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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.

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Marvel Comics announced that they will partner with Dabel Brothers Production

Tuesday September 12th, 2006

Ray posted to the feistfans-l Mailing list

Plans currently call for a printing of a combined issue 1 and 2 under the Marvel banner, with issue 3 coming out a week later, in October.
That's what I know now, but officially as of today, Magician: Apprentice is being published by Marvel.
Best, R.E.F.

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Marvel Comics announced that they will partner with Dabel Brothers Production

Monday September 11th, 2006

Popular indie fantasy publisher acquired by Marvel Comics
By Matt Powell
Posted September 11, 2006 8:33 PM

During today's Retailer Summit in Baltimore, MD, Marvel Comics announced that they will partner with Dabel Brothers Productions, an independent comic book publisher/production team most noted for adapting fantasy novels into comics written by a collection of best-selling authors"We chose to work with each other because we saw that we had mutually beneficial goals, and that we could both improve our businesses by working together," said Dan Buckley, Publisher of Marvel Comics.

David Gabriel, Vice President of Sales for Marvel Comics, explained the direction Marvel aims to go with Dabel Bros.
"We hope to bring new readers into stores by leveraging these best-selling authors, and reaching a wider-audience than we already are with Marvel's best-selling super-hero comic books," said Gabriel.

Les Dabel, one of the founders of Dabel Brothers Prod. Said the biggest benefit of working with Marvel will be "access to Marvel's artists and writers.'

Creatively, Dabel said Dabel Bros. Will retain its consistency.
"We plan to continue the same way have, only now with Marvel's editorial support," said Dabel.

Headlining first from Marvel and Dabel Bros. Is fan-favourite, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, written by Laurell K. Hamilton. As a way to cement the publishers' partnership, the comic will feature a cover by superstar artist Greg Horn.

The tale chronicles Blake's alternate-universe battle against vampires, zombies, and werewolves who have been declared "legal beings" by the U.S. government.

While Marvel confirms there are no immediate plans for crossovers between Marvel and Dabel Brothers' respective universes, Buckley leaves fans hopeful.

"We have no plans to do any crossovers at this time, but who knows, anything is possible," said Buckley.

Publications on the horizon from Marvel and Dabel Bros. Include Orson Scott Card's Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker, Raymond Feist's The Magician: Apprentice, Ptolus: City by the Spire, and The Hedge Knight.

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Magician Apprentice Comic #2

Tuesday July 11th, 2006

We have added a review of Issue #2 of Magician - the comic book by Dabel Brothers you can find it here

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Magician Comic

Monday July 10th, 2006

We have updated the art and publication information for the the Magician Comic Book, including several character sketches. You can find them here

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Magician Apprentice #1 Comic Review

Thursday May 11th, 2006

We have added a review of Issue #1 of Magician - the comic book by Dabel Brothers you can find it here

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Magician Apprentice Comic #1

Thursday April 27th, 2006

We have updated the site with new information on the Magician Comic books, Issue 1 is due for imminent release, published by Dabel Brothers, you will find many cover arts for the books, use the banner on the main page to find the pages, or navigate through the menu under books.

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Comic-Con 2006

Wednesday July 14th, 2004

Ray will be at Comic-Con 2006 at the Diamond Books Distributor booth (2401) on Saturday July 22 2006
during the convention at 2pm for an hour to sign books

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Wood Boy 2 comic cover

Monday April 26th, 2004

Added new covers to the Dabel Brothers section, for Issue 2 of Wood Boy.

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Magician Comic Book

Wednesday March 31st, 2004

In response to a Question that Dabel Brothers are going to do Magician as a Comic Book after Wood Boy, Ray responded with.

Ya, we just agreed in principle for them to start on Magician: Apprentice.
Best, R.E.F.

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