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Sam in the Morning with Kelsey L.A. Talk Radio & Eric Dean Seaton

Today Eric had the opportunity to hang out with Sam & Kelsey at L.A. Talk Radio! It was a great interview with lots of information on the graphic novel series, Eric’s demanding day job as a TV director and even how he and his wife met (awww!).

For fans of the show (and our own) we also have a special promo code for anyone wanting to order the books: 10% off of anything in our store using promo code LATALKRADIO.

If you missed the show here is the replay!

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A+ Graphic Novel Reviews for Librarians and Teachers: Legend of the Mantamaji

One of the great things we learned when we attended the AASL Conference in Columbus was the importance of peer and preferred publication reviews for librarians and teachers. These reviews are vital to helping education purchasers pick great books for their kids and getting those purchase requests approved by their respective institutions.

For the convenience of our education professionals and for comics creators who want to learn what these types of reviews look like, we have included our most recent reviews:


Voice of Youth Advocates Review

Reading this series reminded me of my love for Greco/Roman and Norse mythology, with the same flawed heroes and antagonists in a magical, mystical world. Palas’s art is dynamic and expressive and makes the story come alive; Andrew Dalhouses’s rich colors make great use of light and dark to indicate place and time.

Library Journal Review

Verdict This lively saga is solid entertainment for teens and adults who like urban superheroics with an occult fantasy vibe.—Martha Cornog, Philadelphia

This three volume saga is an absolutely absorbing read that combines heroic fantasy with a compelling series of unexpected plot twists and surprising turns.

Blogger/Comic Reviewers

Review: Legend of the Mantamaji |

Legend of the Mantamaji: Book One by Eric Dean Seaton and Brandon Palas | Small Press Comics

Legend of the Mantamaji: Book Two by Eric Dean Seaton and Brandon Palas | Small Press Comics

Legend of the Mantamaji: Book Two by Eric Dean Seaton and Brandon Palas | Small Press Comics

Graphic Novel Review: Legend of the Mantamaji |

‘Legend of the Mantamaji: Book Two’ — A Book Every Blerd Should Read | Atlanta Black

Ride against the Four Horsemen with “Legend of the Mantamaji” volume two |

Legend of the Mantamaji Review | Black Nerd

Legend of the Mantamaji Book Two | Black Nerd

Four Star Review: Heritage is destiny in the first volume of upcoming “Legend of the Mantamaji” |

Where to Purchase in Bulk Discount for Libraries and Schools:

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8 Things This Indie Comic Learned at the American Association of School Librarians Conference

Legend of the Mantamaji at ALAThe first weekend in November found the Midwest Legend of the Mantamaji team in Columbus Ohio for the American Association of School Librarians Conference. It was a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with books’ best friends – librarians. Many times independent comics creators focus on consumer sales – the cons, through comic book shops and web sales. One often overlooked market for indies are school libraries.

Making inroads into schools can take time and resources that indie comics creators and small publishers may not have immediately available. Here are a few tips to make it easier:

1. Go with an outreach goal in mind as well as sales goals.

The difference between comic cons and conferences like AASL is with comic cons you go into the event with a certain expectation of immediate sales. AASL should be considered as an outreach opportunity. Many libraries who appear aren’t buying books in bulk right at that moment. Others must purchase through their various channels which can take time (more on that later).  Some will pick up a single copy of the book to take back and pass around to see if interest from their school, students and district is there. So while there are thousands of schools represented you likely won’t sell thousands of books — right then.

What you will have is the invaluable opportunity to meet with the decision makers and biggest advocates for books you’ll find. You are an in person, walking, talking advertisement for your books which is way better than any flat ad in a magazine.

2. Know your audience – school wise.

Is your book or series perfect for reluctant readers? What age groups is it appropriate for? What about nudity, diverse characters or instructional tie-ins?

What’s a reluctant reader? How do you know for sure the age group your book fits into? Research. Read what your buying audience reads to know what language to use to reach your buyers.

When we talked about Mantamaji that weekend we of course shared what the book was about and gave background on its creator Eric Dean Seaton who has extensive experience as a TV director for Nickelodeon and Disney which adds to the validity of the author and product.

Then we talked about the diversity of characters which is not just a big deal to us, but it has been covered by every major library publication for the last two years at least. The School Library Journal dedicated an entire issue to diversity in children’s books. And as an all-aged graphic novel, we wanted to make sure the librarians were aware the types of diversity in the series, not just racial, but gender diversity.

And the deal sealer? Letting them know that not only did the female characters have true agency in the story, they were also fully dressed.

We’re proud there are no sexy lamps in our books and the librarians realized the books work for a larger swath of their students.

3. Take advantage of the event app.

If the conference has an event app, download it and get active on it. Post info about your booth, contests, like and comment on what’s going on and spotlight cool things you see. Become a part of the event conversation instead of being just an exhibitor. If you don’t have time to get social (which is another post) then at least educate yourself on what conference attendees are passionate about and what they want to get out of the event. That way you can align your goals and message with the overarching messages of the event.

4. Conduct a contest.

Librarians love contests and giveaways — and for good reason. Even the biggest, most well-funded districts have to maximize their budget. Those freebies can easily become part of a prize pack for a reading contest back home,  or act as a small token of appreciation for all the work librarians do for their students.

Social media contests are fun and help you to be a part of the conversation happening online not only with everyone attending, but those watching from all over the world. “Take a Selfie & Win Books for your School” is an easy to run contest: participants take a selfie with your book, use the event and your hashtag and you track the hashtag and randomly select a winner.

Another option is the drop your business card or sign up for our email list and win books for your school. This contest allows you to continue to grow your email list while giving the attendees incentive to take a longer look at your book(s).

