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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 >

Yuki no naka no blanco musume... naite haru~

"Cute little faces"

Sunday - December 19, 2004

[Dom] - 22:00:00 - [link here]

With the holidays coming, I've been concentrating on family and earning enough money to get presents not just for the usual circle of family and friends, but also for my gaggle of nieces, who're just starting to get past the "cute" stage and into the "cute and devious" stage, which I usually like better because there's only so long you can coo at a baby, but children have infinite variations in their wickedness. Heck, one of my nieces got a kindergarten report card saying she had "learned to use her powers for not-evil" (that's when I knew she truly was related to me).

As for the work situation, life is alright at Konami. While life as a game tester is exactly as I imagined it would be--kind of dull, very repetitive--it pays the bills fairly well when combined with my writing, so it's all good.

Speaking of my writing, I'm not sure I mentioned this yet--NewType USA tapped me to do a few reviews for them, starting with the February issue. Looks like I'm movin' on up on the world!

Unfortunately, now's not the best time to be a writer in the industry. As I learned from an old, awesome friend, who worked with me during my GamePro days, more than a handful of game magazines recently folded. Maybe I should switch specialties and become a full-time anime writer...

Anyway, happy holidays to all! I'll be ranting more this week, since I'm probably not going to be doing very much in the pre-holiday rush. MY holiday shopping's been done for a while. What about you guys?

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