Persistence

Fred made some good progress over the last few weeks, clearing the decks for some more visual novel work.

Persistence

The biggest thing Fred worked on was finishing part 1 of the Endgames:Persistence omake. You can download the omake game via torrent using the links in Fred’s rant, or play an almost-as-good version straight in your browser from the Megatokyo site. The omake is built using many of the techniques and work that we have developed for the visual novel itself. It looks really good.

We had a recent scare where the downloadable version of the omake was getting flagged by some antivirus programs. Fortunately this turned out to be a false positive, where the antivirus mistook the game icon picture for a virus. We have removed that icon from the program, so if your antivirus was triggering on the old version, you can download the new and it shouldn’t have that problem. Many thanks to Java, Shadow, and VirusTotal for diagnosing the problem.

WarmthCleanup

Fred also finished coloring and cleaning up the last few pages of the first installment of Warmth. It looks great, and it’s nice to finally get that finished.

KimikoCoffee

With those two major projects at a good point, Fred got back to work on the visual novel. Above you can see the CG event for when Kimiko hits Piro with the coffee pot. Fred is planning to do a lot of finishing and cleanup to the early part of the visual novel over the next few weeks. You can watch a lot of this drawing work live by tuning in to Fred’s livedraws on Twitch.

We are still planning to put out a preview version of the MT visual novel for the 2nd anniversary of the kickstarter in july. It will be available to everyone who pledged beta tester level and up. The visual novel is still progressing, though much slower than we would all like. It’s a long way from done, but we think you’ll like what we have so far. Thank you for your support and for your patience.

Omake

Fred made some decent progress the last few weeks, including some work on the visual novel.

LAAirport

He continued work on replacing some of the placeholder backgrounds in the early part of the game with actual drawings. Above is the airport in LA where Piro makes the fateful decision that he and Largo should take a trip to Japan. Shaggy has also added some more music, and Shadow made some more ren’py tweaks to make it all work better.

PirogoethMarket

Fred made a lot of progress with the omake for between chapters 11 and 12 of the comic. The drawings for the first installment are done, and he’s spent a lot of time assembling characters onto backgrounds and working on the scripting and dialogue. This omake is going to be in the style of the MT visual novel, and available both as a renpy version and on the MT website as a regular browser version for everyone. Fred has just a bit more dialog work to do to finish the first installment. Then Shadow and Klange will finish the technical work to make it available through renpy and the website. It looks really good.

NekoMihoPiro

Fred also drew neko-Miho and neko-Piro. He’s threatening to make this a branch in the visual novel, which I think would be hilarious. The originals of this drawing have already sold. But he should have a fine art print available soon, along with all the other new fine art prints he’s made available recently in the megagear store.

We are still planning to put out a preview version of the MT visual novel for the 2nd anniversary of the kickstarter in july. It will be available to everyone who pledged beta tester level and up. The visual novel is still progressing, though much slower than we would all like. It’s a long way from done, but we think you’ll like what we have so far. Thank you for your support and for your patience.

Word Bubbles

Fred got a good amount done over the last few weeks on all of his current projects, including some nice cleanup work on the visual novel.

E3Background

For some of the early scenes of the visual novel, like here at E3, we had been using temporary backgrounds cropped from pictures. Fred has now gone back and replaced many of those with real drawings. He has some work to do there, but this makes it all look much better.

WordBubbles

We made a major step forward in the visual novel from a technical standpoint. Shadow figured out how to replace the Ren’py visual-novel-style overlay box for text with comic-style word bubbles. It looks great and makes the visual novel feel even more like the comic.

WarmthColor1

Fred did a lot of coloring for the first installment of Warmth and is getting close to finished. He has most of the hard work done and only has two more pages to go. It looks awfully nice, I think.

OmakePirogoeth

Fred also made good progress on the omake for between Megatokyo chapters 11 and 12. He has the drawings done and colored for the first installment. He just needs to assemble it, and it should be going up once he finishes posting the current series of DPD character development sketches.

DpdArtPrints

Speaking of the DPD character sketches, Fred will have Fine Art Prints available in the Megagear store today. He would have had them up earlier, but his good printer has been leaking magenta ink, which has taken a lot of cleanup and maintenance time.

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Fred has also put some more very nice original art from the Megatokyo comic up in the Megagear store. If you can afford it, they are very nice, and it’s a great way to help support Fred and MT.

We are still making progress on the visual novel, if slower than we would all like. Thank you for your patience. For the 2nd anniversary of the kickstarter in July, we plan to release a preview of what we have done so far to folks who made beta-tester level contributions. It is a long way from finished, but we think you’ll like what we have done.

