Official Press Release
San Diego, California (December 21, 2005) – Alias Comics announced today
that they have officially released creative studio DB Pro from its
publishing contracts, without contesting any of their delayed titles or the
terms of their departure.
Originally an independent publisher known best for their book, WATERDOGS,
the Dabel Brothers (DB Pro) then signed contracts with Image Comics to
publish GEORGE R. R. MARTIN’S: THE HEDGE KNIGHT. Leaving Image halfway
through the series, the Dabels joined Devil’s Due Publishing who published
the remainder of THE HEDGE KNIGHT, as well as their unfinished series,
DRAGONLANCE: THE LEGEND OF HUMA.
The Dabel Brothers joined the launch of Alias Comics in early 2005 with
planned titles such as a LEGACY trade paperback, IMPERIAL DRAGONS, XIII, TAD
WILLIAMS: THE BURNING MAN, the subsequent THE BURNING MAN/THE WOOD BOY trade
paperback, ROBERT SILVERBERG’S: THE SEVENTH SHRINE trade paperback, ORSON
SCOTT CARD’S: WYRMS and more.
However, after a series of late and failed deliveries, and an expression by
Dabel Brothers that they would like to return to their roots as an
independent publisher, Alias has now decided to release the studio from any
further publishing obligations.
“Alias is all about promoting and defending creator and studio rights,” said
Alias Publisher, Brett Burner. “DB Pro has been afforded other publishing
opportunities which they believe are in their best interests to follow, and
we are not in the business of holding creators back from reaching their full
As part of their release, DB Pro will take with them all unfinished and
future projects currently in production. All previous Alias orders for
these as-yet unpublished books have been cancelled – all books currently in
print will remain available through Diamond.
“Dabel Brothers had a number of books that were behind schedule which we
were waiting for them to complete. Unfortunately those books were never
finished and delivered to us,” said Burner. “We understand that [DB Pro
Managing Editor] Les Dabel has been exploring independent publishing, so
rather than causing undo friction between our companies, Alias has chosen to
allow Dabel Brothers to pursue those options, and we wish DB Pro well in
their chosen path.”
Books previously solicited through Alias that have now been cancelled by the
publisher because of non-delivery include: XIII #6, the XIII trade
paperback, IMPERIAL DRAGONS #2 (and all subsequent issues), THE BURNING MAN
(all three issues), and a SEVENTH SHRINE trade paperback.
“We wish them all the best, and hope that their new direction offers them
what they could not find with Alias,” said Alias Executive Director Mike S.
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