Recently, we brought you news of Mega Man Megamix creator Hitoshi Ariga making an appearance at this month's FanExpo Canada. Today, our friends at UDON have passed along the official word regarding the event, as well as another taking place in Toronto for those who cannot make it to the convention. First, in addition to the aforementioned Q&A panel on Sunday, August 29th, from 4pm to 5pm in room #203D, Ariga will also be at the UDON booth signing autographs throughout the rest of the show.
However, if for some reason you're in Toronto and can't make it to FanExpo (tickets aren't exactly cheap), there is still good news.
UDON Entertainment, the Japan Foundation, The Beguiling, and A&C Games are teaming together to present an event known as “Mega Man! Megamix! Megavent!” It will be held in Ariga's honor at the Japan Foundation prior to FanExpo at 7pm on Thursday, August 26th, and will be free to attend. However, space is limited to 100 people, thus necessitating RSVP.
At this event, they will debut the newest volume of Mega Man Megamix, with the first volume available as well.
“We’re truly honoured to welcome Ariga-San to Toronto,” said event organizer and The Beguiling manager, Christopher Butcher, in a press release. “His work is very energetic and passionate, and it’s fantastic to see the games I remember investing so many hours into brought to comics! I think both fans of Mr. Ariga’s work on the MEGA MAN MEGAMIX manga, and fans of the Mega Man video games in general, are very fortunate to be able to meet him and will enjoy the event.”
While the doors open at 7pm, the event proper will begin at 7:30pm, during which Ariga will give a speech (in Japanese, via an English interpreter). Following that, he will take questions from the audience, as well as sign autographs for all of those in attendance.
And, in addition to the Megamix manga and its creator, Mega Man video games will be available to play and purchase, courtesy of A&C Games.
With that said, we at The Mega Man Network would just like to welcome Mr. Ariga to Toronto and North America, and we look forward to the event!