Bookstore

Fred made some good progress on a number of fronts these past few weeks, including the Visual Novel. But since he has so many projects going at once, he’s spread a little thin.

LargoDrunkBookstore

We made some progress on the Visual Novel. Fred went back and cleaned up a number of missing Largo and Tsubasa drawings. Then he did some of the backgrounds and other artwork for the bookstore scene where we first meet Yuki, Asako, and Mami. The purple squares you see are our reminder that some character images need checked yet. They will be removed once Fred has given them the final seal of approval.

BookRain

Shadow took some of Fred’s drawings and made a nice little animation in Renpy for when Piro knocks over the table of books.

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Fred made a lot of progress on Warmth. He got some good final coloring done, the dialogue laid in, and a synopsis finished for submission. Things aren’t finalized yet, but the publisher he’s talking to sounds very happy with it.

CharacterDev Colored

Fred continued work on his character development sketches. He did Ayanokouji and started Ninamori, to finish off Junko’s posse of friends. Then he started coloring them, which looks very nice. These should be up for sale in the Megagear store soon.

DireWater

Chemi’s latest Endgames novel Dire Water was released a couple of weeks ago. This one features Sunay, who is Mugi’s Endgames character. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can buy it in paperback, or for the Kindle or Nook.

Now that Warmth is in a good place for the moment, Fred’s plan over the next few weeks is to concentrate on the Visual Novel, the between-chapters MegaTokyo omake, and some more artwork for the Megagear store. You can watch a lot of this work live as it happens by tuning in to Fred’s Twitch livedraws.

The Visual Novel is coming along, but very slowly. For the second anniversary of the Kickstarter in July, we’re planning to release a preview of what we have so far, so y’all can get a good sense of how the game is looking.  I think you are going to really like it. Thank you for your support and for your patience.

Dire Water

Fred made decent progress in the last few weeks on all the various projects he’s trying to get done at the same time, including some nice work on the visual novel.

DireWater

One of the big things he finished was the cover to Chemi’s new Megatokyo Endgames novel Dire Water, which will be available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook on March 13. This book focuses on Sunay, who is Mugi’s Endgames character. Give it a try, I really enjoyed the last one.

WarmthColor1

Fred also finished the artwork for the first 8 pages of the reboot of Warmth and started some coloring work. He still needs to finish the coloring and lay in the dialog, but it’s looking pretty good.

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Fred got back to work on the visual novel, cranking out some backgrounds. Above you can see two from Piro’s wanderings in Roppongi.

Tounomoto

Fred also continued his series of character development sketches. This is Tounomoto (aka poofy-pigtail girl). She’s one of Junko’s posse and has been seen a number of times in Megatokyo, though not yet named in-comic. Fred’s artwork often drives his story ideas, and he says he has a good story go with this sketch as well.

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And finally, a reminder that there are a number of one-of-a-kind original arts available in the Megagear store. There are still some pretty iconic scenes left, and this is a great way to help support MT.

Busy busy busy

Fred has done a lot of good work over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, little of it has been on the visual novel. Once he gets a few of these other projects wrapped up, we should be back on the MTVN work.

Taisiya Truck

If you’ve been tuning in to his Twitch livedraws [http://www.twitch.tv/fredrin], you’ll know the big thing Fred has been working on is a reboot of his old comic “Warmth”. Above you can see Taisiya almost getting run over. This will be part of an upcoming DarkHorse anthology, so Fred is working on a deadline. It looks pretty good so far.

Fred has also been working on MT omake that goes between chapters 11 and 12. He’s doing it in kinetic novel style as an animated gif. A kinetic novel is like a visual novel, but without the branching and choices. This is all in the same “slow animation” approach that we’re using for the visual novel itself.

Mumu and Mami

He been working on a couple of new development sketches. Above you can see the completed sketch of Aoi Mumu, the host of the radio show that Kimiko appeared on in comic 695. You can also see the start of a nice looking sketch of Mami.

Miho Blanket

Fred has also been working on a new Miho blanket to go with the recent Mugi blanket. He’s gone through a couple of iterations on the Miho drawing, but isn’t quite satisfied with it yet. It will take a bit more work, but good news that a Miho blanket is in the works.

Mugi Blankets

And finally, the Mugi blankets arrived at MegaTokyo World Headquarters for those who preordered. Fred has been busy shipping those out to all. If you missed out on the preorder, Fred will likely have another later in the year.

A big thank you to all who bought blankets, calendars, prints, originals, books, and all the other MT related swag that Fred sells. It’s your support that makes MegaTokyo possible.

