While rumored for a couple of weeks now, today Devil's Due made it official when they announced that Udon Entertainment would be moving their "Street Fighter" comic from Image Comics to Devil's Due. Udon follows the Dabel Brothers in moving their property from Image to Devil's Due. This past weekend at Wizard World Texas, Josh Blaylock announced that the publisher would be taking over this series with issue seven in April and in March they'll release a trade paperback collecting the first six issues, originally published through Image.
The full text of the Devil's Due press release can be found below.
Official Press Release
Beginning March 2004, Udon Entertainment will collaborate with newly
minted publishing powerhouse Devil's Due Publishing, Inc. The first
project launched in this new and exciting relationship will be the
Street fighter Trade Paperback, and a related poster and limited edition
As most comic aficionados know, Devil's Due Publishing has taken the
essential steps to become an autonomous and self-managing publisher as
of January 2004. Devil's Due is a licensee, a creative art house and now
publisher, producing monthly titles such as various G.I. Joe series,
Voltron, Micronauts, Kore, Misplaced, and more. Devil's Due is also
assisting the production of Dragon Lance, the much-anticipated project
by the Dabel Brothers (formerly Roaring Studios). Josh Blaylock,
president of Devil's Due is enthusiastic about the partnership saying,
"Devil's Due has recently started a fresh chapter in its history, and we
are happy to bring these likeminded partners along for the ride. We are
confident in our future, having worked hard with limited support. As a
new publisher, we are just happy that a company like Udon would trust us
with their projects, and we'll do everything possible to make this
relationship a positive one".
Udon Entertainment is an art collective responsible for the
revitalization of Street fighter, the comic book. Eric Ko, president of
Udon, has overseen projects such as Sentinel, Battle of the Planets and
Robotech comments, "Partnering and publishing with a company that
understands where I'm coming from is important. Many companies travel in
parallel trajectories and it is nice to have our company's needs
understood. Our fans, especially those that follow the Street Fighter
series, have many high expectations. I expect great things from this
relationship with Devil's Due."
Products and merchandise may be purchased at www.devilsdue.net or ask
for them at your local comic book retailer.
Udon Entertainment can be found at www.udoncomics.com