On the subject of translating more Rockman manga the Mega Missions, etc. Matt Moylan had this to say...
"Would be nice to do something with the Mega Mission story, though the other stories in Remix are already part of our Megamix series. 'Orders to Destroy' is in volume 1(albeit an updated version), as is 'Metal Heart'.
But I wouldn't mind collection Mega Mission along with other Ariga misc items in a new volume. Things like his Mega Man 9 story, or other bits. Something to think about down the road."
Furthermore, Matt also spoke a little about Shigeto Ikehara's classic series manga...
"While this is also a very retro looking series, I find the Shigeto books look a little more polished than the Iwamoto X mangas, more like the work of an old master like Osamu Tezuka. But that is just a personal opinion, to the many readers they probably both look like 'old manga'.
It might sell better than the x mangas, I'm not sure. But with this series would come new hurdles. We'd have to really reasearch who owns the rights these days. I'm not sure it has ever been republished since it's original run, so those coudl still lie with Kodansha. There's also the problem of finding usable files, the original manga was probably printed with film output not digital. Some of the artwork is getting close to 20 years old, and it's very likely the original art is no longer in scanable condition(if it still exists). Our most likely choice we be to have to scan the artwork from the original books, which means finding 20 year old copies in good enough condition to scan. We have done this before but, it's a lot of work. The Rockman X and Megamix series are pretty old too, but they have both been reprinted over the years (both within the last 2 years even) so those files are readily available.
So, no plans on this one right now, but I am a fan of the art. Let's see how the Ariga books do first heh..."
Moving on, here's a little hint as to when we can expect the Battle Network, Star Force Official Complete Works artbooks...
"We're still working on the details of the Star Force & Battle Network art books. I am hoping to have both book ready before X-mas this year, but I can't confirm anything yet."
Speaking of Official Complete Works, Matt discussed a little about the diminishing availability of Zero Official Complete Works:
"Actually, we recently sold out completely of Mega Man Zero Official Complete Works, and amazon seems to be out of stock. Currently the only place I notice still has copies is the official Capcom store:
Otherwise, with MM Zero Collection coming out this summer(I never had a GBA myself, so I know I'm getting it!), we are planning a new printing of the Mega Man Zero art book, but that probably won't be in stock until May 2010."
So, to recap...
- There's an interest in compiling other Rockman manga from Mega Missions to Ariga's Rockman 9 adaption.
- Would like to do something with Ikehara's classic series manga, but there's a few hurdles to overcome.
- No specific date set for the BN/SF art books; hoping for a release before Christmas 2010.
- Zero Official Complete Works is getting a repint to coincide with Zero Collection.
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