|Geeks is about computer engineers in their twenties. It is based on the lives of computer engineers working in a real R&D company in the Philippines whose name and location are actually shrouded in confidentiality (as many employees and present and former would attest) subcontracted to a global printer, MFS (multifunction system) and camera manufacturer based in Japan.
Many gags in Geeks are actually based on real events, documented in the engineers's informal social history known to them as g.txt. Some episodes, however, are purely fictional; mainly because some entries in g.txt require build up and background knowledge. Some strips, albeit purely fictional, seemed funny during inception.
Most of the characters are also based on actual people. Some, however, are based on certain traits of several people. This is to keep the number (and interactions) of the cast managable.
From time to time, Geeks deviates from its black-and-white, relatively simplistic art style and supposed-to-be funny storylines to its full-color, one comic page format, gritty art style and seriously themed episodes. These episodes mainly involve Jon, a seriously overworked engineer and the more emotionally heavy aspects of his life.
Geeks trying to be funny came from a snarky comment made by a former employee of the undisclosed company when another tried to crack a joke about certain events in the office.