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Thursday, 24 November 2016

The haunting of Patrick Stewart



I don't really remember how this strip came to fruition other than it's one of those strange ideas that come to you from time to time. The idea of Patrick Stewart being haunted by Star Trek loving ghosts sounds like an actors nightmare.

The original comic was done in pen and ink and then coloured with copic markers. I'm actually quite proud of how this one turned out.

I had thought about doing this as a triptych painting but that never came about.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A True Dark Lord Says...


We've already covered the true and terrible saga of Clay meeting his idol David Prowse so I won't be going too much into it here.

Spoiler alert: David Prowse was a total dick.

So this comic, as we imagined it, never came to fruition. Clayton and I had hoped that we would meet a jovial and accommodating David Prowse and he would say I'm a pretty, pretty princess which we would videotape and send to Jennie Breeden of the Devils Panties who would give us mad props and we would hopefully get some traffic on our site out of it.

Alas, it was not to be.

The Devils Panties strip that started it all was one where Jennie shared her birthday gifts that year.


It always makes me laugh.

There was a slight screw-up with the comic. In the last panel David Prowse was supposed to be saying "ach" not "ack". I know, he's Scottish, not Bill the cat. 

Blame Clay. It's all his fault. 

Yeah. That's the ticket. 

The guy in the second panel is Ed Ryzowski who used to write and draw a comic called Geek Tragedy. He's now a comic colourist and works with Blind Ferret Entertainment among other clients. 

~Brother K'Bob



Thursday, 17 November 2016

Meet the Geek Merch!?! Psych!

I knew the Syphilitic puppy gag would catch on! I just knew it! Hah! 

This was a comic done by Clay and, strangely enough, was a gag by Sean. 

See, Sean is the straight man, he's not the gag guy. So one day while in the car we were discussing the syphilitic puppy when Sean, out of no where, quipped "It hurts when I pee.... woof..."

Clay and I were left aghast at the fact that Sean had made a funny. It just doesn't happen. 

I suppose it wouldn't be hard to find a chinese manufacturer to produce a set of puppy plushies with a voice box that says "it hurts when I pee... woof". It could be done. It could be real merch some day. 

Perhaps the Syphilitic puppy will be making a re-appearance. 

What do you think geeks? Is there a market for it? Is the time right? Shall I spend my hard earned money, money that could be spent on feeding my children, on a gamble based on a joke in bad taste?

That certainly sounds like something I would do.

Hmmm...

Stay tuned Geeks. We might yet make this a reality...

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Say it ain't so...


Here we continue with the Manitoba Comic Con 2007 strips where we find that our little "prank" had greater consequences on poor matt than suspected. And that Bloodwine is indeed a harsh mistress.

The 2007 con was almost perfect for the Geeks to attend because there were guests from each of our fandoms. There was David Finch, whom we'll meet later, David Prowse, whom we've already seen, the Duras sisters (who were absolute dolls) and there was supposed to be a Tolkien scholar who, unfortunately, was unable to make it.

The strip was done a long time before we found out that bit of information though.

The strip also shows that I was still uncomfortable with hands. Look at that first panel. Yeesh!

~Brother K'Bob

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Just not right...


This strip comes from a dark time in fandom. The days when a forty something porn star wannabe trolled the halls looking for victims. Her story has been told many places, such as in the papers. I won't get into the full details here but sufficive to say she managed to drag one of our own into her dark web.

This would-be porn starlet approached Clay about using his high end video camera to make a girls-gone-wild style video and porn where she would approach a group of young men at a local event and bring them home to video their coupling. 

Clay showed us the results one alcohol fueled night at Sean's old apartment.

It was not pretty. It was basically like watching a video of someone's creepy aunt seducing a bunch of his friends. Clay said it was one of the most surreal nights of his life. 

There is much to the story but I will cut to the chase. One of this woman's gimmicks was 'squirting'. Now, we've already touched on the reality of that little situation in the previous post regarding Clay's sainted mother Sandy (go back through the archives and read it if you want the details). Needless to say, this left the group of us feeling cold. And nothing about it could be considered 'right'.

The partnership with Clay and this woman and her husband (yep she was married and he was the second cameraman) did not end satisfactorily and was quickly cut off. 

Horrible. Horrible.

That is a dark chapter now closed. I may yet tell more of the story. 

But not today.

~Brother K'Bob


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What do you do with a Drunken Klingon?


Oops. Little late getting the Blog up.

Today we start getting into the original Comic Con run. At this time we were going to be attending the Manitoba Comic Con and Expo, later known as the Central Canada Comic Con or C4 so we did a series of strips based on imagined shenanigans that we might get up to.

In my younger years at various Con's I would usually use my trusty one litre slurpee cup as my drinking vessel. The idea of filling it up with bloodwine, at least as imagined by the Starfleet Marine Corps, would be dangerous.

Their recipe, from K'Tesh's recipe's page, and listed below, mixes Tequila and Everclear. Nothing good could come of that.


8 oz Firewater
6 oz Everclear (the full strength stuff)
6 oz triple sec
6 oz white tequila
3 drops green food coloring
6 drops red food coloring

It's noted that you might have to adjust the food coloring to get it right.

The title of the comic comes from a Klingon take on What do you do With a Drunken Sailor?

