Shirt Guy Dom

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Shirt Guy Dom strips (or, more commonly, SGDs) are a type of non-story strip. With only a few rare exceptions, these strips are are written and drawn entirely by Megatokyo's editor, Dominic Nguyen. In the early days of the comic, SGDs were drawn with a trackball. Today, however, he has moved on to bigger and better things: An optical mouse. Nevertheless, it is the trackball which has become forever imprinted upon the minds of Megatokyo readers.

SGDs, like DPDs, are usually unplanned interruptions in the comic. They appear when Fred just can't meet the comic deadline, for whatever reason, and finds himself completely unable to produce any artwork in time for the scheduled update. On rare occasions, Fred has actually planned SGDs in advance but, normally, Dom is given very little notice when instructed to create an SGD.

The name "Shirt Guy Dom" is a reference to an individual affiliated with Sluggy Freelance, Shirt Guy Tom. He's the person who is (or was, at one time) in charge of shirts there, and he created some stick figure filler strips for their site.

The story of Shirt Guy Dom's origins is provided by Dom himself in Megatokyo Volume 1 on page 99:

Ah, the early days of MT. The saga of the shirt guy starts with Largo, who gets tired of people asking him about our newly opened t-shirt store, and says "All questions go to Shirt Guy Dom". So, I'm the shirt guy. I shrug it off, since it doesn't matter to me. Then one night Piro can't finish the comic on time, and I get a message from Largo around an hour before we're scheduled to update. "We need the shirt guy to do stick figures", it says. I realized that it would make people suffer, and the rest is history. We haven't been sued by Sluggy Freelance yet, so I'd consider it a success.

List of strips

Date Strip Title (strip list) Title (in the strip) Notes
23 Oct 2000 031 Never Again
24 Nov 2000 045 SGD: Emergency Abstract Art Day
10 Jan 2001 065 SGD: Dom Day 3
19 Feb 2001 082 SGD: Ed does a bad thing
27 Feb 2001 086 SGD: Dance Dance Violation
14 Mar 2001 093 SGD: Dom gets Dom'd
9 Apr 2001 104 SGD: Ed-chan no ribbon???
8 Jun 2001 130 SGD: the acen that wasn't
18 Sep 2001 170 dom does baltimore
26 Oct 2001 186 SGD - Bad DomArt Day
7 Nov 2001 191 SGD: ed and dom's big adventure
20 Feb 2002 227 SGD: Trepanning for Dummies
22 Feb 2002 228 SGD: Only Mostly Dead Piro Day
29 Mar 2002 242 Telling it like it isn't
10 May 2002 257 more weird for your dollar
29 May 2002 265 DDD: Brain fart
1 Jul 2002 279 SGD - Cosplayer Zombie Hoard Bloodbath
26 Aug 2002 302 SGD: MegaTokyo walkthrough!
27 Sep 2002 315 SGD: A man of letters
9 Oct 2002 320 Pipe Cleaner Dom Theater
28 Oct 2002 328 SGD: Ninja vs. Schoolgirl
17 Jan 2003 361 SGD: A special hell for editors
24 Mar 2003 388 SGD: Fan art and hair balls
19 May 2003 411 SGD: Airport Hate
21 Jul 2003 438 SGD: San Diego Wildlife
25 Aug 2003 453 SGD: Face/On
5 Nov 2003 481 SGD: Ode to the chainsaw
5 Dec 2003 494 SGD: Dom's Guide to Nonexistent Swag
19 Jan 2004 509 SGD: Dom no kimyou na hatsuyume
1 Apr 2004 542 SGD: A new schedule
28 May 2004 564 SGD: Ed's social graces
17 Nov 2004 636 SGD: Leg work
28 Mar 2005 691 SGD: Uneasy is the Head...
27 Jul 2005 740 SGD: Crossed Wires
19 Aug 2005 749 SGD: A Blast from the Past
22 Aug 2005 750 SGD: Diarrhea of the Mouth
17 Oct 2005 774 SGD: Family Ties
28 Dec 2005 802 SGD: Lightweights
24 Mar 2006 837 SGD: Cubicle Defense
27 Mar 2006 838 SGD: Morning Alarms
7 Jun 2006 866 SGD: Making Good Neighbors
24 Jul 2006 885 SGD: Pressure Cookers
4 Aug 2006 889 SGD: Sticks on a Plane
7 Aug 2006 890 SGD: Is This the Real Life?
27 Jan 2007 960 SGD: Anything to Declare?
27 Jan 2007 969 SGD: As Time Goes By
6 Apr 2007 985 SGD: 568 grams
22 Jun 2007 1017 SGD: Into the Hellmouth
11 Nov 2007 1063 SGD: Excessive Exuberance
16 Nov 2007 1065 SGD: For the Man Who Has Everything
19 Nov 2007 1066 SGD: The Long Goodbye
23 Nov 2007 1067 SGD: Rock the House
10 Jun 2008 1129 SGD: Attention to Detail (notes)
1 Apr 2010 1263 SGD: Poetry Hour

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