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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Dabel Brothers to Adapt Malcolm Wong's Award-Winning Screenplay, “Dog Eaters”, into an Original Manga-Style Comic Book Series

Atlanta, GA – July 8, 2008: Dabel Brothers Publishing is excited to announce the manga-style adaptation of Malcolm Wong's award-winning screenplay, Dog Eaters. Malcolm's screenplay won three awards at the Screenwriting Expo 5 in Los Angeles. The story has been adapted by Sean J. Jordan, and features stunning manga-style pencils from Chilean illustrator, Guillermo A. Angel.

Dog Eaters tells the tale of a world 175 years after the “Die Off”—a catastrophe that occurs when the balance of world economic, political, and ecological systems is upset by an oil crisis that spins out of control, eventually wiping out 90% of the world's population. The survivors in the U.S. Southwest travel between casino-cities in armored caravans made up of old semi-trucks and motorcycles, on the lookout for bands of “Roaches”—fierce desert bandits descended from the inmates of maximum security penitentiaries. As the title declares, the nomads of this world aren't afraid to eat wild dog when necessary; survival in this dangerous world has meant sacrificing a few of our civilized niceties. And that is one of many tough decisions the main characters of the story, known as the “Black Dog Clan,” are forced to make to keep their clan alive.

“I wrote this story as a way to express my dismay and fear that mankind's current addiction to materialism will topple contemporary civilization,” explained Malcolm Wong. “Oil is required for everything we do—everything that we take for granted. So imagine what would happen if we failed to transcend the Petroleum Age. The worst-case scenario: a second Dark Age and return to barbarism. But that's just the back story for
Dog Eaters, which portrays a family of the Black Dog Clan in this new future.”

The
Dabel Brothers first picked up the rights to this story as part of a prize package at the Screenwriting Expo 5 in Los Angeles. The Dabels agreed to adapt the winning screenplay into a six-issue comic book miniseries and an accompanying graphic novel collection.

Dog Eaters was a big surprise for us,” said Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Publishing. “I read the title, and I said to myself, 'I want to read more. I want to know why it's called Dog Eaters.' And as this production has progressed, I was really impressed with the wonderful job Guillermo Angel is doing of bringing this story to life.”

“There will be a preview edition later this summer, available at the
San Diego Comic-Con and Malcolm Wong will be there to help spread the word. We'll be making many more announcements about this book as the release date nears,” said Les Dabel, Vice President of Dabel Brothers Publishing. “We think it's going to fit in just fine with our licensed material, and we're certain people are going to be just as blown away by this story as we are.”

The series will debut in Fall 2008 as a six-issue miniseries, with a preview coming this summer at
San Diego Comic-Con. For more information about Dog Eaters please visit http://www.dogeaters-manga.com/.

ABOUT MALCOM WONG:

Malcolm Wong graduated with an MFA in Art (Sculpture) from the University of Hawaii before moving to Tokyo where he directed and produced music videos for some of Japan’s best-selling bands and recording artists in the mid-80s to mid-90s. His wife Junko currently runs
Cross World Connections, a creative agency for illustration in Tokyo and are also responsible for the rebirth of the fashion doll, Blythe. In addition to overseeing the Dog Eaters comic book adaptation and running the Official Dog Eaters Website, Malcom is currently hard at work on his next screenplay.

ABOUT DABEL BROTEHRS PUBLISHING:

Dabel Brothers Publishing, LLC, is a comic book studio dedicated to bringing many of the best and most popular novels in the world of fantasy to the comic book medium. Since its inception in 2001 they have produced adaptations of novels by bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, Raymond E. Feist, Tad Williams, Richard A. Knaak, and Robert Silverberg. Currently on the schedule is a remarkable list of high-profile projects including adaptations of major novels by bestselling authors: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, an original story set in the world of Jim Butcher's bestselling series The Dresden Files, a Wild Cards series edited and overseen by George R. R. Martin, and a brand-new Mercy Thompson adventure by Patricia Briggs titled Mercy Thompson: Homecoming. For more information on Dabel Brothers Publishing, visit http://www.dabelbrothers.com/.

FANTASY BOOK CRITIC’S THOUGHTS: As much as I love the
Dabel Brothers adaptations, I love original work even more and the concept behind Dog Eaters sounds great! Plus, the artwork is just spectacular :) Definitely a series that I’ll be reading…

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just what we needed, another new license announcement from Dabel. Haven't this guys learned. Dabel needs to stop it with the announcement of new licenses and start releasing their stuff.

Bet all these project are gonna get canned later just like all those previous projects the promised.

Derek Ruiz said...

Um What previously announced by us project hasn't come out or been scheduled by us?

YAY! I love the "Brave" Anonymous don't know what they are talking about internet posters...YAY!

malcolm said...

This book is coming out come hell or high water. I will personally see to it.

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