< Piro >
Thursday - July 13, 2006
YET ANOTHER UPDATE:
One last update before we head off to San Diego.
Unfortunately i'm facing having to head to the airport here shortly without the benefit of having gone to bed yet. That's always fun for someone who never sleeps on planes. ^^;; I'll have some time to chill later tonight, so it's all good. As you may have guessed, i was not able to finish Wednesday's comic, so i'm going to have to post a few DPDs this week while i'm in San Diego. Leaving on Tuesday really boloxed up this week, thats for sure. I think you'll find the DPD i'll be posting wednesday is pretty nice, however. It needs to be since it will have to do for the rest of the week.
On monday i'll let Dom do whatever kind of damage he feels like doing, and then we'll jump back into things on Wednesday. Otakon is a shorter trip than this, so hopefully i'll only miss one comic for that trip.
One other thing to note is that orders placed this week in the MegaGear store will not ship unitil Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
That should do it. Gotta finish packing and find me some coffee. Maybe i'll just chew on the beans. :) if you are going to be at SDCC, i'll see you there!
piro - july 19, 2006
Mad scramble time, leaving for San Diego on Tuesday, so it's going to be a real trick getting stuff done before i go. The plan is for MT comics on Monday and Wednesday, some intimidating dommage for friday, and a DPD next monday (which is already done). The only iffy part of that plan is Wednesday's comic, which i have to somehow finish today as well as monday's comic :) Whee!
Next week Seraphim and I will be at San Diego Comic Con, July 20th-23rd at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Megatokyo / MegaGear will be in booth #2446. Since we can't really drive to San Diego without it taking a week, we'll have a limited selection of stuff for sale (mostly Megatokyo books and Boos. :) but both Seraphim and I will be at the booth for most of the show, including Preview Night on Wednesday. As usual, i will be more than happy to sign and sketch something for you, so please stop by and say hi. I will also be doing several signings at the DC Comics / CMX pavilion (booth #1995), so you know you'll be able to find me there at the following times:
Thursday 2:30 - 4:00pm
Friday 12:30 - 2:00pm
Saturday 1:00 - 2:30pm
SDCC is always fun, and we really missed not being there last year, so we're looking forward to being back this year :) If you are attending, hope to see you there. Also joining us at the show this year are Hawk and Ananth from Applegeeks, who will probably spend most of their time oogling around the show but you should be able to find them at our booth off and on Friday and Saturday.
For those of you on the East coast, Seraphim and I will once again be attending Otakon and will be bringing some of the MegaGear store with us. If all goes well, we will have a brand new poster that we will debut at Otakon. Since my CGing skills suck as bad as they do and its going to take time before my Copic coloring skills are up to the task (getting there, but not there yet) I'm working with Hawk to color this poster. :) The drawing for it turned out REALLY well, and with some of the dramatic lighting Hawk is capable of rendering, it's looking like it will be a damn nice poster.
Hopefully you've been enjoying Chapter 8 so far. This is really the first chapter i've actually managed to outline in its entirety, and the effort put into this i think is really paying off. One of the biggest problems with the way i produce Megatokyo is that up until now i really haven't applied myself to a well structured system for going from rough idea to finished comic. Last month i sat down and took a fresh look at everything that has worked (and has not worked) well for me over the years and developed an flexible yet structured approach that so far has been working really well. I really feel that in the long run this will lead to not only better comics, but more of them. My unstructured approach was resulting it comics taking up to 15 hrs to produce - which is crazy. My goal is to get the drawing times for the comics down to 5 hrs or so per comic, with 2 hrs to clean up and assemble things. MT comics should not take more than 8 hrs to produce.
Since i'll be away for almost an entire week, i'm not yet sure what my schedule looks like for comics next week - i'm going to try to miss as few as possible, but might have to DPD Friday of next week and Monday of the following week. We'll see how things go over the weekend.
Megatokyo Volume 4 has been selling really well, and the Bookscan numbers are showing that it's actually selling better than Volume 3 did. (even on its first week in stores (which was really only three days of sales) it was doing well.) That's good :) I don't have any rankings info for its first full week of sales yet, but i'll let you know sometime next week where we stand. I'd like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you who purchased a book -- I worked pretty hard on it, and the feedback has been mostly positive. As always, thank you very much for your support, and you might be interested to know that i'm already working on pulling together Volume 5. :)