Rising Sun Board Game Gets Companion Comic From IDW Publishing

by James Ferguson

Rising Sun has already racked up awards in the board game industry. Now, the game from CMON Limited and designed by Eric M. Lang is getting adapted to a comic thanks to IDW Publishing. Written by Ron Marz and David Rodriguez and illustrated by Martín Cóccolo, the comic will run for three issues, beginning in November. Each chapter will feature exclusive content to enhance the game-playing experience.

Co-writer Ron Marz says:

When I first saw the game, I immediately knew it was a world I wanted to play in. As soon as I found out that Rising Sun was going to move into comics, I was the first one jumping up and down with my hand raised, yelling, ‘Pick me! Pick me!’

The Rising Sun comic introduces Chiyoko of the Koi Clan, the leader of a group of powerful warriors, collecting the best from each clan. They head out on a mission to save Japan from dragons and monsters. The greatest threat may not lie with these beasts, but in their very own team.

Co-writer David Rodriguez added:

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. 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.

I was unfamiliar with Rising Sun prior to this announcement. If the artwork is any indication, I need to check this game out fast.

Artist Martín Cóccolo says:

As an artist, it’s a real treat to be a part of a comic adaption of this caliber. 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.

Rising Sun #1 is set to debut in November 2019.

CMON’s Geoff Skinner added:

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. We can’t wait for this story to add a whole new narrative dimension to the way people play the game.

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