Are you ready for this week’s UDON Bestseller Report?!? The week of June 10th sees two older titles return to the top-selling ranks on a wave of continued fan support, while the newest releases battle for higher rankings. How did it all shake out? Keep reading to find out!
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
Once again, 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)
Holding steady at #2 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″,
For years, Fate/Complete 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″,
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
Back on the charts after a brief absence, Mega Man Gigamix Vol. 1 is 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)
Moving down a spot to sixth place is this fabulous collection from Japanese artist Ni0 (pronounced “Nishi”)! Ni0 is famous for his exotic imagery and alluring character designs, and this book makes it clear that his fame is more than well-deserved! Included in this special hardcover volume are magazine covers, promotional artwork, and rare pin-ups from his best-known works, including Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls, Queen’s Gate, works for Nitro+, and more! This selection of saucy and scintillating artwork is a must-have for anyone who appreciates both skilled illustration and beautiful ladies.
Suggested for mature readers.
Click here to check out an 11-page preview!
$44.99, 176 pages, hardcover, 9″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-03-4
Monster Hunter Illustrations 2 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!
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. If you’ve appreciated the beautiful designs of Rage of Bahamut in the game – or if you simply enjoy top-tier fantasy artwork – this is a collection that definitely belongs on your shelf! (preview)
$39.99, 144 pages, Softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-06-5
SoulCalibur: New Legends of Project Soul makes another strong showing this week, ranking at #9 on our bestseller report! 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. One of the most detailed art books UDON has ever released, this collection is packed with series lore and features character designs, rough concepts, storyboards, creator commentary, character relationship charts, exclusive interviews, and more!
Click here for a 14-page preview!
$39.99, 192 pages, softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-95-2
Moving up two spots in the chart is 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! (preview)
Everybody loves a great monster, which must be why Monster Hunter Illustrations keeps making its way back onto 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)
Another fan favorite that’s back on the list after a one-week absence is Okami Official Complete Works! If you haven’t checked out Okami Official Complete Works yet, you really need to see what you’re missing! There’s a reason this collection is one of the top-selling books in UDON’s publishing history – it is totally gorgeous. Based on traditional Japanese brush painting, Okami’s visual style has become a fan favorite. This gorgeous book shows off all of the artwork for the original game!
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