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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Huge Bat-Signals Projected Over NYC + Chicago

Wed, July 9th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

Tuesday's Citizens for Batman events in NYC and Chicago ended with enormous Bat-signals projected above the cities. CBR was in New York to see what one fan called “geeks stopping traffic.”

Super Fashion: Metropolitan Museum's Day of Heroes

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art held a day of panels and lectures coinciding with the exhibition, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, with John Cassaday, Paul Levitz and Adi Granov.

Competitive Edge: Aron Coleite talks “Ultimate X-Men”

Wed, July 2nd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

“Heroes” writer Aron Coleite explores the thorny issues of superhero steroid use in "Ultimate X-Men." Coleite discussed the arc and his views on the baseball scandal that inspired the tale.

Venturing West: Medri talks "13 Chambers"

Fri, June 27th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Italian artist Denis Medri joins the acclaimed music video director known as mink for "13 Chambers," a fantasy Western shipping in September from 12 Gauge Comics. Medri spoke with CBR News about the book.

X-POSITION: Peter David's “X-Factor”

Wed, June 25th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Peter David drops by X-POSITION to answer your questions about “X-Factor.” What are the secrets of Madrox's powers? Will we see more Quicksilver? And which musical most influenced this comic? All that and more!

The Future History of Rock, Then & Now: Mike Allred on “Red Rocket 7”

Mon, June 23rd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Has an alien influenced your favorite band? Discover the alt-history of rock in the new “Red Rocket 7” from Image. We spoke with Allred about the book and the changing contours of music.

Rob Liefeld Talks "Youngblood: Bloodsport"

Thu, June 19th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

UPDATED: Four years ago, "Youngblood: Bloodsport" #1 made a huge splash on the comics scene. Issue 2 never arrived. This September, Mark Millar and series creator Rob Liefeld return to finish what they started.

X-POSITION: The Force is Strong with Chris Yost

Tue, June 17th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

“X-Force” and “Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers” writer Chris Yost answers your questions in the latest X-POSITION, and gives some strongly-worded hints about what's coming up for Marvel's most vicious mutants.

Portrait of Cthulhu as an Old God: Woodward & Ritchie on “Necronomicon”

Tue, June 17th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

BOOM!'s latest Lovecraftian epic "Necronomnicon" will flesh out the history of the forbidden tome, and we spoke with artists JK Woodward & Andrew Ritchie about their work on the miniseries.

BLUEJACKET: Pulp Hero Meets Global Economy

Fri, June 13th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

“Hawaiian Dick” writer B. Clay Moore talks to CBR about his new adventure/Wall Street hero, Bluejacket, and his thrilling debut in BOOM!’s “Pulp Tales” anthology, a benefit comic for Josh Medors.

RAGNA-ROCK: Fawkes & Stewart on “The Apocalipstix”

Wed, June 11th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

"The Apocalipstix" shows readers an all-girl rock-and-roll triumph over the end of civilization. CBR caught up with writer Ray Fawkes and artist Cameron Stewart to discuss the original graphic novel.

X-POSITION: Mike Carey Builds his "Legacy"

Tue, June 10th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Carey joins X-POSITION to answer your questions about "X-Men: Legacy," 'Secret Invasion: X-Men," the "Dark Deception" crossover with "Wolverine: Origins," and much, much more.

Visiting “Ninjatown” with Art Baltazar

Fri, June 6th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

“Tiny Titans” artist Art Baltazar gives CBR News an exclusive first look at “Ninjatown: Adventures of the Wee Ninja,” a new 48-page one-shot based on the popular Shawnimals toys and coming this month from Devil’s Due. Watch out for Mr. Demon!

Steve Niles talks “Wake the Dead” Film

Thu, June 5th, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

Steve Niles' modern take on Frankenstein is coming to a theater near you. We spoke with Niles about how “Wake the Dead” survived a Hollywood shakeup to gain new life.

William Messner-Loebs Opens the “Necronomicon”

Mon, June 2nd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

William Messner-Loebs uncovers the forbidden knowledge of the “Necronomicon,” the latest H.P. Lovecraft-inspired miniseries from BOOM! Studios. CBR News chatted with the veteran writer about the series and got an exclusive first look.

WW Philly: Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio

Sun, June 1st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

DC Comics closed out its Wizard World Philly programming Sunday afternoon with Executive Editor Dan DiDio's informal chat with fans. CBR News was on hand for the fun.

WW Philly: Cup O' Joe Panel

Sat, May 31st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada gave his latest Cup O' Joe panel at Wizard World Philly this Saturday afternoon, talking about "Marvel Zombies 3," Art Adams on "Hulk," "The Stand" coming to Marvel and more.

WW Philly: DCU: Crisis Now!

Sat, May 31st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBr's Live coverage of the DCU: Crisis Now! panel at WW Philly is over, but we still have all the news about upcoming DCU events, plans for new series, the fates of various characters and teams and more.

WW Philly: Secret Invasion Panel

Sat, May 31st, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR's live reporting from Marvel's Secret Invasion panel at Philly has ended, but we have the scoop on the latest from the Skrull invasion, Doug Braithwaite's exclusive and much, much more.

WW Philly: Spider-Man's Brand New Day Panel

Fri, May 30th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

CBR's live coverage Marvel's Spider-Man: Brand New Day panel has ended, but we've got all the news from the panel talking about the thrice-monthly title that will shortly introduce a new Kraven.