What shall we do with the drunken warrior?(3x)
Early in the morning.

1. Put him in a bed with a bunch of tribbles!(3x)

Way, hey, up he rises!(3x)
Early in the morning!

2. Kick him in the head and call him Vulcan!
3. Put him in a photon tube and launch him!
4. Shove a painstick up his rectum!
5. Shave his beard with a rusty betleH!
6. Put him in an airlock with Kirk and Spock!
7. Stuff him in some Feddie Jammies!

Lyrics come from http://www.khemorex-klinzhai.de/culture/lyrics.html.

I had imagined a bunch of Con strips that end up with a 'floor party' where there's no characters visible, just word balloon's coming from the bottom of the panel. I may yet return to that theme.

Over the next few weeks we'll be looking at the Comic con strips before returning to the regular gag strips.

~Brother K'Bob





Thursday, 3 November 2016

Returning to Transcona

For those of you not in the know, there's a section of Winnipeg viewed with disdain known as Transcona. This is where I grew up and this is where I became the neurotic mess that led me to becoming a cartoonist.

Transcona is often mocked by others for being stuck in the past. Whether it's dudes in mullets driving Camaro's to the maligned bar The Oak, Transcona is a suburb unto itself.

Transcona was a separate city until 1972, two years before I was born. It was incorporated into the city of Winnipeg
Hi Neighbor Sam
The Hi Neighbor Sam statue used to sit at the border of Transcona welcoming people into the Town. It's been move a couple of times and repainted and rebranded (it was an advertisement for Canadian Tire for a time). It again sits on Regent welcoming people into the suburb.

Now, as for the comic above, why would I be looking at a flamingo and saying "Just like being back in Transcona"? Well, for a time the majority of Transcona homes had pink plastic flamingos on their front yards. No one is really sure how the trend started but it became a staple for homeowners in Transcona and something that the little town became known for. I even had a pink plastic flamingo of my own for a time.

This was another comic inspired by real life. The background is simple. I was at the Winnipeg Zoo and looking at the flamingos and thought to myself "It's just like being back in Transcona."

No big story here. But it does help to explain why I am the way I am. 

You can read an article on it by Louise Hedman here.

Transcona was at the time a somewhat iconoclastic town and the perfect breeding ground for a cartoonist. It's no wonder that I wound up like I did. At the same time I wouldn't trade it for the world.

~Brother K'Bob


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Animation and bricks

Today I'm talking about animation.

One of the things I’ve always had an love of is animation. From my early days I’ve watched all sorts, anything I could watch. Of course, like many, my first true loves came from Disney and Warner Brothers.

So it shouldn’t be any surprise that as I grew thoughts of becoming an animator entered my mind.

I had signed up for an animation course through the National Film Board to be taught at their main street animation studio. Of course, a week before it was to begin, I wound up getting a job as a welder. The course was to be held evenings and the job was an evening shift position. I was devastated.

The idea of animation kinda went away for awhile. I had books of course, but life and personal bad habits kept me from affording the materials I would need to begin.

Like I couldn’t afford some round doweling and didn’t already own a hole punch. But it had to be perfect don’t you know.

There was also the belief that I would fail if I put myself out so why try? Right?

Flash forward about twenty years and technology has caught up.

Enter LEGO.

Yes. Childrens building blocks. A child's toy. Tiny bricks of pain and hurting (when stepped on in the middle of the night. Or really at any time.)

LEGO.

I had come across a toy at a local store that had poseable stick men that you could use to pose against a green screen, included as part of the box. I figured it could be a good gift for the kids, teach them stop motion animation, something to keep them busy. So I started looking into it, seeing what stop motion apps were available and one of the first that I came across was LEGO's proprietary stop motion app. That led me to think, I still have all my old LEGO, I had given it to my step-son, so why not look into it.


I had come across LEGO animations before and many of them are amazing. Check out The Desert Soldier by Jordan Tseng above. Then visit his Blogger page. He doesn't just use LEGO to make his stop motion creations. He's made animations using a variety of toys. And he's young. And I hate him a little.

So I figured I would give it a shot. Here's a test animation I did of a LEGO figure walking,



I have some ideas for a series of animations. I just need to get at it and continue to practice animation. I'll keep you updated as I make progress.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

A very secret diary....



The Very Secret Diaries were a series of Fan Fiction written around the time that the Lord of the Rings trilogies were coming out.

The now deleted Wikipedia article stated: "The Very Secret Diaries are a series of satirical slash fiction stories written by Cassandra Claire in the form of diary entries by various characters in New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy following the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Claire wrote a handful more stories with the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but then abandoned the series."

I'm sure there was more than one porn parody made featuring the LOTR characters but we, that is Clay and I, wondered what a Hobbit focused porn would be like and thus this comic was born.

As revealed later this showing would break the character of Matt.

Now, we haven't talked about Matt yet. At the time that we had met him as a young man Matt was very much a sheltered suburbanite and still naive (it was adorable, trust me). It shouldn't be a surprise that comic Clay would mess with what Matt considered sacred (I'm sure comic Corey had a hand in it too.). While we never actually exposed the real life Matt to this sort of horrible porn there were a couple of moments that we will forever be grateful to have shared with young Matt. Like when he witnessed his first purchasing of a hookers services.

Good times.

