Now in Stores: Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1! (17-Page Preview!)

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UDON Entertainment and ShiftyLook are proud to present the long-awaited graphic novel, Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1 — the webcomic inspiration for the new Wonder Momo anime and video game!

wondermomo_cutMomoko was a typical Japanese teenager with dreams of becoming a famous pop idol… until an alien powersuit transformed her into the spectacular WONDER MOMO! This buxom new superhero punches, kicks, and hula hoops her way through monsters, henchmen, robots, and her most dangerous foe… the dreaded paparazzi!

Inspired by classic and contemporary sentai shows like Kamen Rider and Power Rangers, as well as beloved “Magical Girl” shows like Sailor MoonWonder Momo: Battle Idol is a loving tribute to Japanese superheroes from TV, manga, and of course video games! The writing team of Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Wayward, Pathfinder) and Erik Ko (UDON Editor-in-Chief and sentai superfan) takes the classic video game character into 21st century Tokyo. They are joined by artist extraordinare Omar Dogan, who brings a pitch-perfect anime style to the heroine and her (mis)adventures.

WONDER MOMO: BATTLE IDOL VOLUME 1 collects over 100 strips from the hit webcomic, detailing the teen girl’s rise to superstardom! Also included are copious amounts of rough concept sketches and behind-the-scenes materials, bonus tribute art and pin-ups, a history of Wonder Momo, and an introduction by Erik Ko!

Magical girls, super sentai, and epic heroes and villains are all on display in Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1! Fans: DON’T MISS OUT!

Keep reading for a 17-page preview of Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1!

Wonder Momo: Battle Idol Volume 1
Written by Erik Ko and Jim Zub. Art by Omar Dogan.

Available now in comic stores! Online retailers soon!
Price (U.S.): $19.99

ISBN: 1-927925-05-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-05-8
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 120, Color
Size: 7.5″ x 8.25″

Buy it: Find a Comic Book Store Near You! | Buy at Barnes & Noble | Buy at Amazon.com 

Looking for more Momo?

Read the comic online at Shiftylook.com!
Watch the anime at Crunchyroll.com!
Play the game in the Mac App Store!

 

The Official Klonoa Webcomic Begins Sept 26th!

Tell everyone you know!

Based on the video game by NAMCO BANDAI Games

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Hitoshi Ariga
Coloring by Espen Grundetjern

Made for ShiftyLook by UDON Entertainment

Updates Wednesdays 9:00AM Pacific

 

Dragon Spirit Launches on Shifty Look!

Over on Bandai-Namco’s ShiftyLook website, a new webcomic series put together by members of the UDON crew has begun!

Dragon Spirit: Legendary Tales of Mythical Adventure Chronicles is a sarcastic and ridiculous approach to the kind of old school sword & sorcery story that permeated fantasy video games of the 80’s.

With a tongue in cheek story by Jim Zub (Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki, Makeshift Miracle), beautiful line art by Steven Cummings (Uglies Graphic Novel, Vent) and moody coloring by Espen Grundetjern (Street Fighter) it’s going to slay monsters and gather treasure with a new strip every week!

Click on through and check it out!

 

ShiftyLook Enters Its Second Season!

Now that the first wave of Namco-Bandai and UDON’s ShiftyLook comics are entering their second “season”, it’s the perfect time to catch up on all the stories:

Rocket Fox: A firework popping mystical kitsune named Guy Fox on a mission of frantic fun.

Sky Kid: Animal-based aerial adventure in an alternate World War I where herbivores fight carnivores.

Bravoman: super unequaled hero of excellence, a lovable loser game character.

Wonder Momo: a wannabe idol actress-singer accidentally gifted with Japanese supersuit powers.

Read, enjoy and share your favorites with friends!

 

Wonder Momo is GO-GO!

Wonder Momo launches today on Namco Bandai’s ShiftyLook website!

Written by Erik Ko (UDON Chief) and Jim Zub (Street Fighter Legends, Makeshift Miracle) with artwork by UDON mainstay Omar Dogan (Street Fighter Legends, Girl 7), Wonder Momo is an anime/j-pop/sentai mash-up of epic proportions!

