Miss UDON's SDCC Exclusives? Worry Not!

SDCCEXCoverPic We're going to level with you: The San Diego Comic-Con kind of sucks. Don't get us wrong, it's all kinds of awesome, but having all of that awesomeness concentrated into one place is why it sucks; paying to go, paying to stay, paying to attend, and the worst part: Competing with everyone else who is doing the same, only to wind up cut off in the line for a panel or having stock of an exclusive run out. Where does that leave you then? (San Diego, we know; it's just an expression.)

Fortunately, it's not all bad news if you can't afford to even try to get these things. In the case of UDON Entertainment, they've revealed that not only will their SDCC exclusives be available at the Penny Arcade Expo Prime (PAX, where they're expected to sell through quickly), but also through their online store starting at Noon EST on Thursday, August 1st.

Among the goodies are the MM25: Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works Deluxe Blue Laser Foil Hardcover edition (the softcover version will be available in late August/early September), the World of Warcraft Tribute Limited Edition Hard Cover, The Art of Brutal Legend: Heavy Metal Slipcase Edition, and a whopping three different Street Fighter books with comparably long names.

So who needs SDCC? They can keep their panels and their reveals... and their Metroplexes with two guns and mini-figures... and their Dragonzord/Tigerzord Legacy Morphers... and... aw, phooey. At least we can still get the cool books.

Much Mega Man Goodness at San Diego Comic-Con

24ea4a7fdfeb62d718e87ce0ee08c469620643db5a90e805bcfa366362112591 The San Diego Comic-Con is once again upon us, taking place from July 18th through 21st next week, and as usual, there are plenty of goodies to be gotten and things to check out, including some Blue Bomber swag from Capcom. Read on for the rundown.

In addition to the SDCC-exclusive hardcover version of MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works from UDON Entertainment and a special variant of Archie's Mega Man #24, there is also the much talked-about 10-inch 25th Anniversary Mega Man statue with lights and stand for $100. Plus, the life-size giant version will be on hand for photo ops!

But wait! If you purchase the statue at Comic-Con, then you'll also take home the inflatable Mega Buster (seen above) for free!

The Mega Man cases for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL will also be available at Capcom's booth, going for $15 and $20, respectively.

Finally, the Mega Man keychain seen at the top of this article is made of stainless steel, is limited to 1,000 pieces, and goes for $10 apiece.

In addition, Archie will be holding their annual "Archie Action Hour: Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man" panel on Sunday at 1pm in Room 28DE:

Get ready for action in San Diego! It’s been a huge year for the two most popular video game comic titles as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man joined together for the first time ever in this year's biggest crossover event: "Worlds Collide"—and it’s only going to get better! Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski is joined by Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito, writer Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog) and artists Ryan Jampole (Mega Man), Jon Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog) and Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog). See exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming storylines, and get the latest on the All that plus attendees will power-up with a FREE gift bag chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness! Be there!

If you're planning to attend the panel, we'd love to get a report from you!

On top of all that, some of the creative talent behind the Mega Man comic book will be on hand for autograph signings throughout the weekend. For your convenience, here are the relevant ones:

Thursday Signing Times:

1pm – 2pm: Ian Flynn (Sonic, Mega Man, Red Circle) 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Ryan Jampole (Mega Man)

Friday Signing Times:

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Ian Flynn & Ryan Jampole (Sonic, Mega Man) 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Ian Flynn & Evan Stanley (Sonic, Mega Man, Red Circle)

Saturday Signing Times:

12pm – 1pm: Ian Flynn & Ryan Jampole (Sonic, Mega Man)

Sunday Signing Times:

3pm – 4pm: Ian Flynn & Ryan Jampole (Sonic, Mega Man)

Sources: Capcom Unity, Archie Comics

UDON Reveals Limited Edition MM25 Hardcover

SDCC2013_UDON_MM25For the collector who must have only the best, UDON has officially announced the special edition hardcover version of MM25 Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works. This version comes with a blue laser foil jacket. It will be available at San Diego Comic Con for $100. It's limited edition, however, so be sure to see UDON in a hurry! They will be at booth 4529.

Get a Glimpse of the Expanded Content of MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works

08f961ab787ed3ebe1dc3d1136da627a Wow, when it rains, it pours-- especially with Mega Man news. In this case, amidst everything else we've had to say on MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works, Brelston at Capcom Unity has posted four images of the book's new expanded contents.

