Solicitation for Worlds Collide Part 4 (Mega Man #25)

MM25Archie's Mega Man #25 is part four of the Worlds Collide epic, and will cap off the first act of the story. The issue comes with the above gatefold style cover, and will also be available in the "Evil Friends Forever" variant. The Midtown Comics solicitation reads:

'When Worlds Collide,' Part 4 of 12. It's Sonic versus Mega Man - Round Two! Celebrate 25 issues of Mega Man with the throwdown brawl to end all throwdown brawls! The Blue Bomber has the home field advantage this time; can Sonic keep up in this unfamiliar city? Meanwhile, Drs. Eggman and Wily make their boldest move yet in their master plan! This milestone issue marks the dramatic conclusion to the first act in the biggest crossover story of 2013! Featuring a stunning gatefold cover by Sonic/Mega Man art legend Patrick Spaziante, and a special 'E.F.F. (aka Evil Friends Forever) variant' featuring Drs. Eggman and Wily on a (presumably evil) bicycle built for two!"

Archie to Hold Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Panel at NYCC

Given the past couple of years, it should come as no surprise that Archie Comics will once again be hosting a panel dedicated to our two favorite blue boys of video game comics at this year's New York Comic Con. This time, however, the Two in Blue will also be seeing a little red-- Red Circle Comics, that is. Speaking at the panel will be editor Paul Kaminski and Mike Pellerito, President of Archie Comics, as they talk about Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and The New Crusaders, as well as showing off artwork, answering questions, and even teasing us a little more with what's to come from "When Worlds Collide," the crossover between Mega Man and the Sonic titles slated for next year.

Following are the full details of the panel from the NYCC website.

Archie Action Hour: Sonic, Mega Man and Red Circle Comics #280

Date: Sunday, October 14 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: 1A08

Speakers: Mike Pellerito, Paul Kaminski

Description: Plug in, suit up and prepare for adventure! First, two video game icons collide in the I-can’t-believe-it’s-actually-happening Sonic/Mega Man comic book crossover event. You’d be crazier than Doctors Eggman and Wily combined to miss this follow up discussion where we dive right into it. The editorial mastermind behind both books, Paul Kaminski, is joined by Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito with more info about the biggest comic book event of the year as well as what’s on tap for Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and Mega Man. See exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming story lines and get your questions answered by the team behind the two most popular video game comic series. Then, get all the details on the future of superhero comics—The New Crusaders! The digital-first series has made its way to print, and the Red Circle team are pumped to give you the rundown on where the series is headed, along with info about the upcoming Lost Crusade mini-series, in this action-packed panel. Those in attendance will receive a FREE SONIC/MEGA MAN/RED CIRCLE GIFT BAG, so don’t even think about missing it!

If we're not mistaken, this isn't the first time they've offered up these gift bags; can anyone verify what they usually contain? In any case, hopefully we'll hear some tantalizing tidbits about what is to come.

Source: TSSZ News

The Mega Man Network Interviews Archie's Ian Flynn on Mega Man/Sonic Crossover

When the announcement was made that the Blue Bomber and the Blue Blur would finally be teaming up officially (rather than simply shaking hands in some cross-promotional artwork), we-- like many of you-- had several questions. So naturally, we leaped at the first opportunity to get some answers, which have now finally arrived! With that, we are proud to present to you the first interview conducted by a fan site about the upcoming Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog crossover, "When Worlds Collide." Others, such as Kotaku, MTV Geek, and Newsarama (twice!) have taken their respective stabs at it, and now it's our turn. As part of the all-seeing eye that is the Mega Man fandom (and we like Sonic, too), we've done our best to avoid any of the repetition you might have seen in some of the other interviews to bring you the details which interest you the most as die-hard fans and collectors.

Do note that there are not any heavy story spoilers here; some appearances and absences, yes, but as for plot-based spoilers? Well, that info will come in time, and they likely wouldn't say too much, anyway. So with that in mind, we went for questions we hoped would net more solid answers, and we think we were successful in that regard. With that said, enjoy!

The Mega Man Network: This crossover is something it seems most fans have predicted ever since it was first announced that Mega Man would become an ongoing comic book published by Archie. However, we don't think as many people expected that it would take place so soon; was there any particular reason the trigger was pulled to do it now?

Ian Flynn: Capcom and SEGA initiated the project. When the stars align like that, you don’t stop and question it. You strike while the iron is hot!

TMMN: One debate we've noticed among fans is how the story is going to take place; that is to say, will this be in the same vein as the "Another Time and Place" stories which take place apart from Archie's regular Sonic continuity, or will this be set in "Mobius Prime," and likewise with Mega Man and his potential equivalent?

Flynn: This was something of a sticking point when we were constructing the whole arc. I was of a mind to keep it non-canon, while editor Paul Kaminski wanted it in-canon. There was a lot of back and forth, and what we came up with was a happy medium. Fans of the Sonic series will already have an idea how we’ll be going about that.

TMMN: Can we expect to see appearances by comic-exclusive characters, such as Mecha Sally, Rotor, and Nichole? Or will the story keep to the traditional SEGA Sonic cast known from the games?

Flynn: A story this big is going to be attracting a lot of fans who only know the characters from the games. Plus, between the SEGA Sonic and Mega Man cast, we’ll be filled to capacity anyway. This story arc is focusing on characters everyone will recognize and enjoy, and the long-term comic fans will get the comic-exclusive cast back when we resume the regular storyline.

TMMN: Another concern we've seen regards how the story will be placed in their respective books, with some concerned that the crossover will interrupt or otherwise "mess with" the then-current storylines going on. One example given is how "Genesis" popped up to celebrate 20 years of Sonic at a pivotal moment; will this be handled in a similar manner, or differently?

