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Gary Reed has written a number of graphic novels including Renfield, Baker Street, Saint Germaine, Red Diaries and many more. He often works with historical or literary settings and some of his books have been used in college classrooms for both literature and as comic writing guides. He is probably best known for his long running series, Deadworld, which received numerous awards and nominations over the last couple of years. He is also the publisher of Caliber Comics. When not involved in storytelling, Gary is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at community college in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters.
Wayne Reid is known for his attention to historical detail in works such as El Cid and Zulunation. He has illustrated a number of comics and books from subjects as diverse as mystery thrillers to H.P. Lovecraft. Wayne started his art career later in life as his earlier years were spent as a musician and has played The Grand Ole Opry 28 times. He also toured Europe, playing with the likes of Bobby Bare, Johnny Paycheck, Barbara Mandrell, and others. Wayne, in his retirement years, spends his time continuing to both play in bands and drawing comics. He lives in North Carolina with his wife.
The Creative Team
A look at the man who was El Cid. Here was a man thought by some to be a simple mercenary and by others, a patriotic leader of Spain and Christianity. Although he fought for the Church, it was he that tried to unite the two different worlds of Christianity and Islam. It was his glorious victory (even after he was dead!) that set the stage for the next event that would occupy Europe’s next hundred years....The Crusades.
The story of El Cid is one of legend as well as mystery. But the impact of the person known as El Cid is indeed known. It was in Spain, which was more African than European at that time, where the Arab world and the European world clashed. A time when the newer religion of Islam came up against the might of Christianity. The fight for Spain between the two religions predated the great expeditions of the Crusades and served as a foretelling of the wars of the faiths that would affect so much of the world’s history.
It is a story of one man, the nation’s hero who could take over the ruler ship yet was still blindly obedient to his King. It is a saga of two men who had different gods believed in the goal of mankind first and fought to keep the two worlds co-existing together.
It is a story of love as the wife of El Cid allows her husband an undignified death in order that he led his army in one last battle. It would be his farewell battle...a swan song....the song of the Cid would live forever.
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El Cid tells the story of the later life of one of history’s greatest warriors. As Spain was undergoing chronic warfare from the wave of Islam sweeping into the Christian nation, small kingdoms were carved out of the land. The Cid was instrumental in the quest to unify Spain under one ruler.
Banished by his own King, El Cid continued to bring victories in the name of his Lord and would fight with and against both Christian and Muslim. In this tale, the events leading up to the Cid’s attempts at unification and his success at Valencia are covered as well as the enduring legend of his last ride into combat.
(2 issues + Graphic Novel)
Written by: Gary Reed
Art by: Wayne Reid
Print: Full Color
EL CID - The Conqueror
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