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  1. Panel 1:
    Largo:
    Hm. She is talking to my ninj4.
    Piro:
    Largo! Get... get away from the door!
    Also shown:
    Ping
  2. Panel 2:
    Piro:
    What are you doing?
    Largo:
    I need to know which way she is going so I can follow her.
    Piro:
    Follow her??
  3. Panel 3:
    Piro:
    Largo, what's going on?
    Also shown:
    Ping
  4. Panel 4:
    Largo:
    She needs a computer, and asked my advice on what to get. She was impressed with my l33t equipment, so she asked me to show her how to build one.
    Piro:
    Wait...
  5. Panel 5:
    Piro:
    you didn't ask her to... get naked... did you?
  6. Panel 6:
    Largo:
    She refused to get completely n4ked, but I was still able to show her what to do without damaging my gear. Now she is on a quest to purchase components for her own box. I told her that she lacks the skillz necessary to buy parts without help, but she refused to let me accompany her.
  7. Panel 7:
    Piro:
    I can't think of ANY reason why she wouldn't want to be seen in public with you.
    Ping:
    <Piro-kun, it's been 270 seconds. I have to start hitting him now.>

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< Piro >

that random pen sketch of kimiko...

"finding kimiko"

Thursday - January 6, 2005

[Piro] - 14:39:00 - [link here]

I actually posted this over on my fredart blog yesterday, but i think MT readers might find it an interesting insight into the wednesday DPD of kimiko, and a little bit about how i feel about my drawings and the some of the challenges of 'finding' a character. I'll edit out the whining and paste the important bits here for your amusement :

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After about four hours of struggling and getting absolutely nowhere, i decided that the writing was on the wall, and i needed to do a DPD in service day. Luckily, my drawing ability was at least reasonable yesterday. Unfortunately, i also wanted to do a drawing of Kimiko.

I should never draw Kimiko, i haven't been able to draw her in over a year. I'm embarrassed by the poster i made of her (i admit, the entire project was an attempt to 'find' kimiko again, and it was a failure) and alas, todays drawing is also a disaster. I'm not just talking about how off everything is, from her right arm to her chest seemingly being off (after a dozen comments to that effect, i felt i had to do something to fix it, so i tried to add some more shading... it sorta works... the poor thing, no one ever notices her chest unless things are unbalanced :)

What bugs me most is that i can't find Kimiko in anything i draw anymore. I have one little pen sketch i did a few weeks ago, and its as close as i've been able to capture her recently (i scanned it as my rant image above) Maybe it's much like the indeterminate nature of what we really know about Kimiko. All of the other girls in megatokyo are loosely tied to various stereotypes (tough girl, spooky girl, etc) that help define the characters and give visual clues as to how to put them together. Kimiko has no such stereotype by design, and this elusiveness of her nature, and the complexity of her inner workings leaves me as flummoxed as piro himself when it comes to putting her together and understanding her.

As we get closer to the parts of the story where focus involves Kimiko more and more, maybe i'll start to find her. Maybe i never will. Kimiko is the one who will have to tell me, too, at some point, were the story goes. I'm not gonna force her to talk to me, she may pass both piro and me buy, i really don't know yet.

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Working on fridays comic right now, as well as a rant about goals for Megatokyo and myself for 2005. Kind of a rough start for the year, but there's been a lot going on... at least i didnt disappear like i did this time last year :P.

< Dom >

"The sleeper has awakened"

Sunday - January 9, 2005

[Dom] - 01:45:00 - [link here]

Hey gang, sorry I dropped off the edge of the world, but I've been horribly busy this new year. That's a good thing, since it means I'm gainfully employed and having fun, but it's kind of bad because I'm too busy writing to, well, sit back and write.

This is the problem with taking your hobbies and turning them into your job. All I need to suck the joy out of the rest of my free time would be to be a book reviewer and a sportswriter, and poof, all of my leisure time becomes my job.

Anyway, I'm kind of nursing a sore back and neck right now--the back because I'm busy meeting writing deadlines for Anime Insider (and hopefully, Atari will come through with the info I need to write my last story... otherwise I'll miss the deadline), and the neck because either my nieces are getting heavier (possible) or I'm just horribly out of shape in the upper body (likely).

So anyway, a belated happy new year to all--I'll write a proper rant on Tuesday night for the Wednesday strip, and I guess I'll figure something out on Thursday night, before I head up to Lake Tahoe for a family trip to the snow.

I'll try to take sad pictures for everyone, since it's become expected of us.

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