Women in Comics with Clothes On: Eric Dean Seaton Shows It's Not that Hard with the Release of Legend of the Mantamaji Book Three on February 11th

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Television director Eric Dean Seaton doesn't miss a beat when asked about the strength of female characters in his graphic novel series Legend of the Mantamaji." Creating well-rounded female characters in comics isn’t hard, if you cannot find real-life representations, you need to expand your own circle."

Women in Comics, Detective Sydney Spencer, Legend of the Mantamaji

Detective Sydney Spencer, smart, tough with a mean right hook. She believes in the impossible possibility of supernatural happenings happening in her city and she’s going to get to the bottom of it.

It shouldn’t be noteworthy to show women who have more going for them than being a love interest, a damsel in distress or a hero just waiting in the wings until someone needs help. They don’t have to be staged in back breaking poses or undressed.

Female comic book characters are often beautiful women in skimpy costumes whether they are superheroes, beautiful women in constant danger or friends or lovers of male superheroes. Critically-acclaimed TV director Eric Dean Seaton demands more from the universe he created in his graphic novel series "Legend of the Mantamaji" and those demands reach new heights with the release of Book Three of Legend of the Mantamaji on February 11, 2014.

Thoughout the series, which is currently available at Barnes & Noble bookstores, comic book shops and online at Amazon.com, iTunes, Comixology, etc., Seaton places pistol packing detective Sydney Spencer in the middle of the action alongside the male star of the story Elijah Alexander - the last Mantamaji. In addition to Detective Spencer, other female characters holding their own include villains Sophia Bronoz (Touch of Death), Lisa Ligardi (Wrath of Plague) and the Sanctuants.

"I am lucky that, in my life, I have always been surrounded by women who were strong and were doing everything you traditionally saw men do and doing it well,” Seaton said. “Sanctuants from the Legend of the Mantamaji series are explicitly mentioned as equal to the male Mantamaji warriors," Seaton said."That really shouldn’t be unusual. It shouldn’t be noteworthy to show women who have more going for them than being a love interest, a damsel in distress or a hero just waiting in the wings until someone needs help. They don’t have to be staged in back-breaking poses or undressed. People LOVE the Sanctuants, they love Sydney from the beginning to the end. They even want to see more of them. It’s the best response I could ask for and accomplishes all I wanted to do."

Books One and Two of the LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI series were named "Top Graphic Novels of 2014" by Examiner.com and Atlanta Black Star. Book Three aims to land on those lists and more for 2015.

The third book in the Legend of the Mantamaji series finds Elijah Alexander, the last of the mystical knights known as the Mantamaji beaten and left for dead. Time is running out to stop the sorcerer, Sirach, who is hell bent on controlling space, time and reshaping the world in his image. The full-color, action packed series has hair-raising plot twists and smart storytelling for all superhero fans ages 9 - 99.

"Standouts include female characters who are smart, strong warriors equal to the male characters in the book with no “a**-to-the-camera” poses, great pen work by Brandon Palas, coloring by Andrew Dalhouse of Boom!, D.C. and Marvel, and lettering by Eisner-nominated artist Deron Bennett." --Buzzfeed Community

"Fans who bemoan the 'big two' for a lack of vision, or effort, to create bold new characters and franchises, should learn that innovation can often be found elsewhere. 'LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI' has all of the excitement, imagination and suspense to be a TV or film series on its own, but instead it is here as a comic to be enjoyed by the masses who crave them. 'LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI' volume one is a must read for those who crave all of the spectacle and action of superhero comics, yet want a comic which offers creative new ideas and a progressive storyline with real weight behind it," Alex Widen, Brooklyn Comic Book Examiner

"Legend of the Mantamaji is teevee director Eric Dean Seaton's (Sonny with a Chance, That's So Raven, Good Luck Charlie) first shot at writing comics, but this is clearly a professional storyteller with writing chops and a lifelong love of the medium, both of which are on full display here. I am not sure what I expected when I was invited to review Legends of the Mantamaji, but I can tell you I was definitely impressed by the quality world-building and storytelling." --GhettoManga.com

As an episodic director, ERIC DEAN SEATON has directed 195 television episodes of 38 different shows, 18 music videos and two pilots for Nickelodeon, as well as two pilots for Disney XD. He has also directed episodes of the NBC/Warner Bros. comedy Undateable, TBS's Ground Floor, BETs Lets Stay Together and Reed Between the Lines. He is a Cleveland, Ohio native and attended The Ohio State University. Eric, his wife, son and daughter live in California. LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI is his first graphic novel series.

FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS | BOOK REVIEW REQUESTS CONTACT: Terreece M. Clarke, (614) 467-0361, press(at)mantamaji.com or tclarke(at)lifeslicemedia.com

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