Dead Piro Days

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Dead Piro Days (or, more commonly, DPDs) are a type of non-story strip. The first instance of a DPD appearing in the comic is strip 22, but the first instance of the strip type actually being called a DPD doesn't occur until strip 27. In 2013 Fred started to use Piro Bad Artwork Day (or PBAD) as an alternative term.

DPDs are usually unplanned interruptions in the comic. They appear when Fred just can't meet the comic deadline, for whatever reason, which is typically personal illness or writer's and/or artist's block. Occasionally, Fred will plan a DPD ahead of time when he knows he'll be out of town, but the primary purpose of the DPD is to give the readers something to look at in place of the strip he's having trouble creating.

One particular series of pictures is the in search of lost wings series.

After 73 DPDs, Fred stopped counting them and began labeling each one with a random message instead. They were later renumbered.

List of strips

Date Strip Title (strip list) Title (in the strip) Notes
2 Oct 2000 22 Bad Art Day DPD:01
13 Oct 2000 27 Dead Piro Day DPD:02
19 Mar 2001 95 dead piro preview #1 DPD:03
23 Mar 2001 97 dead piro preview #2 DPD:04
11 May 2001 118 Art Day 001 - Kimiko DPD:05
16 May 2001 120 Art Day 002 - little wings DPD:06
28 Jul 2001 152 Piro Art Day - 002 DPD:07
13 Aug 2001 158 Pirogoeth DPD:08 (notes)
15 Aug 2001 159 MegaTokyo Memorial DPD:09
3 Oct 2001 176 dead piro day - seraphim & boo DPD:10
8 Oct 2001 178 'warmth' - non-MT art day DPD:11
12 Nov 2001 193 omake: lazy piro and his laptop DPD:12
16 Nov 2001 195 omake: just a kimiko sketch DPD:13
7 Dec 2001 203 c2-dead piro day #1 - 'left behind' DPD:14
12 Dec 2001 205 can't find dom day - 'the death star' DPD:15
2 Jan 2002 210 Capture the Bear DPD:16
8 Feb 2002 222 DPD: kotone from 'sight' DPD:17
25 Feb 2002 229 DPD: MegaWinter Nights - Endgames DPD:18
22 Mar 2002 239 DPD: Endgames 2 DPD:19
8 Apr 2002 246 DPD: Piro's Sketchbook #1 DPD:20
1 May 2002 253 DPD: All this sorrow becomes me DPD:21
22 May 2002 262 DPD: a girl of nothing but greys DPD:22
5 Jun 2002 268 DPD: feild cleaning (1 of 4) DPD:23
7 Jun 2002 269 DPD: Yuzo Takada Tribute DPD:24
10 Jun 2002 270 DPD: Dance of the Evils DPD:25
12 Jun 2002 271 DPD: but my wings are only small wings DPD:26
19 Jun 2002 274 DPD: no data can fill the empty spaces DPD:27
5 Jul 2002 281 DPD: Endgames Standing DPD:28
19 Jul 2002 287 evil has many guises DPD:29
26 Jul 2002 290 DPD: Waiting for the Show DPD:30
2 Aug 2002 292 DPD: Discarded Frames DPD:31
28 Aug 2002 303 DPD: Brownfields, Greyfields DPD:33 (actually DPD #32)
14 Oct 2002 322 DPD: book prep 1 - coverarts DPD:33
17 Oct 2002 323 DPD: book prep 2 - resolution DPD:34
17 Oct 2002 324 DPD: book prep 3 - art is like that DPD:35
23 Oct 2002 326 DPD: book prep 4 - closer cover stuff DPD:36
26 Oct 2002 327 DPD: Fail Condition DPD:37
13 Nov 2002 335 DPD: book prep 5 - color day DPD:38
9 Dec 2002 346 DPD: broken miho DPD:39
27 Jan 2002 365 DPD: Grey Erika DPD:40
