As the spooky winds of late October swirl across the land, what could be better for keeping the spirits at bay than curling up with a mug of something warm and a great art book? Check out what your fellow art lovers have been snapping up this week from the extensive UDON catalog!
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. UDON’S Art of Capcom: Complete Edition
Holding strong in the top position is UDON’s biggest book of ALL time is now available! Say hello to the 600+ page UDON’S ART OF CAPCOM: COMPLETE EDITION! This massive hardcover collects all of the artwork from UDON’s Art of Capcom 1 & 2, with over 100 pages of new illustrations! Featuring the worlds of Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and a selection of other CAPCOM properties including Mega Man, Strider, Marvel Vs. Capcom and more, this is a book no UDON fan, no CAPCOM fan, and no video game fan should be without! Preview here!
$79.99, 600+ pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1927925232
The classic Breath of Fire series stands out as Capcom’s most acclaimed foray into the fantasy RPG genre. Now, gamers can revisit the many worlds and characters of this beloved franchise through it’s wonderful characters and visuals. Breath of Fire: Official Complete Works collects the artwork of all five games in the the series, including character designs, rough sketches, game covers, pinups, character profiles, creator commentary, and more! This edition will be printed at UDON’s standard art-book size, significantly larger than the previous Japanese edition. 12-page preview here!!
$39.99, 192 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-20-1
In third place for yet another week is Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice! Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King. The Manga Classics line features classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions.
Check out a preview here!
Hardcover: $24.99, 376 pages, Hardcover, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-17-1
Softcover: $19.99, 376 pages, Softcover, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-18-8
Holding steady at #4 on this week’s bestseller report is Manga Classics: Les Miserables, an original production of UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing! Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!
Check out a preview here!
Hardcover: $24.99, 336 pages, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-15-7
Softcover: $19.99, 336 pages, 5.75″ X 8.25″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-16-4
Moving up the charts to round out our Top Five is the brand-new reprint of 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! Okami Official Complete Works has long been one of UDON’s most popular art books; if you haven’t checked it out already, you owe it to your artbook collection to find out what all the fan love is about!
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! 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!
$39.99, 128 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-89-1
Blending action and survival horror, Resident Evil 6 is one of the most visually stunning entries yet for the long-running series. Resident Evil 6 Artworks collects the imagery and artwork behind this dark thriller, and is chock-full of amazing and gruesome artwork, gorgeous character designs, and much more! Included are character profiles, bonus costume illustrations, 3D models, weapon designs, creature designs, rough concepts, and extensive character commentary on the art direction of the game throughout. Fans of our recent horror-themed books like DMC: Devil May Cry and Dark Souls Design Works will enjoy the great monster and zombie designs! 14-page preview here!
$44.99, 272 pages, Hardcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-21-8
The perfect collection for art, design and animation students who are getting ready to tackle character and layout design classes this semester! 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.
If you’ve been hesitating on adding Substrata: Open World Dark Fantasy to your collection, how about a little feel-good incentive to sweeten the deal? Proceeds from the sale of SUBSTRATA will be donated to Gamers For Good, http://www.gamersforgood.com!
Check out a 25-page preview here!
The king of fighting games gets the ultimate art book with SF25: The Art of Street Fighter, collecting over 25 years of Street Fighter artwork! This 448-page behemoth of a book collects pin-ups, character designs, crossover artwork, rare concept art, and more.
SF25 features over 100-pages of new material, including tribute art from top Japanese artists, never-before-collected sketches and game art, and all-new interviews with the people who created the legend that is Street Fighter!
$59.99, 448 pages, Softcover, 8.25″ x 11.75″, ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-19-5
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! 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, Persona 4‘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 the background and secondary characters, the creation process, and the game’s setting. To top it all off, this amazing collection ends with a massive 9,000-word interview that details the entire game’s creation from start to finish!
$39.99, 192 pages, 8.25″ x 11.75″, Diamond: FEB121165, ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-45-7
Back on the charts after a brief absence is 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)
With her amazing North American television debut on Late Night With David Letterman, Hatsune Miku is gaining a whole new range of international fans – and UDON’s art books featuring Miku and her fellow Vocaloids are the perfect place to find out more about this amazing virtual idol! Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 2 contains tribute artwork from well-known and upcoming Japanese artists, plus comic strips, album covers, and more! All this, plus three exciting manga short stories featuring Miku and friends.
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