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  1. Panel 1:
    Miho:
    So, do you accept the challenge? I want to know of it's hot air or blood that runs thru your veins.
    Ping:
    <Tohya-san, people are staring at us. What are you doing?>
  2. Panel 2:
    Largo:
    Poor choice of words, coming from you. I accept the challenge, but I will not play against your minion. I am your doom.
  3. Panel 3:
    Miho:
    Your taunts are getting old. Defeat Ping and we shall see. Prove to me you are worthy competition.
  4. Panel 4:
    Miho:
    Now, choose your game. Choose wisely.
  5. Panel 5:
    Largo:
    Ha! That's easy. I choose...
    L33td00d:
    Jo! C|-|iL.
    text:
    Wait!
  6. Panel 6:
    L33td00d:
    C4r3phul |]ud3, |]0n'7 l3t h3r +ric|< you. j00 9O++@ cho0$3 +h3 ri9h+ 94m3, 0r 5h3 will 0wnz0r y0u.
    text:
    Careful, my brother. Beware of her trickery. You must chooseth the correct game, or your defeat is inevitable.
    Largo:
    Who the...?
    Also shown:
    Miho
  7. Panel 7:
    L33td00d:
    J00 5@v3d m4 45$, m4n. |]u|>3, now it's my 7urn 7o r3+urn th3 ph@vor.
    text:
    You saved my life, and now I will do the same for you.

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< Piro >

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"reprise"

Monday - September 17, 2001

[Piro] - 20:34:00 - [link here]

Last tuesday's comic wasn't up for very long before things went to hell, and even I could barely remember what it was, so for today i've reprised that comic for those who haven't seen it yet - and also as a way to get us back into gear for the rest of the MT comics to come this week.

I really did have a lot of trouble working on the comics themselves this weekend, for some reason it was easier to free-sketch, so that's what i did. There are two new drawings over on Fredart for you to see - here we have another gameworld image of Piroko and Largo in Operative Failure, and also a character study of Kimiko, showing a hairstyle i was working on - including the post-it note that i scribbled on first.

As for the forums - they are down, and will stay down for a while. I put up a warning that both Largo and I were sick of the anti-american rhetoric that trolls were getting thier jollies out of harassing people who really were having trouble with the events last week. I said that now was not the time, have some resepect, cut the anti-american crap, or i will shut the forums down. Someone had the audacity to post a 'american is not totally without blame' rant in that very topic. I wasn't bluffing, so i closed the forums. Largo and I are in agreement that while you have the freedom to say what you want in this country, we do not have to provide the bandwidth to harass people in these difficult times. We both applogize for the inconvinience that this has caused many people, but sadly the problem was getting out of hand, and this was all we could do.

I'll be adding stuff to this rant as the day goes on, just getting back to business. I am really gonna try to have a comic done tonight, but i highly doubt i'll be able to. I have not been lazy - It has taken largo and i a long time to get back on track after last week. I know that most of you understand. For those that don't - deal with it, we are doing the best we can.

< Largo >

you're already here.

"megatokyo 2.0"

Monday - September 17, 2001

[Largo] - 23:59:00 - [link here]

Tonight, MegaTokyo launched it's new backend, version 2.0!

I've spent the better part of last month doing data entry into this beast, over 160 strips, and 200 rants had to be manually re-entered due to the way we used to store the data, (it wasn't pretty).

I had thought about writing a script to do the conversation for me, but going back over the old data gave me a chance to clean it up, fix some broken links, incorrect dates, etc.

The new backend is running off the defacto standard combination of apache with mysql & php. It's also about 20x faster then the previous backend. Why not give it a few clicks and see if you notice a difference?

ah, I love speed.

It's nice to finally get this system finished, and in production. After the events of last week, it feels good to be creating again. There just isn't a substitute for the feeling of bringing something new to people, in any form.

Well, having done that, I'm going on vacation. In the morning I'll be heading out to somewhere in the mountain ranges of Colorado, so I'm told.

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