Have Questions About Archie's Mega Man Comic? Send Them Our Way!

The release of the first issue of Archie's Mega Man comic will soon be upon us. Have you subscribed yet? Don't forget, doing so allows you to get a free autographed poster, signed by artist Patrick Spaziante. But perhaps you are hesitant to subscribe for some reason or another. Maybe you aren't sure whether Archie is up to the task, or Dreamwave's production in the early 2000's left a bad taste in your mouth. Perhaps you simply have other doubts, questions which need to be answered before you feel secure in handing over your money each month for a dose of Blue Bomber goodness.

Worry not! We're here to help. Until midnight PST on Sunday, April 3rd, we are taking your questions about the comic for the fine folks at Archie Comics, which we will deliver in an interview to be posted soon after.

To participate in this, you can either e-mail us at the.mega.man.network @ gmail.com with the subject "Archie Mega Man Interview," or simply leave a question in the comments below (for the purposes of this interview, we ask that only your questions are posted and conversation be taken elsewhere; we hear there's a nice forum which is just perfect for that stuff).

So ask, Mega Man fans! For everlasting monthly serial adventures!

Guts (Man)... Do You Have It? Mega Man #2 "Villain Variant Cover" Revealed

Recently, a solicitation for the second issue of Archie's Mega Man comic book was made available, showing off the cover for all to see. And as we've learned today, it too will apparently have an alternative cover. This "Villain Variant Cover" features none other than the original powerhouse Robot Master of super-strength, Guts Man, as lovingly rendered by fan-favorite artist Patrick Spaziante. Look below for how the cover will appear (pending licensor approval, of course).

This image was found over at Comixology, where you can pre-order it before June 8th for $2.39, a 20 percent savings off the $2.99 cover price.

Hopefully Archie doesn't get too carried away with the variant covers, though... this could get expensive!

Thanks for the find, Sockie!

Jughead and Mega Man, with the Hipness

As you all well know, we're looking forward to the upcoming April/May release of the first issue of Archie's new Mega Man comic book. And it would seem plenty of others are, too, with numerous outlets conducting interviews with writer Ian Flynn and posting new lineart from artist Patrick Spaziante. With that said, it appears some others have decided to get into the act as well. The comic book-based webcomic The Gutters have drawn up their very own version of the cover for the first issue, with the Blue Bomber teaming up with one of comic-dom's most well-known and beloved icons (...we think?).

Check it out for yourself below (edited slightly for content).

Click to enlarge.

Back off, Bass, and pull away, Proto Man-- Mega Man has a new partner in pew-pewing away hordes of endless robots.

Thanks to Protoman X for the tip!

Subscribe to Archie's Mega Man for a Free Autographed Poster (Update)

A few weeks ago, we informed you that the Archie Comics online store had begun accepting subscriptions for the upcoming Mega Man comic book. And today, it appears they've decided to sweeten the deal. Thanks to a tip from Sockie, it appears that those who sign up now will receive a free poster with their subscription. And what's more, the posters will be autographed by none other than Patrick Spaziante himself. However, the quantities are limited, so the sooner you sign up, the better.

To get your subscription, just follow this link. Unfortunately, these are still open only to residents of the United States and Canada, nor is there word yet on what the poster will look like.

Update: According to a spokesperson for Archie Comics, "Fans who subscribed before the giveaway can request one and will get one as long as supplies last."

More on Archie's Mega Man from Comic Book Resources

The comic book world has been abuzz lately with word of Archie's upcoming Mega Man comic. And just as we saw a few days ago from Newsarama, so too has Comic Book Resources decided to get in on the fun with their own chat with writer Ian Flynn about the upcoming book's first arc:

"When approaching how to lay out the arc, I tried to take two things into consideration: the order for passing the Robot Masters with the least hassle, and how the stages might be linked up in a reasonable way," Flynn said. "For the first arc, we're leaning more heavily towards the former."

Flynn also goes on to talk more about adapting the games, the characters, and the differences between writing for the Blue Bomber and his other titles, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe. And, just as Newsarama did before them, Comic Book Resources has revealed an in-development page for the book from artist Patrick Spaziante, which you can see below.

Newsarama Talks Archie's Mega Man with Ian Flynn

Over at Newsarama, there is a new interview with the writer of Archie's upcoming Mega Man comic, Ian Flynn. There, he discusses a little of what fans and new readers alike can expect when they first open the pages of the premiere issue of the book, which will be available at the end of April and the beginning of May, depending on where you go for your comics.

