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< Piro >

"Interventions"

Tuesday - August 24, 2010

[Piro] - 10:22:27 - [link here]

Breaking Intervention news! There is a schedule and a table assignment!

Fred is at table 15 in the Vendor/Guest room. More importantly his "10 Years of Megatokyo" panel is at 1 PM on Saturday in the Large Panels Room and he's on the "Back in My Day" panel at 2 PM. Also, someone ask him about the Characters page. There wasn't enough laughter over that at Anime Central...

--Kalium

** read down for info on Intervention, the convention i'll be attending in a few weeks**

It took a while, but most of the pre-orders are out the door, but just about all of them are out the door and should be in your hands. For those of you who pre-ordered Megatokyo volume 6 through the MegaGear store, thank you very much for your patience with the time it took for me to sign everything (not to mention things like making shirts and whatnot). Thank you.

That said, you have no idea how relieved it feels to have Megatokyo Volume six done and out the door, both the production of the book and filling all the pre-orders. It’s been a rough year and not everything has gone smoothly, but it’s nice to finally feel like that particular gorilla is done stomping on me.

Speaking of the book, it’s always kind of interesting to look at your new book for the first time. I’m really happy with how the book came out, it looks even better than I thought it would (it seems that drawing digitally transfers very nicely to print). It’s a pretty dense book, and even for me it’s nice to be able to sit down with a print volume to read and review rather than the tattered binders that I usually work with.

As you know, I haven’t really attended too many conventions since Jack joined us almost three years ago, the first in a long time being Anime Central a few months ago. Now that the book is out and jack is big enough to wield a bakahammer to keep the girls away we're been looking ahead and planning more shows. In fact, we'll be attending a new show in just a couple of weeks in the Washington DC area.

On September 10-12 we will be attending Intervention at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville. Run by the fine folks at Onezumi, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a good show with a fine cast of crim- er, guests including Hawk (who I will show no mercy!) and Pete Abrams from Sluggy Freelance. Sluggy Freelance is one of the comics that somehow got me going into making webcomics, so i'll have to be sure to give Pete my sincere *appreciation* for getting me into this. If you live in the area, be sure to come by the show and say hi. We’ll have a nice selection of fine art prints, a few shirts and copies of volume 6 for purchase and i'll be doing my usual sketching and signing for folks. More details as we get closer to the show. Be sure to pre-reg if you are going to attend!

I've been working on coloring a drawing i did recently of Kimiko in a kind of multi-layered homage to a certain Vocaloid image, and it's not turning out too badly in color. I need to re-work the background a little (make the hex map a little better defined) but all in all this might make a decent poster (as well as a t-shirt, which was my original idea here). Ah, fun.

< Dom >

"Cold Saddles and Tweety Birds"

Sunday - September 19, 2010

[Dom] - 13:31:44 - [link here]

Phew.

I want to say that again, because I really mean it.

Phew.

It's been a hell of a long time since I reported to you MegaTokyo fans, but that doesn't mean I've maintained radio silence. Far from it. I have a bad habit of taking on too many social media ven ues at once, and sometimes things get put on the back burner until someone gently reminds me "Hey, moron, update your MT rant" or "Dude, what's with X blog?"

Here's where I am, and what I've been doing in the past few months.

1) I still work for SideReel.com, which has been very hectic over the last few months. We just launched our beta site, and have been busily stamping out fires while facing the enviable problem of hitting record traffic on a weekly basis. My boss' wife recently gave birth to a son, so I've been doing the work for two, to the tune of 60-70 hour weeks and 14-hour days. You engineers out there know how it is, it's just not something I'm used to as a writer.

2) As a sidelight on SideReel, I take a few minutes out of every day to write anime news for AnimeReel.com,

3) Also for SideReel, I've done a few video review series that you can see on the site, but I'm embarrassed of seeing myself on camera and don't want to link to it. You can probably find them if you look for them.

4) The S-Words Podcast is still up and running, though on more of a twice-monthly schedule as we all settle into the relative staidness of our adult lives (congratulations on that job at DreamWorks, Lita!). I think we're recording next weekend, covering the works of the recently deceased Satoshi Kon.

5) I'd say that I'm a Twitter addict, but compared to some of those true Twitter addicts out there, I'm nothing. I update the s_words twitter about once or twice a day because it only takes a few seconds, and then I go back to work.

6) In the meantime, I've also become a voting member of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, which is the organization that runs Anime Expo here on the West Coast. I busted my ass in July to keep the show running as smoothly as possible, and I have a strong interest in making sure that that show doesn't collapse under its own weight.

7) At the same time, a bunch of friends and I are still working on promoting our growing San Francisco con, AOD. It's in February, so the preparations for that are ramping up, hard.

There are a few other things that I'd like to keep private, so I won't mention them - but at some point the MT rant space fell off of the radar when it really didn't deserve to.Then a couple of weeks ago, the Mania review of MT volume 6made mention of the fact that the book had zero SGD, and I thought to myself "Good lord, when's the last time I even did one of those?"

I keep in touch with Fred, and he's been basically daring me to write in this space for months, so I finally took it seriously. My life has taken some wild turns, and if he ever slips up and doesn't post early enough... watch out. You'll see more of me.

I hope.

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