SHIFTYLOOK (Namco Bandai)

Le site ShiftyLook est une filiale subsidiaire de Namco Bandai consacrée à la revitalisation d’anciens jeux vidéo (Galaga, Tower of Babel, Klonoa, Dragon Spirit) dans le cadre d’une production uniquement axée sur le web. Parmi celle-là, on retrouve pas moins de 17 web-comics.

Voici la liste des titres parmi lesquels se cachent quelques noms récurrents de la bande-dessinée américaine comme Jim Zub, Ben McCool, Dean Haspiel, Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Hastings, Ryan North, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray ou encore Mike Costa :

[quote]WRITER : Matt Moylan
ARTIST : Dax « D-Gee » Gordine
Chouzetsu Rinjin Beraboh Man, or « Beraboh Man » for short, was released Japanese arcade exclusive in 1988. Localized as « Bravoman » for the Turbografx-16 for North America, Bravoman is available now on the Wii Shop Channel’s Virtual Console in North America. The game follows a « salaryman » turned hero and is a parody of tokusatsu, video games, and 1980’s otaku culture. Re-imagined with brand-new character designs, Bravoman is back as a hit webcomic written by Matt Moylan and drawn by Dax « D-Gee » Gordine. [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE BRAVOMAN[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Erik Ko and Jim Zub
ARTIST : Omar Dogan
Wonder Momo was released in arcades in Japan in 1987. Ports include the PC-Engine (known as the Turbografx-16 outside Japan) and the Wii Shop Channel’s Virtual Console, both of which are also Japan-only exclusives. A beat 'em up in the great tradition of 80s NAMCO titles, Wonder Momo now lives on as a ShiftyLook webcomic! Co-written by tokusatsu expert and super otaku Erik Ko and comic book veteran Jim Zub, the comic features the art of fighting games comic legend Omar Dogan. Follow the new adventures of Wonder Momo with new comics every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00AM Pacific only on ShiftyLook![/quote]

[size=200]LIRE WONDER MOMO [/size]

[quote]WRITER : Alex Culang & Raynato Castro
ARTIST : Alex Culang & Raynato Castro
Since its debut with Katamari Damacy in 2004, Katamari has been one of the most unique and iconic series in modern video game history. The whimsical adventures of the Prince and his friends continue in an all-new webcomic written by Buttersafe’s Alex Culang and Raynato Castro. [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE KATAMARI[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Jim Zub
ARTIST : Hitoshi Ariga
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile for the PlayStation® debuted in Japan in 1997 and the Americas and Europe in 1998. Since then Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (2001) was released for the PlayStation®2 and the franchise has remained a cult classic. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile is available for the Wii™ and PlayStation®Network. Written by Jim Zub with lineart by Hitoshi Ariga and colors by Espen Grundetjern, new strips of Klonoa go live every Wednesday at 9:00AM Pacific.[/quote]

[size=200]LIRE KLONOA[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Jim Zub
ARTIST : Steven Cummings, Espen Grundetjern
Dragon Spirit was released in 1987 in arcades around the world. Major ports include the Turbografx-16 and the Wii Shop Channel’s Virtual Console, both of which are available worldwide. Dragon Spirit is fantasy game and a part of the great NAMCO vertical-scrolling shooter tradition of the 1980’s. Written by Jim Zub with line art by Steven Cummings and colors by Espen Grundetjern, [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE DRAGON SPIRIT[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Matt Moylan
ARTIST : Rob « Robaato » Porter [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE WAGAN LAND[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
ARTIST : Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Legend of the Valkyrie was released into Japanese arcades in 1989. An action adventure game, Valkyrie was ported to PC-Engine and Wii Shop Channel’s Virtual console as Japan-only exclusives, but is available in English on Namco Musuem Volume 5 for the PlayStation. The new webcomic puts Valkyrie and Sandra in new adventures and is written and illustrated by Ashley Davis. [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE VALKYRIE[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Chris « Elio » Eliopoulos
ARTIST : Chris « Elio » Eliopoulos [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE GOLLY! GHOST![/size]

[quote]WRITER : Sharon Scott
ARTIST : Andrew Pepoy [/quote]


[quote]WRITER : Ryan North and Christopher Hastings
ARTIST : Christopher Hastings with Anthony Clark
Dig Dug was released into arcades across the globe in 1982 and instantly became a worldwide hit. Ports include nearly every platform imaginable, and downloadable versions are available on all the current generation home consoles. The game pits Dig Dug against underground monsters known as Pooka and Fygar as he attempts to eliminate them through pump inflation or rock-crushing. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, ShiftyLook lined-up a mix of talent that included some of the very best in webcomics. Concluded at 34 episodes, Dig Dug will return with new comics this holiday season starting with Canadian Thanksgiving. [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE DIG DUG[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Ben McCool
ARTIST : Dean Haspiel [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE DIRK DAVIES[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Jim Zub
ARTIST : Jeffrey ‹ Chamba › Cruz [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE SKY KID[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Mike Costa
ARTIST : Eddie Nuñez [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE XEVIOUS[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Edmund Shern
ARTIST : Studio HIVE [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE SCAR[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Stacy King
ARTIST : Shane Law [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE ROCKET FOX[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Ryan North
ARTIST : Christopher Hastings with Anthony Clark
Released in 1981, Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that made the genre famous! It is now one of the most well known and loved arcade games in history. The player controls a space ship located at the bottom of the screen as enemy aliens fighters in the shape of « bugs » fill the upper portion and take turns firing at and dive-bombing the player’s ship. Galaga has been ported to nearly every home gaming system as well as modern phones and tablets, and it’s spawned more than sequels and remakes. Now Galaga has been re-imagined as a webcomic from three of the comic industry’s top creators: written by Ryan North, illustrated by Chris Hastings, and colored by Anthony Clark. [/quote]

