IDW Prepares Major Media Push for "Metal Gear Solid"

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA, June 22, 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.

Metal Gear Solid is generally regarded as the premiere video game, having sold over 14 million units worldwide. The size and scope of this union is major news for both the comic book and video game worlds. The comic will make the perfect crossover vessel for both fans of the video game and readers of hard-hitting action comics.

The ongoing Metal Gear Solid series will be written by Kris Oprisko. Oprisko is well known for his adaptation work on the comic book Underworld, as well as his CSI Miami: Thou Shalt Not… offering. Award winner Ashley Wood brings his much-admired and utterly unique style to this action-packed series. Fans of the Metal Gear Solid game will find Wood's art a perfect fit for this property.

"As a huge video game fan, it's an honor and a thrill to work on Metal Gear Solid, which, in my opinion, is the greatest game of all time," says writer Kris Oprisko.

IDW Publishing will send free in-store promo posters, promo postcards, and a special 16-page, full-color ashcan book to direct market retailers. IDW Publishing will also promote Metal Gear Solid with a major media campaign.

Metal Gear Solid #1, a 32-page, full color comic book, will be released in September 2004 at a retail price of $3.99.

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.

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