Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New projects...

I haven't posted lately as I've been hard at work on the DC Chronicle, a new hardcover month-by-month history of DC Comics. A sort of sequel to the Marvel Chronicle out last holiday season, the DC Chronicle is again written by a slew of comic book historians, and encompasses DC's entire 75-year history. This time around, I'm penning the 1980s and 1990s, essentially reliving my childhood and college in the process. I think this book is shaping up nicely, and I'll be sure to post further details as I find them out.

In other news, two of my new children's books, Batman: Two-Face's Double Take and Superman: Little Green Men will be released early in the New Year. Both books are from Stone Arch Press and are set to be out in January. Click on their titles to order them on amazon, in either hardcover or softcover versions. Here's a sneak peak of the cover to the Superman book:

Meanwhile, The Batman Vault continues to garner a lot of great press. It made two "best of" holiday gift lists including Time Out New York and io9. If you're still on the fence, check out this youtube ad, kindly sent my way by my co-author, Bob Greenberger.

Keep checking back for news on a few other upcoming projects as well, including a comic mini-series that I've been working on for over a year now. But in the meantime, check out a personal little project my wife and I have been developing (well, more her than me...), due around June 22nd...

Monday, November 2, 2009

King Con...

Got any plans for the weekend besides hours of Halloween candy-based regret? Well if not, head to Brooklyn for the first ever King Con, a comic convention right smack in the middle of Park Slope. I'll be signing autographs at my table on the convention floor all day Saturday and Sunday, so stop by and say hello. I'll have plenty of my work for sale, from single issues of The Batman Strikes, to the Marvel Chronicle hardcover, and I'll be happy to sign anything you bring in from home. Comics, a lamp, your uncle. I'm really not picky. Also, there will be a free giveaway comic, because frankly, I need the closet space.

And if you come by the convention on Saturday, I'll be speaking in a panel about my latest book, The Batman Vault, alongside my co-author Bob Greenberger, legendary Batman writer/editor Denny O'Neil, and longtime DC editor Paul Kupperberg. The panel starts at 2, so be sure to get there early and grab your seat before all the groupies arrive.

Click on this link for all the convention details, and I hope to see you at the show.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just in from Gotham...

In bookstores now is my newest Batman project, The Batman Vault. Co-written by Bob Greenberger, the book is a complete history of the character, telling you everything you ever wanted to know about the Caped Crusader, but were rightfully afraid to ask. It features great pull-out reproductions of hard to find items and plenty of insider info not found anywhere else.

But that's not the only Bat-news. To promote the book, I'll be appearing at Brooklyn's first King Con, a new convention taking place at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope. The convention is on November 7th-8th, and I'll have a table for the weekend on the main convention floor. And to top it all off, I'll be discussing all things Batman in a panel on Saturday alongside my coconspirator Bob Greenberger and legendary Batman writer/editor Denny O'Neil himself. It should be a really great event, so stop by their website to find out more info:

And since there seems to be a theme to this entry, here's a sneak peak of the finished cover for my first Batman reader for Stone Arch Books. The cover is by Shawn McManus, and colored by Lee Loughridge. I'll have more info on its release date soon.

Monday, August 24, 2009

And the new DK Guide is...

Now up on is my current project for DK Publishing, Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero. The book will be similar in format to our recent Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon hardcover, and will feature way too much information on Tony Stark and his various comic book exploits.

As of now, the book is scheduled for a February release, and is available for pre-order here. I'll post more teasers and info on this site as we get closer to the release date.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Batman Vault Sneak Peak...

Here's a little look inside my new book project, The Batman Vault, courtesy of Diamond's website. If you like what you see, head over to your local comic store to order your copy.

Batman Vault link of Greatness

Hope to see you all at Comic Con.

Monday, July 13, 2009

San Diego or bust...

This year my wife and I are journeying to San Diego for my first trip to the West Coast. We'll be attending the Comic Con and then driving all the way up to Seattle, seeing the sights and visiting friends along the way.

