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    The Dabel Brothers are now in production on creating graphic novels for the entire Wheel of Time series. They will begin with The Eye of the World and go sequentially from there, all the way through A Memory of Light. Here is the press release:


    NEW YORK, NY – July 1, 2008 – Dabel Brothers Publishing announced today that they will adapt Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time series, which has sold more than 14 million copies in North America alone, into comic book format. The first issue is scheduled to release in December 2008.

    The Wheel of Time began in 1990 with the publication of The Eye of the World; ten more volumes have followed. The most recent four books of the series have reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. It is the story of a world – both our past, and our future – in which the battle between the Light and the Shadow must be fought every day; and of the people, both ordinary and extraordinary, who must fight that battle. Jordan wrote eleven volumes of the series and one prequel; he was unable to complete the twelfth and final volume before his death in 2007. That volume, A Memory of Light, will be completed by Brandon Sanderson, a writer chosen by Jordan’s widow and editor, Harriet McDougal, and published by Tor Books in 2009.

    The Dabel Brothers published a comic adaptation of Jordan’s A New Spring in March 2005. In conjunction with that project, Robert Jordan provided them with extensive notes for use in further possible publications, including character descriptions and other visuals.

    “I’m delighted to be working with the Dabel Brothers! Their work is splendid. Robert Jordan liked it enormously,” says Harriet McDougal.

    Graphic-novel collected editions of the individual comics will be distributed by Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group. The deal was negotiated by Jordan’s agent, Nat Sobel.

    Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He was a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with “V” and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with Palm. A history buff, he also wrote dance and theater criticism. He enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He began writing in 1977 and continued until his death on September 16, 2007.

    Dabel Brothers Publishing, LLC, is a comic book studio dedicated to bringing many of the best and most popular novels in the world of fantasy to the comic book medium. Since its inception in 2001 they have produced adaptations of novels by bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, Raymond E. Feist, Tad Williams, Richard A. Knaak, and Robert Silverberg. Currently on the schedule is a remarkable list of high-profile projects including adaptations of major novels by bestselling authors: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, an original story set in the world of Jim Butcher’s bestselling series The Dresden Files, a Wild Cards series edited and overseen by George R. R. Martin, and a brand-new Mercy Thompson adventure by Patricia Briggs titled Mercy Thompson: Homecoming.

    For more information on Dabel Brothers Publishing:

    There are no plans at this time for the Dabel Brothers to return to complete the New Spring graphic novel that they were working on with Red Eagle Entertainment.

    As promotional art and other news arrives, we will post it here.

    As a serious Wheel Of Time fan this makes me very Very VERY Excited. It's a deffinate MUST BUY for us. And I recomend it and the original novels to everyone here.


  • #2
    very cool
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein


    • #3
      Hmm... maybe I'll get around to reading them, now.
      Do good. Be well. Make happy.


      • #4
        So, any word on how, and when, this series will be finished, now that Robert Jordan has died?

        I have enjoyed this series, but have found my enjoyment waning as time goes by and it seems like things are being stretched out beyond all reason. I can't remember which book it was, but there was one where I found myself finishing it and saying, "Wow, absolutely nothing of consequence was accomplished in this novel, despite its length!". Still looking forward to the conclusion, but, while this sounds horrible, and I AM sad that he died, it almost seems like that was the only way this thing was ever going to be forced to a resolution.


        • #5
          I heard that he plotted out the entire series and had lengthy discussions with his wife and a fellow author the direction he wanted to go how he wanted certain scenes and left it for them to finish in the event of his death. His declining health and eventual death wasn't a surprise to him, he made arrangements. He also went so far as to tell his fanbase these were his plans to avoid FANBOY RAGE when someone else 'wrote' the last book.

          But seriously... a Graphic Novel series on Wheel of Time... even if they started now they'd still be printing in 2020 and likely only be four or five books in. Given how a lot of graphic adaptions of novels end up half done because of declining interest I doubt the entire series will be produced.


          • #6
            I heard his son was going to wrap up the final book he was working on and publish it... like Christopher Tolkien did for his father.
            Do good. Be well. Make happy.


            • #7
              Nah its Brandon Sanderson whose writting the final book, no relation.


              • #8
                Cool... not that I've read any of them... they've been on my "things to read" list for ages, though.
                Do good. Be well. Make happy.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nived View Post
                  But seriously... a Graphic Novel series on Wheel of Time... even if they started now they'd still be printing in 2020 and likely only be four or five books in. Given how a lot of graphic adaptions of novels end up half done because of declining interest I doubt the entire series will be produced.

                  I find that the problem with many graphic adaptations of novels is that ALL they have to recommend them is the source material.

