ANNOUNCEMENT: PERSONA 3 Manga

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GET READY TO FACE YOUR TRUE SELF AND SURVIVE THE DARK HOUR WITH THE PERSONA 3 MANGA SERIES!

When UDON Entertainment recently launched Shuji Sogabe’s Persona 4 manga series to rave reviews and brisk sales, we knew one of the most common questions from fans would be, “But what about the Persona 3 manga? Is that coming too?” Wonder no longer, as we are thrilled to announce that not only are we launching Persona 3 – also with art by Shuji Sogabe – in English later this year, you’ll be able to get your hands on the first volume in September, just a few short months away!

Based on the beloved, critically acclaimed video game released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006, Persona 3 is lauded even today for its engaging storyline, relatable characters, challenging gameplay, memorable soundtrack, and stylish visuals. Persona 3 follows a diverse group of high school students as they stumble upon a strange phenomenon known as the “Dark Hour,” a mysterious time that occurs at the stroke of midnight, between one day and the next. Now, Minato Arisato and the rest of his friends in the Special Extracurricular Execution Squad must balance their busy high school lives with their continuing investigation into the Dark Hour – and you thought your high school life was tough! These unlikely heroes will have to face the demons within and find the strength to call upon their inner selves – their “Personas” – if they are to survive the horrors of the Dark Hour…

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned Persona 3 veteran or are just discovering this compelling world for the first time – the Persona 3 manga series is certain to appeal to anyone who simply enjoys smart storytelling dealing with themes of existence, identity, and the paranormal. Are you ready to face your true self?

Persona 3 kicks off later this year with the first volume, which will be available in September at local comic book stores and various physical and online retailers. The Persona 3 manga is the latest addition to UDON’s comprehensive lineup of Persona books, which includes Persona 3 and Persona 4 art books as well as the previously mentioned Persona 4 manga series. Media inquiries and/or requests for review copies should be directed to Jenny Myung at press@udonentertainment.com.

PERSONA 3 Volume 1
ISBN: 978-1- 927925-85- 0
DETAILS: 162 pg, 5.75 x 8.25, BW, Softcover
MSRP: $13.99 USD
PUBLICATION STATUS: Coming Soon (September 2016)

PERSONA 4 Volume 1
ISBN: 978-1- 927925-57- 7
DETAILS: 160 pg, 5.75 x 8.25, BW, Softcover
MSRP: $13.99 USD
PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now!

 

 

Persona 3 Official Design Works (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Persona 3: Official Design Works

Fans couldn’t wait to dive back into The Dark Hour with Persona 3: Official Design Works! Ever since the late-2011 release of Shigenori Soejima Artworks, the collection of pinups and illustrations by Persona 3 & 4 designer Shigenori Soejima, fans of the series had been practically begging us to bring over this book… and who are we to say no? Of course, we had some amazing good-fortune as several of the characters in Persona 3 were brought back in this year’s smash hit fighting game P4 Arena, so new generations of fans have been discovering this amazing book!

Persona 3: Official Design Works, is a stunning compendium of the art and design work that went into creating the fan-favourite PlayStation 2, PSP, and PSN video game. But Persona 3: Official Design Works is more than just a collection of amazing art—although there’s certainly enough of it in there! Featuring rough sketches, final production artwork, early game designs, CG works, storyboards, character designs, backgrounds, and even more, this is a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at Persona 3 for art and game fans alike… but it doesn’t stop there!

Soejima-sensei has added additional commentary to more than half of the book, digging into his creative process, his feelings on his work, and even his feelings on the characters themselves! All of Soejima-sensei’s comments have been faithfully translated by UDON’s production team—including a huge 8,000-word interview—leading to a book that you’ll read again, and again, and again!

Speaking of UDON’s production team, we went all out to ensure that this is one of our nicest-looking art books ever! In addition to our ‘regular’ large book size and top-quality printing, Persona 3: Official Design Works also features additional silver ink accenting on every page! We also chose a special pearlescent paper and foil stamping for the cover, and utilized a special printing process to make the whole image pop! Artwork this good needs a package to match, and no fan of Persona or Soejima-sensei will want to be without this amazing book on their bookshelf!

