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Intervention Con

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< Piro >

San Diego here we come...

"San Diego Comic Con"

Thursday - July 13, 2006

[Piro] - 12:17:00 - [link here]

YET ANOTHER UPDATE:

One last update before we head off to San Diego.

Unfortunately i'm facing having to head to the airport here shortly without the benefit of having gone to bed yet. That's always fun for someone who never sleeps on planes. ^^;; I'll have some time to chill later tonight, so it's all good. As you may have guessed, i was not able to finish Wednesday's comic, so i'm going to have to post a few DPDs this week while i'm in San Diego. Leaving on Tuesday really boloxed up this week, thats for sure. I think you'll find the DPD i'll be posting wednesday is pretty nice, however. It needs to be since it will have to do for the rest of the week.

On monday i'll let Dom do whatever kind of damage he feels like doing, and then we'll jump back into things on Wednesday. Otakon is a shorter trip than this, so hopefully i'll only miss one comic for that trip.

One other thing to note is that orders placed this week in the MegaGear store will not ship unitil Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

That should do it. Gotta finish packing and find me some coffee. Maybe i'll just chew on the beans. :) if you are going to be at SDCC, i'll see you there!

piro - july 19, 2006

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UPDATE:

Mad scramble time, leaving for San Diego on Tuesday, so it's going to be a real trick getting stuff done before i go. The plan is for MT comics on Monday and Wednesday, some intimidating dommage for friday, and a DPD next monday (which is already done). The only iffy part of that plan is Wednesday's comic, which i have to somehow finish today as well as monday's comic :) Whee!

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Next week Seraphim and I will be at San Diego Comic Con, July 20th-23rd at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Megatokyo / MegaGear will be in booth #2446. Since we can't really drive to San Diego without it taking a week, we'll have a limited selection of stuff for sale (mostly Megatokyo books and Boos. :) but both Seraphim and I will be at the booth for most of the show, including Preview Night on Wednesday. As usual, i will be more than happy to sign and sketch something for you, so please stop by and say hi. I will also be doing several signings at the DC Comics / CMX pavilion (booth #1995), so you know you'll be able to find me there at the following times:

Thursday 2:30 - 4:00pm
Friday 12:30 - 2:00pm
Saturday 1:00 - 2:30pm

SDCC is always fun, and we really missed not being there last year, so we're looking forward to being back this year :) If you are attending, hope to see you there. Also joining us at the show this year are Hawk and Ananth from Applegeeks, who will probably spend most of their time oogling around the show but you should be able to find them at our booth off and on Friday and Saturday.

For those of you on the East coast, Seraphim and I will once again be attending Otakon and will be bringing some of the MegaGear store with us. If all goes well, we will have a brand new poster that we will debut at Otakon. Since my CGing skills suck as bad as they do and its going to take time before my Copic coloring skills are up to the task (getting there, but not there yet) I'm working with Hawk to color this poster. :) The drawing for it turned out REALLY well, and with some of the dramatic lighting Hawk is capable of rendering, it's looking like it will be a damn nice poster.

Hopefully you've been enjoying Chapter 8 so far. This is really the first chapter i've actually managed to outline in its entirety, and the effort put into this i think is really paying off. One of the biggest problems with the way i produce Megatokyo is that up until now i really haven't applied myself to a well structured system for going from rough idea to finished comic. Last month i sat down and took a fresh look at everything that has worked (and has not worked) well for me over the years and developed an flexible yet structured approach that so far has been working really well. I really feel that in the long run this will lead to not only better comics, but more of them. My unstructured approach was resulting it comics taking up to 15 hrs to produce - which is crazy. My goal is to get the drawing times for the comics down to 5 hrs or so per comic, with 2 hrs to clean up and assemble things. MT comics should not take more than 8 hrs to produce.

Since i'll be away for almost an entire week, i'm not yet sure what my schedule looks like for comics next week - i'm going to try to miss as few as possible, but might have to DPD Friday of next week and Monday of the following week. We'll see how things go over the weekend.

