In a new four-panel manga spin-off of Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins, the fairy King will be journeying towards his sacred wish…to become a manga artist. Today’s issue of Kodansha’s Magazine Special announces the comic strip Nanatsu no Taizai King no Manga Michi (The Seven Deadly Sins – King’s Road to Manga), which will debut with the publishers on February 20th.

The short format comedy’s story will follow King stepping up to work as an assistant under the pro mangaka Meliodas. But when he gathers up his courage and knocks on Meliodas’ door, the editor – the talking pig Hawk – is the one who answers instead.

This spin-off will join a whole host that have been created for Kodansha, including Jūichi Kugi and Chie Sakamoto’s Mayoe! Nanatsu no Taizai Gakuen! (The Seven Deadly Sins Academy) which launched in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in August 2014, and whose second compiled volume was released last August. Suzuki himself published two of his own spin-offs last February, with the first, Naku na, Tomo yo (Don’t Cry, My Friend) starring Hendrickson and Dreyfus growing up together. The second had Gilthunder as the eponymous hero; Gilthunder no Shinjitsu (Gilthunder’s Truth) is set after the original manga’s Byzel Fight Festival arc.

Out in the realms of anime, the TV series that premiered in October 2014 still reigns supreme in the hearts of fans. So the Sins’ new anime will begin in 2016, with all staff from the first series returning to their roles.

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