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< Piro >

wow! largo blows stuff up again!

"fall down, get back up"

Wednesday - December 15, 2004

[Piro] - 14:20:00 - [link here]

Well, I made my deadline. Book 3 is done and out of my hair. yay.

(falls over)

Things didn't quite go according to plan, of course. My goals were to finish the artwork by Sunday night and to put all eight pages of the Endgames short together on monday. Of course, I forgot the fact that while an average comic page takes 5 hours to draw, it takes an additional hour to scan in and clean up the images for that page, and around an hour to put the rest of it together in illustrator (this includes the inevitable script tweaks and rewrites on the fly). that's about two hours of work per page, which means that as of monday morning I had about 16 hours of work ahead of me. I think I understood that but didn't take it seriously enough ^^;;

As of yesterday morning I was still going through and tweaking the script. I decided that I had to redo two drawings to finish things up properly. I was actually quite satisfied with the finished product. There are 62 drawings in total, most of them are on the high end of what I usually do for Megatokyo comics, many have backgrounds, etc. All in all, it's actually up to the quality level of extra material for the books that I've always wanted to do.

I think that being able to journal about what i'm doing on a regular basis over on the fredart site has actually been helpful. I so often feel that people are in the dark about what i do on a day to day basis (case in point, a recent email that asked me pointedly "just what do you DO all day??" as part of a "now that you do this full time, why cant you..." email). It's nice that now, if you really need to know, you can follow my whining and grumbling as i go.

You'd think that finishing this damn thing would give me a sense of accomplishment or something, but it doesn't really. All that really happens when you finish a huge project is you suddenly start thinking about all the other things you pushed aside in order to finish it, so there is a panic of sorts that creeps right in and overwhelms you. An unfortunate chunk of yesterday was spent dealing with some things, and most of this morning was dealing with MegaGear related stuff. I feel as if i'm looking up a mountain that is ready to start pelting avalanches at me.

But now it's time to turn back to Megatokyo and chapter 6. :)

(gets up off the floor)

I had hoped to be done monday so I would have Tuesday to work on getting back into chapter six, but that didn't happen. Ah well, I can say im not a machine and stuff, but jeeze, even a machine would be behind given the raw time it takes to do this stuff :P Aw hell, it's been just like a Finals week, and most of you seem pretty cool with how things have been going. I thank you very much for your patience, and the feedback on the Endgames extra has so far been pretty good, so I hope you all enjoy it. Like I said before, if you don't want to buy the book, that's ok - just drop into a bookstore and read it there, it's only 8 pages :)

Speaking of the book, we do plan on offering pre-orders on book three when we switch over to the new store software at the end of the month. This is in NO WAY like the preorder fiascos that went on with my previous publisher -- these will be actual pre-orders, where we do not charge you at all for the book until we ship it. More info on that when the time comes. ^_^

Ok, time to get back to work. Knowing me, I won't have it up by 1am like I always say I will, but I'll try :P

< Dom >

Good lord.

"Keep your mind off"

Tuesday - December 28, 2004

[Dom] - 23:59:59 - [link here]

It's become in vogue among the blog/webcomic crowd to link to organizations providing some measure of relief to the surviving tsunami victims in South Asia. While I applaud this way of dealing with mind-numbingly large numbers like death tolls and damage totals, I'm an obsessive-compulsive. My way of easing my mind of this big is to submerge myself in something else entirely, so I don't think about it. Thus, I will write about something else entirely! (In case you are one of the few people who hasn't yet seen a donation link and feels vaguely like donating something, I found this link via the Wikipedia entry).

Now for something completely different. If you're wondering what the above link is, that's an upcoming "Animal Moe MMORPG". If you're wondering what "moe" is, lemme tell you, it is very difficult to explain the concept of moe. And lemme tell you, Fred and I find the above link very discomfiting, since the immediate upshot of that MMORPG getting released is gonna be furry cyb0r. And nobody wants that (well, except the furries, but they don't count).

Lessee what else...

Oh yeah. This coming weekend is going to be a long one, due to the Rose Bowl BCS screw job Holiday Bowl, which will shortly be followed by a trip up to Sacramento for Real Life's last hurrah in California.

Okay, I must off. I've a pitch to write, a ride to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped!

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