UDON Bestseller Report for July 29, 2014

July 29th, 2014

Are you ready for this week’s UDON Bestseller Report?!? This information is gathered and reported to us from comic book stores and other bookstores across the world! Keep reading to find out what UDON’s hottest books are, and where you can buy them!

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#1. Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy

A new challenger enters the ring – and lands in the #1 position! This week’s top spot goes to new release Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy!

What happens when over 80 creators from the world’s top video game studios join forces without the constraint of committee design? You get Substrata, a hypothetical Triple-A title driven by artists, for artists. Herein lies their widely varied, unbridled visions! Inside you’ll find character designs, locations, monsters, items, interface designs, and more, all exploring the spectacular dark fantasy world of Substrata.

Proceeds from the sale of SUBSTRATA will be donated to Gamers For Good, http://www.gamersforgood.com! Check out a 25-page preview here!

Find a Comic Store Near You - Buy from Barnes & Noble

Dark Souls: Design Works#2. Dark Souls Design Works

Holding strong at #2 is the amazing Dark Souls Design Works!

Showcasing the grim and chilling artwork behind the fan-favorite Dark Souls game in a gorgeous hardcover collection, Dark Souls Design Works features key visuals, concept art, character and monster designs, rough sketches, and an exclusive interview with the game’s creators! Design Works also includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with game director Hidetaka Miyazaki and many of the game’s artists, making it a real treat for fans of the game!

In addition to fully and faithfully translating all of the content from the Japanese edition into English, the UDON edition of Dark Souls: Design Works features one of our most deluxe project treatments of all time. Released in a sturdy hardcover, UDON’s edition features a pearlized silver dust jacket, with ultra high-gloss black and silver treatments, making it practically shimmer (with evil) on your bookshelf!

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$39.99, 128 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-89-1
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon | Buy at Barnes & Noble

SFIV-Vol1-Cover#3. Street Fighter IV Volume 1: Wages of Sin

Presenting UDON’s Street Fighter IV comics, now available for the first time in oversized hardcover format! Newcomers like Crimson Viper, Rufus, Abel, and Seth battle fan favorite characters like Sakura, Dan, Akuma, and more! Collects UDON’s original Street Fighter IV #1-4, and bonus stories featuring the casts of Street Fighter III, Street Fighter IV, and Final Fight!

Also included are rare, un-reprinted Street Fighter short stories, and an all new 6-page Ultra Street Fighter IV story created exclusively for this volume! This collection is a must-have for fans of Street Fighter and anyone else who enjoys a action-packed story with iconic characters and amazing artwork!

$34.99, 152 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-14-0
Find a Comic Book Store Near You! | Buy at Barnes & Noble | Buy at Amazon.com

monster_hunter_2#4. Monster Hunter Illustrations 2

Moving down to fourth place is Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! This epic collection showcases all of the artwork from the third generation of Monster Hunter games (and some from the second generation), including Monster Hunter Tri, Monster Hunter 3 UltimateMonster Hunter Freedom Unite, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd! Includes character, armor and weapon designs, environment paintings, rough artwork, and extensive commentary by the Monster Hunter teams throughout the book! As a bonus, our version of the book collects the Japanese black-and-white and color Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 books into one massive collection!

Click here for a 9-page preview!

$49.99, 400 pages, Softcover, 11.75″ x 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778884
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com  | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Mega Man Gigamix Volume 1 cover#5. Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1

Fans continue to show their love of Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1, rounding out the top five titles for the second week in a row! Featuring everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is the first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! In this volume, Mega Man travels to outer space to tangle with Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters as well as the mysterious Break Man! Then, it’s the ultimate race! Mega Man, Bass, Roll, Proto Man, Ice Man, Guts Man, and even Dr. Wily himself go head-to-head in a grand prix that spans halfway across the globe!

The three-volume Gigamix series features every Robot Master from the first eight classic Mega Man games, as well as the Stardroids, Bass, Proto Man, Duo, Drs. Cossack, Light, and Wily, and more! (preview)

$12.95, 224 pages, 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-23-5

Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Persona4Cover#6. Persona 4 Official Design Works

This awesome book collects all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game! Persona 4 Official Design Works is packed with hundreds of illustrations, sketches, character designs, landscape paintings, and even more from fan-favorite designer and artist Shigenori Soejima, Persona 4‘s art director and character designer. Soejima goes in-depth on nearly every illustration, with extensive comments on every major character and revealing insight into the background and secondary characters, the creation process, and the game’s setting. To top it all off, this amazing collection ends with a massive 9,000-word interview that details the entire game’s creation from start to finish! (preview)

$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Diamond: FEB121165, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

DarkstalkersOCW2014-cover#7. Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works is the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! This new release is packed full of beautiful babes, menacing monsters, awesome action, and all the great style you’d expect from the rulers of the night!

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works collects the artwork of every Darkstalkers game, including key visuals, character illustrations, promotional artwork, rough concepts, and creator commentary. Also featured are multiple new interviews with the creators behind the series, plus all-new tribute pin-ups from your favorite Capcom artists!

Click here to check out a 10-page preview!

$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
ISBN: 1-927925-04-5

GurrenLagann-cover#8. Gurren Lagann Art Works

Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only GAINAX can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a nonstop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the dynamic imagery of this landmark series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more! This stellar book features a ton of double-page spreads, merchandise artwork, and other rare artwork created for the anime and supporting products.

Click here to check out a 10-page preview!

$39.99, 136 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2

Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Eyes_of_Bayonetta#9. The Eyes of Bayonetta

More than just a standard art book, The Eyes of Bayonetta is an awesome collection of artwork, designs, and commentary that comes with a full-length DVD documentary about the creation of the Bayonetta game, including exclusive interviews with director Hideki Kamiya and other key figures behind Bayonetta! A must-have for all of the die-hard fans of this amazing character and game! (preview)

$49.99, 224 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778426
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Monster Hunter Illustrations cover#10. Monster Hunter Illustrations

Monster Hunter Illustrations features an amazing collection of artwork and designs from the popular Monster Hunter video game series! UDON reprinted the original, sold-out Monster Hunter Illustrations book to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Illustrations 2, and fan support for this reprint has been phenomenal. Snag your copy before it sells out again! (preview)

$49.99, 304 pages, 11.75″ x 8.25″, Diamond: DEC101074, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-17-4
Find a comic store near you | Amazon.com  |  BarnesandNoble.com

201305_Disgaea3SchoolofDevils_Vol1#11. Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1

Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1 is set in the Netherworld school known as Evil Academy, where students learn to be proper demons! Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor roll at this sinister school. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the “worst” kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!

