With such rich tapestries to draw from, video games provide cosplayers with incredible creative opportunities. We’ve compiled a massive collection of cosplay inspired by video game characters to celebrate the dedication and passion of these fans, with costumes that runs the gamut from the truly iconic to the downright obscure. Some of these costumes are simple and clean; others are dazzlingly complex; but each cosplayer brings a personal touch to these memorable heroes, villains, and side-characters. These are the best video game cosplays.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
Comic fans and video game fans are two groups that share an awful lot of overlap, and webcomics like Penny Arcade and artists like Zac Gorman, have made all kinds of comics about video games for the internet, but what about actual comic books? In a previous video, we told you about five video games that deserved comics, but this week, it’s all about some of the very best video games that have made the leap from consoles to comic pages.
Of all the video games that you could make into cartoons, Capcom's Mega Man series seems like it's the easiest slam dunk in the world. It's got everything you want, right down to an extremely toyetic cast of evil villains that have to be defeated by fun and clever ways, and if Archie's late, lamented Mega Man comic series proved anything, it's that you can take all of those elements and turn them into something smart, action-packed and appealing to all ages. And yet, aside from an off-model appearance on Captain N, a short-lived animated series in the '90s, and a couple of bizarre educational PSAs produced by the Japanese tourism board that used to be available on Netflix, there haven't been a lot of attempts.
Now, though, we have one on the way.
All things considered, Mega Man has been having a pretty good year. I mean, yes, the ongoing comic book series from Archie was canceled back in December, ending 2015 on a pretty down note, but with the release of the Legacy Collection --- which brought all seven Mega Man games from the NES era back to current-generation consoles - 2016 is looking up.
Now, there's another reason for Mega Fans (sorry) to celebrate: Sentinel Toys just announced the release of a new line of fully articulated 4" action figures, and they look awesome. And not only will the classic Mega Man be showing up, but his virus-busting counterpart from Mega Man Battle Network is along for the ride, too.
This week, Groupees is offering up a big bundle of Archie books that includes the rebooted Archie and Jughead titles, the horror-themed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the adult-oriented crime titles from the Dark Circle line, classic stories, and one of my favorite all-ages action comics of the past five years, and you can get the whole thing for just twenty bucks. And as an added bonus, it benefits the CBLDF.
Courtesy of Archie Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, and graphic novels going on sale in March 2016 from the publisher’s Archie Action line featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.
Ah, art books! They're like comics, but without some goofball writer showing up and running his mouth all over the real attraction, and if you're looking for a good one, you can't find a whole lot that are better than Udon Entertainment's line of Capcom Tribute books. Unfortunately, they've been out of print for a while, but now, following up the release of the Fighting Game Tribute, Udon's earlier offerings are coming back in print in a series of new hardcovers.
The "Refreshed" editions of Mega Man Tribute, Street Fighter Tribute and Darkstalkers Tribute are available now, and if you're the kind of person who buys art books based on Capcom video games, that's probably all you need to know. If, however, you'd like to see what's in store --- including art by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Adam Hughes and more --- check out a sample below!
When it debuted in 2011, it didn't take long for Mega Man to become one of my favorite comics. The all-ages action of one of my favorite video game franchises was blended with storytelling that took the games' simple premise of a good robot battling against an evil scientist and used it to explore complicated questions of morality, forgiveness, and the nature of war. It never stopped being a fun, high action adventure, but it also never talked down to its audience, and that was a combination that made it great.
Now, after almost five years, the series is coming to an end this week with Mega Man #55. To mark the occasion, ComicsAlliance spoke to writer Ian Flynn about how his version of Mega Man came to be, and the influences he drew on to create those stories.
It's been a long time coming, but the temporary end of Archie's Mega Man comic is almost here. Over the last five years, we've been there through thick and thin with the Blue Bomber, and it's going to be strange not to have him around on a regular basis after Mega Man #55 hits. That said, the creative team is going all with this finale, introducing a host of new worlds for the first time in comic book form.
While Mega Man won't be gone forever (Archie Comics is promising this is just a temporary reprieve), there's no telling just when he'll return either. It's fitting then that this issue is dubbed "Everlasting Peace," as the original game's opening cheered the blue champion on to "fight for everlasting peace!" It seems that after 54 issues of tackling Dr. Wily's most nefarious plans, Rock has finally accomplished that goal.
If you were a child in the '90s whose primary source of news was a subscription to Nintendo Power, then there were few things more thrilling than the saga of Break Man. When he first showed up in Mega Man III as an occasional obstacle and a mysterious plot device at the end, and was eventually revealed to be Mega Man's brother, it was probably the single greatest bit of drama in the series since the invention of running left-to-right and jumping.
And not surprisingly, it's something that Archie's Mega Man comics have done a pretty fantastic job handling over the past four years. Now, as the series winds down, Break Man (aka Proto Man, aka Blues) is taking the spotlight for "Red Shift," a prologue story for the events of Mega Man IV, with a whole lot of questions about the nature of his existence. You know, for the kids! Check out an exclusive preview!