BTS Gets Comic Book Adaptation, ‘FAME: BTS’

Comic book and graphic novel publisher TidalWave Comics ventures on “FAME: BTS” which tackles KPop group BTS’ stardom and enlisting in the military.

KPop group BTS gets their own comic book adaptation which graphic novel publisher TidalWave Comics breathed into life. The book, titled FAME: BTS, tackles the group’s rise to stardom and undergoing South Korea’s mandatory military service.

BTS debuted in 2013 and garnered millions of fans globally through their music and social campaigns as per Reuters. BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan which means Bulletproof Boy Scouts.

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FAME: BTS joins TidalWave’s series

TidalWave’s FAME manga series focuses on celebrities and other pop culture icons in the entertainment industry. It saw the likes of Robert Pattinson, 50 Cent, Kristin Stewart, David Beckham to Taylor Swift according to their website.

The FAME series paved the way to getting to know socially and politically important figures as well. FAME: BTS joined their many features about notable personalities.

TidalWave’s FAME: BTS, a manga that tackles the KPop group’s stardom and mandatory military service transition
TidalWave’s FAME: BTS, a manga that tackles the KPop group’s stardom and mandatory military service transition/Photo from TidalWave’s website

Forbes reported that BTS is on a musical break due to all seven members currently undergoing military service.

“From popstars to soldiers”

Eric M. Esquivel wrote the comic with manga artist Lucy Fidelis’ art. TidalWave said that the 22-paged comic is accessible in digital and print formats across different platforms like Amazon. The comic book will come in softcover and hardcover editions too.

The publisher announced the venture on their website on January 2, and the book is set to release on January 10.

The graphic book chronicles the seven members of BTS who switched from pop stars to soldiers as per CNA Lifestyle. The publication mentioned that South Korea’s able-bodied men between 18 and 28 are required to serve in the military between 18 and 21 months in preparation against “nuclear-armed North Korea.”

(From left to right) The men of BTS: Jin, Jimin, RM or Namjoon, Suga, V, Jungkook, and J-Hope
(From left to right) The men of BTS: Jin, Jimin, RM or Namjoon, Suga, V, Jungkook, and J-Hope/Photo via Instagram @bts.bighitofficial

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to entertain ‘The BTS Army’ while the boys are putting their ‘Bulletproof Boy Scouts’ claim to the test in the actual South Korean military!” Writer Esquivel said.

Together again in 2025

Eldest member Jin joined the army first while the other members followed. Reuters said that fans expressed that they vow to wait for the seven-member group to perform together again in 2025. All of them would have finished serving the army by then.

BTS continues being a group that defies stereotypes and smashes record sales. While their career hits a pause due to their military service, their music and advocacies stay very much alive through their fans and loved ones.


Banner photo via Instagram @bts.bighitofficial.

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