As with "Worlds Collide" Act 2 artist Tracy Yardley!, Cavallaro was not familiar with the Mega Man mythos prior to joining the team. Of course, the best artist does his or her best to catch up on the material, getting a feel for the character relationships and subtle complexity. "I also noticed there's a LOT of Mega Man artwork out there," he said in reference to the Mega Man fan art and Japanese Rockman manga scans that he stumbled upon during his research, "and there are numerous stylistic differences that don't necessarily overlap, so I stick to Archie's version because that's what's pertinent here."
Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy naturally came up when discussing other non-Mega Man robot comics, which led to an unrelated yet fun anecdote about anime and manga fandom from decades past. "I was traveling hours away from home to go to manga and anime conventions in the early 80s -- that's almost 30 years ago! Back then, a so-called anime 'convention' took place in a room the size of my kitchen on a side-street in Philadelphia or NYC. There'd be maybe 10-20 people milling around, tops, maybe one guy in a homemade Star Blazers uniform, and the only things to buy were very grainy fourth-generation VHS bootlegs. There was no Internet, and this stuff was incredibly hard to find."
I can personally vouch for such a story, having purchased my share of boots from very shady mall vendor carts as a young 'un. Doesn't have much to do with Mega Man, but I always enjoy looking back at how much has changed in the celebration of our hobbies.
Check out sample pages of MM#29 in the gallery below, along with promo pieces showcasing Cavallaro's line art from the rest of the arc. The issue will go sale in shops starting tomorrow.
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