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Mirka Andolfo Takes Merciless and Sweet Paprika to Image Comics

Bleeding Cool exclusively broke the news about Mirka Andolfo's sequel to Mercy, Merciless, by reading the back pages of Mercy a couple of weeks after they had been published. Then Hollywood Reporter went an exclusively reported it as well, which was a neat trick.

Mirka Andolfo Takes Merciless and Sweet Paprika to Image Comics
Mirka Andolfo Takes Merciless and Sweet Paprika to Image Comics

The new series Merciless will be written by Mirka Andolfo, drawn by Siya Oum and published by Image Comics in late 2021, set directly after the end of Mercy #6. But that's not all.

Image Comics is also going to be publishing Sweet Paprika, already announced as an animated project developed by Arancia Studio and Grey Ladder Productions, with director Gabriele Pennacchioli (Emmy Award winner in 2019 for Love, Death & Robots).

The comic book series, written and drawn by Andolfo, has been announced in Italy by Edizioni Star Comics, Italy's largest manga publishing house, and will be published in France as well by Éditions Glénat. Sweet Paprika, the comic, is produced by Arancia Studio—the Italian media company which worked on Mirka Andolfo's bestselling Image Comics titles and with the surprising Commanders in Crisis—and will launch from Image Comics in July 2021.

A sexy rom-com (with reversed roles), Sweet Paprika is Bridget Jones's Diary meets Sex And The City, with a twist of The Devil Wears Prada: a fun and captivating contemporary fairy tale—halfway between western comic and manga style—and set in a universe populated by angels and devils. The sensual component that constantly recurs in Andolfo's works gives life to sexy and hilarious scenes, without neglecting the themes dear to the author, such as the harsh reality that career women are forced to live and the difficulty in balancing private life and work.

Paprika, a young woman of Italian origins living in New York, is a workaholic: success has sucked up her life, making her forget the importance of time for herself and for her loved ones. To bring havoc in her life will be Dill, a naive and handsome boy with an "angelic" otherworldly attitude, who will push the young woman to question herself and help her regain confidence in herself and in men. Their totally opposite characters and lifestyles will give life to fun and irresistible stories, seasoned with a pinch of eroticism.

"I am really thrilled," said Mirka Andolfo. "I couldn't wait to talk about Paprika, after months of working in silence. It is the first time that I let the manga influence in one of my works shine through so much, and this excites me very much: the fact that I found total trust and support from Image Comics, Star Comics and Glénat is the icing on the cake!"

Sweet Paprika #1 by MIrka Andolfo will be available at comic book shops in July 2021.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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