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 »


I Have to See Vampire Academy

February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

I can’t help it.  I thought I was all vampired-out with the  Twilight and the Underworld and the Dario Argento’s Dracula in 3D, but apparently, I’m not.  It doesn’t hurt that Vampire Academy is directed by Mark Waters of House of Yes and Mean Girls; but Zoey Deutch, the human bodyguard, is the daughter of Howard Deutch, director of teen classics Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, and Lea Thompson, from Red Dawn and Back to the Future trilogy; and that just makes me nostalgic for a time when movies like this one were made for me.

What I’m Reading: Empire of the Dead

January 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if George Romero has ever wished he had become known for something other than zombie stories, but, damn, he does them well.  The first issue of his new comic Empire of the Dead: Act One is full of promise.

Five years after zombies first made their gory appearance, something like a society has survived in New York City.  In certain neighborhoods, zombies are still a threat, and in other parts of twon, zombies provide gruesome entertainment.  Rather than the simple survival-horror that so many zombie stories are (Romero’s included) Empire of the Dead seems headed for a more directly political angle, featuring politicians who are secretly vampires.  That’s right: vampires.

There are other changes in our monster menagerie, as some of the zombies have noticeable signs of intelligence.  They all can be trained, but some of them play checkers.  One zombie in particular has her own THOUGHT BUBBLES.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure that Romero could deliver something new to the genre that he created, but I’ll be checking out this floppy every month.  Empire of the Dead: Act One is an All-New Marvel comic (but it appears to exist in its own universe, without X-Men or Avengers, normal or zombie.)

The Headless Horseman Rides Again!

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

So you know how if you live in or near Philadelphia, you have to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia?  (Well, you do.)   If you live in Westchester (or Rockland or Duchess) County, New York, you have to watch Sleepy Hollow!

The pilot was pretty good, but for people from the area of the real Sleepy Hollow, which is absolutely not spooky in any way, it’s the local sites dressed up to look scary that’s fun to see – like the Tappan Zee Bridge!  Now, it’s not just a toll hike you have to be scared of!  BWAA-HA-HA!  (That’s my spooky laugh.)

What I’m Reading: Revival, vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It

September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

A tale of the dead rising, Revival, vol. 2 by Tim Seely and Mike Norton sees a lot of the stories from the first trade paperback developing nicely, while some of the most central mysteries sort of string you along.

Set in a small rural area, the different storylines would all have touched protagonist Officer Dana Cypress even if she wasn’t the in charge of cases involving “revivers,” people who’ve come back from the dead.  What’s inventive about the series is its scale: with an “outbreak” more limited in size than most zombie scenarios, characters need to deal with things like the undead re-filing with the IRS and, a big plotline of this volume, the smuggling of reviver organs.

The storyline that develops the least in this volume, that has the most impact on the characters, is the murder of “Em” Cypress.  Dana’s sister, Em is now revived, but she remembers nothing about her killer.  There are some promising hints that Em’s murder is tied to the central question of “how did the dead rise?” but it’s frustrating that the story doesn’t develop more.  There are no new clues and no new suspects for Em’s murder.

Strong characters and attractive art make up for the big tease, and though I wouldn’t have the patience to follow such a slow reveal in a monthly series, Revival is definitely worth enjoying in trade paperback.

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!  

What I’m Reading: MIND MGMT

July 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Matt Kindt is currently one of the busiest comic book writers in the industry, yet his name is no where to be seen on the final ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards.  I’m not complaining, seeing as how Only Living Boyone of my favorite indie comics from last year, received two nominations, but with a writer who’s work is rewarded by a ton more work, I’m a bit surprised.

Kindt’s MIND MGMT is a new discovery for me, and this tale of psychic spies is much more enjoyable and thought-provoking than any superhero comic from the Big Two.

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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