In addition to this, they also talk a little about upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog comic projects, and leaves fans with his assurance that "Like Sonic, Mega Man is being produced by fans for the fans. You’re in for a treat!"

Finally, the article also gives us a new peek at what to expect from the comic's art, which you can see below.

Ben Bates' Blue Bomber

The first issue of Archie's Mega Man comic book will be coming at us at the end of April/beginning of May (depending on how you receive it), and we've had some looks at what we can expect from the art of Patrick Spaziante and Chad Thomas, including the two covers the first issue will ship with, each by one of the aforementioned artists. Of course, these are not the only artists in Archie's employ, and certainly not the only ones excited to see the Blue Bomber make a triumphant return to the comics page. And, as luck would have it, they are not the only ones to show their take on Mega Man, either.

As it turns out, the following is actually a little old, but it only came to our attention recently, and we felt that it was in the best interest of the avid Mega Man fan and consumer if we shared it.

Back in October, following the initial announcement of the book, an Archie Sonic the Hedgehog artist by the name of Ben Bates took to his blog, expressing his delight that his employer had obtained the license to create Blue Bomber books:

I’ve wanted super cool Megaman stories forever, but its been revving especially high since the animated intro of Megaman 8, and that was 12 years ago! I want both comics and an animated series. I would love to see that for a number of the different interpretations of Megaman, including X, Legends, Battle Network, and Zero but above all I want classic Megaman with the super cool simple cartoon style. Megaman 8 is where I feel the style both reaches its peak and limit for level of detail.

He goes on to lament the limitations saddled upon the Ruby Spears animated series (featuring different character models meant to appeal to a wider audience) and the Upon a Star OVAs (which had to feature educational content), as well as the shortcomings of Dreamwave's short-lived four-issue series.

Following that, he presents the illustration he put together in his excitement:

Not bad; what do you think?

Incidentally, it should be noted that Bates is a freelance employee of Archie; nonetheless, it is good to know that they have yet another person they can reach who "gets" Mega Man and could potentially do justice to the visuals behind the stories to be told.

Thanks to The Illustrious Q at Bumbleking for bringing this to our attention. And on a related note, editor Paul Kaminski notes elsewhere on that same forum, "good news! [Y]ou guys n gals can officially relax about the art in the book! [W]e got that on lock, no worries :D "

Odds are, issues of Mega Man won't be too difficult to find, as many bookstores, convenience stores, grocers, drug stores, and of course, comic book shops tend to carry Archie's product line. But, supposing none of these methods are suitable to you and you are in the United States or Canada, you can always subscribe. So far, there's no given alternative by Archie for overseas fans, but if that changes, we will be sure to let you know.

IGN Unveils Mega Man #1 Variant Cover, Slips Back to May?

The upcoming release of Archie's Mega Man #1 was already a pretty badly-kept secret, despite the company's attempts to keep its fans in suspense as to what dynamic and exciting character would be making his debut in the month of April. Or will it be May, after all?

Those lucky ducks over at IGN managed to get their hands on an exclusive reveal for a variant cover for the first issue, which they say will be available on May 4th, 2011. One day earlier, and they could have sent it to me as a birthday gift; of course, given how comic shipping works, we can just assume they tried to get it as close as they possibly could. Well done!

Anyway, here is the variant cover for the first issue:

The special "sketch cover" you see above is rendered by Chad Thomas (more of his Mega Man work can be seen here), and will be available as one in every five issues of the comic-- that is, provided it meets Capcom's approval, it seems. To put it another way, there will be one of these for every four of the regular covers, there will be one of these.

As a reminder, here is the regular cover, as rendered by Sonic the Hedgehog fan-favorite artist Patrick Spaziante (whose has some Mega Man samples viewable here and in the last link):

This is a most interesting move for the company to take. While numerous comic book publishers have not been shy about offering variant covers for numerous titles going as far back as the mid-90s (and perhaps further), this is the first time in recent memory-- if ever-- that Archie has ever done such a thing. And that's including their Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe lines of titles.

It is also a little bit of a curious move. Going purely on fan reaction, it seems that Spaziante is the more popular of the two artists; it would seem that those more likely to buy the Thomas cover (or both) are the hardcore collector types (of both comic book and Mega Man merchandise), while most of the general audience will probably want Spaziante's cover...

...ah, I see what they did there. Shrewd move, Archie. Shrewd move.

Will April Showers Bring Mega Powers?

