UDON 2012 in Review – Wrap Up!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHey UDON fans!

If you don’t mind us saying so, 2012 was a very good year!

In 2012 UDON released the most books in the history of the company, including original graphic novels, manga, and of course art books from around the world! Over the month of January we recapped the release of all 25 books (including 2 special, Limited Edition Hard Covers) here at our blog and on our Facebook page, and the response from all of you has been phenomenal. Thanks for all of your comments, likes, shares, and of course, thanks to everyone who has bought our books!

If you missed any of our recap posts and want to catch up, you can view them all here on our blog or view the galleries on Facebook:

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And if you’re looking for a place near you to buy UDON books, check out the where-to-buy UDON books page on our website.

Thanks again for supporting us in 2012, and here’s to an even stronger 2013!

UDON’s 2012 releases:

Apple Selection Volume 1: Summer
Apple Selection Volume 2: Autumn
Art of Darksiders II
Captain Commando Volume 1
Captain Commando Volume 2
Darkstalkers: Ultimate Edition
Darkstalkers: Ultimate Edition Limited Edition Hard Cover
DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection
Evangelion Chronicle: Illustration
The History of Sonic The Hedgehog
Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From Nowhere
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works
Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works Limited Edition Hard Cover
Mega Man: Robot Master Field Guide
Omar Dogan’s Girl Seven
Persona 3: Official Design Works
Persona 4: Official Design Works
Pixiv Almanac
R.O.D Read Or Die Official Archive
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends Volume 1
Shining Force Feather: Design Works
Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials
Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks
Valkyria Chronicles 2: World Artworks

 

 

Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials (UDON 2012 Year in Review)

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Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials

shining_hearts_preview_026Featuring the art of Tony Taka!

Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials gathers the beautiful artwork from the third installment in the ‘Shining’ spin-off series. The book includes full-page pinups, character designs, development sketches, item and monster artworks, location images, and multiple interviews with the creators behind the SEGA video game including Production Designer Toshinobu Kondo, Producer Tsuyoshi Sawada, and character designer Tony! Secrets of the ‘Shining’ series are revealed…!

If you’re not a hardcore fan of this game or series, you might not know that this unique RPG title features the sexy and sumptuous leads… baking bread! As described in the introduction to the book, “…hearts can be healed by the power of delicious bread. Rejuvenating ourselves with delicious food is something that we unconsciously do in real life, on a daily basis. Resolving problems with delicious bread… makes sense.”

Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials

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Price: US$39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-52-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-52-5
Diamond: JUL121251

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

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R.O.D Read Or Die: Official Archive (UDON 2012 Year in Review)

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UDON’s last two releases of 2012 actually arrived in stores on January 2nd, 2013 due to a series of shipping shennanigans. But just between you, me, and the internet, I think as long as we’re all still forgetting to write “2013” on our cheques (fun Canadian spelling of checks), then we’re still in 2012. On that note…

Read or Die coverR.O.D Read Or Die: Official Archive

R.O.D Official Archive is a true fan’s ultimate guide to the world of both the original 3-episode OVA and the 26-episode anime TV series. Official Archive starts with a selection of gorgeous pin-ups and special illustrations created for the series, before moving into extensive character profiles featuring character designs and background and rough sketches. The book then moves into an episode guide with scenario and mechanical designs, an exploration of the opening and ending sequences featuring key-frame animation and roughs, and an extensive interview with the Director, Creator, and staff of the anime! Finally it finishes with even more behind-the-scenes development artwork and a glossary for the series… a ton of information is packed into these pages!

Check out this amazing 10-page preview of R.O.D Read Or Die Official Archive, and then run, don’t walk, to go and get yourself a copy!

Read or Die: R.O.D Official Archive

Release date: January 2013
Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-62-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-62-4
Diamond: OCT121223

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 128, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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The History of Sonic The Hedgehog (UDON 2012 in Review)

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201209_History of Sonic_the_HedgehogCelebrating more than 20 years as the official mascot of video game giant SEGA®, Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most recognizable video game characters in the world! With over 70 million games sold, hundreds of episodes of his TV series, countless licensed tie-ins, and comic book series’ that have been running non-stop since 1993, FANS KNOW SONIC, and now UDON has teamed up with Pix’n Love Publishing to bring fans the ultimate guide to SEGA’s spiky blue speedster— The History of Sonic the Hedgehog!

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is a hefty 300-page hardcover book, featuring everything you thought you knew… and much more… about the famous “blue blur!” The book has been a true labour of love for the crew at Pix’n Love Publishing, who partnered with SEGA of Japan to produce the original French edition earlier this year! The new UDON Edition of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog features all the same great content, but with a complete English translation for North American fans!

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog covers every 2D and 3D Sonic game in detail, ensuring that every generation of Sonic fan will find a lot to love! The book also details every spin-off game, every crossover, and even rare cameo appearances by Sonic across the gaming universe! Whether you’re looking for a detailed history, character profiles, promotional art, game packages, or even rare concept art, you’ll find it in The History of Sonic the Hedgehog!

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog

Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 300, Colour
Size: 9.25″ wide X 8.5″ long

Price (U.S.): $49.99
ISBN: 1-926778-56-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-926778-56-3

 

Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations

Evangelion Chronicle Illustrations coverThe Neon Genesis Evangelion television series and theatrical films revolutionized Japanese anime with their incredible animation, sophisticated storytelling, and dynamic mecha and character designs. The revolution continues today, where new films re-imagining the Evangelion story continue to top box-office charts in Japan and DVD and Blu-ray sales charts in North America. In short, Evangelion is a worldwide phenomenon, and that is why UDON Entertainment is proud to publish the English-language edition of Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations, the first in a series of three Evangelion Chronicle books exploring the deep mythology of the original series.

Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations is a gorgeous, oversized (10” x 13”) artbook collecting more than 200 new illustrations created for the Evangelion Chronicle encyclopedia series, including pieces created exclusively for this volume. It also contains rough sketches, illustrator and creator commentary, and an amazing fold-out poster featuring a pretty epic battle between EVA-02 and the Evangelion Production Models…  The illustrations are pulled from across the epic series, including the entire 26 episode run of the original anime series, as well as the films released in English as Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.

Holding the book in your hands is no substitute for seeing these images on the printed page–at over a foot tall and in gorgeous colour, make sure to add this to your collection if you’re a fan of Evangelion… or just gorgeous artwork!

Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations

Price US: $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-55-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-55-6

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 136, Color
Size: 10″ wide X 13″ long

 

Captain Commando Volume 2 (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Captain Commando Volume 2 (Manga)

captaincommando_vol2_coverThe manga adventures of the heroes of justice continue!

The Commando Team faces frightening new foes like the evil genius of Dr. T.W. and his murderous Monster, the nefarious ninja Yamato, and the mysterious Lord Blood! Can even Captain Commando’s new “Captain Gauntlet” give him the power to defeat this never-ending array of almighty adversaries?

We’re thrilled to bring you the conclusion of Captain Commando’s manga adventure, from allllll the way in the 90s. It’s a great property and a really fun manga, and we hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we did publishing it.

We’d like to give a special shout-out to the awesome Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, who came through with 2 amazing covers for our editions of the Captain Commando manga.

Manga fans take note, we also published the excellent Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes this year in 2 volumes, and we’ll begin publishing Disgaea 3: School of Demons in May! There’s more manga goodness on the way too. Thanks for your continued support…!

Captain Commando Volume 2 

Price (U.S.): $19.99
ISBN: 1-926778-41-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-41-9

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 256, Black and white
Size: 5.75? wide X 8.25? long

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Art of Darksiders II (UDON 2012 in Review)

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December was an incredible month for UDON, as we released some of our most-anticipated books of all time! It’s hard to say what the favourite was, but we can say that the fan-reaction was through the roof!

Following up on UDON’s original artbook based on the smash-hit video game DARKSIDERS from THQ, Joe Madureira Presents: The Art of Darksiders was a smash-success, and was quick to sell-out and begin fetching crazy prices in the aftermarket. Fans demanded a new printing, and UDON released one… alongside the amazing sequel!

The Art of Darksiders II is a stunning collection of 226 pages of artwork, showcasing the amazing art created for one of 2012’s smash-hit games. Response to The Art of Darksiders II was so has been so strong that we actually sold out, and had to reprint immediately (copies will be available again soon, though there are lots available at retail stores now).

Thanks for making our last month of the year such a fantastic success, UDON fans!

Art of Darksiders II

Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, embarks on a quest to undo Armageddon! The Art of Darksiders II collects the dark and dynamic artwork behind the second installment in the fan-favorite Darksiders video game series. Featuring the artwork of legendary comic artist Joe Madureira (X-men, Battle Chasers, Avenging Spider-man) and the Vigil Games art team, the book collects full color illustrations, character & environment designs, unused concepts, and more!

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-53-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-53-2

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 226, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works

201111_SengokuBasara_SamuraiHeroes_OCWAll of us at UDON were thrilled in September when we were finally able to release Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works, the stunning official art collection of the popular game (released in North America for the PlayStation 3 and Wii video game systems). All of Sengoku Basara fandom had been waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently!) for UDON’s English edition to make its debut, but I think all involved will agree-it was worth the wait!

Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works collects the unique and lovely artwork of the third game in this landmark Capcom series. Included in this collection are character designs, rough sketches, rendered images, promotional images, storyboard cinematics, and even more fantastic artwork.

But there’s some truly amazing stuff in this volume for hardcore Sengoku Basara otaku…! For serious voice actor/seiyuu fans, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works contains short profiles of and interviews with the cast of the Japanese game and anime series, a first for any UDON art book localization! It also includes profiles/interviews with the artists responsible for the opening and closing theme songs, T.M. Revolution/Takanori Nishikawa (artist of “Naked Arms”) and Chiaki Ishikawa (artist of Japanese ending theme “Backlight”). Finally, the volume also features an extensive interview with the creators of Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes, Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Director Makoto Yamamoto.

We’re so happy with the amazing response to the Sengoku Basara manga and artbooks, and we’d love to do more with the Sengoku Basara series in the future. So fans, tell your friends about these titles and we’ll do our best to keep bringing you all the Basara we can!

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes: Official Complete Works

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-37-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-37-2

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 152, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks

Based on the hit 2012 fighting game, Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks collects 192 pages of amazing insight into the creation of this game! Inside you’ll find character artwork, rough sketches, and costume designs, with creator commentary on almost every page! This art book is filled to the brim with amazing illustrations and sketches by the greatest Street Fighter and Tekken artists, including Shinkiro, Kinu Nishimura, Akiman, and more! Walk through all of the trailers, character intros and endings, and stage designs with additional art and commentary! Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks is an amazing behind-the-scenes look at the title for fans and professionals alike!

In addition to all of the fantastic art, Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks also features extensive interviews with the creators and designers of the Street Fighter X Tekken game! Get the dirt on designing and illustrating a best-selling video game from everyone on the development team, including Polygon Pictures (the visual designers for Street Fighter® IV and Street Fighter X Tekken), DIMPS (the gameplay balancers and testers),Street Fighter series illustrator Akiman, and the Tekken Team at Bandai Namco Games!

This is easily one of the most in-depth books we’ve published on the creation of a game, and fans of either of these series are sure to find the insights offered by the interviews and production art fascinating. Whether you’re a fan of either of these sensational series or their legendary crossover, make sure to pick up your copy of Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks.

Street Fighter X Tekken: Artworks

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-51-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-51-8

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

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Persona 4: Official Design Works (UDON 2012 in Review)

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Persona 4 is one of the most critically acclaimed Japanese role-playing games of all time! The game has inspired anime, manga, drama CDs, and more, with a live-action movie in production now, a PlayStation Vita remake titled Persona 4: Golden, and the smash-hit spin-off brawler Persona 4: Arena! In August UDON was proud to release Persona 4: Official Design Works, collecting all of the original art, design, and behind-the-scenes material any fan could want!

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, the game’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 background and secondary characters, the creation process, and the game’s setting. The beautiful illustrations and in-depth creator commentary are capped off with a massive, 9,000-word interview with Soejima, detailing the entire game’s creation from start to finish!

Persona 4: Official Design Works describes itself as “the full Soejima experience,” and any fan will be delighted with the wealth of material in this collection! Persona 4: Official Design Works followed on UDON’s two previous successful art book releases featuring the work of Soejima, Shigenori Soejima Artworks in December 2011, and Persona 3: Official Design Works in June 2012, both of which were met with rave reviews from fans in North America and around the world!

Persona 4: Official Design Works Key Features:

  • A wealth of amazing illustrations by the acclaimed Shigenori Soejima, including commentary throughout!
  • A 9,000-word interview with Soejima, covering the entire design process for the game! Fascinating for game designers, inspiring for budding artists.
  • A gorgeous, oversized English edition of the Japanese art book, fully translated and printed in a larger format than the original, to match UDON’s standard art book size!
  • Persona 4 is often cited as one of the greatest Japanese RPGs of all time!
  • Part of a multimedia wave of Persona 4 releases, including video games, anime, statues, and toys!

Persona 4: Official Design Works

Price (U.S.): $39.99
ISBN: 1-926778-45-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
Diamond: FEB121165
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 192, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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