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Viz Media Launches UglyDoll Comics

uglydollsViz Media LLC launched the Uglydoll original graphic novel series, Uglydoll: Goin’ Places! on July 2. In the series, readers will go on a journey through Uglyverse, a place where ugly means celebrating uniqueness, and is considered to be the new beautiful. Uglydoll Comics are rated A for all ages.

The Uglydoll graphic novel series features stories written by Travis Nichols, art by Uglydoll co-creators Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, Ian McGinty, and Phillip C. Jacobson. Each volume features special guest artists, including Eisner-winner James Kochalka, Eisner-nominee Jacob Chabot, Peter Fowler, Junko Mizuno, Mike L.E. Kelly and Bwana Spoons, among others.

 

Thrash Lab and Giant Robot Profile Uglydoll Creator

Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab, in collaboration with Giant Robot Profiles, profiles Uglydoll creator David Horvath. The profile tells the story of how Uglydoll was born around 10 years ago from a simple character drawing in a letter margin to a hand-sewn doll by Horvath’s now wife Sun-Min Kim.

Check out the profile on Uglydoll’s YouTube channel below:

Gund Signs Licensing Deal for Uglydoll Plush

Gund has signed a licensing deal with Pretty Ugly, LLC, to make Uglydoll-branded plush characters. Gund, the plush division of Enesco, LLC, will begin selling and shipping Uglydoll plush products to current and new retail customers worldwide this summer, while Pretty Ugly, LLC, will focus its efforts on expanding licensing programs across multiple product categories for the Uglydoll brand.

The Uglydoll line was launched in January 2001. Created by artists David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, who started with a drawing of a playful orange character known as Wage, the line has grown into a line of characters, stories, and products for all ages.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Uglydoll to Become Animated Film

The Uglydoll franchise is set to reach a wider audience via a new animated film by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Chris Meledandri, the chief of Illumination Entertainment, saw appeal in the unique Uglydoll design that attracts multiple age groups. The film will be produced by Meledandri and executive produced by husband-and-wife team and Uglydoll creators, David Horwath and Sun-Min Kim. The film marks the beginning of plans for the Uglydoll franchise to eventually break into a larger range of media.

New Dolls and Totes Get Ugly

UglyDoll is releasing five new dolls and a designer tote collection set within the upcoming months. The first two dolls, Mij and Flatwoodsey, will be released August 10. Blue and black Uglybot dolls will launch October 15, followed by Tutulu on November 11. Each doll will be available in classic doll, clip-on, Little Ugly, and 2 FT varieties.

Designed by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the two-faced, limited-edition totes are available in four colors and feature characters from the Uglydoll collection. The totes are available now for approximately $6 each.