< Piro >
Sunday - February 8, 2004
Well, it took long enough, but it seems that supplies of Book 2 have filtered thru the distribution networks and should be readily available. For instance, the Megatokyo/ThinkGeek store has em, and there are reports of them being in Waldenbooks, Borders, and various other retailers. It also seems to have been doing pretty good on Amazon. Reaction to the book has been very positive so far - only one complaint :). Also, all you pre-order people should either have your books or they are on their way. If you don't have one by the end of next week, email me.
Not sure when the new Megatokyo t-shirt will be in Waldenbooks stores, but if anyone spots one, let me know :) Should be fairly soon.
I should be enjoying this respite, with the book now in stores and all the work that went into it behind me, right? Peh? not a chance. :( Unfortunately, the reprint of Book 1 was solicited a liiiiiiitle earlier than I had figured, and well? I have to have everything done by next Wednesday. ^^;; Luckily, I have been getting a little help from some friends - Merle and Natsuki from Nekobox put in long hours over the past few weeks helping to re-process all the comics from book one into higher rez from for the new book. This morning I sent out a DVDR to Dark Horse with all the reprocessed files. Next I have to finish the cover, and get all the extra material pulled together? The extra material in this re-issue of book one will include a lot of artwork, sketches and other stuff from the early days of Megatokyo. I've been pouring over old sketchbooks and other material and other things - it's been interesting re-visiting it all. Hopefully it will prove interesting. I have to say tho, it's embarrassing how bad some of my old artwork is.
In other news, Seraphim's laptop is back. It's all fixed and working like new. Despite my rather irritated rant two weeks ago (of which Applelinks picked up on my ire -- eep) I'm pretty happy. The problem with rants like these is that they are just reflections of what I feel and what I'm thinking. All arguments aside about how good or how bad or how fair Apple is with it's Applecare stuff, I reacted the way I did, and honestly, I don't think I was out of line.
I think I need to clarify that its not the fact that Applecare exists, or that it costs X amount of dollars, etc that was the problem. What irritated me was being pressured not once, but *twice*, to purchase Applecare before we even got to my repair issue - THAT is what set me off. I don't think I was out of line, my reaction was genuine. Now, regarding the rest of my experience with Applecare - it was quite good. For example, I wasn't sure if the 'white spot' problem on the screen (common with early 15" powerbooks) would be dealt with, so I called Applecare back to see if that would also be looked at, and the person on the phone was very helpful. I checked on the status a week later and the automated system couldn't find it -- the guy on the phone was also quite helpful. I was told they were waiting for a new screen. The laptop arrived the other day, and now that things are back to normal, the screen works and looks good, Seraphim is happy, and I am actually quite satisfied with things.
Ok, I have to get back to work. ugh ugh ugh?. why me? Why do I always have to deal with these deadlines? Ah well, rant #2 about Japan hopefully before I leave for Katsucon next week.