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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MetaMorphosis #3 Is Finally Here!

July 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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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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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!

Enjoy!

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.

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.

You Seen: World War Z **SPOILERS

June 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m assuming you’ve already seen the movie if you’re reading this.  So are they really spoilers if you know what happened?  If you haven’t seen the movie, none of this will make sense.  Skip to the last paragraph.

I  agree with whatever objections were in most negative or measured reviews (no character arc, no gore, no ending); however, I enjoyed the movie well enough.  Sure, Brad Pitt’s character didn’t have an “arc,” but that’s only a recent requirement of our pulp heroes.  Before Daniel Craig, James Bond was the same person at the end of a film that he was at the beginning.  Did Adam West’s Batman ever grow or develop?  If you think that World War Z should be exempt from such exemptions, I’d like to remind you that it’s a freakin’ zombie movie.

Pitt’s character was more of the vehicle to take the view on the world tour of Zombie World. Some reviewer said that World War Z was more like a video game story where the characters move from location to location the way a BioWare game moves.  And that works for this film.  In a lot of ways, World War Z is pretending to be a hero-driven narrative, but it’s also trying (and probably failing) to capture some spirit of the source material.  Having Brad Pitt move up through the different game levels is a possible to try this.

I do agree that the ending was a big problem.  One would’ve thought that the mechanics brought in to fix the thing (Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof, both of whom you love from Lost) could’ve done a better job.  Instead of an ending with a bang, the film’s big moment is Brad Pitt walking down a hallway. It’s the equivalent of the original Star Wars film ending with the Millennium Falcon delivering Princess Leia to the Rebel Alliance and the destruction of the Death Star tacked-on as an epilogue.

It would’ve been more fun if the getting the vaccination was tied to a big, emotional fight for Brad Pitt.  Like, say, there was an outbreak on Nova Scotia where Pitt’s family was staying.  Then, he’s got to swing in and rescue them while delivering the vaccine idea to the authorities.  But I guess money was an issue, and they had this big, Russian fight scene to fit in.

If you like epic video games, this is probably a movie you enjoyed.  If you like zombie films, this probably wasn’t the movie for you.  If you like Brad Pitt, you probably thought his hair was funny.  (And if you’re a super nerd, you’d be wondering how the cute Israel chick found a baseball bat in Wales).

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.

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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.

 

MetaMorphosis Option!

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m optioning a screenplay based on my zombie webcomic MetaMorphosis to j.j. splice films!

j.j. splice films is currently in post-production on the drama Drown.  Their first feature film Road Kill, starring Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) is currently available streaming on Netflix and streaming and DVD on Amazon.  Check it out!

And catch up with my comic, posting today!

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