So I received this bit of news at the beginning of May but with the issue being discussed not hitting the stands until the end of July I decided to wait. I do this because peoples attention span is so short these days that if it gets posted a few weeks in advance of being on the racks it should allow plenty of time to get your local shop on point for it. Here we go with this fun summer item for fans of the hit video game “Street Fighter”.
The Press Release:
The lovely ladies of Street Fighter are back for more fun summer pinups, and this time they’ve brought along their fighting game friends from Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and Final Fight! Chun-li, Cammy, and Laura are joined by Morrigan, Tiffany, Poison and many more fan-favorite fighters! The Street Fighter & Friends 2017 Swimsuit Special will feature three standard covers by artists Ecchi-Star (CVR A), Aki Li (CVR B) and Ryan Kinnaird (CVR C). The issue will also feature a Blank Sketch cover (CVR D), as well as a retailer incentive cover (CVR E) by artist Joe Vriens. This special incentive cover features the swimsuit-clad Morrigan paying homage to a classic horror image from the 1960s.
A cavalcade of fantastic artists bring these tantalizing pinups to life, as UDON regulars are joined by several newcomers. Interior artists include Andrea Cofrancesco, Brendon Tapper, Chad Walker, Chuck Pires, Dax Gordine, Elton Portilho, Genzoman, Gisèle Lagacé, Hanzo Steinbach, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz, John Crayton, Judy Jong, Kinuko, Martin Abel, Mike Luckas, Omar Dogan, Panzer, Rob “Robaato” Porter, Slugbox, and Xa. The Street Fighter & Friends 2017 Swimsuit Special hits stores everywhere on July 27, 2017. The issue will also be available digitally via ComiXology.
STREET FIGHTER & FRIENDS 2017 SWIMSUIT SPECIAL (32pp, Full Color, $3.99/$4.99 – Available July 27, 2017)
STREET FIGHTER SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2017 CVR A STAR
STREET FIGHTER SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2017 CVR B LI
STREET FIGHTER SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2017 CVR C KINNAIRD
STREET FIGHTER SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2017 CVR D BLANK SKETCH
STREET FIGHTER SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2017 CVR E 10 COPY INCV
ABOUT UDON ENTERTAINMENT: UDON Entertainment is a publisher of original and translated art books, graphic novels, and manga. UDON boasts an incredible lineup of highly sought-after products with production quality and English localization work that is second to none. Our best-known projects are those based on popular video game franchises, including Street Fighter, Okami, Mega Man, Dark Souls, Persona, Bayonetta, Valkyria
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now I don’t really discuss a lot of Manga or video game stuff here on the PiercingMetal site even though we’ve really increased the amount of comic book and film related content since merging the “PiercingMetal Musings” Blog into the core stuff some three years ago. Having gone to NY Comic Con for the past eight years, I know full well how popular these characters are (and there are NUMEROUS photos of fans in related cosplay on those posts) so it made sense to share this with you. I had to chuckle a little bit as I recalled the old “Marvel Swimsuit Issues” of my past and yeah like any other super geek we added those to the collection. It became a trend and even your more independent comics like “Lady Death” and “Vampirella” had issues with this theme. I don’t think that I will be adding these to my comic boxes but what about you? Have you been stockpiling the Udon Entertainment stuff for posterity and are excited about this issue and the presented variants? Let me know down in the comments section below.
Official Website: http://www.udonentertainment.com