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!


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.


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


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!



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

MetaMorphosis #3 Is Finally Here!

July 16, 2014 § Leave a comment



Zombies, Kafka, and sex! Oh, my!

After a long delay due to some technical issues, MetaMorphosis #3 has finally arrived on comiXology.  Our horny sociopath Greta has figured out a way to keep her brother Gregor well-fed, but she can see that a lifetime caring for a zombie makes for a pretty bleak future. « Read the rest of this entry »

MetaMorphosis #2 Begins Online!

October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

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© Lewis Manalo 2013

I’m back to posting webcomic pages of MetaMorphosis!  Pages of issue #2 will start to go up next week, and today, we have a nice, creepy-crawly cover.   If you think webcomics are soooo 2002, check out issue #2 on ComiXology, available now!


How to Draw Comics

October 7, 2013 § 1 Comment

I’ve read a couple books about how to make comics, and I’ve got a couple books up on ComiXology;  but if you think I’m qualified to tell you how to draw comics, you’ve got the wrong guy.   Instead, I’d like to point you to a great, concise lesson on how to draw comics from the genius team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Included as a three-page gag in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, I wish I’d found “How Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Create Spider-Man!” years ago.  (Of course, I never would’ve been able to afford to The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 until it was listed on ComiXology).  It’s very tongue-in-cheek and fun in a juvenile way, but also a very informative behind-the-scenes.  You can see all three pages on Comic Book Collectors Club, but, as with nearly any Ditko comic, reading the actual issue is a master class in comic book language.

(If you want to read more on how to draw/make comics, my favorite is still Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art).

MetaMorphosis on Comixverse!

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Comic critic Zedric Dimalanta (whom I do not know) has included MetaMorphosis in a critical piece on Comixverse!

Manalo brings a sober dose of contemporary personal truth to MetaMorphosis that elevates the work from a basic homage and cuts through the surrealism of the protagonist, US Army veteran Gregor Samsa, waking up one day as a zombie, driven to feed on the flesh of the living…

It’s a good piece of criticism, especially if you take zombies seriously (and who doesn’t after The Walking Dead?) and I’m not just saying that because he mentions MetaMorphosis.  I’m really humbled that my rough-hewn comic should be given such thoughtful attention.

Zedric, if you’re reading this, thank you!  Please contact me through my “about” page, and I’ll send you the next two issues.

MetaMorphosis #2

September 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

MetaMorphosis #2 came out this week!

I didn’t know that it was coming out this week, or I probably would’ve made more of an effort to promote it.  I guess ComiXology no longer tells Submit creators that their books are coming out, but, hey, they’ve got a lot of titles to keep track of.

I just handed in the latest draft of the screenplay adaptation, and my hands are sore from typing.  No more words!  Look at my pictures!  Tell you friends!

MetaMorphosis Reviewed on Graphic Policy!

August 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Brett Schenker reviews MetaMorphosis #1 on Graphic Policy!

Comic books have a long history of acting as parables and/or allegories to teach lessons or talk to us about the world we live in.MetaMorphosis, which debuted this week on ComiXology Submit, is an attempt at this tradition giving us a veiled tale about our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…

He calls it a “interesting and fun read,” and that “It’s clear Manalo has a great grasp of storytelling.”  If you want to know the critical parts of the review, you have to read it for yourself, because I won’t tell you.

MetaMorphosis #1 Now For Sale!

July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

MetaMorphosis #1 is now for sale on ComiXology!  Get your digital copy now for only 99 cents!  (If we are related in any way, you had better buy this.)

When a young war veteran wakes up one morning transformed into a zombie, his teenage sister begins luring men into their house for him to eat!  With dark humor, a dash of politics, and an expressive, minimalist style, MetaMorphosis is an indie horror comic with something to say.

I’ve optioned this comic for a film adaptation, and I’m currently working on rewrites of the script.  Read my original story here!  

Warm-Up Sketching

June 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

After a week focusing on Amazonia, I’m working on Issue #3 of MetaMorphosis!  Here’s last night’s warm-up sketch featuring Gregor in his worst condition.


I use an “F” pencil, which is pretty light, so I darkened it a little in iPhoto.  This sketch shows that very often I wish I could draw like Sam Kieth.


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