Official Press Release
NEW YORK – Comic book studio Dabel Brothers Productions, LLC has joined forces with leading publisher Marvel Comics to adapt some of the most popular fantasy, science fiction and horror novels into comic books and graphic novels. Through the partnership, Marvel has signed on as the exclusive publisher for Dabel Brothers Productions, obtaining the marketing, print and distribution rights. The Dabel Brothers will continue to operate as an independent entity working with science-fiction, fantasy and horror authors on story development.
Marvel and The Dabel Brothers look to broaden their audience and the graphic fiction category by expanding literary favorites from a stable of bestselling authors into high quality comic books and graphic novels. While maintaining the integrity of the original stories, the medium hopes to attract new readers as well as loyal fans of the literary works with great storytelling and eye-catching artwork.
The first new project to be released under the agreement features New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton. Based on Hamilton’s most famous creation, Anita Blake, Marvel and The Dabel Brothers will release a thrilling new comic book series called Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures in October 2006. The series which features remarkable artwork by Brett Booth (Heroes Reborn: Fantastic Four) is a story of fantasy, romance and horror centering on an alternate reality where the U.S. government has declared the undead as legal beings. While attempting to coexist with humans, the vampires, zombies and werewolves at times still like to wreck havoc and that’s when Anita Blake must step in and protect the world.
Additionally, in the coming months Marvel and The Dabel Brothers will be bringing to comic book form George R. R. Martin's Hedge Knight series, Orson Scott Card's Red Prophet, and Raymond E. Feist's Magician: Apprentice (part one of the Riftwar saga).
“Dabel Brothers Productions has always been extremely devoted to producing a high quality product,” said Ernst Dabel, CEO of Dabel Brothers Productions, LLC. “Our mission has been to offer fantasy and science fiction fans the very best visual translation of their favorite books without skimping or cutting corners and we feel our new partnership with Marvel will only continue to improve our ability to put out the best literary adaptations in the industry.”
Dan Buckley, President and Publisher of Marvel Entertainment, Publishing added, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with The Dabel Brothers. Thanks to our new partnership, we can continue to bring the world of comics to a larger audience, as well as provide exposure to a truly great series and characters like Anita Blake.”