Who’s Roland?

RolandMannRoland Mann is a writer, editor, and professor. As writer, he is best known for his work on Cat & Mouse, a comic which ran for nearly two years, garnered critical acclaim and led Roland to other work. Other titles Roland wrote include Rocket Ranger, Miss Fury, Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes, Krey and Demon’s Tails.

As editor, Roland is best known for his time as a Malibu/Marvel Comics editor where he edited The Protectors line of comics and many Ultraverse titles. While there, he developed a knack for finding and promoting new and budding creative talent. Roland also served as Editor and Publisher of Silverline, a line of independent comics that included such titles as Switchblade and The Scary Book.

As professor, Roland has taught ESL, English and Creative Writing at the university level. He is also a frequent writing workshop leader/mentor, regularly leading the week long Fall Writing Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center in Arkansas. He is a speaker at writing conferences where many find his sessions encouraging.

Roland earned his Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University, A Master’s degree in English from the University of North Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to his work in comics and academics, Roland has been a newspaper editor, an advertising flunky and a collegiate furniture sales rep. In 2000, Roland committed his life to Christ and is a changed person. He knows that single statement will keep him off the job list for some, but he probably didn’t need those jobs anyway.

Roland’s first novel, Buying Time, was published in 2010 as were his graphic novel adaptations of the classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Roland currently lives in Winter Springs, Florida with his wife BJ, daughter Brittany, and son Brett, where he is busy working on his next project. He teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

27 responses to “Who’s Roland?

  1. You’re living in Oxford, MS nowadays? Geez, man – the more things change… Of course, I live in Miami, FL, so I guess I really don’t have any room to talk… 🙂

    Anyway, I was just on this random nostalgia kick for the “old days” when the concentration of artistic and comic-book-rich folks was at an all-time-high in my life (R.I.P. Gun Dog), and I Googled your name…and was amazined to find that you’re living in Oxford, probably not that far from my sister (she runs Family Crisis Services).

    Just wanted to pop in and say hi. Take a walk around my website if you get insanely bored (http://chase-the-kangaroo.blogspot.com).

    Peace,
    -Sonny Lemmons

  2. Landon Huffman

    Hey Hoss!! I just came across this and thought I’d drop a line to ya. How’s the fam and everyone??
    Seems like a decade since I’ve seen y’all, and if it ain’t that long, it’s still too long.
    Me, Katie and Nolan are doing good down here in SC and just trying to beat the heat. It’s a little bit of a change from AK!! Seems a lot more miserable with the way the Hogs are playing!
    Holler at me when you get a few and let me know how things are.

  3. Off topic here, but if you don’t mind, what’s the name of the writer’s widget you’re using?

    Thanks!

  4. Pam Lewis

    Hey Roland, I hope you are doing well. Was just playing online searching for names from the past.
    Pam

  5. Mike

    I just wanted you to know that when I was in middle school I started reading Cat & Mouse and it was one of the books that really hooked me into comics. When my comic book store owner figured out that I was in his opinion too young to read your work he stopped letting me purchase the book, so I never got a chance to read the last few issues.

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed those issues. I am in the process of tracking down the missing issues.

    Take care

    Mike Smith
    Athens GA

  6. Hey Hoss!! I just came across this and thought I’d drop a line to ya. How’s the fam and everyone??Seems like a decade since I’ve seen y’all, and if it ain’t that long, it’s still too long.Me, Katie and Nolan are doing good down here in SC and just trying to beat the heat. It’s a little bit of a change from AK!! Seems a lot more miserable with the way the Hogs are playing!Holler at me when you get a few and let me know how things are.
    +1

  7. Billy Don Harwood

    Hi Roland, I just viewed the Christmas youtube video that Billy sent me. Looks a lot like the ones that we might have here in Michigan, except with more snow. Hope your family had a great time making it.
    I was amazed at the resemblance between youself and my nephew, Mike Harwood. Must be the Mann side took over when it came to good looks(big ha). Just wanted to drop you a line and wish you and the whole family a belated Merry Christmas and a forecoming New Year.
    Pray for the USA, we need it. Don

    • Hey Billy Don–Cuz! Glad you enjoyed the youtube video. We have a lot of fun with those–we even do multiple “takes” haha I don’t guess I’ve seen a picture of Mike, but I would say the Manns have good genes! 🙂 Thank you for the well-wishes…back to you and yours. We will indeed continue to pray for the US! If not us, then WHO, right?

  8. Hi Roland,

    I saw that you were listed as one of the authors published through Living Word Publishing. I too have a book that Kimberly Shumate is reviewing for consideration.

    I wonder if you could tell me about your feelings regarding Living Word and how much they helped in marketing your book once it was published.

    Respectfully,

    Roger Dowis

    • hey Roger! Congrats on placement with Living Word. I think the world of Kimberly. Our agreement doesn’t cover the marketing post-publishing and to be honest with you, I’ve just never asked her. I’m sure she’d do everything she could to help, but I haven’t asked her about any publicist type work. I’m not sure she even does that (best to ask her, I’d say). My interest remains her helping me find the best home for my work. Good luck!

