Neon Genesis Evangelion TV animation art book coming to new book shelves soon.

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News from a recent release for Evangelion fans (myself included)…

Udon Entertainment recently announced a soon to be released hardcover release of Neon Genesis Evangelion TV animation Production Art Collection. Credited with revitalizing the anime industry, Neon Genesis Evangelion infused the genre with incredible depth and emotion, telling the story of a world on the brink of destruction and the teenagers that are tasked with saving mankind.

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The Neon Genesis Evangelion TV animation Production Art Collection collects the making of one of anime’s most influential series in the ultimate compendium of behind the scenes and archival design sketches for the 1995 television series, as well as the 1997 theatrical release. Draft artwork of characters, mecha, weapons, vehicles, as well as interior and exterior locations, are supported by the original artists’ detailed design notes. The Neon Genesis Evangelion television series revolutionized anime with its groundbreaking animation, sophisticated storytelling, and dynamic mecha designs. This massive 432-page tome is a must-have for any fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, animation production, and character design.

The Neon Genesis Evangelion TV animation Production Art Collection will be released in March 2019, with 432 pg, on an 11.75 x 8.25” hardcover, at a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD. Check your local comic store or retail book store for availability.

Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and His Sons, artbook set for 2019


UDON Entertainment announced its new release its new hardcover English edition of the critically acclaimed Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and His Sons  set for early 2019.

Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and His Sons is the collective creative work of a family passionate about artwork, where animator Thomas Romain adapts the drawings of his two young sons into beautiful watercolor illustrations. Thomas Romain, an artist and animator whose credits include Bodacious Space Pirates, Macross Delta, Space Dandy, and Phoenix Wright spin-off Dai Gyakuten Saiban, discovered that sons Itsuki, age 9, and Ryunosuke, age 10, were following in his footsteps by creating original characters and the worlds they inhabited. A drawing by Ryunosuke provided the spark of collaboration. From there, father and sons began creating characters that showcased their love of adventure, robots, monsters and machines.

Family Traits features dozens of original character designs, creative commentary from both father and sons, rough concepts, bonus illustrations, and more!

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“I hope that – beyond the newbie and professional artists, beyond the fans of pop-culture and art lovers – this book will simply succeed in gathering around it parents and children,” Romain says. “Devour these few pages with great appetite, let yourselves be drawn in by its playful side – compare the images, choose your favorite characters, amuse yourselves by imagining other scenes, let your imagination run wild!”

Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and His Sons is set for release on February 26, 2019. Ask for it your local comic store or retail bookstore. For more info, visit UDON at

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New Comic Series Preview: RandomVeus: ODC #1

The UDON comic book publishers will release this January, RandomVeus: ODC, a five-issue new and original comic series from artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz (Street Fighter II Turbo, Overwatch), and written by Leonard Bermingham. Chamba, an UDON MVP and respected artist who worked with everyone from Marvel and Disney to DC and Capcom, brings his infectious energy and imagination to the RandomVeus Veuniverse.

One Dimensional Couriers (ODC), an interdimensional delivery service, must convey packages to every bizarre corner of the Veuniverse. Join bouffant-sporting Raimundo and his spunky sidekicks as they drive their demon-fueled convertible through flaming apes, ravenous sand-sharks, killer robot assassins and more!

RandomVeus: ODC #1 will different covers by Chamba and Adam Warren (Empowered, Gen13, Dirty Pair). All will be available on sale this January 2019. For more on Udon, follow them on Twitter at @UdonEnt.

Meanwhile, here is a 3-page preview and variant covers…


Udon brings video game fantasy to manga shelves with ‘Dragon’s Crown’

Udon Entertainment recently announced its upcoming new video game based manga, Dragon’s Crown; with an invitation for new readers to “join an epic journey through catacombs, castles, and labyrinths.”

An adventure is now set for “The Fighter, the Sorceress, the Elf, the Wizard, the Amazon, and the Dwarf! These six heroes have come together to a quest for riches, for glory, and for the honor of the kingdom of Hydeland! (Though really, it’s mostly for the riches…)!”

Dragon’s Crown is adapted and drawn by artist Yuztan (Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid), the Dragon’s Crown manga captures all the hard-hitting action, sexiness and silliness of the beat-em-up RPG. Created by George Kamitani and Vanillaware, the game is known for its gorgeous artwork and designs, and the manga certainly lives up to that visual legacy.

Dragon’s Crown: Volume 1 arrives in stores everywhere October 2017. A second and final volume of the series will follow in 2018.

New DAIGO THE BEAST manga immortalizes pro-gaming legend

Japanese pro-gamer Daigo Umehara is a real-life an arcade fighting game player and holds a Guinness World Record as the most successful competitor in major tournaments for his Street Fighter fighting game skills. Daigo is regarded as Japan’s first pro gamer, among many players battling their way through Japanese arcades during the golden age of fighting games.

Now, UDON Entertainment will release the English version of Daigo The Beast, a manga centering on the legend of Daigo Umehara and his world of pro-gaming competition.

Daigo Umehara is best known for his aggressive play and nearly psychic ability to predict and counter his opponent’s next move. This power not only paralyzes world-class opponents but has also led to many unforgettable comebacks from the brink of defeat. His many victories and bloodthirsty style have earned him the nickname “The Beast.”

The Daigo the Beast manga explores the real-life events that built the fighting game community, and the strategies and play styles developed by Daigo and his fellow gamers. In Volume 1, Shinya Ohnuki, a gamer with prodigious talent, is drawn into the wild and wonderful world of fighting games after a chance meeting with Daigo. As they face off in iconic games like Street Fighter IIStreet Fighter Alpha, and Darkstalkers, an enduring rivalry between Daigo and “Nuki” is born!

UDON will be premiering the book at EVO 2017 (Jul 14-16) the world’s largest fighting game event held in Las Vegas, NV. Those attending the event can head over to the UDON/NSURGO booth to be the first to purchase and read Daigo the Beast.

Daigo the Beast: Volume 1 arrives in stores everywhere, December 2017.

SHOVEL KNIGHT: OFFICIAL DESIGN WORKS, an upcoming artbook, fans will dig

Udon Entertainment recently announced its release of Shovel Knight: Official Design Works, a treasure trove book full of behind-the-scenes art and in-depth development info.

The Shovel Knight franchise continues to dig into the hearts of fans worldwide since 2014, with over 1.5 million copies sold.

Now with developer Yacht Club Games, Udon presents Shovel Knight: Official Design Works as the definitive Shovel Knight art book for its biggest fans. Within, you will find character art, developer commentary, rough illustrations and concept art, background development images, comprehensive sprite sheets, full-page promotional illustrations, and more – including an exclusive interview with the game’s development team! Also included, is material dug up from Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, the game’s first major downloadable content expansion.

“After more than a year of work, it’s finally complete! We here at Yacht Club Games are proud and delighted to realize one of our dreams – a Shovel Knight art book produced by UDON!” said Yacht Club Games. “We genuinely hope you enjoy the never-before-seen concepts and anecdotes detailed within!”

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Shovel Knight: Official Design Works will be available for purchase in August 2017. Ask for it at better comic book stores, book retailers, and various online retailers.