• remind me tomorrow
  • remind me next week
  • never remind me
Subscribe to the ANN Newsletter • Wake up every Sunday to a curated list of ANN's most interesting posts of the week. read more

Udon to Bring Kenichi Sonoda to Comic-Con to Launch Bubblegum Crisis: Complete Archive


Beloved manga creator and anime designer comes to the U.S. in support of the first major retrospective collection of Bubblegum Crisis.

San Diego, CA (Jun 21, 2024) — Udon Entertainment is proud to announce that acclaimed manga creator, character designer, and anime legend Kenichi Sonoda will attend Comic-Con International San Diego (SDCC) for the first time, as UDON's guest. Sonoda-sensei will attend SDCC in support of the previously-unannounced, all-new BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: COMPLETE ARCHIVE Hardcover Collection, which will debut at the event at UDON's booth #100.

Kenichi Sonoda is the acclaimed creator of manga that were formative to the North American manga industry, including Gunsmith Cats, Gunsmith Cats: Burst, and Cannon God Exaxxion. He is also beloved for his character and mechanical designs and storyboards for classic anime, including Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force, Scramble Wars, SoltyRei, and his own Riding Bean. This will be a rare opportunity for generations of fans to meet and get a signature from the creator! Sonoda will be signing for fans for two days of the event, with a different limited-edition shikishi signing board available on each day. This will be a ticketed event with purchase, and final details for these signings will be announced closer to the event.

UDON is thrilled to bring Sonoda-sensei to SDCC in support of the brand-new collection, BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: COMPLETE ARCHIVE. An original publication by UDON more than three years in the making, BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: COMPLETE ARCHIVE is a 304 page collection that includes an amazing assembly of materials from the legendary anime Bubblegum Crisis, as well as materials from its sequel Bubblegum Crash, and prequel series AD Police Files. With Bubblegum Crisis originally released from 1987 to 1991, UDON has worked tirelessly to find and include all of the Color Illustrations, Promotional Illustrations, and Design Sheets from the series that are still available in this massive book! This volume also includes detailed character guides, complete episode synopsis, a forward by Bubblegum Crisis comic creator Adam Warren, and featuring a brand new cover illustration by Kenichi Sonoda, and an all-new interview with the legendary creator as well! This is THE ultimate collection for fans of Bubblegum Crisis, and a must-own title for all classic anime fans.

BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: COMPLETE ARCHIVE will be released in two editions: A special shared-exclusive hardcover slipcase-edition (with shikishi signing-board) that will be available at Comic-Con and online at the UDON Store, and a standard hardcover edition which will release to mass-market retail later this fall. Copies at SDCC will be very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional Bubblegum Crisis merchandise will be available at the UDON Booth #105, with more details to be announced.

More information on Udon Entertainment's presence at Comic-Con International: San Diego will be released in the coming weeks.

discuss this in the forum |
bookmark/share with: short url

Press Release homepage / archives