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< Piro >

that other site...

"round and round..."

Thursday - June 1, 2006

[Piro] - 12:33:00 - [link here]

I apologize for the fact that this has turned into a two-comic week, and i apologize in advance for the fact that there is a high likelihood that next week will be one as well. Next week i kinda expected it. This week, i didn't.

Why? Well on Memorial Day we had to take one of our cats to the vet hospital (not the same one as last time). To make a long story short, it looks like he's going to be fine, but he is still at the hospital under observation. Our cats are like our kids, so its been a rough week, the good news is that things are looking like they will be ok for him.

Is this also going to effect next week? No, no, this is another disaster in the works. On tuesday of next week i'm having my wisdom teeth pulled ^^;;; (i've been avoiding it for four years) I'm hoping it doesn't effect me too badly, in fact i plan on working that afternoon if i can ("this is megatokyo done on pain killers. whee!"), but knowing how these things usually go, be prepared for a 2 comic week next week as well. Dom has offered to pinch hit for me, and i'm hoping that maybe i can have him do a SGD at the same time i'm on massive pain killers. ^^;;

Finally, just a note to let MegaGear customers know that we are doing a software and system upgrade over the weekend, and there won't be any shipping Friday or Monday. I've had enough stuff go ploowie in the past week that i'm hopeful that this will go smoothly.

I'm tentatively planning a book tour for the end of June, and i am looking to hit New York, Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles (in fact, i might even end up at AX) - nothing solid yet, but i just wanted to give you all a bit of a heads up on that. As for the book itself, we'll finally start pre-orders on book 1 on Tuesday of next week. Books themselves will definitely be in stores the week of June 26. :)

Right now i'm off to see how our cat is doing :) damn things, they sure can make you worry sometimes :P

< Dom >

So unfair...

"The Nerd List"

Friday - May 26, 2006

[Dom] - 09:00:00 - [link here]

A few days ago, Cortana pointed out to me that my poor, neglected was linked by Boingboing, and I said "I'll put that in my checklist of nerdy things that have happened to me." Shortly after I said that, I realized that I'd said nearly the exact same thing at the Magic Pro Tour Qualifier, only in a less flattering conversation with Toby, a good friend and the head judge;

Dom: You know, making top 4 of this tournament may be the nerdiest thing I've ever done.
Toby: Excuse me? You're wearing a Final Fantasy concert t-shirt and someone recognized you both from Jeopardy! and from your webcomic.
Dom: Your point...?
Toby: What's in your backpack, Dom?
Dom: A package.
Toby: Containing what?
Dom: Review materials.
Toby: And you're reviewing what, for who?
Dom: ...manga. For Newtype USA.
Toby: The prosecution rests, your honor!

So I decided, in the wake of these two Nerd Events, to try and figure out what the Nerd List is, and what I have and haven't achieved. Here's my rundown of the various ways in which I have achieved uber-nerditude:

1: Academia
- Graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in "folklore and culture," i.e. comic books and movies
- Wrote scholarly papers on both Barefoot Gen and Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan
- Participated in the National Spelling Bee
- Appeared on Jeopardy!

2: Comics
- Been made a character in multiple comics
- Have had work published by multiple comic publishers, including Dark Horse and (soon) DC
- Signed autographs at San Diego Comic Con

3: Games
- Have had name listed in the credits of multiple video games
- Have written for GamePro magazine and actually have a right to put "ProTip:" in articles
- Learned Japanese from video games in order to play video games
- Made Top 4 of a Magic Pro Tour Qualifier (next step, play on the Pro Tour, I guess)

4: The Internets
- Have a blog with a large readership (sure, it's attached to a webcomic with a larger readership, but work with me here)
- Have had a page linked by Boingboing
- Have had a page linked by Slashdot

From this list, I have two questions. First, is there anything I should add to that that's reasonably attainable? Second, do I WANT to get even nerdier? I await your answers.


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