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 Magicianin 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.
Archie Comics and Kate Spade New York announced plans today to launch a chic and colorful collaboration starring classic comic BFF’s – Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, in a deal licensed by King Features Syndicate, home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters and licensing agent for Archie Comics, the leading mass-market comic book publisher in the world and a vibrant media company whose iconic library includes characters such as Archie, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Katy Keene, and Josie and the Pussycats.
Inspired by the classic ’40s Archie comic book style, the beautifully optimistic and feminine collection includes a variety of handbags, tote bags, backpacks, keychains, pin badges, and small leather goods offerings consisting of wallets, pouches, and coin purses. Riverdale High’s best friend duo shines in this fun and flirty collaboration that showcases the characters’ differing personal styles; Betty’s classic preppy flair and Veronica’s sleek dark style are both fabulously reflected throughout the line.
The comic strips you grew up with, and your great-grandma grew up with, are probably from King Features Syndicate: a comics syndicate over 100 years old! Tea Fougneris the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate and joins us to talk about comics strips past and present.
As Tea says, “Comics is a format, not a genre.”
Which vintage adventure strips will modern readers enjoy?
The kweerness of Krazy Kat
The 1970s splenders of Apartment 3G
The Lockhorns are someone’s hip meme
Popeye on socialism and economic policy
“Mandrake the Magician was Doctor Strange before Doctor Strange”
Come one, come all! It’s time for a special announcement of a thrilling compendium!! Dark Horse Books, Studio MDHR, and King Features Syndicate are thrilled to present this beautiful, limited-edition package, The Art of Cuphead! The limited-edition book includes a cloth slipcase and a set of acetate sheets in a portfolio breaking down the game’s classic start screen illustration. This vintage-style art extravaganza is the perfect book for fans of Cuphead.
Get transported back to the golden age of 1930s animation with an art book celebrating the acclaimed run & gun platformer, Cuphead. Each page of this curated artwork collection is designed to capture the vintage look and feel of the Thirties. Take a gander at the game’s traditional hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation. Peek at the concepts, production work, and early ideas that went into the making of Cuphead’s characters, bosses, stages and more, including never-before-seen content from the upcoming DLC! Relive the most cherished and challenging moments of Cuphead and Mugman’s adventure to reclaim their souls from The Devil, all in a way you’ve never seen before. Guided by personal insights from game directors Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, take a one-of-a-kind trip through the Inkwell Isles and discover an all-new appreciation for Cuphead’s animation style and challenging retro gameplay.
The Art of Cuphead goes on sale March 17, 2020, and is available for pre-order. Be sure to pick up a copy of this oversized, 264-page art book for $99.99.
Dynamite Entertainment has announced a publishing deal with Fleischer Studios and King Features Syndicate that would bring Betty Boop, the first female animated screen star, to comics for the first time in over twenty years.
First introduced in 1930, Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer for his Talkartoons series, the first “talkies” of animation, which Max’s company, Fleischer Studios, produced for Paramount. Mae Questel provided Betty’s distinctive voice. By 1932, Betty — considered to be the first and only female animated screen star — had taken the country by storm. Betty starred in more than 100 cartoons, 90 of which are included in the official Betty Boop series, which ended in 1939. Since then, Betty has appeared in dozens of hit movies, television specials, and commercials. She was the first cartoon character to be profiled by A&E’s Biography series.