Crunchyroll and Udon Combo for Weekly E-Zine
Global Online Media Distribution Giant Partners with Canada-Based Publisher to Launch Weekly Digital Manga and Comic Digest
San Francisco, CA (July 23, 2008) —Canada-based publisher UDON Entertainment
partners with online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to launch a
weekly digital manga and comic digest called UDON COMBO!. More information
can be found at www.crunchyroll.com
UDON COMBO! will debut worldwide in August with award-winning hit titles including 1520 and Makeshift Miracle, with many more to be announced in the weeks to come.
Preceding the UDON COMBO! launch will be the debut of the UDON GROUP on Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll users that join the UDON GROUP will receive an exclusive virtual item from Crunchyland in the form of a virtual bowl of udon noodles.
“We are excited and proud to work with UDON Entertainment, one of the most popular independent publishers” states Kun Gao CEO and President of Crunchyroll. “Their grassroots success with the fans comes from both their immense talent as artists and licensees, but also by engaging their community on a regular basis online and at conventions.”
UDON Entertainment Chief of Ops Erik Ko comments, “Providing free and easily accessible comics/manga to readers is a proven business model. The benefit of working with Crunchyroll is that both our large fan bases can receive free manga and also have an option for DRM-free premium downloads without the hassle of needing custom viewing software.”
About UDON Entertainment
UDON Entertainment is a Canada-based publisher of original comic books, graphic novels, and art books. UDON's best-known projects are those based on popular video game franchises such as Street Fighter®, Darkstalkers™, Okami™, Onimusha® and Mega Man®. The publisher's ever-growing library also includes English editions of Japanese Manga and Korean Manhwa titles, as well as the critically-acclaimed ROBOT anthology series.
Headquartered in San Francisco, California – Crunchyroll is hailed as a leading online entertainment brand with the largest international online community and destination focused on Asian entertainment including anime, drama, music in addition to electronic entertainment and auto content. Crunchyroll's distribution channel and partnership program delivers content to over four million passionate fans worldwide. Crunchyroll is funded by the premiere group Venrock. More information can be found at its website http://www.crunchyroll.com