4K Media, UDON to Publish Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Art Books

June 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Dark Magician card art and Yu-Gi-Oh! logo

Today, 4K Media (Konami) and UDON Entertainment announced at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas that they have inked a deal to publish a series of art books based on over 7,000 Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card images that appear in the game. The books will be available in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and collectors will appreciate the detailed imagery and drawings from the actual Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game in the beautifully constructed art books published by UDON,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, in a release. “Not only is this a wonderful way to admire the beautiful artwork and unique monsters that comprise the card game, but it will also serve to inspire fans and collectors to maintain and build their personal Yu-Gi-Oh! card collections.”

“We are overjoyed to share our passion for Yu-Gi-Oh!’s inspirational artwork and designs as featured on the hundreds of trading cards published to date,” added UDON Editor in Chief Erik Ko. “These art books are a stunningly detailed reference for collectors, and also provide fans with an exquisite compilation of the cards and characters they may aspire to own. More than anything, they are a tribute to the popularity, reach and longevity of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.”

UDON Entertainment previously published Duel Art: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! illustrations, a collection of Yu-Gi-Oh! artwork by Kazuki Takahashi. In a 2015 interview, Ko hinted at the prospect of publishing more Yu-Gi-Oh! books, depending on the popularity of Duel Art.

“UDON is looking at Duel Art as our first official Yu-Gi-Oh! project, with the possibility to do more books in the future if this book is deemed successful,” said Ko in the interview.

Many Yu-Gi-Oh! card images already appear on YUGIOH.com looking better than they ever did in the anime and card game. But with these books, fans and duelists will now have the gorgeous artwork in their hands to admire and treasure as part of their collections.

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