Moar Omnibus Prep

Only a little progress on the visual novel in the last few weeks as Fred spent a lot of time trying to finish up prep work for the Megatokyo Omnibus 2, keep up regular comic production, and deal with his ongoing family health issues. He is nearly done with the omnibus now, and we hope to be doing more visual novel work soon.

A little progress was made on the visual novel, though. DarkMorford got started on the opening video for the Piro route, using some of the artwork that Fred has already made plus a nice new song from TheShaggyFreak featuring Miku. We also had people scouring the interwebs to find some old MegaTokyo character Quake mods. We’re hoping to be able to use those for the upcoming BakaQuake scene, if we can track down the original creators and get permission.

Spreadsheets

I hadn’t realized quite how much work is involved in getting a book ready for publication, even for a collection like the MT Omnibus 2. Fred spent a lot of time finding and fixing up old comics and artwork, laying out what should be included and how it should be arranged in a giant spreadsheet, and creating some new items where needed.

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One of the big items there was extending the front cover he had made for the Omnibus 2 to wrap around the spine and cover the back as well. He’s not quite done with the omnibus, but he’s close, and is eager to get back to visual novel work once this is done.

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Also book-related, Fred finished the cover artwork for Chemi’s next Megatokyo Endgames novel, “The Daynish Campaign”, which is tentatively scheduled for release on May 20.

Emotes

Fred does most of his drawing work live on Twitch, and he’s recently created Miho and Mugi emotes for subscribers to his channel. Please join us for the livedraws. They are a lot of fun.

Sorry this is taking so long. Thank you all very much for your patience and your support.

Lost Wings

Fred spent a good bit of time over the last few weeks dealing with ongoing family health issues and moving years worth of accumulated stuff out of the warehouse space he rented to house his (now broken) t-shirt printer and other things for the megagear store. That has cut into his drawing time, delaying the latest comic and much else. But he did still managed to get some nice drawings done, including work on the visual novel, comic, and omnibus.

Inokashira Kichijouji

For the visual novel, Fred drew some more backgrounds. Above you can see the Inokashira rail line and a street in Kichijouji. These are both from Piro’s long walk back to the apartment after he gave his railcard to Kimiko.

AsakoStop

Fred also drew a Stop! page for the end of the Omnibus 2, just to remind people that MegaTokyo doesn’t read right-to-left like manga does. Since this one features Asako, I’m almost scared to see what the dialogue is like.

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Fred also drew and colored 4 new works in his Lost Wings series, which is set in the world of his old Circuitry omake, inspired by Haibane Renmei. He needed another one of these for the Omnibus 2, but it turned out so well that he drew 3 more. I think these are his best drawing work yet. The originals are mostly sold now, but he should have prints available in the megagear store soon.

The warehouse move should be finished today, which should let him then finish the current comic and get back to a weekly schedule. After a few more days work to finish off the Omnibus 2, Fred plans to concentrate on visual novel work. As always, you can watch him do this live on Twitch.

Sorry this is taking so long. Thank you very much for your patience and support.

 

Omnibus Prep

There were more of the usual life difficulties for Fred over the last few weeks. But in spite of that, he got a decent amount of work done on the comic, visual novel, omnibus, and other artwork.

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Fred made more progress on the railcard scene for the visual novel. He drew some more poses and expressions for Kimiko, and also colored the CG event above. He still needs to do a little scanning and cleanup, but then we’ll be on to Piro’s long walk back to the apartment.

NurseJoy

Fred also continued to put out comics on a regular basis. He hasn’t quite met his one per week goal so far this year, but he has been pretty close. It has been years since he has been able to sustain this kind of comic pace, and we’re all hoping it keeps coming.

Omnibus2Preorder

Fred spent a lot of time over the last few weeks getting Omnibus volume 2 ready for production. He still has a little writing to do and a Stop! page to draw, but the vast majority is off to Dark Horse now. It is already up for preorder at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers.

NinjaFoxgirl

Fred also drew and colored the very nice N1nj4 and Foxgirl above. Fred draws in pencil, then scans and prints if he wants to color. The Copic markers he uses would smear the pencil otherwise, and Fred doesn’t ink. Fred gets a lot of his story ideas through drawing, so these are a big part of the comic planning process. The originals of this drawing have already sold from the Megagear store, but there are a lot of other originals artwork and prints still available.

We are still plugging away at the visual novel, if at a much slower pace than we would all like. Sorry this is taking so long. Thank you all very much for your patience and for your support.

 

Railcard

It was another rough couple of weeks for Fred, as dealing with his parents’ health problems has taken up a lot of his time. He has struggled to meet his weekly comic goal, let alone have time to work on the visual novel and other projects. But that has started to ease up some lately. He got some visual novel work done this past week and will hopefully be back on track with regular production soon.

TakaidoRailstation

For the visual novel work, Fred got some work done on the bookbag search minigame and much of the scene where Piro gives Kimiko his railcard. Above you can see the outside of Takaido railstation.

