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  1. Panel 1:
    <So what's the plan?>
    <The plan is to help Piro-san reach the store so he can be with Nanasawa-san for her big event.>
  2. Panel 2:
    <And how do we do that? He's actively ignoring us.>
    <His goal is to be with Nanasawa-san. If we can cut a path for him through the crowd, I'm pretty sure he'll use it.>
  3. Panel 3:
    <I wish we could see her face when she sees him, but we'll be too busy working to get people to respect their privacy.>
    Also shown:
  4. Panel 4:
    <Are fanboys here always like this?>
    Also shown:
  5. Panel 5:
    <It's fairly common for fanboys to get passionate about girls that feel just a little more real to them.>
  6. Panel 6:
    <Nanasawa made the mistake of letting them see a little bit of the "real" her.>
  7. Panel 7:
    <Which is a dangerous thing for a real girl to do.>


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< Piro >

Holiday Shopping at the MegaGear store!!

"roh! roh! rohwr!"

Thursday - December 13, 2007

[Piro] - 17:32:16 - [link here]

It’s hard to believe that Jack was born a little over a month ago, but the truth is it feels more like its been six or seven months. He’s doing quite well, and I’ve tried hard to spare all of you raw exposure to my brainspace during this time, mostly because it was pretty much All Jack All The Time for a while there. I am quite conscious of how annoying people who talk endlessly about thier kids can be, so even though Sarah and I are quite taken with the little guy I’ll try to keep it down to a dull roar.

It took us a while to get back on track with MegaGear and Megatokyo, but Seraphim and I have made a lot of progress in the last few weeks. Sarah, with the help of her sister, managed to get fully caught up with the MegaGear store and is now shipping orders next day, including most International orders. I’ve been at home taking care of Jack during the day while trying to fit in work on Megatokyo as best I can. It has proven to be more of a challenge than I anticipated, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

As I have pointed out before, Jack’s early arrival was a direct hit on our holiday season at the MegaGear store. Not only did we miss launching our Holiday goods for Black Friday, but we missed Cyber Monday too. Our new stuff finally went live on December 3rd (you may have noticed the new MegaGear banners) and after a lot of hard work everything at the warehouse is on track and running smoothly. If you still have some Christmas shopping to do and live in the States, you should receive your order in time for Christmas since we are now shipping next day. And on that note, lets go for some Shameless Merchandise Promotion!

Be sure to check out this year’s Megatokyo Christmas ornament featuring Santa Zilla in all his stompin’ ch33r! Also available is the Santa Zilla mug and the Ch33rbot mug.

We have a new and rather cool t-shirt with a camouflage-inspired graphic just in time for the big Zombie invasion - the Z0mb13 R4ng3r shirt.  We also have a limited selection of a classic Megatokyo t-shirt design, the ph33r shirt.

We also have several new Licence Plate designs, including a N1NJ4 plate, a Non Player Car (NPC) plate, and the rather neat Megatokyo .JP Japanese license plate.

There's a few other things, check out the store for more. It goes without saying that the best way to support us here at Megatokyo (and to help us with the little addition we’ve recently added) is to buy stuff from our store. :) As always, we thank you for your support :)

Now go buy stuff. :)

This will be the first 3-comic week since Jack was born. In the months before his arrival, I was so preoccupied with the worries and concerns surrounding the pregnancy that I was not writing as well I would have liked. After three weeks of new parent boot camp, I dusted off my scripts, my notes and my scribbles and sat down t see where I was at. As expected, I really needed to revisit some of what I wrote (ok, a lot of it) and fix up the end of this chapter.

I did get one email from a long time reader who who expressed that he was fed up with my delays and the slow pace of my ‘emo’ comic and would no longer be reading it. “Goodbye torment and hello freedom,” were his final words on the matter. Well, it’s always sad to loose a reader, but hopefully the ‘torment’ loyal readers have been suffering is almost over. Since Jack drives my schedule right now, I can’t promise exact times that the comic will be posted (not like I was every very good at that anyway) but I am confident that I am getting back to the 3 comic per week schedule.

One last thing I’d like to cover before I get back to work on Friday’s comic - Advertising. Advertising was always a problemwith the old site because much of it was manually maintained, which is not appropriate when people are paying you for it.

One of the best new features of the new MT site is the integration of some decent banner ad management software. It’s soooo much more reliable and easier to use than the old system. My intent was to start accepting advertising again once this new system was in place, but since the new site went live only a week or so before Jack was born... It’s time to open it back up. ^^;;

If you are interested in advertising on the Megatokyo site, top of page banners, newsbox banners or text ads, or even on the Megatokyo forums (a new feature), please email me at

I’d also like to say a big thank you to Funimation for helping support Megatokyo with their advertising over the past few years. They were very patient my struggles with the old site, and it has been a real pleasure to push their ads on a more manageable, programmable, professional system. Be sure to check out the Funimation banners that run on the Megatokyo site and click away on anything that interests you. :)

Ok! That was long winded and full of fluff, but thank you for reading it through. This has been one our more insane years, and the past few months have been some of the craziest ever. The one thing I am starting to feel, which I haven’t felt in a long time, is a sense of feeling ‘settled’. I do my best work when I feel ‘settled.’ Just need to make sure it doesn’t turn into ‘sinking.’ :P

Thank you, as always, for reading Megatokyo. Now i'm off to get back to work on the next comic, while Jack is still asleep.

< Dom >

"PC Death Cycle"

Thursday - December 13, 2007

[Dom] - 12:42:31 - [link here]

Oops!  I stop paying attention for a few minutes, and Fred actually starts posting comics on time!  I should do the same with rants.

In a recent storm, we went through a pair of power outages, and somewhere in there, my desktop motherboard fried.  At least, I assume that it was the motherboard, because when I turn on the desktop now, the fans start running, the hard drive starts spinning, and then... nothing happens.  There's no confirmation beep, there are no distress beeps, there's just some whirring and a message from my monitor that no signal is being received. 

As a note, my desktop dying means that I can't access my MegaTokyo e-mail box.  I apologize to anyone who hasn't received a reply from me in the last week due to this inconvenience.

The part about my desktop death that I find funny is that this follows a pattern that has gone on for years now.  Every few years, I buy either a new desktop or a new laptop as my primary machine - and, like clockwork, my old box dies within 3 months of the new arrival.  After I bought my Alienware back in early 2004, my desktop died horribly without warning, so I moved onto the Alienware full-time.  A year and a half later, I got around to rebuilding the desktop, at which point the Alienware collapsed under its own horrible heat problems, so I gutted it.  Then, a few months ago, I bought a Dell XPS so I could game on the road, and now my desktop is fried.

It's a vicious yet amusing cycle, and I theorize that it's a passive-aggressive thing my computers do in protest of the newer, sexier boxes I bring home.  My machines prefer death to second citizen status, and commit suicide when I don't spend much time with them as a way of telling me that I'll be sorry when they're gone.

Ah, but this time, I'm ready for the next death in the cycle, because my XPS is on warranty for 3 years - I will have two computers at once, dammit! 


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