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 Busts.
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