$13.95, 160 pages, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-72-3
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

#12. Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works

Back on the list once again is Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works, one of the most-requested art books in our company’s history! Bursting with illustrations, character designs, story and development material, animation storyboards, and more! (preview)

$39.99, 176 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-81-5
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

All items, titles, and characters, TM and © their respective owners. All rights reserved.

UDON 2014 Panel Announcements from Comic-Con San Diego!

July 26th, 2014

We’ll have a more complete posting about this next week, but for now, here’s a few highlights from today’s UDON 2014 panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. We hope you’re as excited by these announcements as we are!!

Street Fighter 2 panel

We’re continuing our commitment to the Street Fighter comics series with our new hardcover editions and we’re thrilled to announce that Super Street Fighter V2 is almost complete!

In addition to our hardcover comics, we have a special hardcover edition of the Street Fighter World Warrior Encyclopedia that will coming next year! This classic title has been sold out for over a year now, and we’ll be reprinting in an oversized format that matches our graphic novels! We’ve also updated the content for Ultra and included brand new artwork!

Street Fighter World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover            Ace Attorney

On a related CAPCOM note, we’ve also announced a North American version of The Art of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies!! This is one of our top fan requests and loaded with amazing artwork. Coming 2015!

Kill la Kill Manga

Speaking of fan demand, we’re beyond thrilled to announce that UDON has secured the rights for the English-language edition of the Kill la Kill manga!! Another title to look forward to in 2015!!

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And on the topic of manga, we announced the next three titles in our Manga Classics line, which has been selling like gangbusters at Comic-Con!

- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Emma by Jane Austen

Katamari   Makeshift Miracle 2

Two new titles appearing in December 2014:

- Katamari Volume 1 the collected ShiftyLook comic by Alex Culang and Raynato Castro!

- Makeshift Miracle Volume 2: The Boy Who Stole Everything by Jim Zub and Shun Hong Chan!

Record Aragest     Record Aragest

Record of Agarest War: Heroines Visual Book and Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book!

Shining Blade     Yo gi oh dual art

Shining Blade and Ark, featuring the amazing work of Tony Taka! This title collections the artwork of the Shining Blade and Shining Ark games, and is UDON’s forth title in the Shining series!

Yu-Gi-Oh Dual Art collects the artwork of Takahashi Kazuki from the Yu-Gi-Oh series, including card art, personal illustrations, manga illustrations and more!

Tezuka Anime     Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka art books!!! Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Sketchbook is an unprecedented look into the sketchbook drawings and designs of this master artist; Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Illustrations is a unique collection of character model sheets and animations spanning his impressive body of work.

Layton     PowerPoint Presentation

UDON will be producing an English-language version of the Professor Layton Official Fanbook, published by Level 5 and QBIST in Japan!

Gungnir Official Art Chronicle is based on an epic Norse-inspired JRPG and is part of the “Dept. of Heaven” series!

BorderBreaks

Border Break Artworks, UDON’s first full-on mecha art book! Chock full of schematics, sketches, pilot designs and background materials!

And last but certainly not least….

robotech

The ink is still drying on this one, folks, but UDON is over the moon to announce that we’ll be bringing out a series of Robotech/Macross art books! More details to come soon, promise!!

IN ALL CASES, IMAGES SHOWN ARE NOT FINAL ART. PENDING LICENSOR APPROVAL.
All items, titles, and characters, TM and © their respective owners. All rights reserved.

UDON Bestseller Report for July 22nd, 2014!

July 22nd, 2014

Are you ready for this week’s UDON Bestseller Report?!? This information is gathered and reported to us from comic book stores and other bookstores across the world! Keep reading to find out what UDON’s hottest books are, and where you can buy them!

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#1. Dark Souls Design Works

Once again, Dark Souls Design Works hangs on strong at the top of our charts! Showcasing the grim and chilling artwork behind the fan-favorite Dark Souls game in a gorgeous hardcover collection, Dark Souls Design Works features key visuals, concept art, character and monster designs, rough sketches, and an exclusive interview with the game’s creators! (preview)

$39.99, 128 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-89-1
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon | Buy at Barnes & Noble

monster_hunter_2#2. Monster Hunter Illustrations 2

Holding strong in second place is Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! This epic collection showcases all of the artwork from the third generation of Monster Hunter games (and some from the second generation), including Monster Hunter Tri, Monster Hunter 3 UltimateMonster Hunter Freedom Unite, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd! Includes character, armor and weapon designs, environment paintings, rough artwork, and extensive commentary by the Monster Hunter teams throughout the book! As a bonus, our version of the book collects the Japanese black-and-white and color Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 books into one massive collection!

Click here for a 9-page preview!

$49.99, 400 pages, Softcover, 11.75″ x 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778884
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com  | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Persona4Cover#3. Persona 4 Official Design Works

Another strong showing keeps fan-favorite Persona 4 Official Design Works in the top three for this week! This awesome book collects all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game!

Persona 4 Official Design Works is packed with hundreds of illustrations, sketches, character designs, landscape paintings, and even more from fan-favorite designer and artist Shigenori Soejima, Persona 4‘s art director and character designer. Soejima goes in-depth on nearly every illustration, with extensive comments on every major character and revealing insight into the background and secondary characters, the creation process, and the game’s setting. To top it all off, this amazing collection ends with a massive 9,000-word interview that details the entire game’s creation from start to finish! (preview)

$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Diamond: FEB121165, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

GurrenLagann-cover#4. Gurren Lagann Art Works

Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only GAINAX can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a nonstop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the dynamic imagery of this landmark series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more! This stellar book features a ton of double-page spreads, merchandise artwork, and other rare artwork created for the anime and supporting products.

Click here to check out a 10-page preview!

$39.99, 136 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2

Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Mega Man Gigamix Volume 1 cover#5. Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1

Fans continue to show their love of Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1, rounding out the top five titles for the second week in a row! Featuring everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is the first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! In this volume, Mega Man travels to outer space to tangle with Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters as well as the mysterious Break Man! Then, it’s the ultimate race! Mega Man, Bass, Roll, Proto Man, Ice Man, Guts Man, and even Dr. Wily himself go head-to-head in a grand prix that spans halfway across the globe!

The three-volume Gigamix series features every Robot Master from the first eight classic Mega Man games, as well as the Stardroids, Bass, Proto Man, Duo, Drs. Cossack, Light, and Wily, and more! (preview)

$12.95, 224 pages, 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-23-5

Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

DarkstalkersOCW2014-cover#6. Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works is the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! This new release is packed full of beautiful babes, menacing monsters, awesome action, and all the great style you’d expect from the rulers of the night!

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works collects the artwork of every Darkstalkers game, including key visuals, character illustrations, promotional artwork, rough concepts, and creator commentary. Also featured are multiple new interviews with the creators behind the series, plus all-new tribute pin-ups from your favorite Capcom artists!

Click here to check out a 10-page preview!

$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
ISBN: 1-927925-04-5

Eyes_of_Bayonetta#7. The Eyes of Bayonetta

More than just a standard art book, The Eyes of Bayonetta is an awesome collection of artwork, designs, and commentary that comes with a full-length DVD documentary about the creation of the Bayonetta game, including exclusive interviews with director Hideki Kamiya and other key figures behind Bayonetta! A must-have for all of the die-hard fans of this amazing character and game! (preview)

$49.99, 224 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778426
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Monster Hunter Illustrations cover#8. Monster Hunter Illustrations

Monster Hunter Illustrations features an amazing collection of artwork and designs from the popular Monster Hunter video game series! UDON reprinted the original, sold-out Monster Hunter Illustrations book to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Illustrations 2, and fan support for this reprint has been phenomenal. Snag your copy before it sells out again! (preview)

$49.99, 304 pages, 11.75″ x 8.25″, Diamond: DEC101074, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-17-4
Find a comic store near you | Amazon.com  |  BarnesandNoble.com

Fate Complete Book1_cover#9. Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material

For years, Fate fans have been asking us to translate some of the Japanese-language material available for the franchise. We’re thrilled to see all the resulting fan support for our first book in this initiative, Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material!

The Fate franchise has grown from a popular visual novel into multiple anime and manga series, video games, and more. Fate/Complete Material Vol. 1 is the first in an art book series and collects the in-game artwork from the original “Fate/stay night” visual novel, plus key visuals and promotional artwork. It includes a wealth of cutscene illustrations, pin-ups, and rare promotional and advertising artwork.

$39.99, 240 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-12-6

201305_Disgaea3SchoolofDevils_Vol1#10. Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1

Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1 is set in the Netherworld school known as Evil Academy, where students learn to be proper demons! Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor roll at this sinister school. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the “worst” kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!

$13.95, 160 pages, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-72-3
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

#11. Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works

Back on the list once again is Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works, one of the most-requested art books in our company’s history! Bursting with illustrations, character designs, story and development material, animation storyboards, and more! (preview)

$39.99, 176 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-81-5
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Okami Official Complete Works cover#12. Okami Official Complete Works

If you haven’t checked out Okami Official Complete Works yet, you really need to see what you’re missing! There’s a reason this collection is one of the top-selling books in UDON’s publishing history – it is totally gorgeous. Based on traditional Japanese brush painting, Okami’s visual style has become a fan favorite. This gorgeous book shows off all of the artwork for the original game!

$39.99, 288 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-897376-02-7
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

All items, titles, and characters, TM and © their respective owners. All rights reserved.

 

UDON Social Media Update!

July 19th, 2014

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Hey everyone! A few days before Comic-Con we just wanted to remind you where you could find UDON across your social media and on the web! We’ll be making a ton of announcements over the next week and maybe you want those beamed to your phone, or your email, or your desktop? So check out the list below and make sure you’re subscribed! We’re gonna knock your socks off.*

Sign up for the UDON Newsletterhttp://eepurl.com/UXtXr

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/udonentertainment

Twitter@udonent *NEW*

Instagramhttp://instagram.com/udonent

DeviantArthttp://udoncrew.deviantart.com/

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/udonent/

PIXIVhttp://www.pixiv.com/users/7582154

* If you wear socks, not if you’re like, Ryu or something. Or Dhalsim. Honda. Ken. Blanka? Anyway, you get the idea.

UDON @ COMIC-CON 2014 BOOTH #4529: MEGA POST

July 19th, 2014

comicon2014_logoHey UDON fans!

Are you looking for alllll of the info on what’s happening with UDON at Comic-Con? Well look no further than this very post! UDON will be set up at San Diego Comic-Con International, at booth #4529 (at the end of the hall near Artist Alley and Hall H), from Wednesday July 23rd through Sunday July 27th!

So there’s just a ton of info under the cut, so if you don’t want to read the whole thing here are the five most important things to know:

  1. The UDON Booth is #4529! Come see us!
  2. We’re welcoming special guests Yoshinori Ono (Producer of Ultra Street Fighter® IV) and Kaname Fujioka (Director of Monster Hunter™ 4 Ultimate).
  3. We have 5 Comic-Con Exclusive items this year, including UDON’S Art of Capcom: Complete Edition Convention Exclusive Hardcover
  4. We will be announcing 10 new licenses at The UDON Panel 2014, Sat. July 26, 5:30-6:30, Room 26AB
  5. The UDON Publishing and Creative Services Staff will be available all weekend, and we invite business colleagues and media representatives to meet with us! Drop us a line at fans@udonentertainment.com.

