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MM#31

Postby Max1996 » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:41 am

Does anyone have it yet? Do you think it's gonna be delayed as much as #30?
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Re: MM#31

Postby Mega Man Monthly » Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:30 am

I've noticed that Diamond Distributors had #30 listed as release for 10/23 even though every other site still had 10/9, so I assume they keep the release dates most up-to-date when delays occur.
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/7 ... =JUL130810

Based on this assumption, #31 is on-track for its 11/6 release date.
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/7 ... =STK620647

11/6 is also what the original solicit said, as well as the back of #30. All signs are pointing to "on-time."

(Also, solicits will occasionally include a shipping date. #31 had "10/23" as the shipping date, so subscribers could get their copies any day now.)

What I'm more curious about is the status of #34. Not to panic anyone... But, it was missing in the last set of solicits. It doesn't have a listing on Diamond's site, either. We all know what it will contain thanks to IGN's report about the MMX adaptation. But their article also mentioned a February 2014 release... which may not be accurate. We could be having a Mega Man-less February.

(If I recall, this has happened several times in Sonic's past... We would miss a month and then get two the next month. I don't want anyone to jump to conclusions and assume "uh-oh, canceled comic," because that's silly. But it's still curious. Mega Man has released consistently every month since its inception... Maybe they need extra time for the big adaptation?)
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Re: MM#31

Postby Sockie » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:04 pm

megamanmonthly wrote:What I'm more curious about is the status of #34. Not to panic anyone... But, it was missing in the last set of solicits. It doesn't have a listing on Diamond's site, either. We all know what it will contain thanks to IGN's report about the MMX adaptation. But their article also mentioned a February 2014 release... which may not be accurate. We could be having a Mega Man-less February.

(If I recall, this has happened several times in Sonic's past... We would miss a month and then get two the next month. I don't want anyone to jump to conclusions and assume "uh-oh, canceled comic," because that's silly. But it's still curious. Mega Man has released consistently every month since its inception... Maybe they need extra time for the big adaptation?)


More like the solicits have been inaccurate for a long time, and they're finally getting around to fixing that. MM #1, for example was in the April solicits, but it came out the first week of May, and then MM #2 came out in the first week of June despite being in the May solicits. Even MM #34's said to be coming out in February, so it really shouldn't be in the January solicits that just came out. So really, we shouldn't be going any months without an issue of Mega Man. (#31 in November, #32 in December, #33 in January, #34 in February...)
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Re: MM#31

Postby Mega Man Monthly » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:59 pm

Sockie wrote:More like the solicits have been inaccurate for a long time, and they're finally getting around to fixing that. MM #1, for example was in the April solicits, but it came out the first week of May, and then MM #2 came out in the first week of June despite being in the May solicits. Even MM #34's said to be coming out in February, so it really shouldn't be in the January solicits that just came out. So really, we shouldn't be going any months without an issue of Mega Man. (#31 in November, #32 in December, #33 in January, #34 in February...)

Yeah, but that's not limited to Mega Man. That's how it is for every Archie publication in every solicit.

I'm really trying to understand how the release windows work for each set of solicits, because it's not as simple as "December solicits = December release dates." In the December 2013 solicits, only 5 of those 15 books are releasing in December. The other 10 are all January releases. Meanwhile, in the January 2014 solicits, 11 of the 17 books are January releases. The other 6 are February.

I think I've got it figured out, though. Release windows run mid-month to mid-month. So, a solicit for October is going to include releases from mid-October to mid-November.

I compiled all of the release dates for September's solicits thru January's. Books only release on Wednesdays, so I also compiled how many Wednesdays fall into each range. (I did not include TPBs.)

• 08/21–09/11 - August (4 Wednesdays)
• 09/18–10/09 - September (4 Wednesdays)
• 10/16–11/13 - October (5 Wednesdays)
• 11/20–12/11 - November (4 Wednesday)
• 12/18–01/08 - December (4 Wednesdays)
• 01/15–02/12 - January (5 Wednesdays)

So on average, each "release window" is 4 weeks long, which makes sense. Some months have more weeks (like October), so there's going to be more release days (i.e., Wednesdays) in them.

I also included which Wednesday Mega Man fell on for each month... And based on the delays with #29 and #30... and the assumption that maybe #31 and on WILL be delayed... I think I figured out why Mega Man #34 is missing from the January solicits.

