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Review: Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #1

Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #1

I honestly am not too familiar with Mandrake the Magician. Other than a few appearances in a couple of comics I’ve read, I don’t think I’ve ever read a solo comic or story of his. It’s just not a character that has really ever interested me. But, with a new take on the classic character from a publisher I wouldn’t expect it, I thought I’d dive in and give the new world a shot. And I’m glad I did. Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #1 is a solid start that has me coming back for more and see what’s next.

Written by Erica Schultz the comic introduces Mandragora Constanza Terrado Paz, a high school girl whose mother was a friend of Mandrake the Magician and has moved into his house. While learning magic she also must deal with the usual high school issues like deciding on college.

Schultz delivers a debut that’s part superhero secret identity and slice of life high school student. Its a fantastic introduction to this new take on the classic character. And, what’s even smarter, it doesn’t jettison what has come before. Schultz builds off of Mandrake’s legacy and history and uses that as part of the drive and an obstacle for the main character.

Mandy isn’t there yet starting to learn magic and still fumbling. Spells don’t work quite like she’d like and aren’t simple to pull off. This is a junior superhero in the making and in many ways feels like that classic origin story for so many classic superheroes. Mandy makes mistakes and uses her powers for mundane things like getting dressed and getting ride of teenage funk. And she fumbles at simple spells like trying to open her locker door.

And like those classic stories, Schultz delivers every day experiences so many can relate to. Mandy is bullied by a rival high school girl. She also is being pressured by her mom to go to college, and do the things colleges look for like volunteering. It’s simple details that makes a comic go from bland to great. She’s not perfect and we know as readers she’ll have to grow into her role fumbling along the way. This is the beginning of a heroes journey with a character who’s likeable and we want to see succeed and what she decides to do.

Diego Giribaldi delivers the art along with Ramon Bunge on color, J.P. Massa on backgrounds, and Martin Casanova on lettering. There’s a lot here to point to and stands out. From Mandy’s purple hair with shaved sides to clothing that emphasizes a bit hippier silhouette, there’s thought put into the characters, their surroundings, and the world. There’s also some fantastic focus on Mandy and her facial reactions which really enhance her situations and what she’s thinking.

I honestly wasn’t expecting a lot from Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #1. It’s not meant as an insult but it’s just not a character I’ve been interested in. Red 5 Comics has published some solid work though, so I had hope I’d be surprised. And, I was. Legacy of Mandrake the Magician #1 is a fantastic start and a great update to the classic character delivering superhero elements with your classic teenage drama. It’s a series that intrigued me when it was announced and having now read the first issue, I can’t wait for the next one.

Story: Erica Schultz Art: Diego Giribaldi
Color: Ramon Bunge Backgrounds: J.P. Massa Letterer: Martin Casanova
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Red 5 Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Cosplay, D&D, Game Shows, Spies, Horror, Star Wars, and More at Baltimore Comic Con Live this Weekend

This weekend, enjoy the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! There’s an amazing range of topics in the 2020 virtual programming. Regardless of if you’re a cosplayer, a gamer, a movie buff, or just a reader, there’s sure to be something for you!

TERROR IN THE PAGES: Making a Horror Comic

Panelists: Afua Richardson, Tim Seely, Jeremy Haun, Mike Moreci, Jim Terry
Host: John Siuntres
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 2pm ET / 11am PT

We all love horror, especially the comic creators on this panel. Join us for a group chat to discuss everything we find chilling and downright terrifying in comics.

Afua Richardson

EVIL TED SMITH: Creating Foam Cosplay

Panelists: Evil Ted Smith
Host: Chuck Lindsey
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

From Hunger Games to Pirates of the CaribbeanStar Trek to The Walking DeadEvil Ted has worked in the movie industry doing visual effects, prop, and model making for 28 years. In this LIVE demo, he will show you the secrets to making realistic cosplay pieces right at home.

EVIL TED SMITH

TOTALLY AWESOME COMIC BOOK GAMESHOW!!! (or “Stump Tom Brevoort”)

Panelists: Tom Brevoort
Host: Chuck Lindsey
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 4pm ET / 1pm PT

Watch as contestants compete in a Marvel Trivia Showdown to claim Ultimate Fandom Supremacy. Three rounds of gameshow action to see who knows more about comics than Marvel Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort.

Marvel logo

SPIES LIKE COMICS

Panelists: Stephanie Phillips, Jeff Parker, Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 4pm ET / 1pm PT

From secret agents to international super criminals, spy comics have been a tent pole of the comic book genre from the very beginning. Join host Robert Meyer Burnett as he delves deep into everything we love about Spy Comics and the hottest titles currently on the shelves.