Persona 3: Official Design Works

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-43-X
ISBN-13: 978-1926778433
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 144, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Persona 3: Official Complete Works Dives Back In To The Dark Hour!

A fantastic collection of Shigenori Soejima artwork awaits you in
Persona 3: Official Design Works
In stores June 20th from UDON and Diamond Distribution!
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The wait is over! Ever since UDON’s December release of the fan-favourite Shigenori Soejima Artworks, fans have been clamouring for more art, more character designs, and more commentary by legendary character designer Shigenori Soejima! Well wait no longer, as UDON is proud to bring you Persona 3: Official Design Works, a 144-page art and design compendium from the smash hit video game, available on the PlayStation 2, PSP, and digitally on the PlayStation Network!Persona 3: Official Design Works is more than just a collection of amazing art and designs—although there’s certainly enough of it in there! Featuring rough sketches, final production artwork, early game designs, CG works, storyboards, character designs, backgrounds, and even more, this is a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at Persona 3 for art and game fans alike… but it doesn’t stop there!

Soejima-sensei has added additional commentary to more than half of the book, digging into his creative process, his feelings on his work, and even his feelings on the characters themselves! All of Soejima-sensei’s comments have been faithfully translated by UDON’s production team—including a huge 8,000-word interview—leading to a book that you’ll read again, and again, and again!

Speaking of UDON’s production team, we’ve gone all out to ensure that this is one of our nicest-looking art books ever! In addition to our ‘regular’ large book size and top-quality printing, Persona 3: Official Design Works also features additional silver ink accenting on every page! We’ve also chosen a special pearlescent paper and foil stamping for the cover, and utilized a special printing process to make the whole image pop! Artwork this good needs a package to match, and no fan of Persona or Soejima-sensei will want to be without this amazing book on their bookshelf!

Key Features:
– Hundreds of sketches, roughs, storyboards, and more, not included in Shigenori Soejima Artworks!
– An amazingly stylish collection, with reflective silver ink printed on every page!
– The secrets of Persona 3 revealed in a huge interview with Producer & Director Katsura Hashino, and Character Designer & Art Director Shigenori Soejima!

Persona 3: Official Design Works

Release date:
Diamond: June 20th
Bookstores: June 26th
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-43-X
ISBN-13: 978-1926778433
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 144, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

To arrange review copies of or preview images from Persona 3: Official Design Works, contact chrisbutcher@udonentertainment.com.

Persona 3 © Index Corporation 1996, 2006.

 

 

Persona 3: Official Design Works (2014 Edition)

Persona 3: Official Design Works (2014 Edition)

Featuring the character designs of Shigenori Soejima! Go behind the scenes of PERSONA 3, one of the most unique and respected RPG’s ever. Inside you’ll find character designs, rough sketches, storyboards, backgrounds & settings, an exclusive interview with the game’s creators, and more!

NOTE: the 2014 edition corrects a few minor layout errors from the original UDON printing for an improved fan experience!

Release date: October 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-927925-25-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-25-6

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 144, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Where to buy:
 


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amazon.com (USA)

amazon.ca (Canada)


barnesandnoble.com (USA)

bookdepository.com (Worldwide)
 


UDON Store

 

 

Shigenori Soejima Art Works: 6 Page Preview!

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Are you a fan of Persona 3? Persona 4? Have you discovered the amazing art and character design of Shigenori Soejima? Then have we got news for you! Our highly-anticipated, long-awaited art book featuring the fabulous art of Soejima-sensei will be available in better comic book stores everywhere on Wednesday December 7th! Amazon/B&N/Bookstore orders should be available in the next few weeks.

Packed to the gills with amazing art from Persona 3 & Persona 4 as well as other amazing pieces from throughout Soejima-Sensei’s career! This book includes process work (pencils/inks) for a selection of pages, and an English translation of the most recent interview with Soejima-Sensei about his art, life, and career! It’s an amazing collection that no fan should be without!

UDON is proud to present an exclusive, 6 page preview from Shigenori Soejima Art Works right here! Include s the first page of the interview! Rush out to comic book stores tomorrow to get the whole thing!

To find a comic book store in your area, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com/ or (in the U.S. and Canada) call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK.