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Save Point - Tryst by fredrin
Save Point - Tryst
Ok... this one probably requires even MORE explanation than the last one.  That's the thing about Alternative Universe stuff, you have characters often behaving very differently than they do in the current world.  Yakugashi in the Bomber Girls story is a prime example.  She... not so reserved in this story, and behaves more like her mom did when she was young.  The grain where this comes from was that Megumi had come upon Yakugashi and her paramour of the evening and made the wrong assumption that he was assaulting her, leading to the poor chap having a large frame 45 shoved down his throat while Yakugashi tries to explain it's not like that... leading to the look on Megumi's face in this image.  Exploring alt universe stuff can be interesting (it sure has been with this 'dead girls flying' story idea) and sometimes takes unexpected paths.  So yeah, not my usual fare here, if you really look this drawing over ^^;;
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SavePoint - Scramble by fredrin
SavePoint - Scramble
I suppose I should explain this one.  The grain for this idea actually comes from a famous war photo of a guy in a PBY bomber in the pacific who, after pulling some people out of the water, was working in the plane completely naked (it being the south pacific and hot as hell).  How that lead to this, well, I had joked with a friend about doing that same scene with Megumi ... and given the background story here that has developed, she had to get to the plane in a hurry and was unable to grab some appropriate clothing.  All SORTS of problems with this, yes, i know, but hey, alternate reality - and the drawing itself is kind of interesting the way it came out, showing the plane interior and other crew members... in fact, the fact that she is topless here does not, to me, register as a primary note of what is going on in the image.
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SavePoint - Ghost by fredrin
SavePoint - Ghost
Color version Kimiko working on an engine of the Save Point, sensing something or someone behind her...
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Drop - Staggering Miho [watercolor] by fredrin
Drop - Staggering Miho [watercolor]
The nature of this drawing led me to want to color it in a special way, so i tried doing a full watercolor, not using any COPIC markers.  It's a good experiment, and the nature of the way i can detail with watercolor is different from markers in interesting ways.  It's more challenging, but I think this came out fairly well - it really does capture the mood well.  I could sink myself in doing textures (the nicest thing about this series is how it is really good for some complicated textures)

(Sorry, the original artwork for this has already sold :)
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Ugh.  2011 was not what i'd call a particularly good year.  Figures that it was the 10 year aniversairy of MT and stuff, too. ^^;;  One casualty of the year was a lot of BS with my host and the loss of the server containing the Fredart and Sarah's Origami websites.  I have backups, so i can put things back together, i just haven't had the time yet... that and the fact that i really want to change fredart itself into a site i actually use to post and organize stuff rather than an older, rarely used repository of my older work.  

When i built the site back in 2000, non-static websites were kind of the new thing, sites that built themselves, parsing themselves server side when someone visited them.  Up till then, updating a site was usually a manual task, editing the code to add stuff, tweak things, break things ^^;;  Of course, the kind of interconnected social platforms like DA and Pixiv and Facebook and Twitter and stuff were not something to really worry about integrating.  I was proud of the fact that i had a little codebit on fredart that allowed TINAMI to index any new art i posted.  Back then, your homepage WAS where your work went, and the goal was getting people to your page to look at your stuff.

Today, things are kinda different.  The weird thing is, most of what i do and post and share can be (and often is) shared via the various active social network style 'enclaves' and in the case of Fredart, having the site be offline for several months is barely noticed.  I post art here on DA and on Pixiv, something things on Tumblr, i link things in Twitter and Facebook, and (way too rarely) on the Megatokyo page itself.  In what was a very disorganized and messed up year, it probably helped that all of this was plugged into neetworks (<-- that was totally a typo, but i think i'll leave it) so a lot more people saw stuff i was able to post and share than would if they just got tired of visiting my cricket-infested webpages.  

There are two kinda negative sides to all this, i think.  The first is that while each of these social networks (Facebook, Deviant Art, Tumblr, etc) are quite large, they are in a way like a gated community.  People have their favorite haunts that they tend to spend most of their time.  It sorta feels like it has compartmentalized the internet a little bit too much, imho.  The second thing has to do with what you have to do to reach everyone in this compartmentalized social networking age - you can't just post stuff to your homepage and know that people looking for your stuff will find it there.  You have to set up shop in each of the various social networking enclaves you have readers/fans/followers.  If i was a more organized person, i'd have a much better system for posting things cross-enclave.  As it is now, i post some stuff here, some stuff there, the result being that people often miss some things i post.  Since people usually hang out in several enclaves, you have to worry about spamming them too (i don't like the idea of bothering people too much).  When done well, you can reach a lot of people and keep people pretty happy.  If you flub it (which i am prone to doing) you will miss out on sharing your stuff with everyone.