5. Decide whether you’re going to give away samples.

As mentioned before, some librarians will want to take a sample back to review with their team before they purchase. Know whether you can give away books beforehand and know how many you can give away. If giving away books isn’t an option have information ready for them to take back and make it better than a slip of paper. A brochure or heavy cardstock flyer is less likely to get crumbled and dumped post conference.

Our two-sided flyer is the size of a half sheet of paper and heavy gloss cardstock. On one side we have a great picture of the series and a few fantastic review blurbs, on the other side we have book descriptions, the ISBN-13 numbers and logos indicating where they books are available for purchase.

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VOYA’s Graphically Speaking Interview & Review

Voice of Youth Advocates, One of the important things for any book is to receive reviews. Not only does it help establish a book’s reputation among professionals and academics, it also helps people decide if they want to part with their hard won treasure and time.

This week the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) released their December issue and Katharine Kan spotlights Eric Dean Seaton and Legend of the Mantamaji in her popular Graphically Speaking column. Not only does she do a thorough and thoughtful review of the trilogy, she spotlights Eric for an in-depth interview!

Reading this series reminded me of my love for Greco/Roman and Norse mythology, with the same flawed heroes and antagonists in a magical, mystical world. Palas’s art is dynamic and expressive and makes the story come alive; Andrew Dalhouses’s rich colors make great use of light and dark to indicate place and time.

Read the whole review and interview here: VOYA Dec 2015 Column.

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Welcome Roland Martin & CyberMonday Fans!

Exciting news today! First, Legend of the Mantamaji creator Eric Dean Seaton is appearing on national television! Roland Martin will interview Eric today at 7 a.m. EST on TV during his wildly popular show News One Now. Set your DVR’s or check the TVOne website to catch a replay.

Eric is discussing the Legend of the Mantamaji: Live Action Short and of course the Legend of the Mantamaji graphic novel trilogy that inspired it.


We have some really cool new products in the Legend of the Mantamaji store just in time for the holiday season. Coffee mugs, awesome logo tees and our BOGO Bundle deal is back! Buy one Legend of the Mantamaji graphic novel set and get the second for 30% off. Take a look at a few of the items in our new and improved store and pick yourself up some swag today.

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Legend of the Mantamaji Joins Concrete Park and Tephlon Funk in Forbes

independent comics, concrete park, diverse comics booklist, graphic novel recommendations voyaThis week Rob Salkowitz featured Eric and Legend of the Mantamaji in his article on indie comics taking different routes to success.

sometimes it turns out that when you have a vision that’s outside the mainstream, you have to forge a new path to get it done.

Also featured are indie comic stars Concrete Park and Tephlon Funk.

Seaton and Metayer say they were both partially motivated to do their stories because they had such a hard time finding good work featuring authentic black characters and black creators when they were growing up as fans. Puryear says he is proud of his African-American heritage, but bristles when people assume that his work is aimed primarily at black readers. “The future includes everybody,” he said.

This is a great time to be an indie comic creator and an excellent time for creators to make those diverse comics that the community is clearly eager to own. Carefully weigh your options before going the indie route. It can be an additional full time job, but if you have a specific vision and a good plan, you can do it.

Have a question about being an indie creator? Ask in the comment section below!

Eric Dean Seaton, Diverse Comics Take New York Comic Con by Storm

Three panels on comic book diversity, books signings and work included in the Schomburg Center: Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination Exhibit highlight television director’s appearances in New York this week.

NEW YORK – Oct. 7, 2015 — Television director and graphic novelist Eric Dean Seaton delves deep into the diversity in comics discussion with three panel appearances and book signings for his graphic novel series “Legend of the Mantamaji” at New York Comic Con and an appearance of his work in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s exhibit: Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination.

“Diversity in comics is an important conversation that is about more than simply creating characters of color. The conversation is also about creators of color owning and creating their own stories and publishers daring to challenge the status quo and publishing these stories,” Eric Dean Seaton said.

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Panel Appearances:

We Need More Diverse Comics Panel

Thursday, October 8 11:15am – 12:15pm Room 1A05

From Black Face to Black Panther Panel

Friday, October 9, 11:15am – 12:15am Room1A05

Geeks of Color

Friday, October 9, 6:30pm – 7:30pm Room 1E03

Book Signings:

Booth 972 Thursday – Sunday

Schomburg Center of Research in Black Culture:

Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination Exhibit

Open House, Wednesday October 7th, Exhibit ends December 31st

Eric Sits Down with Kam Williams

Recently, Eric got a chance to talk with the prolific entertainment reporter Kam Williams to talk about directing, comics and taking Legend of the Mantamaji from the pages of a graphic novel to a live action short.

Check out the whole interview here: “Meetin’ with Seaton

Watch the Legend of the Mantamaji: Live Action Short

Los Angeles Movie Awards Gives Best Editing Nod to Legend of the Mantamaji: Live Action Short

Legend of the Mantamaji Live Action ShortThe Los Angeles Movie Awards(LAMA) recently released its 2015 list of winners and prolific TV director Eric Dean Seaton’s short film, Legend of the Mantamaji: Live Action Short, is among the honorees. The superhero short film received a Best Editing Award and Honorable Mention from the group.

“I am so humbled and honored to be recognized by the Los Angeles Movie Awards,” Seaton said. “It was a dream come true to bring the graphic novel series to life on the big screen. The fan support has been tremendous and now to be recognized by peers is outstanding.”

The Los Angeles Movie Awards screening of 2015 winners takes place Saturday, September 19, 2015. At the screening, Legend of the Mantamaji has a chance to win another award – the Audience Choice Award- which is based on votes of those in attendance. Past LAMA winners include Sandra Oh, Ron Howard and Samuel Jackson.

Read the rest of the press release here.