Momoko is a young idol hopeful who wants to be famous for singing, dancing and acting, but fate and a bumbling alien have a different role in store for her. Read Wonder Momo twice a week at Shifty Look by bookmarking the site or adding it to your favourite RSS reader!

 

UDON Participates in Dig Dug’s 30th Anniversary!

TOKYO, JAPAN – May 9, 2012 – NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., announced today during the inaugural ShiftyCast podcast a webcomics collaboration project to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Dig Dug franchise. Appearing on its ShiftyLook webcomics platform, Dig Dug comics join NAMCO BANDAI Games’s extensive line-up of webcomics re-imagining classic arcade games including smash hits Bravoman and The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies. ShiftyLook can be accessed at SHIFTYLOOK.com.

“Dig Dug is one of those iconic games that means a lot to retro gamers, especially those of us who grew up constantly trying to inflate many a Fygar, so we wanted to do something very special for the webcomic,” said Rob Pereyda, Producer & Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook for NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. “And I think we just might have the comics team-up of the summer and a must read for video games and webcomics fans alike.”

Look for UDON creative teams to be heavily involved in the celebration, including Jeff “Chamba” Cruz, Omar Dogan, Dax Gordine, Erik Ko, Matt Moylan, Rob “Robaato” Porter and Jim Zub!

 

Sky Kid Continues on Shifty Look!

The Sky Kid webcomic, written by Jim Zub (Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki) with art by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Street Fighter II Turbo) continues on Bandai-Namco’s Shifty Look comic site.

We’re now halfway through “season one” and it’s the perfect time to get caught up on the airborne action and adventure.

Click HERE to start reading from the beginning of the story!

Jim’s also written some new blogposts all about how he writes the comic series you may find interesting and illuminating. Check them out here:

Writing the Story for Sky Kid – Part 1

Writing the Story for Sky Kid – Part 2

Writing the Story for Sky Kid – Part 3

 

ShiftyLook is Live!

Early this morning, Namco-Bandai launched the full website for ShiftyLook, their new endeavour to revive the buried treasures of their video game catalog in a format for the new millenium: the web comic! UDON Entertainment is on board for the opening day, with feature strips from our first two series for the project – Sky Kid (by Jim Zub and Jeff “Chamba” Cruz) and Bravoman (by Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine)!

       

Sky Kid will update with new strips on Wednesdays and Sundays, with Bravoman dishing up new adventures on Tuesdays and Saturdays. That’s four times a week you can enjoy new comics from the UDON creative team!

(and if that’s still not enough, you should subscribe to our UdonCrew deviantART page for even more artwork…)

But wait! There’s more! UDON Creative is continuing to work with Namco-Bandai to blow the dust off other beloved old games and bring them back to life for the web comic age!

Want to know what’s coming next? We’ll be appearing at the ShiftyLook panel at Wondercon, 2:30 pm on Sat, March 17 in Room 208, to announce our next currently-super-secret collaboration. UDON’s Matt Moyaln, Jim Zub and Dax Gordine will be on hand to answer questions and spill the beans about the process of re-imagining these classic games. And there’s another panel to discuss even *more* cool stuff at PAX East in April, details TBA.

Stay tuned for more news, and stay shifty!

 

UDON brings you Bravoman!

UDON Entertainment has teamed up with Namco-Bandai for a new project called Shifty Look, reimagining classic video game properties as all-new webcomics.

Click through to the teaser websiteFacebook page or Twitter.

Sky Kid was the first title announced for the project, next up – Bravoman!

BRAVOMAN is a wacky gag comic strip featuring the heroic exploits of Bravoman, a tokusatsu-style limb-stretching superhero who battles everything from twenty-foot-tall robots to heavy-metal-loving ninjas. At his side are his alien mentor Alpha Man and a snack-bringing sidekick named Lottery Man, who all join forces to battle the villainous Dr. Bomb and his Robot Corps! 

Bravoman will soon be coming to you twice a week by writer Matt Moylan and artist Dax “D-Gee” Gordine.

Check out an exclusive preview of the very first Bravoman strip on video game news site Kotaku.