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And here are a series of Kimikos showing her reactions for part of the railcard scene.

This visual novel has really become like drawing the entire comic all over again, but with the better (and much more time-consuming) artwork that Fred is capable of now, and with significantly more artwork in total. The ‘slow animation’ approach Fred is taking to this visual novel looks great, but it requires more character poses, expressions, and such than the comic did. And where comic panels can often have limited or no background, that doesn’t look right in the visual novel. As we get further into the comic, scenes will stay in places like Megagamers for longer periods and we should be able to reuse some artwork. But the early part of the story jumps around so much that Fred is having to draw everything from scratch.

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Fred streams most of his drawing work on Twitch, so you can watch the comic, visual novel, and other work happen live. For those who ordered Kimiko blankets from the Megagear store, Fred has shipped some of them out already and hopes to have them all shipped over the next couple of weeks.

Sorry the visual novel is taking so long. Thank you all again for your patience and support.

Comics Again

Sorry for the late update post. Fred has got a good bit done over the last few weeks, but not so much on the Visual Novel. YakuAndNurseJoy The big thing that Fred has been doing lately is putting out Megatokyo comics again on just about a weekly basis. In the last few, we’ve seen what looks like a guest appearance by Nurse Joy and the introduction of Mugi’s daughter Yakugashi. Fred’s plan for this year is to do at least one comic per week, then try to tackle all his other projects in the time remaining.

WarmthCleanup

One of those other projects is Fred’s new b-comic ‘Warmth’. He got the pencil drawings and most of the photoshop cleanup done for chapter 2. Coloring with copic markers will be next, and then on to chapter 3. You can watch Fred do this and just about all of his other drawing work live on twitch.

Groundbeard

Another project that is making some slow progress is the 2nd chapter of the omake kinetic novel. Chemi, Shadow, and I did some more first pass scripting, and Fred has started to review and edit. We’re hopeful this will be ready before too much longer.

TounomotAndMugi

Fred also got some more concept artwork done, including the ones with Junko’s posse and Mugi above. Fred did a lot of this kind of thing over the last year, in part to improve his coloring skills. This past week, he made about 20 of these prints available in the Megagear store.

KimikoLeaves

Speaking of the Megagear store, the new Kimiko blankets arrived at MT world headquarters this week. It will take him a few weeks to get them all mailed out to people who ordered.

Fred is anxious to get back to work on the MT Visual Novel again. As usual, he has more projects than time to do it. But we’re also excited that comic production is going well again. Once Fred is really back in the groove there, we’re hopeful that will leave more time for Visual Novel work.

Sorry this is taking so long. Thank you all once again for your support and patience.

Winter Warmth

Not much progress on the Visual Novel over the last few weeks as Fred has been trying to get some other projects wrapped up in preparation for restarting Megatokyo comics. We did have some more feedback from testers of the Pencil Test beta. We’re glad you all seem to like it, and we appreciate the constructive feedback. Thank you very much.

Fred intends to start chapter 12 of Megatokyo in December “come hell or high water”. When he does, he plans to pump out comics on a more regular basis than he has for a while. To help make that happen, he has been trying to clear the decks somewhat on his other projects to leave himself more time for comics.

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The omake has taken so much more time than planned that Fred has finally made the hard decision that he can no longer delay chapter 12 comics in order to finish it. He does plan to finish it, eventually. Chemi, Shadow, and I have stepped in to do more, under Fred’s direction, to try to help get it finished while freeing Fred to spend more time on other things. Part 2 is now closer to done, but still needs some final editing and tweaking.

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Fred was at Youmacon in Detroit over Halloween, for which he made the artwork for both the staff t-shirts and the cover of the Detroit Metro Times.

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He got the cover artwork done for the 2nd Megatokyo Omnibus. This one will cover volumes 4-6 and should be released later in 2016.

WarmthOffice

Fred also made more progress on Warmth, with the hopes that he can get the first installment done and off to DarkHorse soon, leaving one less thing on his plate when he restarts the Megatokyo comics.

KimikoLeaves

The samples for the new Kimiko ‘Sad Girl in Snow’ blanket came back from the manufacturer, and they look very nice. These are available by preorder only, he can’t afford to stock them. Preorders are open until November 20th on Megagear.

Printer

And finally, Fred got a new fine art printer, after his old one finally died. Fred would like to apologize to all those who ordered fine art prints. With the new printer in place, he finally has all those cranked out and should be shipping orders soon.

As usual, we’re sorry the visual novel is taking so long. Thank you very much for your support and your patience.

Post Pencil Test

It’s been a few weeks now since Fred’s kickstarter update and the release of the Visual Novel Pencil Test to beta testers. The Pencil Test has had 132 downloads so far per the torrent tracker, and 33 of y’all took the time to provide us with feedback on the beta forum. Thank you very much for your help.

