Time Keeps Slipping by to Own an Archie Comic Mega Man Page

Ever wanted to own an original piece of Archie's Mega Man comic? Well, now you can!

Mega Man comic artist Chad Thomas is currently selling original pages from the "Time Keeps Slipping" arc, Issues 05-08. Each page is 11x7 and drawn by Chad with inks by Gary Martin. The pages range from $40 to $75. There are also pre-made pictures, like the Oil Man above, on sale for $40.

He is also offering limited slots for original commissions (one of which I have already snatched up!), $40 for one character and $50 for two. Shipping for everything is $10. So if you'd like to see your original Mega Man character in Chad's awesome style, now's the time!

You can see which pages he's offering and more information on his commissions on his webpage's store here.

The Making of the Cover for Archie's Mega Man #17

A couple of weeks ago, we got our first look at the two covers for the 17th issue of Archie's Mega Man comic book series, which is poised to take a look at the origin of everyone's favorite Bro-bot, Proto Man. Chad Thomas, who created the art for one of those covers, recently took to his blog to showcase all of the possibilities created for Archie to choose from for his contribution. And, given the marquee attraction of the story, that means lots and lots of Proto Man art!

You can view all of the action-packed roughs, as well as a large version of the final product in all its splendor, at Thomas's blog here. And along the way, he details the process which led from its conception to the finished work, all over the course of three days!

Thanks to Crimson Seiko for the tip!

Preview Pages for Mega Man #5; First Trade Paperback Goes on Sale Tomorrow

It's almost here: the first issue of the Archie Mega Man comic to follow the first game of the same name. And as we've shown in solicitations and cover previews for a while, the next story arc is going to give a little more time in the spotlight to not only the Light Number Robot Masters you know and love, but also introduce the two "extra" Robot Masters who debuted in soon-to-be-re-released Mega Man Powered Up on the PlayStation Portable, now redesigned by artist Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante to fit in with the normal Mega Man world. In addition, this preview gives us the first look at the interior art for the book, as provided by Chad Thomas, whose work we have been looking at recently, and who has also drawn the "Short Circuits" comic strip in the back of each issue to date.

The preview pages are below, and you will be able to find the issue in comic shops for $2.99 as early as tomorrow, according to the most recent solicitation. Those who must wait for other retailers to get their supplies will find it the following week on September 13th.

And if you haven't followed the story up until now, Archie has announced that the first trade paperback of the series, based on the inaugural four-issue "Let the Games Begin" story arc, will also go on sale tomorrow for $11.95 USD.

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MEGA MAN #5 “Time Keeps Slipping” Part One: The evil Dr. Wily may be in jail, but that doesn’t mean the adventures are over for Mega Man! Federal agents are investigating Dr. Light for ties to the Robot Masters’ rampage while sinister figures lurk in the shadows. And why does Dr. Wily look so smug in his jail cell? Don’t miss the beginning of the newest Mega Man adventure! Featuring a painted cover by fan favorite artist Greg Horn! SCRIPT: Ian Flynn ART: Chad Thomas, Rick Bryant, John Workman and Matt Herms Cover by Greg Horn Villain Variant Cover by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante Shipping Date: 8/24/2011 On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/7/2011 Newsstands: Week of 9/13/2011 Comic, 32 pgs, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color $2.99 US

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Solicitation for Mega Man #8 and Chad Thomas Gives Us Oil Man

It's that time again! Wait, already? The new solicitation and cover for Archie's Mega Man #8 is now available, and it looks to be a doozy! The Blue Bomber is going to have his hands quite full when the issue hits stands this December! Plus, it appears we have an all-new character headed our way.

In addition, Chad Thomas (new interior artist for issues #5 through 8 ) has once again updated his blog to bring us yet another look at how he will be drawing the characters in the pages of the monthly serial. Following his pictures of Cut Man, Ice Man, and Mega Man himself, we can now see how he portrays the ever-controversial Oil Man!

Going over what he has been up to lately, Thomas notes "In the meantime you get one of my (new)favorite Mega Man villains to draw! Nearing the climax of Mega Mans second arc right now and boy Ian Flynn is really putting me to work! In future months as/after the books and previews come out I may post a handful of the working pencils for the book on my deviantart account like I did with some Young Salems. If that’s something you’re interested in let me know!"

You can check out the cover, solicit, and Oil Man below. Thanks again, Sockie!

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MEGA MAN #8 "Time Keeps Slipping" Part Four: The finale to Mega Man's newest adventure! Dr. Wily has captured Roll and turned the eight Robot Masters against Mega Man! Can the blue bomber and Federal agent Roslyn Krantz turn the tides, save Roll, and bring down Dr. Wily for good? Don't miss this thrilling conclusion! ? Script: Ian Flynn Art: Chad Thomas Cover by Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante Shipping Date: 11/23/11 On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 12/7/11 On Sale on Newsstands: 12/13/11 32-page, full color comic $2.99 US

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More Mega Man from Chad Thomas

Chad Thomas, the interior artist for issues 5-8 of Archie's Mega Man comic, has posted a new sketch to his blog. After seeing his Ice Man and Cut Man the other day, now he gives us the Blue Bomber himself! "My take on the character has come a very very long way from the initial stuff that was released, the sketch variant, and the Short Circuit back ups I did for the first few issues," he says in a new post on his blog. "I saw some of the finished art for issue 05 and I’m so thrilled with the turn out. Gary Martin, Matt Herms, and John Workman are just KILLING it, and Ian’s worked up a real solid 4-parter that I think everyone will enjoy!"

