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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I AM (gonna kill) IRON MAN: Jeff Bridges

Fri, May 2nd, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

"Iron Man" is on screens now, and CBR brings you a chat with Jeff Bridges, who plays nemesis Obadiah Stane. Find out what the veteran actor thought about shaving his head for the role, and how “Iron Man" compares to "Tron."

I AM (flirting with) IRON MAN: Gwyneth Paltrow

Thu, May 1st, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

With “Iron Man” in cinemas this week, CBR brings you more chats with the talent behind the film including the glamorous Gwyneth Paltrow, who talks about quality entertainment and the softer side of Tony Stark.

I AM (still playing) IRON MAN: Robert Downey, Jr.

Wed, April 30th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

With “Iron Man” in theatres this week, the talent behind the film has been blitzing the press, and CBR spoke again with star Robert Downey, Jr. about his role in the film and what he thinks about spoilers and stupid questions.

I AM (still directing) "IRON MAN": Jon Favreau

Tue, April 29th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

With "Iron Man" in cinemas this week, the cast and crew of Marvel's latest big- screen adventure have been blitzing the press, and CBR News spoke again with director Jon Favreau about the film.

CURSE OF THE RED BARON: Denton talks “Aces"

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

Stealing the Red Baron's treasure map can only lead to trouble. But hey, everybody likes an adventure. CBR spoke with Shannon Eric Denton about his World War I graphic novel, Aces: Curse of the Red Baron.

REVIEW: “Iron Man”

Sun, April 27th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

CBR got an advance look at the upcoming film “Iron Man” starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Terence Howard. Does the film fly? Will comic fans embrace this latest adaptation or will it disappoint like so many before?

Joe Kelly: "I Kill Giants"

Fri, April 25th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Ben10 co-creator Joe Kelly stops by CBR News to discuss his new Image Comics miniseries, I Kill Giants, a dark and quirky story about a strange fifth-grade girl… who kills giants.

Zenescope Crew talks “Tales from Wonderland”

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

CBR chats with Raven Gregory, Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha about Tales from Wonderland, a three-issue prequel to Return to Wonderland that explores the origins of Wonderland’s most famous citizens.

Shooting the Papal Bull: Kirkman talks Animated Battle Pope

Thu, April 24th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

Last weekend, NYC played host to both a comic con and Pope Benedict XVI, and the best of both worlds can be found in the animated Battle Pope series on We spoke with Robert Kirkman.

NYCC: Inside Spider-Man's “Web of Shadows”

Wed, April 23rd, 2008 | Category: Video Games

Activision debuted the trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: Web of Shadows game at New York Comic Con and CBR spoke with Executive Producer Graham Fuchs about the project, which hopes to drive players up the wall.

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."