MARVEL FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH DABEL BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS TO ADAPT BEST SELLING NOVELS INTO COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC FICTION WO

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.

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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." To find these comics in a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook. MARVEL DB PRO COMIC BOOKS FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 9/21, (ON-SALE 10/11/06) MAGICIAN APPRENTICE COLLECTED EDITION (JUL068384) RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER COLLECTED EDITION (JUL068388) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 9/28, (ON-SALE 10/18/06) ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: GUILTY PLEASURES #1 (JUL068379) ANITA BLAKE VAMPIRE HUNTER GUILTY PLEASURES HORN VAR #1 (JUL068380) ANITA BLAKE VAMPIRE HUNTER GUILTY PLEASURES VAR #1 (JUL068381) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 10/5, (ON-SALE 10/25/06) PTOLUS: CITY BY THE SPIRE #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL068386) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 10/12, (ON-SALE 11/1/06) RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #3 (JUL068387) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 10/19, (ON-SALE 11/8/06) MAGICIAN APPRENTICE #3 (JUL068383) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 10/26, (ON-SALE 11/15/06) ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: GUILTY PLEASURES #2 (JUL068382) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 11/2, (ON-SALE 11/22/06) PTOLUS: CITY BY THE SPIRE #2 (JUL068385) FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 11/16, (ON-SALE 12/6/06) RED PROPHET: THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #4 FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 11/21, (ON-SALE 12/13/06) MAGICIAN APPRENTICE #4 FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 11/30, (ON-SALE 12/20/06) ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: GUILTY PLEASURES #3 FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 12/7, (ON-SALE 12/27/06) PTOLUS: CITY BY THE SPIRE #3 COLLECTIONS FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 11/2, (ON-SALE 12/6/06) HEDGE KNIGHT VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC HEDGE KNIGHT VOL. 1 PREMIERE HC VARIANT About Dabel Brothers Productions Dabel Brothers Productions ("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 Productions 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, 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 working with Robert Jordan to bring forth an adaptation of The Wheel of Time: New Spring, the prequel to the epic novel series. Dabel Brothers Productions' 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 Productions and its products can be found at http://www.dabelbrothers.com. About Marvel Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the creation of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information, visit http://www.marvel.com.

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