UDON’s 31 Days of Hallowe’en! Day 2

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Today! Take a trip to the Netherworld with this haunting image from DisgaeART!!: Disgaea Official Illustration Collection. This image depicts Mao, son of the Overlord, as he attends Evil Academy and learns just enough terrible skills to usurp his father! Artwork by Takehito Harada.

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501
Buy Online 

 Return to the Netherworld with one of UDON’s most hotly demanded art books of all time…DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection!  

Compiling over 600 illustrations including character designs, box art, advertisements, pin-ups, short comics, and much more from all four flagship Disgaea video games, DISGAEArt!!! is awesome!

Featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada, character designer for the Disgaea series.

 

IN STORES NOW: DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS MANGA V1 (20 page preview!)

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DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS MANGA!
(W/A): Shin Sasaki, based on the game by Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.

201305_Disgaea3SchoolofDevils_Vol1In the Netherworld school known as the Evil Academy, the students aren’t just bad… they’re demons! The lessons of the Evil Academy are truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework, but only the baddest of the bad make onto the ‘honor roll’. Mischievious Demon Mao is topping the honour roll, he’s the most sinful kid in school…! But when your dad is the Dean… as well as The Overlord of the Netherworld… well, being bad is second nature! Still, all of Mao’s evil powers aren’t enough to take his dad’s place as chief baddy. He’s going to need something a little extra, something a little special. Mao is going to need… A HERO!

Spinning out of the incredibly popular DISGAEA series of video games (over 1.7 million copies sold!), DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS adapts the story of the game and creates a hilarious, action-packed adventure manga in the process! Whether you’re a fan of the video game or not (gasp!) DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS features a compelling story and great art, with plenty of in-jokes for fans of Japanese Role Playing Games!

DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS VOLUME 1 is currently available in comic book stores, book stores, and from online retailers!

Check out the HUGE 20 page preview of DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS VOLUME 1 below!

Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1

Release date: In Stores Now!
Price (U.S.): $13.95

ISBN: 1-926778-72-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-72-3

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 160, Black & white
Size: 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long

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UDON Diamond Comics Solicitations: JUN13 for August 2013 and beyond

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Diamond Comics PREVIEWS Catalog
For items shipping beginning in August 2013
Find a comic store near you at http://www.comicshoplocator.com/

akuma_origins_coverSTREET FIGHTER ORIGINS: AKUMA HC
(W) Chris Sarracini (A/CA) Joe Ng
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 trapped on 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.
HC, 8×11, 128pgs, FC $34.95
Projected release date: August 2013


disgaea_school_of_devils_2_diamondversDISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS VOLUME 2 SC
(W/A/CA) Shin Sasaki
A well-behaved demon is no demon at all! As Mao’s stolen “Hero” title continues to turn him from the schoolyard bad boy into a goody two-shoes, he hatches a new scheme to defeat his overlord Father and rule the Netherworld! But will Evil Academy senior student Salvatore take Mao out before his plans come to fruition?
SC, 6×8, 192pgs, FC $14.95
Projected release date: August 2013


MM25_cover_diamondversMM25: MEGA MAN & MEGA MAN X OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS
(W/CA) Capcom (A) Keiji Inafune, Hayato Kaji, Various
At over 430 pages, MM25 is the ultimate Mega Man artwork collection! MM25 collects the complete artwork behind every Mega Man and Mega Man X game, including character art, concept sketches, game covers, rare pinups and much more. This new hardcover edition also features over 100 pages of never-before-published material, plus new tribute art and interviews from the creators behind the blue bomber!
Please note: Diamond erroniously listed this as a hard cover. This is a soft cover book, but there will be a convention-exclusive hard cover released this summer.
SC, 8×12, 432pgs, FC $59.99
Projected release date: August 2013


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Find these UDON Books and many more at your local comic store, beginning in May 2013! Find a comic shop near you at http://www.comicshoplocator.com/.

 

UDON Diamond Comics Solications: MAR13 for May 2013 and beyond

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Hey there! We’re starting a new thing here at the UDON blog! Every month, comic book stores get a catalogue of upcoming releases called the DIAMOND PREVIEWS CATALOG. UDON lists upcoming, and re-offered products there, in the hopes that retailers (hi!) will order them, and that you fans (hi!) will tell retailers to order them.  So! Enjoy this peak into the future, and feel free to let your local retailer know if you’re interested in any of our books.

