< Piro >
Saturday - November 4, 2000
Sorry for the shortage of rants this week... in fact, i apologize for Friday's comic. I finished and delivered a fairly complicated document Thursday afternoon which left me effectively brain dead for the rest of the week. (Excel Bad. AutoCad Good.) It you thought Friday's comic was funny, you are a loyal megatokyo fan indeed. Both Largo and I were so tired Thursday night that no matter how hard we hammered on the script, it just came out lame. Even the Amazing Dom couldn't save us. (sigh) It's humorous, but it doesn't have the little extra edge we like to see. It's all Dom's fault. Bad Dom. :P
So, in the interest of Excellent Scrpititage, I've been sitting here typing out a fairly complex outline of where Megatokyo is going. Largo and I have most of the story in our heads, but Dom alerted us to the fact that this is not really the best place to store it, given our past histories of brain failures, memory lapses, and blue screens of death that hamper my ability to remember my own phone number on bad days. As for Largo, I think i know why he is such a X-box fan - his brain operates with the reliability of a Micro$oft product in it's first week of beta testing.
It's always interesting to gather up parts and pieces of things - notes from script dumps an chunks and pieces of ICQ conversations and IRC logs. What gives me a headache is just how much material we have produced in the past few months, and how much drawing I'm gonna have to do to get it all out to you. ^^;; There are some real challenges ahead - things in the story that I have no real idea how we'll be able to convey in the 4 panel layout we've been using. Story arcs that need to be threaded together, relationships that we didn't even realize existed, that tie the story together better than we realized... It's just that *damn* - it sure takes up a lot of time. :)
The other thing that has been keeping rants down this week is that I am in the process of coloring a drawing of Erika, so that I have a matching set of Erika and Kimiko (the goal here is to have a t-shirt available for each girl). I'm also working on a shirt idea for Fredart - that's going to take a bit of time to pull together. I have a few other color drawings that need to be done - and I need some better color versions of Largo and Piro, as well as color versions of Dom, Ed, Ping-chan and a some of the yet unintroduced characters. Ugh.
Rounding out this insanity are two other projects. Last weekend I pulled out all the material on 'warmth' and started to grind down a plan to produce some experimental flash files to test some of my ideas for doing it in a 'visual novel' format. (did i mention that I need to learn Flash now too?) I know that some of you -really- want to see this. Please be patient, 'warmth' is not like megatokyo, which can be dolled out a panel at a time. I'm doing the best i can. :)
Finally, the thing that makes me 100% certifiable is the fact that I have a November 30th deadline to finish (and, er, start) my submission to the MJ-12 doujinshi project. MJ-12 is a doujinshi circle - which is a group of True Love Story fans (a dating/love sim game) that produce a CDrom of fan art, short stories, manga, and music all inspired by the game. Last summer, Tsubasa and I produced a visual short story called 'envelope' that was featured on the 'Heartful Seasons' disk. I'm very thankful to Noritac-san and the rest of the MJ-12 group for accepting my submission, and so i don't want to dissapoint them for this project. Oh, and before you ask, Heartful Seasons sold out on the first day, so no - there are no copies available for purchase. :( 'Envelope' was about 50 drawings by me and a story by me and tsubasa in both English and Japanese. If you are all good little boys and girls I'll make it available online someday. Right now, Tsubasa and I need to bust our asses to get something done for the Winter comike disk. The project is tentatively called 'snapshots' - you'll probably hear more about this later.
(sigh) i better get busy...