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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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.

Mignola on Hellboy's Extended Universe

Mon, March 3rd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

With "Hellboy II" in theatres this summer, creator Mike Mignola is busy expanding the world of his supernatural detective and co. on the comics page. CBR spoke with Mignola about "BPRD: 1946" and "Abe Sapien: The Drowning."

Marvel's Everything but "Secret Invasion" Call

Wed, February 27th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

At Marvel's press call today they discussed a lot - except for "Secret Invasion" - and we've got word from Brevoort, Alonso, Paniccia, Rosemann, Lowe and a massive gallery of new artwork.

In & Out of the Dark Ages: Moore & Reppion on "Darkness vs. Eva"

Tue, February 26th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Light and darkness (or "The Darkness") meet this April in the four-issue "Darkness vs. Eva" miniseries from Dynamite Enterment. CBR News spoke with writing team Leah Moore & John Reppion about the book.

Director Jon Favreau talks "Iron Man"

Tue, February 26th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

Following the "Iron Man" movie panel at WonderCon, director Jon Favreau met with the press to discuss the film in greater detail. CBR News was on hand to get the scoop on what fans can expect to see on screen.

WonderCon: DC Universe Panel

Sat, February 23rd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

A surprise appearance by Joe Michael Straczynski marked the biggest surprise of Saturday's DC Universe panel. But there's plenty more to discover as we approach "Final Crisis," and Didio, Busiek, Bagley, and co. were on hand to share.

WonderCon: DC Nation Panel

Fri, February 22nd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson on "Green Lantern/Green Arrow?" It's sounding likely. WonderCon's DC Nation panel held this and more readily discussed news as DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio led a lively discussion.

WonderCon: "Astro City" Panel with Busiek & Anderson

Fri, February 22nd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson hosted a lively panel at WonderCon Friday, covering the past and future of "Astro City."

TWISTORY: mink Talks Fantasy Western "13 Chambers"

Thu, February 21st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR News speaks with "Dust" writer and film director mink about his new fantasy western "13 Chambers," the notion of "twistory," and an upcoming project with the legendary Yoshitaka Amano.

Priest Returns to Comics (Sort Of!) with "Gunplay" Dime Novels

Thu, February 21st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

It's his first comics work since "Captain America and the Falcon," but is it a return? Christopher Priest talks with CBR News about his prose stories in Platinum's "Gunplay," what he's been doing with his time, and what's coming next.

Avatar Head talks Warren Ellis' "FreakAngels" Web Comic

Thu, February 14th, 2008 | Category: Digital Comics

Avatar Press will launch on Friday its first original web comic, Warren Ellis's "FreakAngels," completely free to readers. CBR spoke with publisher William Christensen about the venture, and why the Avatar model is unlike what we've seen before.

Who is "Anna Mercury?" Warren Ellis Gives Hints

Thu, February 14th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Who is "Anna Mercury?" Warren Ellis isn't telling, but CBR News was able to eke out a few new details of the Avatar series as well glimpse into the writer's private conversations… with his computer.

Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics & the Creation of the Superhero

Fri, February 8th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR News spoke with comics expert Danny Fingeroth about his new book, "Disguised As Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero," which takes a look at the cultural origins of our favorite heroes.