This week’s Bestseller report makes it clear that everyone’s got Back-to-School on the brain! Manga gets a big boost across the board, with both classic stories to help with studies and video game adaptions to let fans relax from all that hard work!
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!
Reclaiming the top spot just in time to help all those students with the biggest book on their required reading list is Manga Classics: Les Miserables, an original production of UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing! The Manga Classics line features classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions.
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!
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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
In second place is the other launch title from our Manga Classics line, Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice! The stunning shojo-styled illustrations and historically-accurate setting bring Austen’s classic tale to life for a new generation of readers – and give teachers something to recommend other than the BBC miniseries
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.
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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
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
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. A must-have for serious fans ready to commit to their Street Fighter studies!
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
What better way to relax from the first week of classes than by catching up on the adventures of 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!
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.
Proceeds from the sale of SUBSTRATA will be donated to Gamers For Good, http://www.gamersforgood.com!
Check out a 25-page preview here!
Hyperdimension Neptunia + MK2 Artworks introduces the amazing realm of Gameindustri, a parallel world of goddesses, humans, and monsters, all engaged in an epic battle known as the Console War! Collected in this volume is the illustration work behind both the original Hyperdimension Neptunia and the sequel game, Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2. Inside you’ll find character designs, profiles, rough sketches, rare promotional art, creator interviews, and more!
Check out a 16-page preview here!
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!
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Another perfect choice for back-to-school, Disgaea 3: School of Devils Volume 1 is set in the Netherworld school known as Evil Academy, where students learn to be proper demons! (Sure sounds more fun than calculus, huh?) Truancy, poor hygiene, and unfinished homework are what’s needed to make the honor roll at this sinister school. But there is one diminutive demon not content with being the “worst” kid in school… The mischievous Mao has his sights set on superseding his own father and becoming the new overlord of the Netherworld!
Collecting the artwork of official Vocaloid character illustrator, KEI! Mikucolor: KEI’s Hatsune Miku Illustration Works collects KEI’s dazzling illustrations of your favorite Vocaloids like Luka, Rin & Len, and of course the supreme musical idol herself – Hatsune Miku! Included are magazine & book illustrations, DVD covers, rare pinups, exclusive new artwork, and much more! In keeping with UDON’s Miku releases to date, the UDON Entertainment release of Mikucolor is fully translated into English, and features a beautiful new prism cover treatment that adds even more sparkle to KEI’s beautiful exclusive cover illustration!
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Monster Hunter Illustrations features an amazing collection of artwork and designs from the popular Monster Hunter video game series! 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!
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
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