Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And realize that this blog
Works quite well in book form
Eat your heart out, Bob Dylan.
ANYWAY. The Anatomy of Mega Man Vol. I, which includes all the bits about Mega Man and Mega Man 2 from Anatomy of Games as well as a bit of new material, can now be purchased for American dollars. Probably some other kinds of dollars, too. I think Blurb is pretty open to most forms of capitalism.
The color hardcover and color paperback are both available. Yes, as always, self-publishing is spendy. The inexpensive black-and-white compact pocket edition will be along in a few weeks, and the PDF version will go up for sale next Monday on Gumroad (Patreon supporters get a one-week “exclusive” on it, you see).
I tried to do up the cover art in the style of Keiji Inafune, but it didn’t work out, so I did it up in the style of Hitoshi Ariga instead. That didn’t work out so well, either. Alas. I’m out of practice on the illustration front. But hey, the game analysis is pretty OK!
I love the way this stuff converts into coffee table format. So clean and crisp. Yes, it’s very much the definition of vanity press, given how few copies of these sell.
P.S., on a related note: Don’t forget that The Anatomy of Super Mario Bros. is featured in the Story Bundle Games 4.0 package for one more week, a big chunk of revenue from which goes to a charitable cause.