Monday, 31 December 2018
Season 4, Episode 2 – Special guest Tracy-Ann Leith; Just for Laughs 2017
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Episode 11 – Blizzard’s Hoarfrost Reception
co-host FastFretFingers talk about the release of Blizzard’s new Diablo game,
Diablo Immortal --- exclusively on mobile platforms. You could hear a pin drop
when the announcement came at Blizzcon --- misfire? The duo talk about the
release, why people got angry at the company, and how to move forward.
Season 6, Episode 11 – Blizzard’s Hoarfrost Reception
Friday, 28 December 2018
The Geeks truly are a brotherhood--- screw that a geek-hood. It is a place where I feel totally at home, able to talk about anything that comes up in the most comfortable of places. Between my blood in Todd and time served with Corey, I feel like I have some really great company, people I can implicitly trust with everything. These are great men, people that would do anything for me, and that I only want to reciprocate to.
Despite the challenges we have faced over the last year, our bond reduces the bad to manageable, and brighten the good to greatness. I am truly blessed to have these two in my life.
They aren't my only friends by far. Never forget those sweet things I have in my own home, my wife, a human being so incredible that I laugh all the time with her, and constantly blinded by her kindness. Yes, she is my best friend, and I am better for it. My three little angels, two human babies and one fur-baby, make every challenge worth the fight, and every victory that much sweeter.
I have a great family and a large supporting cast of characters that keep me going. Even the people that are gone have never really left, always there to remind me to count my blessings and to take the challenges positively.
Gang, I am a lucky dude.
It's hard to believe, and feels so long ago, where I was miserable a lot of the time. I was dragged down by insecurity, a self-doubt so paralyzing, that some days I couldn't get out of bed. It is only because of all of these people that I can keep the smile, and truly appreciate what I have, and learn from the experience when stuff goes sideways. It's not always a walk in the park, but I am lucky to be steered right but the good people.
Thanks 2018. Let's make 2019 another year of experience and let's all get another level or two in the great game of life.
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
In the best of all time, this episode came in at number 3. It was a monumental show that our band Dome played at the Club St B, alongside Willswitch Engage, and Quoth the Sun. Both bands were kind AND rocked out like crazy. It was probably my personal favorite show we played as Dome. The venue was awesome, the crowd was good and the sound--- our best.
Season 4, Episode 19 – Dome at the New Club St Boniface
Monday, 24 December 2018
Episode 10 – Bethesda Failure to Launch
co-host FastFretFingers talk about Fallout76, the latest in Bethesda’ Fallout
series, the lukewarm reception to the game, the ongoing bag-gate saga, and how
Fallout76 mirrored their release of Elder Scrolls Online a few years earlier.
#fallout76 #bethesda #bag-gate
Season 6, Episode 10 – Bethesda Failure to Launch
Saturday, 22 December 2018
Edition - Merry Christmas from the SeanGeek Podcast
All the best in
this holiday season. The duo talk about Christmas’s past and starting new
Special Edition - Merry Christmas from the SeanGeek Podcast
Monday, 17 December 2018
Episode 9 – Meet The Geeks Podcast Edition
(Seanorama and FastFretFingers) invited CoreyGeek from Meet The Geeks to the
recording studio. This is what we ended up with.
discussion covers upcoming stuff with both the Podcast and the webcomic, the
love of Sweden, some podcast tips for beginners (hint make sure to share your
RSS feed), some Podcast players we use, what it was like playing the work
Christmas party (Seanorama did), and what to expect with some future guests.
#swag #sweden #ikea #zoomrecorder #singers #drummers #godaddy
Season 6, Episode 9 – Meet The Geeks Podcast Edition
Monday, 10 December 2018
Alder – The Codex of Desire
SeanGeek’s Seanorama and FastFretFingers bring out their big gun (that’s Corey
Toews beautiful mug) to facilitate this special format episode of the show.
