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$2,200,000 in the bank, son!
You better believe I've had my eyeballs on the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter like a vulture. I wanted to spread the news as soon as the console port goal was finally cleared. That's right! Mere minutes ago, the donation amount cro...

Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Archie Mega Man vs. Bad Box Art Mega Man


Mega Man #33 variant cover is the dream fight
Sep 16
// Tony Ponce
Archie has released the cover art for Mega Man #33, which immediately follows the "Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon" arc currently running. What's amazing is not the regular newsstand cover but the variant, featuring the infamo...
Mega Man art photo
Mega Man art

This is the big one, guys: Orioto's Mega Man fresco


It's like it was made just for me
Sep 14
// Tony Ponce
I knew it would happen eventually. It was inevitable. Now my wallet is starting to get very antsy. To bring you up to speed, digital artist Mikaël "Orioto" Aguirre has been whipping up tasteful spreads of games like Fina...

Mega Man #29 sample pages and miniature anime conventions

Sep 10 // Tony Ponce
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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A brief chat with new Mega Man comic penciller, Mike Cavallaro
With Archie Mega Man #29, the "Blackout: The Curse of Ra Moon" arc has officially begun. All the world's technology has been disabled by an EMP wave, causing untold collateral damage that could take years to recover from. Meg...


Mega Man board game photo
Mega Man board game

Details on Mega Man The Board Game sound wild


This ain't no Candy Land
Aug 17
// Tony Ponce
While Jasco Games' Mega Man CCG is more or less ready to ship out the door, Mega Man The Board Game is still a work in progress. However, Jasco did go into some detail at Gen Con about how the game will progress and how it ca...
Mega Man card game photo
Mega Man card game

Mega Man card game will make me even more poor


Get equipped with Trap Card!
Aug 16
// Tony Ponce
Jasco Games, the company currently making that Mega Man board game, is using the same license to produce a set of cards as part of its Universal Fighting System line. I say without any sarcasm or cynicism that I think this is...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Wily and Mega Man team up in Mega Man #32


Cover art for the last issue of the Super Adventure Rockman arc
Aug 12
// Tony Ponce
This month's Archie Mega Man issue ends with all technology on the planet shutting down. Planes in mid-flight plummet towards Earth, hospital monitoring equipment ceases to function -- we're talking an apocalyptic scenario he...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Dr. Wily wets himself in Mega Man #28


We now return to our regularly scheduled programming
Aug 05
// Tony Ponce
It's over! It's all over! It's all... PSYCHE! You think I'd stop covering the Mega Man comics just because the crossover is finished? Who do you think I am? Though the evens of "Worlds Collide" are technically canon to the ma...
Mega Man blocks photo
Mega Man blocks

Mega Man to get not one but TWO... nanoblock sets


Pew pew pew X 10^-9
Jul 29
// Tony Ponce
Day 224 of Mega Man's 25th anniversary new game watch. No sign of movement on the horizon. No... wait... wait! Target in sight! Stations everyone! Stations! Magnify the image! More! More! It's... IT'S... just a pair of really...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

The world has been shut down in Mega Man #31


Peek at the cover art for Mega Man's latest "super adventure"
Jul 09
// Tony Ponce
I've been so busy diving into Sonic and Mega Man's "Worlds Collide" comic mini-series that I've neglected to talk about Mega's post-crossover story arc. How do you raise the stakes after a dimension-bending war against both D...
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Mega Man Unlimited

Mega Man Unlimited is done! Beams down in July!


PC fan game ready to pick up Capcom's slack
Jun 23
// Tony Ponce
It's been a long road, but Philippe "MegaPhilX" Poulin's Mega Man Unlimited is finished a ready for release on July 14, 2013. Oh my... Quick recap: Shortly after Mega Man 9's release, Phil whipped up a video of what he imagi...
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Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Eggman and Wily feel the heat in Worlds Collide Part 8


Sonic Universe #53 brings Act Two to a gripping close
Jun 18
// Tony Ponce
With the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover, "Worlds Collide," I've been doing impressions posts every set of three issues. What I have to say about these works simply cannot be condensed into short three-paragraph news posts ...
Mega Man X photo
Mega Man X

Mega Man X pew pews onto Wii U eShop on May 30


X gon' give it to ya
May 25
// Tony Ponce
Do you know why the above trailer is so amazing? Because X throws a Hadoken at Vile's ride armor at the 0:22 mark like he just doesn't give a f*ck. Of the games in the Mega Man X series, the first is definitely the best. S...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Hop through time with the fifth Mega Man comic collection


Mega Man Vol. 5 arrives this Wednesday
May 20
// Tony Ponce
Ladies and gentlemen, a new Archie Mega Man graphic novel is arriving this Wednesday, May 22. I have confirmation from fellow editor Chris Carter that he's been picking up back issues and graphic novels to prep himself for th...

