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"The Seventh Shrine" coming from Dabel Brothers & Image Comics

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Amidst publishing problems, hitches and delays, the Dabel Brothers havemaintained one thing: Their groundbreaking storybook edition of RobertSilverberg's The Seventh Shrine will hit the shelves in the very nearfuture.

"Since we announced The Seventh Shrine last year, we've enjoyed a lot ofsuccess with our critically-acclaimed adaptation of George R. R. Martin'sThe Hedge Knight, as well as our adaptation of Dragonlance: The Legend ofHuma," said Ernst Dabel, Editor-in-Chief and President of DB Pro. "In themeantime, we've been hard at work on our initial adaptations of severalother major series in science fiction and fantasy, and there are few thatwe're as excited about as Robert Silverberg's world of Majipoor."

Robert Silverberg, a multi-Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, has pennedhundreds of short stories, novels and collaborations in his 50-yearprofessional writing career. Dabel Brothers Production (DB Pro) will beadapting the short story "The Seventh Shrine," a follow-up to the novelsLord Valentine's Castle and Valentine Pontifex, into a beautifullyillustrated storybook format featuring paintings by artist Anders Finér. Thebook will be published initially in January by Image Comics as a two-partcomic bookseries and republished later on in a complete storybook volume.

"Working with a writer of the caliber of Mr. Silverberg is both an honor anda privilege," said Les Dabel, New Business Director and Vice President of DBPro. "We're tremendous fans of his writing, and we're excited to see theworld of Majipoor brought to life in such vivid detail."

"I'd never heard of Robert Silverberg prior to beginning this project," saidMike S. Miller, artist of The Hedge Knight. "But since he was working as aneditor for The Hedge Knight and I knew we'd be adapting his work soon, Iread through The Seventh Shrine and Majipoor Chronicles. His writing inthese books is simply amazing; it's rare that you'll find an author with theability to craft stories with such depth and character."

"Most writers just string together action sequences and space them out witha little bit of description and exposition," said Sean Jordan, editor of theadaptation of The Seventh Shrine. "But not Mr. Silverberg. His writing styleis almost overwhelming to new readers because it's so detailed andimmersive. I've always relished the adventurous feeling of the Majipoorstories because the writing works very, very hard to place the reader in analien world where violence and warfare are almost nonexistent. The conflictis 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 orGordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle will also love the Majipoor series," addedJordan. "This is real science fiction. I consider Mr. Silverberg to be oneof the best and most prominent science fiction authors in history, and I'mconfident readers who voyage into the world of Majipoor with us this springwill be captivated with what they see and discover."

The first issue of the the two-part Seventh Shrine miniseries is availablefor 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 throughDiamond Comic Distributors, Inc. More information about The MajipoorChronicles: The Seventh Shrine, Dabel Brothers Production and other projectscan be found at http://www.dabelbrothers.com.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by acollective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on tobecome one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There arecurrently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, MarcSilvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into threemajor houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and ImageCentral). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre,sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists andwriters working in the medium today.

Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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