In the following weeks we will be continuing with the order that the original comic was released by going into the C4 comic strips before returning with the regular strips.

~Brother K'Bob

Friday, 28 October 2016

Two Fatboys - Cheap!


As I've said before, Clay and I were the kings of self deprecating humor. If it was inappropriate and aimed at ourselves, we were all over it. 

The Juniors restaurant close to Clay's old place would regularly have their "Fat Boy" burgers on for cheap, often a two-for-one deal. Of course everytime Clay and I would drive past we would comment that we should take our picture in front of the sign. Finally, one day, we were out with Sean and we decided to make this a reality. 

Two fat boys for a mere six dollars! That's probably close to six hundred pounds of meat there dear readers. Cheap at twice that price!

Sadly those days are gone. I think it's closer to ten dollars now if you want two fat boys. That's right. Tell me we're not in a recession. 

The Creative Process above was made by Clay. 

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Easier than a 3 year old girl....


    


Full disclosure time. This webcomic, the second in the series, earned us our first bit of hate mail. It originally ran on October 8th, 2007. 

While I never did see the e-mail in question Clayton assured me it was quite virulent, quite angry.

Coming at this from a more mature age I can see where it might be considered offensive. The emo kid was supposed to appear in several strips suffering abuse at Corey's hand, usually jokes about suicide well past the line of good taste. Truthfully past the line of even questionable taste. I had also planned for the kid to finally stand up to Corey and take him down a few pegs.

Overall it's probably just as well that never happened.

I've been dealing with depression, including suicidal depression, since a young age. I was that young, emotional, always angry kid who hid behind black clothes and angry music. Depression and anxiety is no joke. If not for medication to help regulate my moods I probably wouldn't even be here working on the comic again. It took a long time for me to admit that I needed help and honestly I'm glad I finally reached out. It was that depression that caused the first run of the strip to finally implode. 

So, here's our public service.

For Canadian readers, there's resources here: http://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/

Those resources include help lines and crisis centers.


If you are having suicidal thoughts please ask for help. Reach out to a teacher, counselor, friend, family, religious leader or even talk it out with the family dog. I'm not joking. Our dog was the confidant that got me through my teenage years. 

Remember, life is beautiful. 


~Brother K'Bob






Thursday, 20 October 2016

Oh Yeah, that's a Strip

"That's a strip" was a common saying among Clay and I whenever we would say or do something stupid. 

Trip over a lawn gnome? "That's a strip."
Stick our foot in our mouth? "That's a strip."
Embarrass ourselves in front of a crowd? "That's a strip."

We always joked that we were walking, talking cartoon characters. It was only fitting that we should use our lives as inspiration.

Meet the Geeks was always meant to be semi-autobiographical, incorporating fact with fiction in the tradition of the great Gonzo writers. If it's stupid or embarrassing I'm sure it will find it's way into the comic.

~Brother K'Bob


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Missing Ingredient



Published on October 15, 2007, The Missing Ingredient is the strip that first introduced the world to our webcomic Meet the Geeks.

The comic involved Clayton and Sean watching as Corey dressed as Crazy Britney (Spears) for Keycon's Masquerade.

Like many ideas in the comic this one was based off a real life experience. I had dressed as Crazy Britney for the 2007 Masquerade (while Sean followed dressed as WWII Captain America). It was a late night drinking idea that had seemed like a good one at the time. It elicited a lot of laughs but didn't earn any awards.

As had been previously mentioned though, this was never meant to be published as a finished strip. I had been practicing trying to figure out the layout for the strip and drew a series of figures before scanning them in for Clay to practice colouring on.


As you can see in the raw art there wasn't a coherent gag, just a series of drawings of a rough idea with loosely laid out voice bubbles. 

In the end Clay managed, with a little ingenuity, to create a finished strip which ultimately launched our first foray onto the web and gave our readers their first taste of Meet the Geeks.

With this strip we're going to be relaunching as a webcomic. We'll be re-releasing the original comics which are being hosted on the Comic Fury webcomic hosting service.

Once the original strips are done we'll be continuing with new strips following the misadventures of our heros.

Follow us at http://mtgcomic.thecomicseries.com/

~Brother K'Bob

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sweet Transvestite...


Like many in fandom I hold a special place in my heart for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I've danced the Time Warp at midnight at Keycon and at fanish socials. I've seen the movie more times than I can count.

So when I heard that Fox was going to be remaking RHPS I was, like many, apprehensive. I mean, why mess with perfection? Why take a beloved property and attempt to redo it?

It's a travesty! Right?

No.

After all, the Rocky Horror Picture Show was the film version of the stage play The Rocky Horror Show. True that many of the actors from the original London cast made the transition from stage to screen including Tim Curry, Nell Campbell (Little Nell), and Patricia Quinn. Meat Loaf was in the Broadway production before appearing in the film. Richard O'Brian, who wrote the play, starred as Riff Raff in the London and Broadway productions before reprising the roll in RHPS.


Since then it's been staged hundreds of times around the globe with different interpretations and many different actors portraying the characters. So why is it then that so many people hold the film version sacred?


With Rocky Horror celebrating forty years it's natural that studios wanted to revisit it. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Lets do the Time Warp Again should be viewed as a celebration of the property. The producers of the television event, which premiers on Fox on October 20, 2016, promise that the film will be faithful to the dialogue and lyrics with new orchestrations of the music and it's own visual style.