Diamond Comics PREVIEWS Catalog
For items shipping beginning in May 2013
Find a comic store near you at http://www.comicshoplocator.com/

201305_Haruhi-ismHARUHI-ISM: NOIZI ITO ARTWORKS HC
Haruhi Suzumiya is an energetic Japanese girl who craves excitement and adventure! The members of the SOS Brigade try their best to keep Haruhi happy, because if they don’t… she could accidently destroy the universe! Seriously! Haruhi-ism collects the spectacular artwork of Noizi Ito, the artist behind the original Haruhi Suzumiya novel series. Included are book & DVD covers, magazine pinups, rare promo images, and more!
HC, 8×12, 120pgs, FC $39.99
Projected in-store date: Late June/Early July


201305_HatsuneMikeCV01HATSUNE MIKU GRAPHICS: CHARACTER COLLECTION CV01
Superstar Japanese idol Hatsune Miku stars in her own character artwork showcase! CV01 collects more than 40 artists’ spectacular takes on the Vocaloid diva. Over 150 illustrations feature themes from high-fashion to everyday activities, pin-up style pieces to musical performance, and more!
SC, 8×12, 96pgs, FC $29.99
Projected in-store date: June

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201305_Disgaea3SchoolofDevils_Vol1DISGAEA 3: SCHOOL OF DEVILS VOLUME 1 SC
In the Netherworld school known as the Evil Academy, students learn to be proper demons! Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor role at this evil alma mater. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the most sinful kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father, and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!
SC, 6×8, 160pgs, B&W $13.95
In-stores now.

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201305_DevilSurvivor_OfficialMaterialCollectionDEVIL SURVIVOR: OFFICIAL MATERIAL COLLECTION SC
In seven days, Tokyo will fall. Demons have invaded the city, and unless a group of teenagers do something about it, fear and chaos will reign. Devil Survivor: Official Material Collection is the ultimate companion to the hit role playing game, and includes character designs, promotional artwork, storyboards, a detailed demon guide, and creator interviews.
SC, 8×12, 176gs, FC $39.99
Projected in-store date: June

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Find these UDON Books and many more at your local comic store, beginning in May 2013! Find a comic shop near you at http://www.comicshoplocator.com/.

 

 

 

Now Available: Takehito Harada Art Works 1 (10 page preview)

TakehitoHaradaArtWorks1_CoverHey UDON Fans! We’re excited to announce that now available in stores is our newest art book release, Takehito Harada: Art Works 1! This is our second great art book collected illustrations and designs from the Disgaea video game series, following-up on the fall 2012 release of DISGAEArt!!!: Disgaea Official Illustration Collection. 

This new collection features hundreds of illustrations by Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the Disgaea series! And sure, this volume collects illustrations from Harada-sensei’s work on all four of the Disgaea titles, but it also includes never-before-seen illustrations from magazines, strategy guides, CD covers, goods illustrations, and much more! And speaking of more, Takehito Harada Art Works also contains more than just Harada-sensei’s Disgaea work–it also includes illustrations from Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave!

Need more to convince you? How about this:

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Takehito Harada: Art Works 1 – Page 2 Preview

That’s right! Almost every illustration in the book includes the rough sketches and process drawings that show you how Harada-sensei ‘built’ his illustration… from the pencils up! We know that art book fans love the peeks behind-the-scenes just as much as they love the lush finished art work, and Takehito Harada: Art Works delivers on that! Every image in the book explore’s the artist’s creative process, making it invaluable for artists and illustrators who want to achieve those same looks and styles!

Finally, the book concludes with 10 pages (!) of commentary by Harada-sensei, as he talks about every illustration in the book! Everything from the emotion or style he was trying to convey to funny anecdotes about the illustrations’ creation!

Whether you’re a die-hard Disgaea fan, an aspiring artist or digital painter, or just a fan of great art books, we think you’re going to love Takehito Harada: Art Works 1. It’s now available in better comic and book stores everywhere!

Check out the 10 page preview of this book below!

Takehito Harada: Art Works

Featuring the works of video game artist extraordinaire Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the hit Disgaea RPG series! Takehito Harada Art Works covers the artist’s work on all four Disgaea titles, as well as Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave. Inside you’ll find game covers, rare promotional art, rough layouts, creator commentary, and a detailed look at Takehito Harada’s creative process.

Release date: Available Now!
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-67-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-67-9
Diamond: JAN131297

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 208, Color
Size: 8.25? x 11.75?

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UDON Books Coming in May 2013

The following titles will appear in the Diamond Comics Distributors’ March Previews Catalogue, for items shipping to comic stores in May 2013 and to book stores and online sellers in June 2013. ALL IMAGES PENDING LICENSOR APPROVALS.

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Devil Survivor: Official Material Collection Sample Page – PENDING LICENSOR APPROVAL

201305_DevilSurvivor_OfficialMaterialCollectionDevil Survivor: Official Material Collection

In seven days, Tokyo will fall. Demons have invaded the city, and unless a group of teenagers does something about it, fear and chaos will reign. Devil Survivor: Official Material Collection is the ultimate companion to the hit role playing game, and includes character designs, promotional artwork, storyboards, a detailed demon guide, and creator interviews.

  • Like the Persona series, Devil Survivor is part of the Megami Tensai RPG franchise from Atlus.
  • Devil Survivor was originally released for the Nintendo DS. An updated version, Devil Survivor Overclocked, was released for the Nintendo 3DS on 2011.

ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-73-0
Price US: $39.99
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 176, Color
Release Date: May/June 2013

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Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1 Sample Page – PENDING LICENSOR APPROVAL

201305_Disgaea3SchoolofDevils_Vol1Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1
By SASAKI Shin

In the Netherworld school known as the Evil Academy, students learn to be proper demons! Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor role at this evil alma mater. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the most sinful kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father, and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!

  • The Disgaea property has been spun off into a 12-episode animated series, and several manga series.
  • The 5th game of the core Disgaea series, Disgaea: Dimension 2, will be released for the Playstation 3 in Japan in March 2013.

ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-72-3
Price US: $13.95
Size: 5.75″ wide X 8.25″ long
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 160, Black and White
Series Volumes: 2
Release Date: May/June 2013

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Haruhi-ism: Noizi Ito Artworks Sample Page

201305_Haruhi-ismHaruhi-ism: Noizi Ito Artworks
By ITO Noizi

Haruhi Suzumiya is an energetic Japanese girl who craves excitement and adventure! The members of the SOS Brigade try their best to keep Haruhi happy, because if they don’t — she could accidentally destroy the universe! Seriously!

Haruhi-ism collects the spectacular artwork of Noizi Ito, the artist behind the original Haruhi Suzumiya novel series. Included are book and DVD covers, magazine pin-ups, rare promo images, and more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-69-3
Price US: $39.99
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 120, Color
Release Date: May/June 2013

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Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 – Hatsune Miku Edition Sample Page – PENDING LICENSOR APPROVAL

201305_HatsuneMikeCV01Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 – Hatsune Miku Edition

Superstar Japanese idol Hatsune Miku stars in her own character artwork showcase! CV01 collects more than 40 artists’ spectacular takes on the Vocaloid diva. Over 150 illustrations feature themes from high-fashion to everyday activities, pin-up style pieces to musical performance, and more!

  • Hatsune Miku is the mascot character for the popular Vocaloid voice synthesizer musical software.
  • Hatsune Miku’s live concerts, where she performs as a virtual holographic idol, draw thousands of fans.
  • Hatsune Miku’s official English Facebook page boasts over 850,000 members.

ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-74-7
Price US: $29.99
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 96, Color
Series Volumes: 3
Release Date: May/June 2013

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DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection (UDON 2012 in Review)

Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Return to the Netherworld with one of UDON’s most hotly demanded art books of all time… DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection! Compiling over 600 illustrations including character designs, box art, advertisements, pin-ups, short comics, and much more from all four flagship Disgaea video games, DISGAEArt!!! is awesome!

With over 1.7 million video games sold around the world, not to mention anime, manga, and novel spin-offs, the Disgaea series has an incredibly strong worldwide fandom, and DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is truly the ultimate art book for Disgaea fans!

Primarily featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada, character designer for the Disgaeaseries, DISGAEArt!!! collects concept art, cutscenes, and an assortment of illustrations from the Disgaea universe, allowing fans to track the development of beloved characters from 2003’s Disgaea: Hour of Darkness all the way to 2011’s Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten. The collection then goes even further, revealing rare materials from the entire world of Disgaea, including artwork from novels, soundtracks, manga, DVD packaging, telephone cards, and even more – you’ll have to see it to believe it! An extensive index wraps up this collection, pointing out where every illustration made its original appearance!

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is an exhaustively compiled and stunning compilation of art, and no fan of Disgaea — or gorgeous art books — will want to be without it!

