The Defenders Was Weak

August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

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And I totally blame the directors.  The writing wasn’t awesome, but I’ve put up with worse.  The actors are good, but most of them have been better elsewhere.  The fight scenes were often awesome.  But the directing was weak.

I really had high hopes that The Defenders would be good mostly because season 2 of Daredevil had been good. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Jesus Must Die

January 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Two-fisted sci-fi action in the Amazon jungle!

When an alien spaceship crashes in the Amazon jungle, local politics become world affairs, and small town crime becomes 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. « Read the rest of this entry »

Inking Complete!

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Inking is finally complete on my latest graphic novel, a gripping tale of international intrigue and mystery that I have yet to name. For now I’ve been calling by the codename “Project Orbiter”, but that’s only because it sounds cooler than “Untitled.”

This is the same 90-page project « Read the rest of this entry »

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!

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!

Marvel Secret Crisis, er, Wars

October 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Marvel took to Times Square to announce their new year-long “event,” a rehashing, I mean, relaunching of Secret Wars, by Hickman and Ribic.  Just a couple months after Mark Waid makes fun of DC’s Future’s End for copying Days of Future Past, Marvel seems to be making their own version of Crisis on Infinite Earths.  How many Thors and Captain Americas are in the above illustration?  I see the Daredevil from Gaiman’s Marvel 1602.  Who else do you see?

Not only is this hero vs. hero crap the reason why I can’t read X-Men anymore, but I think the multiverse is getting to be as tired and overused in comics as time travel.  In comics, time travel and multiverse hopping actually happens more than those well-worn “gimmicks” of characters having a baby or getting married.

Let’s take a moment to be nostalgic about the days gone by of multiverse sci-fi:

40 Day Graphic Novel: Day 41

October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

As happens with so many project goals, Life has other plans.

I started this 40 Day Graphic Novel because a few film projects got stalled, and I wanted to make good use of the time. But when some unscheduled writing assignments came up, well, my solo project didn’t really take precedence.

Final score: on Day 41 I have 45 pages of line art, not a bad start to a 90-page work. If my schedule goes as expected (which, again, they never do) I ought to have a complete work in Spring of next year.

Thanks for checking out my mini comic marathon. Sorry I didn’t update more, but that other work was taking up the time.

Please check out my first graphic novel MetaMorphosis, now in a tangle print format!

AVAILABLE NOW! MetaMorphosis!

September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

The graphic novel version of MetaMorphosis is now available in print and ebook!

When a young war veteran who wakes up one morning transformed into a zombie, his mousy teenage sister discovers a very appealing way of keeping him fed.

With deadpan humor and an expressive, minimalist style, MetaMorphosis is a horror adaptation of Kafka’s story of the same name, updating the classic tale for savvy, contemporary audiences.

Buy the book from these online sellers!

Amazon.com

Kindle

comiXology.com

Powells.com

Indiebound.org

 

A BIG THANKS to everyone who’s been supporting the book since it first started as a webcomic and then later on comiXology!

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