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Mega Man Battle Book story by BenBates
Mega Man Battle Book story
I forgot that this exists. Some seven page story for 'Mega Man and Sonic Team UP- AGAIN!!!'. I think this was meant to explain some back story, fill in some big story gaps, I'm not really sure. 

I experimented a lot on this, not just in the art, but on how my job works. I did pencils, inks, and colors, I even obtained the finished word balloon files so I could manually place them myself. Originally I was going to write this particular short story as well!

If I recall correctly, when the job was first proposed, my only directive was that Mega Man had to be defeated by the Zeti. I wanted to use Zeena, Master Zik, and Zomom myself. Had I gone ahead with my original plan, the Zeti were going to unleash all their energy attacks at once (much like in the final product), blowing off Mega man's armor and overloading his circuits, shutting him down. I way wanted to draw his armor all torn off and his inner mechanics exposed, hopefully giving him a sense of real vulnerability as the villains take him away (as well as a little more logic as to why he is modified/rebuilt by Eggman and Wily. I mean you don't need logic of course, its fun and its cool, its what the Doctors would do). 

For myself, I wanted to entirely avoid them using their robot control to win the fight. My thoughts are, if they're going to do that in the story at all, why would they wait? I don't think they would. It's like their one super crazy special ability thats extremely weird (why can they control robots of all things?), its also Mega Man's complete and utter fatal flaw against them. So my thinking was, they know they can win flat out. They can tell he is a robot right off of course, but these are villains with petty and cruel personalities. They could just use their power to defeat Mega Man but that's not fun for them, its not in their nature to end it so quickly. My thought for the story would have been to show that the Zeti want to hurt Mega Man. They want to hurt him for caring. Alone, Mega Man can never win against the Zeti. Which, I thought, was perfect because this isn't a story about being alone! This is a story where he needs very specific help to win and with this short story, I could show all of that, tap into the very heart of it! Mega Man needs Sonic!!! 

Alas.

Oh right, as for caring, I recall that I also wanted to have Auto and Rush with him on the supply run. That he was fighting to protect them not necessarily himself. I like Mega Man as a robot that goes out of his way to help others. Oh yeah, and I wanted to have a Stegosaurus in the story too!!! I actually didn't (and still don't) know anything about this second Mega man and Sonic crossover, but I gathered at some point that portals were open that maybe allowed some elements of time travel. I wanted a Stegosaurus to show up at the start of the story, the Zeti humorously mistake it to be one of Mega Man's many pets and when it tries to escape Zomom runs after it. The last we'd see of it is Zomom returning , chewing and tossing a large bone away, the fate of the Stego to be presumed. 

I was already well into my animation career while working on this, but had I continued in the comics industry as a freelancer this would have been my continued goal. I want to do it all! Fortunately, creating my own comics makes that much easier and more satisfying. 

There's a bunch of other Archie stuff I should upload sometime. 
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Ben Bates
Artist | Professional
United States
My name is Ben Bates and I'm lucky enough to be a freelance illustrator primarily working in comics. I've had all kinds of fun in my career, working on many dream projects-

Archie-
Sonic the Hedgehog
Mega Man
New Crusaders

DarkHorse-
S.H.O.O.T. First
Star Wars- Defenders of the Lost Temple digest

IDW-
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My Little Pony

I'm also a member of Periscope Studio. A studio with over twenty comic creators, go and check out the list of credits at www.periscopestudio.com.

Current Residence: PortLand, OR
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aztec005 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
saw the remake archie did of lupe, though it needed more of a naive american feel. can you give me your honest opinion about my reimagining of the character. im fixing to go to college for art and try to pic up some tips on coloring and shading aztec005.deviantart.com/art/Se…
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Sonic808 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU'VE BEEN HUGGED! Hug 
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)

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4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!
Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
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Cyriani Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I found you from the Mega Man Archie Comics! A big fan of your art, to be sure.
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K-Chan4u Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
How much are your commissions? I would like to order some line art but I'm not sure what your prices are.
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dubXsonic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sup ben

i have been trying to get some sonic art for my fan character in Archie's style, but i cant find anybody who can do it for free or in a request, at a professional level

idk if you would do one for me but GOD, your art is my favorite comic art i have seen, i would really love art form you.

and there are alot of people i would love there art from, but the problem is they pay way too much for great art for me, plus i cant get any point for it
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darkshadows013 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please don't disrespect someone's time and energy and training by asking for free art. Ben Bates worked hard to get to the point where he could make this his profession. That means he does it for pay so he can put food on the table and keep the lights on. When you ask for free art, you say that his time doesn't matter as much as yours. Let's engender a community of respect and self-worth. :)
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dubXsonic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i did not mean it that way

i respect his work its just i dont have enough money or the skill to really do much art like his

and i cant afford anything as of yet

that's why i am requesting due to lack of points and people and money to commission anybody's art.
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nightthefox13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I want you to check out my art and tell me Wat you think
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JoeyB1001 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, Ben!
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pinkfloyd1234 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there Ben! Could i get an opinion on something?
On youtube i turn the comics you guys work on into Audio Dramas, I put voice acting, sound effects and music to make it come to life!
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