see this contest get really competitive first!

April 8, 2005

They won a game!

And thus the (current) softball storyline comes to an end with today's strip. But don't fear, community softball fans (all four of you!), I'm sure there are lots more softball games in George's future.

I've got my syndicate pack all ready to go. 24 black and white comics, a color cover, title page and character introduction page, all bound and good-looking. I was thinking about it though, and wondering if syndicates want the comics loose-leaf. I think it looks so much better bound, so unless I found out otherwise in the next couple of days that's the way I'm sending it.

The "Caption this Picture" contest is still limping along but thus far there is only ONE entrant. I received a batch of five bumper stickers from my CafePress Store and they look fantastic. This is your chance to win one for free, all it takes is a funny caption!

I also want to mention SoVeryPosh.com since the owner was so nice as to link to my blog. It's a cool blog with lots of blog-worthy information.

April 6, 2005

Bean me, baby

New Wednesday comic is up! This is the first comic I drew in Flash. I also drew Monday's comic in Flash, but I actually drew this one first. Flash is a great program in that it's vector-based, meaning it only stores information about lines and color, unlike a raster-based program like Photoshop, which stores information about every pixel in an image. While that's great for photographs, it's not optimal for comic strips, which ARE just lines and color. So using a vector-based program like Flash to draw the comics allows me to then make the original drawing any size I want, no matter how large, without losing any quality. The talk bubbles and words, however, are added later in Photoshop when I've got the comic the size I want it to be, which is usually around 3800 pixels wide.

I'm also converting my archive of back comics to black and white in hopes of getting a promo pack together to send to a syndicate. I don't want to mail them color copies because those take way too long to print and are more expensive to do so. So here's hoping I'm one of the, like, one percent of total comics that are accepted by syndicates each year!

April 3, 2005

New comic up, and lots of news

Hey everyone, the new Monday comic is up (a little early...but it's Monday in New York I guess), and there are a number of news items about George...

1) The main site has been renovated. The upper navigation buttons have been nixed in favor of the larger buttons on the bottom featuring the faces of various characters on them. Also, a "Fun Stuff" page has been added with links to the George Forum, the Contests Page, and the Downloads Page.

2) The new "Caption This Picture!" contest is underway. This week's prize will be a George bumper sticker. You can't winnit if you ain't innit!

3) I've started up a new forum for talking about comic strips, which can be found at Comic-Strips.net. It's brand new, and aside from ThePaul, doesn't have any members...and I want to change that! If you love comic strips please go there and register and maybe we can form a community of comic strip lovers and hopefully make it a good place to pass a few, uh, hours, at work.

4) The George Store is now bigger and better than ever. There are lots of new t-shirts and other items to order. I recently ordered a shirt to see how the quality was, and it was fantastic. The printing couldn't be any sharper.

5) There is no 5.

There you have it! And what's the deal with the tumbleweeds rolling through here? Let's get some comments pumping through here! Let me know any questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, inuiries, asides, or allusions you may have regarding George Comics.

April 2, 2005

150% more George for you to contend with!

Well, I've decided that beginning this Monday, April 4, George is going to come out three times a week instead of two. It will now be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It may not sound like much, but when you bear in mind that it's a 150% increase over what it was previously, it does make me sweat a little. But eventually I would really like to do George for a living, so I better get in shape now!

Also, Monday will kick off the new "Caption This Picture!" contest.

March 31, 2005

Let the girl play.

New Thursday comic up! This is the first appearance of Coach Demurson...ever. I dreamed him up for this strip in particular but think I'll make him a fairly regular character from now on.

Starting this Monday, April 4th I'm going to be starting the "Caption this Picture!" weekly contests, which you can read more about by going here. So sharpen those...thinking...caps, and put your best foot flowered, and try to win one of those sweet George bumper stickers. If the contest picks up steam in the coming weeks I'll probably be giving out t-shirts to winners as well.

March 29, 2005

Gee, everyone's got a blog nowadays.

Even Greg. I don't know what he hopes to accomplish there, but I wish him luck...I guess.

March 28, 2005

The debut of Sirloin! ...Etc!

New comic up for Monday. Finally, after months of being on the Characters page, Sirloin appears in a strip. I don't count on him being much more than a bit player though, but who knows. Back story on Sirloin: A couple years ago a friend approached me with the idea of doing a weekly webcomic for his new, though now-defunct, website. I didn't want to use George at the time so I dreamed up a new one called "Almost Hip" that featured four new characters, with Sirloin being one of them. I produced a whopping one strip (actually, it was more of a panel) that was done in sort of a Penny Arcade vein before losing interest. Oh well, at least I got a fat guy named Sirloin out of the deal!

