Ridice Studio’s official Twitter handle released a statement on Jan 9, 2023, announcing that Solo Leveling will be getting a new side story to honor the legacy of the illustrator DUBU.
The side story will be worked on by a team of artist who had previously worked with DUBU, dedicating the work in his honor.
“The author was a respected person by everyone he worked with, and he left behind many outstanding pupils in the world while running a company and a studio.
Artists who worked with the late artist Seong-Rak Jang gathered together to prepare an anecdote for in honor of the artist’s name, works, and paintings.
We dedicate this work to the respected artist Jang Seong-rak, who was a leader, teacher, and pioneer of painting.“
No further information on the work regarding the title, plot and release date have been revealed by the studio as of yet.
Solo Leveling illustrator Jang Seong-rak, commonly known as Dubu, had passed away on July 23, 2022. He was also the CEO of Redice Studio.
Solo Leveling is a South Korean web novel written by Chugong. It was serialized in Kakao’s digital comic and fiction platform KakaoPage beginning on July 25, 2016, and was later published in full by D&C Media under their Papyrus label on November 4, 2016.
A webtoon adaptation of Solo Leveling was first serialized in KakaoPage on March 4, 2018; it was illustrated by Jang Sung-Rak. The webtoon’s first season concluded on March 19, 2020, and its second season began on Aug 1, 2020, concluding in December 2021 with its 179th chapter.
As of Sep 20, 2022, its individual chapters have been collected and published into five volumes.
An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures is set to release in 2023.