So if you plan on heading to Comic Con this year as well, make sure to stop by the DK Publishing Booth (# 2913G) on Saturday, July 25th from 2 to 3 pm. I'll be signing my books Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon, Marvel Chronicle, Hulk: The Incredible Guide, Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide, Marvel Heroes: Greatest Battles, and any comics you feel like bringing in from home. Come drop by, chat comics, or just witness the look of convention fear on my unsuspecting wife's face. Either way, it should be worth the trip.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sneak peak...

Over the last few months, I've been working on a few young readers' books for Stone Arch Publishing starring Batman and Superman. The stories are fun little self-contained jaunts set firmly in the Bruce Timm created universe of Batman: The Animated Series and his other subsequent shows.

First up will be a Two-Face tale full of great illustrations by my former Arm-Fall-Off-Boy collaborator, Shawn McManus. The book is called Two-Face's Double Take. Here's a look at Shawn's pencil sketch for cover.

Keep checking back here for release dates and more info on my other books in this series.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Taking a bite...

If you're around the New York area this weekend, I'll be appearing at the Big Apple Comic Convention's Summer Sizzler this Saturday from 10:30 am to 7 pm. It's a free show if you head over to their website and register. So stop by my table to get some signed books, chat comics, or to just bug me about not having anything witty to say in this post.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

MoCCA 2009...

This weekend, I'll be stopping by the MoCCA festival in Manhattan for their annual comic convention. I don't have a table this year, but I'll be wandering around the show, as well as the David Mazzucchelli gallery opening on Saturday night. It's a great event, so be sure to check it out if you're in the New York City area. Here's the info:

And if you're coming into town for the show, you might as well stop by Rocketship Comics in Brookyln on Friday night to check out the Syncopated release party that my old college buddy Brendan Burford put together. Rumor has it, they'll have some sort of fancy beer there, so even if you don't like good comics, there'll be something for you to do.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

MoCCA show...

Thanks to everyone who came out for my signing at MoCCA with Chris Claremont. It was a packed house, and I'm glad so many of you picked up a copy of the book.

Here are a couple pictures from the event for those of you who couldn't be there:

And for more info on the show, check out these sites:

Publisher's Weekly

Graphic Novel Reporter


And here're a couple of new reviews for the book that started all the hubbub, Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon:

The Washington Times

Comic Mix

Next up is The Batman Vault, so preorder your copy now to be one step ahead of the game. You'll get bragging rights on your block for years. Guaranteed. Sort of.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A couple of interviews...

As the Wolverine movie draws near and people everywhere toss away their bootlegs in favor of overpriced theatre tickets, the good people over at the AMC website put together a little piece to mark the occasion. I shared a couple of Wolverine tidbits with them, so be sure to check it out by clicking this link.

There's also a new interview of me up today at Biff Bam Pop sharing more factoids about Logan and his ever-complicated world.

And to get an even better Wolverine fix, be sure to join me tomorrow night as Chris Claremont and I talk at MoCCA. Hope to see you all there.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hey New Yorkers...

On Wednesday, April 29th, I'll be speaking at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art here in New York City about my new book, Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon. I'll be speaking alongside comic writing icon (and author of the book's introduction) Chris Claremont about Wolverine's history, the process of summarizing Logan's rather extensive past, and all things Marvel. The event starts with a talk at 7 pm, followed by a Q and A and a book signing.

Here's the official press release about the event:

Event Description:
Discussion and Book Signing

In anticipation of the May 1 theatrical release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, join us as Chris Claremont, best known for his work on Marvel Comics X-Men series, leads a discussion with Matthew K. Manning, author of DK Publishing’s newly-released Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon, a comprehensive guide to the savage world of the X-Mens most popular Super Hero.

First appearing in a cameo role in the pages of an Incredible Hulk comic in October 1974, Wolverine has evolved into a headlining superstar. The clawed mutant-fighting machine with a heart as strong as his adamantium-enhanced skeleton is not only the most popular member of the X-Men but, to many, the finest hero in the Marvel Universe.