                  It doesn't matter how good your source material is, and how devoted a fanbase it has, if you do an adaptation with bad art (or even so-so art), and a poor translation to the graphic format (confusing panels, gaps in the storytelling, depending too heavily on the readers' familiarity with the material to make the graphic narrative understandable) then you just CAN'T sustain interest over the long run (and in some cases, even the short run).

                  There will always be the hard-core devotees that will buy it no matter what, but that number is seldom enough to carry such a project by itself, especially over the long haul that would be required for Wheel of Time.

                  Such a project done well could really be epic, though.


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                    • #11
                      Here is the press release from december conserning A Memory Of Light Book 12 of The Wheel Of Time.

                      Tor Books has announced that Brandon Sanderson has been selected to completeA MEMORY OF LIGHT, the final novel in the Wheel of Time saga. Here is the official press release:

                      Tor announces that the final novel in bestselling Robert Jordan’s legendary Wheel of Time® fantasy series will be completed by author Brandon Sanderson.
                      New York, NY: Friday, December 7, 2007

                      Tor Books announced today that novelist Brandon Sanderson has been chosen to finish the final novel in Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time fantasy series. Robert Jordan, one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th and early 21st centuries, died September 16th after a courageous battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.

                      The new novel, A MEMORY OF LIGHT, will be the twelfth and final book in the beloved fantasy series which has sold over 14 million copies in North America and over 30 million copies worldwide. The last four books in the series were all #1 New York Times bestsellers, and for over a decade fans have been eagerly awaiting the final novel that would bring the epic story to its conclusion.

                      Harriet Popham Rigney, Jordan’s beloved wife and editor, said of her decision to have Sanderson complete the last book in The Wheel of Time series: “I have chosen Brandon Sanderson to complete Robert Jordan’s great work, and I am absolutely delighted that he accepted. I will of course be editing this book as I have all of the other books of The Wheel of Time.”

                      President and Publisher of Tor Books, Tom Doherty, also expressed his happiness with Harriet’s decision, saying: “I am delighted that Harriet has chosen Brandon to complete Robert Jordan’s magnificent and timeless epic.”

                      It is the perfect match for Sanderson, who gratefully acknowledges the role Jordan played as an inspiration to him as a writer. In the tribute piece “Goodbye Mr. Jordan,” posted on his blog, Sanderson writes to Jordan: “Personally, I feel indebted to you. You showed me what it was to have vision and scope in a fantasy series–you showed me what could be done. I still believe that without your success, many younger authors like myself would never have had a chance at publishing their dreams. You go quietly, but leave us trembling.”

                      Like Jordan, Sanderson was an avid reader and writer from an early age. His debut novel, Elantris, was an unagented gem discovered after Sanderson, then a college student writing during his late night shift at a local hotel, approached Tor editor Moshe Feder at a fantasy convention. Several months later, after reading the manuscript and deciding he had to have it, Feder tried to find the author, who had since moved. Using the internet, he tracked down Sanderson through a campus directory—and the rest is history.

                      Sanderson has since gone on to establish a loyal fan base as the author of three critically acclaimed fantasy novels: Elantris, Mistborn, and The Well of Ascension, as well as a YA novel, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Publishing trade magazines Publishers Weekly and Library Journal gave Elantris starred reviews and it was the winner of the Romantic Times Award for best epic fantasy. The Washington Post also praised Sanderson for his creation of “a fascinating world” in Mistborn.

                      Sanderson will have large shoes to fill in his role bringing A MEMORY OF LIGHT to publication but will work very closely with Jordan’s longtime editor, Harriet Rigney, to be sure that the writing stays true to Jordan’s voice. Jordan himself worked on the novel almost daily for the last few months of his life and according to Harriet: “Some scenes were completed by Robert Jordan, and some exist in draft form; he left copious notes and hours of audio recordings.”

                      Jordan had known the ending of the series for a long time and, according to a blog posting by his cousin, Wilson W. Grooms, Jr., on the popular Jordan fan site, Jordan had a few months ago revealed secret details about the end of the series to close members of his family which he had never discussed before. Grooms wrote: “During a recent family sit around, he [Jordan] became the Gleeman and told the bones of it ALL to Harriet and me. You read that right, I did say ALL. Don’t ask, ain’t telling. Two and a half hours of story telling by the Creator himself went by in the twinkling of an eye.”

                      Sanderson knows that fans are very anxious to read the last novel in The Wheel of Time series and says, “I’m both extremely excited and daunted by this opportunity. There is only one man who could have done this book the way it deserved to be written, and we lost him in September. However, I promise to do my very best to remain true to Mr. Jordan’s vision and produce the book we have all been waiting to read.”