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Price (U.S.): $39.99
Diamond: MAY121308
ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Check out this preview of DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection:

 

New License Announcement: “Summer Wars: Material Book” and “Takehito Harada Art Works 1”

Hi everyone! All of us here at UDON are very proud to announce that we’ll be releasing two fantastic new art books this spring, “Summer Wars: Material Book,” coming in May 2013, and “Takehito Harada Art Works 1,” coming in April 2013. Cover images and the basic book information follows, and fans–you’ll be happy to hear that both books are completely translated, approved, and ready-to-go at the printers!

Summer Wars

Summer Wars: Material Book
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), and brought to life by renowned animation studio MADHOUSE , Summer Wars is the story of an ordinary family going to extraordinary lengths to avert the impending cyber apocalypse! SUMMER WARS: MATERIAL BOOK gives a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the development artwork that went into this award-winning film. Inside you’ll find character profiles, background designs, rough sketches, and an exclsuive interview with the film’s director!
Summer Wars: Material Book
By Mamoru Hosada, Madhouse
 
Price US: $39.99
 
ISBN: 1-926778-68-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-68-6
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
 
Format: Softcover
Pages: 208
Size: 7.25″ wide x 9.5″ long
 
Scheduled to be Released May 2013
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Takehito Harada: Art Works 1
Featuring the works of video game artist extraordinaire Takehito Harada, lead character designer of the hit Disgaea RPG series! Takehito Harada Art Works covers the artist’s work on all four Disgaea titles, as well as Prinny 1 & 2, Makai Kingdom, and Phantom Brave. Inside you’ll find game covers, rare promotional art, rough layouts, creator commentary, and a detailed look at Takehito Harada’s creative process.
Takehito Harada Art Works 1
By Takehito Harada
 
Price (U.S.): $39.99
 
ISBN: 1-926778-67-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-67-9
Diamond: JAN131297
 
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 208, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″
 
Scheduled to be released April 2013
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Now In Stores: DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

Return to the Netherworld with one of UDON’s most hotly demanded art books of all time…DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection!  Compiling over 600 illustrations including character designs, box art, advertisements, pin-ups, short comics, and much more from all four flagship Disgaea video games, DISGAEArt!!! is awesome!

With over 1.7 million video games sold around the world, not to mention anime, manga, and novel spin-offs, the Disgaea series has an incredibly strong worldwide fandom, and DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is truly the ultimate art book for Disgaea fans! 

Primarily featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada, character designer for the Disgaeaseries, DISGAEArt!!! collects concept art, cutscenes, and an assortment of illustrations from the Disgaea universe, allowing fans to track the development of beloved characters from 2003’s Disgaea: Hour of Darkness all the way to 2011’s Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten.  The collection then goes even further, revealing rare materials from the entire world of Disgaea, including artwork from novels, soundtracks, manga, DVD packaging, telephone cards, and even more – you’ll have to see it to believe it!  An extensive index wraps up this collection, pointing out where every illustration made its original appearance!

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection is an exhaustively compiled and stunning compilation of art, and no fan of Disgaea — or gorgeous art books — will want to be without it!

KEY FEATURES:

  • Collects over 600 illustrations from across the Disgaea video game series and the larger Disgaea universe of anime, manga, novels, and more!
  • Most of the illustrations are by Takehito Harada, character designer for the series and a fan-favourite!
  • Over 1.7 million Disgaea games have been sold!
  • Disgaea games have appeared on the PlayStation® 2, PSP®, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation® 3, and PlayStation® Network.

DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection
In stores now
Price (U.S.): $39.99
Diamond: MAY121308
ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long

Check out this preview of DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection:

 

Announcing DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection

UDON is thrilled to annouce the latest addition to our video game art book library: DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection. This is the ultimate Disgaea art book, featuring the artwork of Takehito Harada’s amazing illustrations from all four Disgaea games. Included are game covers, promotional and concept art, book covers, soundtrack art, and over 300 rare Disgaea art pieces, plus an introduction by Takehito Harada. No fan of this landmark series should be without… DISGAEArt!!!

We’ve posted a few sample images below to whet your appetite – to see even more, pop on over to Destructoid for a complete nine page preview!

BOOK DETAILS AND AVAILABILITY:

Release date: Late July / Early August 2012
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1926778502
ISBN-13: 978-1926778501

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Pre-order DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection on amazon.com!