Stephanie Phillips

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Live Game

Panelists: Tom Akel, Jim Zub, Troy Little, Cecil Castellucci, Joel Daly
Host: Joel Daly
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 11pm ET / 8pm PT

Join the most popular players LIVE for a D&D session for the ages. Dungeon Masters and Players include Tom AkelJim ZubTroy LittleCecil CastellucciJoel Daly, and Sal Crivelli.

Cecil Castellucci

WEB COMICS: What’s Next in Digital?

Panelists: Dean Haspiel, Sanford Greene, Megan Stevenson, Michael Son
Host: Tom Akel
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 12pm ET / 9am PT

Join Dean Haspiel (2017 Ringo Award winner for The Red Hook), Sanford Greene (2018 Ringo Award winner for 1000), Megan Stevenson (2020 Ringo nominee for The Croaking), and Tapas VP of Content Michael Son for a discussion with Rocketship Entertainment Publisher Tom Akel (Backchannel) on the evolving landscape of digital comics and how creators can evaluate their opportunities versus the traditional market.

Sanford Greene

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN COMICS

Panelists: Stan Sakai, Dean Haspiel, Erica Schultz, with Dave Kelly and Alex Segura
Host: Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

A discussion on how comics use the fantastic to tell deeply personal stories. Bucking the conventional wisdom that if you focus on fiction there’s no personal truth to it, this panel brings together creators who channel their own lives and experiences through the limitless potential of big characters and other worlds. Join 2020 Ringo nominees Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Erica Schultz (Forgotten Home), and Dave Kelly (Tales of the Night Watchman) with 2017 Ringo winner Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) and Alex Segura (The Black Ghost, Co-President Archie Comics). Moderated by Gene Kannenberg, Jr.

Dean Haspiel

STAR WARS COMICS

Panelists: Charles Soule, Katie Cook, Greg Pak, Mike Moreci
Host: Alden Diaz
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Explore the world and history of Star Wars comics from the creators that know it best!!! Join host Alden Diaz for a very special look into a galaxy far far away with panelists Charles SouleKatie CookGreg Pak, and Mike Moreci.

Greg Pak

Mad Cave Showcase 2.0 is Coming in October

Mad Cave Showcase 2.0

Mad Cave has announced the Mad Cave Showcase 2.0, which will be broadcast live and hosted by Jazzlyn Stone on Saturday, October 3rd, 12pm ET/9am PT! Join the Mad Cave crew along with some very special guests including comics creators Cullen Bunn and Sweeney Boo and more!

For the Mad Cave Showcase 2.0, we wanted to step it up and provide our fans with an exciting day filled with major announcements that will affect Mad Cave for years to come, must-see interviews with talented creatives, exclusive offers on a limited amount of Showcase exclusive variant covers from creators like Liana Kangas and Hannah Templer, and a live-drawing by the amazing Sweeney Boo—check out the full schedule below!

October 3rd, 12 pm – 5 pm EST
12pm EST:
●    Welcome with Mark London 
●    Announcement with Editor-in-Chief, Chris Sanchez
●    Exclusive Mad Cave Showcase 2.0 Variant Cover Giveaway

1pm EST:
●   Interview with Lela Gwenn & Rowan MacColl
●   Interview with Jay Sandlin & Patrick Mulholand
●   Interview with Ennun Ana Iurov & ​David Pinckney

2pm EST:
●  Live drawing with Sweeney Boo

3pm EST:
●    2020 Talent Search Winners Announcement with Chris Fernandez
●    Interview with Cullen Bunn
●    Interview with Winners from 2019 Talent Search, ​Shane Connery  Volk, and David Hazan, and their editor, Brian Hawkins

4pm EST:
●    Editorial Interview with Chris Sanchez, Steenz, Michael Moccio, and Erica Schultz
●    Q+A

SDCC 2020: Mandrake the Magician is back in Mandrake’s Legacy

Hearst-owned King Features Syndicate, Red 5 Comics, and StoneBot Studios will cast a spell on readers this October as they present a new take on the classic comic strip Mandrake the Magician in an all-new comic book series. More than 85 years after the original comic strip’s debut, this expansion of the Mandrake universe stars a new generation of heroes as they face off with familiar foes.

Hitting store shelves on October 28, the modern-day Mandrake, aka “Mandy,” will make her debut in the YA comic series Mandrake the Magician: Mandrake’s Legacy. The series will be complemented by a free, must-read webcomic. The project is helmed by one of today’s most innovative writers, Erica Schultz, a comic book writer, editor, letterer, and instructor best known for her work on Marvel’s Daredevil and the award-winning crime series M3. She currently writes Forgotten Home for ComiXology Originals and teaches with The Kubert School and with ComicsExperience.com. The cover art will be provided by the talented Amelia Vidal (Marvel Studios & Boom Studios) and the series will also offer vibrant variant covers from artist Evelin Unfer. The beautiful and detailed interior art is credited to artists Diego Giribaldi, Juan Pablo Massa, and Moncho Bunge.