Archie's Mega Man hits the 25-issue milestone!

May 08 // Tony Ponce
"No time to party," Ian exclaims. "For me, rolling on straight to Mega Man #50 is how I celebrate!" Conversely, Paul says, "We've been partying since the series began!" Which is it, guys? You haven't been partying, or you party every day? Or has Ian been doing all the heavy lifting while Paul attends penthouse shindigs with champagne waterfalls and cheeses of the world? Ribbing aside, this tower of power couldn't have been built without hard work and effort, as well as some smart re-organization to appease fans and accommodate new developments. For the first year, story arcs followed a four-part structure, which some readers noted as having a negative effect on pacing. They have since become more flexible. "The biggest change was switching from ONLY four-part story arcs to a mix of different lengths," Paul explains of the change in direction. "The switch was made to keep things fresh and interesting, and to expand character development where we felt we needed to. We're also looking to court new fans for the series, and it's much easier for new readers to jump aboard with a self-contained issue that leads into something bigger." The "Worlds Collide" announcement also had a significant impact on plot progression. As Ian notes, "When the crossover deal came up, we shifted gears a little to tell some smaller, intimate stories instead of launching into another major arc." Such intimate stories included a girls-only rescue mission, a time-skipping 25th anniversary celebration, and the infamous Valentine's Day issue -- infamous to me, at least! MM #25 is the fourth part of "Worlds Collide," which has introduced us to the Roboticized Masters, transformed versions of Sonic's friends born of the combined might of Eggman and Wily. However, Wily's habit of adding "Man" to the end of his creations' names has resulted in the roboticized Shadow the Hedgehog's being dubbed "Shadow Man." But there already is a "Shadow Man" in the Mega Man universe, so what's the deal? Paul tempers my anxiety: "That has got to be the single most asked-about element of the story I've seen so far! There WILL be resolution to that -- it was added in by Ian as an Easter egg for the true fans." It wouldn't be the first time Ian has joked around with the readers. The comic has dropped references to everything from "Can't Beat Air Man" to the Green Biker Dude from Mega Man X2. All in good fun! Know what else would be in good fun? If Sonic and Mega Man actually did star in a game together! Both Ian and Paul suggest that "Worlds Collide" ought to be incorporated in any such dream title, gently urging fans to harass SEGA and Capcom day and night until it becomes a reality (please don't literally harass anybody). For his dream game, Ian shares, "I'd love to see a game that went primarily side-scroller, with stages that mixed Sonic and Mega Man elements (e.g. run through the loop-de-loop or climb the ladder over it). Each Roboticized Master defeated would give Mega Man the weapons you see in the comics and unlock summonable buddies for Sonic, like in the Sonic Generations side-missions." Paul's money is on a Marvel vs. Capcom-style fighter style. I mean, they've already got the character select screen on lock! Considering the Sonic comics often feature tie-ins with newly released games, I had assumed SEGA gives Archie advance notice regarding such titles. "SEGA gives us a heads-up of whatever new game they'd like us to promote and tells us which elements they'd like us to focus on," Ian replies. So should Capcom likewise let Archie in on a secret unannounced Mega Man project... "I can't confirm or deny anything! I know nothing!" Oh yeah? How about I interpret your words as indirect confirmation that you do know something? With a bucket of ice water in hand, Paul adds, "For the record, we're just as eagerly awaiting a new game release as everyone else! SEGA gives us enough time prior to the release to plan the time slot for where the story is going to go, assets and the like are sent to us after an official announcement has been made." I assume that extends towards relations with Capcom as well, erasing any hope that Ian or Paul would slip me some big, juicy secret. Hey! You can't blame me for asking! But forget the games for now. There is a ton of Archie Mega Man goodness to look forward to in the near future. The comic has already lasted longer than the Ruby-Spears cartoon's run, so that's a good sign! And as long as the readership stays strong, it might run even hit Sonic numbers -- 250 and still going strong!
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A chat with writer Ian Flynn and editor Paul Kaminski
While Capcom continues to laze on announcing any proper plans for Mega Man, Archie Comics has been propping up the Blue Bomber as an important pillar of its comic book empire. Now with the arrival of issue #25 on newsstands t...