Above is our choice for most interesting, but there's plenty more to see: Designs from Mega Man 9, art from Mega Man 10, and illustrations from newer crossovers such as Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Project X Zone await; just click here to see the rest!

Feast Your Eyes on MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works (Update)

mm25_print_proof_stackUDON Entertainment has just recently posted the picture you see at right (click for full size) on their blog, showing the printing proof version of MM25: Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works, which is a high-resolution laser color printout of the book for them to look over and check for errors. According to UDON chief Erik Ko, "this is the biggest printing stack ever." "While the final book won’t measure the 3 or 4 inches tall that this print stack does, it does hopefully give you an idea of just how BIG a deal MM25 is going to be! Replacing our Mega Man Official Complete Works and Mega Man X Official Complete Works, this 430+ page MONSTER faithfully reproduces the recently released Japanese edition, R20+5!"

If you're interested in securing a copy (the original versions have been known to be hard to find after a while), you can pre-order on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and on BarnesAndNoble.com. Additionally, it will be featured in the June edition of Diamond Distributors' Previews catalog, which covers items shipping in August, under the code "JUN131309."

Source: Operation Rainfall

Update: We've just received a tip from Dr. Wily that Diamond's Previews catalog has a hardcover version of the book slated for an August 28th release in comic book stores, with a price of $59.99.

TMMN Giveaway - Nab a Mega Man USB Buster!

MMUSBBuster_largescreenshot3 Hey there, it's been a little while, so how about a chance to win something cool? We've got three of Capcom's 25th anniversary Mega Buster styled USB thumb drives to give away! Each has a capacity of 8GB, and comes equipped the latest version of Street Fighter X Mega Man, the game's soundtrack and promotional wallpaper, and digital copies of UDON's Mega Man Tribute, Mega Man X Official Complete Works, and Archie's Mega Man comic issues #1-4. Woah!

Now I'm guessing you probably want to know how to win. It's simple! Just reply to this post with the following: what Mega Man game would you want to see remade, and how would you want to see it remade? Let us know in as much detail as you can muster! Three winners will be chosen randomly after the deadline from these comments. Please be sure to comment with your legitimate e-mail so we can reach you!

The deadline to enter this giveaway is Sunday, May 26th, at midnight PST. Please only one entry/comment per person! Thank you, and good luck!

...But At Least We're Getting R20+5

MM25Okay, so that last item sort of blew up in our faces a bit. Feel free to picture a writer covered in black soot with his eyes poking through, blinking in a stunned fashion. This one, however, we're a bit more confident about. At their own PAX East panel, UDON Entertainment has officially announced that yes, you too can own the R20+5 25th anniversary art book, right in the comfort of your own language (provided that language is English). The book boasts the following:

- 432 pages - All the classic artwork from the Mega Man and Mega Man X series - NEW artwork, and rough concepts from Mega Man 9 and 10 - New game developer interviews - New Tribute art from Hitoshi Ariga, Toru Nakayama, Shigeto Ikehara, and more!

There is no release date or price given yet, though if the prices of the two separate editions from before are any indication, it will be a doozy. Also, the cover art shown is taken from the Japanese version, and may not be the final design.

This is just one of many Capcom-themed art books UDON will be bringing over, and you can check out the full lineup here.

Get Equipped with Mega Man USB Drive!

Mega Man USB Need some mass storage to go with your soon to be released Mega Man Ultrabook? Well, Capcom has you covered with the new Mega Man USB drive. For $19.95 you'll get all of the following:

  • 8GB Mega Buster USB stick
  • Mega Man #1~4 (Digital Comic Book)
  • Mega Man Tribute Art Book (Digital)
  • Mega Man X Complete Works (Digital)
  • Street Fighter X Mega Man soundtrack (via A_Rival)
  • SFxMM Wallpapers (Originally posted on Unity)
  • Quick link to SFxMM game (in case you somehow don't have it)

Head on over to Capcom Unity for ordering information!

From 1UP: Mega Man's Comic Career & The Social Retrospective

Finishing off this week's 1UP Cover Story, "Mega Man: 25 Years of Theme-Park Levels and Stolen Robot Powers," is a two-story main event for the weekend.

First up is Jeremy Parish's "Mega Man: The Social Retrospective," which is described as "a randomly irreverent trip through the history of Capcom's robot hero." This collects the many posts made over the past month in celebration of the Blue Bomber's 25th anniversary on 1UP's Tumblr account, with lots of fun tidbits and images.

