[ENGLISH] The Dabel Brothers tells us: The Dabel Brothers are already well-known for their comic book and graphic novel adaptations of great paranormal thriller novels such as 2007’s bestselling Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures and their eagerly anticipated May 2008 release, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. But now that they’ve signed white-hot New York Times bestselling paranormal fantasy writer Patricia Briggs to bring the world of her stunning Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson books to comics, the Dabel Brothers are fully prepared to top themselves once again with a brand new original story written by Briggs exclusively for comics!

The Mercedes Thompson series began in 2006 with the publication of Moon Called. Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a Volkswagen mechanic (she’s heard all the jokes, thank you). She’s also a coyote shapeshifter, an observer of the supernatural community, but not part of it: the perfect intermediary between the things that go bump in the night . . . and the things that bump back.

The second and third books in the series, Blood Bound and the #1 New York Times bestseller Iron Kissed, have only helped to cement Briggs as one of the rising stars in the realm of paranormal fantasy, and the Dabel Brothers expect their comic book series, a prequel to the novels entitled Mercedes Thompson: Homecoming, to drive her legions of fans straight to the comic book stores when the first issue debuts in the second half of 2008.

According to Briggs, the comic book series will focus on shapeshifter Mercedes Thompson fresh out of college when she’s offered a job as a mechanic. . . by a nine-year-old boy. When she takes the job, she finds herself in a mess of trouble. Vampires, werewolves and an ancient fae are all out to get her. What’s a poor coyote to do?

“My first exposure to werewolves goes back to the old Marvel comic Werewolf by Night, which I read when I was still in grade school,” said Patricia Briggs. “The image of the werewolf as a good guy, a tormented hero who could be dangerous to anyone around him, stuck with me all these years and manifested itself in the Mercedes Thompson series. To have Mercedes and her world become comics is almost karmic – having the Dabel Brothers producing them is nothing less than fabulous good luck.”

“We could not be more thrilled to have Patricia Briggs onboard,” said Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers Publishing. “She’s going to fit in very well in our lineup, and we fully expect that the Mercedes Thompson: Homecoming books are going to be every bit as popular as the Anita Blake comics were last year!”

Mercedes Thompson: Homecoming will be a 4-part comic book miniseries and is slated for release in the second half of 2008. The series will be collected in hardcover and distributed by Del Rey in 2009. More details will be made available in coming months.

The deal was negotiated by Linn Prentis of Linn Prentis Literary.