Trivia Time: The Mega Man-Bravoman Connection

A little something different today... Did You Know: Many manga creators, or "mangaka," often use pseudonyms in their work? And as it so happens, one such creator who does so is none other than fan favorite Hitoshi Ariga, creator of the Mega Man Megamix and Mega Man Gigamix manga available from UDON Entertainment.

Recently, Ariga explained the origin of his pen name with a picture posted to deviantArt of Namco Bandai video game hero Bravoman. Ariga explains that it was his affinity for the game and the civilian identity of Bravoman, known in Japan as "Hitoshi Nakamura" (Arnold in the West), that he drew his professional name from. Hmm, we wonder if that means it would be okay to call him "Arnold" if he should visit from overseas again...

In any case, part of the reason this came up is that UDON has recently begun publishing a webcomic based on Bravoman, which is being written by Matt Moylan, a name some of you no doubt recognize from his work with the company's many Mega Man projects. Give it a look, and you can find out more about the comic here.

It may not hurt to familiarize yourself; after all, there's a chance Bravoman could show up alongside Mega Man X and the other heroes in the upcoming Project X Zone.

Updates on UDON's Mega Man Ventures

Been wondering when that next awesome Mega Man manga is coming out? Or when some new reprints are going to be filled? UDON's Matt Moylan has contacted us with the low down. Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide:

This project has been through a lot! It turned out to be a lot more work than expected, has got through a couple total overhauls, and also had a lengthy approval process. But the book is now completed. We have rescheduled the book for January 2012. It could be ready a bit earlier, but because the book is so late we want to give comic shops the chance to adjust their orders on the book. (As a little background, comic book shops cannot return most unsold books like big chain book stores can, so shop owners appreciate being able to adjust their orders on a late title. “Mom & Pop” comic shops are still a big market for UDON, so we want to take care of those folks when we can.) Thanks all for being patient on this fun little book!

Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 3:

The final book in Hitoshi Ariga’s ultimate Mega-manga series is now at the printer. It’s expected to hit stores early November. A more precise date and previews will be coming closer to the release.

Mega Man: Official Complete Works: Mega Man Zero: Official Complete Works:

We are reprinting both of these titles, and they’ll be back in stock before the end of the year. So don’t pay any crazy reseller prices! ;)

Mega Man Tribute:

Just a note, if you haven’t picked up this book and want a copy before X-mas (for yourself or for a gift) I’d suggest  to you order early. Due to some miscommunication, our printed shorted us on this title about 20% less than we wanted for the first printing. We do still have a decent amount in stock, but that could sell out quick closer to the holiday season. Whenever MM Tribute sells out we will do a new printing, but it’s not likely to make it in time for X-mas, so just a heads up!

Finally, Matt notes that: "Also, we have a few new Mega Man projects in the works! Hopefully we can announce some of them soon. Thanks all!"

If you have any additional questions on the matter, comment them in this post and we'll send them Matt's way. He may even drop by to address them personally! Thanks Matt!

Check out UDON at SDCC for a Slathering of Guests

Plan on going to San Diego Comic Con later this month? Be sure to check out UDON at booth #5037. Of course I'm sure you probably will, because that'll be your first opportunity to grab UDON's art-packed Mega Man Tribute. Not only that, but a number of artists who contributed to Tribute will be on hand for signings. This includes UDON's managing editor Matt Moylan, as well as friend of the site Andrew Dickman, who contributes to our podcast among other things. Be sure to say hello and tell them how much you love the book! Additionally, one more "very special guest" is planned to be on hand. They will announce who closer to SDCC, but if I had to make a guess I'd imagine his name rhymes with "itoshi Ariga." We'll have to wait and see!

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Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 Hits Stores Tomorrow

Rejoice Ariga fans, your first big helping of Mega Man Gigamix comes tomorrow! Via a notice from UDON's Matt Moylan, that's when you can expect the manga to hit stores. Online orders ought to be forthcoming soon after. We've gotten numerous tips over the past couple months concerning how much Gigamix vol. 1's release date has been bouncing around on Amazon. It's currently listed for July, but I imagine it should be much sooner. This time UDON followed through on the release promise! For now, though, you can enjoy these preview shots of Mega Man Gigamix vol. 1. Thanks Matt!

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The TMMN Megacast #006 - I Lost a Bet

It's been six months of the Megacast, can you believe it? Half a year! They said it wouldn't last. I said it wouldn't last! But here we are. In this very serendipitous episode, the Megacast crew (sans Andy) welcome special guest, UDON Entertainment's managing editor, Matt Moylan. Matt gives us the lowdown about various upcoming Mega Man publications, especially concerning details surrounding the fan-powered Mega Man Tribute due out this summer. Then in the Mega Man Game Club, we cover Mega Man V (Game Boy) and discover it's harder to carry on a good conversation about a game we generally like (except Jesse, he totally hates this game).

Additional discussion covers looking back at Kotobukiya's foray into Mega Man model kits, and speculation about what new places the Mega Man franchise might take us, which goes utterly nowhere. But just when you think it's all over, a surprise interloper jumps into the podcast!

This episode features a Mercury Stage remix by Saitone from Chiptuned Rockman, and there might also be a little prize giveaway in order if you listen carefully! Hope you enjoy the show!

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Some Updates from UDON

Matt Moylan over at UDON Entertainment has some small updates for us to announce about their Mega Man products.

  • Mega Man Zero: Official Complete Works is now back in print! If you missed out on it before, you can order it once again from Amazon.com or your local comic book retailer.
  • Stock of Mega Man and Mega Man X: Official Complete Works are nearly sold out at UDON's distributor. If you want to grab these art books, you better get to it soon! They won't be able to restock until the next printing, which may not be until Fall.
  • New info pertaining to Mega Man art books is coming soon! You can probably guess what this pertains to.

Thanks, Matt!

A look at Mega Man X: Official Complete Works 3D embossed cover, and hints at more

Matt Moylan, managing editor of UDON, just got back his sample copies of Mega Man X: Official Complete Works, and he couldn't wait to show off its embossed cover to us! Though somewhat difficult to make out in the pictures below, Matt says "both X and the logo stick right out of the cover." He also assures that Mega Man: Official Complete Works will get the same embossing treatment.

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Additionally, Matt also had this curious message to impart upon us: "Also, not ready to announce future art book dates yet, but if fans like the STARs on their favorite television NETWORKs to speak English then, they’d be advised to wait a bit before buying certain Japanese versions of art books. ;)" Boy Matt, I'm scratching my head over that one. Hrmn... But all the same, thanks for the sneak peak and the info!