Alright, here’s the big list:

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UDON Panels & Events at Comic-Con! UDON#4529

July 17th, 2014

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UDON Fans @ Comic-Con! By now we’re sure you’ve ALREADY made plans to stop by Booth #4529 to see all of the special guests, UDONcrew members, and Exclusive and Debut Books! But, did you know that you can find UDON happenings all over the show…? Check out this list of UDON-related events at the show!

logo_UDONThe Main Event:
The UDON Panel 2014!
Saturday July 26, 5:30-6:30, Room 26AB

Meet UDON’s artists and editors, including Joe Ng (Street Fighter Origins: Akuma), Long Vo (Street Fighter II HD Remix), and Marketing Director Chris Butcher as they discuss this year’s big hits and preview their upcoming 2014/2015 books, including the new Manga Classics line. Panel attendees will be the first to hear about some amazing as-yet unannounced titles featuring iconic properties from across the pop culture spectrum.
(Hint: That Means New License Announcements).
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB
http://sched.co/U7GP8C

Additional Panels: 

The World of Capcom: Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom staff members share the latest updates on all the hot, new Capcom games, including Ultra Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, plus sneak peeks at all the latest cool Capcom merchandise and maybe a surprise or two. (New license announcement!)
Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF

How to Get a Job in Video Games: Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) returns with another edition of this popular panel shedding insight on the wide variety of professions available in the video game industry. You’ll find out that it’s not all programming and digital art, as a panel of industry insiders from various companies share the unique ways that they got into the video game business, tell what they do each day, and most importantly share suggestions on how you can get into the industry, too. Q&A session as well as networking opportunity with panelists after the panel. (Featuring UDON EIC Erik Ko!)
Friday July 25, 2014 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6DE

The Best and Worst Manga 2014: There’s a lot of manga available in English now, but what’s really worth reading? A panel of opinionated bloggers, retailers, manga mavens, and comics curmudgeons spotlight the best new manga that hit the shelves in the past year. Hear them rave about their favorite continuing series! Watch them rant about the excruciatingly mediocre manga that they were forced to read (so you won’t have to)! Find out which manga Brigid Alverson (CBR, Robot 6, MangaBlog, Good Comics for Kids), David Brothers (4th Letter), Chris Butcher (Comics212.net), and Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga.com, Publishers Weekly) have loved and loathed so far this year, hear about their picks for the most anticipated upcoming releases for fall and beyond, and discover their favorite underappreciated gems that are worth picking up. (Free Manga Giveaways!!)
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

Additional Creator Signings & Appearances

Capcom Booth Signings: Need an extra chance to meet the UDONcrew? Every day there will be an UDON signing at the CAPCOM Booth, #215! Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, July 24: 12pm-1pm: Long Vo (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, UDON’s Art of Capcom)
Friday, July 25: 5pm-6pm: Joe Ng (Street Fighter Origins: Akuma)
Saturday, July 26: 5pm-6pm: Chamba (Super Street Fighter)
Sunday, July 27: 1pm-2pm: Long Vo. 3pm-4pm: Joe Ng

UDON in Artist Alley: You can also find UDON crew & friends Edwin Huang & Jim Zub at Artist Alley Table GG-06, and Alvin Lee at Artist Alley Table EE-06.

There’s a party….!

Finally, UDON is proudly sponsoring The Unofficial SDCC Blog Party at Comic-Con!

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We’ll be providing some amazing raffle prizes, some great giveaways for the first 200 attendees, and more. Hope you see you there…? More info at the SDCC Unofficial Blog Website.

Whew! That MIGHT just be everything! Hope to see you at Comic-Con! :D

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UDON @ Comic-Con 2014: Exclusive, Debuts, and New Books for Comic-Con! Booth #4529

July 16th, 2014

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So you’re coming to Comic-Con, and you’re DEFINITELY gonna hit the UDON Booth #4529, but you wanna know what we’re going to have there? Well then, THIS is the BLOG POST for YOU!

2014 San Diego Comic-Con International Exclusives:

 

UDON’s Art of CAPCOM Complete Edition – Comic-Con Exclusive Edition – $100
Featuring an original all-star cast dust jacket cover by UDON superstar Joe Ng, exclusive to Comic-Con International! Collecting over 10 years of UDON’s Capcom artwork in one epic 600-page hardcover volume. UDON’s Art of Capcom: Complete Edition gathers more than 80 UDON artists’ renditions of the cast of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, Mega Man, Strider, and other classic Capcom franchises. Included are comic covers, toy designs, video game sprites, game box art, tribute art, and much more, including over 75 pages of new materials not published before! (Artwork above)

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Street Fighter IV – Wages of Sin: Comic-Con Exclusive VS Special Edition – $40
Read the stories from the newest Street Fighter era in Street Fighter IV: Wages of Sin! Includes all new stories and material, never-before-seen!  Comic-Con exclusive features brand-new C.Viper vs Dan dust jacket illustration by James Ghio, with hidden Beach image by Arnold Tsang inside!

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Street Fighter Classics Vol. 2: Comic-Con Exclusive VS Special Edition – $60
The UDON Street Fighter saga continues with Street Fighter Classic Volume 2, now in a sturdy oversized hardcover! This Comic-Con exclusive features brand-new Cammy vs Vega dust jacket illustration by James Ghio, with hidden Beach image by Arnold Tsang inside! Continue your collection of UDON’s Exclusive VS Edition Street Fighter hardcover graphic novels!

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Street Fighter Classics Vol. 3: Comic-Con Exclusive VS Special Edition – $60.00
The UDON Street Fighter saga continues with Street Fighter Classic Volume 3, now in a sturdy oversized hard cover! This Comic-Con exclusive features brand-new Chun-Li vs M.Bison dust jacket illustration by James Ghio, with a hidden Beach image by Arnold Tsang inside! Continue your collection of UDON’s Exclusive VS Edition Street Fighter hardcover graphic novels!

SDCC2014_MC_PackManga Classics: Les Miserables, Pride & Prejudice Exclusive Advance Package – $50
UDON Entertainment, in association with Morpheus Publishing Ltd., is proud to preview their Manga Classics line at Comic-Con 2014! The actual books will not be in stores until the end of August, but UDON is offering a special advance package to the fans who attend Comic-Con! In the exclusive Manga Classics Advance Package, you’ll get the first two Premium Hard Cover Editions from the Manga Classics line, Manga Classics: Les Miserables and Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice! Plus you’ll get exclusive bonus promotional items only available in this package, including: 2 metal bookmarks, 4 character buttons (Jean Valjean, Cosette, Elizabeth Bennet, and Mr. Darcy), and a special Pride & Prejudice poster featuring the Bennet sisters. All items will come in a special tote bag featuring Manga Classics: Les Miserables artwork on one side, and Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice on the other!

Comic-Con 2014 Debut Books!

