4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2017 Sweepstakes

August 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media is back this month with another giveaway! The Yu-Gi-Oh! August Sweepstakes kicked off today, offering the chance to win a prize pack containing the following goodies:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of The Cards art book published by UDON Entertainment.
  • Two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2017 Mega-Tins — one featuring Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi, and one featuring Seto Kaiba. These will hit store shelves next Friday.

Entries are open from now through August 24. As usual, this sweepstakes is open to anyone living in the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., who is age 6 or older. Check the official rules for more details.

UDON Previews Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Book

March 30, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Front cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment

Hot off the press, UDON Entertainment has received its first copies of its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards art book and is offering fans an early look inside. The publisher shared a few different photos of the cover and gorgeous artwork on Facebook and Twitter.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards collects over 800 pieces of card artwork that appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters anime. The cards are organized alphabetically and include their English and Japanese names along with the characters who played each card.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon spread from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl artwork in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Matt Moylan, director of publishing at UDON, tweeted his own photos of the book and also offered a few comments.

The pictures are “as big as much of the art could handle being upsized,” explained Moylan. “[E]ach piece is approximately twice the total area of the artwork on a card.” The book is expected to be in stock at Amazon approximately May 3, “give or take a week.”

Example pages featuring various card artwork in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Want to see the artwork from other Yu-Gi-Oh! series collected into their own lovely hardcover books too? Support this release and it could happen!

All depends on how good this first book of cards does,” said Moylan.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards is available for pre-order for $39.99 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. You can also order it from your local brick and mortar bookstore.

UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced

Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Harpie Lady, Jinzo, and Magician of Black Chaos in the key art bonus gallery in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Back cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment

UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced

July 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards logo
Punny yet classy

At its San Diego Comic Con panel today, UDON Entertainment teased additional details about its upcoming new Yu-Gi-Oh! art book endeavor, which will collect high-quality illustrations from the pool of over 7,000 trading card images in the game.

The first book will be titled Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards and will include more than 800 pieces of card artwork from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime as well as from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters storyline. The company touts the book as “an easy-to-read, A-to-Z listing showcasing all your favorite card art from ‘Agido’ to ‘Zombie Warrior’ and everything in between.”

UDON did not offer a specific release date for the book, but has previously noted that sales will begin in the fourth quarter of this year in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art Interview with UDON Editor in Chief Erik Ko

September 22, 2015 at 9:00 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Duel Art English title page

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art — or more formally, DUEL ART: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! illustrations — is a collection of gorgeous full-color artwork, line art, and concept sketches straight from the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! himself. The hardcover book includes images of characters and monsters from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series. Takahashi also offers a step-by-step walkthrough of his creative design process and sits down for an exclusive interview where he reveals his influences, methods, and development as an artist.

Duel Art was originally published in Japan by Shueisha under its V Jump Special Book line in 2011. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, North American publisher and art collective UDON Entertainment revealed that it had acquired the rights to publish an English-language version. One year later at SDCC 2015, a small number of copies of the book were sold before it was finally officially released to the masses last week.

In a special interview, Erik Ko, the Editor in Chief of UDON, graciously provides some insight into the licensing and production of Duel Art and what makes the book a must-have for all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

News that UDON would be releasing Duel Art came as a surprise to some Yu-Gi-Oh! fans because the book was originally published in Japan way back in December 2011. What led UDON to decide to release Duel Art?

Erik Ko: The answer is actually very simple — a lot of us here at UDON are really big fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! And we admire Takahashi-sensei’s artwork a lot! So, when the opportunity to work on the English version of Duel Art came about, we (without any hesitation) were very excited to start working on publishing Duel Art for the U.S. market.

In the West, rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! property are owned by a few different companies. For example, VIZ Media handles the manga, 4K Media handles the anime and merchandising, and Konami Digital Entertainment handles the card game and video games. Did UDON work with any of these companies to bring over Duel Art, or did you approach Shueisha directly?

EK: UDON has very friendly relations with all these companies, and after a few meetings, UDON secured the deal to publish the Yu-Gi-Oh! book. Also, we would like to take this opportunity to send a big “thank you” to all those involved who helped us facilitate this deal!

Did UDON encounter any unexpected challenges while working on Duel Art? Are you able to comment on why the book was delayed from its original May 2015 release date?

EK: First and foremost, UDON has been known to put the reproduction quality of our books as our top priority. The Duel Art art book was no exception to this priority. To ensure that our English edition was highly compatible to the superb Japanese original by Shueisha, we worked very hard and took our time with the printers and the editors at Shueisha to cross check the print proofs and compared them to the original Japanese version. Upon seeing the colorful results in Duel Art, we felt it was worth the extended wait!

What was the best part about working on Duel Art? Do any of Takahashi’s pieces stand out as a favorite for you?

EK: The best part was of course being able to admire Takahashi-sensei’s art up close! Each piece has so much detail. Fun fact: Did you know, in order to truly reproduce Takahashi-sensei’s original colors, a special fifth ink was used in the book to enhance the vibrancy of his art!

Back in 2013, UDON announced a deal with comiXology to bring many of your books to the digital realm. Do you have any plans to distribute Duel Art digitally?

EK: The comiXology deal was geared mainly for our Street Fighter comics, and for some of our select manga titles. While the digital market is growing for us, we believe art books are best served in physical book format so that fans and art book collectors can actually experience every page and admire the amazing artwork up close. We feel it just isn’t the same seeing pixels of artwork on a screen!

