Official Press Release
San Diego, CA (May 11th, 2004) 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."
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients including The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality titles. Among them are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night and its sequels, Dark Days and Return to Barrow; Ashley Wood's Lore; CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations; Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp; and Steve Niles' Wake The Dead. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night, with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned the movie rights to Wake The Dead and Hyde.
Konami became the nineteenth Japanese company listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange on September 30, 2002. Starting with the production of amusement machines, Konami has evolved into a corporate group involved in five business arenas, namely, "Computer & Video Games," "Exercise Entertainment," "Toy & Hobby," "Amusement" and "Gaming." These five businesses, in addition to being strongly competitive in their respective areas, generate synergistic effects among themselves. Konami marked its 30th anniversary on March 19, 2003.