April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
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.
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 »
November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
I love Top Shelf. Owned and operated by Chris Staros and Brett Warnock, they’re just one of the great small press comic book publishers ever. They’ve got all that Alan Moore stuff, including From Hell, they publish Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, and their kids stuff is always fun. And through November 17th, a bunch of their stuff is on sale at a huge discount from ComiXology.
I swear nobody at Top Shelf or ComiXology is paying for me to tell you to get this stuff. I sincerely think it’s just awesome, and if you want to buy $3 Alan Moore graphic novels, this is the way to do it. The awesome Infinite Kung-Fu is also a huge book that’s just easier to carry if you buy it digitally.
(And if you’re on ComiXology anyway, buy my comic, too).
October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
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.
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!
August 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
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!
May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
New MetaMorphosis page is up!
And cross your fingers; I ought to have some news about my film projects soon.