UDON Bestseller Report: March 4th, 2014

Welcome to the UDON Bestseller Report: a new feature letting YOU know what UDON’s hottest books are! 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

Topping the list for our inaugural week is 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! (preview)

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

monster_hunter_2#2. Monster Hunter Illustrations 2

Coming in at a close second is Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! This book collects 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! (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

Eyes_of_Bayonetta#3. The Eyes of Bayonetta

Rounding out this week’s top three is the long-awaited, much anticipated The Eyes of Bayonetta. This awesome collection of artwork, designs, and commentary also features 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!

Check out an extensive preview of The Eyes of Bayonetta!

$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


#4. The Legend of Heroes: The Characters
#5. The Legend of Heroes: The Illustrations

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These fantastic looks at Falcom’s Legend of Heroes series continue to be top-sellers weeks after their release! Combined, there are over 500 pages of artwork and information about these fan-favorite games contained within!

Illustrations. $44.99, 272 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-91-4
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Characters. $44.99, 272 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-90-7
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sf_classic_2#6. Street Fighter Classic Vol. 2: Cannon Strike. Written by Ken-Siu Chong. Art by Alvin Lee & Various.

Continuing UDON’s epic new Editions of classic Street Fighter material in a brand-new oversized hardcover format! Collects Street Fighter #11-14, Street Fighter II #0-6, and bonus material. (preview)

$49.99, 304 pages, hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-84-6
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Okami Official Complete Works cover#7. Okami Official Complete Works

Based on traditional Japanese brush painting, the visual look and style of Okami 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
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Monster Hunter Illustrations cover#8. Monster Hunter Illustrations

UDON reprinted the original, sold-out Monster Hunter Illustrations book to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! Don’t miss out this time around! (preview)

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

Persona4Cover#9. Persona 4 Official Design Works

Collecting all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game! (preview)

$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Diamond: FEB121165, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
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Mega Man Gigamix Volume 1 cover#10. Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1

The first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! 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
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#11. 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
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persona3_cover_pop#12. Persona 3 Official Design Works

Go behind the scenes of Persona 3, one of the most unique and respected RPGs ever! (preview)

$39.99, 144 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1926778433
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UDON Winter/Spring 2014: Game Art Books

We’ve been previewing all of our Winter/Spring 2014 books! All books can be found (or pre-ordered) at Comic Book StoresBarnes and NobleAmazon.comBook Depository, and pretty much wherever awesome books are sold! Today, it’s the final part: Video Game Art Books!

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The Eyes of Bayonetta Art Book & DVD
A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated, all-out action. The Eyes of Bayonetta collects the stylish artwork behind this cinematic action game, featuring character sketches, CG models, monster, weapon, and location designs, and creator commentary. Also included is an exclusive DVD documentary taking you behind the scenes of Bayonetta’s creation!
Release date: Available Now
Price US: $49.99
ISBN-13: 978-1926778426
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long
DVD: Region Free, 78 Minutes
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Dark Souls Design Works

One of the most critically acclaimed (not to mention difficult!) games of the last several years, Namco Bandai’s DARK SOULS challenged players to survive in a relentless, hostile, and eerily beautiful world…! Now, fans old and new can discover the mystic land of Lordran and all of the monsters, weapons, environments, and undead hordes that lie within in Dark Souls: Design Works, from UDON Entertainment.

Dark Souls: Design Works showcases the grim and haunting artwork behind the fan-favorite Dark Souls game in a gorgeous full-color hardcover collection, matching the Japanese edition. Featuring key visuals, concept art, character, weapon, and monster designs, and rough sketches, this is a complete picture of the brutal world of Dark Souls. 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!

Dark Souls: Design Works is the perfect tribute to the beloved (or at least grudgingly respected) game, and arrives just in time for the impending release of Dark Souls II this spring to boot! It is a book that UDON has put a phenomenal amount of care and effort into for the legions of this game’s hardcore fans, and the day of its arrival is almost here!

DARK SOULS: DESIGN WORKS
Release Date: January, 2014
Price U.S.: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-926778-89-1
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 128, Color
Size: 8.25” wide x 11.75” long

Available at better comic shops across North America.

