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  1. Panel 1:
    text:
    Thought you'd escaped, didn't you? Well, think again. Piro has writer's block. It's easy to write this crap, so: once again, Dom presents... Naze Nani Shirt Guy Dom!
    Dom:
    It's been a long time, meat puppets. A lot has happened since I did a fill-in, hasn't it? People have changed. Plots have advanced. But one thing remains unchanged here at MT.
    text:
    (This is a fence.)
  2. Panel 2:
    Ed:
    The silly costumes.
    Dom:
    Okay, two things have remained unchanged. Silly costumes, and the fact that Dom is one crazy mother--
    Ed:
    SHUT YOUR MOUTH!
    Dom:
    I was just talking about myself!
    Ed:
    I can dig it.
    text:
    (It is not the fence that bends, it is you that bends.) (Shnoogins.)
  3. Panel 3:
    Dom:
    Anyway, what I wanted to say before I was so rudely interrupted is that just like the others, I have my own distorted vision of reality. Let's take a look through my eyes. One Otakon event at a time.
    text:
    [Otakon reality: Friday, August 10 5:00 P.M.]
    Piro:
    It's been a long day. We should eat soon.
    Largo:
    MT shirts everywhere...
    Dom:
    Yellow Dom needs food badly!
    text:
    (???) (Me) (Largo) (Piro)
  4. Panel 4:
    text:
    [Dom's reality: same date]
    Piro:
    Train of fans to zone!
    Dom:
    Hurry, Piro, they're gaining on us fast!
    Piro:
    We're not gonna make it! We're all gonna die!
    Largo:
    Forget about me! Save yourselves and the posters!
    fan:
    B33r!
    fan:
    J00 4r3 so l33t!
    fan:
    Sign my bra!
    text:
    (Fans)
  5. Panel 5:
    text:
    [Otakon reality: Friday, August 10 6:00 P.M.; MT panel]
    text:
    (Wing Zero)
    Piro:
    Welcome to the panel. I'm Piro, this is Wing Zero, to my left is Largo, and up in front is Dom. He's not allowed on stage.
    Largo:
    Hey Dom, do something funny.
    Dom:
    SO FULL OF HATE!
    text:
    (Audience laughter) (Audience laughter)
    Also shown:
    Wing Zero
  6. Panel 6:
    text:
    [Dom's reality]
    Piro:
    And, since I control the means of production, I shall oppress this young worker into serving me, for I and capitalism are vile.
    Largo:
    Dance for us, proletariat puppet!
    Dom:
    My agrarian utopia will be watered with your filthy blood, pig-dogs.
    text:
    (Audience singing the internationale)
    Also shown:
    Wing Zero
  7. Panel 7:
    text:
    [Otakon reality: Saturday, August 11 8:00 P.M.; Hard Rock Cafe, Baltimore]
    Piro:
    Hey Dom, don't look now, but I think that girl likes you.
    Dom:
    Huh?
    Waitress:
    Hi! You're cute. I like you. Here's my phone number!
    Dom:
    Huh? Where? You're a big fat liar, Fred.
    Piro:
    Dom, you may be the dumbest man alive.
    Dom:
    Huh?
    text:
    (Dumb)
    text:
    (Amused)
    text:
    (Name withheld)
    text:
    (Table)
  8. Panel 8:
    text:
    [Dom's reality]
    Piro:
    Blah blah blah, My art sucks, blah blah blah, Merekat's better than me, blah blah Sarah.
    Dom:
    Blah blah blah kill Ed, blah blah Never gonna sign underwear again.
    Waitress:
    Hi! You're funny. Want my e-mail address so we can joke around?
    Dom:
    Sure! I love a good joke.
    Piro:
    Bla bla Merekat does better art.
  9. Panel 9:
    Dom:
    Well, faithful readers, there you have it, my reality.
    Ed:
    Otherwise known as "Dom's a dumbass".
    Dom:
    I really wish you'd shut up.
    Ed:
    I know.
    text:
    (Also amused)
    text:
    (Punch the Ed, and win $20!)
  10. Panel 10:
    Dom:
    Anyway, next time we will present Dom and Ed's Stick Figure Dojo!
    Ed:
    Hey wait, what happened to the part where you humped Hot Soup's leg?
    Dom:
    ... I demand silence!
    Ed:
    The public has a right to know about that.
    Dom:
    Alright, change of plans. Next time, is "Ed and Very Large Syringes Theater".
    Ed:
    ... I'll be good, please don't show me the spinal tap again...
    Dom:
    See you later! Same Dom-time, same Dom-site.
    text:
    (Waving goodbye)

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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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