I agree with that sentiment. Do you have any further thoughts or tidbits about Duel Art that you would like to share with Yu-Gi-Oh! fans?

EK: As I mentioned previously, all of us at UDON are huge fans of Yu-Gi-Oh!. 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. We have spent a lot of love and effort in producing this book, and hope Duel Art will get the fan support it deserves! So, I hope if you are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan reading this, please help spread the word that the official English edition of Duel Art is now available!!

Thank you again for your insight. And on behalf of English-speaking Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, thank you for releasing such an awesome product.

EK: Thank you again for your support!!

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Check out UDON’s website for an overview of Duel Art and a preview of some of the fantastic artwork between its covers.

UDON is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and DeviantArt.

[SDCC 2015] Duel Art Targeted for August 2015 Release

July 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Photo of Duel Art Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations English art book cover

At its San Diego Comic Con 2015 panel on Saturday, UDON Entertainment announced that it is expecting to release Kazuki Takahashi’s Duel Art Yu-Gi-Oh! art book this August. For those who have been following the roller coaster ride that has been Duel Art‘s scheduled release date, this news will hopefully bring some much needed relief.

As previously reported, UDON did end up providing a limited number of Duel Art books for sale at SDCC. As it turns out, the decision to offer the book at SDCC came very suddenly, so it is not unusual that some of UDON’s staff weren’t in the loop about the status of the book, which led to incorrect information being conveyed on Twitter about the book’s non-availability at SDCC.

As explained by numerous UDON staff over the last few days, it is true that Duel Art was not initially scheduled to be available at SDCC. However, Kazuki Takahashi was a guest at the convention and had expressed interest in stopping by UDON’s booth to take a look at the book display. Duel Art was not even intended to be printed yet, but UDON “forced production” of the book and had them rushed overnight by FedEx. Only one case (approximately 20 books) was printed, and the books would only be available on Saturday. Still, not all of the books could be sold immediately; some needed to first be reserved for display at the booth for Takahashi to see.

Ultimately, Takahashi was too busy to stop by UDON’s booth, but a few copies of Duel Art were still placed on display at his autograph signing table on Saturday afternoon. And a few lucky fans were able to buy copies at UDON’s booth as well. ;)

More coverage of Yu-Gi-Oh!-related news at SDCC 2015 is forthcoming, including further details about Kazuki Takahashi’s Saturday panel.

Duel Art Update: Limited Number to be Sold Early at SDCC 2015

Duel Art Update: Limited Number to be Sold Early at SDCC 2015

June 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi preparing to duel Noah in episode 119

While there is still not yet an exact release date for Kazuki Takahashi’s Duel Art Yu-Gi-Oh! book, publisher UDON Entertainment today confirmed that a small number of books will be available for sale early at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, where Takahashi has been invited as a special guest.

“The Duel Art book is scheduled to be released this summer with a limited number which will be sold early at SDCC 2015,” said an UDON rep.

UDON also confirmed that the January 2016 release date currently making the rounds is incorrect. The misinformation appears to have originated from Amazon’s Duel Art product listing.

“Amazon tends to change release dates in their system which is (a lot of times) out of our control,” explained UDON. “That is not our intended date for the book to be released.”

This certainly isn’t the first time that online retailers have posted incorrect information; Amazon seems to be a routine offender, which is unfortunate as other websites will scrape Amazon’s listings and further disseminate the bad information. Never rely solely on an online retailer’s listing for product details!

“[W]e will communicate with them to get a more realistic date on their site,” UDON added.

Update (June 7): With one day to go before SDCC’s Preview Night, UDON has tweeted that “Duel art is not confirmed for SDCC atm…” Oh no. Well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough what’s available! UDON will also be holding a panel on Saturday afternoon.

UDON Delays Duel Art

UDON Delays Duel Art

April 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yami tearing up after he defeats Yugi's soul in episode 163

Yesterday, UDON Entertainment updated its schedule of upcoming releases, which now has Kazuki Takahashi’s Duel Art book slated for a June release instead of its original May 12 street date.

UDON’s Jenny Myung confirmed in an email that UDON is indeed aiming to release Duel Art in June, but could not comment on why the book is taking slightly longer than originally scheduled. Some retailers, like Amazon, have already adjusted their listings to display a release date different than what UDON has planned.

“Amazon is being cautious and setting the release to July on their end, since we missed our original release month,” Myung clarified.

UDON to Publish Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art Book

UDON to Publish Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art Book

July 27, 2014 at 9:22 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Duel Art Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations Japanese art book cover

On Saturday, UDON Entertainment announced at its San Diego Comic Con panel that it will be publishing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art, a collection of Yu-Gi-Oh! artwork by Kazuki Takahashi. The 127-page art book includes sketches, line art, and full-color illustrations of characters, monsters, and settings from the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series. It also includes commentary from Takahashi about the creation of some of his artwork. The book will be released sometime in 2015.

The original Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art book was released on December 16, 2011 by Shueisha under its V Jump Special Book line. The first printing promptly sold out, leading the publisher to reprint the book for its second run a mere one month later. To celebrate the release of the book, Konami gave away 10,000 copies of the OCG card The Creator God of Light, Horakhty in a lottery. The card has yet to be released anywhere else in the world.

UDON is an art collective and publisher of comics, manga, and art books based in Canada. It is probably most well known for its numerous books of Capcom properties, like Street Fighter and Mega Man.

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