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To summarize the feedback… In general, people really liked it. They thought the ‘slow animation’ approach was worth the extra time and effort. They liked the word bubbles, though a few suggested keeping the traditional visual novel text box as an option. There was welcome criticism over spelling errors, too many ellipses, and a few other issues. And going forward, they recommended that we prioritize extending the Piro canon route over working on branches or coloring.

We all wish the Visual Novel were coming faster, but it feels great that people like what we have so far. It certainly lifted Fred’s spirits, and he’s eager to get back to work on it.

Foxgirls

Over the last few weeks though, Fred has moved forward on some of the other projects he has on his plate. One of those things was finishing the artwork for parts 2 and 3 of the omake kinetic novel. The omake has taken much more work than Fred had originally thought, and if he had to do it over again, he would have probably done it as a regular comic instead. But he’s mostly through it now. He has a bit more assembly work to do, but part 2 should be out very soon. There will be a part 4, and then it will be on to chapter 12 of the comic.

Groundbeard

Fred has put some of the original arts for the omake characters and backgrounds up for sale on the megagear site. Above, you can see the GroundBeard, which is the Inn and Tavern that is owned by Sunay (Mugi’s Endgames character).

FireFox Cover

You can read more about the GroundBeard and Sunay in Chemi’s latest Endgames book, which is now available in print or for kindle from Amazon or for the nook from Barnes and Noble.

Youmacon

Fred will be at Youmacon again at the end of October and has been asked to do the artwork for the staff tshirts and a few other con-related things. If you’re in the Detroit area, stop by and say Hi.

Kimiko Blanket

Fred has a new blanket in the works. This is an updated version of the old Kimiko ‘Sad Girl in Snow’ blanket. Sadly, the mill that made the original Kimiko and Miho blankets has closed, but this new blanket will be much like the Mugi blanket from earlier this year, which was very nice and good sized at 50×68 inches. Fred is waiting on a sample from the manufacturer, but he hopes to have it up for pre-order soon and thinks it should ship in time for xmas.

WarmthRough

And finally, Fred started roughing out the next section of his B-comic, Warmth, where the plot appears to be thickening.

As always, you can watch Fred work on the Visual Novel and other projects by tuning in to his Twitch livedraws. Sorry the visual novel is taking so long. Thank you very much for your support and your patience.

Almost Almost Preview

They say the first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time, and remaining 10% takes the other 90%. The MTVN preview feels like that sometimes. We’ve made progress, but there are always more little details and things to be done than you’d think. Fred had been really struggling to get out from under a massive backlog of work, and the unfortunate recent passing of Sarah’s mother has delayed things even more. We’re close on the preview release, but not quite there yet.

Seraphim

One of the major things we got done was finishing off Seraphim’s first scene. You can see her in the screenshot above sitting on Piro’s thought-box, which seems really appropriate for a conscience angel. This will be the final scene for the upcoming preview. Fred has also tracked down the current owner of the font that is used in the MT comic, who has kindly given us permission to use it in the visual novel as well. Little touches like that make a big difference.

KimikoCG

The preview will be black and white, like the comic. But Fred has now colored the two CG events in the preview: Largo’s Mortal Combat victory to enter Japan, and the scene above from just after when Kimiko hits Piro with the coffee pot. We have also spent a lot of time fine-tuning word bubbles and tweaking dialogue. It’s interesting how you have to alter some scenes to account for the fact that you can’t see Piro’s expression.

FireFox

Fred got a good bit of other drawing done as well, including a cover for Fire Fox, Chemi’s next book in the Megatokyo:Endgames series. The book is currently undergoing final editing and should be available soon.

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Fred also drew and colored a series he calls “Unnecessary Explosions”, including one of Junko and the L337 Dud3. A lot of this is character development work, since Fred gets most of his story ideas from stuff he draws. The originals for most of these have already sold, but Fine Art Print versions should be available in the megagear store soon.

For the visual novel preview, we have a few things left to finish. Fred has been working to make the preview available through Steam, but that still needs to be finalized. The preview will also be available in other ways. There are a couple of drawings of Dom that Fred wants to redo and clean up. We would like to add a little more music. And Fred wants to fine-tune some of the dialogue, now that he has had a chance to really look at the preview as a whole.

Fred needs to clean out the warehouse before the end of the month. Now that he isn’t making t-shirts or dyesub swag anymore, the warehouse is just a cost that he can’t really afford. In spite of that, we will be working hard to finish off the preview and hope to have it available in the next few weeks. We think you’ll really enjoy it. Thank you for your patience and support.

Almost Preview

We had been hoping to release the what-we-have-so-far preview of the Visual Novel in time for the 2nd anniversary of the kickstarter. Sadly, due to a situation in Fred’s family over the last month, this has been delayed. Fred is back at work, and the preview should be coming within the next few weeks.

KamiChan

Fred did get some more visual novel work done though, including a couple of short mangas for the scene where Piro first meets Yuki and the girls. The one above is Magical Fuwa-Fuwa Kami-chan, which looks pretty hilarious.

We hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming preview as much as we do. Sorry this is taking so long. Thank you for your patience and support.