Laurie E. Smith, writing as Laren Alder has just released the Codex Of Desire
(which has not become a #1 bestseller) joins us at the Radisson Hotel in
downtown Winnipeg to talk about the book. They get in depth into the novel, as
well as covering some great topics including Keycon, Wild Prairie FurryCon, the
Radisson Hotel, McNally Robinson and a host of other topics. But yeah,
#keycon #Wildprairiefurrycon #radissonhotel #winnipeg #mcnallyrobinson
feathered dinosaurs fell prey to such savage impulses, more than 67 million
When Raoul Deguchi, a human palaeontologist,
touches the alien-forged metal band wrapped around the forearm of a small
theropod dinosaur fossil, he is mentally transported back in time to experience
the tragic intersection of five dinosaur lives. Girn'ash, a shrewd and
secretive female slave, falls in love with Tir'at~Esk, a dashing military
prisoner — and will do anything in her meagre power to win his freedom. But
Girn'ash's queen is determined to coerce the handsome warrior into her harem,
and when so many ferocious desires collide it might doom an entire civilization
to nuclear extinction.
You can also get it on Amazon here:
Season 6, Episode 8 – Special Guest Lauren Alder – The Codex of Desire
Saturday, 8 December 2018
Not as great a review as you might expect from a professional like Ticketmomster, but I try.
Thanks to Ryan Sorensen and Peter Vander Hout, who have always been more than generous to myself and the boys in Dome.
Disraeli Dreamers Moon Tan Deep Dark Cave The UniterThe top 6 episode of all time.
Season 4, Episode 28 – Deep Dark Cave/Disraeli Dreamers/Moon Tan show revue
Sunday, 2 December 2018
the Cheech and Chong show, Seanorama and FastFretFingers talk about snowblowers,
Black Friday, gas prices, Sweden, winter, CAA, and of course Cheech and Chong.
They review the show, the legalization of marijuana in Canada, their Canadian
ties, signing to Motown, being mistaken for driving high, the smell of
Archibald, changes to Netflix, and their typical driving shenanigans.
#snowblowers #legalization #caa
Season 6, Episode 7 – Cheech and Chong and snowblowers
Saturday, 1 December 2018
Monday, 26 November 2018
Saturday, 24 November 2018
This time out I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to take the book I had been working on (working title: Sweden) and get close to that final edit. This meant going back to a book I put a hold on when the kids were born. I have been spending my days and nights working through it, reworking parts, changing the sequence of the book around, and writing new sections. I am hoping to get the majority of the work done in 30 days. So far I have worked through over 35,000 words. A lot of the things that seemed thin were beefed up, some of the action was tightened up, some things have been trimmed down to keep up the pace in the story.
I have to admit, the changes have been worthwhile. It took 4 years, but it really seems like daddy brain might have some room back in it for creative brain again.
So what does this mean. I have some internal timelines I hope to make concrete soon. Once I have made it through this edit, I can timeline how I plan to get the book out there and where you'll be able to get it.
As per usual, I believe in go big or go home, so the novel probably won't stop with just publishing the darn thing. I have some big ideas with where I want to go with it. Stay tuned here at seanmcginity.ca or the Meet The Geek Blogspot and keep updated with the story on getting this to press.
Monday, 12 November 2018
Sunday, 4 November 2018
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Matt, when he first joined us back in the long past days when we were filming Clayton's fan film Star Wars: The Evil Within, was at that time a young man with ADHD and a sheltered and naive outlook on life. We delighted in shocking him. Through us he witnessed his first transaction for sexual services, never believing that it happened outside of television and, one fateful Sunday morning he discovered that some of those "ladies of the night" were not as they seem.
The Matt that was introduced into the comic was that young and naive Matt. However, as time went on Matt was suddenly not that young and naive man anymore. He got a job with crown corporation and was suddenly doing some especially dangerous work for some very good money and subsequently became quite the stable and steady man.
We still see Matt at Keycon but rarely beyond that. As time went by we began to drift apart as friends sometimes do.
It felt insulting to the person that Matt has become to continue to portray him as that young man and somewhat one-dimensional character. So an executive decision was made by myself to replace him with Thomas.
