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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NYCC: Kridana Debuts Toys and Comics from Indian Legend

Wed, April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

UPDATED! Kridana launched at NYCC its new line of toys based on Indian mythology with the hero Rama and the monkey god Hanuman, each with their own comic book packaged with the toy. We spoke with Kridana's co-founder.

NYCC: Age of Conan: Hyborean Adventures

Mon, April 21st, 2008 | Category: Video Games

NYCC was host to one of the designers of the new "Age of Conan" online video game who gave a video presentation and took a number of questions directly from the audience. CBR News reports.

NYCC: Sunday Convo with Dan DiDio

Mon, April 21st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

DC's Dan DiDio held an informal conversation with fans Sunday at the New York Comic Con. Other comics personalities at the panel included Mike Carlin, Jann Jones, Ian Sattler, Bob Wayne and...Marvel's Tom Brevoort?

NYCC: Stan Lee Talks "Ultimo"

Mon, April 21st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Friday at the New York Comic Con, Stan Lee announced "Ultimo," a new manga series from Viz Comics with art by Hiroyuki Takei. The series debuted today in Japan and American publication will follow as soon as possible.

NYCC Dark Horse Panel

Sat, April 19th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Dark Horse's late Saturday panel at the New York Comic Con sets out the publisher's plans for 2008 and beyond. Read the latest news at happens with CBR's live coverage.

NYCC: Brereton Returns to "Nocturnals," with Friends

Sat, April 19th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Brereton returns with the first new Nocturnals story in years, and CBR News has the details and exclusive art. Find out what changes "Carnival of Beasts," an Image one-shot, has in store for our nocturnal heroes.

NYCC: Grant Morrison Spotlight

Sat, April 19th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR News was live at Saturday afternoon's Grant Morrison Spotlight at the New York Comic Con. After yesterday's Virgin Comics and Vertigo announcements, who knows what's next? Answer: you~!

NYCC: Make Mine Marvel Panel

Sat, April 19th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR reported live from Saturday morning's Make Mine Marvel panel at the New York Comic Con. Among other announcements was the news that Marvel will be adapting Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game."

NYCC: Secret Invasion Panel

Fri, April 18th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR was live at the New York Comic Con for Marvel's Secret Invasion panel. Discover all the latest skrully goodness from Joe Quesada and a cast of thousands (of skrulls?).

NYCC: Minx Panel

Fri, April 18th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

DC's Minx Comics panel at NY Comic Con featured previews of upcoming 2008 series, including "Water Baby," "Burnout," and "New York Four."

Lobsters & Candy: Loux talks "Salt Water Taffy”

Fri, April 11th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

It’s nearly summer and cartoonist Matthew Loux is taking readers on a family vacation, courtesy of Oni Press. We spoke with the ALA award-winning creator about “Salt Water Taffy.” Warning: giant lobsters ahead.

Lansdale & Fox talk “Pigeons From Hell”

Wed, April 9th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

What’s more terrifying than a haunted house and an angry mob of pigeons? CBR spoke with Joe Lansdale and Nathan Fox, creators of Dark Horse’s R.E. Howard adaptation, “Pigeons from Hell," to find out.

STRANGE TRUTH: Strieber & Spector talk “The Nye Incidents”

Tue, April 8th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

In “The Nye Incidents,” a lone detective must uncover the truth behind a series of grisly murders that may have been perpetrated by aliens. We speak with writers Whitley Strieber & Craig Spector, who gave us a 22-page preview of the graphic novel.

Green & Sterbakov talk “Freshmen Summer Vacation Special”

Fri, April 4th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

“Freshmen” returns in a special summer one-shot, as the kids with useless powers fight a giant heartbroken plant. Green & Sterbakov chat about the book and essential reading on teenage sociopaths.

Interviews with the Vampires: Dark Horse Editors talk "Buffy" and "Blood+"

Thu, March 20th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Vampires roam the earth, and only one woman can stop them. Who she is depends on whether you're reading "Blood+" or "Buffy." CBR spoke with Dark Horse editors Scott Allie and Philip Simon about both books.

Splat Graphic Novel Symposium Makes a Splash

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

The New York Center for Independent Publishing held its first annual Splat Graphic Novel Symposium this past Saturday, and CBR News was there. Learn why web comics are better than the Food Network, and why "Good Night, Gorilla" is a modern classic.

A Year in Review with Steve Niles

Thu, March 13th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

2007 was a big year for the very prolific Steve Niles, who spoke with CBR News about the "30 Days of Night" film and previewed pages from the next issue of "Criminal Macabre: My Demon Baby."

Dysart & Azaceta talk "B.P.R.D. 1946"

Thu, March 13th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

With issue #3 on sale now, writer Joshua Dysart and artist Paul Azaceta stop by CBR News to talk about "B.P.R.D. 1946," which depicts an early mission of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

Santiago Authors Baseball Legend Roberto Clemente Biography in "21"

Tue, March 11th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

In an era when baseball was arguably more than just a game, Puerto Rican-born Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente occupied his own place in the American consciousness. We spoke with author Wilfred Santiago about "21."

Cast + Crew talk "Spectacular Spider-Man"

Mon, March 3rd, 2008 | Category: TV/Film

The "Spectacular Spider-Man" cartoon debuted at WonderCon, and CBR chatted one-on-one with several of the voice actors and producers to get their take on the latest Spidey animated series.

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