Previously, Archie Comics co-Chief Executive Officer Jon Goldwater had stated that they were looking at a May 2011 release for their upcoming Mega Man comic. But now, a new teaser appears to reveal that fans will be able to get equipped with the first issue a little sooner than that.

Via PC the Hedgehog, the following comes from BleedingCool.com. Nothing more is really said, but if you look at the cover image for the first issue, little more really needs to be said-- we just need to know what week it will be released.

Archie's Mega Man: Coming in...

"The epic adventure starts here!" proclaims what may or may not be the final cover design for the first issue of Archie's Mega Man comic book series. But while we know that the book will make its debut in 2011, well, that is still pretty vague. With 365 days, 52 weeks, and 12 months, the question remains: when does the adventure start? Well, thanks to an interview conducted by Sequential Tart with co-Chief Executive Officer Jon Goldwater (son of Archie creator and Founder John L. Goldwater), the time of release has been narrowed down considerably:

ST: You also have Sonic the Hedgehog, which is a property from outside. How does that fit with Archie Comics right now, and is there room for more of this kind of arrangement?

JG: It's a great question because we not only have a tremendous and terrific and long-term relationship with Sega — they're the most marvelous partners for us, and we've been very successful with the Sonic comic book — but we just entered into a relationship with Capcom. We're going to create a Mega Man comic book for them, and we're looking at a May 2011 launch.

So there you have it. Given the timing, one must wonder if perhaps Capcom will have any plans to utilize the book in some form or fashion at their E3 booth. Could you imagine that place decked out with Mega Man art fashioned by Patrick Spaziante? It would certainly be a sight to see-- and copies of the first issue would make some pretty cool swag, too.

Of course, that's all just speculation-- to say nothing of a non-too subtle hint-- on our part. Whatever happens, here's to hoping that May 2011 marks the start of a long, fruitful relationship between the two companies.

For past stories covering the comic, check out the following:

Thanks for the tip, Sockie!

More Concept Art from Archie's Mega Man, Plus More of What to Expect from Spaz

In the latest news regarding Archie's upcoming Mega Man comic book, we have a slight mix of information for you; you might have seen some of it around already, while some of it should be rather new.

For starters, more "concept art" has surfaced from the Archie Comics panel at New York Comic-Con. Courtesy of The Sonic Stadium (via Protodude's Rockman Corner, what you see above is a glimpse of some concept art by Chad Thomas, who some may recognize from his work on Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and Young Salem.

Other images have been shown, and here are some clearer shots of Proto Man and Dr. Wily from none other than the man himself:

In addition to Thomas' work, there were also some samples from Patrick Spaziante on display, joining the sketches we saw previously:

On top of that, Comic Book Resources (again via Protodude) gives us a much clearer look at one shot...

...while Newsarama has provided another:

If some of these images look familiar, it's not just you. The shot of Mega Man himself from the Comic Book Resources page comes from our 2004 interview with Mr. Spaziante (which has since been mercilessly plucked and used on virtually every website or video which has covered Mega Man news), while Cut Man, Elec Man, Guts Man and his Metool friends, Ice Man, and the duo of Bass and Treble come from the Artbox line of trading cards from about the same time.

Some have previously expressed distaste at the designs of the Robot Masters, Cut Man and Elec Man in particular, who were inspired by this piece from the Capcom Art Works book by Hideki Ishikawa (courtesy of Racketboy. But those fearing this is what the comic will bring need not worry.

We asked Spaziante about how he would be approaching the Robot Master designs for the actual comic, to which he replied "Regular designs all the way." He has taken note of the mixed reaction to the Ishikawa designs, and will therefore be penciling the characters with their more "classic" appearance.

So far, word all-around seems to be that the comic is moving forward, but nothing concrete has been laid out yet.

And that means, of course, that if you have any preferences, now is the time to make such things known. Who knows? Perhaps some of the creative talent behind the book will be keeping their eyes peeled to Mega Man comments and forums such as our own.

Mega Man #1 Cover, Plus Spaz Sketches

Want to see the cover of the first issue of Mega Man from Archie Comics? Want to see some additional sketches from Patrick Spaziante of Mega Man, Proto Man, Roll, and Eddie from the New York Comic-Con? Of course you do! Read on, and enjoy!

First up, courtesy of Comics Continuum (via The Sonic Stadium), is the cover for the first issue of the comic book.

