IDW to Release Metal Gear Solid Comic Book
Posted: Tuesday, May 11
Posted By: Shawn Patty
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Konami and IDW Publishing Join To Bring Video Game Franchise To Comics
IDW Publishing is very proud to announce that they are joining with video game giant Konami to publish their #1 video game franchise, Metal Gear Solid, as a comic book.
The Metal Gear Solid series has sold over 14 million copies worldwide and will now broaden that consumer base to the comic book market. Metal Gear Solid is generally regarded as the premiere video game, with millions of fans and players.
“Metal Gear Solid is the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ of the video game business and we are pleased and honored that Hideo Kojima, the game’s creator, is allowing us to make comics based on his incredible work,” said IDW Publishing President Ted Adams. “Many other comic book publishers have approached Konami to produce comics, so IDW Publishing is very pleased that Mr. Kojima personally chose us. Mr. Kojima also personally approved noted illustrator Ashley Wood to provide the art for Metal Gear Solid.”
"I have absolute trust in IDW, who have given birth to 30 Days of Night. I am a personal fan of Mr. Ashley Wood. He is a man of great talent. Together, they have broken the norms of conventional American comics and established a worldwide new wave of bande dessinée,” says Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid series Director and Producer, and Vice President of Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc. “It is a great honor that they are creating comics based on Metal Gear Solid, and I have learned through the process how much they love the game. I have no doubts that they will definitely be bringing us a great Metal Gear Solid comic series."
KONAMI & IDW TEAM FOR METAL GEAR SOLID COMIC SERIES
Perhaps the biggest videogame player in terms of ongoing story and fanbase will move to comics in September with IDW’s release of Metal Gear Solid. Owned by Konami and created by Hideo Kojima, the Metal Gear Solid titles are perhaps one of the most successful brands in videogames.
The franchise began in 1987, with the release of Metal Gear, which debuted the FOXHOUND agent, Solid Snake, and sent him on a mission full of double-dealings and conspiracies. This was followed in 1990 with Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake in 1990, and Metal Gear Solid in 1998.
The franchise leapt into phenomenal success territory with the release of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty in 2001 for PS2. The most recent release in the series is The Twin Snakes for Nintendo’s Gamecube, with Metal Gear Solid 3 in development and slated for a November release, positioning it to be one of the holiday season's biggest games.
For many observers, moving the franchise to comics was only a matter of time, considering the large fanbase for the game inside the comic book industry, as well as Kojima’s occasional shout out to comic book creators whose work he enjoys; not to mention the MGS2 "Instruction Manga" in the MGS2 instruction book that shipped with the game.
For the IDW comic, Ashley Wood and Kris Oprisko will be the artist and writer, respectively, on the September-debuting series.
[B]The IDW/Konami press release reads: [/B}
Konami Corporation (President and CEO: Kagemasa Kozuki, headquartered in Tokyo) and IDW Publishing (President: Ted Adams, headquartered in California) have agreed to publish a comic book adaptation of Konami’s popular action game, Metal Gear Solid
The Metal Gear Solid series, developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc. (President: Motoyuki Yoshioka), is an innovative game that emphasizes covert action rather than just shooting your enemies. With an in-depth scenario that explores the innermost recesses of the human mind, this award-winning game series has gained international renown.
Ashley Wood and Kris Oprisko have been appointed respectively as artist and writer for the comic book version of Metal Gear Solid. With their creative talent, they will visualize the world of Metal Gear Solid from a new perspective.
Ashley Wood is a world-renowned illustrator who has worked on many comic creations including Spawn. His line of work extends from the world of comic books and has been adapted in a wide range of media including film and television. Writer Kris Oprisko has produced many popular pieces including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In reference to the comic book adaptation of Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid series Director and Producer, and Vice President of Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc., says,
“Personally I have always been a fan of Mr. Ashley Wood. I am very glad that Metal Gear Solid will be made into a comic with his talented artwork. I have a lot of confidence in the people at IDW Publishing who understand the world of Metal Gear Solid. I have great hope for this new development of the series through the work of these people.”
Konami is aggressively seeking to license its game content in order to strengthen its brand power.