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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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.

Elegantly "Wasted" - Alan Grant talks New Humor Anthology

Wed, February 6th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Famed Judge Dredd and Batman writer Alan Grant presents a new anthology featuring the comedic talents of Frank Quitely, John Wagner, Simon Bisley and more. Grant spoke to CBR News about "Wasted" and the perils of publishing controversial material.

SUPER PHREAK: Ed Piskor talks "Wizzywig"

Fri, February 1st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

"American Splendor" collaborator Ed Piskor's new graphic novel explores the early days of hacking. CBR News spoke with Piskor about "Wizziwig" and the challenges of alternative distribution.

The Shape of Things: Hutchinson talks "Halloween: Nightdance"

Thu, January 31st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Just in time for Valentine's Day, "Halloween: Nightdance" debuts in February from Devil's Due. We spoke with writer Stefan Hutchinson about the Tim Seely-illustrated miniseries and what makes Michael Myers a horror icon.

Superheroes on Stage in NYC

Mon, January 28th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

The new superhero stage drama "Save the World" opened at New York's American Theatre of Actors last week, and CBR News was there to find out whether the popular maxim about the cheerleader holds up.

"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.