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Megatokyo: Volume 1: v. 1 Paperback – 13 Apr 2004
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I was having trouble getting into it online so I decided on a whim to by one of the books and read it, let me tell you I'm so glad I did Megatokyo is entertaining and funny. But whereas most comics storylines are just there to set up the gags, Megatokyo is a comic with gags worked around the storyline which to me is a really refreshing idea. I'd recommend this book to anyone who reads and likes any type of comic.
Anyway, the book itself is well printed by Dark Horse Books. Volume 1 covers the entire Chapter 0. As Fred himself says, he was unorganied when first beginning MegaTokyo, so the first set of strips were named Chapter 0 and bunched together.
The story tells of Piro and Largo, two great friends with opposite personalities. One day, Piro drags Largo into going to Tokyo, and after spending all of their money on games and beer, they're stuck with Piro's friend Tsubasa in his tiny apartment. Piro must find a way to get out of Japan by getting a job and making some money.
Largo is able to blackmail his friends Dom and Ed for the money to get tickets back home, however they spend it on more games before being able to get a ticket, so they're back to square one. Therefore, Piro and Largo are stuck in Tokyo for even longer, and when Piro's friend Tsubasa leaves, they must find a place to stay.
MegaTokyo is mixed with humour which surrounds the storyline. Fred Gallagher states that each comic is supposed to be able to stand alone with a gag, but when put together with the other comics, be able to read as a full story. He does this extremely well except on a few cases.
The book boasts great quality print and small footnotes on most of the MegaTokyo comic strips. At the end of the book, Fred has grouped sketches from his sketchbook with full commentary. He also has included all filler strips and has a well organised book as a whole. The book also includes an index stating every comic strip the book covers and where you can find them.
When compared to MegaTokyo Volume 2, Volume 1 doesn't boast as much on the extra side is still able to read as a good comic book in true manga style. MegaTokyo fans will be able to re-read good times in the book whenever and wherever they want. New readers may be skeptical at first, so I would recommend looking through the MegaTokyo website before making a sudden purchase to make sure you like what you're buying.
This follows the first two parts of Largo and Piros story as they try to save enoughmoney to get home.
Maddness follows,with Rent-A-Zillas,insane overclocking and alot of trouble as Largo's umm... problems becomes more apparent(or does he see more than most?).
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