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Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the publication of a new trilogy of graphic novels from New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson! White Sand triumphantly brings to life Sanderson’s unpublished novel, a crucial missing part of Sanderson’s sprawling Cosmere universe.

Welcome to Taldain, a planet like no other. Taldain has no rotation; instead it is forever locked in place, one half in brilliant sunlight, the other in eternal night. The most powerful figures on Dayside are the Sand Masters, harnessing arcane powers to magically manipulate sand for construction, transportation, and spectacular displays of attack and defense. The weakest of their number is Kenton, whose paltry abilities pale in comparison to his peers and to his father, the powerful Lord Mastrell Praxton.

However, a conspiracy is afoot on Dayside that threatens the stability of the whole planet. When the Sand Masters are ambushed and slaughtered, Kenton believes himself to be the sole survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton finds himself in an unlikely partnership with a mysterious Darksider called Khriss — who hides secrets of her own.

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White Sand has been adapted by Rik Hoskin, scripter of Amazon’s best-selling Mercy Thompson graphic novel, with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. With the creative team working so closely with Sanderson, White Sand promises to be a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure, as its powerful imagery and storyline are built on Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems.

“Dynamite has been excellent to work with. Rik Hoskin, the person hired to do the adaptation, is a fantastic writer – and he really managed to preserve the core of my story, using my own dialogue and descriptions, while cutting out all the chaff,” says author Brandon Sanderson. “The artist Julius Gopez, the colorist Ross Campbell, the letterer Marshall Dillon, and the editor Rich Young have all done a fabulously great job.”

“I’ve admired Brandon Sanderson’s brilliant writing ever since I first read his work on the Wheel of Time series, after he assumed the reins from Robert Jordan,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO/Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Thanks to our chats with his agent Joshua Bilmes, we sealed a deal to work with Brandon directly, and White Sand is the first project born from that exciting venture! We’re very excited to be working hand-in-hand with him, and can’t wait for fans to read this mind-blowing original graphic novel.”

White Sand Vol. 1 is on sale at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere this June, and features 160 pages of spellbinding story and breathtaking art, from a true master of the genre! Look for this deluxe hardcover format for $24.99.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more.  Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.  In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent.  Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors.  In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011.  The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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