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< Piro >

"Off to Otakon!"

Monday - July 16, 2007

[Piro] - 13:40:00 - [link here]

Just a quick note to let you folks know that i'm leaving for Baltimore in a few minutes to attend Otakon 2007. Sarah will not be with me this time around, as i've convinced her to get some well deserved rest while she lets me and my little helpers run things this year. I'm gonna do my best :)

That said, if you are going to be at Otakon, be sure to stop by the MegaGear booth for a selection of Megatokyo swag, books (including Volume 5) and the new .N1T3Z poster. As always, i'll be there to sign and draw stuff for folks (please, one drawing per person! I'll sign 2 books, and i'll sign your posters. Just want to make sure i take care of everyone :). We'll be in the same place we have been for the past few years in the Industry room (Hall G). Be sure to stop by.

Also, be sure to come to the Megatokyo Panel on Friday at 9pm in Panel Room 4. It'll be a nice relaxed panel where i can tell you more about what's up with Megatokyo and Kodansha, as well as other stuff going on in my little world :) See you there!

It's been a crazy busy couple of weeks. Seraphim and I got through most of the orders that were pending, and we're down to the last big chunk (which includes the Largo "Fire" t-shirt which i have placed the order for and we're waiting for them to get manufactured and shipped). As i said before, we really appreciate your patience as we try hard to get the MegaGear store back to it's usual 'shipped in the next couple of days' routine. :)

Also, a big thank you to all of the kind wishes Sarah and i have received about our little news. Thank you :)

I wasn't able to get a second comic done for this week, but i'll post something tomorrow night. I have my scanner with me :) We return to the regular 3 comic per week schedule when i get back - starting Wednesday next week.

All right, i'm off!

< Dom >

Let's talk with our fists!

"Sync Points"

Tuesday - July 3, 2007

[Dom] - 11:00:00 - [link here]

Anime Expo has come and gone, and as is the case with anywhere I go, I have a huge packet of stories I need to unload before I flutter on to my next subject.

First, I'd like to give a shout-out to our friends at CMX Manga, who were extremely kind to me when I basically ran up and said "Hi, I'm Dom, and now I will ask probing questions about your TenTen fiasco."

They actually had a very thoughtful, very reasoned response to how their business has adjusted in the years after their brush with censorship, and they told me afterward that they were honestly glad that someone had the balls to ask the question. It's apparently the elephant in the room at every show CMX goes to, and often they get flak for it after the fact for not talking about it. Here's a hint: if you want someone to talk about something that's on your mind, ask them about it. You'd be surprised how well a carefully phrased and thorough question can be received, even when it's about a sensitive subject.

Anyway, they were extremely nice to me and even grabbed me for a couple hours to sign autographs with Fred. I like meeting MegaTokyo fans, and it's always fun to sit down with Fred for a couple hours and shoot the breeze, so thanks to CMX for letting me into their booth.

Double-extra-mega shout-outs to CMX for letting me shake hands with "Oh my God it's" Jim Lee. I've been a huge fan of his work since I saw the WildC.A.T.S. TV series as a kid, and it was an awe-inspiring experience just to shake his hand and realize that he has a reason to remember my name.

Thankfully, the fact that Jim Lee was cosplaying Naruto with his kids helped bring me back down to earth. Sadly, I don't have a picture, though CMX may be kind enough to provide me with one if I ask - he was dressed as Asuma, trench knives and all, while I saw one of his kids dressed as Sakura. It's one thing to see one of your favorite artists behind a desk signing autographs and shaking his hand, and it's another thing seeing him pose for costumed pictures with his kids.

Anyway, enough of my babbling about Jim Lee - I also spent a few minutes talking with Omar Dogan of Udon, and we talked about our mutual love of fighting games for a while, while making jokes about Canadia and my own terrible impulse control. The result of my poor impulse control is pictured above, and I'm getting that sucker framed as soon as I can. Go Go Wild Daigo!

Okay, that's enough fanboying for now. I'll continue this rant on Thursday, and hopefully I won't lose interest by then.


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