Listening to "Sweet Transvestite" as performed by Laverne Cox in the roll of Dr. Frank N Furter I found my apprehensiveness disappear. After checking out the trailers I'm looking forward to this new interpretation.

I think that sometimes we, the fans, tend to get possessive about our beloved fandoms and tend to lose focus when it comes to people messing with them.

Let's not forget the ugliness that came with the 2016 version of Ghostbusters. *It wasn't bad people*

We need to let go and allow things to evolve. After all, in all likelihood, this will bring a whole new new generation of fans into the fold. And that's not a bad thing. The original Rocky Horror Picture Show has the longest theatrical release and has been running in theaters for over four decades.

The sun will rise on October 21st and the world will not have ended. But don't be surprised when you see some young kid walking by singing "...let's do the timewaarrrrp agaiinnn!"

Tell me that thought doesn't make you smile.


~Brother K'Bob

Thursday, 13 October 2016

An October launch on a Throwback Thursday

Yes, pushed back to October. 

October 2016.

It may be time to let the cat out of the bag, so to say. 

I'm planning a soft launch of the Meet the Geeks comic this month on Comic Fury's free webcomic hosting service. Starting later this month we'll (hopefully) be launching the site with the original comics, updating weekly on Tuesdays. 

And after that run is done - well, we'll see. 

Check out the new page here: http://mtgcomic.thecomicseries.com/

During this time there will be continuing updates here on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as occasional blog posts in-between.

~Brother K'Bob


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dom Deluise

Some time ago I had been going through my old clothes and came across my white dress shirt. I figured I would see how I would look if I smartened myself up a bit and put on the shirt with a pair of dress pants, belt and my ever faithful flat cap. 

There was no escaping it. It was right there in front of me, staring back at me.  There he was, celebrity chef extraordinaire; Dom Deluise.

Like looking in a mirror ain't it fat boy?
Ah well. When it comes to celebrities there are worse people to look like. But I'll never forget that feeling looking into that mirror. 

Beer bread anyone?

~Brother K'Bob


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Cartooning and cats


I always felt bad for my cat Thunder, all twenty pounds of him, during the times I was working on the comic. He would be circling around my chair meowing, purring, whining and doing whatever he could to get my attention. Of course he never fully understood other than knowing that I was doing something that did not involve him. Of course this applied to most things that I did without him. Showering, going to the washroom, cooking, etc, etc...

Of course cats are a big draw. Lar Desouza, comic artist and caricaturist extraordinaire, has three cats. Launchpad, Dante and Pixel, who have become minor celebrities via Lar's "Kittycam". Another of my friends regularly films her morning workouts. Likewise her cats, Misty and Brindy have also become favorites on her page.

After all, everyone likes cats.

I guess as I work on the new strip I'll have to figure out a way to work our cat Mercy into the creative process.

~Brother K'Bob



Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Tom Ireland

On October 3rd, 2016, Winnipegs fandom woke to find themselves fewer by one. At 4:18am Tom Ireland, husband of Anna Murray, passed quietly surrounded by friends and loved ones.

I'm forced to admit that I didn't know Tom that well. Although our lives crossed paths for nearly twenty years I never really got to know him. I knew him enough to engage him in conversation and to congratulate him when he and Anna got married in 2015. 

I saw him occasionally at my work and he, often accompanied by Anna, would come and chat for a time. We were both engaged in the security industry. 

I really wish I had gotten to know him better. 

I regret not getting down to see him in the hospital. I wanted to believe that there was still time. We had the good intention of going down to see him but life happened. Maybe next week. 

But there is no next week.

And I am truly sorry. I wish I knew more about him. Enough to write a short biography. Enough to tell you about him. About the people he made smile. About those that loved him and that he loved.

I don't even know how old he was when he passed.

Goodbye Tom. This is a poor, poor obituary for so fine a soul.

May those that were left behind find peace and remember only the good times.

Winnipegs Fandom won't be the same without you.

All my love...

~Corey



Thursday, 29 September 2016

No skinny here



Today's throwback Thursday is the companion piece to Tuesday's offering. Ahh that trip out had some great lines. 

Clay and I had no illusions of our weight. It was a bonding point for us both. Go large or go home. So when ordering and the barista asked if he wanted the regular or the "skinny", well, there was only one way he could respond. 

That quick wit is why he wound up doing stand-up comedy.

I really miss those days.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Why Sean is our hero

This may surprise you fellow Geeks, but once upon a time Sean was not the responsible husband and father of two that we all know and love. No.

There was a time, before his wife Silvy, that he was a smooth pimp. A casanova. A gigalo. A raging man whore! A dirty, dirty SLUT....  well, maybe that's an exaggeration. But Sean had a way with the ladies.

Whether he meant to or not.

This is another from the started-but-never-finished files. 

On this particular outing Sean, Clay and I went out to a local mall and stopped at a coffee franchise. None of us were really in the mood for coffee but Sean took the cake when ordering.

Take away the knowing leer from the picture above and replace it with a naive sheepish look and you'll have what actually happened.

The line itself did come from Sean's mouth, but it was delivered earnestly. He genuinely didn't know what he wanted to order.