The other story is one we've alluded to throughout the week, "Mega Man's Comic Career: The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre." Here, Nadia Oxford and I look back at the past and the present, the good and the bad, and overall some of the most noteworthy instances of Mega Man in print. It's by no means a thorough list, but rather provides some of the high and lowlights of his career.

Special thanks go out to Ian Flynn and the Archie Comics crew, UDON Entertainment, and Dr. Neko for my part, while Nadia would like to extend thanks to The Mechanical Maniacs and Rodrigo Shin for hers.

And that's it for 1UP's Mega Man Cover Story this week; we hope you've enjoyed it!

R20 Art Book Getting Powered Up

R20: Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works (released in the west by UDON as separate volumes) is easily one of the best and most definitive art books for the Mega Man series. And in honor of Mega Man's 25th anniversary, it's going to get republished with additional content as "R20: Revised Edition" (currently a tentative name).

To bolster the book's contents, manga artists Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto will be submitting special illustrations just for the book. Other additions are being planned, but will come to light at a later date. I'd wager that Mega Man 9 and 10's contents would likely be added, since they came out after the original "R20" was published.

Additionally, a major Q&A for all Mega Man series artists is being prepped (which even includes Xover), and they want fans to contribute their questions. If you use Twitter, you can submit your questions with the hashtag "#R20増補" for consideration. You can submit as many as you like, but certainly not all of them can be addressed (and I doubt all your "why is Capcom killing Mega Man?" questions will be). The deadline for questions is October 11th at 1PM, Japan time.

With as awesome as the original R20 was, I can only hope they'll add plenty more!

News Credit: Rockman Unity

TMMN September Giveaway! What's Your Mega Man Tribute?

I'll bet you thought we forgot! It's September, and it's time for another TMMN giveaway! This time we're offering a copy of UDON's amazing fan artwork collective: "Mega Man Tribute." It's 300 pages of incredibly cool artwork covering a myriad of series and characters. Honestly, all of you ought to have this book, but just in case we got one for you! So how can you win it? That's simple. All you need to do is comment in this post and describe how you would pay tribute to Mega Man. What does the Blue Bomber mean to you, and what lengths would you go to show your respect? Just write up your comment and submit. We will pick one commenter randomly as the winner!

You have until the 23rd, Sunday night at midnight, PST to write in your comment. We look forward to seeing your posts! One lucky winner will snag "Mega Man Tribute." Will it be you?

Mega Man X Official Complete Works Getting Restocked in 2013

Haven't had a chance to pick up UDON's magnificent Mega Man X Official Complete Works yet? Well first off all, what's wrong with you? Second, UDON has noted that their stock is officially sold out for now, and although various comic book stores may still have copies, you'll otherwise face sellers jacking up the price to over $400! As awesome as these Official Complete Works books are, that price is a bit steep... Especially when UDON has you covered anyway! If you don't mind a bit of a wait, UDON plans to print new stock for 2013. I will also note that other Official Complete Works books, like classic Mega Man and Mega Man Zero, are still in stock and at regular price. So if you really haven't picked them up yet, no better time than the present!

Happy Birthday to Hitoshi Ariga

Today marks the birthday of Mr. Hitoshi Ariga, and we just wanted to wish him the happiest one he could possibly have (and maybe a job working for Capcom heading up the Mega Man brand). For those who have been living under one of Guts Man's rocks, or are simply fresh off the assembly line, Ariga is a longstanding fan-favorite artist who has worked with Mega Man-- or Rockman, if you would like to be technical-- for many years. Beginning with Rockman Remix, which included a couple of Classic Rockman tales in addition to an adaptation of one of Bandai's Rockman X MegaMission card sets, he has created a number of other manga based on the Blue Bomber, filling out a series of three Rockman Megamix and three Rockman Gigamix volumes.

More recently, much of his work has been adapted under the Mega Man name and released in North America by UDON Entertainment. Furthermore, his was the guiding hand which brought together the R20 art compilation, known better to some as the Mega Man Official Complete Works and Mega Man X Official Complete Works, also released in North America by UDON. He has also developed short manga and illustrations for the Rockman 9 Arrange Soundtrack, ZX Tunes, and Chiptuned Rockman.

In addition, he also designed the Robot Masters Dynamo Man and Burner Man for Mega Man & Bass, for which he also designed the Super Famicom box art. Outside of Mega Man, some might recognize his work from the Star Wars and The Big O manga.