I still haven't decided if I'm going to go Monday/Wednesday/Friday with the updates, but I'm leaning towards it. I'm also thinking about doing a weekly "Make a caption for this picture!" kind of contest where each week I draw a silly one-panel comic and have users chime in with their ideas about what its caption should be. I figure the seldom-used George Forums would be a good place to hold the weekly contest. I'm thinking winners will receive a bumper sticker...once I design one. Maybe there will be more new things coming down the pike in the future, too.

March 27, 2005

Thrice weekly?

I'm thinking of putting out a new comic strip every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday rather than every Monday and Thursday, as it is currently. This is mainly due to the fact that I've got quite a few comics already done for the upcoming weeks and I've found myself doing them a little more frequently lately. Do you, loyal readers of George--all three of you--think it would be a good idea? It would mean more effort on my part, but doing George is always fun and if it means more and happier visitors, it'd be worth it. So chime in with your two cents or preferably your two dollars and let me know what you think.

Oh, I've also been toying with the idea of making the first Monday of each month a "Sunday" style strip--i.e., very...large.

March 24, 2005

Softball: The Second Strip *dramatic music*

New Thursday comic up. We're continuing the softball tradition here, folks. I had originally envisioned Rob and Greg sitting at a computer rather than on the sofa playing...some form of entertainment console, but I liked the whole couch/videogame setup so much I decided to do it here, too. In fact, I'll probably be using it quite a bit from now on. It's a nice break from sitting at the table sipping coffee and chatting about ridiculously absurd things.

March 23, 2005

Swenson Funnies Online

One of my favorite webcomics over recent days has been The Cynic, by Jeff Swenson, over at http://www.swensonfunnies.com/. There's also a single-panel strip there called Frenetic Wanderings also done by Swenson. However, before you check it out be warned that it's more of an adult-oriented comic strip. This means there's often some mild swearing and the occasional butt-shot or overly massive...uh, tatas. But I've found it to be one of the most consistently funny online comics out there, especially when going through the Cynic archives. Thumbs up, Jeff!

March 21, 2005

Soft...ball?

New Monday comic up. It's the first in what's going to be a series of strips dealing with the gang joining a community softball league. Which is kind off odd to me...because I've never played softball or even watched a softball game, but hey, I've...watched TV before. So I think I know my way around the bases. I think.

March 17, 2005

Haloscan!

I've switched the commenting system here over to Haloscan. Blogger's built-in commenting system has been very slow in my experiences, and also kind of buggy. Plus there was no trackback functionality. So unfortunately old comments are not currently visible, but that's okay, as no one had commented on anything as of late anyway! So c'mon you guys, let's get the comments rolling and let's see if Haloscan is as good as it promises to be.

Luck o' the Irish!

New Thursday holiday comic up...happy St. Patty's Day. I personally don't wear green so I had to resort to a Hawaiian shirt that I hadn't worn in a long time. Oh, the depths of fashion that I'll sink to to avoid getting pinched!

March 14, 2005

The Paul...cartoon--ized

Recently I turned my buddy ThePaul into a cartoon. Usually I'm not very good at turning real-life people into cartoons. I don't have the knack for assessing someone's traits and converting them to the drawing pad, unless I'm doing a lifelike rendering of them, which...now that I think about it, I haven't done in years. In any case, despite all that I'm pretty happy with how it came out and I'll probably do another one to go up on his photos page soon!

Techno-babble

New Monday comic up. As usual, Dave is clueless. But who wouldn't be? I'm not even sure Greg's techno-babble means anything useful in the computer world...I just hacked some buzzwords together and it works pretty well, I think. Maybe some network administrator out there can let us all know if I was close to...something.

March 10, 2005

Hey, look, it's George's backyard!

New Thursday comic is up and running, but I can barely say the same for Blogger. This is the first time I've gotten as far as the "create new entry" page in the past hour and a half.

Anyway, this is the first comic...ever...to feature George's backyard. I like it so much I think I'm going to make it regular scenery. Usually I've got the characters sitting around a table in the house drinking coffee just shooting the breeze, but sitting in the backyard with a few drinks (non-alcoholic, kids) is refreshing. And to those of you who are snowed in right now...ha! George lives in California!

I also want to let you all know about a new page on the main site which will allow you to put the newest strip on your site if you so desire, and I hope you do! Here's the link to the new promo page, which has several options on it that will allow you to grace your site with George's mug. Speaking of mugs...

March 7, 2005

3/7/05 comic up!

You know I've run out of things to say when the headline is simply, "3/7/05 comic up!" Well, it's a continuation of last Thursday's comic, hope you get a giggle or something out of it.