The young lady behind the till didn't take it that way though. As we made our way to a table Clay and I voiced our appreciation of Sean's smooth delivery. He responded with only puzzlement, unaware of what he did to that poor young woman who obviously would have offered him something hot that wasn't coffee.

Ah, to be that accidentally suave.  

Still, in the end it worked out for him. He wound up with a lovely wife who has gifted him with two beautiful girls. 

But still... DAMN.

~Brother K'Bob

Monday, 12 September 2016

No taste here....

Sometimes it's just too easy.

Yeah there's sophisticated wit. Clean, sober humor. Family jokes that everyone can enjoy.

How boring.

If you want to find me and my sense of humor, look towards the horizon, past the border of good taste and that's where you'll find me.

The idea for this comic came from a co-worker who in describing my sense of humor would say "Here's the line, and Corey's off somewhere waaayyy over there."

I'd like to tell him he's wrong but I've been making mom jokes about his mom for the last eight or so years. That's a lot of mom jokes. It's hard.

So if you find yourself offended, don't worry, it's all part of the Brother K'Bob experience....

~Brother K'Bob

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Where we started


This was actually the first of the Creative Process strips and probably predates the first of the MTG strips.

It was daunting at first, sitting in front of my drawing table, faced with a blank sheet of bristol board, and trying to find my muse. I admit that more often than not the ideas just weren't there. 

The style of the comic was stolen from one of my muses. The Devils Panties was one of the first webcomics I was introduced to. It was unintentional that this comic closely mirrors one of the first Devils Panties strips but strangely apropos. I think pretty much every cartoonist goes through this.


I eventually started to figure it out and once I got the basic idea out it became simpler to write the strips. However it turned out that it was the drawing of those self said strips that would turn out to be the hard part. 

As artists we're our own worst enemies. We never think we're good enough, we never have the time. We have to get other things done. Excuses, excuses, excuses and then all of a sudden it's ten years later and you're wondering what the hell happened.

It's time to move forward again. I now have something and found my muse.

Brother K'Bob

"The essential truth is that sometimes you're worried that they'll find out it's a fluke, that you don't really have it. You've lost the muse or - the worst dread - you never had it at all. I went through all that madness early on." 

~Robin Williams

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The trials and tribulations of meeting our idols

Poor Clayton.

We, the Geeks, had attended our first joint convention as a group of comic creators. For Clayton there was even greater excitement as David Prowse, the towering Scotsman behind Vaders mask, was going to be in attendance and Clay couldn't wait to meet his idol.

On the first day, while I held down the fort, Clay and Sean went over to David Prowse table to speak with him, take their picture and present him with one of our handouts.

There was also a plan to try to get him to say "I'm a pretty, pretty, princess" a'la Jennie Breeden of The Devils Panties.

As it turns out it was not to be.

I don't know if it was simply an off day or if he had just gotten sick of his lot in life, living off the fleeting fame of being the man behind a mask, but he was anything but pleasant with Clayton and Sean. His manner was standoffish and when presented with our handout he told Clay "I have no use for this".

Clayton was crushed.

Now, in all fairness, from other peoples accounts David Prowse had always been nothing but a gentleman so it would seem his behaviour was not the norm.

Nonetheless it left a sour taste in Clay's mouth for some time.

Flash forward to the following year.

We were again setting out for the convention. One of the name guests was Jeremy Bullock, otherwise known as Boba Fett. Again another alumni of Star Wars and another man that Clay was determined to meet.

Understandably he was a little apprehensive.

Setting out for Jeremy Bullock's table the tension off of Clay was tangible. 

Fortunately for all involved Mr. Bullock couldn't have been kinder. 


That's myself, Clay, Sean, Matt and Thomas with Mr. Bullock. He was gracious and that smile on Clay's face is real. 

It's always an iffy thing meeting ones idols. A simple bad day can ruin a love of a lifetime. But then there's also the meetings that can solidify a fans resolve and love of a series. For Clayton the meeting with Jeremy Bullock was one of those. 

~Brother K'Bob

Edit: I apologize for the quality of the colors on the comic. The colors on my laptop screen are off and so I didn't get a true feeling of what the finished colors would look like. I'll be working to resolve this issue. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

The first of the Throwback Thursdays

Welcome Geeks to the first of the Throwback Thursdays where I (finally) jump on this bandwagon to bring you some history from the far flung past from Generation one of the Geeks.

Aside from Meet the Geeks there was also a single panel comic called The Creative Process. The idea behind it was to show some of the jokes that would'n't make it into the comic but that amused us none-the-less. 

This one, well... it amused me. 

It came from a conversation related to me by a person I'll call Big Gay Rick and his response to an excited question.

Other person: "Guess what I got?" 

BG Rick: "Syphilis?"  

Other person "No."

BG Rick "A puppy!?!"

Of course I had to continue this conversation in my head which ended with "A puppy with syphilis?"

It was funny to me at the time. And to this end I kept trying to find a way to incorporate it into the comic. Unfortunately the other Geek's did'n't understand the humor.

A recently re-discovered script has an example of my attempts to try to incorporate this joke into the strip:

MEET THE GEEKS:

“Moving in”

Splash page with single frame inset on the bottom.

SPLASH PAGE
Matt, Corey Sean and Clay are facing the new house:

Sean:
We should find a name for it…

Matt:
GONDOR!

