IDW's 'Silent Hill' Sells Out

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA, March 4, 2004-The first issue of Silent Hill: Dying Inside, the comic book based on the bestselling video game from Konami, sold out quickly from comic stores nationwide, and Diamond Comics Distributors has reported extensive backorder activity. Silent Hill #2 sold out, including IDW's overprinting, before it even shipped to stores.

As a result, IDW Publishing has ordered second printings of both issues, timed to arrive at stores in April with issue #3. These second printings will have the same cover art but will be distinguished by a blood-red eyeball in IDW's logo, as the company has done with other second printings.

IDW's Editor-in-Chief Jeff Mariotte said, "We anticipated a lot of interest in this comic book-the Silent Hill video game has four million avid fans around the world, and they are devoted to the horrific experience that is Silent Hill. National exposure in such magazines as Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Electronic Gaming Monthly, and the Official Playstation Magazine helped spread the word beyond traditional comics consumers. We're not surprised by the demand, but we want to make sure comic retailers have copies available to meet it."

Silent Hill: Dying Inside is written by New York Times bestselling author Scott Ciencin. The first two issues have art by Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), and the subsequent issues are illustrated by exciting newcomer Aadi Salman. Silent Hill: Dying Inside is a 32-page, full color comic book with 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. Among IDW's titles 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; and Steve Niles' Wake The Dead, Remains, Aleister Arcane, and Hyde. 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.

[Editor's Note: For more on "Silent Hill," read our interview with writer Scott Ciencin from January.]

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