So international Yu-Gi-Oh! fans can better appreciate the art of the cards, North American publishers Udon Entertainment have struck a licensing deal with 4K Media to publish a series of books showcasing the card game’s over 7,000 trading cards. The first of the Yu-Gi-Oh! CARD ART books is planned for release in the fourth quarter of this year, in stores and from online retailers in the US, UK and Australia.

4K and Udon each expressed their excitement for the series:

“Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and collectors will appreciate the detailed imagery and drawings from the actual Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game in the beautifully constructed art books published by Udon,” said 4K Media’s Coleman. “Not only is this a wonderful way to admire the beautiful artwork and unique monsters that comprise the card game, but it will also serve to inspire fans and collectors to maintain and build their personal Yu-Gi-Oh! card collections.

“We are overjoyed to share our passion for Yu-Gi-Oh!’s inspirational artwork and designs as featured on the hundreds of trading cards published to date,” said Udon’s Ko.  “These art books are a stunningly detailed reference for collectors, and also provide fans with an exquisite compilation of the cards and characters they may aspire to own. More than anything, they are a tribute to the popularity, reach and longevity of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

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