And that's all there is to say about that.
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Thursday, 23 August 2018
As a youngling, I plied my art, certain I would be doing this as a career. I was writing and drawing my own original comic books and man I was good at it.
As all artists do at some point, I started to question my abilities, and the drive required to make it. I was living in a small town, on Canada's East Coast. The logistics of getting to New York from there, getting my work in front of the right set of eyes, of scrounging by until that could happen--- If I got my work in front of the right eyes, was my work good enough?
As I watched my own father struggle to feed his family, I started to wonder if I could make it, hit the big time and work for Marvel or DC. Practicality set in. I really got hung up. In the "regular" world, any one can get a job and if you worked reasonably hard you could get work. I wouldn't get rich but at least I could make some money.
University came around. The drive to create was ever-present. But I took practical courses, going for a practical degree, in the hopes of getting a practical job. I wouldn't be an artist.
I wouldn't be an artist.
Despite everything I had done up to that point --- the hours and hours of creating, writing, drawing --- the research into the stories, studying --- all of this was irrelevant when I decided I wouldn't be seeking a career in art. I was a business major. I was not an artist.
Even though I easily spent less time in school then I had put into my art, the pursuit of the degree immediately ended any thought I would be a true artist.
As I developed a career in Logistics and became pretty darn good at it, I kept up with my art, expanding my knowledge with classes, stretching what I knew and learning more.
As I got some work published, I had the inkling that I maybe I was an artist. That self-doubt crept in: am I good enough for someone to pay for what I love to do?
Now, with some decent podcast numbers, releasing an album with the band Dome, 3 years of the Symka published online, damn it, I am ready. In fact, I am overdo. My art and what I do is good. Some people out there like what I do. I like what I do.
So yes, it is time for Patreon. In fact, it is long overdo. With my brothers-in-arms with me, the Meet The Geeks comic and the Podcast, this is just the next phase folks. There is lots more to come with all this. Come join us for the ride.
Thursday, 9 August 2018
In 1978, I heard Kiss Alive II. I was nothing but a babe at the time, but the sonic bombast of the album forever changed my life.
Wednesday, 8 August 2018
Everything that became Meet The Geeks, the SeanGeek podcast, Star Wars The Evil Within --- all of that had it's start with Sandra Stewart.
I met Sandra sometime after I auditioned for Clay's Star Wars The Evil Within film. I had likely gotten in by the skin of my teeth on the audition. And now here I was at a reading surrounded by these professional actors, writers, and Star Wars enthusiasts. I was nervous, out of place, and overwhelmed by what I was getting into.
At some point, I was to meet Clay at his home. And there was Sandra. We spoke as I waited for Clay. In minutes she made me feel at home. She was able to break through the layers of fear and anxiety I had and make me feel worthwhile. I deserved to be on this film.
As the filming schedule was in full effect I visited many more times and really got to know Sandra a lot better. I learned very quickly the following: She had a level of respect and belief for Clay that most mothers could only dream of. She was a force of nature in her support.
She also incredibly generous and kind. To the cast and crew, Sandra looked after us in any way she could.
I don't know if it was just her way, but I felt like Sandra believed in me, too. She was quick to give a hug and offer her support of me. There was nothing preposterous or off-limits. If you needed to talk about anything she was quick to offer her ear. She was there, front and center as I was going through the worst time of my life, and there when I was able to turn it all around. I could see that gleam in her eye when I got through the eye of the hurricane when she said, "You deserve to be happy". She had a knowing smile on her face when I told her I was going to have a baby with Silvy. I felt like she was so proud of me. Like she always knew I could do it.
I was lucky to be able to hear her stories and adventures. She lived an amazing life we all could only dream of. She had done anything and everything she wanted, with no fear. It was that quality I admired the most: Fearlessness.
I can't quite remember when, but at some point it seemed redundant to call her Sandra, or Miz Stewart. I called her mom. It was appropriate. For her belief in me, for her faith in me, for her pride in me, I could call her no less.