Suffice to say, he's done quite a bit. He even gave us all a special treat on his first visit to North America in 2010, when answered questions and showed us his idea for how Bass and Ice Man's hair would look.

Now that you know what the man has done and that it's his big day, there's just one thing left for you to do: If you're a deviantART member, go there and wish him a happy birthday (and maybe check out some of the works he's posted there). Or, if you're on Twitter, you can wish him well there, too.

Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks Coming in August

Following the recent announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works, UDON Entertainment has revealed that August will see the release of another art book, this one being Street Fighter X Tekken Artworks. And if you're wondering why we're talking about this here or what this has to do with the Blue Bomber, then we kindly invite you to come out from under your rock, man. As many of you might recall-- some with a sense of fondness, others with a deep stinging sensation-- Street Fighter X Tekken featured an oddball representation of Mega Man with a "hidden" character in the PlayStation 3 version based on the "Bad Box Art" version of the hero. Moreover, you might remember that Capcom developed numerous designs, some of which were actually pretty cool, before settling on the well-traveled hero who just doesn't know when to retire... or whose version of Roll may simply not let him.

Now is your chance to own a copy of the 192-page book containing these design sketches, as well as numerous other pieces from SFXT artists such as Shinkiro, Kinu Nishimura, Akiman, and more. There are also additional pieces of creator commentary ("on almost every image in the book") and four extensive interviews as well.

The softcover book will be released in August for $39.99, though preview copies will be available at PAX 2012. If you'd like to order it through a more conventional bookstore, then the following numbers may prove useful to you: ISBN: 1-926778-51-0 and ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-51-8.

UDON Announces Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works

While Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 did little to sate the desires of those who specifically wanted to see an actual Blue Bomber representing their favorite franchise, there is no denying that the Mega Man series has had a strong presence overall in the Marvel vs. Capcom series as a whole. And that's something to keep in mind as UDON Entertainment makes their latest announcement. Debuting with a special hard-cover edition (seen at right) on July 11th at San Diego Comic-Con will be the nearly 200-page Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works art book, a compilation of official artwork, sketches, and bonus features not only from the game series named in the book's title, but all of Capcom's art related to the Marvel Universe, dating all the way back to 1993's The Punisher arcade game. "Compiled by UDON with the help of Capcom and Marvel," notes the press release, "this is the first time this material has ever been collected in one place—on either side of the Pacific!"

The press release goes on to state that UDON has worked closely with Capcom's creative head, Shoei Okano, to dig through the deepest parts of Capcom's archives to find the extremely rare high-resolution art and materials used in this book, a task made all the more daunting when one realizes that no Marvel vs. Capcom art book was ever printed in Japan! The art found for this book comes from such artists as Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, and Adi Granov, among others, and is complemented by all-new imagery by Joe Ng, Long Vo, Chamba, Adam Warren, and Takeshi Miyazawa.

Key features of the book include:

  • This is an original art book compiled by UDON, with no Japanese counterpart!
  • Includes all of the series' promotional artwork, a complete art archive of all Marvel vs. Capcom character drawings, and rare, never-before-seen artwork, sketches, and bonus material!
  • Contains artwork from the Capcom games The Punisher, X-Men™: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men VS Street Fighter™, Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter™, Marvel VS Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom® 2, Marvel VS Capcom® 3, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3!
  • Includes 17 new illustrations exclusive to this book!

“This book means a lot to UDON,” says Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Erik Ko. “It was back 10 years ago that Joe Quesada at Marvel Comics gave UDON our first freelance job, and kick-started our creative services department. Then just a few years later, we became our own publisher, working closely with Capcom to publish original Street Fighter®comics! Being able to publish a book containing amazing work from both Marvel and Capcom is like a big ‘thank you’ from us to the folks who helped make us what we are today. Thank you Marvel, thank you Capcom!”

As noted before, the book debuts with a hardcover edition that will be exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con on July 11th. This edition will be limited to 200 copies, and features an exclusive wrap-around cover by UDON/Marvel vs. Capcom artist Alvin Lee and digitally painted by UDON’s Genzoman.

For the rest of us, we'll have to wait until late November's release of the standard softcover edition, which will be distributed to comic shops and book stores by Diamond.

Read on for more details and preview images from the book.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works Hardcover Edition Format: Hardcover Page Count: 192, Colour Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long (9” x 12” with Hardcover) Price (U.S.): $100.00 Debuts July 11th, 2012. San Diego Comic Con Exclusive.

