After a great many delays, we’re happy to report that the long-awaited Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide will be in better comic book stores everywhere this Wednesday, April 18th (and in bookstores and shipping from online sellers in the next week or two). Cataloging every Robot Master and major Classic series character from Mega Man to Mega Man 10 (including a few surprises), this is the guide for fans of the Blue Bomber!
We know that many of you have been waiting a very long time for this book, and sincerely, if we could have brought it out any faster, we would have. While we can’t go into the details of the delay, we will say that all of the staff involved worked really hard to make this book a reality, and we have appreciated all of the support that you’ve shown to UDON over the past year! On that note, we wanted to bring you a few words from some of the staff members who made this book possible. First up, UDON Entertainment’s Managing Editor Matt Moylan, one of the people who came up with the idea for this project:
“The Robot Master Field Guide turned out wonderfully, largely due to the hard work of the whole team of people that worked on it. The book is a great resource for the classic Mega Man universe and its characters. I’m also especially glad that we finally get to showcase the Mega Man 9 & 10 characters that were not yet around when the Mega Man Official Complete Works book was originally created.”
Next, the book’s writers, David and Nadia Oxford of The Mega Man Network (http://www.themmnetwork.com/), wanted to say a few words about their experiences with the project:
“Writing the Robot Master Field Guide was a lot of fun to do, and a great opportunity — how often does one get to say they wrote the book on Mega Man, literally? Of course, the project wouldn’t have been nearly as good without the art, layouts, and other contributions from the original Japanese artists and the UDON team (to say nothing of their being open to suggestions!). After all this time, we hope everyone enjoys it!”
Finally, Associate Editor Ash Paulsen was eager to talk about the blue bomber:
“I’m incredibly proud of the Robot Master Field Guide, and to finally see it come to fruition and hold it in my hands is an incredibly rewarding feeling. As UDON’s Associate Editor, I have worked on a great deal of our projects and am proud of them all, but as a die-hard Mega Man fan, the Robot Master Field Guide holds a special place in my heart, as it was a true labor of love for me and everyone involved. I’m honored to have taken part in this project’s creation, and hope my love for the Blue Bomber shines through in its pages.”
In short, everyone at UDON is incredibly happy to see this book out in the world! We sincerely hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please let us know! I have a feeling that the more popular this project is, the greater the chance of seeing similar ones in future. As Matt wondered aloud when I was talking to him, “I wonder if anyone out there would like to see a Maverick Field Guide?”.
I guess we’ll all find out!
– Chris Butcher, UDON
Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide
Release date: April 18, 2012
Price (U.S.): $13.99
Page Count: 144, Color
Size: 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long
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