I miss you, mom. You were one of a kind.
Monday, 6 August 2018
On Friday, July 27th, 2018, I filmed my second (third?) live feed via the Meet the Geeks Facebook page while I was working on a comic.
The comic is a re-do of one that had been previously published back in 2007. I was originally going to re-scan and re-colour the original one but since I was already working on new strips I figured I would draw it again in the updated style.
Re-drawing the comic also gave me a chance to address some continuity errors regarding the clothing that the characters were wearing and keeping everything in line.
So here you can see a scan of the original comic. The comic also features what will be the first of a look between Corey and Clayton that will mean that trouble lies ahead.
Thursday, 2 August 2018
Ernie was the troublemaker, the instigator, the chance-taker, the silly one, the crazy one, the one swirling in chaos and a lack of rules. Bert was all about rules, routine, safety, taking care of things and being reliable. The were the perfect foils for one another, the ying to the yang, the order to the chaos. They each brought out the best of each other. Ernie taught Bert to be adventurous, to take chances, to laugh out loud, the skip the chores from time to time, to break routine. Bert grounded Ernie, teaching him to be reliable, to take the time to look after things, to be responsible. They were polar opposites but it was that middle ground that made each of them better, and provided the true comedy of their pairing.
They weren't the first pairing to have this dynamic, but the execution on the writing and performance from these two is what made them who they are: the kings of comedy.
But when people speak about the pair, Ernie tends to get the accolades. It's his crazy and erratic behavior that gets the laughs. He is more fun. Things happen because of him. Each crazy scenario is instigated by Ernie. But at the root of it all, Ernie is nothing without Bert. Without Bet at his side, Ernie is just a raving lunatic. He isn't funny, he's destructive. He's a menace, really. It's that play off of Bert where the true comedy lies. Without each other, the comedy falls flat. One is annoying and the other is boring.
In Meet The Geeks, my character if often played as a Bert character. And you know what? I am okay with that. Without me, the chaos that ensues with Clay and Corey have less relevance. They are just two troublemakers. And without them Sean is just the nerd.
Recently, a favorite podcast of mine lost one of their hosts. The originator of the show departed for various reasons (but left on good terms). The originator provided the play by play for the show, plotting the episodes, creating the format and executing on all of the technical sides of the show. The co-host provided the color for the show, disagreeing with the host, taking shots at him, and finding issues with everything they spoke about. He created heat on the show much to all of our entertainment. They worked well off each other, and had the Bert and Ernie dynamic.
The dynamic worked so well that the podcast became a huge hit. I subscribed to the show, never missing an episode. The topic of each show was irrelevant. Their banter back and forth was really the best part of the show. The topic just gave the two a way to perform their shtick.
With the host's departure, the foil was left behind to run the show. Another co-host was brought in fill in the gap. The dynamic completely changed. The foil of the show had no one to really play off of. Like Ernie without Bert, he became annoying. His persona on the show became trite and boring. Passing no blame on the new co-host, even though the two are friends, their online camaraderie just was not as entertaining. I have tried to give the new show a chance, not willing to let myself fall into the current troll-like Star Wars fans who are attacking everyone on Twitter these days.
So maybe I just need to breathe, accept that the show has changed, enjoy the old episodes as they were, and try to find the joy in the new version of the show. It is hard being a fan.
Saturday, 28 July 2018
Yesterday was productive.
Yes friends and geeks yesterday good ol' CoreyGeek was kicking ass and taking names. Let me tell you a story.
It began with a simple comment to the WifeGeek that I wanted to spend a couple of hours sequestered in my basement studio working on a strip. The plan, or so I hope, is to get new comics going up weekly starting on the seventh of August, returning to putting new strips up on Tuesdays.
The WifeGeek agreed on one condition, that I have a new comic up by the end of the day. Well friends, sometimes that's easier said than done but I figured, I can do this.
I spent the afternoon working on a revamp of a previously existing strip, updating the artwork and working at my craft. By five I had managed to finish the four panel strip and just needed to come up with another strip by the end of the day. Fortunately I had a plan.
