Behold the Fruits of Your Labor: The Rockman 25th Anniversary Collaboration

mm25collageWe want to kick 2013 off on the right foot, and what better way than by showing off the fruits of the labor many of you have put towards completing the Rockman 25th Anniversary Collaboration, which you can see but a glimpse of at right, and in its majestic entirety here. The collage is a part of Hi-GO!'s 25th anniversary fan book, R-GENERATION 25, which features the work of over 69 Japanese Rockman fan artists. In fact, the sheer number of participants is part of what caused a bit of a delay in releasing this (in addition to the organizer's personal matters). The group behind this project explains:

Dear participants,

We had to inform this more earlier: Just before we finish editing, we got a suggestion from the organizer of 'R-GENERATION 25', which is the collaborative fan art book project for 25th anniversary from Japan, to take place on a space in the book to put in our collage project.

We accepted this suggestion, as both projects shares the same goal - to celebrate blue bomber's birthday - and it was too sad that those similar collaboration projects for 25th B-day are working seperately.

However, the deadline was too soon to contact each of over 150 participants to get permission for the publication, so we decided to inform this with our completed collage which will released before the release of 'R-GENERATION 25' But the editing has been falling behind, so there was some people who noticed about our collage on 'R-GENERATION 25' today, the very day the book is released. And our editing is eventually finished just after the book is sold out, so we happened to post this letter now.

We are very sorry about the delay, and our unconsidered attitude about the publication of collage without permission. and we also apologize to the organizer of 'R-GENERATION 25', for causing the trouble in this way.

Although this unpleasant trouble happened, we sincerely hope everyone to enjoy both of our 25th B-Day collage and R-GENERATION 25, as it is 25th anniversary for blue bomber.

Again, Thanks to you all the participants very much.

Thanks,

25th B-Day collaboration council

Amunshen has also offered apologies for the lateness of this project, and also tells us that "sadly it will be the last collage held by Argent_fox (Eunho) because she's getting busier and busier with her university work."

Thanks to Amunshen, as well as everyone else who made sure we were aware of this (we were; we just wanted to get all the details straight).

A Sneak Peek at the New Contents in R20+5

To those interested in the expanded version of the classic R20: Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works, here's a little taste of what to expect. Rockman Unity has posted some sample images of new bonus artwork by various contributors, as well as a little content coming from Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10. Of course, with nearly 100 additional pages, this is hardly all that's new to the book. But for now, take a look and enjoy!

How Much More is R20+ Powered Up?

As we announced previously, the classic art book R20: Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works is getting a 25th anniversary revamp, with even more content. So what can we expect? Well while we don't know all the details, a posting on e-Capcom shows that the book is now packing 432 pages; nearly 100 pages more than the original R20. What's more, it's only a few hundred yen more at ¥3,780 (roughly $46 US).

The contents will definitely include official art and concepts from Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10, as well as additional bonus artwork from manga artists Ariga and Iwamoto. But with 96 added pages, it would seem like there's way more than that. It sounds like Ucchy-san and co. listened well when they asked for content suggestions!

R20+ will be coming out in Japan on December 17th, just in time for the 25th anniversary. No word on a western release yet, but personally speaking I have a positive feeling about it!

News Credit: CAP Kobun

"R20+" Art Book Aiming at a December Release

Word is starting to appear from retailers about Capcom's expanded Mega Man and Mega Man X art book. The tentative title is "R20+ Rockman & Rockman X Official Complete Works: Revised Edition" and it has a planned release of mid-December - just in time for the 25th anniversary, naturally. The book is also listed with the price tag of ¥3,780 (roughly $47.36 US). Whatever the added contents may be are still a mystery, but the book is already up for pre-0rder, including places like AmiAmi. Incidentally, a short while back we gave UDON a holler and asked about the possibility of this revised artwork tome being brought to North America. We got no official word, but we did hear some advice about being patient and not snatching up the Japanese book right away...

Thanks for the tip, Laura!

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

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.

