Makeshift Miracle in May

Press release below about the print collection from Udon about the great webcomic, Makeshift Miracle. Good stuff.

MAKESHIFT MIRACLE BOOK 1: THE GIRL FROM NOWHERE 

Written by Jim (Skullkickers) Zub, Illustrated by Shun Hong Chan

in stores May 2012 from UDON and Diamond Distribution

MAKESHIFT MIRACLE is the hit comic from UDON Entertainment and creators Jim Zub and Shun Hong Chan! The first eagerly-anticipated collection arrives in May as a beautiful high quality hardcover graphic novel with a durable library-quality binding, perfect for teen readers and manga fans alike!

Makeshift Miracle is a new publishing initiative for UDON, best known for their licensed comics, manga, and art books. A completely original story, Makeshift Miracle has been serialized online at www.makeshiftmiracle.com to an audience of more than 30,000 visitors since its launch! A steadily growing audience of fans of the work are building up intense interest for this title’s print release, with a built-in fanbase on the launch day!

“The online serialization has been a great way for us to get in touch with new readers and engage a wider audience before the book arrives,” says Erik Ko, head of UDON. “Readers, reviewers and librarians have had a chance to read a bit more of the story each week and see the beautiful art and story Hong and Jim have put together.”

Makeshift Miracle’s fable-like coming of age story focuses on Colby Reynolds, a disaffected teen left on his own for the first time. After an unusual, carefree girl named Iris comes literally crashing into his life, he discovers that she has strange powers and brings magic and menace in her wake! To protect her, Colby must avoid a enter a realm of dream and imagination, where nothing – not even his own sense of self – is what it first appears to be.

“The web-sized images we’ve posted online are great, but they don’t hold a candle to the lush new hardcover graphic novel edition,” says author Jim Zub. “Shun’s incredible atmospheric watercolors have to be seen up close to be believed, and we’ve filled out the hardcover with a dozen pages of new art and background sketches, and even a sneak-peak at volume 2! It’s going to be an amazing package.”

Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From Nowhere will premiere at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival May 5-6 (www.torontocomics.com) before finding wide-release across North America on May 8th from finer comic shops and bookstores. To find a comic shop in your area, visit http://comicshoplocator.com/.

Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From Nowhere

ISBN: 1926778472

ISBN-13: 978-1926778471
Diamond Comics Distribution Order Code: FEB121167

Fantasy/Adventure
Ages: 14+, Young Adult
graphic novel
128 pages, full color, hardcover
5.75″ x 8.25″
$19.99 SRP

 

Udon Sale

Udon, publishers of video game comics such as Street Fighter, have a sale on now for the next 2 days. Check it out right here.

Udon Stuff

I got my copy of Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz’s wild OGN Randomveus today. It looks awesome.

 

RandomVeus Vol.1, UDON’s first original graphic novel, is now available in comic stores everywhere! RandomVeus features the wacky adventures of an interdimensional courier team who can’t help but find trouble on every delivery! RandomVeus is published in oversized (8.25×11.25″), hardcover format for your optimum reading pleasure!

Cruz’s former Street Fighter collaborator (and Skullkickers writer) Jim Zubkavich has also just launched his serialised Makeshift Miracle online. This is from Udon’s site:

Makeshift Miracle is the story of a young boy named Colby Reynolds who finds a place where dreams can come true, if he’s willing to pay the price.

“It’s a surreal coming of age story. Sandman by way of Stand By Me” says writer Jim Zub.

Makeshift Miracle was one of the first long form graphic novels ever published online, from September 2001 through to March 2003. Bringing it back with a deeper story and lush new artwork has been in the works since late 2010.

“It’s been ten years since I originally started Makeshift and I’ve learned so much about storytelling, pacing and dialogue since then. The chance to expand the story and delve deeper into ideas about dreams and desires – I can’t wait for a new generation of readers to dive in, no matter where they live.”

Comic and manga fans can enjoy the story online for free, with two new pages being posted up each week, at www.makeshiftmiracle.com. A deluxe printed graphic novel version will be published in 2012 by UDON Comics.

It also looks awesome.

