Official Press Release
Amidst publishing problems, hitches and delays, the Dabel Brothers have
maintained one thing: Their groundbreaking storybook edition of Robert
Silverberg’s The Seventh Shrine will hit the shelves in the very near
“Since we announced The Seventh Shrine last year, we’ve enjoyed a lot of
success with our critically-acclaimed adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s
The Hedge Knight, as well as our adaptation of Dragonlance: The Legend of
Huma,” said Ernst Dabel, Editor-in-Chief and President of DB Pro. “In the
meantime, we’ve been hard at work on our initial adaptations of several
other major series in science fiction and fantasy, and there are few that
we’re as excited about as Robert Silverberg’s world of Majipoor.”
Robert Silverberg, a multi-Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, has penned
hundreds of short stories, novels and collaborations in his 50-year
professional writing career. Dabel Brothers Production (DB Pro) will be
adapting the short story “The Seventh Shrine,” a follow-up to the novels
Lord Valentine’s Castle and Valentine Pontifex, into a beautifully
illustrated storybook format featuring paintings by artist Anders Finér. The
book will be published initially in January by Image Comics as a two-part
series and republished later on in a complete storybook volume.
“Working with a writer of the caliber of Mr. Silverberg is both an honor and
a privilege,” said Les Dabel, New Business Director and Vice President of DB
Pro. “We’re tremendous fans of his writing, and we’re excited to see the
world of Majipoor brought to life in such vivid detail.”
“I’d never heard of Robert Silverberg prior to beginning this project,” said
Mike S. Miller, artist of The Hedge Knight. “But since he was working as an
editor for The Hedge Knight and I knew we’d be adapting his work soon, I
read through The Seventh Shrine and Majipoor Chronicles. His writing in
these books is simply amazing; it’s rare that you’ll find an author with the
ability to craft stories with such depth and character.”
“Most writers just string together action sequences and space them out with
a little bit of description and exposition,” said Sean Jordan, editor of the
adaptation of The Seventh Shrine. “But not Mr. Silverberg. His writing style
is almost overwhelming to new readers because it’s so detailed and
immersive. I’ve always relished the adventurous feeling of the Majipoor
stories because the writing works very, very hard to place the reader in an
alien world where violence and warfare are almost nonexistent. The conflict
is psychological, political, and cerebral before it ever gets physical.”
“Of course, anyone who’s read and enjoyed Frank Herbert’s Dune, Arthur C.
Clarke’s Rama, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation or
Gordon R. Dickson’s Childe Cycle will also love the Majipoor series,” added
Jordan. “This is real science fiction. I consider Mr. Silverberg to be one
of the best and most prominent science fiction authors in history, and I’m
confident readers who voyage into the world of Majipoor with us this spring
will be captivated with what they see and discover.”
The first issue of the the two-part Seventh Shrine miniseries is available
for preorder in the November Diamond PREVIEWS and will go on sale January 19.
The storybook edition of The Seventh Shrine will be available in Spring,
2005 through Image Comics and will be available for solicitation through
Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. More information about The Majipoor
Chronicles: The Seventh Shrine, Dabel Brothers Production and other projects
can be found at http://www.dabelbrothers.com.
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