Megatokyo Volume 4 has been selling really well, and the Bookscan numbers are showing that it's actually selling better than Volume 3 did. (even on its first week in stores (which was really only three days of sales) it was doing well.) That's good :) I don't have any rankings info for its first full week of sales yet, but i'll let you know sometime next week where we stand. I'd like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you who purchased a book -- I worked pretty hard on it, and the feedback has been mostly positive. As always, thank you very much for your support, and you might be interested to know that i'm already working on pulling together Volume 5. :)

< Dom >

Yet more ah-nold references!  Running Man!

"Coming up Gundams, part II"

Wednesday - July 26, 2006

[Dom] - 10:00:00 - [link here]

Chapter 4: The Suberunker Brief
Well, I was holding this rant back until Cortana had finished creating a proper torrent site for MT, both for the subject of chapter 4 and for putting my goddamn Jeopardy! episode up on the site for people who've been asking for it since February (It exists, I swear! Bug Cortana on the forums to make it work!).

But, no, PHP is hard, so I'll just rawdog the rant this time. Sorry, buddy.

So anyway, when I left off my story a long-ass time ago, it was the Saturday of Anime Expo, and I found myself sitting behind the Press desk again, doing work to fill in the time and fill in the empty spot in the rotation. I honestly didn't mind it--I got to meet some nice press people, got to deal with some not-so-nice press people who reminded me how good it is to be polite, and my editors at NewType, who saw me last year bumming around the karaoke room (yes, guys, I'm a multi-talented nerd).

Also behind the press desk was a man-child you AMV fans know as Suberunker, but who I know as Vincent Benedict, my tween brahthah (As he tells it, he's the one who got the better Batman movie, and I can't disagree). As I said, everyone behind that desk either went to school with me or dates someone who went to school with me, so there were good times being had by all behind that desk.

But there was a dark cloud over it--rather than being press staff, "Subie" had gone to Anime Expo to participate in the music video contest, and as some of you may know, his entry was rejected for being too original.

He was more than a little bitter about it, and he will never enter Anime Expo's music video contest again, but in the interests of getting his video out to more people, since he just wants people to SEE it, check it out on AMV.org. Love it, hate it, feel meh about it, he just wants people to see his work, and while I promised that I'd put it up on MegaTokyo, I wanted to host it myself so as not to hammer The Org. Well, if the MT torrent system goes up, Suberunker's videos will be the first things on there, along with my Jeopardy! episode. And it'll happen soon, I promise! Bug Cortana to get it done!

Chapter 5: The Lost Day
Other than the residual angst about the Anime Music Video contest later that night, there really wasn't much that happened on Saturday. We sat around, we talked about what was going on, Suberunker, mikelurker and I made a long series of inane jokes, and we heard a lot more about CLAMP than we actually saw. Which I'm fine with, honestly--I was all set to go see their press panel, but I realized... I don't care. Things got much lighter for me when I didn't have anything scheduled.

And then Eric made a huge mistake. He gave me access to blank badges and a label maker.

With my short attention span and silly sense of humor, I promptly cranked out about 12 badges proclaiming the wearer to be Spartacus, Roman Gladiator. I started handing these out to my friends as they came by the booth, and everyone from Taka in Guest Relations to Hamu in Karaoke ended up wearing the things.

Among other badges I made for people included:

Snakes, On a Plane
Zinda, His Face Black, His Eyes Red
Adam, Prince of Eternia (well, this one was Paco-Paco's, not mine, but I remember it better than most of my other ones)
Suberunker, touchedbydom.com
Dom, touchedbysuberunker.com

Moral of the story: Don't give me a label maker unless you know exactly what you're getting into. You'll end up with a bunch of silly badges being passed around, and quite possibly a bunch of nerds yelling "No, I'm Spartacus!"

Next time: Niece-attacks and fanboyism.

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