Katamari Webcomic Rolls Into ShiftyLook

Sep 13th 2012

Buttersafe's webcomic duo extraordinaire Alex Culang and Raynato Castro to pen and illustrate brand-new whimsical adventures of the Prince and his friends!

TOKYO, JAPAN – September 12, 2012Namco Bandai Games Inc., a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. (TYO: 7832), announced today the addition of a new webcomic based on the iconic Katamari series to its ShiftyLook media platform. The new webcomic, simply titled Katamari, will be written and drawn by Alex Culang and Raynato Castro of Buttersafe and will updated Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 17, 2012. Katamari and many other hit webcomics like Wonder Momo can be read free on shiftylook.com.

“Katamari holds a very special place in the lore of NAMCO BANDAI,” said Rob Pereyda, Producer & Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook. “As such, it was important to find a creative team who could truly capture the unique nature of the series that has touched the hearts of so many around the world. We believe that Buttersafe's Alex Culang and Raynato Castro are just the folks to undertake such a project.”

Character designs of the new Katamari by Buttersafe's Alex Culang and Raynato Castro

©Namco Bandai Games Inc.

To celebrate the launch of Katamari, ShiftyLook will be hosting Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at the ShiftyLook Freeplay Arcade during New York Comic-Con, October 11-14, 2012. The duo will be debuting an exclusive Katamari t-shirt at the ShiftyLook Freeplay Arcade store in addition to participating in many events including the ShiftyLook Meet & Greet, a Katamari panel, an autograph session, an exclusive poster giveaway, and much more.

Alex and Raynato join other ShiftyLook creators and New York Comic-Con guests at the ShfityLook Freeplay Arcade including: Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Bravoman), Christopher Hastings (The Adventures of Dr. McNinja), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Cardboard Cutout Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Team Wonder Momo's Jim Zub, Erik Ko and Omar Dogan and Team Bravoman's Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine. A full schedule of events at the ShiftyLook Freeplay Arcade during New York Comic-Con 2012 is available and updated regularly at http://shiftylook.com.

Exclusive Katamari t-shirt designed by Buttersafe

©Namco Bandai Games Inc.

New installments of Katamari will be available for free every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00AM Pacific starting on September 17, 2012 at shiftylook.com.

For additional updates and exclusive information, follow ShiftyLook on Twitter (@ShiftyLook) and Facebook (fb.com/ShiftyLook).

About Namco Bandai Games

Namco Bandai Games Inc., a part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive contents – including all major video game consoles, amusement machines (arcade products) and network platforms such as mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.bandainamcogames.co.jp/english.


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