Clay:
DEATH STAR!

Corey:
COREY’S HOUSE OF SYPHALITIC PUPPIES!

INSET FRAME
Sean, Matt and Clay are looking with disgust at Corey:

Sean:
No, no and seek therapy.

That is the sad truth behind this comic. The plight of a man who knows he's funny but his humor isn't understood by the ignorant, sloth-like masses. At least that's what I tell myself when I cry into my pillow at night. 

You'll also note details on my shoes. Initially I thought to myself, how, without being too obvious, can I illustrate that Corey the Geek is a Klingon fan? The obvious answer, at least to myself, was to give him a pair of shoes with the Klingon horn. I even went so far as to research ways to put these toe-horns on my own shoes so that life would imitate art. 

Again, some ideas look better in thought than in form. 

And in truth that is what this comic illustrates most clearly.

Some ideas look better in your head than on paper. 

But being the plucky artist I am I put it out there for all the world to see. Without context. Which is why it probably elicited more than a few raised eyebrows and "meh"'s from our readers. 

Right. I won't quit my day job.

~Brother K'Bob

“But it is a pipe."
"No, it's not," I said. It's a drawing of a pipe. Get it? All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It's very clever.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars



Tuesday, 30 August 2016

What sorcery is this!?!

Holy crap! It's a new Meet the Geeks comic!

Yes friends, after an extended absence from the web, I, Brother K'Bob, who is sometimes known by the moniker of Corey Toews, have, in my infinite magnanimity, returned the comic from the dead and brought new light to your lives!

Ok. Never mind that the comic is one that I drew some time ago and put up on my personal Facebook page back on, oh.... June 2, 2015. Mind you it looked a bit different. 


As you can see it's a wee bit different. Over the course of the last year I added some shading, blacks, and lettering. 

In the last few days I've been working at my laptop, trying to turn it into something that I can use to start producing comics with. My attempts to find some of my old programs went bust so I started researching workarounds.

I never imagined that MS Paint, or rather Paint.net, an add on for Paint, could be a useful tool for doing comic art. While not as slick as Photoshop it's definitely a step up from the basic paint program that Microsoft includes with their OS. 

That done I was able to find my old Graphire Wacom tablet. I was glad to find that the driver off of Wacom's site worked with Windows 10.

I haven't had a full chance to see what Paint.net is capable of but as you can see it allowed me to create the above comic. The original image was done in my sketchbook in traditional mediums. I then scanned it in on our cheap scanner/printer onto our shared desktop and uploaded the image into my Google drive. From there I transferred it onto my laptop and used Paint.net to create the borders. 

I downloaded a few comic fonts. The Meet the Geeks logo is a font called Shoguns Clan. The font on the bottom is called Yew Basturd. The Meet the Geeks title font is temporary until I can create something new. 

All this was done this morning.  

I'm planning on sticking with the single panel strip for now. Originally I was planing on returning to the four panel format but I think using the single panel format, which admittedly is less work, will give me a bit more motivation to produce new art.

So with this Meet the Geeks will be returning to the realm of being a webcomic.

Stay tuned for new updates!

~Brother K'Bob

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Remembering Sandra Stewart

A year has passed. It still does'n't seem entirely real.

A year devoid of one of the most dedicated mothers that I have ever met.

If my pain and sadness is real, what must her son be feeling? To have lost a woman who raised you on her own, with no assistance save the loving hands of her family? To have lost the person who wholly, completely, believed in what you could be and encouraged you at every turn? The woman who put your needs and desires ahead of her own because, through her eyes, blinded as they may be by a mothers love, she saw the talent, ability and potential within and gently drew it out pushing you on to follow the path of that which you loved the most?

How must her absence feel?

Today, though I haven't seen him for over a year, my thoughts are with my geek brother Clayton in mourning the loss of his mother Sandra Stewart.

Sandra Stewart


It is because of that dedication, that belief in Clay that the Geek's came about. I can truly say that without her prodding Clayton to follow his love of Star Wars and his desire to shine on whatever platform he wished to perform, Meet the Geeks would never have happened.

For that I am eternally grateful.

I had last talked to Sandy a few weeks before August 18th, 2015. I had called her home to speak with Clayton. My now wife and I were preparing wedding invitations to send out and I needed their address so I could send one for Clayton and her. It was my fondest wish to have them there on the day my wife and I celebrated our union.

We chatted for a bit and I brought her up to speed on how my life was changing. From angry, depressed alcoholic hermit to husband and father of three.

"You sound happy Corey." I could hear her smile in her voice. "I am." I told her. And I was.

And then that day came. The 18th of August. Clayton woke to find that his mother had passed quietly in the night.

It does'n't seem real. I knew she had been ill. But in my mind she would always be that vital, honest woman. An old hippy. Nothing could shock her.

A comment made during a conversation between Clay and I sums up my memories of her.

Clayton and I were talking about a local escort and would be porn star whose claim to fame was 'squirting'. We were talking about the unreal amount of liquid she produced when Sandy walked out of the kitchen and paused.

"Corey" she said "I'm 58 years old. I've seen a lot and done a lot and let me tell you that no woman ejaculates like that. She's peeing."

And with that final declaration she strode up the stairs while Clay and I chuckled.