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The History of Sonic The Hedgehog – Soft cover edition
Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA’s official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA’s spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page volume covers in detail every 2D and 3D Sonic game, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You’ll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the “Blue Blur”. A must-have for any true Sonic fan!
Release date: Available Now
Price: $34.99
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-56-3
Format: Softcover

Page Count: 300, Color
Size: 9.25″ wide X 8.5″ long
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The Legend of Heroes: The Illustrations and The Legend of Heroes: The Characters  each weigh in at 272 pages, and are comprised of gorgeous, fully-rendered artwork and information! Featuring character designs and info, pin-ups, story artwork, advertising art, and much more. Covering the games Trails of Blue, Trails of Zero, and the Trails in the Sky trilogy, as well as the “Trails” artworks from the spin-off game “Ys vs. Trails in the Sky: Alternative Saga.”

The Legend of Heroes: The Illustrations: Available Now! Price US: $44.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-91-4, Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long, Format: Softcover, Page Count: 272, Color, Buy at Amazon.com

The Legend of Heroes: The Characters: Available Now! Price US: $44.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-90-7, Size: 8.25? wide X 11.75? long, Format : Softcover, Page Count: 272, Color, Buy at Amazon.com

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Ys The Art Book

Celebrating over 25 years of Ys, the flagship series of Japanese RPG publisher Nihon Falcom! Ys: The Art Book collects the fantastic artwork of more than a dozen titles in the Ys franchise, from the original game all the way up to the brand new Ys: Memories of Celceta. Includes pinups, character designs, rare concept art, and more!

The Ys RPG series has been released on various gaming platforms including PC, Super Nintendo, Playstations 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Steam, and more. The newest game in the series, Ys: Memories of Celceta, will be released in North America November 2013 for the Playstation Vita.

Release date: March 2014
Price (U.S.): $44.99
ISBN: 1-927925-01-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-01-0
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 280, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Phantom Breaker: Official Visual Works

Phantom Breaker: Official Visual Works collects the artwork behind this unique, female-centered fighting game. Included are character profiles, pinup artwork, rough sketches, unused concepts, designer commentary, and an interview with the game’s creators.

Release date: March/April 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-00-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-00-3
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 112, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul

Transcending history and the world, a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold. SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul collects the artwork of the ultimate weapons-based fighting game – SoulCalibur V. Included are character designs, rough concepts, storyboards, creator commentary, character relationship charts, exclusive interviews, and more!

Release date: May/June 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-95-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-95-2
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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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.

Please click here to preview artwork from this collection!

Release date: June 2014
Price (U.S.): $44.99
ISBN: 1-927925-13-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-13-3
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 240, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Fate/complete material Volume 1: Art Material

Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material is the first in a series of art books collecting all of the illustrations, character designs, and concept material from “Fate/stay night.” It includes a wealth of cutscene illustrations, pin-ups, and rare promotional and advertising artwork. Future volumes will follow the publication of volume 1 at intervals of approximately every 3-4 months. UDON strongly urges fans to pre-order Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material, as sales of this volume will help determine availability of future volumes!

Key Features:

– Original “Fate/stay night” visual novel is one of the best-selling visual novels of all time
– “Fate/stay night” anime and film available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sentai Filmworks
– Features hundreds of illustrations by fan-favorite studio Type-Moon!
– The “Fate” series will get a new anime release in 2014 from Sentai Filmworks, featuring the spin-off storyline “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya”
– A brand-new anime adaptation of the original “Fate/stay night” story has just been announced!

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-12-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-12-6
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 240, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Darkstalkers Official Complete Works

It’s the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! 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 pinups from your favorite Capcom artists!

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-04-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-04-1
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Rage of Bahamut: Official Art Works

Featuring unmatched artwork of heroes, heroines, demons, and gods, Rage of Bahamut has taken the mobile world by storm to become the world’s most popular mobile card battle game! Rage of Bahamut: Official Art Works includes some of the best artwork from the epic card game, plus exclusive interviews with the game’s artists.

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-06-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-06-5
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 144, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Hyperdimension Neptunia +mk2 Artworks

Welcome to Gameindustri, a parallel world of goddesses, humans, and monsters, all engaged in an epic battle known as the Console War! Collected in this volume is the illustration work behind both the original Hyperdimension Neptunia and the sequel game, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2. Inside you’ll find character designs, profiles, rough sketches, rare promotional art, creator interviews, and more!

Release date: June/July 2014
Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-927925-09-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-09-6
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 152, Color
Size: 8.25″ x 11.75″

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Alright! That’s it for our Winter/Spring 2014 preview! Thanks for reading and we hope you’re as excited about our new titles as we are. Keep reading our blog, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter! We’ll be announcing some of our Summer titles soon!
– The UDON Crew
 

THE EYES OF BAYONETTA ART BOOK & DVD ARRIVES IN-STORE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH (14 page preview)

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THE EYES OF BAYONETTA
Official “Bayonetta” Art Book & DVD

Bayonetta is a member of an ancient witch clan, possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals! Bayonetta is the incredibly fast-paced, frantic, truly epic, 100% unadulterated action game! Bayonetta is the worldwide phenomenon that has drawn legions of devoted fans, eagerly awaiting their next glimpse of this powerful anti-heroine!

UDON Entertainment is proud to announce that The Eyes of Bayonetta, the official art book devoted to the character, the game, the phenomenon, is available in stores as of Wednesday, January 8th! 

The Eyes of Bayonetta is perhaps the most comprehensive look at a single game that UDON has ever published. At 224 pages, The Eyes of Bayonetta collects all of the gorgeous, stylish, highly-polished artwork that fans would expect, but it also includes a wealth of little-seen design documents and an exhaustive selection of character sketches, including nearly 100 iterations of the main Bayonetta design alone! An amazing array of CG models, ‘Angel’ designs, weapon and accessory designs, gorgeous and inspiring location concept artworks, and rare bonus artworks is also included, and nearly every piece in the book features commentary by one or more members of the game’s design team, including superstar director Hideki Kamiya (Devil May Cry, Okami)! 

The Eyes of Bayonetta also includes the exclusive DVD documentary “Witchcraft: The Making of Bayonetta.” This 78-minute documentary covers every aspect of this iconic game’s creation through interviews with director Hideki Kamiya, Bayonetta character designer Mari Shimazaki, producer Yusuke Hashimoto, designers Hiroshi Shibata and Masaaki Yamada, and a selection of other important members of Platinum Games, the creators of the Bayonetta series. Japanese w/ English subtitles, Region Free.

The Eyes of Bayonetta and the “Witchcraft” documentary will take you deep into Bayonetta’s origins, in the words of the game creators themselves!

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UDON Entertainment has worked closely with licensors Enterbrain, Inc. and Platinum Games to ensure that the English-language edition of The Eyes of Bayonetta is up to the highest standards of quality. All of the information, captions, and interviews have been faithfully and carefully translated, and while this took longer than originally anticipated, we are very proud of this release and grateful to Enterbrain and Platinum Games for their assistance. As for the book itself, it has been printed on the highest-quality stock and upgraded to a gorgeous hardcover binding to thank fans for supporting UDON during this book’s long production, and to ensure that this is an edition that Bayonetta fans will be able to keep on their shelves for years to come.

The Eyes of Bayonetta Art Book & DVD
Price US: $49.99

ISBN: 1926778421
ISBN-13: 978-1926778426

Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

Available in better comic book stores everywhere Wednesday, January 8th.
(Available from book stores and online sellers around that time.)

Check out this 14-page preview of THE EYES OF BAYONETTA!

 

UDON Holiday 2013 – Day 3

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The Eyes of Bayonetta – Hardcover Artbook!

Day Three: We’re proud to present our first look at the soon-to-be-released THE EYES OF BAYONETTA hardcover art book, with a special Christmas scene! Illustrated by Bayonetta designer Mari Shimazaki, this is a fabulous holiday image! This image appears as pages 210 & 211 of the forthcoming book!

Look for The Eyes of Bayonetta HC in stores later in December… and we should have a firm date to announce very soon!

The Eyes of Bayonetta: HC Art Book & DVD

EyesofBayonettaA member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated, all-out action. The Eyes of Bayonetta collects the stylish artwork behind this cinematic action game, featuring character sketches, CG models, monster, weapon, and location designs, and creator commentary. Also included is an exclusive hour-long DVD interview with the game’s creators, taking you behind the scenes of Bayonetta’s creation!

Release date: December 2013
Price US: $49.99

ISBN: 1926778421
ISBN-13: 978-1926778426

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

 

 

The Eyes of Bayonetta: Art Book & DVD

The Eyes of Bayonetta: Art Book & DVD

A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated, all-out action. The Eyes of Bayonetta collects the stylish artwork behind this cinematic action game, featuring character sketches, CG models, monster, weapon, and location designs, and creator commentary. Also included is an exclusive hour-long DVD interview with the game’s creators, taking you behind the scenes of Bayonetta’s creation!

Release date: December 2013
Price US: $49.99

ISBN: 1926778421
ISBN-13: 978-1926778426

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 224, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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