Mega Man Tribute Winners Now Being Notified; Full List to be Released Tomorrow

It has been nearly a month since we last heard anything from UDON Entertainment about the status of the upcoming Mega Man Tribute book of fan art, which was that they were awaiting the necessary approvals from Capcom. And now, it would seem that they have finally received those approvals. Chosen participants who submitted their best Blue Bomber work for the collection have begun receiving their e-mail notifications from UDON today. In addition, they have reported via their deviantART blog that they will post the full list, in its entirety, at some point tomorrow.

Furthermore, they will also be unveiling the exclusive artwork which will grace the cover of the limited hardback edition of the book. This version will be on sale at the San Diego Comic-Con, and will also be available for pre-order to those who will be unable to make it to the convention. The pic at your right was included in the blog post; might it be a clue as to the contents of the cover?

"Thank again all for your hard work and patience!" adds Managing Editor Matt Moylan.

Update: UDON has revealed the entire list of contributors on their blog. Additionally, you can view a handful of the included work on the book's order page.

Capcom Store Deal of the Week on Art Books

Over on Capcom Unity, they've announced a new Deal of the Week in their Capcom Store. Applicable to all of their available art books is an offer in which those who spend over $100 on said art books will not only receive a 40 percent discount, but they will also be given free shipping. If you've been twiddling your thumbs, waiting for a deal to come along before springing into action, then now might just be the time!

However, there is an unfortunate twist. We know that a number of you have probably already clicked over and made a beeline for the Mega Man X Official Complete Works art book. Sadly, that one is currently sold out. However, the Mega Man Official Complete Works and Mega Man Zero Official Complete Works books are still available for $39.95 and $34.95, respectively. Unless fans simply cleaned out the X books, it would seem this deal was ill-timed, as picking up all three would have made for some excellent one-stop shopping.

Nonetheless, if you are a fan of Capcom's other big hits, there are still some fine offerings to choose from, including The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Okami Official Complete Works, The Art of Resident Evil 5, and multiple offerings each for DarkStalkers, Street Fighter, and UDON's Art of Capcom.

In fact, it becomes even more interesting once you realize that Mega Man X Official Complete Works is the only one (as of this writing) which is sold out. With any luck, maybe some of the higher-ups at Capcom will take notice of this phenomena, and act accordingly (you know what we mean).

Some Clarification on Mega Man Tribute's Rules

Following yesterday's announcement of UDON's upcoming Mega Man Tribute compilation art book, we noticed there were some concerns among those of you interested in contributing or simply purchasing the book. As such, we brought these before them to find out some answers, hopefully putting some issues to rest once and for all (and hopefully avoiding any wasted efforts on the part of the contributors). Naturally, the foremost concern for many of you is the inclusion of work and characters based on the Battle Network and Star Force series; or rather, the lack thereof. Some people had it right in the comments of our last story, but to set the record straight, we are putting it out here for all to see.

From Matt Moylan, Managing Editor for UDON:

BATTLE NETWORK/STAR FORCE:

We would have loved to include these Mega Man series in the book, but unfortunately it wasn’t logistically possible. Battle Network & Star Force are not fully controlled by Capcom - they have manga/anime partners who also have a say in how the characters are used and portrayed. We pushed to allow them to be included, but Capcom said it was a no go.

Some of the aspiring Ace Attorneys among our visitors have brought up a seeming contradiction in this, however, asking "if UDON can publish Complete Works art books for Battle Network and Star Force, then why are the characters off-limits here?"

From Moylan:

We were able to secure the rights to the Battle Network and Star Force Official Complete Works art books because they contain no new art. They’re simply translations of existing art books, compiling official artwork that was approved by all parties years ago. Si, there is a big difference between all-new projects, and localized projects.

A second concern involves content, as per this rule: "All content must be kid-friendly. No nudity and no extreme violence. Also no smoking, drugs, or alcohol use. If it is too adult for the Mega Man games, it is too adult for this book."

Die-hard fans of the series know that the Zero series has shown its fair share of bloodshed and cleaved robotic beings, while Sera and Roll have had their "free" moments in Legends. Dr. Light smokes a pipe, and for some, Dr. Cain getting flat-out plastered is a favorite moment of Iwamoto's Rockman X manga.

