Andy Mangels is an American science fiction author who has written novels, comics, and magazine articles, and produced DVD collections, mostly focusing on media in popular culture. As an openly-gay man, he has been a longtime advocate for greater visibility of gay and lesbian characters in various media, especially comics, including the coordination and moderation of the annual "Gays in Comics" panel for Comic Con International since it was begun in 1988. He is the founder of an annual "Women of Wonder Day" event, which raises funds for domestic violence shelters and related programs. As of 2011 he has had books on the USA Today "best-selling books" list three times.
Much of his prose fiction has been related to media franchises begun in television. In collaboration with Michael A. Martin, he wrote a conclusion for the events of the cult-hit television series Roswell (which had ended with a cliffhanger) in the novels Pursuit and Turnabout. Mangels and Martin co-wrote a series of novels serving as the official continuation of Star Trek: Enterprise following the television series' cancellation. These include Last Full Measure, The Good That Men Do, and Kobayashi Maru. He and Martin have written several other Star Trek novels, two of which appeared on the USA Today "best-selling books" list. He and Martin contributed a story to Tales of Zorro, edited by Richard Dean Starr and published by Moonstone Books in 2008.
Mangels has written a number of reference books to popular science fiction media. These include Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters, published by Del Rey in 1995; Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels in 1996, which appeared on the USA Today "best-selling books" list; Beyond Mulder and Scully: The Mysterious Characters of "The X-Files" from Citadel Press in 1997; and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor, published by Random House in 2008.
He contributed to the anthology Gay Comix (creating an early openly gay superhero named Pride) and served as editor from 1991–1998, issues #14-25 (plus one "special"). His comics writing has included work for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Wildstorm, Image, Innovation, WaRP, and Topps.
Star Trek novels
All co-written with Michael A. Martin.
- Rogue (2001). Part of the Star Trek: Section 31 series.
- Cathedral (2002). Third book of the Mission Gamma sub-series. Part of the wider Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch.
- Ishtar Rising, Book 1 (August, 2003). Part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
- Ishtar Rising, Book 2 (September, 2003). Part of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series.
- The Sundered (August, 2003). Part of the Star Trek: The Lost Era series. Featuring Hikaru Sulu.
- Taking Wing (April, 2005). Part of the Star Trek: Titan series.
- The Red King (September, 2005). Part of the Star Trek: Titan series.
- Last Full Measure (2006). Based on the Star Trek: Enterprise television series.
- The Good That Men Do (March, 2007). Based on the Star Trek: Enterprise television series. Featuring a secret history of character Trip Tucker.
- Excelsior: Forged in Fire (December, 2007). Featuring Hikaru Sulu.
- Kobayashi Maru (2008). Based on the Star Trek: Enterprise television series.
- Andy Mangels at Amazon.com
- subject's online bio, to confirm self-identification for WP:BLP
- "Six Gay Geeks who've improved the pop culture landscape", Lyle Masaki, AfterElton, March 27, 2008
- Gays Comics, Huffington Post, 7/25/11
- Women of Wonder Day site
- "Hey, That's My Cape! – Wonder Woman Day 2010", Newsarama, Jill Pantozzi, 18 August 2010
- "Wonder Woman Day II Raises Over $27,000", November 7th, 2007, Comic Book Resources
- USA Today best-selling books search for Andy Mangels
- "Comic-Con weekend musts: "Gays in Comics" and "Glee" panels", San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, July 24th, 2010
- interview in Lightsabre magazine
- Andy Mangels as editor, Grand Comics Database
- Andy Mangels at the Comic Book DB
- "Filmation's Flash in BDIS Pan", Animation Magazine, April 26, 2006, Ryan Ball
- "Jason of Star Command, Volton on Disc, Animation Magazine, May 8, 2007, Ryan Ball
- "She-Ra's Second Due in September, Animation Magazine, July 6, 2007, Ryan Ball