UDON 2012: SDCC Panel Announcements!

July 13th, 2012

Today’s UDON 2012 panel at San Diego Comic Con was our first chance to share some of the exciting new projects we’re working on – and now we get to reveal the news our online fans, too! So check out the exciting announcements below, and stay tuned for more details on each of these projects over the coming months!

Street Fighter Announcements

On the 25th anniversary of the Street Fighter game, UDON is thrilled to announce our latest projects involving Capcom’s iconic fighting game:

Street Fighter Online
Launching this summer, enjoy your favorite Street Fighter storylines on the web at StreetFighterComics.com! Street Fighter Online will be updating five days a week with fresh content pulled from the pages of UDON’s renown Street Fighter comics.

Super Street Fighter: New Generation
UDON Comics tackles the next level of Street Fighter action with Super Street Fighter: New Generation! Fan favorites like Ryu, Sakura, Ken, and Guile are joined by newcomers Alex, Juri, Dudley, Hakan, and more for all-out excitement and pulse-pounding battles! This 144 page deluxe hardcover graphic novel hits stores in November 2012.

Street Fighter Origins: Akuma
Learn the secrets behind Akuma’s dark powers and even darker past in this original graphic novel featuring artwork by UDON’s Joe Ng. Release date TBD 2013

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 game! Inside you’ll find character artwork, rough sketches, and costume designs, with creator commentary on almost every page! September 2012

        Street Fighter x Tekken cover

Video Game Art Books

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works
An amazing collection nearly 20 years in the making, this is a brand-new art book collecting all of the official artwork, sketches, and bonus material from all of Marvel and Capcom’s video game collaborations—from 1993’s The Punisher arcade game right up to 2012’s smash-hit Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PLAYSTATION 3, PSP, and X-BOX 360 platforms! Includes stunning artworks by Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, Adi Granov, and more!

Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works is making its international debut at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 11th, in an exclusive hardcover edition that will not be sold in stores. The softcover edition was originally planned for release in November 2012, but due to fan demand, UDON is working with Diamond Distribution to get the book into comic stores early – stay tuned for more details!

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog
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! This hefty 300-page hardcover book covers every 2D and 3D Sonic game in detail, plus very spin-off game, every crossover, and even rare cameo appearances by Sonic across the gaming universe! September 2012.

Art of Brutal Legend
Featuring the awesome artwork of Double Fine Studios, this amazing collection will reveal the design process behind the fantastic characters and setting of Brutal Legend, the most metal video game of all time. Available in both regular softcover and a limited deluxe hardcover version, in stores for November/December 2012.

The Art of Darksiders 2
A companion to the new Darksiders 2 video game and The Art of Darksiders book previously released by UDON, The Art of Darksiders 2 features all-new visuals from the legendary Joe Madureira. October 2012

Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials
Featuring more of the wonderful artwork of Japanese pinup artist and character designer Tony Taka! Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual Materials gathers the beautiful artwork from the third installment in the Shining spinoff series. The book includes full-page pinups, character designs, rough sketches, and interviews with the creators behind the SEGA video game. September 2012

        Brutal Legend cover

Art of Darksiders 2 cover     Shining Hearts Cover

Anime Art Books

In addition to our established video game art book line, UDON is pleased to announce our new Anime Art Book initiative! We’ll be working with some of the best anime production companies in the world to bring fans English-language editions of the official art collections from their favorite anime – and we’re starting with a bang!

Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations
Evangelion Chronicle: Illustrations collects all the original artwork created for the Evangelion Chronicle encyclopedia series, plus new pieces produced exclusively for this volume. You’ll also get rough sketches and creators’ comments, offering a true behind-the-scenes glimpse into the rich world of Neon Genesis Evangelion. November 2012

Evangelion Chronicle: Side A
Evangelion Chronicle: Side A covers the first 13 TV episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion in great detail with original artwork, a character relationship chart, character and EVA profiles, a timeline, and comprehensive episode guide with checkpoints covering each Angel, vehicle, weapon, and character appearance in each episode. Release date 2013.

Evangelion Chronicle: Side B
Evangelion Chronicle: Side B covers episodes 14-26, plus original movies. Release date 2013.

Read or Die: R.O.D. Official Archive
The Read or Die anime features the story of Yomiko Readman and the British Library Special Operations Division, a secret group dedicated to the location and protection of rare books! R.O.D Official Archive is your ultimate guide to the world of both the original 3-episode OVA and the 26-episode TV series. December 2012

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Art Book
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Art Book, Haruhi-ism, featuring the work of illustrator Noizi Ito. Release date 2012.

Evangelion Chronicle Illustrations cover     Evangelion Chronicle Side B cover     Evangelion Chronicle Side A cover     Read or Die cover    

Manga

Disgaea Manga
UDON brought you the artwork with DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection. Now fans can delve even deeper into the amazing story of DISGAEA with this fantastic manga by Shin Sasaki.

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Legends Vol 2
The conclusion to this thrilling tale of Samuri honor and glory! Sengoku Basara takes real Japanese historical events and figures and makes them larger than life with dynamic character designs and all-out action; it also serves as a prequel to the action-packed Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii game Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes.

Disgaea Manga cover     Sengoku Basara Samurai Legends Vol.2

In conclusion

Whew! Told you we had a lot to announce. Panel attendees also got a sneak peek at images from a few other upcoming projects, but I’m afraid you had to be at the panel to hear about those!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be releasing more details about these announced titles, so be sure to keep checking the blog – or sign up for our monthly newsletter to get all the latest & greatest UDON updates delivered straight to your inbox!