Sticking with the Udon creators theme, Zubkavich is also behind the new Mafia Wars 2 webcomic, based on the Facebook game. You must “like” the game on Facebook before you can read the comic though. I don’t know why people would play games on Facebook, though I suppose if you don’t have any console, it’s a cheap alternative, though, but nothing beats the PS3 or Xbox 360 for hardcore gaming.

Street Fighter Ultimate Editions

From publisher Udon are two updated TPBs of Street Fighter comics, with a heap of new extras. Udon’s work is always visually dazzling and accessible, and of course, any SF fans will find them irresistible. From Udon’s blog, here are the details.

STREET FIGHTER: THE ULTIMATE EDITION

– collects Street Fighter #0-14, including all backup stories & covers.

– plus bonus stories from Newtype Magazine and the Capcom Summer Special, and “Cheap Shots” comedy strips.

– this new printing features a new Dark Ryu cover!

– featuring the art of Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Long Vo, and Omar Dogan!

– guest stories by Joe Madureira, Adam Warren, Hyung-Tae Kim, and more!

 

 

 

STREET FIGHTER II: THE ULTIMATE EDITION

– collects Street Fighter II #0-6, including all backup stories & covers, and comedy strips.

– collects the main story from Street Fighter II Turbo #1-12, plus the Turbo prelude story from Street Fighter Remix #0

– featuring the art of Alvin Lee and  Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz!

– guest stories by Skottie Young, Arnold Tsang, Chris Stevens, and more!

 

 

 

 

Ibuki TPB Out Now

From writer Jim Zubkavich and artist Omar Dogan comes the collection of the 4 ish mini-series focused on the character Ibuki (and others) from the Street Fighter franchise. It’d be a great Christmas present to comic newbies, or those who want something accessible, light hearted and simply fun. I read all 4 issues when they came out and apart from looking gorgeous it zips along at a great pace. Zubkavich is the writer of the hit Image series Skullkickers, and while it took me 2 issues to warm up to that great series, fans of that book will love Ibuki too.

All Ibuki wants is a normal Japanese high school experience, but her secret ninja life follows her everywhere she goes! With deadly ninja assassins, a crazy karate girl named Makoto, and the mysterious hermit Oro all on her case, she’ll be lucky if she even makes it to lunch hour in one piece! Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki is one part ninja action, one part high school antics, and 100% non-stop excitement! Collects Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1-4, plus other related bonus stories.

On a related Street Fighter note, I just ran across this great fan made SF film featuring Ken and Ryu. Definitely worth watching.

Your Art in Mega Man Tribute Book

Udon have released a few great tribute books recently, dedicated to different artistic interpretations of classic video game characters such as those from Street Fighter and Darkstalkers and now it’s Mega Man’s turn, and your trun to get your own artwork featured in its pages. Check out all the official details below.

UDON is sending out a call to comic artists, video game artists, freelance illustrators, and fan artists all around the world to show us your artistic tribute to Mega Man! Give us your best artwork featuring the cast of Mega Man®Mega Man® XMega Man® Zero, Mega Man® ZX, and Mega Man® Legends. All styles are welcome – anime, western comic style, cartoon, pixel-based, sculptures – whatever you can come up with as your tribute to the blue bomber!

The best pieces submitted will be included in Mega Man Tribute, which will premiere as a special 300-page limited-edition hardcover book at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.  UDON’s past tribute books have had a huge artist turnout, with Street Fighter™ Tribute andDarkstalkers™ Tribute each receiving thousands of entries. As one of the most beloved characters in video game history, and with hundreds of characters to work with from across the Mega Man franchise, Mega Man Tribute is poised to be UDON’s most diverse and exciting art book yet!

Help make Capcom® history as part of the Mega Man Tribute art book and have your artwork showcased alongside top names in the industry! It’s time to show UDON and Capcom your unique vision of Mega Man!

For full contest rules and to submit your artwork head to: www.MegaManTribute.com

New Marvel vs Capcom 3 Promos

From the fine artists at Udon, comes these two nifty looking pieces of art to promote the upcoming Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds game. The newer one at the top is from Alvin Lee and Saejin Oh, and the one underneath it is from Joe Ng and Espen Grundetjern. Both are, obviously awesome.