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  1. Panel 1:
    <Kimiko-san, come on...>
    <What happened between you and Tohya-san is still bothering you, isn't it?>
  2. Panel 2:
    <I don't want to talk about it.>
  3. Panel 3:
    Characters shown:
  4. Panel 4:
    <I'm just... not really comfortable...>
    <You know.>
    Also shown:
  5. Panel 5:
    Characters shown:
  6. Panel 6:
    <Well, it obviously bothered you enough to forget to ask why I wanted to know about your portfolio.>
    <Weh? Oh yeah!>
    Sleepy Shadow:
    <Excuse me, Nanasawa-san?>
  7. Panel 7:
    <Sleepy Shadow-san!>
    <I don't have one put together right now, but I can access most of it online...>
    Also shown:
    Sleepy Shadow
  8. Panel 8:
    Sleepy Shadow:
    <Uhm... you were overheard outside saying you had to be back at 11:15...>
    Sleepy Shadow:
    <It's 11:10.>
    <Rehhh??? It is??>
  9. Panel 9:
    <Mouu... I hate this.>
  10. Panel 10:
    <How about we work on your portfolio tonight?>


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< Piro >

"Broken Limbo"

Monday - August 18, 2008

[Piro] - 10:33:57 - [link here]

I need to apologize for the very serious delay of the past week. Most of it stems from a very difficult problem i was having with the new t-shirt printing and production that took almost 4 entire days to resolve... a problem that needed to be fixed and at times i wondered if i was ever going to overcome. It has delayed not only this comic (since i have been spending most of my time on it) but has delayed production and shipment of all the shirts that you folks have ordered from the store. The good news is that last night i was finally able to resolve and fix the issue. Subsequent testing has confirmed that the issue is indeed fixed, and the print quality of the shirts is up to what i (and you) expect them to be.

The limbo i have felt like i have been living in for the past week is now broken.

Of course, the euphoria that came with finally resolving the problem (it had to do with being able to properly print in high speed (bi-directional) mode as opposed to normal speed (unidirectional) which was more than doubling the time it took to print shirts) has now passed and i'm having to face the big catch-up with not only orders but the comic as well.

This comic is actually not too far off from being done, but i still have a few more frames to finish before i can post. On top of this, now that the printer is working properly i have to actually be there to ramp up production so we can fill all the outstanding orders.

So, that said, I would first like to apologize for the delay in shipment of your shirt orders from the Megagear store, and let you know that we are now back online and orders will start being filled and shipped as soon as i can get them printed and out the door. Thank you for your patience. As for the comic, it's coming - and now that i am past this big hurdle with this new production method and i will be switching my priorities back to that thing that i would much rather be doing - drawing comics.

I also owe you folks a rant with more info on what exactly this all is. I'll do that too in the next few days.

Ah, the joy of learning the ins and outs of new production methods, new machines... Sometimes it's learning the technical bits and tricks and ins and outs of machines that always have their own personality and quirks. Sometimes it's a question of learning what voodoo or magical incantations to recite. Sometimes it's finding that hidden little hatch on the back marked with a squiggly looking cephalopod-like creature that pops out and reveals an intake where where you can pour appropriate measures of your own blood. Finally found that hatch last night. Hopefully it will stay satisfied for a while as i try to rebuild my red blood cell count with copious amounts of coffee and wheat thins.

It's a bit of a spoiler, so if you'd rather wait for the finished comic, don't look, but here's a rather nice frame from this upcoming comic. I'll be posting the finished comic as soon as i can finish up the remaining frames later this afternoon. Thank you again for your patience - time to get back to work.

< Dom >

"Geek Cred"

Thursday - September 18, 2008

[Dom] - 17:59:37 - [link here]

About twenty minutes ago, I received a text message from my friend Jo Ann at Nippon Ichi. At first, I didn't quite process what I was reading, and then it hit me: somehow, Geek Monthly caught me on camera at Comiket 74 (you know, the one I went to last month during my Grand Adventure), and the picture appears in the October 2008 issue.

Now, it's no surprise to me that I've managed to sneak into the pages of Geek Monthly. Spend as much time doing geeky things as I do, and you'll end up in crazy places. What is surprising is that Geek Monthly has pictures from my vacation up before I do - I haven't even touched my digital camera since I got back from Japan.

I haven't found a copy on shelves yet, so could you kind readers check page 20 of the October issue (the one with Greg Kinnear on it, I'm told) and at least see if I look good in it? I'm curious...


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