I haven’t heard a lot from the Dabel Brothers in recent months, but this press release filtered through my inbox the other day announcing a new manga-style series based on the Malcom Wong’s screenplay called Dog Eaters.
Take the jump for the full press release, and a peek at the issue.
Atlanta, GAÂ – Dabel Brothers Publishing is excited to announce the manga-style adaptation of Malcolm Wongâ€™s award-winning screenplay, Dog Eaters. Malcolmâ€™s screenplay won three awards at the Screenwriting Expo5 in Los Angeles. The story has been adapted by Sean J. Jordan, and features stunning manga-style pencils from Chilean illustrator, Guillermo A. Angel.
Mankind failed in its first attempt to transcend the Petroleum Age.Â The Die Off killed nine out of ten people worldwide.Â One hundred and seventy five years later, civilization consists of scattered nomadic tribes, isolated casino-cities, and roving bands of predatory bandits.
This is the world of the Black Dog Clan.
â€œI started to write DOG EATERS at a time when I was totally disgusted with what was going on in the USA,â€ says Malcolm, â€œthe addictive preoccupation with celebrity, the political incompetence and arrogance at the highest level, the needless and endless war, the feeling that Americans were â€˜fiddling while Rome burned.â€™ At the time of this writing, matters have not improved â€” they have started to fester.
â€œI started to speculate about what would happen if this current incarnation of Rome did in fact burn, bringing down the rest of the world with it in a chain reaction of economic collapse, war, disease, and famine, culminating in the â€˜Die Off.â€™
â€œAfter this second Dark Age, who would rise from the ashes of the destruction? Who would survive in the US Southwest? Prisoners isolated in high-security prisons who interbred to create a super-brutal outlaw. People of native descent who could live off the land. Where would civilization start to coalesce first? Why, around the casino-cities, of course. And how would they be supplied? By armored caravans plying the trade routes.
â€œThis is the story of a hardy family and their clan as they fight their way to a new future.â€
The Dabel Brothers agreed to adapt the winning screenplay into a 6-issue comic book miniseries and an accompanying graphic novel collection.
â€œDog Eaters was a big surprise for us,â€ said Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Publishing. â€œI read the title, and I said to myself, â€˜I want to read more. I want to know why itâ€™s called Dog Eaters.â€™ And as this production has progressed, I was really impressed with the wonderful job Guillermo Angel is doing of bringing this story to life.â€
â€œWe think itâ€™s going to fit in just fine with our licensed material, and weâ€™re certain people are going to be just as blown away by this story as we are,â€ said Les Dabel, Vice President of Dabel Brothers Publishing.
The series will debut in November 2008 as a 6 issue monthly miniseries (November 2008 â€“ April 2009) and will be compiled into a graphic novel to be published by Del Rey in time for San Diego Comicon 2009.Â A free preview of the first 16 pages in black & white was given away at SDCC 2008.Â For those who were not able to get the print preview issue, please visit http://www.dogeaters-manga.com for a free download of the PDF.Â You will also find the link to the YouTube â€œtrailer,â€ pencil, toned & inked, and color images, and more information about Dog Eaters.
Malcolm Wong graduated with an MFA in Art (Sculpture) from the University of Hawaii before moving to Tokyo where he directed and produced music videos for some of the best-selling bands and recording artist in Japan in the mid-80s to mid-90s. Malcolm and his wife Junko currently run Cross World Connections, a creative agency for illustration in Tokyo www.cwctokyo.com and are also responsible for the rebirth of the fashion doll, Blythe www.blythedoll.com.Â Malcolm resides in Tokyo, Japan.
via Dog Eaters