Amazonia Film

May 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Not my photo of a tambaqui.

For the 15 of you reading my infrequent posts, Sunday saw Pisco Films wrapping up yet another day of shooting the documentary Amazonia.  This trip is meant to be our last for this project, a documentary about communities in the Amazon River Basin, which began nearly 3(!) years ago.

Day 2 brought an unexpected aerial shoot over Manaus, Brazil. (Unexpected because we were offered a deal on a plane ride through a guy who knew a guy, and it was so affordable we couldn’t say “no.”) For a “professional” aerial shot you’d put the camera in a gyro or some such thing and remote control technology something, but with our meager means, we slapped the GoPro on the wing of the Cessna and the director hung out the doorway with another video camera. (Photos will follow eventually. I think.)

The afternoon was equally awesome, as some new friends of our invited us to their weekly family gathering. Not only did they allow us to film some good family scenes, but they let us drink their fresh copoazu juice and eat their grilled tambaqui.

Yes, filmmaking is a tough, tough job, but somebody’s got to eat the tambaqui.

Thanks, Everybody!

May 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

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(That’s me in the middle.)

Thanks to everyone who showed up for Saturday’s signing and to everyone who helped spread the word!  Everyone had a great time.  I shared the Bookstore Day signing with two current bookbook employees: Jacob Silverman, who was signing his nonfiction book Terms of Service, and Arman Safa, who was signing his novelette, At Ken’s Expense.

If you missed the event, all three books are still available at bookbook!  Thanks again!

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Bookstore Day Signing!

April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

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This Saturday, May 2nd, at 3pm, I’ll be signing copies of MetaMorphosis at bookbook on Bleeceker Street!

Graphic Policy called MetaMorphosis an interesting and fun read” and “fascinating,” saying “It’s clear Manalo has a great grasp of storytelling.”  So, yeah.  You want to buy this book.

Show up and get my graphic novel for only $5, that’s 50% off the cover price, and I’m also giving away free minicomics for Free Comic Book Day!

Check out bookbook while you’re there.  It’s an amazing bookshop, run by the best people and carrying the best selection of book.

My First Minicomics!

April 17, 2015 § 1 Comment

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, May 2nd, I’ll be at bookbook in NYC signing copies of my graphic novel MetaMorphosisThe event, shared with fellow bookbook alumni, begins at 3pm.

Not only will I be selling MetaMorphosis at 50% off, but since May 2nd is also Free Comic Book Day, I’m giving away copies of my first two minicomics for free!

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I’ve always liked this fun, little format, but I never had the inclination to make any until now. And space is, like, totally hot right now, so both stories are set there.

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I hope to see you at bookbook on May 2nd!

Preview of THE MEMORY ENGINE!

April 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

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For thirty years, the World’s Greatest Detective, William Dante, has been in a sanatorium suffering from amnesia. But now his memory is coming back, and he’s facing his greatest mystery: his past.

Check out the five-page preview of THE MEMORY ENGINE I’ve posted in the “sample pages” section of the website!  A 90-page black and white graphic novel, THE MEMORY ENGINE is a surreal mystery about a pair of globe-trotting celebrity detectives and the dark secrets they share.

I’m still inking, adding screens, and lettering, but I’m aiming to complete the book by July.

New Novella Free on Kindle!

February 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

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For two days only my novella The Serious Man is free on Amazon Kindle!

A lonely advocate for Holocaust survivors; an educated, high-class escort who’s found a new purpose: when she tells him she’s leaving the trade, he’ll realize the only real relationship he has is one he’s been paying for.

The offer goes through Thursday, February 12th, so get the book now!

Under Belly to Release My New Graphic Novel!

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Under Belly Comics, a new Canadian publisher, is set to publish my graphic novel Jesus Must Die!

When an alien spaceship crashed in the Amazon jungle, local politics became world affairs, and small town crime got a shot at big business. Now, a dangerous alien technology has been stolen, and a poor, young street fighter must choose between the menacing crime boss who hired him and Jesus Mendoza, the neighborhood hero he’s been hired to kill.

No release date yet, but stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, you can preview the first eight pages here!

Be sure to check out Under Belly Comics and their other releases!

The Serious Man

February 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

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A lonely advocate for Holocaust survivors; an educated, high-class escort who’s found a new purpose: when she tells him she’s leaving the trade, he’ll realize the only real relationship he has is one he’s been paying for.

In THE SERIOUS MAN, losing a person he shouldn’t care for causes an isolated New Yorker to question the significance of his work and his life.

Though they can be read independently, THE SERIOUS MAN is a companion piece to my novella IRIS.  Similar in style and theme, the two stories take place in New York City during a harsh winter, and the protagonists make “walk-on” appearances in each other’s stories.  I think of these links as a way to expand the world of each story without changing the scope of each emotional story.

THE SERIOUS MAN is now available exclusively for Kindle.

New Twitter Handle

January 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

So I only took 9 YEARS, but I have caved-in and joined Twitter.  Follow me at @lewismanalo.

(Is “at @” redundant?)

Ballet, Sex, and Rock and Roll

December 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

My novella Iris is available FREE through Amazon Kindle, now through Monday, December 8th!

After a difficult ballet performance, Iris sees that her career as a dancer is over. Her roommate won’t believe it, her boyfriend doesn’t understand ballet, and the other man in her life may be the worst thing to ever happen to her. Unable to see a future without dance, Iris makes every mistake and bad choice that she can.

From behind-the-scenes at a world-class ballet company (performing The Nutcracker) to behind the bar at a music venue in Lower Manhattan, Iris is a haunting and heartbreaking novella, now available exclusively as an ebook!

And did I mention that it’s FREE?  Please share with your friends!

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