The Dabels follow up Welcome to the Jungle with adaptation of Jim Butcher’s Storm Front.
Dabel Brothers Publishing announced today that Mark Powers and Ardian Syaf will be the creative team adapting Jim Butcher’s Storm Front to comics. Considering the success of Harry Dresden’s first comic book appearance in Jim Butcher’s original story, Welcome to the Jungle, the Dabel Brothers couldn’t wait to begin production on Storm Front.
“With Welcome to the Jungle, each new issue sold more than the previous one,” says Dabel Brothers Vice President, Les Dabel “We’ve sold out of the first two issues and have already re-printed the 1st issue…I’d say that qualifies as a hit.”
Storm Front is Butcher’s very first Dresden Files novel, and follows Harry through the investigation of a double murder committed by the use of black magic. The Dabels promise a non-stop, and action packed story in typical Dresden fashion leaving the readers on the edge of their seats.
“Harry Dresden is one of the coolest characters to be introduced in fantasy fiction in the last ten years. Everyone knows that the Dresden Files is a bonafide publishing phenomenon, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring Jim Butcher’s baby to comic book life,” says Mark Powers. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of talented newcomers over the course of my career, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with Ardian. We’re determined to do justice to Harry and company.”
After spending a decade at Marvel Comics, Mark Powers moved to Devil’s Due, where he oversaw the GI Joe line of books as well as the first several volumes of the company’s Dungeons and Dragons line. Nowadays, he is focused on his own writing projects, most notably Drafted.
Ardian Syaf continues to amaze everyone with his work on Welcome to the Jungle: “Drawing Welcome to The Jungle is a big jump in my career as a newcomer artist, since it’s my very first published work. And its success, of course is all because of Jim, but I think my pencils have improved in every issue. I will try hard to get Storm Front to feel like the novel, because I know that is what the fans want.”
“Mark Powers is very good at what he does,” says Les Dabel, “and Ardian has done a terrific job bringing Harry Dresden to life in Welcome to the Jungle. I can’t wait to see what they both do on Storm Front.”
The first issue of Storm Front ships October 2008, available in comic book stores everywhere. Look for the Welcome to the Jungle graphic novel also coming in October from Del Rey.
About Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher, best known for The Dresden Files and The Codex Alera series, has written an original Dresden Files story for Dabel Brothers Publishing called Welcome to the Jungle, which takes place before the first Dresden Files book, Storm Front. Butcher’s newest book, Small Favor, is the tenth book in the Dresden Files series and was just released on April 1st by Penguin Putnam, Inc. us.penguingroup.com/.