In addition to the cover, it has been revealed that Spaziante will be doing the interior art for the first issue-- that alone will hopefully make it a must-own for Blue Bomber fans.

In addition, some more sketches from Spaz were obtained by TJ Selinka of Emerald Coast Comics, so check them out:

Our hero.

Singin' the Blues.

We're on a Roll!

More images from the event can be found at The Sonic Stadium. Thanks to NovaMan XP for the tip!

And stay tuned, as there will surely be more to come!

Archie Announces New Mega Man Comic Book at NYCC (Updated)

Today, during the "Archie Comics Means Business!" panel at the New York Comic-Con, Archie Comics announced that, through a partnership with Capcom, they will be producing a new comic book series based on the original Mega Man in 2011. As many of you may know, this is not the first time Archie Comics has ventured into the arena of video game-based comic books. They first tread this ground back in 1989 with a five-issue series based on Konami's The Adventures of Bayou Billy, and subsequently followed it up with SEGA's NiGHTS into Dreams and Sonic the Hedgehog, the latter of which going on to sell over 215 issues and counting, not including numerous specials and spin-offs.

The last attempt at an American (or rather, Canadian) produced Mega Man comic book was in 2003 by the now-defunct Dreamwave Productions. The series ended after only four issues, and the promises of a Mega Man X series fell through as the company went bankrupt in 2006.

Presently, plans are for current Sonic the Hedgehog scribe Ian Flynn to take on the task of writing, while renowned Sonic and Mega Man comic artist Patrick Spaziante (whose previous interview with us can be found here) will also be involved in some way.

We'll update with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you are in attendance at the New York Comic-Con, both Flynn and Spaziante are there as well, so you can try to squeeze some more info out of them-- or just express your delight while asking for autographs.

Update: Press release following the break.

New York, NY (October 8, 2010): Archie Comics—home to Sonic the Hedgehog comics—is about to become the base of operations for a comic series featuring Capcom’s heroic video game legend, Mega Man!

The Mega Man® franchise is hotter than ever and in the spring of 2011, Archie Comics will take his heroic adventures to new heights with a brand new monthly comic!

With the aid of his mighty Mega Buster blaster arm and a killer creative team including renowned artist Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and infamous Archie action/adventure writer Ian Flynn, Mega Man is equipped to blast his way back into the comic book world in his own monthly action. Arriving Spring 2011, the new Mega Man™ comic from Archie Comics promises to build a faithful legacy while exploring a vast universe of heroes, villains, and robots.

“Since 1987, the enormously successful Mega Man franchise has conquered media from video games to television to manga. Archie Comics is ready to carry on this tradition of success, holding true to the spirit of the old school with a fresh eye on Mega Man’s strong potential in the world of American comics,” promised Archie Comics editor of Sonic and now the Mega Man franchise, Paul Kaminski.

The Mega Man comic book series will follow the original Rock/Mega Man in his battles against the maniacal Dr. Wily. Mega Man’s jam-packed, fast-paced adventures are told from the perspective of Rock (a.k.a. Mega Man) the young boy with a peaceful heart now thrust into a life of conflict.

“Readers can expect non-stop action, as well as an exploration of the themes of family, choice and loyalty that make the Mega Man franchise a property that connects on a very personal level,” continued Kaminski. “From there, we hope to fully explore not only that classic world, but the other spin-offs including Mega Man X, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man Legends and more!”

“We’re thrilled to be creating a definitive version of Capcom’s Mega Man to American audiences,” remarked Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “And to do it with our top-notch creative team who all love and understand the property inside and out is going to be spectacular!”

In honor of the announcement at NYCC, Archie Comics and Capcom® will each be hosting signings of an exclusive print with the Mega Man creative team Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante and Ian Flynn.

Stay tuned to ArchieComics.com for updates on the “Mega Man” comic series coming from Archie Comics in Spring 2011.

Capcom, and Mega Man are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd.  All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Image via Comics Alliance

Mega Manga Updates: Delays, Delay-Oh, Nevermind

I understand your tortured souls, everyone. How much the waiting gets to you, the madness it induces. But at least now we know when we're waiting to. UDON's managing editor Matt Moylan has given us word today that both Mega Man Megamix vol. 2 and Mega Man ZX vol. 2 will be releasing simultaneously on September 8th. These are the absolute, concrete dates, but it might do well to keep your fingers crossed, too. You can also head over to UDON for some great preview images of both comics. If you're big fans of the Mega Man manga, then these are definitely worth the wait! Thanks, Matt!