Long Beach Comic Expo Adds Special Guest TV Director Eric Dean Seaton to "Diversity & Indie Comics" Panel

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Critically-acclaimed Television Director Eric Dean Seaton [NBC, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, TBS] joins the "Diversity and Indie Comics" panel at Long Beach Comic Expo alongside Denys Cowan, Kevin Grevioux and moderator Ray-Anthony Height. The expo is Seaton's second stop on his 12 city book tour for the graphic novel series 'Legend of the Mantamaji,' named 'Top Graphic Novel' by Examiner.com and the Atlanta Black Star.

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Long Beach Comic Con Special Guest, television director Eric Dean Seaton joins Long Beach Comic Expo 'Diversity & Indie Comics' Panel,

Comic book and graphic novel readers are vocal with their demands for diverse storylines, characters and creators. Small press and indie creators have been leaders in finding new voices and points of view, they set the trends and everyone else follows.

Television director Eric Dean Seaton is everywhere right now. The in-demand director's star continues to rise as he crisscrosses networks directing epidsodes for top-rated shows including NBC's 'Undateable,' TBS's 'Ground Floor,' Disney Channel's 'Austin & Ally,' and Nickelodeon's 'Bella & the Bulldogs' while breaking new ground with his graphic novel series 'Legend of the Mantamaji.' Long Beach Comic Expo is the second stop on Seaton's 12 city book tour and the expo is featuring Seaton as a Special Guest [Booth 353] and as a panelist for the 'Diversity & Indie Comics" discussion on Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in Room S3B.

"I can't wait to talk with comic industry pros Denys Cowan, Kevin Grevioux and Ray-Anthony Height on Sunday," Seaton said. "Small publishers and comic book creators are in the industry at the right time. Comic book and graphic novel readers are vocal with their demands for diverse storylines, characters and creators. Small press and indie creators have been leaders in finding new voices and points of view. They set the trends and everyone else follows."

Legend of the Mantamaji is a three book graphic novel series that tells the story of Elijah Alexander Elijah Alexander, an Assistant D.A. who has learned that his childhood storybook legends are actually the true stories of his heritage and that he is the last of a race of mystical knights known as the Mantamaji. After realizing he's only part human, Elijah struggles with the shift in his world and becomes a hunted man charged with ridding the world of an ancient evil no other Mantamaji has ever been able to defeat. The full-color, action packed series has hair-raising plot twists and smart storytelling for all superhero fans.

The books feature artwork by Brandon Palas, colorist Andrew Dalhouse who has worked with From Boom, Dark Horse, Image, Marvel and DC and lettering by Deron Bennett, who was nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on titles like Jim Hensons Dark Crystal, Jim Hensons Tale of Sand and Helldorado, among others.

About Eric Dean Seaton:
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.

Praise for Legend of the Mantamaji:

"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

For Media Interview | Book Review Requests Contact: Terreece M. Clarke, (614) 467-0361 | Press(at)Mantamaji(dot)com or TClarke(at)LifeSliceMedia(dot)com | LegendoftheMantamaji.com


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