• Mega Man #29 - Scheduled for August Wed #4 (9/11), delayed to September Wed #1 (9/18)
• Mega Man #30 - Scheduled for September Wed #4 (10/9), delayed to October Wed #2 (10/23)
• Mega Man #31 - Scheduled for October Wed #4 (11/6)
• Mega Man #32 - Scheduled for November Wed #4 (12/11)
• Mega Man #33 - Scheduled for December Wed #4 (1/8)

So basically, Mega Man is always on the fourth Wednesday of the release window... up until #29 and #30 got delayed, pushing them into the next release window.

If these delays impact every issue from here, it is completely plausible that Mega Man #34 would get thrown out of the "January" release window. Now, it would still release in actual February, but it would be part of the February solicits that run from mid-February to mid-March, not the January solicits that run mid-January to mid-February.

And hey. It may have nothing to do with delays at all. #31-#33 may release on schedule per the original solicits, and Archie could simply be tinkering with Mega Man's release schedule and moving it to a different Wednesday, effective as of #34.

Just my speculation. I really doubt Mega Man's absence in the solicits is foreshadowing of something bad. I'm just dying to know why it's not there...
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Re: MM#31

Postby ClareSilver47 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:07 am

Archie has had a weird schedule, but normally they run on the 'once a month' thing with some variations. I normally assume the newest Mega Man would be released around the 2nd Wednesday of the month because of this

That was before all of the delays of course
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Re: MM#31

Postby Paul Kaminski » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:34 am

Do not panic! The Mega Man series is alive and well, just some scheduling stuff to work through

Had some art come in on 34 today and it's freaking awesome :)
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Re: MM#31

Postby Max1996 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:21 am

Paul Kaminski wrote:Do not panic! The Mega Man series is alive and well, just some scheduling stuff to work through

Had some art come in on 34 today and it's freaking awesome :)

I'm not trying to sound impatient or anything, but does this mean the release date for #31 is 100% likely to be the 6th?
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Re: MM#31

Postby Mega Man Monthly » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:11 pm

Uhm. Diamond now has #31 listed as 12/25. O_o

http://www.kidscomics.com/Home/1/1/60/7 ... =STK620648
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Re: MM#31

Postby ClareSilver47 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:14 pm

megamanmonthly wrote:Uhm. Diamond now has #31 listed as 12/25. O_o

http://www.kidscomics.com/Home/1/1/60/7 ... =STK620648


*bangs head on wall*

What is with all of these delays?
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Re: MM#31

Postby EvilEddie » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:52 pm

Well that certainly explains the lack of Mega Man 34 last batch of solicitations.
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Re: MM#31

Postby Mavrickindigo » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:42 pm

ClareSilver47 wrote:
megamanmonthly wrote:Uhm. Diamond now has #31 listed as 12/25. O_o

http://www.kidscomics.com/Home/1/1/60/7 ... =STK620648


*bangs head on wall*

What is with all of these delays?

Capcom's going bankrupt

the comic is being delayed with no explanation.

Yep, time for the internet to go into full panic mode.
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Re: MM#31

Postby SurrealBrain » Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:20 pm

Mavrickindigo wrote:Capcom's going bankrupt

the comic is being delayed with no explanation.

Yep, time for the internet to go into full panic mode.

Sonic was also delayed with no explanation last month. I agree this is getting ridiculous, though.
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Re: MM#31

Postby Penguin God » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:33 am

It seems like something like this happens every Winter.
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Re: MM#31

Postby LBD_Nytetrayn » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:56 am

The Winter of our Discontent.

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Re: MM#31

Postby Mega Man Monthly » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:24 am

I feel I should remind everyone—especially since I think I just inadvertently caused panic when I was trying to avoid it—that Paul Kaminski just posted in this very thread that the comic is alive and well. (I'm looking at Mavrickindigo, ya ol' pessimist.) Delays are not always foreshadowing to certain doom, and Archie delays ≠ Capcom Mega Man delays.

And, Diamond's listing may be wrong. Although they have both covers of #31 as 12/25/13, they're also included in the list of this week's releases.

UPDATE: In fact, I just checked... And, several comics on that page have a 12/25 release date. Maybe it IS wrong! We'll know for sure soon.
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