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  1. Panel 1:
    <Feeling any better, dear?>
    <Uhn.> >Sniff!<
    <M...m... monsters??>
  2. Panel 2:
    <It's a general term. I'm sure you've heard your dad use it.>
  3. Panel 3:
    <You know... if you take away the self righteousness and neurotic obsession with helping others, we're not that different.
    Also shown:
    Ping, Yuki
  4. Panel 4:
    <You feed on the emotions the same way I do.>
  5. Panel 5:
    <What are you talking about?? Tohya-san!>
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    Miho, Ping
  6. Panel 6:
    <Oh come now, you really haven't figured it out?>
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  7. Panel 7:
    <Figured what out??>
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  8. Panel 8:
    <Stop saying weird things and speak plainly!! TOHYA-SAN!!>
    <M... Miho-chan??>
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< Piro >

Black Friday is SPOOKY!!

"Ph33r the Black Friday"

Friday - November 24, 2006

[Piro] - 14:52:00 - [link here]

(Quick note: we had some issues with our spam blocking software that has been kicking away some emails it shouldn't. If you send either me or the MegaGear store an email over the past week and it was rejected, please try resending, things should be fixed now. Thanks!)

Hope everyone had a nice thanksgiving. Sarah and I did, taking the day off to visit family and do the normal Thanksgiving stuff. The day wasn't all fun and turkey, of course. When we got home we dove back into getting more stuff ready for the MegaGear store. The Christmas Holiday Shopping season is upon us, and we're ready. Almost.

We have introduced a bunch of new shirt designs including a really fun "Zilla Stomp!" shirt that came out pretty sweet (I was told i can't have one till after Christmas :(. You'll also find a new mug design as well as the return of the Ch33rbot mug, as well as new Megatokyo ID badges. We also have several other new products that will be going up over the weekend, so be sure to check out the store and see what's new over the next few weeks.

The other thing we have going this year is a solid selection of COPIC marker holiday gift sets, which now include Multiliner SP pen sets and are an excellent value and great way to get started with using COPIC markers. I've been loving my COPICS, and I think they make great gifts for budding artists. I'll have more info on my experience with COPICS in a rant sometime next week.

Anyways, be sure to check out the store over the next few weeks and do your christmas shopping early. We're ready to get into holiday shipping mode. In fact, just for fun, Sarah and I decided to get up really early and check out the early morning door buster stuff at some of the big stores here in Ann Arbor this Black Friday morning. Black Friday is what retailers call the day after Thanksgiving, the first major shopping day for the Christmas season.

Now, Sarah and I aren't the type that obsess over finding crazy deals and stampeding into stores to get flat screen TVs at half price... we went more to see what it was like (and check out toys for some of the kids in our family). Wow. The Meijers over by Ann Arbor Saline Road was crazy, but the Target, which opened at 6am, had a line stretching all the way around to the Petsmart. Also, you'll note that it was like 29 degrees outside and foggy. It was spooky. I took a few pictures with my cell phone camera, the one i used for the rant image was REALLY spooky. :) There was a lot of running, and people throwing tons of toys and electronics into carts, and people getting angsty with store employees. Actually, i was afraid to go near the electronics areas :) I could tell from a distance that at all costs we needed to stay away from the Best Buy across the street. :)

Anyways, it was interesting, and fun in its own way, but standing in line to get into a store in the cold and fog? who needs that when you can shop online! Everything you need for christmas is right here. Well, almost everything. :)

Sarah and I would like to thank you again for your support and your business. We really enjoy selling stuff directly to readers and fans -- it's part of what makes this fun. Sure, its a lot of work, but what worthwhile things in life aren't? :) I'll be starting work on "Friday's" the comic later this afternoon, and it should be up sometime tomorrow (Saturday). I won't be skipping any comics for the rest of the chapter if i can help it, because i have to stay on schedule in order to meet my publishing deadlines. Thanks for your patience, and have a good weekend!

< Dom >


"Nunchucks and Strife"

Monday - November 20, 2006

[Dom] - 11:59:00 - [link here]

November 17, 2001
It's a night I'll remember forever, and not necessarily for the right reasons. I was visiting my best friend Victor for a week, back in the dark ages when he was attending Georgetown and he lived across the country instead of living up the street.

We were hanging around his room, idly talking about life while he experimentally strummed his guitar and I sang along to the parts I knew. We started talking about video games, since any conversation with me inevitably turns to video games, comic books or porn (sometimes all three at once, I'm talented). I then pointed out, "Hey, Victor, isn't the Gamecube coming out tomorrow? Maybe you should get one, we'll play around for a while."

So, we started looking up places nearby that would sell Gamecubes. Most places in the Washington DC area were out of the question, so we decided that we'd hop a train to nearby Virginia and camp out at a Target there for a Gamecube.

We made two critical miscalculations.

First, the Target we camped out at was on the coast.

Second, we were in Virginia in November.

Long story short, it was a miserably cold night. We spent a good 8 hours shooting the breeze and talking to each other about life, love, and all things in between.

We also froze our asses off, and at the end we asked each other, "Wait, why did we do this again?"

Neither of us truly wanted a Gamecube, and since people hadn't started showing up to line up for the GC until around 4 in the morning, most of our efforts had been for naught.

November 18, 2006
So five years later, I had to look around and ask myself "Wait, what am I doing here again?"

Yessirree, last Saturday I was outside of a coastal Target waiting for the Wii, this time with Suberunker at my side. And you know what?

I hadn't learned a thing.

There I was, in a hooded sweatshirt and a jacket, and it was still cold - Suberunker had chosen a Target right on the Bay to be his camping spot, and we had a great little breeze to keep us company.

He had lined up at around 6 PM, so it was about 3 and a half hours before I joined him in line (I stayed home to watch the Cal-USC game, about which all I have to say is 'sigh'). We sat down thinking that we had everything covered - extra jackets, some entertainment and snacks.

Sadly for us, it was California cold, which, dammit, is cold to me. It was, what, 40F (something like 2C)? Something like that. My fingers went numb quickly if I played Elite Beat Agents for very long, so there wasn't much of that while we waited. We just sat around and talked for 10 hours while waiting for the Target to open.

Of course it was uncomfortable, but you know what?

In the end, I didn't care. I didn't line up for the Wii, really, I lined up for the company.

It may sound crazy to you, but I actually like sitting in line with a friend and a few like-minded people. It's a chance to have a pleasant conversation with people you may never meet again (note that this would never have happened in a PS3 line, since people were much more possessive and frightening in those lines). It's the same reason I sat in line for the MegaTokyo panel at ACen this year, which is the reason I sat in line with Victor five years ago. For some reason, the knowledge that you're gonna sit in line for another few hours leads to a kind of camaraderie you usually find among prisoners of war or the cousins who also had to visit the distant relatives and are marking the time until they can go home.

It's a great experience, really. Well, minus the temperature discomfort and the lack of sleep.

Note to self: Five years from now, bring a sleeping bag. But more importantly, make sure to bring a good friend.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I now own Zelda: Twilight Princess (I don't intend to play it myself, I intend to lend it to people), Rayman, and Super Monkey Ball.

The system has not yet been turned on, because I'm still playing Gears of War and Elite Beat Agents, with Castlevania coming in a couple weeks!

Ah well. It sure is a great time to be a gamer, isn't it?


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