So what is "too adult" here? Well, things may not match up as much as fans of more "mature" content may wish:

Follow your common sense for this. Don’t try to find any loopholes of “but so & so smokes in this game,” etc. Just follow the above rules.

Another question surrounding one of the rules found on the official website for the Tribute states that "Characters or designs unique to Mega Man-related comics, manga, or animated series may not be included. Submissions must be of game characters only. For example, the green Mega Man from the Captain N animated series is not allowed."

To elaborate, Moylan says:

DESIGNS FROM OTHER MEDIA:

Artists need to stick to the video games for reference. You’re welcome to draw in any style, and alter designs in your own cool way, but characters and designs from other media are off limits. Off limits examples would be the Captain N green Mega Man, the Ruby Spears animation Mega Man design, or the original character iX from the Bandai card game. Again, it’s because Capcom does not own these interpretations of the characters.

Rule of thumb – you can draw whatever style you like, but when you’re looking for reference just look at official game art or screen shots.

We opted to pry a little further on this one. After all, supposing one wants to draw in the style of Hitoshi Ariga's Mega Man Megamix manga, that brings with it certain designs as well. To that, Moylan noted:

In this specific case, Ariga is a good friend of UDON. If people want to draw Ariga’s version of characters, I’m sure he would be thrilled. Though really, Ariga’s characters are the classic versions just drawn in his own style.

Of course, by that same token, one could also posit that many of the Ruby Spears characters are simply the Classic versions drawn in their own style. So, then, what do they mean by "drawing in the style of your favorite manga or cartoon artist?"

Finally, if one is to stick to the game designs, where does that leave things such as the designs seen on various package art, such as those for Mega Man, Mega Man 2, the European equivalents, or most recently, Mega Man 9 and 10?

Official game box art depictions should be fine source material, too. Capcom seems to have embraced that stuff lately.

Thanks once again to Matt Moylan and UDON for helping to clear some of these issues up!

UDON Announces Mega Man Tribute

After five days of hype, UDON Entertainment's big announcement has come. How many of you got it right? The big project is the Mega Man Tribute book. And in the vein of past Tribute books, UDON is looking for submissions from talented artists to be included in the tome. They are asking for artwork covering the series of Mega Man, Mega Man X, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man ZX and Mega Man Legends, in whatever style you fancy. You can find all the details about submitting your work at www.MegaManTribute.com. Better get cracking because all entries are due by January 31st. Mega Man Tribute's initial release will be as a hard cover, 300 page limited edition version at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. With the sheer number of characters in the Mega Man series, UDON is promising this will be their most diverse and fully loaded art book yet!

Hit the break for the full press release.

BE A PART OF MEGA-HISTORY WITH MEGA MAN™ TRIBUTE!

UDON announces Mega Man™ Tribute art project

Toronto, ON – Dec 8, 2010 –  Since his debut in 1987, Mega Man has remained a video game icon, having starred in more than 140 titles. In his 23 year history, the connection he’s made with pop culture at large has extended beyond games and into cartoons, toys, clothing, comics, and more. Now, Mega Man fans everywhere can become a part of that history with an all-new art book from UDON Entertainment - get ready for MEGA MAN™ TRIBUTE!

UDON is sending out a call to comic artists, video game artists, freelance illustrators, and fan artists all around the world to show us your artistic tribute to Mega Man! Give us your best artwork featuring the cast of Mega Man®, Mega Man® X, Mega Man® Zero, Mega Man® ZX, and Mega Man® Legends. All styles are welcome – anime, western comic style, cartoon, pixel-based, sculptures – whatever you can come up with as your tribute to the blue bomber!

The best pieces submitted will be included in Mega Man Tribute, which will premiere as a special 300-page limited-edition hardcover book at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.  UDON’s past tribute books have had a huge artist turnout, with Street Fighter™ Tribute and Darkstalkers™ Tribute each receiving thousands of entries. As one of the most beloved characters in video game history, and with hundreds of characters to work with from across the Mega Man franchise, Mega Man Tribute is poised to be UDON’s most diverse and exciting art book yet!

