Conan the Barbarian’s seafaring sidekick brought to life by Polish artist in new comic series
A Polish illustrator will be the artist behind a new Marvel comic series featuring a character from the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ series.
The new five-issue mini-series from the famed comic producer entitled ‘Age of Conan: Belit’ will focus on the story of Belit, the Queen of the Black Coast. Belit has appeared in numerous episodes in the series ‘Conan the Barbarian’ as Conan's beautiful and brave partner, and played a major role in the 58-100 issues. She will be in the spotlight as the heroine of the new series.
Artist Kate Niemczyk will bring the adventures of the heroine to life in the pages of the magazine. Niemczyk is considered as one of the most successful comic-book illustrators in the world and the new project will be a significant milestone in her career.
A freelance illustrator, she has illustrated several books for Marvel and many comic books including ‘Mockingbird’ and ‘Invincible Iron Man’. The first book of the Mockingbird series premiered in March 2016 and received and enthusiastic reception from both critics and readers. The series included eight books, and Niemczyk's success made her a candidate for an Eisner Award, the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, in the "best new series" category.
For the Belit series she will work with write Tini Howard.
In his tweets, Tini Howard wrote: "Surprise - I'm going hard femme on the brutal high seas of the Hyborian Age with @kate_niemczyk for AGE OF CONAN: BĔLIT! . In the original books, Belit is often depicted as Conan's best girlfriend, a mad pirate queen with a killer body, a command of the seas, and a ship full of bloodthirsty sailors willing to fight and die at her command. You're gonna see what else she's about, in this book".
The cover of the first issue of series ‘Belit’ has already been prepared by the Japanese artist Sana Takeda, and shows an image of Belit with her hair blowing in the end, holding a cross. The comics are scheduled to be premiered on March 13, 2019.