Official Press Release
Salvatore and DB Pro collaborate to bring forth THE HIGHWAYMAN,
a tale set in the world of his epic DEMON WARS saga.
The Dabel Brothers are the first to admit that they've set the bar pretty
high for fantasy-based comics with their bestselling and
critically-acclaimed titles like Raymond E. Feist's MAGICIAN, Robert
Jordan's THE WHEEL OF TIME: NEW SPRING, and George R. R. Martin's THE HEDGE
But that bar is about to be raised even higher with their upcoming
adaptation of New York Times Bestselling Author R.A. Salvatore's THE
HIGHWAYMAN, a novel that is set in the prehistory of his beloved DEMON WARS
"When I started reading THE HIGHWAYMAN, I knew almost immediately that we
had to make it the focus of our next big fantasy project," said Ernst Dabel,
President of Dabel Brothers Production ("DB Pro"). "There was something
about it that was very fresh and new, and it gave me the same irresistible
feeling I had the first time I picked up one of Mr. Salvatore's Drizzt
Do'Urden books. The story begins like a Robin Hood folktale, but it evolves
into something very deep and meaningful by the end, with a very big, very
"Since we had already been talking to Mr. Salvatore about adapting books
from his original series like DEMON WARS, we immediately worked out a deal
to adapt THE HIGHWAYMAN as a sort of introduction," Dabel continued. "And I
think the fans are going to love it."
But while Salvatore fans have already been treated to other adaptations
based upon his writing, they'll have yet another reason to love THE
HIGHWAYMAN, explained Dabel: Mr. Salvatore will be actively involved in the
"One of our core philosophies at DB Pro is that we involve our authors in
every step of the process," said Dabel. "Mr. Salvatore will have the
opportunity to see every page and piece of conceptual art as it's turned in
and offer his direction. He will also be working closely with our script
adapter, Matthew Hansen, and the book's editor, Sean J. Jordan, to ensure
that the story is told in a manner that stays true to his vision of the
original. This means that readers won't just get a great book based on the
writing of R.A. Salvatore; they'll get an official visual version of an
original R.A. Salvatore creation!"
The Dabel Brothers are so adamant that this title be done right, in fact,
that no small amount of pressure is put on script adapter Matthew Hansen,
who has been charged with the task of taking a very complex book and
adapting it into a comic book miniseries.
"When I first read the book, knowing that I'd be adapting it, I was both
excited and a little overwhelmed," Hansen explained. "Mr. Salvatore is such
a great writer and it's an honor to be working with his material. The book
itself is an incredible prequel, a really well-developed plot. It's always
interesting condensing a novel to a comic, but I'm mindful of those
challenges. Plus, I'm working with a great team, I have some great source
material and an incredible author as a consultant!"
THE HIGHWAYMAN will be available in comic book stores everywhere this fall.
It will be produced and published by Dabel Brothers Production, distributed
through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc and Diamond Book Distributors, Inc.,
and available at comic book retailers and bookstores everywhere.
For more information about THE HIGHWAYMAN, DB Pro, or other Dabel Brothers
projects, please visit the official website at http://www.dabelbrothers.com.
About Dabel Brothers Production
Dabel Brothers Production ("DB Pro") is a comic book studio dedicated to
bringing many of the best and most popular novels in the realms of fantasy
and science fiction to the comic book medium. With a passion for
authenticity and a firm respect for the original text, the Dabel Brothers
work hard to ensure that their adaptations build upon and enhance the worlds
of popular works in a manner that longtime fans and new readers alike can
To date, Dabel Brothers Production is best known for its critically
acclaimed adaptation of bestselling author George R. R. Martin's THE HEDGE
KNIGHT and THE SWORN SWORD, as well as adaptations of other fantasy/sci-fi
stories like Orson Scott Card's RED PROPHET and WYRMS, Raymond E. Feist's
MAGICIAN and THE WOOD BOY, Richard A. Knaak's DRAGONLANCE: THE LEGEND OF
HUMA, Robert Silverberg's THE SEVENTH SHRINE and Tad Williams's THE BURNING
MAN. DB Pro is also producing and publishing an adaptation of Robert
Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME: NEW SPRING, the prequel to the epic novel series.
Other Dabel Brothers Production titles include:
* Laurell K. Hamilton's ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER in GUILTY
* R.A. Salvatore's THE HIGHWAYMAN
* Michael Lent's PREY: ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES
* Monte Cook's PTOLUS: CITY BY THE SPIRE
* HALF DEAD
* AGE OF DARKNESS
* IMPERIAL DRAGONS
* MINUS WORLD
Dabel Brothers Production's books and comics are distributed exclusively
worldwide to the bookstore, library, warehouse, mass merchandise, specialty
mass merchandise, and comic book specialty markets by Diamond Comic
Distributors, Inc. and Diamond Book Distributors.
More information about Dabel Brothers Production and its products can be
found at their official site.