That memory always brings a smile to my face. That in a nutshell was Sandy.

I fear I'll never see her like again.

Were I a religious man I would light a candle and offer a prayer. Instead this writing will have to do.

It's a poor offering for so beautiful a soul.

I'm still happy Sandy. Life is going well. I can't wait to tell my young son about you.

But those stories will have to wait until he's old enough to hear them. :)

~Brother K'Bob


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Best of all intentions....

Ah, yes. Best intentions. All projects start off with them. All of us say to ourselves "This time I will see this through".

But, often, and perhaps more often than not, all the good intentions in the world cannot see us through.

But fear not dear reader. As you are seeing this, this proves that I have not forgotten you! I just need to peel myself out from under the mess that I have created for myself.

"What mess is that K'Bob?" You ask?  Simply put, too many projects on the go and not enough time for reading and research. 

And often just never enough energy.

But I am here.  I shall prevail. And hopefully I'll learn to stop making excuses. 

Bear with me messes and all.

May the Dude be with you.

~Brother K'Bob

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The future is in my pocket

Technology is amazing. 

My families first computer, aside from our 'Pong' console, was a Commodore Vic 20. Children of today won't recognize it. It was simply a keyboard that plugged into your tv and had a rudimentary operating system on it. You could program in dos and do some basic word processing on it. All in all it was a basic machine, little more than a toy.

Now, I'm typing this out on a wirelessly connected miniature keyboard on a small computer that plays music, records video, wirelessly connects to the Internet, and performs a multitude of functions too numerous to list here.

When my mother was job searching when I was a child, my father would bring home a massive electric typewriter for her to type out her resume. He would then bring it to his office to photocopy it. She would check the  help wanted section of the newspaper and physically visit each office to drop off a resume. She would then have to wait for a phone call and hope she was home to receive it.

Nowadays you can perform all this from an item that fits in your pocket.

Well, perhaps not writing out your resume, but you can store it on your device and send it out instantaneously if you come across a job listing that appeals to you.

When I started 2016 my mantra was "have iPod, will travel" and more and more I find myself fascinated by what this little device is capable of.

In the coming months I'm hoping to more fully explore the abilities of my iPod, a sixth generation touch, and maybe document my findings.

~Brother K'Bob

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Bang head slowly

Once again I have found myself too many days away from my keyboard and not writing like I should. And I am kinda frustrated with myself.

I've missed a couple of perfect opportunities for blog posts as the San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up and we've had new trailers for Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, Walking Dead, Justice League and various other properties. I've had opportunities to release links to these on the Meet the Geeks Facebook page and totally failed.

If I was being true to myself I would be all over these news releases.

Le sigh.

So what am I doing with my day off? Cleaning the house and looking up recipes for Matoke. At least the Matoke is geek related. I've been re-reading Transmetropolitan. More on that later. However Matoke is mentioned in the book several times.

See geeks, reading comics can make you a man of the world.

There's no real point to this post. It's just me ranting.

Back to domestic bliss.

Stay tuned true believers.

~Brother K'Bob

Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Wedding of Rob and Lorna Collett

Photo Credit - Lee Werth

Today Jenn and I went to the go-to con social location the St. James Legion to celebrate the union of fellow Klingon Robert Collett and Lorna Fink.

It was a low key affair. The wedding started at 12:30 with the bride, looking stunning in a white and red dress, walking down the aisle. I admit that the joyous tears of the bride as she walked towards her intended may have set off a few tears of my own. Vows were exchanged and the happy couple walked arm in arm up the aisle a half hour later.  

We had about six hours to kill in between so Jenn and your humble reporter returned home to eat and take a nap.

We returned to the dance at about 7:00pm where the festivities were just beginning. The dance was being MC'ed by Philip Grodecki. The newly minted couple took to the dance floor to usher in the evening. Unfortunately Lorna's father was unable to make the wedding so, where the father and bride would have danced, Lorna took to the floor with Walter, their adorable and incredibly well behaved infant son. Heart strings were tugged. 

Just before hitting the photobooth I was surprised to hear the first bars of The Time Warp, a convention dance staple, start up. Traditionally the song is played at midnight so it coming on at 7:50 threw a few people off. Of course, in true Pavlovian form, the challenge was met and the floor was quickly filled. 

After that we got our photo taken and joined in a con-goer group photo.

We mingled for a time before slipping out.  

Of course Jenn and I wish Robert and Lorna all the best. 

~Brother K'Bob 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Happy Canada Day!!


Happy Canada Day Geeks!

No, I didn't get out to celebrate. I had to work.

I did get a chance to spend a couple of hours with some friends and have a delicious dinner.

I do consider myself fortunate to have been born and raised in Canada. Winnipeg especially. When I think on all that Winnipeg has going for it I feel lucky indeed.

For our US Geek friends here is what Canada Day is.

From Wikipedia: Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. It celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

The Geeks would also like give their respect to those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces protecting our way of life. I know there are many of you out there.

~Brother K'Bob


Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Horrible History of Brother K'Bob

It occurs to me that I have'n't really explained to the readers of Meet the Geeks how I came to have the name Brother K'Bob.

Are you interested dear reader?

Can you handle the truth?  Strange and terrifying as it may be?

I hope you can.   Here we go.