7 Feb 2003 370 DPD: Kimiko DPD:41
12 Mar 2003 383 DPD: b4k4.md4 DPD:42
31 Mar 2003 391 DPD: Broken Miho color preview DPD:43
25 Apr 2003 401 DPD: small feathers DPD:43 (actually DPD #44)
7 May 2003 407 DPD: Ping & Makoto DPD:44 (actually DPD #45)
16 May 2003 410 DPD: l33t F0ld1ng skillz DPD:46
4 Jul 2003 431 DPD: glancing upwards DPD:47
23 Jul 2003 439 DPD: Megadustrial:r3m1x DPD:48
8 Aug 2003 446 DPD: Motion Stopped DPD:49
22 Aug 2003 452 DPD: A Small Summer Break DPD:50
3 Oct 2003 469 DPD: Artifact no. 1 DPD:51
10 Nov 2003 483 DPD: Bleah Example Worksheet Day DPD:52
28 Nov 2003 491 DPD: take all the color away DPD:53
8 Dec 2003 495 DPD: Presence Detail DPD:54
15 Dec 2003 498 DPD: Miho timesinking DPD:55
24 Dec 2003 502 Christmas Cosplay DPD:56
17 Jan 2004 508 DPD: Japan Invasion DPD:57
21 Jan 2004 510 DPD: Artifacts - Pirojunk japan 2004 DPD:58
16 Feb 2004 521 DPD: we got married :) DPD:59
1 Jun 2004 565 DPD - picnicking darkly DPD:60
7 Jun 2004 568 DPD: Darkwoods Pirogoeth DPD:61
25 Aug 2004 600 Upabove Station - LvP DPD:62
20 Oct 2004 624 DPD: Hmph. DPD:63
3 Nov 2004 630 DPD: Sad Kimiko @ Takaido Station DPD:64
12 Nov 2004 634 DPD: Endgames preview - sparklebunny burning DPD:65
26 Nov 2004 640 DPD: Endgames preview - Fougoureth DPD:66
5 Jan 2005 656 DPD: Photoblog :: Kumakuma DPD:67
4 Feb 2005 669 DPD: Junpei DPD:68
23 Feb 2005 677 DPD: Sick Piro Day Art Lesson #1 DPD:69
9 May 2005 708 DPD: Pirogoeth - Queen of Kuith DPD:70
6 Jun 2005 719 DPD: finding yuki DPD:(whatever)
4 Jul 2005 730 DPD: painting in grays DPD:72
17 Aug 2005 748 DPD: Sonoda Yuki (Otakon2005) DPD:73
29 Aug 2005 753 DPD: Sloppy Backgrounds - Chapter 7 In-Service day
20 Oct 2005 775 DPD: we're back... DPD:bleah
21 Oct 2005 776 DPD random: Kimiko DPD:notsobleh
24 Nov 2005 790 DPD: b4k4.md7 reload DPD:ishouldcountthese
23 Jan 2006 812 YANRDPD: 5|<00|_ D4yz DPD:idontreallycareandneithershouldyou
13 Feb 2006 820 DPD: cutting losses DPD:somanyitsembarrasing
3 Mar 2006 828 DPD: such cute little bandaids DPD:illpopacapinyouifyouask
20 Mar 2006 835 two weeks DPD1: broken blades TW:1of4
22 Mar 2006 836 two weeks DPD2: tilting windmills TW:2of4
29 Mar 2006 839 two weeks DPD3: movement of air TW:3of4
31 Mar 2006 840 two weeks DPD4: stillness TW:4of4
17 Apr 2006 846 DPD: Circuity:Rewound - work in progress DPD:myheadisspinning (notes)
22 May 2006 860 DPD: not quite right DPD:scenechangeright?
23 Jun 2006 873 in service DPD: chapter 7 - stuff not seen DPD:writingnotcountinstupiddpds
19 Jul 2006 884 DPD: pol3sitting DPD:donttouchanywires (joint work with Hawk)
7 Aug 2006 890b DPD:hurtslessthanaSGDhuh Replaced with "SGD: Is This the Real Life?"
6 Sep 2006 904 DPD: serious (notes)
15 Sep 2006 907 DPD: Piroko Sheepdog and Largo Wolf DPD:pirokosheepdog+largowolf
16 Oct 2006 919 DPD: Largo, Legionnaire of Reaht DPD:canttellyouwhytodayisadpdyet:)
25 Dec 2006 948 DPD: Happy Holidays! (Christmas 2006) DPD:merrychristmas2006
26 Feb 2007 970 DPD: (disturbingly) cute Piroko DPD:lotsandlotsofem Guest Art by Hawk
28 Feb 2007 971 DPD: the last 3.75% DPD:gettingthere
