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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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.

I Say Thee Ribbit! The Return of Frog Thor

Thu, November 29th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

In "Spider-Man Family" #6, writer-artist Chris Eliopoulos brings back a thunder god not seen in 20 years. Not the tall blond guy with a hammer, rather a small green guy with a hammer. The Frog of Thunder... wait, what?

"State of the Initiative Podcast" with Brian Michael Bendis

Thu, November 29th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Fans won't want to miss this discussion with Brian Michael Bendis about events taking place in "Mighty Avengers," "New Avengers," and the forthcoming "Secret Invasion."

WARBLOGGING: Lappe and Goldman talk "Shooting War"

Fri, November 23rd, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Guerilla News Network's Anthony Lappe and artist Dan Goldman talk to CBR about "Shooting War," their political graphic novel about a left-wing blogger turned big-time war correspondent.

Marvel's Master Chief: Jayatilleke Talks "Halo Uprising"

Wed, November 21st, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

CBR speaks with Ruwan Jayatilleke, Marvel's VP of Development and the inspiration for the "Halo: Uprising" hotel concierge of the same name, about the popular game franchise and its comic book tie-ins.

Breaking-In To Comics with Andy Schmidt, Peter David and More

Wed, November 21st, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Former Marvel editor Andy Schmidt was joined on stage last weekend at the Big Apple Con by Danny Fingeroth, Peter David, Koi Pham and editor John Barber for a panel discussion on breaking-in to comics, and CBR was there.

Tim Sale Meets with Fans at Big Apple Con

Mon, November 19th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

"Batman: The Long Halloween" and "Heroes" artist Tim Sale met with fans in New York last weekend for a discussion of his work on the comics page and television screen.

Big Apple Con: More Valiant Collections To Come

Sun, November 18th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

This weekend at the Big Apple Con, the new Valiant Entertainment announced their next project, a hardcover collection of "X-O Manowar" with a new story by Bob Layton.

Mighty Marvel Podcast: The State of the Initiative, Part 1

Wed, November 14th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Marvel Comics hosted a podcast yesterday with writer Brian Reed to update fans on the state of his books, "Captain Marvel," "Ms. Marvel," and "The Initiative" and how it all leads up to a little "Secret Invasion."

Partying With Zuda

Wed, October 31st, 2007 | Category: Digital Comics

Zuda Comics, DC's online comics initiative, got off to a roaring start at a launch party in New York City this week, and CBR News was on hand and spoke with some Zuda hopefuls.

Talbot's "Alice in Sunderland" at the Cartoon Museum

Fri, April 27th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Bryan Talbot's "Alice in Sunderalnd" is currently on exhibit at the Cartoon Museum in London, showcasing the lively art from the graphic novel. Shaun Manning filed this report.

"Fun Home" With Bechdel at Angouleme

Fri, February 2nd, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Last week at the Angouleme Comics Festival in France, Shaun Manning sat down with "Time" Magazine Book of the Year winner Alison Bechdel to discuss her memoir, "Fun Home."

Talking with Peter Kuper at Angouleme

Wed, January 31st, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

During the Angouleme Comics Festival, Shaun Manning caught up with writer/artist Peter Kuper to talk "Spy vs. Spy," "Theo and the Blue Note," "Stop Forgetting To Remember" and more.

A Look At The Angouleme International Comics Festival

Tue, January 30th, 2007 | Category: Comic Books

Shaun Manning made his way to France for his first Angouleme Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, or better known around these parts as the Angouleme International Comics Festival, and filed this report.

The Frankfurt Book Fair: Comics Pavilion

Sun, October 22nd, 2006 | Category: Comic Books

Shaun Manning recently had the chance to travel to Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair. What did he find comic wise while he was there? A whole lot. He filed this report.

My Lunch with Paul Jenkins At Wizard World Chicago

Mon, August 7th, 2006 | Category: Comic Books

Ever wonder what it'd be like to have lunch with one of your favorite comic book creators? CBR's own Shaun Manning found when he won a lunch with writer Paul Jenkins and filed this report.

WWC: Kevin Smith Panel

Sat, August 5th, 2006 | Category: Comic Books

Kevin Smith held another one of his regular Q&A sessions this evening at Chicago and we've got the highlights. Discussion of "Clerks II," what genre his next film will be, a marriage proposal and more.