Mandrake the Magician: Mandrake’s Legacy follows 17-year-old Mandy Paz, a magician-in-training who aspires to someday be just like the legendary Mandrake. She suspects her inborn magical powers must have something to do with her mysterious parentage, but so far, her mom’s lips are zipped, and she has to work out the whole magician thing with the help of her BFF, LJ. While she is learning to command her superpowers, she’s also navigating college applications, mean girls, the high school talent show, a magic mirror, a kidnapping and … monsters? Mandy’s world is about to get a whole lot weirder and way more enchanted.

Preview: Forgotten Home Season 1: Family Matters

Forgotten Home Season 1: Family Matters

Written by Erica Schultz
Art by Marika Cresta
Colored by Matt Emmons
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
Lettered by Cardinal Rae
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While investigating a series of child abductions in Montana, the case gets personal for Sheriff’s Deputy Lorraine Adalet when her teenage daughter, Joanna, disappears with a friend. Following the clues of otherworldly evidence leads Lorraine back to her long abandoned homeworld of Jannada. Mired in a never-ending war she escaped long ago, Lorraine had hoped to protect Joanna from her own past. Once in Jannada, Lorraine attempts a rescue mission to bring Joanna and the rest of the kidnapped children back to Earth; however, it’s not without resistance. Lorraine must confront her past with the evil Jannadan Queen and everyone else she abandoned all those years ago…not to mention an entire army of magic-wielding children! Meanwhile, Joanna’s allegiance hangs in the balance in this tale of family and fate.

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle.

Forgotten Home Season 1: Family Matters

Mad Cave Spotlights What’s Coming in a Showcase May 15

The current pandemic has canceled or postponed conventions around the world leaving comic publishers finding new ways to promote and reveal what’s coming soon for comic fans. Mad Cave Studios has announced the “Mad Cave Showcase” taking place on Friday, May 15th from 12pm to 5pm. The even will be hosted by Jazz Stone.

Join Mad Cave and an all-star line-up of special guests – including acclaimed writers Christopher Sebela (Shanghai Red, Crowded), Matthew Erman (Bonding, Long Lost), as they discuss new projects from within the Cave. Also joining is a bevy of industry veterans to discuss the state of comics. But the fun doesn’t end there, famed artist, Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy) will be doing a live drawing and taking questions.

In an effort to help support Comic Book Retailers around the country, Mad Cave will be promoting and accepting donations throughout the event for Mad Cave’s Go Fund Me Relief Fund for U.S Comic Book Retailers. If you are a comic book retailer interested in taking part in the relief effort, please reach out to contact@madcavestudios.com for more information.

Mad Cave Showcase’s full schedule of events will be as follows:

12 PM EST

  • Welcome to the Show
  • Interview with the writer of Savage Bastards, David Galiano
  • Interview with the writer of Battlecats, Wolvenheart, and more, Mark London
  • Live Giveaway

1 pm EST

  • Interview with Mad Cave’s new editorial members; Steenz, Erica Schultz and Michael Moccio
  • Interview with Christopher Sebela and David Stoll to discuss an all-new project
  • Interview with Matthew Erman and Shelby Criswell to discuss an all-new project

2 pm EST

  • Live drawing with Liana Kangas

3 pm EST

  • State of the industry discussion w/ Chris Arrant & Chris Fernandez
  • Mad Cave Studios Product Showcase

4 pm EST

New comic book teasers and what to expect for the rest of the year

  • 2020 Mad Cave Talent Search discussion and details
  • Live Giveaway
  • Live Q+A
  • Goodbye and thanks for joining us

Preview: Bettie Page Halloween Special

Bettie Page Halloween Special

writers: David Avallone, Erica Schultz
artists: Roy Allan Martinez, Fernando Ruiz
covers: John Royle (A), Reilly Brown (B)
John Royle (RI-Virgin)
FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Humor | Teen+

Something evil is lurking in the dark woods of Upstate New York, and hunting the student bodies at exclusive and isolated Annandale College. Model Agent Bettie Page investigates the Annandale Horror… and finds herself enrolled in Werewolf 101, for extra credit… plus, Bettie and Lyssa go to the drive-in with a bunch of intergalactic gate crashers!

Bettie Page Halloween Special
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