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Tuesday - June 27, 2006
Well, after a trip to a local Borders, as well as lots of sightings of the book in the wild, I think I can safely say that Megatokyo Volume 4 is on store shelves. I now call upon the MT masses to go forth and cons00m! Visit your local bookstore (Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc) or visit your local comic book store and pick yours up today! Only if you want one, of course.
We have not yet received our own shipment of Volume 4 for the MegaGear store, but we expect it to arrive towards the end of this week. Due to the holiday, we don't expect to be able to start shipping MT Volume 4 until sometime next week. Once we have a good idea of when we will have the books and when we can start shipping, we'll make them available for purchase in the MegaGear store.
I often get asked which is better, to order the book from us at the MegaGear store or buy it at a bookstore or a comic book shop. The answer is simple - if you would like to purchase book 4, please purchase it in whatever way is most convenient for you. Every purchase, no matter where you buy it, helps support Megatokyo. We do profit a tad more from books sold through the MegaGear store, but it is also important that the book do well in bookstores and comic book shops. It makes publishers and retailers happy with Megatokyo -- and that's a good thing.
There are two more articles up about Megatokyo. The first is an interview i did with the fine folks over at Comic Book Resources (CBR) who had some nice things to say about the book. I gave them three new frames from "circuity' to post, one of which i don't think i've posted before.
The other is an interesting review of Volume 4 by David Welsh in his "Flipped" column at Comic World News. What's most interesting about it is that Volume 4 is his first exposure to Megatokyo, and it's interesting to hear his take on the story based on reading only chapters 5 and 6.
A few months ago, i was asked to do a few exclusive comics for a news website, and i'm glad to say that i am finally pulling them together. It's been an interesting proccess - i was originally trying to do 4 koma strips, but i just could not get the pacing right, so i've decided to just do full pages like i normally do. :) I expect to have the first of these ready this week, and i'll let you know where to go find it when they post it. I appreciate their patience with me. :)
In other news, i've been keeping pretty busy. I still have work to do on Chapter 8 development, but it is coming along well. Hopefully i will feel comfortable enough to start tomorrow.
I've finally started to experiment with my nice set of Copic markers, and I've actually surprised myself with how much i've enjoyed working with them. I'm still experimenting, but i really feel that this more analogue way of coloring works much better for me. My computer coloring skills have never been good, and i think it's just the nature of the medium. Markers and pencils allow me to be more spontaneous than the more technical approach coloring on the computer requires. Whenever i think too hard about what i am creating, it always turns out crappy. You can check out some of my first efforts over on Fredart. Of course, even though i have a 72 marker set i already feel like i don't have enough makers. Doesn't that just figure. :P