  9. Michael DeBlanc

    Hey Roland! This is Michael, the seminarian who you meant at Comic Con today (Saturday) and showed you one of my drawings.
    I haven’t read your book “Buying Time” yet, but I plan to as soon as I finish reading the “Iliad.” I will let you know how it is though. My friend Kyle, who you met today, told me how cool the book sounded, so I look forward to reading it.
    I will also have to look at your comics too when I get the chance. As I told you today, I love to draw cartoons, so it would be good to see that and how much Scripture has influenced your stories.
    Hope to stay in touch. Take care and God bless!

    Michael DeBlanc

  10. Hey Michael! It was great meeting you today as well. But I shudder to think you’ll be comparing my book to The Iliad! Yikes!
    I did a quick FB search, but didn’t see a pic that looked like it might be you. So, if you want, pop me a FB request! http://www.facebook.com/rolandmann
    Thanks again!

    • Michael DeBlanc

      Ha, I apologize for comparing your book to the Iliad. I think yours will blow it out the water! I actually have a lot of fiction books on my shelf to read, even a few classics, but I do really want to read your book, so I’ll read it next as soon as I can. And that Martyrs comic of yours looks amazing too, so I’ll have to check it out later. Which one of the Martyrs have you already covered in the series?
      By the way, I sent you a FB request, so when you get the chance, add me!
      P.S., I love your avatar. It looks really cool!

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  12. Hi, Roland,

    This is Lorilyn Roberts from the John 3:16 Marketing Network.
    I am working on my Masters in Creative Writing, not quite the MFA, but close:)

  13. Dear Roland,
    I like your happy attitude. My name is Margie Wilson (author name Tenny Wilson). What drew me to you was that you like the YA generation and so do I . I’ve published 1 book re 3 18 year olds and am working on my second. I write clean family stories and I’m discussing possible publishing with Abbott Press and your job as an agent came up thru Sam Bucharoo (or something like that,) and was given Caleb VanDeman as a Publishing Specialist, but he wasn’t availble when I tried to reach him this morning and I’m angst
    to get going. I know it’s a holiday weekend, but I’m a senior lady that
    writes rather than holidaying! I didn’t have an Agent before, and I have a strange feeling that’s gonna` be expensive. Tell me it isn’t so,
    please! Can we talk soon? I’m trying to edit my little old hard copy and I’m not really an editor, but I take off after it, as thought I was. isn’t that ok? By theway, God gave me a great sense of humor, and I love it. I’m really not a computer person, but I am wordy. Did you guess that already?

    Sincerely,
    Margie Tenny Wilson
    (Here in California)

    • Hey Margie,
      Glad you like my happy attitude. 🙂 I’m sorry to say, however, that you received incorrect information from your sources. I am not now, nor have I ever been, an agent. I’m not sure why your sources would tell you that…particularly as there are no authors who could ever give reference to me as an agent. 🙂 Now, editing is a different story. If you’re looking for freelance editing, then we can talk.
      Regardless, best of luck to you.

  14. Roland, just reading through some of your blog posts and wanted to give you a hello and heads up. I’m Robert Warren Mann (b1954), son of Robert Earl (early records say Irl) Mann (b1911), son of Warren Franklin Mann, son of William Montgomery Mann.

    I’d love to know about any future wing-dings up in Piggot, my last contact with the extended family was at a reunion around 1960.

    I too am an author, RAILS ‘NEATH THE PALMS, 1984, Darwin Publications, and am currently working on a streetcar ‘coffee table’ history, here in Jacksonville. I live in St. Augustine, FL. love of history puts me in the oldest place I could find. I’m ‘Ocklawaha’ on a site I own in partnership with 4 others, metrojacksonville.com. You can reach me at: bmann@metrojacksonville.com

    Thank’s Cuz
    BOB

  15. Stephen W. Shields

    Roland, I just wanted to let you know of the passing of former Hub City Comics owner Terry Wagers in Hattiesburg MS. on 12/8/2012
    Its been a while and I didn’t know how to get in touch with you otherwise.

  16. Wanda Newell

    Hey Roland, I wanted to thank you for your encouragement as I looked for an MFA program. I met you in Biloxi MS about three years ago at a writer’s conference and after we spoke about Spalding University I pursued enrollment. I’m starting my third term this fall and love Spading’s program. I’ve started a blog of my own but am not consistent at updating the content. I also have read Buying Time and did an SCE on it (remember the Spalding critical essays?) I liked the book a lot. Wanda Newell

    • Hey Wanda! I definitely remember speaking with you and am VERY excited that Spalding worked out for you. You can see now why I was/am so in love the program, right? Next time you’re on here, post a link to your blog so some of my readers can pop over and see what you’re doing! And I’d love to peek at your SCE if you felt like sharing it–no pressure, but I’d love to see it. 🙂

  17. Wanda Newell

    Hey Roland, I didn’t know how to attach the SCE I wrote to your weblog so I posted it to mine if you want to read it. Also, Spalding is having a retreat on the 22nd of August in Huntsville Alabama. I know that’s quite a trip for you but thought I’d let you know. It looks to be a day full of great information for writers.

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