New Year

Happy new year to everyone. We made some good progress over the holidays.

MamiVariations

Fred finished the pencil core drawings for Mami, Asako, Yanagisawa, and Yuki, and started the process of assembling bodies with faces in all the different variations. If you have been tuning in to Fred’s Twitch broadcasts lately [http://www.twitch.tv/fredrin], you’ll have seen that this involves a lot of grinding in Photoshop. It’s been a little slow with this first set of characters, but Fred has been refining his technique and it is getting faster as we go along. Fred is feeling pretty good about this approach.

He has the initial core variations for Mami, Asako, and Yuki done for “torso Left”, which is 245 total drawings so far. He’s going to work on the “torso Right” variations next, which should go easier. Unfortunately, Fred can’t just mirror the current drawings in Photoshop because the girls aren’t totally symmetrical. But he can use the mirrored drawings as a starting point, which should make it go much faster than drawing from scratch.

In other news, Chemi has finished the first draft of Dire Water, his next Endgames light novel. With the start of the new year, the 2015 Megatokyo Calendar is now discounted in the Megagear store [http://www.megagear.com/]. And the Mugi blankets are now in production for all those who preordered.

Fred is going to be working on more core character variations next, as well as the next comic. So tune in to his Twitch broadcast and join us for the live draw.

Shopping Spree

Fred has been busy lately trying to get Megagear orders shipped in time for xmas. But he has had time to do a couple of comics and make some nice progress on the visual novel.

FigureShop

Fred drew the shop interiors for Piro’s shopping trip to Akihabara. The screenshot above is for the figure shop “Fig’s”. Piro will be able to buy some of the stuff in these stores, and some of that will have effects on how the story unfolds. Shadow has been busy making the purchase mechanism actually work in the game.

YukiCoreBody

If you’ve been tuning in to Fred’s Twitch broadcasts lately, you’ve also seen him working on some core character art. Above is a typical Yuki body. With his light table, he’s able to draw new variations of common outfits and poses much more quickly by tracing previous variations and not having to start completely from scratch.

AsakoCoreFaces

He has been drawing the faces for these core character arts separately, again using the light table. We’ll be assembling the bodies with the faces in Photoshop to create a number of different variations. He has finished Mami, Asako, Yanagisawa, and most of Yuki recently. So far we’re feeling good about this new approach to the character art.

AsakoWaiting

Fred has also been doing a series of development drawings for various characters, such as the lovely Asako above. This is part of the creative process for the alternative branches and routes in the visual novel, and perhaps for the core comic story. Fred comes up with a lot of his “writing” ideas while he’s drawing stuff. Some of these drawings will incorporated directly into the visual novel, and they’ll all be available as prints in the Megagear store.

Tower of Kartage

It was another slow couple of weeks for the Visual Novel as Fred tried to get a few other things finished up and out of the way. Hopefully another week or so and he’ll be back to work on the comic and VN fulltime.

TowerOfKartageFinal One of the things Fred was working on was the final cover to Chemiclord’s new Megatokyo Endgames novel: The Tower of Kartage. You can buy it now in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon or for the Nook from Barnes and Noble. It looks pretty good.

Now that The Tower of Kartage is finished, Chemi has been back at work (with a little help from Shadow and I) writing some filler and branch scenes for the VN, including some of the early ends where Piro and Largo go home rather than stay in Japan. Fred will still apply his magic touch to the final product, but as with the core route scripting, we’re trying to get it most of the way there to minimize the Fred-time needed and get the game done faster.

MugiSwimsuit

Fred has also spent a lot of time trying to finish up the Megatokyo 2015 Swimsuit Calendar. It has been a lot of work, but it should be done soon and available in the newly reopened Megagear store.

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Speaking of the Megagear store, Fred also put more one-of-a-kind original arts up for sale. Most of them sold very quickly, but there are still a few left, like the lovely Miho above. Fred also has a large number of new prints, including some lovely Mugis, that he will be making available in the store soon.

For those of you expecting Kickstarter rewards, they have not shipped yet, largely because of the slow progress on the VN itself. Don’t worry if you have moved in the meantime. Fred will verify everyone’s address through Kickstarter before shipping anything out, though that is likely still a ways off.

And finally, a reminder that Fred broadcasts a lot of his drawing work for the comic, VN, calendar, and other stuff on Twitch. He will often announce when he is drawing live on his Twitter or Facebook page, but not always. The best way to make sure you catch a livedraw is to follow him on Twitch and have them notify you when Fred goes live. Join us for the livedraws. They are a lot of fun.