The Dabel Bros And R.A Salvatore Join Forces

Tue, May 2nd, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Arune Singh, Staff Writer

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

KNIGHT.

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

saga.

"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

groundbreaking feel."

"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

project.

"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

enjoy.

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

PLEASURES

* 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

* LEGACY

* MARSHAL

* 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.

 
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