 

What would a Comic-Con be without a whole bunch of BRAND NEW graphic novels and art books? UDON has got a bunch of just-released and about-to-be-released books at our booth this year!

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Hyperdimenson Neptunia + MK 2: Collected in this volume is the illustration work behind both the original Hyperdimension Neptunia and the sequel game, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2!

MIKUCOLOR: Kei’s Hatsune Miku Illustration Works: Collecting the artwork of official Vocaloid character illustrator, KEI! Mikucolor collects KEI’s dazzling illustrations of your favorite Vocaloids like Luka, Rin & Len, and of course the supreme musical idol herself – Hatsune Miku!

SF 25: The Art of Street Fighter: The king of fighting games gets the ultimate art book with SF25: The Art of Street Fighter, collecting over 25 years of Street Fighter artwork! A 448 page behemoth of a book!

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Previewing our soon-to-launch Manga Classics line, UDON will have Manga Classics: Les Miserables, and Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice on hand in both hard cover and soft cover editions!

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Convention Exclusive Books and Items

 

In addition to our 2014 Convention Exclusives, we are also going to have a great selection of some of our convention-exclusive Hard Cover Books, Dust Jackets, and other items! Here’s a quick list:

MM25HC_01WAREHOUSE FIND: MM25 Mega Man & Mega Man X Official Complete Works Limited Edition Blue Laser Foil Cover – The last 50 copies of the 500 copy print run will be available for sale at Comic-Con 2014. First-come, first-served, limit 3 per person. (Image right).

Calgary Comic-Con Reversible Dust Jacket for Super Street Fighter / Street Fighter Origins Akuma (Ryu vs. Akuma, Chun-Li vs. Cammy, Image Above)

2013 San Diego Comic-Con International VS. Exclusive Dust Jackets (Super Street Fighter, Street Fighter Origins Akuma, Street Fighter Classic V1)

Marvel Vs. Capcom Official Complete Works – Exclusive Hard Cover Edition (SOLD OUT, LAST COPIES!)

Marvel Vs. Capcom Official Complete Works – Pixel Sprite Dust Jacket Edition Soft Cover – NEW TO COMIC-CON!

Art of Darksiders Ltd. Ed. HC – Art of Darksiders 2 Ltd. Ed. HC – Art of Brutal Legends Slipcase Ltd. Ed. HC – Darkstalkers Ultimate Ltd. Ed. HC – World of Warcraft Tribute Ltd. Ed. HC

Brand New Books Since Comic-Con 2013!

 

substrataCoverWe checked, and we’ve released over 30 all-new art books and graphic novels since we exhibited at Comic-Con 2013! We’re bringing a ton of brand new books, including a bunch of show debuts!

Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy: Just released in stores! Explore the ultimate collection of game and concept artwork for a completely original Dark Fantasy new world. Featuring the work of over 80 artists froum around the world.

Dark Souls Design Works: UDON’s bestselling book almost every week this year! Featuring the artwork and design of the hit game Dark Souls!

FATE/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material: Fate/stay night is the enormously popular light novel series, anime, and video game series. UDON goes right back to the beginning with this amazing artwork collection!

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works: The Night Warriors have returned in this, the ULTIMATE collection of Darkstalkers artworks!

Ni0 Art Works: Nishi’s Alluring Figures: A brand new collection of sexy and seductive artwork from one of Japan’s favourite character artists!

Gurren Lagann Art Works: The stunning anime artwork of Gainax’s classic series Gurren Lagann is collected in this expansive volume, featuring pin-ups, illustration artwork, and much more. Fans of great anime won’t want to miss this one!

Even more new books including: 

Bravoman Volume 1 – Daisuke Moriyama Art Works: Chronicle - Disgaea 3 School of Devils Manga Volume 1 & 2 - DmC Devil May Cry: Visual Art - Dragon’s Dogma: Official Design Works - Eyes of Bayonetta: Art Book & DVD - Haruhi Suzumiya Illustrations: Autumn & Winter, Spring & Summer - Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1 - History of Sonic The Hedgehog Soft Cover Edition - Legend of Heroes: Character & Illustrations - Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 - Persona 4 Arena: Official Design Works - Phantom Breaker: Official Design Works - Rage of Bahamut: Official Art Works - SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul - Street Fighter Classic Volume 2 & 3 - Wonder Momo: Battle Idol - Ys: The Art Book

Plus, a great selection of our backlist titles featuring Hatsune Miku, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Valkyria Chronicles, Super Sonico, Persona, and much, much more!

So remember, come by The UDON Booth, #4529, to get the Latest and Greatest Comic-Con Exclusives, Debut books, and much more! :D

All titles and characters TM and © their respective owners.

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UDON welcomes CAPCOM stars Ono, Fujioka to signings at San Diego Comic-Con: UDON Booth #4529

July 16th, 2014

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UDON Welcomes Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono and Monster Hunter Director Kaname Fujioka to San Diego Comic-Con: UDON Booth #4529

SF25-coverUDON Entertainment is proud to welcome two distinguished CAPCOM video game developers to their San Diego Comic-Con 2014 booth, #4529. Joining the talented UDON crew for their signings will be Street Fighter® Producer Yoshinori Ono, and Monster Hunter™ Director Kaname Fujioka.

In addition to UDON’s more than 10-year relationship with CAPCOM’s Street Fighter® franchise, UDON has also begun to publish beautiful art books from the acclaimed Monster Hunter™ series! Copies of UDON’s Street Fighter and Monster Hunter books, as well as those from many other CAPCOM franchises, will be available at the UDON booth during Comic-Con, and Ono-san and Fujioka-san will happily autograph them for fans!

Producer Yoshinori Ono, of the newly-released Ultra Street Fighter® IV and the Street Fighter game series, will be signing at the UDON booth #4529 on Thursday, July 24, from 5pm-6pm.

Director Kaname Fujioka, of Monster Hunter™ 4 Ultimate and the Monster Hunter game series, will be signing at the UDON booth #4529 on Thursday, July 24, from 6pm-7pm.

