SDCC ’17: Dynamite To Publish Charmed Manga OGN By Katy Rex And Amanda Schank
by Hannah Means Shannon
In conjunction with SDCC ’17 this past weekend, Dynamite announced a new manga-style OGN based on the property Charmed.
Based on the classic television series, starring Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan as the Halliwell sisters, this new story will be written by Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Service), with art by Amanda Schank (Wayward), and have cover art from Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms). It will arrive in shops in February 2018!
A blend of supernatural fantasy, horror, humor and heart, the Charmed Manga introduces Delia, a young girl learning to live with her supernatural powers. When she accidentally unleashes them–with disastrous results–at her school, the incident gets the attention of Phoebe, Piper, and Paige Halliwell: three witches with a lot of experience managing magical abilities. With the assistance of the sisters and the Magic School, Delia begins to make a new life for herself, but magic has a way of getting out of control…
Writer Katy Rex says:
I can’t even begin to say how privileged I feel to be writing a Charmed Manga. I started watching Charmed when it first came out — in fact, I wouldn’t make plans with friends on Thursday nights so I could be home to watch it — and have considered myself a huge fan since day one. I think now, as a writer, that background in the fandom is really helping me engage with the spirit of the show and the sisters even as I depart from the main comic series and add brand-new characters.
I’m very hopeful that classic fans, like myself, will enjoy revisiting the Magic School as I develop that canon through the eyes of a brand-new witch girl. I look forward to engaging with new fans who are looking for a story with strong, empowering, supportive women. I love that Charmed has always been willing to tackle relevant issues like sexuality and misogyny while still focusing on the best aspects of witchdom: fun, magic, and sisterhood.
Assistant Editor Matt Humphreys says:
We’ve really got an incredible team of creators working on this project. Katy’s written an enchanting story, Manda’s art is absolutely beautiful, and as a result, the book they’re putting together is really remarkable. (And Jen’s cover, of course, is spectacular!) I think fans of the series, whether they’re new or long-established, are going to be very pleased with it.
Dynamite Entertainment’s first comic adaptation of the series debuted in March 2017, and the trade paperback collection of that first story arc–entitled A Thousand Deaths–will be available in October 2017.
The Charmed Manga Edition will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2017 Previews catalog and is slated for release in February.