Websites: AndyMangels.com, Wonder Woman Museum
Bio: Andy Mangels is the originator of the popular "Gays In Comics" panels at San Diego (begun in 1988) and the creator of the first edition of Out In Comics, the precusor to Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics. He is also a past editor of the award-winning Gay Comics (issues 14-25 and Special 1), and co-founder of the gay APA club, ATDNSIN. He is on the Advisory Board of PRISM Comics.
His comic book career includes such diverse titles as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Justice League Quarterly, Elfquest: Blood of Ten Chiefs, Bloodwulf, Child's Play, Annie Sprinkle Is Miss Timed, Nightmares on Elm Street, Badrock & Company, UltraVerse Premiere, and the best-selling Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction. Many of his stories have featured gay and lesbian characters.
He has written the Dragon's Lair series for MVCreations/CrossGen and Arcana Studios, had his stories collected in ElfQuest Volume 1: Wolfrider, written the 2008 graphic novel Super Larry: World's Toughest Man for Platinum Studios, and continues to discuss new comic projects with other publishers.
Mangels also writes regularly for entertainment publications such as The Advocate, Back Issue, Just Out and Star Trek Monthly. Under the nom de plume "Dru Sullivan," he was the second author of Miss Adventure: The Gayest American Hero serialized every week in the tabloid newspaper Weekly World News.
Andy has written over twenty books, including the best-seller, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters, as well as Beyond Mulder and Scully: The Mysterious Characters of The X-Files, and From Scream to Dawson's Creek: The Phenomenal Career of Kevin Williamson, a biography of the gay screenwriter. Other books include the mammoth 600+ page Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide for Stone Bridge Press and many entries in The SuperHero Book and The SuperVillain Book, two encyclopedias for Visible Ink press. His newest solo book is Iron Man: Beneath The Armor in 2008, and he is writing a book for TwoMorrows: Lou Scheimer: Creating The Filmation Generation (2010).
With Michael A. Martin, Andy co-wrote the best-selling, critically-acclaimed novel, Star Trek: The Next Generation--Section 31: Rogue, which featured a gay lead character. The pair have also co-written Star Trek: Deep Space Nine--Mission Gamma: Cathedral, Star Trek: The Lost Era--The Sundered,Star Trek: Excelsior--Forged In Fire,, Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space Nine--Trill:Unjoined, the best-seller Star Trek: Titan--Book 1: Taking Wing, Star Trek: Titan--Book 2: the Red King, Star Trek: Enterprise--Last Full Measure, Star Trek: Enterprise--The Good That Men Do, Star Trek: Enterprise--Kobayashi Maru, the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers--Ishtar Rising ebooks, and a trio of Roswell novels: Skeletons in the Closet, Pursuit, and Turnabout, the finale of the series. Many of their books feature LGBT characters. They also contributed a story to Moonstone's Tales of Zorro anthology.
Andy has also been directing, scripting, and producing over 40 special feature documentaries and commentary tracks for various retro TV-on-DVDs from Time-Life, BCI Eclipse and Genius Entertainment. His work on the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD sets won awards, and he has worked on DVD special features for The Real Ghostbusters,She-Ra, Princess of Power, Secrets of Isis, Bravestarr, Blackstar, Ghost Busters, Zorro, Lone Ranger, Space Sentinels, Journey Back To Oz, Defenders of the Earth, Legend of Prince Valiant, Dungeons & Dragons, The Archies and many more titles. He previously assisted with special features on such gay-friendly DVD sets as Wonder Woman, Can't Stop The Music, Star Trek: The Animated Series,and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! He has been interviewed on-camera as an expert for the TV series FANatical, and for DVD sets for Batman: The Complete Animated Series, the Wonder Woman animated movie, Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures, All-New Super Friends Hour S1 V2 and Superman The Ruby-Spears Series!
Andy is a national award-winning activist in the Gay community, and has raised thousands of dollars for charities over the years. He produces the yearly Wonder Woman Day event every October, and has raised over $69,000 for Domestic Violence Shelters! He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He is in a 13-year relationship with Don Hood, and they have a dog, Bela. He recently began boxing, a sport uncommon for participants in the comic book field and gay community!
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Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide
Beyond Mulder and Scully: The Mysterious Characters of The X-Files
ElfQuest Volume 1: Wolfrider
From Scream to Dawson's Creek: The Phenomenal Career of Kevin Williamson
Iron Man: Beneath The Armor
Skeletons in the Closet
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine--Mission Gamma: Cathedral
Star Trek: Enterprise--Kobayashi Maru
Star Trek: Enterprise--Last Full Measure
Star Trek: Enterprise--The Good That Men Do
Star Trek: Excelsior--Forged In Fire
Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers Books #30-31 -- Ishtar Rising
Star Trek: The Lost Era--The Sundered
Star Trek: The Next Generation--Section 31: Rogue
Star Trek: Titan--Book 1: Taking Wing
Star Trek: Titan--Book 2: the Red King
Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space Nine--Trill:Unjoined
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters
Tales of Zorro
The SuperHero Book
RECENT PRISM COMICS FEATURES
PRISM COMICS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF CHAMPIONING LGBT CREATORS, COMICS AND READERS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2013! PANELS, 10TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION, HEROES VS. VILLAINS DANCE PARTY, AND MORE!
