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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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.

WW Philly: Mondo Marvel Panel

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

We've wrapped up our live coverage of the Mondo Marvel panel at Wizard World Philadelphia which featured news on "Deadpool," "Wolverine: Origins," the latest X-News and much more. Updated

Alex Robinson is "Too Cool to be Forgotten"

Fri, May 23rd, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

"Box Office Poison" creator Alex Robinson returns with "Too Cool to be Forgotten," a time warp to the 1980s courtesy of Top Shelf. CBR News spoke with Robinson about the graphic novel and got a 10 page preview.

I’ll Be “The Damned” - Cullen Bunn talks “Prodigal Sons”

Thu, May 15th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Who wants to live forever? CBR News chats with writer Cullen Bunn about Oni's ghoulish gangster miniseries, “The Damned: Prodigal Sons,” starring a wiseguy who can’t seem to stay dead.

Braving the Elements: DiGilio talks “North Wind”

Wed, May 14th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

With the final issue of BOOM! Studios' “North Wind” soon arriving both in comic shops and for free on MySpace, CBR News chatted with writer Dave DiGilio about the series, its promotion, and the upcoming film.

Mike Carey talks Virgin & MySpace's Coalition Comix

Thu, May 8th, 2008 | Category: Comic Books

Comics fans love to tell the pros how it should be done, so Virgin and MySpace gave them a chance to do just that. CBR spoke with Mike Carey about the resulting Coalition Comix project, “Queen’s Rook,” now available online.

I AM (still friends with) IRON MAN: Terrence Howard

Sat, May 3rd, 2008 | Category: TV, Film

Rounding out a series of interviews with the cast and crew of “Iron Man,” CBR News recently spoke with Terrence Howard, who plays airman James Rhodes in the summer blockbuster.

I AM (writing) IRON MAN: The Screenwriters

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

If you’ve been following CBR’s interviews with the cast and crew of "Iron Man," you know just about everyone said they helped write the movie. Now see what the actual screenwriters have to say about the Marvel film.

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.