                      At a recent Toastmaster’s address at the World Fantasy Con this past November, author Guy Gavriel Kay saluted Jordan’s enduring legacy, stating that his “impact on the place of fantasy in the culture is colossal.”

                      Jordan has also often been referred to as Tolkien’s heir and in an article about The Wheel of Time series, The New York Times lauded Jordan for his extraordinary story-telling ability: “The books’ battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the ambiguities in these novels—the evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events—bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades, just as the experience of the First World War and its aftermath gave its imprint to Tolkien’s work.”

                      John Clute said of Jordan’s magnum opus, “when complete, the sequence will almost certainly constitute one of the major epic narratives of modern fantasy.”

                      Now Brandon Sanderson has signed on to complete A MEMORY OF LIGHT, with scheduled delivery of the manuscript in December 2008 and a planned publication date of Fall 2009. “The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time…”
                      At last report from the first draft of AMoL is 25% completed. As I find more info on who's working on them and when they will hit the street I'll post updates.

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                      Last edited by Darth_Andrea; 07-02-2008, 05:45 AM.


                      • #12
                        The Dabel Brothers have released two teaser preview images for their upcoming EYE OF THE WORLD comic book. The first image shows Lews Therin Telamon surrounded by the Forsaken as they appeared in the Age of Legends. The second image shows Rand surrounded by the same Forsaken as they appear in the modern (”Third”) Age.

                        Click each image to see it in full size.

                        The artwork was done by Mike S. Miller, and the coloring was done by Teodoro Gonzalez.

                        I'm quite excited about these teasers. They look great and have me even more excited about these GN's....I Want Them NOW!!!!!

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                        Last edited by Darth_Andrea; 07-31-2008, 09:19 AM.


                        • #13
                          A little update on the progress of the final Wheel Of Time Novel.

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                          A Memory of Light: I've had a couple of inquiries about the percentage bar here. I think I warned you way back in June that October would be a rough month for progress on the book, since it's hard to write when I'm on the road. But I'm still trying. Right now, I feel that I need to refresh my memory a little on the series, since I finished my read-through way back in March. So I'm re-reading KNIFE OF DREAMS at the moment. The progress bar doesn't reflect this, but I AM making motion through the book. I want to be careful to do the novel right. But I still anticipate being able to finish by the end of December. You may see the percentage bar tick up a few more points during the next few weeks of tour, but it's not going to go at the speed it did during August when I was pulling twelve and sixteen hour days writing because I knew that October was going to slow me down.
                          I'm really excited by this news I think Anna and I are looking forward to this novel more than we were the final Harry Potter book.



                          • #14
                            Brandon Sanderson is out promoting his latest book Hero of Ages the last book in his Mistborn series. A video has come out where he is talking about it as well as his work on the Final Wheel Of Time Novel A Memory Of Light I have posted the video below.

                            + YouTube Video
                            ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.



                            • #15
                              Since there is a comic coming soon and we have seen the teaser art. I figured I would post some of the Fan art that has been done by two of the artists from the Wheel Of Time fan community. They will be part of the art team on these comics and I think great talents. Click the pics for full size images

                              First up the art of Jeremy Saliba

                              Rand Al'Thor (The Lord Dragon)

                              Rand Al'Thor (Re-learning the sword...Notice his

                              Perrin (Rand's childhood friend)

                              Mat Cauthon (Another one of Rand's childhood friends...Self described lover of women, ale, and gambeling)

                              The Aiel

                              Thom Merrilin (Former Royal Bard now traveling Gleeman)

                              Nynaeve (Who most people tell me I look like though I'm not this grumpy...most of the time.)

                              Moiraine Damodred (Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah)

                              Lan Mandragoran (Last Lord Of The Seven Towers)

                              Logain (Ashaman and former false Dragon)

                              Mazrim Taim (Appointed leader of the Black Tower)

                              A Trolloc (A Shadow Spawn Solider)

                              Padan Fain (Former dark friend now something much worse)

                              Shaidar Haran (Earthly Avatar of the Dark One)

                              Myrddraal (Shadow Spawn General)

                              Ishamael Leader of the Forsaken (Aes Sedai of the age of legends who swore to serve the dark one)

                              Lanfear (Daughter Of The Night, Arguably The Strongest Of The Forsaken And Former Lover Of Lews Therin Telemon)

                              Now the art of Seamas Gallagher is what I used to make those series of wallpapers in my Wheel Of Time wallpaper thread in the Fan Works section. Found here

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                              Last edited by Darth_Andrea; 12-29-2008, 01:31 AM.