Chris Claremont has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. Although best known for his work on the X-Men series, he has written other seminal characters as Batman and Superman; originated several creator-owned series such as The Black Dragon and Marada, the She-Wolf (artist: John Bolton), and the contemporary superhero series, Sovereign Seven; is published throughout the world in many different languages; authored nine novels including the science fiction series First Flight, Grounded!, and Sundowner, and the contemporary dark fantasy Dragon Moon; and even had his first video game premiere in Spring 2006.

Matthew K. Manning has written numerous comics for a variety of publishers, including Marvel and DC. His work has appeared in the pages of The Batman Strikes!, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Justice League Adventures, Spider-Man Unlimited, Looney Tunes, and Marvel Romance Redux. For DK, he has penned the updated versions of Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide and Hulk: The Incredible Guide, the childrens title Marvel Heroes: Greatest Battles, and contributed to the Marvel Chronicle.

For the rest of the gory details, check out Mocca's website by clicking here.

Hope to see you all there.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon...

Recently I discovered that my aformentioned book Wolverine: The Ultimate Guide has been retitled as part of DK Publishing's new approach to their Ultimate line of books. So on March 16th, be sure to ask your comic book store or good old fashioned regular bookstore to save you a copy of Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon. It features a really in-depth look into the history and powers of the world's most famous mutant, and plenty of art from your favorite Wolverine comics.

But don't take my word for it. Or LeVar Burton's, for that matter. ICv2 has a few sample pages up on their site that you can check out here.

And here's what DK is saying about it on their own page:

One of Marvel Comics’ favorite characters, Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-like instincts, super-enhanced strength, and the ability to heal from any wound. While he was part of the Weapon X program his skeletal structure was bonded with the near-destructible alloy adamantium, and now very little can stop him.

DK’s publishing program celebrates Wolverine’s classic comic book roots, with gorgeous imagery, classic story lines, and a nod to the franchise that Wolverine has become.

Super-fans can learn about Wolverine’s comic book debut (a cameo in a Hulk comic in 1974), and the development of his character, his story, the X-Men, and more in our comprehensive and spectacularly illustrated Ultimate Guide.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Batman Vault...

So now that we're listed on Amazon (kinda'), I guess it's okay for me to shed a little light on my newest Bat-related project, the new Running Press hardcover, The Batman Vault.

This new massive binder of a book is chock full of never-before-seen Batman art and replicas spanning the entire history of the Caped Crusader. Robert Greenberger and I co-wrote the book, chronicling Batman's long life, with a bit of insight into some of the rare art and merchandise that the good folks at DC have dug out of their library.

The book is set to hit stores this November, so I'll keep you posted on the details as we get closer to the release date. In the meantime, why not browse through the DC Vault to whet your appetite.

On a side note, thanks to everyone who stopped by my signings for the Marvel Chronicle at the DK booth at the New York Comic Con this past weekend. We had a great time, and I hope you all enjoy the book.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New York Comic Con...

For those of you heading to the New York Comic Convention this February from the 6th to the 8th, be sure to stop by my signings at the DK Booth (Booth 1802) on Saturday and Sunday.

At the show I'll be signing the Marvel Chronicle and my other DK works, like the updated editions of The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide and Hulk: The Incredible Guide, and the young reader Marvel Heroes: Greatest Battles. (I'll also sign anything you bring from home. Comics I've written, friends you don't like so much, whatever...)

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, February 7th from 2 to 3 pm. I'll be signing with two of the other co-authors of the Marvel Chronicle, Tom DeFalco and Peter Sanderson.

Sunday, February 8th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The whole Marvel Chronicle gang will be signing together. Tom DeFalco, Peter Sanderson, Tom Brevoort and myself.

So stop by the DK booth and say hello. Maybe I'll give away a few secrets from my upcoming Wolverine: The Ultimate Guide. Odds are, I will. I cave in quickly when cornered.

P.S. Here's another review of the book that's sparked all the hubbub: Bookgasm

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pop Interview...

Several months ago, I did an interview for Jeffery Klaehn over on his blog. He posted it last month, and with a few pressing deadlines, I forgot to post a link to it.

So here's the interview in all its Batmanish glory: