This week’s UDON bestseller report includes a couple of big shake-ups, with the return of some fan favorites that have been missing from the report lately! An older title that’s seeing a surge of brand-new fan support also makes a surprise appearance!
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!
#1. Dark Souls Design Works
Okay, so this one’s not a big surprise: Dark Souls Design Works hangs on strong at the top of our charts! For those of you having problems finding a copy at your local store, a reprint will be coming this summer – we just hope it’s enough to meet the amazing fan demand for this collection!
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)
Fans continue to show their love of Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1, boosting sales enough to place this title in second place this week! Featuring everyone’s favorite Blue Bomber, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is the first chapter in Mega Man’s most epic adventure ever! In this volume, Mega Man travels to outer space to tangle with Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters, as well as the mysterious Break Man! Then, it’s the ultimate race! Mega Man, Bass, Roll, Proto Man, Ice Man, Guts Man, and even Dr. Wily himself go head-to-head in a grand prix that spans halfway across the globe!
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
Rounding out this week’s top three is Darkstalkers: Official Complete Works, the ultimate collection of Darkstalkers artwork and history! This new release is packed full of beautiful babes, menacing monsters, awesome action, and all the great style you’d expect from the rulers of the night!
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 pin-ups from your favorite Capcom artists!
Click here to check out a 10-page preview!
$39.99, 224 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
Moving up another spot to #4 is Monster Hunter Illustrations 2! This epic collection showcases 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 Ultimate, Monster 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!
Click here for a 9-page preview!
Climbing up a spot to land in the top five is the fan-favorite Persona 4 Official Design Works! This awesome book collects all of Shigenori Soejima’s original art and designs as well as behind-the-scenes material from Atlus’ mega-popular game! A must-have for any fan of Shegenori Soejima, video game design or contemporary Japanese art! (preview)
Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only GAINAX can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a nonstop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the dynamic imagery of this landmark series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more! This stellar book features a ton of double-page spreads, merchandise artwork, and other rare artwork created for the anime and supporting products.
Click here to check out a 10-page preview!
$39.99, 136 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-07-2
More than just a standard art book, The Eyes of Bayonetta is an awesome collection of artwork, designs, and commentary that comes with 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! (preview)
Everybody loves a great monster, which must be why Monster Hunter Illustrations has managed to move up yet another spot on the UDON bestseller list! UDON reprinted the original, sold-out Monster Hunter Illustrations book to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 and fan support for this reprint has been phenomenal. Snag your copy before it sells out again! (preview)
#9. Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 – Hatsune Miku Edition
The original Vocaloid herself is back on the bestseller report this week, with a fresh surge of fan support for Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 – Hatsune Miku Edition! Maybe the recent announcement of the Miku Expo events in Los Angeles and New York has fans in those two cities getting excited to see their idol in concert? This collection features over 150 illustrations with themes from high fashion to everyday activities, pin-up style pieces, musical performances, and more!
#10. Persona 4 Arena Official Design Works
Back on the list once again is 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)
#11. Mega Man Megamix Volume 1
Landing on the UDON bestseller report for the very first time this week is Mega Man Megamix Volume 1! Witness the origin of Mega Man and his first battles with Dr. Wily and the evil the Robot Masters. Dr. Light, Roll, Proto Man, Rush, and many more Mega Man favorites also put in appearances! Also included in this volume are character profiles, sketches and creator interviews.
For years, Fate fans have been asking us to translate some of the Japanese-language material available for the franchise. We’re thrilled to see all the resulting fan support for our first book in this initiative, Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material!
The Fate franchise has grown from a popular visual novel into multiple anime and manga series, video games, and more. Fate/Complete Material Vol. 1 is the first in an art book series and collects the in-game artwork from the original “Fate/stay night” visual novel, plus key visuals and promotional artwork. It includes a wealth of cutscene illustrations, pin-ups, and rare promotional and advertising artwork.
$39.99, 240 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″,
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