[size=200]LIRE GALAGA[/size]

[quote]WRITER : Shannon Campbell
ARTIST : Sam Logan
Tower of Babel is a puzzle/platformer in which the player assumes the role of famed archaeologist Dr. Borgnine. By moving and reorienting differently-shaped blocks, the player avoids enemies and creates stairways in an attempt to reach the 64th floor of the tower, where the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon are said to be found. First published by Namco in 1986 for the Family Computer, Nintendo later distributed it in arcades and, most recently, the title was included in the PlayStation release Namco Anthology 1.[/quote]

[size=200]LIRE TOWER OF BABEL[/size]

Le site ShiftyLook:

Il y a pas mal de jeux que j’aime bien ou ai bien aimé… Il va falloir que j’aille voir ça.



Le site Shiftylook ferme ses portes:

[quote] Dear ShiftyLook Fans:

We originally got the ShiftyLook project going at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. back in Fall 2011. The idea was to take the unused, “sleeping” video game characters of our past and bring them back first with webcomics, and then – once they had gotten enough traction – expand into other media like web animation, games, and merchandise.

I’m happy to say that we’ve done this with Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and some other very cool characters, which are now beloved not just in gamer circles, but at conventions, art groups, and many, many places we’d never expect. That said, now that we have successfully revived so many franchises, the heavy lifting is completed – and so is our work. We battled the video games abyss and won, which means it’s time for us to move on and let the hit-makers play with some new toys.

While we are melancholy about ShiftyLook as an overall project going away, Wonder Momo, our star franchise, has some exciting things happening for it. WayForward Technologies, lord of the platformer gaming universe, is making their most ambitious game yet in Wonder Momo. Kotaku loved it in an early preview and we know you will, too. There is a whole line of Wonder Momo t-shirts available over at, and the long-awaited Wonder Momo hardcover comic book is on the way from UDON Entertainment.

For some housekeeping, here is what is happening to what at ShiftyLook (all dates JST):


BRAVOMAN: Binja Bash! on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore: In-app purchases available until March 16, 2014; download available through March 30, 2014

Namco High on Purchase available via Crunchyroll through March 28, 2014; servers shut down (no longer able to play) on June 30, 2014

ShiftyLook comics: Bravoman ends at #300; Wonder Momo ends at #200; Katamari ends at #150; Galaga ends at #100; Valkyrie ends at #100; Klonoa ends at #65; Tower of Babel ends at #26; Dig Dug Vol. 2 ends at #18

ShiftyLook website: No more updates after March 20, 2014; servers shut down on September 30, 2014; forums close on March 20, 2014


Wonder Momo video game: To be released on schedule on select digital download platforms

Wonder Momo anime: Stays on Crunchyroll and YouTube to view for free worldwide

Bravoman, Wonder Momo, Katamari, and Galaga books: Releasing as scheduled by UDON Entertainment

Bravoman, Wonder Momo, Katamari, and other apparel: Stays available on

Katamari and Galaga plush toys and rugs: Stays available on

Thank you all so much for enjoying ShiftyLook. We’ll all miss you.
-Team Shifty



Shigetaka Kurita Rob Pereyda Yutaro Ikegaya
Cory Casoni Ritsuko Aoyagi
Ash Paulsen Kaori Ito

Erik Ko Jim Zub Omar Dogan
Matt Moylan Dax Gordine Josh Perez
Alex Culang Raynato Castro
Ryan North Christopher Hastings Anthony Clark
Ashley Davis Hitoshi Ariga
Shannon Campbell Sam Logan

UDON ENTERTAINMENT Proscenium Design Inc.
WayForward Technologies Copernicus Studios
Toonhound Studios Buttersafe LLC
Graphinica Inc. What Pumpkin Studios Hiptic Games
Cryptozoic Entertainment Yomiuri-TV Enterprise
Twitch TV Crunchyroll
Comic-Con International Reed Exhibitions

Tommy Pedrini Sparkles* Area 11
Juan-Cruz Baldassare Murray Bain Paul Rigg
Scott Kurtz Kris Straub The Small-Buteras
Andrew Hussie Cindy Dominguez George Rohac
Andrea Demonakos Tim Sheehy Colette Bennett
Superfan Jay Carmina Suva Touya Shiro
…AND YOU, THE FANS![/quote]