These amazing game creators will join UDON’s own crew of comic, design, and game artists in signing at the UDON booth this year! On hand for 2014 are:

Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz – Super Street Fighter, Random Veus
Preview Night: 6pm-9pm, Thu: 12-5, Fri: 3-7, Sat: 12-5, Sun: 12-5

Edwin Huang – Street Fighter series, Skullkickers
Thu: 10am-12pm, Sun: 12-2

Joe Ng – Street Fighter series, Street Fighter Origins: Akuma
Thu: 10am-2pm, Fri: 10am-5pm, Sat: 10am-12pm, Sun: 10am-2pm

Arnold Tsang – Street Fighter series, Blizzard Lead Concept Character Artist
Sat & Sun: 10am-12pm

Long Vo – Street Fighter series, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom™ game artist
Thu: 3-5, Fri: 12-2, Sat: 3-7, Sun: 3-5

In addition, UDON editorial staff Erik Ko, Matt Moylan, and Ash Paulsen will be on hand throughout the weekend.

So make sure to stop by the UDON booth #4529 during Comic-Con for a chance to meet or get a signature or sketch from your favorite game and comic creators!

ABOUT CAPCOM
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or www.capcom-unity.com.

Capcom, Devil May Cry, Mega Man and Resident Evil are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd., in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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SUBSTRATA: Open World Dark Fantasy – In comic stores today!

July 16th, 2014

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NOW IN STORES!

 

SUBSTRATA

 

‘Press Start’ on a passion project from an international array of top game artists

Now Available from UDON Entertainment

SUBSTRATA Cover Image by Adrian Dadich, text logo design by Michael Scala.Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy is now available at comic book stores across North America and internationally, and will begin shipping from online sellers and be available at bookstores later this week. It will also be available at the UDON Booth #4529 at San Diego Comic-Con International next week! Scroll down for previews and order information.

What happens when over 80 creators from the world’s top video game studios join forces to create the ultimate dark fantasy game? The answer is SUBSTRATA, a brilliant new art book collecting designs for the heroes, enemies, and landscapes of this hypothetical new game world…

SUBSTRATA is the brainchild of illustrator Paul Richards, who conceived of the project as a way to reunite his fellow artists from Vigil Games, makers of the Darksiders franchise. Together, they rallied a global community of artists and the result is a breathtaking tome featuring a who’s-who of top tier talent from across the gaming industry. SUBSTRATA is a true passion project, where artists were encouraged to forsake conventions, inhibitions, and technological limitations to create something never seen before.

“SUBSTRATA gave us all a chance to conceive and execute our own ideas in our own voices,” said Paul Richards, Project Curator. “This is a mighty win for artists devoted to making exciting, original game content for its own sake. In that spirit, we’re proud to say all proceeds from the book will go to the charity organization Gamers For Good. Please visit them at www.gamersforgood.com.

The artists who have lent their passion to SUBSTRATA have worked on some of the top-rated AAA games in the industry. Check out this amazing list of games that have featured artwork by SUBSTRATA contributors:

Allods Online – Assassin’s Creed IV – Darksiders I & II - DayZ - Destiny – Diablo 3 – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Doom 4 – DotA 2 -  EVE Online - Evolve - Firefall – Gears of War – Guild Wars 2 – Halo 4 - Hearthstone - Hunted – League of Legends – Left 4 Dead 2 - Overlord – Overlord 2 – Portal 2 - Rift - Runescape – Saints Row - SMITE – Star Citizen – StarCraft 2 – Uncharted 3 - Wildstar – World of Warcraft
(All titles TM & © their respective owners.)

Substrata Page 174. Art by Allison Theus.“UDON is honored to be involved with the Substrata project,” said UDON’s Managing Editor Matt Moylan. “We get to publish a book with some of the greatest game artists from around the world, and the book itself is gorgeous, really, that’s its own reward. But it was UDON’s publication of The Art of Darksiders II that spurred Paul to want to work with his studiomates again, and all of us at UDON take pride in knowing that we contributed at the inception of SUBSTRATA, and now, we’re helping to bring it to gamers and makers everywhere.”

Gamers, artists, and up-and-coming developers alike, this is your chance to see a world created from the ground up, and no fan of video game artwork should miss this unique, uncensored peek at a game project from the moment of its conception.



SUBSTRATA is now available for purchase through comic book stores, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and wherever great books are sold!
SUBSTRATA: Open World Dark Fantasy
Price: $44.99
ISBN-10: 1927925134
ISBN-13: 978-1927925133
Diamond Code: DEC138127
240 pages, Color

Proceeds from the sale of SUBSTRATA will be donated to Gamers For Good, http://www.gamersforgood.com/.

PREVIEW SUBSTRATA:

 

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Substrata Page 103. Art by John Polidora. Click for larger version.

 
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UDON Bestseller Report for July 15th, 2014!

July 14th, 2014

As the lazy, hazy days of summer hit North America in full force, what UDON titles are the most popular with fans looking to kick back under the shade with a great book? Which titles managed to cross the weekly finish line with the exact same numbers? Keep reading to find out!

This information is gathered and reported to us from comic book stores and other bookstores across the world! Keep reading to find out what UDON’s hottest books are, and where you can buy them!

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UDON Announces Comic-Con 2014 Exclusives!

July 11th, 2014

logo_udonAre you headed to San Diego Comic-Con International this year? Well then, come say hi to us!

The UDON crew will be exhibiting at Comic-Con Booth #4529, and we’ve got an amazing assortment of Comic-Con exclusive editions this year! All of these items are currently exclusive to Comic-Con, but any unsold copies will be made available for sale at UDONstore.com in late August. We regret that we won’t know if any will be available for general purchase until after Comic-Con.

San Diego Comic-Con International is taking place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 23rd to 27th.

