Monday, July 18, 2016


Dynamite Entertainment Graphic Novel Debuts at Number Two
on the New York Times Graphic Bestsellers List

July 15, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Released last week to widespread critical acclaim, the debut work of graphic fiction by New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson arrives on the New York Times Graphic Bestseller List in the number two spot! The first volume has sold out at the distributor level, with an incredible amount of backorders and a second printing in the works.

Presented as an original graphic novel, White Sand brings to life a crucial component of Brandon Sanderson's sprawling Cosmere universe. Sanderson's previously unpublished story is adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez (Red Hood and the Outlaws) and colors by Ross Campbell (Pathfinder). Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson's celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.

"I'm thrilled to see the fan base embrace my stories in a new medium, and am thoroughly pleased with the experience of working with Dynamite, and with Rik, Julius, and Ross," says Brandon Sanderson.

From the back cover description of the new graphic novel collection: On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss -- a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.

Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive:

"Hoskin's writing preserves what makes Sanderson's stories so accessible, charming, and intriguing. Gopez's artwork meanwhile channels the otherworldly beauty of this bright, alien ecosystem, complete with giant monsters, sand magic, and expressive characters. Overall, White Sand is a success, and a definite win for Team Sanderson." -

"Within White Sand, traditional fantasy comes to life, in this intriguing blend of action, suspense, and mystery." - Graphic Policy

"My favorite aspect of Sanderson's world is just how fantastic it is." - io9

"The buzz around this project has been building since we first announced it back in 2014. Excitement for this release reached a fever pitch when Brandon himself announced its release date directly to his fans late last year," says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Even with impressive preorders and support from both the comic and bookstore markets, the book's success has already exceeded our expectations. We couldn't be more pleased with the initial response, and will ensure that retailers and fans alike are not waiting long for their copies with an immediate second printing."

Since 2005, New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson has written twelve novels for the intertwined Cosmere universe of science fiction and fantasy, including Elantris (2005), Mistborn: The Final Empire (2006), Warbreaker (2009), and The Way of Kings (2010). In addition to Cosmere, he has published the Alcatraz, Infinity Blade, Legion, Reckoners, and Rithmatist series, and wrote three novels to conclude the late Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series.

Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Vol. 1 is now sold out at Diamond Comic and Diamond Book Distributors, Inc. but is still available in limited quantities at your local comic shop or bookstore, as well as through online retailers, and digitally through Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

About Dynamite Entertainment:
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The BoysThe ShadowRed SonjaWarlord of MarsBionic 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 VampirellaPanthaEvil ErnieSmiley the Psychotic ButtonChastity, 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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