Flynn: “Genesis” didn’t derail things too badly. For the casual fan, it was a fun, continuity-light story. For the devoted fan, there was this ever-present tension over whether Sally’s resurrection would stick, or if the heroes would remember the “real world.” One way or the other, it flowed to some degree. Likewise, “When Worlds Collide” will take a break from the main storylines, but shouldn’t derail the momentum when we pick up where we left off.

TMMN: On that note, can you tell us whether there will be any lasting effects as the result of this crossover? Or is the story meant to be more self-contained?

Flynn: It will definitely have an effect on a lingering plot point left over since the end of “Genesis.”

TMMN: In a previous interview, it was noted that the milestone issues for Sonic the Hedgehog (#250) and Mega Man (#25) will overlap with the event; will these be the issues that kick off the event, wrap it up, or just occur somewhere in between?

Flynn: The milestone issues will happen within the crossover, but they’ll be key chapters. Sonic Universe #50 will be a special, unrelated stand-alone event we haven’t announced yet.

TMMN: It's been said that the story will span 12 issues across four months; have considerations been given to how these will be collected for trades? It seems a straight collection of Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Universe's parts would be confusing.

Flynn: I can’t get into those kinds of details right now – way too early! But we’ll be making sure it’s as easy as possible to follow events both monthly and in collections.

TMMN: One picture seen at Kotaku shows Shadow the Hedgehog standing with Bass, who hasn't been introduced in the comic yet. Is this merely promotional art, or will Bass have an actual part to play in the story?

Flynn: Bass will be appearing, and in a big way. It won’t be derailing our long-term plans for the Mega Man series, though.

TMMN: Which world should fans expect more time to be spent in? The long-established (some 300 or so issues and 20 years worth) world of Mobius? The newly-laid setting of Mega Man? Or, perhaps given that this is going to span a whopping 12 issues, plenty of both?

Flynn: Everything will be equal – no hero will be overshadowing the other.

TMMN: Obligatory: Will we see anything to do with Mega Man X in this crossover, or is it all strictly the original Blue Bomber?

Flynn: Mega Man Classic only. There’s no room for X!

TMMN: Finally, we've seen a few characters in Sonic show off some rather Mega Buster-like arm cannons over the years. Without saying too much, was this considered at all for some sort of moment in this story?

Flynn: No, those are unrelated.

TMMN: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for us!

Flynn: Always a pleasure.

Stick with The Mega Man Network for more info as it is announced as we approach the 2013 release of "When Worlds Collide!"

Mega Man and Sonic's "When Worlds Collide" Saga Formally Announced

Nope, no more teasers - this is the real deal. Kotaku has the PR from Archie's upcoming 12 part, yes, TWELVE PART crossover of the two gaming heroes, come 2013. Coming from Archie's Paul Kaminski:

"We've been gearing up for this for years. From the moment we had Mega Man at Archie, we knew we wanted to bring Sonic and the Blue Bomber together. It's a big budget movie featuring two of the most storied video game franchises. This has never happened before. We're making history here, and it's going to knock people for a loop. This is what comics are all about – drama, fun, action and tons of surprises. Fans will not be disappointed."

I know opinions towards the move have been pretty mixed; I myself am curious to see where things go. But I gotta say, a 12 part series is quite a big investment! Although there's a good possibility this work as a side story running alongside the current Mega Man series. Kotaku promises to have more details today during their discussion panel, so stay tuned.

Thanks for the tip, Sketch!

Update: USA Today also has a report out about the upcoming crossover, with word from Ian Flynn and a little promotional art.

The books' editor, Paul Kaminski, received word that Sega and Capcom signed off on the crossover just before New York Comic Con last fall, and his first call was to Flynn.

"His response was, 'I have been writing that story since we began the Mega Man title,' " Kaminski says. "Of course, I thought he was joking, but not an hour later my inbox was flooded with Sonic/Mega Man story synopses."

Adds Flynn: "I'm already living the dream by writing the Sonic titles. Then I got to live the other dream of writing for Mega Man. With that many dreams being handed to me, I figured it was only a matter of time."

Update 2: Comic Book Resources has the entire press release from Archie concerning the collaboration (as well as a Proto Man/Knuckles teaser image we hadn't seen previously). We'll drop this after the break.

Archie Comics, the leading children’s comic book publisher in the world and the home to some of the most recognizable pop culture characters, including Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, announced today in conjunction with SEGA and Capcom® plans for a Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man® comic book crossover, starting next year.

The comic book event marks the first time the two legendary video game characters have crossed over, making it a landmark meeting for comic book and gaming fans around the world. The story will be written by best-selling and longtime SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN writer Ian Flynn and will feature cover art by superstar artist Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante, who illustrated the hit SONIC: GENESIS storyline and the highly-successful MEGA MAN comic book launch.

“This is a historic moment for not only Sonic and Mega Man, but for Archie,” said Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “We’ve had a long, fruitful history with Sonic and are enjoying great success with Mega Man in all our markets. Bringing these characters together was something we’ve been hoping for since we got both licenses, so this is very much a dream come true for the company.”

The crossover, spearheaded by Archie’s Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski, will be a universe-spanning tale that involves not only the legendary characters, but their expansive and diverse supporting casts and villains for a tale that’s certain to go down as one of the most acclaimed and best-selling comic crossovers ever.

The 12-part storyline will run through the ongoing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, MEGA MAN and SONIC UNIVERSE titles and be available in print and digitally.

“We’ve been gearing up for this for years,” said Kaminski. “From the moment we had Mega Man at Archie, we knew we wanted to bring Sonic and the Blue Bomber together. It’s a big budget movie featuring two of the most storied video game franchises. This has never happened before. We’re making history here, and it’s going to knock people for a loop. This is what comics are all about – drama, fun, action and tons of surprises. Fans will not be disappointed.”