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UDON’S Art of Capcom: Complete Edition – Comic-Con Exclusive Version

Featuring an exclusive, original all-star cast dust jacket cover by UDON superstar Joe Ng, unique to Comic-Con International! Collecting over 10 years of UDON’s Capcom artwork in one epic 600-page hardcover volume, UDON’s Art of Capcom: Complete Edition gathers more than 80 UDON artists’ renditions of the casts of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, Mega Man, Strider, and other classic Capcom franchises. Included are comic covers, toy designs, video game sprites, game box art, tribute art, and much more, including over 75 pages of new materials not published before!
Price: $100.00

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Manga Classics: Les Miserables, Pride and Prejudice Exclusive Advance Package

UDON Entertainment, in association with Morpheus Publishing Ltd., is proud to preview their Manga Classics line at Comic-Con 2014! The actual books will not be in stores until the end of August, but UDON is offering a special advance package to fans who attend Comic-Con! In the exclusive Manga Classics Advance Package, you’ll get the first two Premium Hard Cover Editions from the Manga Classics line, Manga Classics: Les Miserables and Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice! Plus, you’ll get exclusive bonus promotional items only available in this package, including two (2) metal bookmarks, four (4) character buttons (Jean Valjean, Cosette, Elizabeth Bennet, and Mr. Darcy), and a special Pride and Prejudice poster featuring the Bennet sisters. All items will come in a special tote bag featuring Manga Classics: Les Miserables artwork on one side, and Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice on the other!
Price: $50.00

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Street Fighter IV: Wages of Sin – Comic-Con Exclusive VS Special Edition

Read the stories from the new Street Fighter IV era in Street Fighter IV: Wages of Sin! This is the newest installment of Street Fighter Collected Editions in our new oversized hardcover format, with amazing printing and great binding that will match up on your shelves with our Street Fighter Classics, Street Fighter Origins, and Super Street Fighter graphic novels! This volume collects all the stories from the Street Fighter IV 4-issue mini-series, plus a brand new story featuring Juri vs. the latest SFIV character addition – Decapre! This Comic-Con exclusive features a brand-new C. Viper vs. Dan dust jacket illustration by James Ghio, with a hidden “C. Viper on the Beach” image by Arnold Tsang inside! Continue your collection of UDON’s exclusive VS Edition Street Fighter hardcover graphic novels!
Price: $40.00

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Street Fighter Classic Vol. 2: Comic-Con Exclusive VS Special Edition

The UDON Street Fighter saga fights on with Street Fighter Classic Volume 2! The stories of Street Fighter continue in this new oversized hardcover edition, with amazing printing and great binding! Plus, it will match up on your shelves with our Street Fighter Origins and Super Street Fighter graphic novels! This Comic-Con exclusive features a brand-new Cammy vs. Vega dust jacket illustration by James Ghio, with a hidden “Cammy on the Beach” image by Arnold Tsang inside! Continue your collection of UDON’s exclusive VS Edition Street Fighter hardcover graphic novels!
Price: $60.00

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Street Fighter Classic Vol. 3: Comic-Con Exclusive VS Special Edition

The UDON Street Fighter saga surges onward with Street Fighter Classic Volume 3! The stories of Street Fighter continue further in this new oversized hardcover edition, with amazing printing and great binding! Plus, it will match up on your shelves with our Street Fighter Origins and Super Street Fighter graphic novels! This Comic-Con exclusive features a brand-new Chun-Li vs. M. Bison dust jacket illustration by James Ghio, with a hidden beach image by Arnold Tsang inside! Continue your collection of UDON’s exclusive VS Edition Street Fighter hardcover graphic novels!
Price: $60.00

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Farewell to the Miracle…!

July 10th, 2014

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The Miracle is over… but the stories go on forever!

Yesterday saw the conclusion of Makeshift Miracle, the fantasy / adventure story by writer Jim Zub, artist Shun Hong Chan, and letterer Marshall Dillon at http://makeshiftmiracle.com/. This was UDON’s first ever webcomic / online serialization, begun all the way back on September 26th 2011! Our congratulations go out to the creative team on completing a beautiful and compelling story, and our thanks to all of the fans who have supported its release and sent words of praise our way! We’re really proud of this release, it’s a beautiful book and it’s all available to read online for free at http://makeshiftmiracle.com/.

But maybe you want the beautiful hardcover collection (it’s much higher-res and filled with bonuses)? The first collected edition of Makeshift Miracle is now available as Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From Nowhere, wherever great graphic novels are sold. The second collection of Makeshift Miracle will be called Makeshift Miracle Book 2: The Boy Who Stole Everything, and it will be available this winter from UDON Entertainment.

If you want to keep up with the creative team, you can find author Jim Zub on his website, Shun Hong Chan on his Facebook Page, and Marshall Dillon at his blog.

Congrats again to the staff, and thank you for all of your support!

- The UDON Crew

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The Makeshift Miracle Book 1 cover

 

Street Fighter Legends on Comixology!

July 9th, 2014

New this week on Comixology is the bundled collection for Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki! Now you can own all three Street Fighter Legends volumes for your digital devices and have them to read wherever and whenever you want!

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All Ibuki wants is a normal Japanese high school experience, but her secret ninja life follows her everywhere she goes! With deadly ninja assassins, a crazy karate girl named Makoto, and the mysterious hermit Oro all on her case, she’ll be lucky if she even makes it to lunch hour in one piece! Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki is one part ninja action, one part high school antics, and 100% nonstop excitement! Features the talents of UDON’s Jim Zub (writer) and Omar Dogan (artist), along with special guest contributions from Jo Chen, Adam Warren and more!

Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki

While you’re at it, be sure to check out the rest of the STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS volumes! Volume 1 features everyone’s favorite kick-ass schoolgirl Sakura taking on a range of Street Fighter veterans, including E. Honda, Zangief, Rainbow Mika, Karin, and the legendary Dan Hibiki! Volume 2 showcases the strongest woman in the world, Chun-Li, in an epic conflict with the evil organization Shadaloo! The full range of UDON digital titles can be found on Comixology – make sure you don’t miss out!

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UDON Bestseller Report for July 8th, 2014!

July 8th, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con is on the horizon and everyone is gearing up for the biggest comics show of the year! As the hype builds, which UDON titles are fans snapping up off of store shelves to get ready for all the excitement? Keep reading to find out!

This information is gathered and reported to us from comic book stores and other bookstores across the world! Keep reading to find out what UDON’s hottest books are, and where you can buy them!

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#1. Dark Souls Design Works

Once again, Dark Souls Design Works hangs on strong at the top of our charts! Showcasing the grim and chilling artwork behind the fan-favorite Dark Souls game in a gorgeous hardcover collection, Dark Souls Design Works features key visuals, concept art, character and monster designs, rough sketches, and an exclusive interview with the game’s creators! (preview)

$39.99, 128 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-89-1
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Persona4Cover#2. Persona 4 Official Design Works

Soaring into second place is the fan-favorite Persona 4 Official Design Works! This awesome book collects all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game!

