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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."



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.

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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

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Meet the Geeks

Today in Geek History: Filming begins on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the fourth film in the Star Wars saga. The majority of the film will be shot at Leavesden Film Studios in England. Filming will end on September 30.

Greetings friends and welcome to the home of Winnipeg's very own Geeks.

That's right, here you will find the opinions of Brother K'Bob, Seanorama and Thomas 'The

It's a work in progress and I ask that you bear with us as we find our feet after so long an absence from the intrawebz.

It's been a long time, but we shall hopefully have some stories that will make it worth your while to stick around.

We are, after all, only human.

~Brother K'Bob