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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Marvel, Dabel Brothers split

So, what to make of this? Seems kind of sudden. Also seems that Marvel came out on top in the deal at the end. Or maybe it just signals a new direction for Dabel Brothers.

New York, NY - Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and Dabel Brothers Productions, LLC announced today that they are mutually ending their publishing relationship. In 2006, Marvel and Dabel Brothers signed an agreement for Marvel to market, print and distribute several limited and ongoing series, in addition to some other dynamic new properties. Founded in 2001, the Dabel Brothers have specialized in creating comic books and graphic novels based on the works of best-selling authors’ series such as Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter; George R. R. Martin’s Hedge Knight; and Orson Scott Card’s Tales Of Alvin Maker and others.

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. President and Publisher Dan Buckley explained, "We have great respect for the Dabel Brothers’ business and the relationships they have generated. Our partnership has been an exciting experience for both companies. We wish the Dabels well in their future publishing endeavors and hope to work with them again, should the opportunity present itself.”

“Working with Marvel was a dream come true for all of us, and we enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the comic book industry’s market leader,” said Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Productions. “We’re looking forward to applying those lessons to our business as we resume our status as a self-publisher, and we plan to continue producing top-quality adaptations of best-selling science fiction, fantasy, horror and thriller novels by popular authors.

Going forward, Marvel will continue to publish "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" by Laurell K. Hamilton; the "Hedge Knight" series by George RR Martin; "Tales of Alvin Maker and Wyrms" by Orson Scott Card; "Magician Apprentice" by Raymond Feist; "Lords of Avalon" by Kinley MacGregor; and "Highwayman" by R.A. Salvatore. Dabel Brothers Productions will begin work on its next wave of books, slated for release in early 2008.


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