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  1. Panel 1:
    <What am I doing? Why am I running away?>
  2. Panel 2:
    What's my problem? I just found him, and all I need to do now is give him back his bookbag. That's why I have it with me after all, isn't it? Isn't it?>
  3. Panel 3:
    <I mean, it's no big deal. I'm sure he'll be happy to get it back. All I have to do is go back to the store, give him his sketchbook and say... ...and say...>
  4. Panel 4:
    <Yuki! You did something bad, didn't you? That's why you're running away! Did you steal something?>
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< Piro >



Monday - March 26, 2001

[Piro] - 13:11:00 - [link here]

The past two months here at Megatokyo were not as organized as they should have been. In fact, you could almost call the whole experience 'chaotic'. For some reason, more people seem to be reading it (or Largo's is having fun showing me all these fake stats. I swear, there's probably 10 people in the country who actually read MT. I still don't really believe that we have readers) - but for some reason, people dont seem to be too unhappy with the last two months.

Except for me and largo, of course.

I think that MT needs to be tightened up a bit. We know where things are going, we've done a lot of experimenting, and it's time to push the envelope a bit. In order to do this right, largo and I have to get better at planning ahead. This is something that we've had a lot of trouble doing since we started. Its sorta hard to get ahead while you are always in the middle of production - and even harder to step back and look at the thing as a whole.

I spent most of the weekend trying to regroup the project - sitting down to go over all the material, storylines, threads, sketches, character info, location stuffs, and other bits of information to try to bring it into a more coherent whole. This isnt really a small task. There is a LOT of junk that I've gathered related to Megatokyo - my MT directory is 4 gigs, to be precise.

I'm a little annoyed with myself because i feel like i didn't get a lot done. Truth is, i really did - it's just that there is so much to do...

Another thing that occurs to me as i write this - and i'm keeping it short because it's 1 am and i want to go to bed - is that I think that one of the things people like about MT is the fact that they are really watching a work in progress. This is raw stuff, not just the finely honed and polished results of some studio, where all the people who work on it are faceless and nameless. I think that people like this. While it's true that the rather lame personalities that Largo and I have in real life probably take a little away from the comic itself, people feel a bit closer to it because you can hear us whine and complain, drone on about nothing, or simply disappear for a week because we are swamped at work. From the emails i've received, it seems that a lot of people identify with us. Hey, we don't pretend to be anything we aren't.

I suppose if I ever really did get organized with Megatokyo, it would loose a lot of its charm. Well, since the chances of me getting organized are about as much as largo spending a Saturday evening sober - i guess it's nothing to really worry about.

From here on out, we should be able to have more regular postings of rants, and a lot more movement in the story. Sorry about last month - i did my best, and i'm clear of the deadlines. Lotsa interesting stuff on the way, so thanks for reading.

< Dom >

Oop ack!

"dom speaks -- again"

Friday - March 23, 2001

[Dom] - 09:45:00 - [link here]

Next week is Fanime in Santa Clara. And, while I'm lookingforward to the con, Piro's not gonna be there, as I'doriginally hoped. They were going to fly him out as a guest,but, well, the whole thing fell through. Sigh. Oh well, atleast I can kick Ed's ass while I'm there--you'll probably beable to find us in the karaoke room or the DDR machine, our dueling weaponsof choice. Just beware of his Forever Love, it's been known tofell cattle at a hundred yards.

On to the next subject. I want to set people on fire.

Not out of spite, mind you, but for the same reason a dog licksits balls--because it can. I admit that I don't have theinnate ability to set people on fire, since as far as I knowthere're no demons in my ancestry, but not a day goes bywithout at least once thinking "Damn, I want to set that guy onfire." I walk down the street and I find myself looking atpeople's foreheads. I imagine how my palm would fit right overtheir heads, so I could gaze right into their fear-widened eyesas they realize what's happening.

Ed knows what this feeling is like. Often, when we're sittingdown playing a video game when I notice his hand fly off theD-pad and go straight for my temples. And I think "It's justnot fair. Why can't we set people on fire?" They'd toastnicely before they hit the ground and rolled out the fire...

Disclaimer: I do not, in fact, want to set real people onfire. Not only is it wildly illegal and immoral, it smells badand would probably get bits of ash and melted flesh all over myclothes. I neither condone nor support the setting of peopleon fire.

...though self-immolation's kinda cool.

In response to some of the e-mails I got, yes, the poem at theend of my last rant was, in fact, written by me. Pretentious,but I just felt like sticking something at the end. This weekis a poem I wrote sheerly as a fun intellectual exercise.

O, what joy there is in brownness;
In the lack of beauty, calm rests.
What freedom it is to be formless,
To be rid of concerns, requests...
To be dull is to live in peace,
Never to be torn by small hands...

That is, until someone fills you
With air, twists you closed, and claps once.


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