Persona 4 Official Design Works is packed with hundreds of illustrations, sketches, character designs, landscape paintings, and even more from fan-favorite designer and artist Shigenori Soejima, Persona 4‘s art director and character designer. Soejima goes in-depth on nearly every illustration, with extensive comments on every major character and revealing insight into the background and secondary characters, the creation process, and the game’s setting. To top it all off, this amazing collection ends with a massive 9,000-word interview that details the entire game’s creation from start to finish! (preview)

$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Diamond: FEB121165, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

Mega Man Gigamix Volume 1 cover#3. Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1

Fans continue to show their love of Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1, rounding out the top three titles for the week! Featuring everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is the first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! In this volume, Mega Man travels to outer space to tangle with Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters as well as the mysterious Break Man! Then, it’s the ultimate race! Mega Man, Bass, Roll, Proto Man, Ice Man, Guts Man, and even Dr. Wily himself go head-to-head in a grand prix that spans halfway across the globe!

The three-volume Gigamix series features every Robot Master from the first eight classic Mega Man games, as well as the Stardroids, Bass, Proto Man, Duo, Drs. Cossack, Light, and Wily, and more! (preview)

$12.95, 224 pages, 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-23-5

Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

monster_hunter_2#4. Monster Hunter Illustrations 2

Staying strong at #4 is Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! This epic collection showcases all of the artwork from the third generation of Monster Hunter games (and some from the second generation), including Monster Hunter Tri, Monster Hunter 3 UltimateMonster Hunter Freedom Unite, and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd! Includes character, armor and weapon designs, environment paintings, rough artwork, and extensive commentary by the Monster Hunter teams throughout the book! As a bonus, our version of the book collects the Japanese black-and-white and color Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 books into one massive collection!

Click here for a 9-page preview!

$49.99, 400 pages, Softcover, 11.75″ x 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778884
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com  | Buy at Barnes & Noble

GurrenLagann-cover#5. Gurren Lagann Art Works

Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only GAINAX can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a nonstop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the dynamic imagery of this landmark series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more! This stellar book features a ton of double-page spreads, merchandise artwork, and other rare artwork created for the anime and supporting products.

Click here to check out a 10-page preview!

$39.99, 136 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2

Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

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Everybody loves a great monster, which must be why Monster Hunter Illustrations has managed to move up two more spots to #6 on the bestseller list this week! UDON reprinted the original, sold-out Monster Hunter Illustrations book to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 and fan support for this reprint has been phenomenal. Snag your copy before it sells out again! (preview)

$49.99, 304 pages, 11.75″ x 8.25″, Diamond: DEC101074, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-17-4
Find a comic store near you | Amazon.com  |  BarnesandNoble.com

DarkstalkersOCW2014-cover#7. Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works is the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! This new release is packed full of beautiful babes, menacing monsters, awesome action, and all the great style you’d expect from the rulers of the night!

Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works collects the artwork of every Darkstalkers game, including key visuals, character illustrations, promotional artwork, rough concepts, and creator commentary. Also featured are multiple new interviews with the creators behind the series, plus all-new tribute pin-ups from your favorite Capcom artists!

Click here to check out a 10-page preview!

$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
ISBN: 1-927925-04-5

Eyes_of_Bayonetta#8. The Eyes of Bayonetta

More than just a standard art book, The Eyes of Bayonetta is an awesome collection of artwork, designs, and commentary that comes with a full-length DVD documentary about the creation of the Bayonetta game, including exclusive interviews with director Hideki Kamiya and other key figures behind Bayonetta! A must-have for all of the die-hard fans of this amazing character and game! (preview)

$49.99, 224 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778426
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

#9. Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works

Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works is one of the most-requested art books in our company’s history! Bursting with illustrations, character designs, story and development material, animation storyboards, and more, this collection is a must for Persona fans and anyone who loves great video game design! (preview)

$39.99, 176 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-81-5
Find a comic store near you | Buy at Amazon.com | Buy at Barnes & Noble

201305_Disgaea3SchoolofDevils_Vol1#10. Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1

Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1 is set in the Netherworld school known as Evil Academy, where students learn to be proper demons! Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor roll at this sinister school. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the “worst” kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!

$13.95, 160 pages, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-72-3
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201305_HatsuneMikeCV01 #11. Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 – Hatsune Miku Edition

The original Vocaloid herself stays on the chart for yet another week, with a fresh surge of fan support for Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 – Hatsune Miku Edition! Maybe the recent announcement of the Miku Expo events in Los Angeles and New York has fans in those two cities getting excited to see their idol in concert? This collection features over 150 illustrations with themes from high fashion to everyday activities, pin-up style pieces, musical performances, and more!

$29.99, 96 pages, 8″ x 11″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778747
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AkumaOrigins_cover_SM2#12. Street Fighter Origins: Akuma

He is the world’s most feared martial artist, mentioned only in whispers. Few have dared to challenge him, and even fewer have survived to speak of the nightmare. He is Akuma: Master of the Fist, wielder of the Dark Hado! But he was not always bound to the path of chaos. Street Fighter Origins: Akuma reveals the secrets of this dark figure’s past for the first time, and shows how a frustrated young man grew into a mad demon. Featuring amazing artwork by Joe Ng and tons of bonus material, including sketches, author notes and more!

$34.95, 128 pages, 8.5″ x 11.5″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778785
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Manga Classics Previews Now Available! Pride & Prejudice and Les Miserables!

July 3rd, 2014

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9781927925164_frontHey manga fans! You’ll be happy to know that the complete first chapters of Manga Classics: Les Miserables and Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice are now available to read at the all-new Manga Classics Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mangaclassics.

Manga Classics is a brand-new line of books from UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing Limited, which adapts beloved literary classics into authentic manga editions! Manga Classics: Les Miserables and Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice will be available in hardcover, softcover, and digitally on August 27th, 2014.

Preorder now from Comic Book ShopsBarnes & NobleAmazon.comBookDepository.com, and wherever great books are sold!

Reviewers: Manga Classics books available on NetGalley July/August. Review PDFs also available, contact fans@udonentertainment.com.

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