Shaun Manning

Staff Writer
Ann Arbor, MI

I started reading comics with a ratty copy of Marvel's "Transformers" #1, followed in short order by such memorable titles as "Alf" and "Madballs." After growing out of those, I came back to comics when a friend bought me the "Death of Superman" trade--event comics work! I followed the characters seen there into "Justice League," which, rummaging through back issues, got me hooked on Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire's "JLI," still one of my absolute favorite series. I read Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen's "House of Secrets" long before I was ready, which cemented my interest in Vertigo and other Mature Readers and indie books. Now, I've been reading comics longer than I haven't and enjoy a little bit of everything.

I have written for CBR since 2006. By day I am an Academic Marketing Manager for the University of Michigan Press, which is awesome in an entirely different way.

Illustration by Jesse Gregg

FIRST COMIC: Marvel's "Transformers" #1

FAVORITE CHARACTER: I tend to follow creators more than characters, but I'll probably always read "Hellblazer" and I'm a sucker for a good Batman story.

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Arvid Nelson on “Rex Mundi's” Final Arc

Thu, December 18th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Dark Horse releases “Rex Mundi” #15 this week, catapulting Dr. Sauniere, Genevieve, Isabelle, and the Duke of Lorraine toward their final fates. Arvid Nelson tells us what's next and updated the movie.

Heroes of the World Unite! Director Talks “The League” Short Film

Wed, December 17th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

Find out what happens when superheroes unionize in “The League,” a short film by Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel. We spoke with Higgins about the project and the appeal of grown-up sidekicks.

Jason Burns on “Chucky” Volume 2

Sat, December 13th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Chucky returns this month in a new miniseries from Devil's Due. Written by Jason M. Burns, “Chucky” will explore the dark and twisted realm of reality television.

Yost & Wegener On “Killer of Demons”

Thu, December 11th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Junior advertising executive Dave Sloan thinks his co-workers are demons from Hell -- and he may be right. CBR News spoke with Chris Yost and Scott Wegener about their new Image Comics series, “Killer of Demons."

Rick Remender Talks “Gigantic”

Wed, December 10th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR talks to writer Rick Remender about “Gigantic,” the new Eric Nguyen-drawn series from Dark Horse that puts the planet Earth at the mercy of giant robots in a ratings war with millions of other reality TV channels.

Larry Marder Returns to “Beanworld”

Wed, December 10th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Larry Marder returns to his popular and quirky creations in the “Beanworld Holiday Special,” coming this month from Dark Horse. CBR caught up with Marder to discuss the special, the series' long hiatus and what's next.

Stephenson on “This is a Souvenir”

Fri, December 5th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

We spoke with editor Eric Stephenson about Image's third music-inspired anthology, based on the work of indie group Spearmint, featuring stories by Chynna Clugston-Flores, Jamie S. Rich, Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen and more.

Peter Milligan Talks “Hellblazer”

Wed, December 3rd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

The longest-running Vertigo series sees an extra-sized 250th issue this month, featuring work by "Hellblazer" alumni and incoming writer Peter Milligan, who talks about his plans for dark anti-hero John Constantine.

One Heartbeat Away: Kelter Talks “Veeps”

Tue, November 18th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Before Joe Biden takes office, catch up with the often ignoble history of U.S. Vice Presidents with “Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance.” We talk to writer Bill Kelter about the 46 men who've been a heartbeat away from the presidency.

OM NOM NOM: "Creepy" Returns on MySpace DHP

Wed, November 12th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

The legendary "Creepy" is back and on MySpace Dark Horse Presents, courtesy of writer Andrew Mayer and Lukas Ketner. CBR spoke with Ketner about the web comic, classic horror comics, and being “too professional.”

Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited: Year 1

Mon, November 10th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

We sit down with Director of Content John Cerilli to wish Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited a happy birthday and talk about the program's first year, its foray into original content, and what readers can expect in the future.

Artistic Process: Umbrella Academy's Gabriel Bá

Tue, November 4th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Just in time for this month's releases of Dark Horse's “Umbrella Academy: Dallas” #1 by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, CBR speaks with Bá about his approach to drawing the series, examininghis process through layouts, line art, and final coloring.

Mark Wheaton on The Cleaners

Wed, October 29th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

“The Cleaners” have the dirty job of tidying up after grisly crime scenes. But the stars of the new Dark Horse series by Wheaton, Fialkov and Ekedal are driven to use their talents to solve unsolvable crimes.

Antix Press Launches with Dr. Grave

Tue, October 28th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

New publisher Antix Press debuts this weekend at the Alternative Press Expo, offering a trade paperback of Ed Clayton's “Dr. Grave” and a sampler of future series. CBR spoke with Antix Editor-in-Chief Francis Lombard about the new operation.

Going to the Chapel: Mignola Returns to Drawing Hellboy

Mon, October 27th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

This week sees the release of “Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch,” the first full- length Hellboy comic to be drawn by creator Mike Mignola since 2005. CBR spoke with Mignola about the one-shot and the challenges of finding enough hours in the day.

A Spell on You: Nelson talks Hexed

Wed, October 22nd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

BOOM! star writer Michael Allan Nelson talks about his new miniseries, “Hexed," which follows the adventures of a beautiful Brazilian thief in her quest for rare mystical objects. Includes an exclusive eight page preview.

Dysart & Wimberly on "The Stain"

Mon, October 13th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Inspired by the legend of a human-shaped stain in an asylum basement, Joshua Dysart & Ron Wimberly created for MySpace DHP a strip about their real-life experience in "one of of the most haunted places on earth."

(Don't) Take His Advice: Meyer on "Basic Instructions"

Thu, October 9th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

On sale now is Dark Horse's collection of "Basic Instructions" by Scott Meyer, who we spoke with about the popular strip and his exclusive comics-themed strip appearing here on CBR.

Hosler on the Educational "Optical Allusions"

Tue, October 7th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Biology professor Jay Hosler returns to comics with "Optical Allusions," an adventure into the mysteries of the eye. We discuss the project and the academic response to his earlier award-winning, science-focused comics.

Remender & Canete On "The End League"

Mon, October 6th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

"The End League" enters its second arc with this week's #5, where things go from bad to worse. We spoke with Rick Remender and new series artist Eric Canete about their dystopian superhero adventure.