Webcomic Wednesday: Megatokyo!
Welcome back to another edition of Webcomic Wednesday! Today we’ve got one that likely needs no preamble or build up but I’m a creature of habit so I’m doing one anyway. This one is likely one of the more popular of the webcomics out there, surpassed perhaps only by Penny Arcade. That’s right, this week its the behemoth that is Megatokyo.
Megatokyo, one of a long list of comics introduced to me by my intrepid sister. In fact a lot of my favorites have been originally discovered by her, maybe I should make her write one of these? Regardless, when she sent me the link to a webcomic “I’d just love” she described it as two friends try to get into E3, get kicked out, and end up in Japan instead. That’s exactly what it was way back then. It has become so much more since; now it reads as a pop culture canvas that co-creator Fred Gallagher paints a wild, fantastic, emotional world that reflects real world events and interactions. The story has been going on now for over ten years, in that time the tale has become less about gamers in a gamer land and more about how people and their actions lead them along their paths in life. Its less about simple gags and more about a lengthy narrative; this tale is going somewhere and I can’t wait to see where it all ends up.
Admittedly I quit reading MT sometime in chapter 9 (the story is currently in chapter 11) but when I began this weekly column the prospect of getting back into the story and having a good back log of posts to go through was immediately enticing. I dove in with both feet and haven’t regretted it yet. The art is still fantastic, the writing still engaging, and the story a ton of fun. The blog posts (MT calls them “rants”) below the comic were some of my first insights into the webcomic world and what it is like to go into business for yourself working from home. It wouldn’t be until PATV launched with Penny Arcade: The Series that I’d get any other deep look into the jpeg business. The rants were also how they kept fans who didn’t frequent the forums as often up to date on merchandise, personal victories, and upcoming events; a wonderful quick view of the MT World. The comic even occasionally has the down days and guest strips, some of which quickly became fan favorites like Shirt Guy Dom.
Yes the style is manga-like(He’s from Wisconsin!), the humor is directed at gamers and anime fan boys, and with almost 1200 pages the story is a large thing to tackle but the comic is so good that its worth the time to read. And maybe sometime you might score your own signed copy of an MT book. Thanks sis, I owe ya for this one.