Going back to December, the wife bought me a cell phone. She had been playing Pokemon Go since it's release back in 2016 and I had struggled to understand the appeal. I liked the idea of a game that encouraged the user to get out into the real world and walk around but I didn't, at the time, have a way of checking it out.
So with my new mobile phone I downloaded the game and quickly found myself addicted. I suppose I shouldn't be shocked. It is fun and getting out to a park with the family looking for Pokemon is rewarding. I quickly came up with the idea for the comic and drew it out in one of my sketchbooks. And there it sat, never finished beyond being inked.
So when I needed a finished strip I just needed to pull the artwork out of my sketchbook - fortunately for me it has perforated pages - and scanned it into the computer. I finished up the border panels, speech balloons and lettering in paint.net an open source editing program which has become my preferred alternative to Photoshop.
I had to download a few plug-ins and fonts as I was working on the family computer rather than my laptop, but I managed to hammer out a the double paneled strip in a couple of hours.
Moving forward Meet the Geeks and SeanGeek's podcast, available on his website seanmcginity.ca and Podbean will be creating new content and will have a Patreon account available (you have seen the button in the sidebar right?) with exclusive content and swag available to subscribers.
But the strip and this blog will always be free. So friends, keep coming back, look for new content and support the Geeks. We'd do the same for you.
Monday, 16 July 2018
Steve Ditko. Despite his most famous co-creator credit, the creation of Spider-Man, Ditko never really seemed to really get his due. At Marvel, there was Stan Lee, almost single-handedly writing most of their books, and there was Jack Kirby who was drawing most of the titles. Ditko had always been “the other guy”. When I started reading comics, Spider-Man had already gone through Romita Sr, and Andru on the art chores, and Stan Lee wasn’t even writing the book anymore. I was introduced to John Byrne and Chris Claremont’s run on the team-up Spider-Man book called Marvel Team-Up. Sure I had read Spider-Man’s first appearance a bunch of times in various re-prints, but I had largely been unaware of Ditko or his influence. I was aware of Stan Lee and his larger than life writing ability, as it was often talked about reverently by everyone in the industry. Because I had been groomed on John Byrne’s Spider-Man, I was very receptive to John Buscema and John Romita Sr’s version of the hero. And I was always being drawn to that style, emulating it on my own comic book creations years later.
The initial run of Spider-Man had often been mythologized by the other creators and eventually I came around to reading more of Ditko’s run on the title. And since there were rarely any interviews with Mr Ditko, I was unware of his involvement on the book other than the artwork, thinking everything was in fact Stan Lee’s ideas.
I was a big Spider-Man fan and I was collecting back issues of Spider-Man, working my way as far back as Buscema’s work and quite a few Russ Andru issues. Eventually and quite finally, I was unable to go any further back without completely breaking the bank. Marvel started putting out collected editions of their early titles under the Essentials trade format series, a black and white chronological reprint of an entire runs of titles. I was a completist and I needed to fill in what I could to have all of the Spider-Man issues. This was how I glomed onto Steve Ditko.
I also learned that Ditko’s involvement on the title was far more involved than what I had at first assumed. Ditko was not only drawing the title, he was co-plotting all of it. In fact, it was Ditko that controlled the narrative, the pacing, the invention of all of those early villains that have forever remained one of the best rogue’s galleries in all of comics. Peter Parker’s pathos, his frustrations, his anger--- all key elements to the book, were from the mind of Ditko.
I found Dr Strange immediately thereafter. Here was another Ditko co-creation (with Stan Lee again). For all the greatness of his Spider-Man, Dr Strange was on a whole other level. Spider-Man was grounded in reality, with the art really sharing a real New York to the world. Dr Strange was abstract, other dimensional and really trippy. My young brain exploded on the visuals Ditko came up with. Even in black and white, the art was out of this world.
