Looking across my bookshelves and boxes of video game comics, you can find a near-equal amount of art books dedicated to my electronic obsession. These books serve two functions in my apartment (other than looking pretty): provide a source of reference for my wife’s art and to serve as a sort of history book for my favorite games. And the best of these tomes of video game knowledge come from Udon Comics.
On top of their numerous video game comics, the Ontario-based studio has published several art books dedicated to many different series. Not content to simply provide the usual concept and promotional art from video games, Udon will fill these books with creator interviews, unreleased images, and even some new material for rabid fans. During a recent re-reading of Mega Man: Official Complete Works, I discovered a rare comic that I somehow missed on my previous scouring: an official origin story for the Blue Bomber drawn by Keiji Inafune!
Never released for retail purchase, this little two-page comic was a special gift presented to everyone who participated in the boss character submissions for Mega Man 4. Thanks to the generosity of Keiji Inafune and Capcom, this delightful piece of video game media has been presented to a wider audience. I love how much of this stuff Udon Comics collects and publishes; it really turns these art books into chronicles of video game love. I encourage anyone with an adoration of video games and an admiration of their creators to check out Udon’s art books. And for you, faithful readers of Geek Force Network, please enjoy the Mega Man origin comic below!
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