Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween...

Happy Halloween from the Ventriloquist and Scarface.


Not to mention the new Ventriloquist and Scarface.





Trust us, Lilly is deadlier than she looks...

Monday, October 25, 2010

The many Halloween costumes of Matthew K. Manning...

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it time I post pictures of my previous costumes from New York Halloweens past. So let's get right to it.

It started with Batman. When I was in seventh grade, my parents decided to bestow upon me a rubber Batman suit from the movie Batman Returns. As a result, I wore the exact same costume every year up through my college years at the School of Visual Arts. But by my senior year, after adding a few comic book tweaks to the costume, I finally decided to retire the batsuit once and for all.

Here are a couple of pictures from that no-doubt emotional year:

Batman and Nightwing in a pre-cell phone world. Nighwing is played by my old friend Mike Zagari.

My now-wife Dorothy as the Julie Newmar Catwoman. It was a good year to be Batman. Here she's joined by two of her thugs (Jon and Matt Roscetti, respectively).

After that, I started on my new trend: comic characters that wear suits. Essentially, because I sweat a lot less in a suit than in a rubber Batman cowl. Suit costumes are also pretty easy to make.

First up was the Crimson Avenger.


Dorothy decided to play the part of a 1940s girl to match me.

After that, it was the Phantom Stranger.


Here's the enigmatic figure of the night eating a snack at Wendy's.


Shopping for greeting cards...


On a quest toward fatherhood...


And relaxing in a comfy Brookstone recliner...


Next up, was a rather careless Matthew Murdock (Daredevil). And no, my cane didn't glow, that's just a reflection off an actual retractable blind cane.


After that, I opted to shave my head and run for president as Lex Luthor.


And the year after, the villain trend continued with the original Red Hood.



Followed by Dick Tracy, complete with official badge and radio wristwatch, of course.


Last year, I was Tony Stark. I accessorized with my Stark Industries briefcase, a can of matching Tecate...


...and a Scotch on the rocks.


Check back after Halloween to see this year's costume. Here's a hint, my daughter Lilly is involved, against her will and my better judgment...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Giant killer...


Coming in December to your local comic shop is the Batman 80-Page Giant 2010. An in it, is my latest Batman story, a 10-page yarn starring Calendar Man. If you're not familiar with the character (and who is, really?), well look no further. For the first time since his debut in the 1950s, Calendar Man's origin is finally hinted at in a tale pencilled by recent Kubert School phenom, Garry Brown. Here's the official solicit from the DC website:

Written by BRAD DESNOYER, MATT MANNING, MANDY MACMURRAY, JOHN STANISCI, PAUL TOBIN and PETER MIRIANI; Art by LEE FERGUSON, GARRY BROWN, MATT SOUTHWORTH, RYAN KELLEY and SZYMON KUDRANSKI; Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

Some of the most promising new talent in comics are corrupted by the most depraved villains in Gotham City in this all-new special featuring The Joker, the Riddler, Calendar Man, Scarecrow, and yes, even Humpty Dumpty! It's seven short stories, all in one giant issue! The joke's on you if you think you'll make it out of this alive!

Also, I want to say thanks to everyone who stopped by my signings and/or panel at the New York Comic Con. The advance release of DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle was a smash success, and the good folks at DK Publishing sold out of all their copies. If you missed us at the show, the good news is that the book is officially released early next week. So head to your local book store (or to Amazon) and grab yourself a copy. It's a great month by month account of DC Comics from 1935 to the present day. I penned the 1980s and 1990s sections, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the book (written by Daniel Wallace, Michael McAvennie, Alex Irvine, and Alan Cowsill). The book is full of great illustrations, and the wrap around slipcase by Ryan Sook is not to be missed.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New York Comic Con...


It's been a long wait, but it's finally here. This weekend, the New York Comic Con will once again be at the highly breakable Javits Center on the West end of 34th street in Manhattan. I'll be there again this year, and I have two signing and a panel discussion to prove it.

On Friday, October 8th, I'll be speaking in Room 1A24 at 3:15 p.m. in the DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Partners panel. I'll be joined by Paul Levitz, Bob Wayne, Daniel Wallace, Matthew Reinhart, Doogie Horner, and Peter Axelrod as we discuss the various 75th anniversary books and projects coming out from DC this year. I'll be talking about my new book DC Comics: Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle in particular. Click here for a bit more info on the panel.

On Saturday, I'll be signing the DC Year by Year Chronicle at the DK Publishing booth (#2415) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m alongside my co-authors Daniel Wallace, Alex Irvine, Mike McAvennie, and Alan Cowsill.

And if you miss us then, stop by the DC Comics booth (#2243) on Sunday where we'll all be signing again from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The book will be debuting at the convention, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Just like the previous Marvel Chronicle from DK, it serves as a complete month by month history of the company, starting in the 1930s and ending this year. This time around, I wrote the 1980s and 1990s sections, and I'm quite happy with the results. As and added bonus, the book is also fairly heavy, so it makes a handy weapon to fend off any obnoxious con attendees.

Hope to see you all at the show. Every last one of you. Don't think I'm not keeping track...