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Megatokyo: dissatisfaction setting in

Holy shit, Fred actually got a strip up in a timely manner! For the first time in...how long?

This was originally triggered by an acdragonmaster post earlier in the week, and to avoid repetition I'll repost my comment from there:
I'm starting to lose interest in it as a webcomic because of all the delays and omake sequences; the recent FMP omake left me completely cold. I'll still buy the books, but the frustration of checking for the comic every M/W/F and not finding it is getting to be a real PITA.

What occurs to me is that Fred has been so wrapped up in side projects like MegaGear and trying to be a "good daddy" that he's not putting the time in on the strip like he used to. If he keeps it up long enough, eventually he'll drive away all but his most hardcore fans. Which may not be enough to keep the thing afloat.


Now, I realize there's folks out there that say "man, you shouldn't bitch, yer gettin' it for free" and while there's some justice to that, there's also the little matter of setting up expectations and repeatedly failing to meet them. If Fred said "Updated when I can" or something like that, fine, I'd probably just set up an RSS feed and have done with it. Telling people you're going to update on a regular basis and then hardly ever managing to hit those marks, though, that's full of fail.

I still like the story a lot. I still want to know how it ends. I want to see Ed getting whacked at least one more time by Ping and/or Miho, and I want to see Dom's evil plans thwarted. I want Piro and Largo (and, of course, Kimiko and Erika) to win, but I don't want Ping and Miho and Ayako to lose, either. But I'm getting God-damned tired of dropping by the page three times a week to see nothing new or some time-wasting crappy inside joke that's only funny to hardcore otaku.

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nornagest
Sep. 20th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised you're still reading Megatokyo at all. I followed it in my first couple years of college, but eventually it just got too frustrating to keep up with; the comic never got updated on time, even after Piro went full-time on it, and his artwork (while it shows signs of technical improvement) has been getting less and less polished.

If you ask me, the "you're getting it for free" thing is a red herring. Sure, it's free to the end user. But this is Piro's job, and if he worked for me I'd have fired him years ago. Since he doesn't, all I can do is go read something that doesn't piss me off three updates running.
wombat_socho
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
...but eventually it just got too frustrating to keep up with; the comic never got updated on time, even after Piro went full-time on it, and his artwork (while it shows signs of technical improvement) has been getting less and less polished.

Yeah, it does seem that he's posting a lot of unfinished stuff lately when he posts at all, doesn't it? Still, it's a good story, and maybe I'll just wait to see when/if DC publishes the next volume. In some ways, I think going FT on the strip was a step backward - he doesn't seem to be able to keep to a regular schedule the way he did when he was working 9-5 and doing Megatokyo on the side.
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