IDW announce new board game-based “Rising Sun” comic miniseries
One of the advantages of IDW having different publishing branches is the opportunity for cross-promotion. They have a game division, along with their comics publishing arm, and they have the freedom to intertwine the two when publishing original series.
Take the upcoming miniseries Rising Sun, for example. The board game places players in feudal Japan, where they must deal with court politics, epic battles, and dragons.
Lots and lots of dragons.
The comic book based on the game will expound upon the world of the game while also including bonus materials that can be used to enhance the gaming experience. What better way to expand gameplay value than by tying it into a sweet comic book? None. There is not better way.
Check out the details below.
IDW Publishing and CMON Limited Announce Rising Sun Comic Book Series
The Legendary Warriors and Monsters of Feudal Japan
Bring Their Conflict to Comic Shops in November
SAN DIEGO, CA (August 21, 2019) – Rising Sun, the award-winning board game published by CMON Limited and designed by Eric M. Lang, will see its epic setting, feudal combat, and political intrigue adapted to comics in an all-new comic book series from IDW Publishing.
Co-written by industry legend Ron Marz and David Rodriguez (the creative team behind IDW’s Skylanders) and illustrated by Martín Cóccolo (Star Trek: Year Five), the three-issue miniseries will debut its first issue in November, and – as an added bonus – each issue of Rising Sun will feature exclusive content to enhance the game-playing experience for dedicated fans.
IDW’s Rising Sun storyline introduces Chiyoko of the Koi Clan, leader of a group of powerful warriors – the best each clan has to offer – on a mission to save Japan from dragons and monsters. But perhaps the greatest threat she faces is not the many monsters who are ravaging the country… but her very own team!
“When I first saw the game, I immediately knew it was a world I wanted to play in,” says Ron Marz. “As soon as I found out that Rising Sunwas going to move into comics, I was the first one jumping up and down with my hand raised, yelling, ‘Pick me! Pick me!’”
“Rising Sun has a huge amount of world-building and deep backstory with the Clans, and it’s been great creating characters representing aspects of those clans and throwing them together,” says David Rodriguez. “I've had the pleasure of working with Ron, Martin, and game designer Eric M. Lang on other projects. They're great talents, and IDW pulling them all together was a huge win for the book.”
“As an artist, it's a real treat to be a part of a comic adaption of this caliber,” says Martín Cóccolo. “The game is absolutely gorgeous and hopefully fans will find that I’ve treated the source material with respect. It's a pleasure and a responsibility that I'm thrilled to take.”
“Considering that Rising Sun is a game about myths and legends, we are extremely honored to have such a legendary creative team working to bring a whole new dimension to the title,” says CMON’s Geoff Skinner. “We can’t wait for this story to add a whole new narrative dimension to the way people play the game.”
For information on how to secure copies of Rising Sun, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
Rising Sun #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers this November.