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Megatokyo (メガトーキョー?) is an English-language webcomic created by Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston, debuting on August 14, 2000,[2] and then written and illustrated solely by Gallagher since July 17, 2002.[3] Gallagher's style of writing and illustration is heavily influenced by Japanese manga. Megatokyo is freely available on its official website. The stated schedule for updates is Tuesday and Friday, but they typically are posted just once or twice a week on non-specific days (in the beginning a three-per-week schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday was the goal). It is among the most popular webcomics,[4] and is currently published in book-format by CMX, although the first three volumes were published by Dark Horse. For February 2005, sales of the comic's third printed volume were ranked third on BookScan's list of graphic novels sold in bookstores, then the best showing for an original English-language manga.[5]

Set in a fictional version of Tokyo, Megatokyo portrays the adventures of Piro, a young fan of anime and manga, and his friend Largo, an American video game enthusiast. The comic often parodies and comments on the archetypes and clichés of anime, manga, dating sims, arcade and video games, occasionally making direct references to real-world works. Megatokyo originally emphasized humor, with continuity of the story a subsidiary concern. Over time, it focused more on developing a complex plot and the personalities of its characters. This transition was due primarily to Gallagher's increasing control over the comic, which led to Caston choosing to leave the project.[6][7] Megatokyo has received praise from such sources as The New York Times,[8] while negative criticism of Gallagher's changes to the comic has been given by sources including Websnark.[9][10]


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