Television Director Eric Dean Seaton Reveals First Graphic Novel Series “The Legend of the Mantamaji” at Comic-Con San Diego

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

Eric Dean Seaton, director of multiple television hits including “Sonny with a Chance”, “Austin and Ally” and “Undateable,” brings his first graphic novel series, “The Legend of the Mantamaji”, to the San Diego Comic-Con on July 24 – 27, 2014. Seaton has a juicy Comic-Con Exclusive for attendees: Comic-Con San Diego attendees will be the only people who can purchase all three novels prior to their set publication dates. Comic-Con San Diego attendees will also be able to meet Seaton and have their Legend of the Mantamaji books autographed at the Small Press Pavilion, Table P-13, Wednesday, July 23rd, from 6 p.m – 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, July 24 – 26th from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 27th from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The novels are also available for pre-order at

“The Legend of the Mantamaji” is a three-book series that follows the story of Elijah Alexander, a brash assistant district attorney who suddenly discovers he is the last of an ancient race of warriors sworn to protect humans. Fast-paced, heart-stopping action combines with a layered, thoughtful story full of hair-raising plot twists as Elijah struggles with the truth of who he is and what he means to the world.

Book one is set for release on October 8th, with release dates for book two and three scheduled for December 10, 2014 and February 11, 2015, respectively.

Seaton grew up wanting to become a director yet never forgot the days he spent devouring comic books in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

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legend of the mantamaji graphic novel by eric dean seaton black superheroAs a kid growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, there were two things I wanted to be when I grew up – a director and a comic book creator. Funny enough, becoming a director in Hollywood happened for me first.

Throughout my entire career, I carried my comic book dream with me and after 32 different shows, 165 television episodes, 18 music videos, two pilots for Nickelodeon, two pilots for Disney XD, episodes of NBC/Warner Bros. comedy “Undateable,” BET’s “Let’s Stay Together,” “Reed Between the Lines,” and more, I am finally able to release my first graphic novel series “Legend of the Mantamaji.”

This project is six years in the making and it is important for many of the reasons Adam Pliskin pointed out in his article, “Why Hollywood Would Make Way More Money If It Had Black Superheroes.”

Fantasy and fiction is best when it’s based on something people can relate to. For too long, people of color were an afterthought in Superhero or Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories and I didn’t want to continue that outdated thinking. Even now, some of the classic super heroes are being remade as a different race because they were originally created decades ago and only represented one group of people.

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 “My love for comic books started as a kid. My dad actually worked out of town and would come home on the weekends and take me around with him on Saturday. We’d always stop at a coffee shop where they would have comic books. I’d get to pick up as many as I wanted and I’d sit in the car the rest of the day reading the books and having adventures in my head, or the car if I could.”