Monday, September 15, 2014


This Saturday (September 20th), come join me at ACE, the Asheville Comic Expo. It's a great little one-day show that runs from 11am to 6pm. If you go, be sure to stop by my table (G12) and flip through some of my latest books and comics.

Hope to see you at the show!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Four Scoops of Awesome...

This Wednesday, be sure to check out my first Ninja Turtles comic. While this initial story is only a four-page tale, Marcelo Ferreira and I manage to pack in plenty of action featuring everyone's favorite feline made purely out of a delightful frozen dessert, Ice Cream Kitty. You can read a free preview of Landry Q. Walker and Dario Brizuela's lead story here.

Check out those variants! You need all of them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Turtles and Tunes...

It's been a busy few days here in Asheville. When not working on my newest book, a hardcover guide from DK Publishing for the Batman Arkham games (more on that in a later post), I've been putting the finishing touches on my latest script for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures.

The story for this issue involves the Turtles following Master Splinter on his mysterious annual "Walkabout," and is being drawn as we speak by Chad Thomas. Look for this issue (# 16) in comic shops this October.

Also today, I received the lettered and colored files for my newest Looney Tunes issue. Titled "Stepping Out," the story features Wile E. Coyote coming to the realization that he actually exists in a comic book. Drawn by Walter Carzon, the issue (# 221) also hits stands this October.

Of course, the main event this week in the Manning household was my oldest daughter's first day of preschool. From what I can gather, she's spent her time there playing Super Kitty and developing some sort of medicine for invisible puppies. We obviously share an affinity for weighty subject matter...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Signing at the Asheville Mall Barnes and Noble...

On Saturday, August 2nd at 3:00 pm, I'll be signing books at the Barnes and Noble at the Asheville Mall for their special Marvel Day. They'll have copies of my Marvel: Year by Year book on hand, as well as many of my other books, including some of my young reader Batman books from Stone Arch and my graphic novel adaptation of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. There's also a costume and trivia contest happening earlier in the day.

For more details, you can check out Barnes and Noble's site here.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

When I first started writing comics, there were four established properties I wanted to work on to appease my inner kid. As a child of the 80s and 90s, I grew up on a steady diet of Batman, Spider-Man, ThunderCats, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Over the years, I've had the chance to write both Batman and Spidey, and now I can officially cross another comic off Childhood Matt's To-Do List.

Coming out this September is my first story for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a back-up tale in issue # 15 of the New Animated Adventures title. It stars Ice Cream Kitty, a mutant cat made up entirely of Ice Cream. Obviously, this is very, very serious stuff here.

Here's an image of the cover:

I'll have some more Turtles-related news to post in the near future, but in the meantime, someone offer me a ThunderCats job already. Childhood Matt won't stop talking about it.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Heroes Con...

For anyone around the Charlotte area this weekend (June 20-22nd), I'll be a guest at Heroes Con. This is my first year at the show, and I've heard nothing but great things. I'll be bringing copies of The Superman Files, Beware the Batman, and plenty of my other past projects, so be sure to stop by and say hello. I'm at table AA-1114.

For more info, visit the Heroes Convention website here. See you at the show!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meanwhile in Gotham City...

It's Batman's 75th anniversary, and to celebrate, DC Comics is releasing plenty of new projects to pay tribute to the legendary Dark Knight Detective. I've been lucky enough to work on quite a few Batman-related books recently, most of which are now up for pre-order. So if you're a fan of the Caped Crusader, here are a couple things to keep an eye out for:

First up is the project that's been occupying the bulk of my time since I finished writing The Superman Files for Andrews McMeel Publishing. It's a massive 352-page hardcover history of the Dark Knight from DK Publishing entitled Batman Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle. If the book sounds familiar, it might be because I co-wrote the similar Spider-Man Chronicle a few years ago, and have worked on both DC Comics: Year by Year and Marvel: Year by Year for DK as well.

Batman: Year by Year essentially tells the history of the character, his villains and his supporting cast in a month-by-month format from May of 1939 until the most recent events of this year. It was quite an intense project, but a labor of love for a lifelong Batman fan like myself. The book includes additional writing by Matt Forbeck (who wrote about the 1960s), and an introduction by one of my childhood heroes, Frank Miller. It's available on September 15th, but you can preorder it now on Amazon. I'll post a picture as soon as the cover art is available.

Next is The World According to the Joker from Insight Editions. I wrote this 64-page hardcover entirely in the voice of the Joker, as a sort of book of wisdom from the absolute worst person in the world to take advice from. I've always enjoyed writing the Joker, and this project was a great chance to see the world through his twisted eyes. It includes plenty of fun removable items and lots of great new illustrations. Look for it on October 7th.

Also from Insight Editions are the Batman Hardcover Ruled Journal and The Joker Hardcover Ruled Journal. These mostly blank journals include a story handwritten by each book's title character. The idea is for Batman and the Joker to have each been writing a journal entry when their books are misplaced and wind up in the reader's hands. These were extremely fun little stories to write, and I'm very happy with the result. I'll be sure to post pictures of the covers for these as we get closer to their release date of September 9th.

On August 1st, make sure to check out Catwoman's Nine Lives, my newest chapter book in Stone Arch Book's selection of DC Comics readers. Set in the world of Batman: The Animated Series, it's a fun little caper story that's my seventh contribution to this great line for young readers. I'll post more about this book when it's released.

And finally, while not available for pre-order quite yet, my two issues of Beware the Batman are being collected into a trade paperback from DC Comics due to hit stores on January 27, 2015. This collection includes all six issues of the series, featuring stories also written by Ivan Cohen, Scott Beatty, and the legendary creator of Katana, Mike W. Barr. It features art by Luciano Vecchio and Dario Brizuela. You can find out a bit more about the book here, as well as a preview of my point of view story from issue # 6.

Be sure to be the first kid on your block to collect all six books. Thanks for reading!