March 3, 2005

I'll...blackmail YOU!

New Thursday comic up. This one is a throwback to an old comic I did long ago where pretty much the entire strip was comprised of the first two panels of this new one...Reading the old one I thought it was missing that special something at the end to really make it pop, so I redid it, and viola! Or...voila. Whichever.

February 28, 2005

The power of happiness

New Monday comic up! George managed to drive Chain-link's blues away...not that he really wanted him to. I got the idea to change the background gradually to reflect the positive vibes pushing out Chain-link's blues as I was actually drawing the comic...one of those lucky occurrances. I think.

February 24, 2005

I have good news and I have bad news.

The bad news is that apparently the databases that help run my main website are currently missing. Yep, missing. So right now the comic archives don't work. My help request to my web host is not going through, either.

The good news is, I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. The good news is that the new comic is up about 12 hours earlier than I expected it to be. So join me in my bittersweet moment and read the comic strip above!

February 23, 2005

Just so no one gets upset...

I usually try to get the comics up first thing in the morning on Mondays and Thursdays, but tomorrow's comic isn't going to get up until pretty late at night...blame UPS for taking so long in shipping my replacement graphics pen out to me.

February 20, 2005

The oooolll' "yawn & stretch."

Monday's new comic is up. It was a lot of fun to draw, yet took a...very long time. Still, I'm happy with the end result. I can't help but chuckle at it in spite of myself. So guys, learn from George's mistake and save a dislocated shoulder or sprained wrist or something.

It's a race against the clock for Thursday's comic, as I lost my special graphics pen and had to send off for a new one...if it's not here by Wednesday I'm going to have to go the ol' traditional pen & paper route, which I don't want to do...having a graphics tablet has spoiled me so.

February 17, 2005

Sorry, buddy, nothing I can do.

New Thursday comic up (see above if you somehow missed the three boxes containing the drawings and the joke). Those of us who are more...technologically talented than our many friends, family members, and coworkers should know exactly what this feels like. Or maybe you've been on the receiving end of, "sorry, nothing I can do about that." Either way, hope you get a chuckle.

And also let me remind you (or have I even told you to begin with?) that you can subscribe to the XML comics feed and get George delivered to your news aggregator every Monday and Thursday!

February 15, 2005

Finally updated my profile.

So all you people out there can learn more about me. This way when I'm rich and famous from doing the comic strip, you can all say you knew me back before I got big. *polishes knuckles on lapel*

February 13, 2005

Valentine's Day Comic!

Well, the Valentine's Day comic is up...I guess it's already Valentine's day in half the country as I write this (not here in California yet) so up it goes!

Valentine's Day

Keep on the lookout for a new Valentine's Day strip tomorrow (or more likely, late tonight). It will appear on both the main site and at the top of this page. The very first comic I ever had published also happened to run on Valentine's day, I believe in 1999 when I was a junior in high school. Man, how times have changed. I don't have that strip anymore (damn school paper editors lost it) but I'm sure it looked like crap compared to the comics I draw nowadays, and the gag wasn't all that great either.

The thing that's really allowed me more freedom in drawing comics is my (fairly) new Wacom Graphire3 graphics tablet. If you don't know what a graphics tablet is, it's a flat, (usually) rectangular device that plugs into your computer and comes with at least a pen tool, and usually a mouse as well. Anything you draw on the pad shows up on your screen; it's very similar to actually drawing with an actual pen and paper. The pen tool works just like a real pen or pencil. Turn it upside down and you can erase what you've done.The pen can sense 512 different levels of pressure, so the harder you press down the thicker and darker your line gets. The whole package integrates flawlessly into Photoshop 7 and CS and has made comic drawing even more of a joy than it was before, as it's the perfect medium for creating a web comic.

February 12, 2005

Chug a lugga

I've signed up at so many places that are supposed to increase your blog traffic, like BlogAzoo, BlogClicker, Blog Explosion, and most recently, Hit Safari, which seems to promote mainly shady money-making websites. The method these sites use seems great for generating traffic to your blog, but man it's time consuming. We'll see which of these sites performs the best. Anyone out there have any preference?

February 11, 2005

New home for the blog!

Well, after trying to get this thing set up at ModBlog (unsuccessfully), I've decided to settle it on Blogger. I think it looks pretty nice for how much time I put into it (read: very little). I'll still continue to update the "News" section of the main comics site but this blog will be a good way to get some more personal information about me and my interest in cartooning out there.

New blog!

Well, this is my new blog. It's going to mainly be a place where I can write about my comic strip, George...maybe throw some comic strip ideas out there, tell you guys what's going on in George's world, and maybe even throw some new comics up before they're published on the main site. So...keep coming back!