Fred Gallagher (cartoonist)
Fred Gallagher sketching at an autograph booth at Anime Expo 2011.
|Born||1968 (age 45–46)|
|Occupation||illustrator & web cartoonist|
Frederick Gallagher (born November 15, 1968) is an American illustrator and web cartoonist. He is best known as the artist, co-creator, and now full owner of Megatokyo. He also goes by the name of Piro, the main character of Megatokyo, whom he has stated is an idealized version of himself when he was in college. He took this name from the name of the cat in the visual novel Kanon.
The Fine Red Cat
The webcomic Megatokyo started its run on August 14, 2000 in collaboration with Rodney Caston, who owned the domain and wrote many of the scripts for the first year and a half, while Gallagher was responsible for the artwork. Due to creative differences, Caston agreed to sell his share in the venture to Gallagher in May 2002. (See Megatokyo for further detail)
Megatokyo's success has allowed Gallagher to pursue it as a full-time occupation since October 2002, after being laid off from his job as an architect. Megatokyo in its entirety is available free of charge at the Megatokyo website, with strips being paired with comments from Gallagher. Gallagher's income from the strip comes solely from advertising, sales of Megatokyo books and merchandise sold through the Megagear store website which he owns.
Since Gallagher attained full control over the strip, it has now more reflected his vision, with an increasingly complex cast of characters, and a far slower pace than the original strips. The influence of Japanese manga and computer dating sims can be seen in both the character design, plotline and storytelling. While this has earned praise from some critics, it has also alienated some fans of the earlier strips, which were more comical, relying more on humor, slapstick, gags, and simpler storylines.
None but the earliest of the Megatokyo strips are inked, but rather drawn in pencil, and scanned. Gallagher's attention to detail extends to the frames, which he hand-draws for each strip.
Fredart is a collection of Gallagher's works dating back several years. It includes development sketches from other projects, such as Warmth. Since Megatokyo began, most of the content has been focused on characters from that project.
Fredart Studios LLC is the name of the company that officially owns the trademark to Megatokyo and Fred's other works. Megagear Inc. is the company owned and operated by Fred and his wife Sarah that runs the MegaGear store which sells Megatokyo related merchandise.
A doujinshi work of Gallagher's from 1999. As he describes it:
- Using the format of an illustrated story, 'envelop(e)' tells the story of how a misplaced envelope and love letter causes confusion between childhood friends who never really understood how much they meant to each other before.
Warmth is a more serious love story on which Gallagher was working before Megatokyo, but it was pushed into the background when Megatokyo became popular. A few chapters of Warmth were released in the early issues of I.C. Entertainment's AmeriManga magazine. Gallagher has stated a number of times that he has not given up on the property, and will continue it in the future. Gallagher had released a sample (but this was later deleted), and many other drawings that include characters who will be featured in Warmth.
The main characters of Warmth are called Tom Moore, Tobari Saeko, and Shizuhara Eimi. Both Saeko and Eimi have cameos in recent Megatokyo strips.
Blurred was a semi-erotic experimental art website, created by Gallagher in 1998 using the pen name "blurri." Gallagher later took it offline for personal reasons, but a discussion on February 2, 2006 on 4chan started a coordinated attempt to discover the contents of this website. On June 8, 2006, Gallagher again allowed public access to the "blurred" site, and mentioned it in his newspost on Megatokyo, in order to end the controversy.
Fred Gallagher announced that, some time in 2007, megagear (the Megatokyo store) would release a mini doujinshi. Little to nothing was known about this project, but it was expected later in the year. "We are looking forward to a great 2007. Megatokyo Volume 5 will be released in the Spring and we have lots of other new items planned including a skateboard deck, the first Megatokyo calendar, clocks, and a mini doujinshi for later in the year. "
It is possible that this is an endgames doujinshi. "But maybe 2 regularly delivered comics with everything else you expect from these websites - rants, updates, etc - including some other projects like maybe 'warmth' getting off the ground (and that endgames doujin i want to do)... we'll see."
In 2009, he posted an endgames preview and called it a doujin.
As of October 2010[update], the mini doujinshi has yet to be released.
In May 2011, it was announced that Endgames were being revamped in a light novel format, with a story written by webfiction author Thomas Knapp, with four light novels planned. A short story "Behind the Masque" was also announced, and released on Amazon's Kindle Store on June 10, 2011.
One of the most popular artists at United States anime conventions, Fred Gallagher has appeared at Otakon in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005, and also has appeared frequently at A-Kon, Sakura-Con, and Comic-Con International. Anime Central was the first anime convention where he sat for a panel discussion. He is also credited with being the first American manga artist to be a guest at Anime Expo Tokyo.
At conventions, Fred Gallagher hosts a panel based on the "Naze Nani Megatokyo" ("The Hows and Whys of Megatokyo") omake comic strips, an idea borrowed from an anime series, Martian Successor Nadesico. The panel contained Gallagher ("Piro") and Rodney Caston ("Largo") (before Caston left the project due to creative differences), and was also known to contain Dominic Nguyen ("Dom"). Gallagher has also attended anime conventions outside of the United States. He was Guest of Honour at Ayacon, an anime con located in Northampton, UK, at the start of November 2003. He was slated to appear at the 2006 German convention Connichi in Kassel. However, due to errors in registering his wife's ticket, this was canceled.
Gallagher announced in a news post at Megatokyo on February 28, 2013 that he had been diagnosed with a bigeminy years previously and was recently experiencing health issues related to his heart, including chronic tiredness that interfered with his work. He posted on March 10, 2013 that he would be receiving a diagnostic Cardiac catheterization the following day; the procedure found no blockage.
- Gallagher, Fred (June 8, 2006). "Fred Gallagher states that the character "Piro" is an idealized version of Gallagher himself when he was in college". Retrieved July 1, 2006.
- Gallagher, Fred (October 3, 2001). "Fred Gallagher talks about the origin of Piro's name in his blog". Retrieved June 28, 2006.
- Gallagher, Fred (2007-07-10). "Kodansha to publish MT in Japan". Retrieved 2007-07-11. "Oh, and by condition i mean that Sarah and I are expecting our first child early this December. :) Or sooner. Or later."
- ISBN 1-880851-10-5
- "Homepage of The Fine Red Cat". February 23, 1997. Archived from the original on December 3, 1998. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
- Gallagher, Fred (June 8, 2006). "Fred Gallagher details Blurred and announces that the site is once more open to the public". Retrieved June 14, 2006.
- MegaTokyo Forums
- via Thomas Knapp's Facebook
- "Fred Gallagher's biography at AnimeCons.com". Retrieved June 29, 2006.
- "Fred Gallagher mentions that Megatokyo's first panel presentation was held at Anime Central". Retrieved July 1, 2006.
- "Megatokyo goes to Tokyo". Retrieved June 29, 2006.
- Gallagher, Fred (July 25, 2002). "List of Megatokyo events at Otakon 2002, including a brief description of "Naze Nani Megatokyo live"". Retrieved July 1, 2006.
- Gallagher, Fred (December 8, 2000). "Fred Gallagher mentions the inspiration for "Naze Nani Megatokyo". Retrieved July 1, 2006.
- "Aya Again 2003 details at AnimeCons.com". Retrieved June 29, 2006.
- "Fred Gallagher zu Gast auf der Connichi 2006". Retrieved August 6, 2006.
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- Fredart (Gallagher's personal art website)
- Megatokyo (online comic)
- Fred Gallagher convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
- Gallagher profiled at Anime Convention Personality of the Week (March 9, 2003)