Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Batman: A Visual History...

I think I've been training for this book since the 5th grade. Out today is Batman: A Visual History, a complete month-by-month history of the Dark Knight Detective from 1939 until 2014. This project was a huge labor of love for me, and a chance to dig into the character's background more than I ever have before. I even learned a few things along the way. Your life just cannot be considered complete until you discover the existence of the Bat-Train and characters like Ally Babble.

I first started working on this format of book for DK Publishing with Marvel Year by Year, originally titled The Marvel Chronicle. That book took four of us to write. Then came the DC edition, DC Comics Year by Year, and five of us handled the writing and research on that particular book. As a big fan of Spidey, when I had the chance to write half of the Spider-Man Chronicle alongside the talented Alan Cowsill, I jumped at it. But when Batman came around, things were different. This was the character that first truly brought me into the world of comic books. I had to try to write the whole thing.

I say try, as there were a few deadline alterations, and suddenly, I just couldn't fit the entire book into my schedule. Luckily, Matt Forbeck stepped up and turned in the great 1960s chapter, helping get the book finished in time.

If you're a Batman fan, casual or diehard, this book is for you. I included everything that was fit to print about the Caped Crusader, from little known gems like Bob Kane's "biographical" comic in Real Fact Comics # 5 (November/December 1946) to large modern events like the "Hush" storyline.

You can buy the book here, or come see me at the New York Comic Con where I'll have plenty on hand at the DK Publishing booth. More details on that to come next week. In the meantime, here's a sneak a peak at a few of the book's interior pages:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stepping Out...

Just got home to find these guys waiting for me. You can pick up your copy of my newest Looney Tunes issue (# 221) on October 1st. Find out what happens when Wile E. Coyote realizes he's living inside a comic book. 

Psst... high jinks. The answer is high jinks.

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.