26 May 2007 1004 DPD: megatokyo.ni73z pre-tripDPD:megatokyo.ni73z (new poster design) (joint work with Hawk)
17 Oct 2007 1056 DPD: Day of the Bad Scaries in Shinjuku (notes)
29 Oct 2007 1059 DPD: Endames : Commandeered Transport DPD:98 (notes)
27 Dec 2007 1075 DPD: moving out DPD:99
25 Mar 2008 1103 DPD: Tohya Miho - Figur3 Study DPD:100
14 May 2008 1120 DPD: a quiet schoolgirl with... DPD:101 (notes)
21 Jun 2008 1133 DPD: Es lässt sich nicht lesen. DPD:102 "It does not permit itself to be read." (notes)
22 Jul 2008 1143 DPD: Y s0 s3ns1t1v3? DPD:103 (notes)
25 Jul 2008 1145 DPD: downlook DPD:104 (notes)
28 Jul 2008 1146 next comic PREVIEW [IN PROGRESS] (notes)
4 Aug 2008 1147 NSDPD... what i've been working on DPD:105 (notes)
2 Oct 2008 1161 next comic PREVIEW: t3h Aw3sum [prelim] (notes)
31 Dec 2008 1177 DPD: mgkgrl.yki [prelim] DPD:108 (notes)
29 Jan 2009 1184 DPD: Dead Miho Day DPD:109 (notes)
16 Mar 2009 1194 DPD: MTv1 Cover, Kodansha Remix DPD:110 (notes)
30 Sep 2009 1233 DPD: MT volume 6 prelim cover DPD:111 (notes)
30 Nov 2009 1244 DPD: aggregat3 DPD:112 (notes)
11 Dec 2009 1246 DPD - Megatokyo Volume 6 (almost) final cover DPD:113 (notes)
3 Jun 2010 1269 A.F.K. [END] D.P.D. DPD:114 (notes)
20 Oct 2010 1288 DPD: blown_covrrr DPD:115 (notes)
21 Dec 2010 1293 DPD: Pirokotsuki DPD:116 (notes)
27 Nov 2011 1322 DPD: Something Old and Unopened (color) DPD:117 (notes)
11 Dec 2011 1323 DPD: 12 character illustrations done DPD:118 (notes)
13 Feb 2011 1328 [un]dead piro [rising] day: t3h b34ch DPD: t3h b34ch (notes)
12 Sep 2012 1349 DPD: 1337 N1NJ4 R1D3 DPD:120
10 Mar 2013 1357 BPAD: bad piro art days, what i'm callin them now DPD:121
25 Apr 2013 1360 PBAD-Kimiko at a Summer Festival DPD/PBAD:121
6 May 2013 1361 PBAD-Frustrations of a FoxGirl Biology Teacher DPD/PBAD:122 Image wrongly shows date as 25 Apr 2013
6 May 2013 1364 DPD: Visual Novel Story Path Chaos!
26 Sep 2014 1412 DPD: The Tower of Kartage, Endgames Book 01
4 Mar 2015 1419 DPD: Captain Mugi and Science Officer Spock meet in a bar... DPD: 128
12 Mar 2015 1420 DPD: "Warmth" full color preview Sample preview: "warmth" - work in progress
14 Mar 2015 1421 DPD: Dire Water, Endgames Book 02 dead piro day - special light novel promotion
15 Apr 2015 1423 DPD-CS01: Komugiko, Catch and Release Sawatari Komugiko - Catch and Release
18 Apr 2015 1424 DPD-CS02: Ping, PWRup Ping-chan - Pwr Up
29 Apr 2015 1425 DPD-CS03: Nanasawa Kimiko, rain Nanasawa Kimiko - Rain
5 May 2015 1426 DPD-CS04: Hayasaka Erika, Towerclimbing Hayasaka Erika - Towerclimbing
27 May 2015 1427 DPD-CS05: Aoi Mumu's Awesome Radio Show Aoi Mumu's Radio Show
24 Jul 2015 1429 A serious family related AFK & Unnecessary Explosions
19 Aug 2015 1430 DPD: m0ar Unnecessary Explosions
20 Sep 2015 1431 In Memory of Moofie… Moofie & Kimiko DPD:138
7 Oct 2015 1432 DPD: Fire Fox, Endgames Book 03 dead piro day - special light novel promotion
18 Oct 2015 1433 DPD: Sad Girl in Snow Blanket V2
20 Jan 2015 1439 Shameless Buy Stuff or Kimiko will Cry Dead Piro Day - Art Prints!
16 Jun 2016 1451 DPD: Comfy!