Check Out the Mega Man Panel at This Year's MomoCon

484709_10151438708263764_200918139_nIf you're going to be attending this year's MomoCon, which is being held from March 8th to 10th in Atlanta, Georgia, then you may want to check out Scott Laney's Mega Man Fan Panel, which will be in its second year. According to Scott, the focus is on the community the franchise has helped to foster, and will look at various media such as fan music, fan dubs like the one for Rockman.EXE, and fan games such as "Mega Man X Corrupted," and more. He'll also have some goods on hand to give away, such as copies of the Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide from UDON (excellent choice, if we may say).

For further information about MomoCon, be sure to check out the official website, and you can also learn more on their Facebook page.

Rockman Fans Will Converge for "Rock Party"

Fans of Rockman are gearing up for a mega event marking the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary. This time the shindig is Rock Party: an all Rockman, only Rockman doujin convention.

Right now Rock Party has a pre-site open, and they plan to begin adding event details later this month. The event itself, however, won't be until next year, February 24th, and will take place in Tokyo. I'm definitely gonna try to make it there!

For the time being, the group has released some promotional art for the event flier. The top one is by GO!, and the bottom is by Miyazo; both fan artists very active with the Rockman community and events (GO! is also involved with the Rockman Zero 10th Anniversary Anthology). Pretty cool stuff; I can't wait!

News via CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog

Archie Brings Convention-Exclusive Comic Covers to the New York Comic-Con (Updated)

The 2011 New York Comic-Con will be held from October 13th to 17th at the Javits Center in New York City, and Archie Comics will be in attendance. What's more, they are bringing some convention-exclusive collectibles with them. IGN reports that exclusive covers will be available for what will then be the new/current issues of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, which will be #229 (part four of the "Genesis" story arc) and #6 (part two of the "Time Keeps Slipping" story arc), respectively. For Sonic, this means a pencil variant of the cover featuring Super Sonic as rendered by none other than Patrick Spaziante. As for Mega Man...

Well, much as we hate to say this, but it's a little underwhelming by comparison. To fit with the Mega Man Powered Up-inspired story arc featuring Time Man and Oil Man, this version of Mega Man #6 features one of Capcom's stock art images of Mega Man from the game in question. No Time Man or Oil Man, no other characters, no background. Just Mega Man with the title and name of the story.

You can see both covers below. And to be honest, while we've enjoyed what Archie has been doing with the comic otherwise, even we could understand if Mega Man fans who attend the NYCC instead opted for the Sonic comic.

Update: We forgot to mention, IGN also notes that Patrick Spaziante and the creative team behind Mega Man will be on hand for autographs at the show.

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Capcom is Hitting the Big Apple with Mega Man Universe

Comic-Con is coming to New York City from October 8th to 10th, and among numerous others, Capcom is going to be there! What's more, they will be hosting their own panel, which GoNintendo details as follows:

World of CAPCOM 2010 and BeyondDate: Sunday, October 10 Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Location: Room 1A21 Speaker: TBA Track: NYCC/NYAF Panels Description: Trailers and inside info on all the hot, upcoming games from Capcom – Marvel VS Capcom 3, Dead Rising 2, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, Ghost Trick, Okamiden, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition Move, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Mega Man Universe, and more.

More, indeed.

In addition, Protodude reminds us that it was at the San Diego Comic-Con a short time ago that Keiji Inafune dropped word of an "oft-requested title" being in development; could New York bring similar info?

In addition, there isn't word on whether or not Mega Man Universe will be playable at the event, but following the availability of a demo at the Tokyo Game Show, it doesn't seem too unlikely.

Stay tuned to The Mega Man Network, as we'll be keeping a close eye on the show for the latest from the world of the Blue Bomber. We're sure you won't want to miss it.

See Ariga and Swaile at FanExpo Canada

This news is a little late in coming; honestly, I thought we had already reported it, but nope.* For those interested, fan-favorite Mega Man manga artist Hitoshi Ariga is scheduled to appear at FanExpo Canada, which takes place from August 27th to 29th, courtesy of our friends at UDON Entertainment.

In addition to Mega Man Megamix, Ariga was responsible for the art in the manga adaptation of the anime series The Big O (as seen at right), as well as helping put together the massive R20 artbook, which saw release here as Mega Man Official Complete Works and Mega Man X Official Complete Works.

As of August 12th, Ariga's part in the Expo will be to host a Q&A session at 4pm on Sunday in Room #203D.

In addition to Ariga, the voice of Lan Hikari in the MegaMan NT Warrior anime, Brad Swaile, will also be in attendance. Swaile, who has also voiced Light Yagami in Death Note and Quatre Winner in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, will be packing a much busier schedule than Ariga, too.

At 5:30pm on Friday, Swaile will be hosting an autograph session in Room DD, and another on Saturday at 2pm in Area BB. Following that, he'll have a "Meet Voice Actor Brad Swaile" event at 3:30pm in Room #104D. And finally, at 4:30pm on Sunday, he'll have yet another autograph session in Signing Area AA.

Of course, there is much more to see at FanExpo. In addition to anime, there is also gaming, comic books, sci-fi, and even horror. You can find out all about it here.

* I think UDON may have been planning to pass along an announcement, hence the wait, but it's already on the FanExpo website. And as Bass likes to say, "he who hesitates is lost," so we've decided to go ahead and run the story.