It became apparent that Ditko’s roles in both Dr Strange and Spider-Man were much more than artist. His work raised these characters into the public consciousness. He made them relatable that they were just like us yet they were fantastic enough that we all could escape from the real world. All due credit to Stan Lee as well for his work on both of those titles. His role in both characters should not be minimized. It took Stan’s vision to pick Ditko, who was NOT the mainstream artist designed for Spider-Man and later for Dr Strange, but the one Stan chose to go with. It took Ditko’s quirky art to elevate Spider-Man. Without Ditko, it is entirely possible and plausible that Spider-Man and later Dr Strange might have never taken off. It was essentially Spider-Man that was responsible for Marvel Comics’ growth as a company, and the first title to really push Marvel to the next level.
We all owe a debt to Ditko. Without him, we likely would never have had the Marvel Comics we know and love today. Without him, Marvel might not have taken the chances they took. Marvel not only changed how comics were created, they created a revolution, a movement that extended far beyond the comic books. Comics were being quoted in the mainstream press often, and the edgy stories within the pages of these “funny books” were changing the sociological landscape.
Decades later, I still find myself going back and losing myself in those pages. Every time I forget my writing ethos, Ditko takes me back. I re-read all of Ditko’s early Marvel work to re-ignite my own writing. It is essential to taking chances, bucking the norm and finding the character within the character. It is about making things relatable yet fantastic, about writing visually, about believing in what you are creating and just running with it anyway, even if others think it wouldn’t work. Ditko was revelatory and revolutionary. There will never be another like him.
Long live Ditko.
Friday, 6 July 2018
That band of course was the immortal GWAR and the album was that bands second release: Scumdogs of the Universe.
Equally bizarre were the creatures names, Oderus Urungus: lead singer. Balsac the Jaws of Death: guitarist. Flattus Maximus: another guitarist. Beefcake the Mighty: Bass. And last but certainly not least was Jizmak the Gusher: Drummer.
Monsters playing metal? What more could a young comic book enthusiast and metalhead want from a band? I think their film "Skulhedface", filmed by the band to accompany the album "This Toilet Earth" best sums it up in this piece of dialogue:
Mr. Big: Mr.Martini, I must congratulate You on creating such an... innovated concept.
Glomco Executive: Yes, Barbarians from Outer Space playing Heavy Metal, joining your Comic book Nerds and Metal Heads together under one Product Banner. Your Demographics were right on Target!
Sleazy P. Martini: Hey, Asshole, Demo whatevers had nothin' to do with it. GWAR is for real Man!
Mr. Big: Come come now Mr. Martini, we're not your pimply faced Teenage Fans.
Sleazy P. Martini: ...and this ain't yer typical poser Band whipped up by a bunch of D&D playing Art School Flunkies! I... had to go to the ends of the Earth to find GWAR...
The album wasn't mine. I borrowed it from a classmate in my metalworking class. I quickly copied it and spent hours, then years, followed by decades, listening to it.
GWAR is a concept that probably never should have worked. A bunch of guys in monster costumes, playing heavy metal and spraying down their audience with gallons of fake blood and other fluids while dismembering varied victims and fighting various enemies? The band was a totally Gonzo concept that thirty years later is still touring the continent and putting out new albums.
GWAR is in many ways a satirical band, encompassing the decadence and depravity of the 80's metal scene, through Glomco roasting the corporations that exploited bands and musicians to their own end and over time satirizing politics, politicians, news and just about anything else they please.
But the way to experience them is in all their glory, live onstage, a grand guignol spectacle that I doubt many bands could ever hope to reproduce.
I didn't get to see the band until I was well into my twenties and I was fortunate enough to see them with Clayton and Sean when they appeared at the Pyramid Cabaret in downtown Winnipeg.
As I recall the location was packed to capacity. My first impression of the band as they made their way to the stage was the way that they dominated the room. These five band members in their battle armor. They seemed superhuman in height. In reality Dave Brockie, who performs as Oderus Urungus stood at about 6'7". At least that's how tall he seemed to me.
