Hitting the Highway

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The Dabel Brothers are the first to admit that they’ve set the bar pretty high for fantasy-based comics with their bestselling and critically-acclaimed titles like Raymond E. Feist’s MAGICIAN, Robert Jordan’s THE WHEEL OF TIME: NEW SPRING, and George R. R. Martin’s THE HEDGE KNIGHT.

But that bar is about to be raised even higher with their upcoming adaptation of New York Times Bestselling Author R.A. Salvatore’s THE HIGHWAYMAN, a novel that is set in the prehistory of his beloved DEMON WARS saga.

“When I started reading THE HIGHWAYMAN, I knew almost immediately that we had to make it the focus of our next big fantasy project,” said Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Production (“DB Pro”). “There was something about it that was very fresh and new, and it gave me the same irresistible feeling I had the first time I picked up one of Mr. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’Urden books. The story begins like a Robin Hood folktale, but it evolves into something very deep and meaningful by the end, with a very big, very groundbreaking feel.”

“Since we had already been talking to Mr. Salvatore about adapting books from his original series like DEMON WARS, we immediately worked out a deal to adapt THE HIGHWAYMAN as a sort of introduction,” Dabel continued. “And I think the fans are going to love it.”

But while Salvatore fans have already been treated to other adaptations based upon his writing, they’ll have yet another reason to love THE HIGHWAYMAN, explained Dabel: Mr. Salvatore will be actively involved in the project.

“One of our core philosophies at DB Pro is that we involve our authors in every step of the process,” said Dabel. “Mr. Salvatore will have the opportunity to see every page and piece of conceptual art as it’s turned in and offer his direction. He will also be working closely with our script adapter, Matthew Hansen, and the book’s editor, Sean J. Jordan, to ensure that the story is told in a manner that stays true to his vision of the original. This means that readers won’t just get a great book based on the writing of R.A. Salvatore; they’ll get an official visual version of an original R.A. Salvatore creation!”

The Dabel Brothers are so adamant that this title be done right, in fact, that no small amount of pressure is put on script adapter Matthew Hansen, who has been charged with the task of taking a very complex book and adapting it into a comic book miniseries.

"When I first read the book, knowing that I'd be adapting it, I was both excited and a little overwhelmed," Hansen explained. "Mr. Salvatore is such a great writer and it's an honor to be working with his material. The book itself is an incredible prequel, a really well-developed plot. It's always interesting condensing a novel to a comic, but I'm mindful of those challenges. Plus, I'm working with a great team, I have some great source material and an incredible author as a consultant!"

THE HIGHWAYMAN will be available in comic book stores everywhere this fall. It will be produced and published by Dabel Brothers Production, distributed through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc and Diamond Book Distributors, Inc., and available at comic book retailers and bookstores everywhere.

For more information about THE HIGHWAYMAN, DB Pro, or other Dabel Brothers projects, please visit the official website at http://www.dabelbrothers.com.

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