< Piro >
Friday - October 6, 2000
Ah, I'm a little late with today's rant - gomen. It was a really long hard week, and it's taking me a little bit to recover from it. I already know that next week will be busy, so i am endeavoring to get ahead this weekend. The goal - get the strips done ahead of time for once.
I was really happy to finally introduce the girls - even tho its a rather limited introduction, and we won't see them again for a while (chuckle - i am an evil person, i know) Someone commented in the forums that it was good to have the girls in there as a 'main squeeze' - ahhh... it doesn't really work that way. Squeezing Erika would be bad for your health, and Kimiko... well, you'll see. :)
Some of the emails i have received have said something along the line that MT was really an 'online manga.' This is pretty accurate, i think. It's been my goal from the start. A normal manga series will run 10-12 pages once a week in large, phone-book sized mags like Ribbon or Shounen Jump. A 'Manga-ka' (that's 'manga artist') and his/her studio (if they have help) has to pump out a slew of pages every week to meet this pace. Full page American comics run about twice that many pages but only publish once a month. I do 3 strips a week. The pace for all of these is different, and these are established, acceptable runs.
the biggest problem with any story based comic is the ability to pump out episodes fast enough to maintain the interest of the readers. I never did the 'one manga sheet a month' shtick because it just seemed to really not work well for story flow. (and it is one of the main stumbling blocks for 'warmth') The challenge for me is how to tell a good story in this kind of format - without making people wait three months for the next installment. I am trying to do something that is in between a online comic and a true manga series. Megatokyo is the first experiment - what i learn from this i can apply to 'warmth'. I'm sure our faithful readers if we are doing a good job or not. :)
I got home early yesterday and was in a very pleasant, dreamy, tired but not tired-with-a-headache state. I plowed my arm into the Tape Pile (tm) and pulled up a random tape, popped it in the VCR, and curled up with a hot mug of tea. Lo and behold I had grabbed a tape of Akazukin Cha Cha (Red Riding Hood Cha Cha), one of the funniest and cutes shows EVER. Wai! I sometimes forget where some of my influence comes from. The insanity, the over the top situations, the characters! wai! NO ONE says 'wai!' like Cha Cha! Cha Cha is like one of the best shows EVER. If you get a chance, dig out Cha Cha 1-4 and give it a watch. I'm gonna dig for the OAV series, the OAV kills me... I wanna go to magic school!
I did a little gift art last night for Greg Dean over at Real Life, just for the heck of it. Heck, I cameo anime and manga series all the time - why not online comics? Greg is a huge lain fan, so I had a little fun with it. A little something for all of us mired in the wired. ^_^ Hope you like it, Greg.