That’s a wrap!

June 29th, 2014

Yesterday marked the conclusion of my Interesting Drug book tour with a stop at the local Barnes and Noble. It’s been a fun journey, returning to some favorite comic shops and getting to see a few more, meeting new people and seeing old friends. Dearborn’s Press and Guide covered my appearance at Green Brain Comics, and I got marquee treatment at my hometown coffee shop, Waterford’s L.A. Cafe:

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In the month since launch, I’ve also racked up a few very encouraging reviews for the book:

“Yeah, make this movie.” — Indie Comix Make it or Break it

One of Bleeding Cool’s Eighteen Comics and Graphic Novels of Book Expo America

“It is a wild and wonderful ride.” — Ann Arbor Observer

“If you’re looking for a moving, personal story with striking art that also happens to involve time travel, Interesting Drug is worth picking up.” — Panel Patter

Interesting Drug takes the concept of time travel down a path of addiction and dealing that I’ve never seen in the genre.” — Cosmic Book News Alternative Comics Beat

So, yes. I’m quite happy with response so far. Thanks to everyone who has come out to one of the signings or events, to those who picked up the book at cons, and to any who have read Interesting Drug.

If you’d like a signed copy but are unlikely to see me in the near future, you can order from the Paypal link in the sidebar or below:


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Enjoy the trip!

‘Interesting Drug’ launch party, and a few reviews

June 1st, 2014

Last night was the book launch party for ‘Interesting Drug’ at Ann Arbor’s Vault of Midnight, where a nice mix of friends, family, colleagues, and new fans came together for free drinks, electronic music from Happenstance, and a discussion/Q&A on the book led by Comic Book Resources’ Dave Richards. My daughter helped.

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I also hear that Interesting Drug is well represented at Book Expo America’s Book Con, thanks to publisher BOOM! Studios. As a huge nerd not only for comic cons but for book conferences, this is terribly exciting for me. I’ve only been to BEA once, years ago when it was in Chicago before permanently settling in New York—really hoping I can go again sometime. :-)

This week, it’s a signing at Pontiac’s Comic City, then off to the desert for Phoenix ComiCon.

Also of note! ID made pick of the week at Broken Frontier and All-Comic—thanks, guys! And we get a mention up top in Rich Johnston’s “# Thoughts” column at Bleeding Cool, so that’s quite fun.

Very encouraged by the early response, not only in terms of review attention but also people getting in touch by Twitter and FB, and of course chatting at cons and turning up to my events. I am so grateful for the support!

First review!

May 21st, 2014

“Archaia has found another gem in the comic book industry and they’ve done a fine job packaging it up for everyone to enjoy.”

Four stars!

Many thanks to Comic Book Resources and Doug Zawisza!

In the News! Talking about Motor City Comic Con and ‘Interesting Drug’

May 15th, 2014
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In the run-up to Motor City Comic Con, I’ve received some very nice local coverage for my book:

Detroit News (sidebar to a John Barrowman interview)

Metro Times (Detroit’s free weekly)

Back in the comics media world, I also did a very fun interview with Graphic Policy. Give a read!

To poorly paraphrase Bonnie Tyler, forever’s gonna start tomorrow afternoon. If you’ll be at MCCC, stop by and say hi!

Where am I?

May 13th, 2014

Interesting Drug Casewrap Print Proof_Page_1After  a thrilling pregame at C2E2 in Chicago, the ‘Interesting Drug’ tour begins in earnest this weekend at Motor City Comic Con! Once the book is officially released on May 28, I’ll be touring Michigan pretty intensively in June. Full schedule:

May 16-18: Motor City Comic Con

May 31, 7pm-??: Launch party @ Vault of Midnight (Ann Arbor) – my local shop!

June 4, 4-6pm: Signing @ Comic City (Pontiac) – my hometown shop!

June 5-8: Phoenix Comicon (Phoenix, AZ) – hey, this isn’t in Michigan?!?

June 11, 12pm-??: Signing @ Comics and More (Madison Heights)

June 14, 12-2pm: Signing @ Green Brain Comics (Dearborn)

June 27, 7-9pm: Launch party @ LA Cafe & Java (Waterford) – my hometown cafe!

June 28, 4pm: Discussion & signing @ Barnes & Noble (Ann Arbor)

Not in Michigan? Not in Phoenix? Well, ‘Interesting Drug’ is on sale everywhere May 28 — here’s the press release from BOOM! Studios to prove it!

Thanks to all for supporting the book, I’m super excited to finally get it into people’s hands and introduce ‘ID’ to new fans at cons. Enjoy the trip!

Deeeeee-troit!

May 8th, 2014

Next up on the ‘Interesting Drug’ world tour, my first hometown con table: Motor City Comic Con! Come say hi, pick up a copy of ‘ID’ and/or ‘Hell, Nebraska,’ and grab yourself a banana.

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Come see me at C2E2!

April 23rd, 2014

Convention season begins! I’ll be at Artists Alley booth L6 at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, aka C2E2, promoting ‘Interesting Drug’ and ‘Hell, Nebraska.’ There will be bananas. Come say hi!

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Newsarama takes a hit of ‘Interesting Drug’

March 12th, 2014

My second interview on Interesting Drug is up, this time at Newsarama:

BOOM! Wants to Dose Comic Readers with an INTERESTING DRUG

With all my time spent writing for CBR, it’s kind of odd to find myself on the front page of its main rival–but you know, I’ve got some good friends at ‘Rama and we’re all just guys and gals who love comics. Very pleased with how this turned out. Many thanks to Lucas for setting this up  and to Lan for doing the interview!

Announcing ‘Interesting Drug’

February 20th, 2014

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Ahoy! This has been a very long time coming. My friends at CBR interviewed me about my upcoming book from Archaia, ‘Interesting Drug’:

SHAUN MANNING GOES ON A STRANGE TRIP WITH “INTERESTING DRUG”

Over at Newsarama, here it is in BOOM! Studios/Archaia’s solicitations for May 2014, at bottom:

BOOM! Studios Full May 2014 Solicitations

You can preorder at Amazon or your local comic shop. Enjoy the trip!

Kickstarter! Bringing ‘Hell, Nebraska’ to print

May 25th, 2013

Well, friends, we’re approaching the end of ‘Hell, Nebraska’ six issue digital run, and I’d love to bring the whole thing to print. So here’s the Kickstarter, where you and all your closest pals can preorder the TPB along with a few other fun rewards:

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If all goes well, I’m looking to debut at the Cincy ComiCon in September. Thanks for your support!