The show was everything I could have hoped. The band showed their social satire killing caricatures of the various politicians and villians in the news at that time. My love for the band was firm as they left the stage and the venue began playing "Beat it" by Michael Jackson while the bands slaves hosed down the people on the floor with the "Biledriver", a tripod mounted water cannon.
After the show we decided to hang around for a bit and I noticed with some amusement that the band, out of costume, was milling around packing up gear. One harried looking stage manager was wandering around amongst the chaos shouting "Has anyone seen Dave?". That was interesting. Where was the singer?
I looked over towards the stage and, yes, there he was. I'm talking about the slave of his Lordship Oderus, the late, great, Dave Brockie. I immediately ran over and said (I might have shouted) "Dave Brockie?" thrusting out my hand as I dove over the railing that seperated us. He turned with a look of fear on his face and went "yeah?".
"Great show man!"
Any stories about his copious drug use was immediately confirmed. his pupils were dilated to the point of being black. But after realizing that he wasn't under attack from this bald headed, goateed gorilla, he was affable and willing to talk not only with us but other fans that had stuck around. If my love for the band was firm following the show, after talking with Dave Brockie my love was cemented. He was a true gentleman and showed a great fondness for his fans.
It was a terrible blow when on March 24, 2014 I found out that he had died, later confirmed as a heroin overdose, in his home in Richmond.
While the band could have folded and died they have instead soldiered on with the original Beefcake the Mighty, Michael Bishop, donning new armor as Blothar the Berzerker and taking over the lead singing duties of the band.
Their first album post-Oderus was a solid thrash-metal offering called the Blood of Gods and confirmed, via a line in "Fuck this Place" "We ain't done yet man...".
And neither am I...
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
“I’ve got a job, I explore
I follow every little whiff
And I want my life to smell like this”
I remember listening to the radio when that song, “Looking for a Place to Happen” by the Tragically Hip came on. As I listened I realized that it summed up everything I’ve ever wanted for and from the Geeks.
For me Meet the Geeks has been a journey towards the savage heart of my dream: The idea of one day becoming a cartoonist of note, joining the ranks of the likes of Berkley Breathed, Jim Davis, Bill Watterson and the new crop of web cartoonists such as Jennie Breeden and Lar DeSousa. The thought of traveling down an unknown road and finding fortune at its end. Exploration and discovery.
The two works I come back to on a regular basis during this journey is that song, sung to perfection by the late and great Gord Downey, held with reverence in my heart, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. That book/comic/movie explores the search for the American Dream, found in Las Vegas, the dream of making it big and ultimately shown to be a “lame fuckaround, a waste of time”.
But it isn’t that lesson that I took away. Preserverance and a little bit of madness will take you through to your goals.
It also helps to have a travelling companion.
I won’t lie. The greatest obstacle towards the success of Meet the Geek’s has always been me. It’s not a fear of failure, I’m an old hand at that: It’s been a fear of success. I’m afraid of getting that momentum up and then having to keep it up. Let’s face it, if you’re working for yourself you have to stay hungry and never stop moving.
It sometimes seems easier to just sit back and embrace the status quo. Work for the man. Take home your paycheck. Do the least amount of work you can get away with.
But sometimes on your journey you acquire a traveling companion, or maybe they were there all along, and you let their enthusiasm infect you.
That’s what’s happened here Geeks.
Sean, my stalwart companion - he’s been there from the git-go - and I are off on this savage journey to the heart of the fannish dream, exploring new avenues, making friends, seeking companions and moving forward. Ours is an older journey, not in a bright red Chevy convertible seeking through the glitz and chintz, finding the big win in Las Vegas, the easy out. No, ours is a journey in the old wood ships of the explorers of yore. Get on a pile of canvas and timber and set out on the raging seas looking for a new land. A Place to Happen.
And maybe, just maybe, with a little work we can find a place to call our own.
"...Jacques Cartier, right this way,
I'll put your coat up on the bed
Hey man you've got the real bum's eye for clothes
And come on in, sit right down,
no you're not the first to show
We've all been here since, God, who knows?"