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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"X-Force" with Chris Yost, John Barber and Axel Alonso

Thu, January 24th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel's latest podcast covered the upcoming "X-Force" debuting February 6, with series co-writer Chris Yost and editors John Barber and Axel Alonso telling CBR News why Cyclops is the X-Men's new "alpha male."

Marvel's "Hulk" Podcast with Jeph Loeb

Wed, January 16th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel recorded its latest podcast Wednesday afternoon, with writer Jeph Loeb discussing the new, red "Hulk." Find out what this Hulk's smashing now. SPOILER WARNING!

BRAND NEW (MAY) DAY: DeFalco talks "Amazing Spider-Girl"

Tue, January 15th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Will angry Spider-fans give Peter Parker "One More Day?" Or will the "Brand New Day" belong to his daughter, May Day? CBR chats with "Amazing Spider-Girl" writer Tom DeFalco about the series and passionate fans.

A New Genesis? Shizuno talks "Evangelion 1.0"

Mon, January 14th, 2008 | Category: TV/Film

Co-director Kobun Shizuno talked "Evangelion 1.0: You (Are) Not Alone" at the first New York Anime Festival in December, and CBR News was there to catch his remarks and speak to Shizuno about his next project, "Cross Climb."

Asking the Big Questions: Gabrie asks "What If?"

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

Now that you know the answers to "What if the Annihilation Wave Reached Earth?" and "What if Iron Man Lost the Civil War?", find out what Marvel editor Justin Gabrie has to say about the past and future of "What If?"

I Dream of Lucha: Rafael Navarro talks "Sonambulo"

Thu, December 13th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Xeric-winning "Sonambulo" creator Rafael Navarro talks to CBR News about his dreams and reveals upcoming comics projects and early details of the luchador-detective's big-screen debut.

Into the Woods: Andy Runton talks "Owly"

Tue, December 11th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Andy Runton's "Owly: A Time to Be Brave" was released last week, and CBR had a chat with the creator about the new story. Are the owls not what they seem? And has Owly gone green? Find out here!

Translation Roundtable at New York Anime Festival

Mon, December 10th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

When you're turning Japanese into English, there are certain things a translator needs to know, and translators and editors from Del Rey and TOKYOPOP shared their knowledge at the New York Anime Festival.

Del Rey & Marvel to Publish Manga "X-Men" and "Wolverine"

Mon, December 10th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

The inaugural New York Anime Festival closed with a bang, as Del Rey Manga and Marvel Comics announced "X-Men: The Manga" and "Wolverine: The Manga," debuting Spring, 2009.

Director Lexi Alexander talks "Punisher: War Zone"

Fri, December 7th, 2007 | Category: TV/Film

Director Lexi Alexander talks to CBR News about about Frank Castle's latest cinematic adventure in the darker, more violent "Punisher: War Zone."

Marvel's State of the Initiative with Dan Slott

Wed, December 5th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

In its third in a series of three "State of the Initiative" podcasts, "Avengers: Initiative" writer Dan Slott discussed Iron Man's vaulting ambition, the Initiation's first graduation, and who just might survive the upcoming "Killed in Action" story arc.

I Say Thee Ribbit! The Return of Frog Thor

Thu, November 29th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

In "Spider-Man Family" #6, writer-artist Chris Eliopoulos brings back a thunder god not seen in 20 years. Not the tall blond guy with a hammer, rather a small green guy with a hammer. The Frog of Thunder... wait, what?

"State of the Initiative Podcast" with Brian Michael Bendis

Thu, November 29th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Fans won't want to miss this discussion with Brian Michael Bendis about events taking place in "Mighty Avengers," "New Avengers," and the forthcoming "Secret Invasion."

WARBLOGGING: Lappe and Goldman talk "Shooting War"

Fri, November 23rd, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Guerilla News Network's Anthony Lappe and artist Dan Goldman talk to CBR about "Shooting War," their political graphic novel about a left-wing blogger turned big-time war correspondent.

Marvel's Master Chief: Jayatilleke Talks "Halo Uprising"

Wed, November 21st, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

CBR speaks with Ruwan Jayatilleke, Marvel's VP of Development and the inspiration for the "Halo: Uprising" hotel concierge of the same name, about the popular game franchise and its comic book tie-ins.

Breaking-In To Comics with Andy Schmidt, Peter David and More

Wed, November 21st, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Former Marvel editor Andy Schmidt was joined on stage last weekend at the Big Apple Con by Danny Fingeroth, Peter David, Koi Pham and editor John Barber for a panel discussion on breaking-in to comics, and CBR was there.

Tim Sale Meets with Fans at Big Apple Con

Mon, November 19th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

"Batman: The Long Halloween" and "Heroes" artist Tim Sale met with fans in New York last weekend for a discussion of his work on the comics page and television screen.

Big Apple Con: More Valiant Collections To Come

Sun, November 18th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

This weekend at the Big Apple Con, the new Valiant Entertainment announced their next project, a hardcover collection of "X-O Manowar" with a new story by Bob Layton.

Mighty Marvel Podcast: The State of the Initiative, Part 1

Wed, November 14th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel Comics hosted a podcast yesterday with writer Brian Reed to update fans on the state of his books, "Captain Marvel," "Ms. Marvel," and "The Initiative" and how it all leads up to a little "Secret Invasion."

Partying With Zuda

Wed, October 31st, 2007 | Category: Digital Comics

Zuda Comics, DC's online comics initiative, got off to a roaring start at a launch party in New York City this week, and CBR News was on hand and spoke with some Zuda hopefuls.

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