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Friday - June 10, 2011
As most of you have probably noticed, managing even a ‘virtual con’ so far this year has been a challenge. There have been a number of daunting things I’ve been dealing with since I posted my last rant, some of them not related to Sarah's cancer treatment, but a lot of that is now mostly behind me.
So. Right. Getting back on track. Still trying to catch up with orders (thank you so much for your patience, It’s been a struggle to keep up and I appreciate your patience)… That whole Megatokyo comic thing (i’ll be starting working on the next one later tonight)… the whole Virtual Con thing (been doing lots of sketches, some of them are pretty good, but still no date set for the virtual panel yet)… How can I kick start things after what has arguably been ten very stressful months?
I know! How about supplementing my “Virtual Con” with, oh, i dunno, an actual con? Maybe a big one that I haven’t actually gone to before (just an afternoon a few years ago), one that many of you may already be going to?
How about Anime Expo 2011?
Yep, I’ll be a guest at this year’s Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4. :) That’s just a couple of weeks away (yikes) but I will be there for the entire weekend, doing panels and other activities, as well as having a table in Artist’s Alley where hopefully it won’t be too hard to find me. Sarah and Jack are also joining me for the show, so it should be a lot of fun. More information on panels and other stuff as soon as I know the schedule.
It looks like it will be a really good show this year, with some great guests (me excluded) and some awesome concerts. I’ll finally have a chance to meet Danny Choo (who actually showed up in a MT comic several years ago) and there’s even a concert by the lovely (and virtual) Hatsune Miku. Hopefully I can get some things signed for Ping since she is her favorite idol…
One guest I am really looking forward to meeting is Matsumoto Izumi, the artist and creator behind Kimagure Orange Road. Matsumoto-sensei is one of my earliest and biggest influences. It was his work that first got me seriously hooked on anime and manga (wait, should i be thanking him for this?). In fact, the first time I seriously considered going to an anime convention was when he was a guest at Katsucon back in 1995. Sixteen years ago I think my mind would have boggled at the possibility that both Matsumoto-sensei and I would be introduced as guests at one of the largest anime conventions in the US in the same press release. Actually, my mind boggles at it even now. I am not worthy.
Even though my convention activities this year are no longer entirely virtual, it doesn't mean that MT Virtual Con 2011 is over. I still plan to do an online virtual panel, hopefully sometime in mid-July (it’s actually a rather complicated thing to put a decent one together, if you want it to not suck TOO bad). For now, however, this WILL be the last weekend of the MT VirtualCon 2011 sale at the MegaGamers store - Sunday will be your last day to order a signed sketch and purchase gear at sale prices. So, head on over to the store and pick up some gear and a sketch or two before the sale ends.
Recently, it hasn’t been just been daunting things that have been occupying my time - I’ve also been looking at experimenting with digital publishing (i know, me and everyone else :P). I’ve been working for the past few months with writer Thomas Knapp to pulling together a series of Light Novels telling the full Endgames story in prose form. As a bit of a preview of what these light novels might be like, we’ve uploaded a pretty good short story called “Behind the Masque” that covers some of the first interactions between Pirogeth and m0h. It’s about 24 pages or so long and includes four original sketches that I did specifically for the story and a full color cover. UPDATE It is now available through the Amazon Kindle store for .99 cents. You do not have to have a Kindle to read a Kindle book - there are readers for your computer, Android phones, iPhones, iPads, Windows phones, etc, so hopefully most of you will be able to purchase a copy if you are interested reading it. Feedback welcome, as i am also looking into how to offer new manga works digitally as well (not MT, this is still a free webcomic).
One final note, until recently the URL for reaching the Official Megatokyo Facebook page was rather unwieldy, with lots of numbers and slashes and stuff in it. Well, not anymore. Now you can reach the Official Megatokyo Facebook Page by typing in http://facebook.com/Megatokyo . We seem to have quite a horde of facebook minions assembled on Facebook (a little over 12,600 ‘likers’ so far) so don’t mind the horde, all mindless likers welcome. :P
Anyways, lets hope that's enough to get rolling along again. Thank you for your patience.