[News, Posted 7/11/13]
SAN DIEGO, CA – At San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, Prism Comics is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a full roster of panels, creator signings, anniversary reception, and superhero dance party, featuring the best creators working in comics today including Dan Parent, Phil Jimenez, Jane Espenson, Gail Simone, among many others. Comic-Con takes place at the San Diego Convention Center from Wednesday, July 17th through Sunday, June 21st.
"Prism Comics was founded in 2003 by a small…
WOMEN OF WONDER DAY RETURNS FOR A 7TH YEAR ON OCTOBER 21, 2012 IN PORTLAND AND SAN ANTONIO!
[News, Posted 10/20/12]
Returning for a SEVENTH spectacular year! Images of the World's Most Iconic Heroines Will Help Benefit Domestic Violence Prevention-Intervention Agencies in Oregon and Texas!
On October 21, 2012, Women of Wonder Day — a part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — will take place, returning to Excalibur Books in Portland, Oregon and Heroes and Fantasies in San Antonio, Texas!
In October 2006-2011, six annual Wonder Woman Day —and the renamed Women of Wonder Day — events…
QUEER NERD WRAP-UP OF SD COMIC-CON 2012! ANDY GETS INKPOT! PRISM PRESENTS NORTHSTAR PANEL! AND MORE!
[News, Posted 7/16/12]
Another Comic-Con comes to an end! It goes by in a rush, with me feeling like a salmon swimming upstream. Sometimes I’m able to stand still long enough to Twitter and other times I'm sweating, desperately running from one side of the convention center to another. This time, so much was going on that I couldn't catch it all, so apologies if I don't have any pictures of your appearance/signing/panel/party.
It's a testament to the increasing visibility and interest in LGBTQI comics and…
SECOND QUEER NERD BLOG: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012!
[News, Posted 7/15/12]
My fourth day at Comic-Con and only my second blog. Apologies but I’ve been busy. For one, I got to meet John Barrowman!
If you ask “Who?”, well, your dilithium tiara is revoked! He’s Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood who can also sing, dance, and charm the pants off anyone. He very kindly agreed to sign an action figure of Captain Jack, so that we could auction it to benefit Prism (thanks to Ted Abenheim and Scott Moore for making it happen).
Anyhoo, I went over to the…
QUEER NERD BLOG: FIRST PRISM COMICS REPORT FROM SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012!
[News, Posted 7/12/12]
Back at Comic-Con! And gayer than ever. With Alan Scott, Northstar, Tom Cruise, I mean, it’s been a really queer year.
Got here on Wednesday, before the Con was open. Had heard that a fan had died the day before. It was a Twilight fan, but that does not matter and I don't care what some bitchy people have said. It was very sad.
Inside the hall, it was lots of hydraulics and forklifts and sweaty nerdfolk setting up their booths. Here's a behind the scenes pic--very rare and CON…
RECENT OFFSITE FEATURES
GAY PREVIEWS 1/2012
[Source: Gay League, Added: 11/17/11]
January sees the debut of Archie’s ongoing Kevin Keller series! I’ve gone on record before about never having read an Archie comic in my 40 plus years of comics collecting. Yes, even as a nine...
WOMEN OF WONDER DAY FOUNDER ON HIS CHARITY’S SIXTH BIG YEAR
[Source: MTV Geek!, Added: 10/27/11]
For the past five years, Andy Mangels - founder of the Wonder Woman Museum - has set up special events at local comic book stores celebrating the world's most powerful Amazon, and giving all proceeds...
COMIC-BOOK INDUSTRY TAKES “IT GETS BETTER” TO THE PRINTED PAGE WITH ANTI-BULLYING COMIC
[Source: Queerty, Added: 8/1/11]
Realizing that gay teens often have no one but themselves to rely on, out comic-book creator Zan Christensen was inspired to create The Power Within, a new graphic novel that addresses gay-teen...
24-YEAR HISTORY OF THE GAYS IN COMICS AND PRISM PANELS
[Source: AndyMangels.com, Added: 7/26/11]
Look below for a history of the incredible legacy of the Gays In Comics panels, and the PRISM Comics panels that were birthed from them! All 24 Gays In Comics panels have been moderated by...
COMIC-CON 2011: LGBT WRITERS, ARTISTS WIN BIG (SLIDESHOW)
[Source: Huffington Post, Added: 7/25/11]
Comic-Con, the annual tour of the imagination related to all-things pop culture, had a strong LGBT presence this year in San Diego. Gay comics won big, capping off a noteworthy year, says David...