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Mega Man Unlimited

Mega Man Unlimited fan game goes J-pop in new trailer


Giant robot platypus says hi
May 04
// Tony Ponce
It's been a while since we heard news on Mega Man Unlimited, the balls-awesome Mega Man fan game that fooled even Capcom into thinking it was legit! You may remember my interview last year with project lead Philippe "MegaPhi...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Sonic and Mega Man go super in this animated trailer


SIZZLING CIRCUITS
Apr 10
// Tony Ponce
It's here! Archie Comics' 12-issue "Worlds Collide" arc that mashes together the Sonic and Mega Man universes has begun, and there is much rejoicing. I received the first issue (Mega Man #24) in the mail just last week, and ...
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Worlds Will Collide

Mega Man and Sonic's worlds will collide after Sonic #247


Worlds Collide arc is coming very soon
Mar 28
// Chris Carter
The Sonic / Mega Man crossover event is nearly upon us, and Archie Comics has provided us with a few teaser pages for Sonic #247 before the full comic hits next week. With Mega Man already done tying up is loose ends, it's up...
Archie Mega Man photo
Archie Mega Man

Showdown! Proto Man makes his move in Mega Man #23


Mega Man vs. Break Man!!!
Mar 11
// Tony Ponce
First things first, focus your peepers on the "Worlds Collide" counter in the top-left corner. It means that Archie's massive 12-issue Sonic / Mega Man crossover event finally kicks off next month! My anticipation is palpable...
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Street Fighter X Mega Man

Street Fighter X Mega Man scores one million downloads


Sooo... does this guarantee he'll be back?
Mar 03
// Tony Ponce
[Image by Christoper Hastings] The fan-made, freely distributed, Capcom-backed mashup Street Fighter X Mega Man has crossed one million downloads, according to the game's creator, Seow Zong Hui. If it were to be counted as a ...
Mega Man toys photo
Mega Man toys

BASS in yo' FACE! New Mega Man toy coming to US


D-Arts Bass will arrive stateside in June / July
Feb 08
// Tony Ponce
Like that D-Arts Bass action figure I talked about the other week? Pretty sexy, ain't it? And remember how I said it was highly likely that Bandai would try to bring it to US retail? Distributor Bluefin has got your back! Not...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

More proof that Sonic and Mega Man are the ultimate team


You aren't tired of these comic covers, are you?
Feb 06
// Tony Ponce
Oh, is this still a thing? You're damn right it's still a thing! Just try to get me to shut up about Archie's Sonic / Mega Man crossover! You can't and won't! When Chris Carter wrote about those 16-bit covers of "When Worlds ...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Eggman and Wily built new foes for our blue heroes


More cover art for the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover
Feb 03
// Tony Ponce
HNNNNNNNNNNNNG! The Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover series "When Worlds Collide" is two short months away! It's gonna be soooooo goooooood! We're keeping the hype train chugging along with art from across the 12-issue run t...
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Check out this concept of an augmented reality Mega Man


Hold up while I pew pew some birds
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
In the future, who knows what games will be like? Will augmented reality be relegated to a gimmick of the past, or will it be utilized to its fullest potential? Youtube user GakAttack created a video that takes up the latter...
D-Arts Mega Man photo
D-Arts Mega Man

The Mega Man D-Arts figure is now available in the US


Play some pew pew in real life
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
Remember that awesome D-Arts Bass figure we told you about recently? That's not confirmed yet for folks outside of Japan, but his arch nemesis is! Starting today, you can grab the D-Arts Mega Man figure at select outlets...
Archie Sonic / Mega Man photo
Archie Sonic / Mega Man

Mega Man and Sonic comic arc gets sexy 16-bit covers


When Worlds Collide
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
Some time ago, Archie Comics created the "When Worlds Collide" storyline, which brought Sonic and Mega Man together in one wacky continuity, across various comic lines. IGN now has the scoop one new covers for the upcoming is...
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Rockman Forever

Rockman Forever album will put you in a 'trance'


Tribute album by doujin label Prismatic Music
Jan 23
// Tony Ponce
[Update: The album was free, but I'm guessing the free download cap was reached. I forgot that Bandcamp does that sometimes. Must mean you guys are slamming the page!] I think everyone on staff just sorta... crashed. Time to ...
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D-Arts Bass and Treble

Bass and Treble are next in Bandai's D-Arts Mega Man line


Ignore MetalGarurumon sitting in the corner
Jan 22
// Tony Ponce
After rockin' some kickass Mega Man X figurines for a while, Bandai decided to return to the series' classic roots with an OG Mega Man and Rush combo this past December. And because little boy blue was just so gosh-darn popul...
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Street Fighter X Mega Man unofficially hits Mac


Fan made port
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Capcom made the decision to bring Street Fighter X Megaman solely to PCs initially so that they could test the download count -- but despite the fact that they still could have tested it for Mac based systems, they never repr...
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The Street Fighter X Mega Man update is here


Password get!
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Remember when Capcom released Street Fighter X Mega Man without a number of core features -- like, oh I don't know, a password or a save system?Well, they had a change of heart, and now you can reap the benefits of fan demand...

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