ShiftyLook Assembles Eclectic Mix of Cartoonists & Writers for Dig Dug 30 th Anniversary Webcomics Collaboration Project

May 9th 2012
Namco Bandai Games' webcomics portal to feature Dig Dug-inspired contributions from Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Scott Kurtz and many others this summer

TOKYO, JAPAN – May 9, 2012Namco Bandai Games Inc., a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. (TYO: 7832), announced today during the inaugural ShiftyCast podcast a webcomics collaboration project to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Dig Dug franchise. Appearing on its ShiftyLook webcomics platform, Dig Dug comics join Namco Bandai Games's extensive line-up of webcomics re-imagining classic arcade games including smash hits Bravoman (writer: Matt Moylan; artist: Dax Gordine) and The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies (writer: Ben McCool; artist: Dean Haspiel). ShiftyLook can be accessed at SHIFTYLOOK.com.

“Dig Dug is one of those iconic games that means a lot to retro gamers, especially those of us who grew up constantly trying to inflate many a Fygar, so we wanted to do something very special for the webcomic,” said Rob Pereyda, Producer & Editor-in-Chief of ShiftyLook for Namco Bandai Games Inc. “And I think we just might have the comics team-up of the summer and a must read for video games and webcomics fans alike.”Each creative team will craft self-contained Dig Dug stories, with a different angle brought each time. A partial list of talent is as follows (additional talent to be announced):

• Raynato Castro (Buttersafe)
• Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (ShiftyLook's Sky Kid)
• Javier Charro (Soul & Sword)
• Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo)
• Mike Costa (Smoke and Mirrors)
• Alex Culang (Buttersafe)
Omar Dogan (ShiftyLook's Wonder Momo)
• Joey Esposito (Footprints)
• Greg Fisher (Vivian)
• Dax “D-Gee” Gordine (ShiftyLook's Bravoman)
• Dean Haspiel (ShiftyLook's The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies)
• Marko Head (Vivian)
• Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade)
• JJ Kirby (ShiftyLook title to be announced at London MCM Expo on 26 May)
• Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade)
• Erik Ko (ShiftyLook's Wonder Momo)
• Scott Kurtz (PVP)
• Nick Langley (Rocket Llama)
• David Maliki (Wondermark)
• Ben McCool (ShiftyLook's The Five-Dimensional Adventures of Dirk Davies)
• Matt Melvin (Cyanide & Happiness)
• R. K. Milholland (Something Positive)
• Matt Moylan (ShiftyLook's Bravoman)
• Hoang Nguyen (Carbon Grey)
• Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics)
• Robert “Robaato” Porter (Title to be announced Summer 2012)
• Krishna Sadasivam (PC Weenies)
• Elliott Serrano (Geek to Me)
• Edmund Shern (ShiftyLook's Scar)
• Kris Staub (chainsawsuit)
J. Torres (Power Lunch)
• Zach Weiner (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
• J. N. Wiedle (Helvetica)
Marv Wolfman (ShiftyLook title to be announced at London MCM Expo on 26 May)
• Jim Zub (ShiftyLook's Wonder Momo, ShiftyLook's Sky Kid)

Additional Dig Dug collaborators will be announced at a later date.

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Facebook Page (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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