You can see the new piece at a fuller scale below. Thanks to Sockie for the tip!

Preview Pages for Mega Man #4, Plus Chad Thomas Robot Master Art/Tease

IGN has posted their exclusive preview of Mega Man #4, the issue which concludes the first Blue Bomber story arc from Archie, based on the original Mega Man video game. Strangely enough, the preview seems to cut away during one battle and skip to the build-up to another part of the story entirely. Mega Man #4 will go on sale next Wednesday, August 10th, though subscribers may see their issues arrive prior to that date.

In addition to bringing things full-circle with the beginning of the first issue, we also have a peek at things to come from the artist for the second story arc, Chad Thomas, who posted a sketch of the Robot Masters Cut Man and Ice Man, who he hints will factor heavily into issues #6 and 7 of the series. The style appears a bit different from what we have seen from him previously, and will hopefully prove to be more fan-pleasing than those earlier works.

Newsarama Talks Archie's Mega Man with Ian Flynn

Over at Newsarama, there is a new interview with the writer of Archie's upcoming Mega Man comic, Ian Flynn. There, he discusses a little of what fans and new readers alike can expect when they first open the pages of the premiere issue of the book, which will be available at the end of April and the beginning of May, depending on where you go for your comics.

In addition to this, they also talk a little about upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog comic projects, and leaves fans with his assurance that "Like Sonic, Mega Man is being produced by fans for the fans. You’re in for a treat!"

Finally, the article also gives us a new peek at what to expect from the comic's art, which you can see below.

IGN Unveils Mega Man #1 Variant Cover, Slips Back to May?

The upcoming release of Archie's Mega Man #1 was already a pretty badly-kept secret, despite the company's attempts to keep its fans in suspense as to what dynamic and exciting character would be making his debut in the month of April. Or will it be May, after all?

Those lucky ducks over at IGN managed to get their hands on an exclusive reveal for a variant cover for the first issue, which they say will be available on May 4th, 2011. One day earlier, and they could have sent it to me as a birthday gift; of course, given how comic shipping works, we can just assume they tried to get it as close as they possibly could. Well done!

Anyway, here is the variant cover for the first issue:

The special "sketch cover" you see above is rendered by Chad Thomas (more of his Mega Man work can be seen here), and will be available as one in every five issues of the comic-- that is, provided it meets Capcom's approval, it seems. To put it another way, there will be one of these for every four of the regular covers, there will be one of these.

As a reminder, here is the regular cover, as rendered by Sonic the Hedgehog fan-favorite artist Patrick Spaziante (whose has some Mega Man samples viewable here and in the last link):

This is a most interesting move for the company to take. While numerous comic book publishers have not been shy about offering variant covers for numerous titles going as far back as the mid-90s (and perhaps further), this is the first time in recent memory-- if ever-- that Archie has ever done such a thing. And that's including their Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe lines of titles.

It is also a little bit of a curious move. Going purely on fan reaction, it seems that Spaziante is the more popular of the two artists; it would seem that those more likely to buy the Thomas cover (or both) are the hardcore collector types (of both comic book and Mega Man merchandise), while most of the general audience will probably want Spaziante's cover...

...ah, I see what they did there. Shrewd move, Archie. Shrewd move.

More Concept Art from Archie's Mega Man, Plus More of What to Expect from Spaz

In the latest news regarding Archie's upcoming Mega Man comic book, we have a slight mix of information for you; you might have seen some of it around already, while some of it should be rather new.

For starters, more "concept art" has surfaced from the Archie Comics panel at New York Comic-Con. Courtesy of The Sonic Stadium (via Protodude's Rockman Corner, what you see above is a glimpse of some concept art by Chad Thomas, who some may recognize from his work on Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and Young Salem.

Other images have been shown, and here are some clearer shots of Proto Man and Dr. Wily from none other than the man himself:

In addition to Thomas' work, there were also some samples from Patrick Spaziante on display, joining the sketches we saw previously:

On top of that, Comic Book Resources (again via Protodude) gives us a much clearer look at one shot...

...while Newsarama has provided another:

If some of these images look familiar, it's not just you. The shot of Mega Man himself from the Comic Book Resources page comes from our 2004 interview with Mr. Spaziante (which has since been mercilessly plucked and used on virtually every website or video which has covered Mega Man news), while Cut Man, Elec Man, Guts Man and his Metool friends, Ice Man, and the duo of Bass and Treble come from the Artbox line of trading cards from about the same time.

Some have previously expressed distaste at the designs of the Robot Masters, Cut Man and Elec Man in particular, who were inspired by this piece from the Capcom Art Works book by Hideki Ishikawa (courtesy of Racketboy. But those fearing this is what the comic will bring need not worry.

We asked Spaziante about how he would be approaching the Robot Master designs for the actual comic, to which he replied "Regular designs all the way." He has taken note of the mixed reaction to the Ishikawa designs, and will therefore be penciling the characters with their more "classic" appearance.

So far, word all-around seems to be that the comic is moving forward, but nothing concrete has been laid out yet.

And that means, of course, that if you have any preferences, now is the time to make such things known. Who knows? Perhaps some of the creative talent behind the book will be keeping their eyes peeled to Mega Man comments and forums such as our own.