It all started in November 1996.  It was the opening weekend for Star Trek: First Contact and I had been invited by a friend (at the time) to go meet up with the KAG group that was on hand for the premier. It was at this time that I met the Captain of that ship, Kull of House Jev, later known as Doug, who little did I know would become my nearest and dearest friend and would stand as my best man at my wedding 19 years later. But that is a dark tale for another time.

It was the last of the truly interactive premiers that I would attend where the audience was totally immersed in the film.  It was probably also the last of the truly great Star Trek movies (sorry J.J.).

After a few meetings and my eventual acceptance into the group I was asked what I would like for a Klingon name.  Not being of terribly original mind at that time I stated simply:

"Bob.  Bob the Klingon."

"K'Bob?"

"Sure."

I had no idea what I would be releasing with that utterance.  Like a curse, once spoken, it could not be taken back.  It ran forth to cause havoc on the world.  Like Victor Frankenstein I had created my own monster, my own nemesis, my doom.

Ok. Perhaps a bit melodramatic. But it would continue to shape my world for the next two decades.

The Original Jammies
I don't like competition...
Eventually the group would implode but I would continue to be known as a Klingon among Winnipeg fandom for years.  A pair of red pajamas emblazoned with Klingon Tre-foils would be my armor, ever present on Saturday evenings at Keycon until they started to fray (like my sanity) and turn pink.  They were eventually retired and have yet to be replaced.

I would later join a online Klingon forum, which shall remain unnamed, where I met a fellow Klingon who seemed to be cut from the same cloth.  Kahn of House Klag.  Immediately we knew we had found someone who would understand and I was quickly invited to join his house, becoming K'Bob of House Klag.

For whatever reason I've always been interested in religion while roundly denouncing it.  However it was John (Kahn) constantly calling me brother (I called him Cap'n) that helped shape something of K'Bob's background.

Photo credit: memory-alpha.wikia.com
I decided that K'Bob was a disillusioned cleric from Boreth who, following the events of ST - TNG "Rightful Heir" and from the novel Kahless by Michael Jan Friedman, decides to forge out on his own, preaching his own views on Kahless, removed from the corruption of the High Clerics, and seeks out adventure.  One day he stumbles into the house of Klag, drunk on bloodwine, and loudly announces "I live here now!" before passing out in the wine cellar.  Kahn, and other members of the house just shrugged their shoulders and accepted this new arrival.

The story really isn't that far from the truth.

In my mind K'Bob is part Hunter S. Thompson, part Kane from Kung Fu.

So here I now sit, writing out this strange tale, one that is'n't yet over, and look forward to my future with my alter-ego.  It's been a ride so far and shall continue to be.


“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”


― Hunter S. ThompsonThe Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Brief History of the Geeks

June 28, 2016 

Today in Geek History - 1984 - Compaq releases the Compaq Deskpro, a 16-bit desktop computer featuring a 7.14MHz Intel 8086 microprocessor. It is markedly faster than the market-dominatingIBM PC and is capable of running IBM software.

Meet the Geeks started off at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in July of 2002. It was in the beer tent that I was introduced to Clayton Stewart who, at the time, was trying to get a crew together to make a Star Wars fan film.


Little did I know how that meeting would change my life.


While the film, Star Wars: The Evil Within would ultimately be shelved Clay and I, being of unsound and like minds, came up with an idea for a webcomic where four of the core members of the film would become the story fodder for Meet the Geeks.

The premise was simple, four friends, who have fallen on hard financial times, move into a house together. Sitting in a restaurant Clay and I tossed around ideas quickly coming up with a variety of comedy scenarios; “See?” Clay would exclaim “this thing practically writes itself!”.

The First Four

Those four were myself, Clayton, Sean McGinity and Matt Vosper.  We spent a lot of time together and it seemed like a winning premise.

There were about seventeen comics in all before it fell apart.

The first comic Titled "The Missing Ingredient", published on October 15, 2007, wasn't even supposed to be a comic. It was just me fooling around with comic panels. I had scanned it in to allow Clayton to work on coloring techniques. Somehow he managed to pull it together into a cohesive strip with a punchline.


You'll notice the lengths that I went to to avoid drawing hands. Or as Ed Ryzowski once called them "The Devil's appendages".

The strip eventually ended as the Geeks were driving to their new home. It was my fault. I was battling depression at the time and was withdrawing from everybody. Eventually I realized that medication wasn't as evil as I thought and that it would ultimately help, but that wouldn't be for a number of years.

I tried to keep the Facebook page going with daily features but it ultimately proved to be too much to handle and MTG went quiet for awhile.

Clayton moved on to what is turning out to be a successful comedy career. Matt moved on and is working for a government crown corporation. Sean and myself are fathers. Sean has been podcasting on PodOmatic and is also pursuing a music project as the lead singer of the hard rock band Dome.

I started posting regularly on the Facebook page again a while back, just to generate some movement on the brand. The current lineup for Meet the Geeks includes Sean, myself and longtime friend Thomas "The Hammer" Carpenter.

Blogger will be the home to the New Geeks for awhile while I continue to work on the direction for the Geek brand. As well the Facebook page will continue to be moderated and updated.

Moving forward I'm hoping to write and illustrate some new comic strips and update this page with art, articles and reviews.

Keep tuned and let me know what you think.

~Brother K'Bob