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PRESS RELEASES: Tor Books & BioWare Announce “Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne” + Dabel Brothers Reveals More “Warriors” Plans!

New York, NY and Edmonton, Canada—January 14, 2009: Tor Books, the largest publisher of science fiction in the world, and BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., are proud to announce the publication of “Dragon Age: “The Stolen Throne” (A Tor Trade Paperback; $14.95; March 3, 2009), the thrilling prequel to Dragon Age™: Origins, the highly anticipated dark, heroic fantasy video game. This gripping novel will introduce the reader to a brand new fantasy universe created by BioWare, the award-winning developer of computer, console, handheld and online video games. Veteran video game developer and writer, David Gaider, brings a fresh and talented voice to the novel based on the hit video game that is set for release in 2009.

Fans of
BioWare can preview “Dragon Age: “The Stolen Throne” by visiting the Official Dragon Age Website, where they can read the entire first chapter and find additional information about the new novel and the forthcoming Dragon Age: Origins video game:

When the beloved rebel queen is murdered, her son Maric sets out on a mission of vengeance against the faithless lords who were responsible for his mother's untimely death. The nation of Ferelden that once prospered under his family's reign now suffers under the cruel hands of the invading Orlesians. His countrymen now live in fear and no one is to be trusted.

Maric soon becomes the leader of a rebel army hell-bent on retaking Ferelden from the control of a foreign tyrant. With only two true allies by his side, the brash outlaw Loghain and the beautiful warrior maiden Rowan, Maric and his trusted band must outwit spies and traitors as they try to reclaim the stolen throne...


The team at
BioWare has passionately created a fantasy world like no other—filled with compelling characters, rich landscapes, and hidden terrors. “Dragon Age: “The Stolen Throne” is a sweeping epic that will enrapture readers and gamers everywhere.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a Senior Writer at BioWare's Edmonton studio, where he has worked since 1999. He is currently the Lead Writer on Dragon Age: Origins, responsible for story and setting design, and prior to that worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate™ 2, Baldur's Gate™ 2: Throne of Bhaal, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™, Neverwinter Nights™ and its expansions.

ABOUT BIOWARE:

BioWare develops computer, console, handheld and online video games focused on rich stories and memorable characters. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's best-selling titles including the award-winning Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for the Nintendo DS™. Original BioWare-created intellectual properties include Jade Empire™ and the 2007 Game of the Year, Mass Effect. With studios in Edmonton, Canada, and Austin, Texas, BioWare is hard at work on the epic fantasy RPG, Dragon Age™: Origins, and a story-driven MMO, Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ as well as several unannounced projects. In 2008, BioWare was acquired by the world's leading electronic entertainment publisher, Electronic Arts. For more information on BioWare, visit http://www.bioware.com/.

ABOUT TOR BOOKS:

Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy literature. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last twenty years in a row Tor has been named Best Science Fiction Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

Atlanta, GA—January 14, 2009:
Dabel Brothers Publishing announced today that they have reached an agreement with Paramount Licensing to produce Warriors posters using comic book art.

The first poster will feature art from issue #3 (see above) of “The Warriors” movie adaptation, painted by the ultra-talented, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Goon,
Eric Powell. The Baseball Furies poster will be a New York Comic Con exclusive item, and will be sold at the Dabel Brothers booth at the show. Future posters will feature artwork from some of the best and brightest artists in the industry.

Eric Powell's art captures the unique look and feel of this iconic Hollywood gang classic,” said Michael Corcoran, president, Paramount Consumer Products & Recreation Group, “Dabel Brothers Publishing has a great appreciation and respect for the property, and we think fans will be very pleased by what they see!”

Also at
New York Comic Con, which takes place February 4th-6th this year, Dabel Brothers will be launching the first issue of “The Warriors” comic book movie adaptation by David Atchison, Chris Dibari and Keiran Oats. The issue will be available first at the show at the Dabel Brothers booth, and then shipped to comic book stores everywhere the following week.

“With 2009 being the 30th anniversary of the movie, we can't imagine a better time or place to debut the comic than New York City,” says
Dabel Brothers Business Manager, Rich Young. “We've been extremely happy with the fantastic work our creative team has been doing on the book, as has Paramount, and we think that fans of the movie, as well as comic book fans in general, are really going to enjoy this book.”

Plans are also already in the works for an original follow up series to “The Warriors” comic movie adaptation, which will chronicle the events that take place after the movie ends.

With a new clothing line from Marc Ecko, and a new interactive game in the works, as well as several other key
Warriors licensees already on board, including Mezco Toys, you can expect to see the gang making a big comeback this year.

The Warriors” tells the story of a New York gang of that same name, framed for killing a rival gang leader who tried to unite all gangs in the area. The film chronicles their journey back to their home turf in Coney Island, traveling through hostile gang territory. Be sure to check
dabelbrothers.com for more Warriors-related updates!

ABOUT PARAMOUNT LICENSING:

Paramount Licensing handles licensing rights worldwide for properties of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and © DW Studios L.L.C. Paramount Licensing has established robust licensing programs for Paramount's extensive library of films and current releases through merchandise, stage plays, publishing, and recreation programs.

ABOUT DABEL BROTHERS PUBLISHING, LLC:

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.

Recently announced
Dabel Brothers projects include Malcom Wong’s Dog Eaters, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, The Warriors, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters, the Illustrated George R.R. Martin A Song if Ice & Fire 2009 Calendar, C.E. Murphy’s original comic book Take a Chance and Dean Koontz’s original comic book Nevermore.

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