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Udon invites you to pay tribute to Mega Man

Udon Entertainment, which has published several Mega Man manga, is putting out an artbook paying tribute to the venerable video game-cartoon-comics franchise, and they are inviting everyone to participate:

UDON is sending out a call to comic artists, video game artists, freelance illustrators, and fan artists all around the world to show us your artistic tribute to Mega Man! Give us your best artwork featuring the cast of Mega Man®, Mega Man® X, Mega Man® Zero, Mega Man® ZX, and Mega Man® Legends. All styles are welcome – anime, western comic style, cartoon, pixel-based, sculptures – whatever you can come up with as your tribute to the blue bomber!

The fine print includes some fairly specific legal stipulations. Characters from the Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man Star Force series are not allowed, and crossovers are also verboten. And the characters have to be from the games only, not comics or animation. “For example, the green Mega Man from the Captain N animated series is not allowed.” Got that? And no fan-created characters: “You may not, for example, create your own Zebra-themed Robot Master named ‘Zebra Man’.” Damn! Plus no drinking, smoking, or nudity, although now that I think about it, those elements probably be hard to integrate into a Mega Man comic anyway. (Not impossible, but difficult.)

On the other hand, the editors are open to a variety of different styles. The top 300 entries will be published and the creators will get a copy of the book.

Read the UDON-illustrated comic prequel to Nolan’s Inception

Inception: The Cobol Job

Inception: The Cobol Job

Warner Bros. has released an online comic prequel to Inception, the highly anticipated sci-fill thriller from The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. Called “The Cobol Job,” the prequel is written by the film’s co-producer Jordan Goldberg (Batman: Gotham Knight) and illustrated by UDON Entertainment‘s Long Vo, Joe Ng and Crystal Reid.

Although it’s called a prequel, I’ve seen warnings that the comic is somewhat spoiler-ish, and will make more sense after a viewing of the movie. So, you may want to wait until you’ve returned from Inception‘s midnight debut to give “The Cobol Job” a read.

Could we see a Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comic?

Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Marvel vs. Capcom 3

On the heels of the official announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comes hints that the latest installment of the epic fighting game could cross over into comics.

Kotaku reports that although Marvel won’t confirm discussion of an adaptation, a representative for UDON Entertainment, which holds the Street Fighter license, said a comic would be a “natural progression.”

“The comic medium is such an influence on both companies, both franchises,” UDON Project Manager Jim Zubkavich told the gaming blog. “You look at the game, the style, it’s built off of a comic book aesthetic. It’s such a natural fit. It’s easy to build off of. The reality is, we are a generation of people who love these fan crossovers, it’s almost like fan fiction come to life.”

However, a company spokesman was quick to clarify the publisher isn’t in a position to confirm a possible comic-book crossover.

Ontario-based UDON has held the comics rights to Street Fighter since 2003, and currently releases the titles Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki. The publisher also has provided artwork for Capcom games like Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Capcom Fighting Evolution, and promotional art for the re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is set for release in spring 2011.

What are you reading?

Essential Man-Thing Vol. 1

Essential Man-Thing Vol. 1

Welcome to What Are You Reading Our guest this week is the blogger and critic Noah Berlatsky.

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2009 Joe Shuster Award nominees announced

The nominees for the 2009 Joe Shuster Awards, which honor Canadian comics creators, were announced today. The five-year-old awards program is named after Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman. The list of nominees this year includes Darwyn Cooke, J. Torres, Karl Kerschl, Dave Sim, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, Faith Erin Hicks and Seth, among many others.

Check out the full list of nominees in the press release after the jump.

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