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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Dean Koontz’s ‘Frankenstein’ Creative Team Announced (Official Press Release) + Dabel Brothers Store Re-Opened!!!

Of all of the projects that Dabel Brothers has officially announced, I’m most excited for the adaptation of Dean Koontz’sFrankenstein”. What can I say, I just love Mr. Koontz’s work and the creative team for the adaptation are excellent choices :) Anyways, here’s the official press release:

December 4, 2007 – Few things could be more exciting for the Dabel Brothers than the opportunity to bring Dean Koontz’s first Frankenstein novel to life in comic book format.

Unless, of course, it’s the opportunity to develop Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son with the help of legendary comic book industry veterans like Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein is due out in May, 2008, but we’re already halfway through the first issue,” said Les Dabel, Vice President of Dabel Brothers Publishing. “And between Mr. Koontz’s source material, Chuck’s stellar adaptation, and Brett’s incredible artwork, I think this book is going to be one of the best we’ve ever put together!”

That’s a tall order for the Dabel Brothers, who have produced plenty of critically-acclaimed, mega-selling literary adaptations, such as George R. R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight, Orson Scott Card’s Red Prophet: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Raymond E. Feist’s Magician: Apprentice and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures. But 2008 is shaping up to be their banner year with their recently announced Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards, and, of course, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son all hitting the stands by the second quarter.

But, said Dabel, they’re not taking anything for granted this time around. “That’s why we’ve entrusted this book to Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth,” he said. “We’ve worked with both of them on other projects, and we know that they’re both incredible professionals who have earned the right to have a multitude of fans.”

Chuck Dixon has been writing comic books since the late 1970s, with a portfolio that includes books from every major American comic book publisher. While he is best known for his popular work on DC’s Batman books during the 1990s, Dixon has been the writer behind dozens of other titles, including Crossgen’s Sigil and Way of the Rat, Marvel Comics’s Moon Knight and Punisher War Zone, DC Comics’s Detective Comics, Catwoman and Robin, and the bestselling comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Dixon is revered by his fans for his tight pacing and his snappy dialogue – two skills that will serve him well in an action thriller like Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein.

"This is a book that was made for comics,” said Chuck Dixon. “Dean has a story here that begs for visuals, from dizzying Himalayan mountainscapes to creepy urban dungeons. This is perhaps the easiest adaptation I've ever worked on. There's so much here!"

Brett Booth has been a popular comic book artist since the early 1990s, when he attracted lots of attention from fans for his work on Image Comics’s Backlash, based around a character he co-created with Jim Lee. Since then, Booth has worked on dozens of titles throughout the comic book industry, such as popular Marvel Comics books Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men, a crossover featuring Backlash and Spider-Man, Wildstorm’s Thundercats: Dogs of War, and the Dabel Brothers’ own adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter.

“It's an interesting story,” said Brett Booth. “I'm trying to work my way through all the major monster categories. Next up, I'll be looking for something with a mummy! Visually, this should be fun, and Chuck’s done a great job with the adaption.”

And as production on the first issue continues, the Dabel Brothers are certain that Dean Koontz fans and comic book readers alike are going to love the finished product.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein is already a huge bestseller as a novel because of its great story,” Dabel said. “The comic book is going to continue that trend for certain – people are going to want to pick this one up!”

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son #1 will be available from Dabel Brothers Publishing in May 2008 at comic book stores everywhere. Del Rey Books will collect the first six issues of the comic in a hardcover edition later in the year.

In other news, Dabel Brothers has recently re-launched their online store and in celebration, they are offering an exclusive poster of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and two limited edition (500 pieces) art prints featuring beautiful, never-before-seen artwork of Ned and Sansa Stark from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Truly, the prints are just stunning and I already have my order in for “ the quiet of the godswood”. Can’t wait to have that hanging up in my office :) For the full press release including details on how to order, click HERE.


chrisd said...

That poster is beautiful!

I haven't read Koontz's Frankenstein.

So much to read, so little time.

Robert said...

I hear you. It seems like my book pile is always getting bigger, not smaller...

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Looks great.. I'll have to remember to keep my eye out for it.

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