Have you ever wondered how others see your favourite characters? The old saying, a pictures worth a thousand words stands true. A comic book, with several pictures, gives an opportunity to see how one creative team see the characters.
In December 2003 Les Dabel of Roaring Studios announced that they would be adapting to a comic/graphic novel series, Raymond E. Feist, The Wood Boy, which first appeared in Robert Silverbergs' Legends anthology. After a rocky start the complete story was finally released.
Since that first foray into the worlds of Raymond E. Feist, they set their sights on bigger targets, and under the new banner of Dabel Brothers Productions they took on the task of adapting Magician Apprentice, the first part of Magician. Again though, all was not well, and after initial production difficulties, which caused delays and availability issues, it was announced in September 2006 that Dabel Brothers Productions would partner with Marvel Comics for the publication, thus giving the comic book a promising future.
On 13th August 2007, the news was released that Marvel Comics and Dabel Brothers Productions would split, with Marvel retaining the rights to publish the Comic Book Adaptation of Magician Apprentice. We are still awaiting the third and final segnment of the series, which has now been announced - see the Latest News.
Monday May 18th, 2009
According to Marvels website
Riftwar Issue #001 is due for release on 24 June 2009, originally 27 May 2009
Riftwar Issue #002 is due for release on 22 July 2009, originally 24 June 2009
Riftwar Issue #003 is due for release on 22 July 2009, though this is expected to slip in line with the other issues.
Wednesday April 22nd, 2009
And a comment from Ray..
From: Raymond E. Feist
Date: 22 April 2009
It's not Aglaranna. I believe that's a memory flashback to Ashen- Shugar. They got the helmet wrong, too.
Wednesday April 8th, 2009
It appears that the title for the continuation of the Comic Book adaptation of Magician, which started with Magician Apprentice, will definitely be going under the title of 'Riftwar', rather than the previously anounced Magician Riftwar.
The release date for issue #002 has been revealed by Marvel, and can be found with the other details we have, at Riftwar Issue #002.
Wednesday March 4th, 2009
We have a below an advance image of the cover for the first Comic book in the Magician Riftwar Series. At present until the writing is on the cover, we are unaware if the title will be Riftwar or as previously advised Magician Riftwar. The cover itself is also subject to change.
Tuesday February 17th, 2009
The long awaited return of the Comic Book that was first anounced here at Crydee back in October 2008 (See this article), is finally due to make its appearance on 27th May 2009. We have added the information we have to the Comic Book Publication Information, and you can find the synopsis under Magician Riftwar.
Monday January 19th, 2009
In response to a question by our webmaster on the Feistfans-l Mailing list. about the current status of the continuation of Magician: Apprentice, under the title Magician: Riftwar, Raymond E. Feist responded with the following.
From: Raymond E. Feist
Date: 19 January 2009
I was under the impression last I talked abut this stuff that they'd be soliciting their accounts in January, and well, it's January. So . . . ? Still, I know it's in the pipe and we signed the deal for Master so they'll be doing that as well.
So it looks for the moment that there ia a delay in publication. As soon as we have any further details, we will provide an update.
Saturday December 27th, 2008
Following on from our article Magician Comic Book Adaptation Continues of October 27th 2008, we have as yet seen no signs of the next issue on the Marvel website, so assume there is some delay in its publication. As soon as we have further information, it will be made available here, and in the Comic Book Publication Information
Monday October 27th, 2008
Ray has informed us of the good news, that the Comic Book adaptation of Magician, will continue. To avoid confusion with the exisiting releases, Marvel will be releasing the newest installment under the title 'Magician: Riftwar'. Publication will start in January 2009, and continue until the story of Magician Apprentice is completed, which should be 6 issues.
On a further note, a deal has been struck with Marvel, to adapt Magician Master, which is expected to be released under the title 'Magician: Master', though this subject to change, and no schedule has been anounced.
In the meantime, we have for you a sample of the pencils, by Ryan Stegman, from the upcoming release. It is presented to you by permission of Marvel, so we hope you will enjoy.
Click the image for a larger view.