Help make Capcom® history as part of the Mega Man Tribute art book and have your artwork showcased alongside top names in the industry! It’s time to show UDON and Capcom your unique vision of Mega Man!

For cover art and full Mega Man Tribute artwork submission details head to:

http://www.megamantribute.com

Related books available now: STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE -ISBN: 978-1897376980 DARKSTALKERS TRIBUTE - ISBN: 978-1897376102

UDON: ZX Vol. 1 on the Way, Battle Network OCW Formally Announced

As reported before, some official announcements were going to be coming from UDON shortly, and here's the scoop. First of all, Mega Man ZX Vol. 1 is finally hitting retailers on June 2nd. It had some slight issues with printing, but it's now officially ready to launch by the distributor. Next up is the official announcement of Mega Man Battle Network Official Complete Works. Following the tradition of the other Official Complete Works books, this one will be chock full of wonderful artwork, sketches and designer notes. It's slated for release in November of this year. Official press release below.

MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS

Mega Man Battle Network reinvented the classic Capcom franchise as an exciting action-RPG, and reintroduced Mega Man to a whole new generation of gamers. Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works collects the stunning artwork of all 6 Battle Network games, as well as Network Transmission and Operate Shooting Star. Inside you'll find character designs, promotional art, rarely seen pieces, and plenty of creator commentary. Mega Man Battle Network: Official Complete Works is a must have addition to any Mega Man fan's collection.

Owning the Japanese version myself, I can guarantee you this is an absolute must-have for Battle Network fans! Get stoked!

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!

Both Mega Man and Mega Man X Official Complete Works due Dec. 23rd; sample images

Our very good friend from UDON, Matt Moylan, has let us know that both Mega Man Official Complete Works and Mega Man X Official Complete Works (as seen recently on the Mega Man 22nd birthday live stream) will be available next week, just in time for Christmas. Here is the official statement from Matt:

Just wanted to let you know that we can finally say both Mega Man Official Complete Works, and Mega Man X Official Complete Works will be arriving in comic book stores next Wednesday Dec 23! Just barely in time for X-mas(or Mega Man X-mas if you prefer heh). As for regular book stores, and online vendors line Amazon, that is less precise. Could be a few days earlier, could be a few days later, but all book have shipped to retailers. If you want them for sure on Wednesday, head to a comic book shop.

Of course I know what you really came here for, the sample pages! Let this be your final sweet temptation (warning, large sized images).

MMOCW_p1MMOCW_p2MMOCW_p3MMXOCW_p1MMXOCW_p2Thanks for the lovely images, Matt! We look forward to the books!

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.

MMX_OCW_sample  MMX_OCWemboss2  MMX_OCWemboss3

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!

Rockman DASH 2 artwork/soundtrack set announced

dash2selectionMegaMan Legends fans will be drooling over this one. Capcom of Japan will be offering "Capcom Special Selection" packs for three games on sales at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show later this month. One of those games is Rockman DASH 2. So what is a "Capcom Special Selection"? It's a pack set containing a 32 page booklet of both official and conceptual artwork, and a mini CD soundtrack. Unfortunately the soundtrack only has 17 tracks (the game itself has over 80 songs). Regardless, I am still super stoked to get one of these. I'll have to work my connections. Beyond TGS, the set will go on sale on e-Capcom October 1st. It will run for ¥2,000 (roughly $21.65 US). Check out the artwork samples and track list below.

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Track list:

  1. Title
  2. The Flutter
  3. Yosyanka Town
  4. Calinca Island
  5. Yosyanka Mine
  6. Giwan
  7. Jagd Krabbe Rev.
  8. Bola
  9. Galgalfummee
  10. Glyde Drache Ace
  11. Bancoscas
  12. Blitzkrieg
  13. Worgie Gairon
  14. Hover Gustaf
  15. Jiji
  16. Mother Area
  17. Sera Battle Body #2

News Credit: CAP Kobun