I dunno, back in the 90s when i first got on the internet, i think the thing that was exciting was the idea that things could be in one place and everyone could find it there.  That idea is a bit fractured these days, but i guess it was inevitable in a lot of ways.  The net is vast, as they say, and content is not the problem - finding it is.  Fredart was a PHP coded website that i did myself that was remarkably archaic - all of the data was handled with flat text files (no databases for me, hacking around with PHP was hard enough to get my head around) and it was a massive pain to update (i had to create a txt file with the data all in the right places, and the site would count the number of files in the directory to determine how many elements were in the gallery, for instance).  It was kinda cool, but nothing like the things you can do with DA and stuff.  The trick for the new Fredart site will be that i want it to be a go-to point where all the different places things get posted will be shown and organized properly.  A place where i can start posting things, something idiot proof (a requirement) where i can start rambling on something (like this rant that sorta came out of nowhere) and be able to share it wherever i feel it should be shared.  

I totally passed on Myspace when it was the thing, but i was an early adopter on Twitter and a begrudging user of Facebook (where i probably reach the most people with the Megatokyo facebook page) and i still have no idea how to use Tumblr properly (who does?).  I still have no idea what im going to do with Google+, and like so many 'companies' you can only be active on so many social networks.  For instance, what about the soup.io people?  I have friends who use that, but i don't post anything there.  It makes you want to tear your hair out sometimes, and frankly... i'd rather be drawing or writing than fiddling with this stuff.  It used to take a long time to update fredart.com - editing text file, making thumbnails, uploading manually, etc.  But now, having to cross post in so many places, i think it actually takes longer to post new artwork than it used to.  Odd, really.

Finally, before i shut up, i'll note one other casualty of this social networking enclave thing - the web pages themselves.  Now i know you can customize things like DA and Pixiv to an extent, but you are still working within a framework that is exactly the same across the network.  Its sort of like the difference between an older neighborhood with lots of different kinds of houses that look different and unique vs. a gated community with rules about what your house can look like and what you can do in your front yard, etc.  I'm a contrarian by nature, i guess, and i miss the fact that in the past most people had to cobble their own websites together.  Sure, the results were often horrific, but they were still unique.  It used to be a lot of fun perusing japanese websites looking for artwork.  You can say that its much better this way because it's like seeing artwork on gallery walls and much easier to find and share them, and that you can still have your own website to present things in a creative way.  Thing is, most people's experience of your work will be in these social networks, not on your website.  

At least with Deviant Art and Pixiv and stuff, your art itself is your expression and says a lot about you.  The site itself is tuned out, mostly, and your work is what people look at.  Also, DA and Pixiv and the like are actually not bad to look at.  The thing that really grinds me, though, is Facebook.  Has it really happened that the way almost everyone these days presents themselves to the world is via a website that is really that... fuggly looking?  Sure, myspace was hellish, but facebook is way too restrictive and ugly.  But they didn't ask me about it, so what can you do. :)

i'll shut up now.  Sheesh, i was just gonna write a quick 'blah blah here, im posting some more stuff' post and it turned into this.  Maybe it should be a rant?  I wonder where that button is that will cross-post this to the Megatokyo site and... oh, i don't have that yet.  Maybe someday.

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Fred Gallagher
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Befuddled and artistically challenged hack behind the webcomic/manga Megatokyo.

Megatokyo: www.megatokyo.com
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trgiant Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
You have an unique art style and I encourage you to keep producing more of your wonderful art!
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huskyfish Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Hey Fred, or... Mr. Gallagher? Whichever you prefer. I imagine you may been asked this a lot, but will Megatokyo be getting a seventh physical volume at any point? I know I can just stick to the web form, but I really, really enjoy Megatokyo, so of course I just love to have the releases on my shelf. It's how I initially discovered the series, in fact.
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Jamie5m Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have some wonderful looking backgrounds. i couldn't do that to save my life. lol
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Starhunter7001 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hello Mr. Gallagher.
You are an excellent writer, fantastic artist, and creator of amazingly relatable characters.
You are very skilled.
It sounds as though the last few years have been rough on you and those close to you. I hope that your future is bright, and thank you for giving life to the crazy, wonderful world that is Megatokyo.
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Cat-man-dancing Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Hey, Fred. I'm catching up on Megatyokyo, and it is probably the funniest and most interesting gamer webcomic that I have seen.
I am in no way a gamer, so the fact that I can enjoy it so much you can take as a testament to the skill of you and your writer. If you value the opinion of a non-gamer, of course...
I normally don't like gamer comics, I actually landed on yours at random, and got caught by the first page that I saw, which was yesterday's.
I love the art, the humor, and the variety- even the sad aura of the voice-actress girl, Nanasawa (I'm only up to May, 2002!)
Anyway, thanks for the comic!
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mevan83 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Do you have a Patreon account?
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CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! I love your books so much! I just have two of your books I got! Your my favorite drawing! :love:
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Otaku-Mom Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been a fan of Mega Tokyo for years, but I just now found your dA page! Wow...:) Here's a fan art I drew of one of your characters! fav.me/d546w2x
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shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on finishing Chapter 11!
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Red--Samurai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
I just bought your omnibus edition of Megatokyo yesterday. I loved it! I can't wait for the next edition! Keep it up Fred!
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