Oni Press is collaborating with Sanrio for a series of comics based on the latter's popular character Gudetama.
The first comic in the series, titled Gudetama: Love for the Lazy, will be helmed by Wook-Jin Clark, who will both write and illustrate the series. This particular story will focus on "advice for young adults (and those young at heart!) on everything from setting up an online dating profile to selecting that perfect first date outfit, and of course all that falls in-between!" Future volumes will focus on various other aspects "of modern daily life." The publisher's press release teases there will be "at least 3 volumes a year" released.
First appearing in 2014, Gudetama was created by Nagashima Emi. The character's name can be translated as "lazy egg." Wook-Jin Clark has worked on such comics as The Not-So Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy and Megagogo.
“Gudetama is EVERYWHERE!” Oni Press Editor in Chief Sarah Gaydos said in a press release for the comic. “We’re totally egg-cited to bring him to the world of comics, and creator Wook-Jin Clark is the perfect collaborator. Gudetama is irreverent, relatable, and lovable, and I can’t wait for everyone to see how Wook-Jin brings those qualities to life in the comics medium.”
“I’m so pumped to be a part of this project! I still can’t get over that I get to create stories for this amazing character.” Wook-Jin Clark said, adding that he loved Gudetama "at first sight."
Gudetama: Love for the Lazy will release around Valentine's Day in 2020. The volume will run 48-pages and cost $9.99.