Softcover Edition (Cover shown below) ISBN: 1-926778-49-9 ISBN 13: 978-1-926778-49-5 Format: Softcover Page Count: 192, Colour Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long Price (U.S.): $44.99 In-stores November 2012.

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Softcover Edition Cover Art by Shinkiro.

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Japanese promotional artwork by Shinkiro (used for cover illustration).

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Tribute artwork by Chamba (Jeffrey Cruz). Preview of Page 21.

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Marvel vs. Capcom official character artwork. Preview pages 78-79.

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Rare design and illustration document! Preview page 150.

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Complete character bios! Page 172 preview.

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Close-up on part of the hardcover edition.

A Quick Update from MMN HQ

Just a quick, personal site note for you frequent MMN readers out there. I'm heading out of town next week to visit some friends and family; with any luck, I'll be able to continue my updates while I'm away from home, save for when we're traveling on the road. Of course, as I'm sure those of you who make long visits on rare occasions know, things don't always go according to plan, but I'll try to keep things rolling.

Now, some of you may be wondering what this means for a couple of things we have going on. As of this writing, I've not heard back yet from Matt at UDON about when we're going to get to the "A" part of our Robot Master Field Guide Q&A, I'm not sure when that will take place. Between that and the recent resurgence in some questions being asked, I'm just going to say "keep them coming" for now. Maybe that will be handled while I'm away, too?

Update: The answering process has begun, so we've closed the question submission for now. Stay tuned!

And finally, there's the t-shirt raffle. First, we've got all the entrants and their choices of anniversary representative locked in. As I alluded to previously on Twitter and here, the turnout was far beyond my previous expectations, and I want to make sure I do this right. Things have been a little hectic as of late, and as a result, while I might get to work on it while away, I'm currently penciling it in to be finished and posted after I get back (that would be the 23rd, so probably the following day or two).

I just hope you'll enjoy the finished product as much as I did reading through them all. And, so as not to break the whole thing up (and perhaps add a little suspense), the winners will be announced in that same article.

So, that's basically it. Things kind of got squished up against the timeframe for the trip, and I apologize for that.

Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide Update and Q&A (Now Closed)

Two quick items of note about the recently-released Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide. First of all, if you're looking at purchasing it through Amazon.com (such as through the link at the upper-left of this very site, hint-hint)... well, it's been a little weird. We've heard accounts of people already receiving theirs, despite the fact that until yesterday, it said the book would be available on May 1st. It now says it will "be in stock" on May 6th, which according to UDON Managing Editor Matt Moylan, means they they have the book but are sorting it in inventory.

And the second item is, with the book having been available elsewhere for a few weeks now, we are now taking your questions about the Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide! Just leave your question(s) in the comments below, and after they've been passed along to the appropriate person or persons, we'll post the answers for you here on The Mega Man Network!

Update: Okay, we've begun the answering process and are now closing the comments to further questions. Thanks to everyone who contributed a question (or questions), and keep an eye out for the answers soon!

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.

At Long Last: Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide Hits Stores Today! Check Out the Preview!

Just as the headline says: At long last. It feels like it's been forever since the Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide was first announced, but the day has finally come. After debuting at PAX East, this guide to the many characters of the Classic Mega Man series is available for all to purchase. To mark the occasion, you can find a special preview of the book's contents, including five pages of Robot Master-related content, as well as a peek at the Blue Bomber's own three-page entry. In addition, there are some additional comments presented there from the creatives behind the book, as well as all of the information necessary in order to secure a copy from your local bookstore (should they need to order it).

Finally, be sure to check out the end of the post, as the release of this book may not be the end of the Mega Man Field Guide story... in fact, it could potentially be just the beginning!

Be One of the First to Get the Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide at PAX East

This weekend, the eastern version of the Penny Arcade Expo will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, and UDON Entertainment will be on hand to host two panels and debut five books, with over a dozen new releases on hand since their appearance at last year's show. And featured among those releases debuting at the show will be none other than the Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide, "the long awaited complete handbook to the classic Mega Man universe! Profiles of every major Mega Man character, including all of the Robot Masters" and more from the original series will be included.

To get yours, make your way to booth #124 at the show. And for a better look at everything they are planning and will have on hand, be sure to check out this post on their official blog.

Not attending? Don't worry, as the Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide will be hitting stores on April 18th.