NEW YORK, NY – November 14, 2007 – Dabel Brothers Publishing and Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books, have announced a new agreement for distribution of Dabel Brothers graphic novels into the trade book market.Click the link above to read more of the details. To read about the Marvel/Dabel split, click here.
In spring 2008 the popular literary comic book publisher will launch comic book adaptations of three major properties: New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son; Jim Butcher’s bestselling The Dresden Files; and George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards. The graphic novel versions, to be distributed by Del Rey, will go on sale in summer/fall 2008.
The long-term arrangement will result in broader distribution for their graphic novels than they have had in the past, explains Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Publishing. “While we will retain our autonomy and continue to operate as an individual company, we expect the Del Rey sales team to greatly expand our reach into such markets as libraries and independent bookstores.”
I thought most of what Del Rey did was manga, so this is different and surprising. Sounds like Dabel will do direct to graphic novel stories. That's probably a good way for them to go since they had some trouble getting single issues out consistantly. In GN format the whole story will be self contained and we won't have to worry about 5 month delays between issues. Overall I always enjoyed Dabel's stuff, so I'm looking forward to seeing how things change/improve/progress with Del Rey.