142: Parody Week: Megatokyo

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Parody Week: Megatokyo
I just want to give him a hug or something.
Title text: I just want to give him a hug or something.

[edit] Explanation

Megatokyo is a webcomic by Fred Gallagher. Its art and storylines are heavily influenced by Japanese comics known as Manga.

The opening panel sets up a parody of Megatokyo. The girl is Ping, a robot character from the comic. The soft greyscale art, hand-drawn "shadowed" panel borders, and vertical panel layout also mimic Megatokyo's design.

The parody is then apparently aborted by Cueball and Black Hat, who are afraid of hurting artist Fred Gallagher's feelings. This itself is a dig at the sometimes maudlin and emotionally tender tone of Megatokyo, and in particular the self-conscious resemblance of anxious protagonist Piro to creator Gallagher, who based the character on a twentysomething version of himself.

The title text reiterates the similarity between the style of the comic and the character of the artist behind it, which has been noted elsewhere as well. It also exclaims Randall's feelings for Fred.

This is one of the few comics where Black Hat is not his usual classhole self. So even he likes and approves of Fred and his comic! Or it's a trick.

This comic is a part of the Parody Week, just joking about other webcomics.

[edit] Transcript

["megaxkcd" is inside Japanese quote characters.]
[An anime girl with pigtails, long rectangular earrings and a blank expression stands with her arms at her sides.]
In today's megaxkcd, our protagonist comes to terms with his romantic love for a girl who is a video game console accessory.
[Cueball and Black Hat talks]
Cueball: Wait, I'm not sure we should parody megatokyo.
Black Hat: Fred Gallagher does seem like he might take it kind of hard.
Cueball: He really does.
Black Hat: Poor guy. We should try to cheer him up.
[Cueball and Black Hat stand in front of a profile shot of a house. On the left is a mailbox. Black Hat stands at street level, while Cueball is holding a cake on the top of a two-step staircase to the front door.]
Black Hat: Fred? Fred, please come out. It's OK. Don't cry, Fred.
Cueball: We... we baked you a cake.

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Isn't it quite unusual that Black Hat does not want to harm anyone in this comic? --Chtz (talk) 22:38, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

There is no indication that Black Hat isn't trying to harm someone. We don't see Fred come out, and we have no idea what Black Hat put in that cake. Black Hat is standing back, not near the cake, which has lit fuses candles on it, despite it not being a birthday cake.
OTOH, this is only #142, from back in 2006. Maybe Black Hat wasn't quite so heartless back then. gijobarts (talk) 01:53, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
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