Dirk Manning

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Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of comic series such as the supernatural noir Tales of Mr. Rhee and the genre-bending horror anthology Nightmare World. More of Dirk’s comic work includes Twiztid Haunted High-Ons (nominated for three Ringo Awards in 2020, including Best Humor Comic), Butts in Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story, Buried But Not Dead (Ringo Award nominee for Best Original Graphic Novel in 2021), Hope, The Adventures of Cthulhu Jr., and Love Stories (to Die For). Now predominantly publishing with Source Point Press, Dirk was an early adapter in using crowdfunding to launch his comics and graphic novels, with Dirk’s work having raised over $400,000 and counting in pre-sales on Kickstarter alone.

Dirk is also the author of the inspirational/how-to column turned book series Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics and has contributed several short stories to the RPG game series Clockwork: Dominion for Reliquary Game Studios. His screenplay writing credits include the YouTube horror series Blackbox TV episode “The Hunger” (directed by Drew Daywalt and featuring Bonnie Aarons and Jon Gries).

When not at his desk writing, touring the comic convention circuit, and/or sampling his way across the best ice cream shops in the world, Dirk can be found online at www.DirkManning.com and on most social media platforms as @dirkmanning.

He does not wear a top hat and scarf in real life.


Saturday, November 12

Main Stage in Steelcase Ballroom B

2:45 pm

Frank Tieri, Dirk Manning, and Christy McCulfor

The Art Of Writing Comics

Join these three writers as they discuss the art of writing a good comic story and how to incorporate that into the art form we know as a comic book.

Grand Gallery Overlook A-B

11:00 am

Dirk Manning, Andrew Pepoy, and Thom Zahler

The Ins and Outs of Crowd Funding

Crowd funding has leveled the playing field for independent comic creators where they can make a living in the field with the right amount of effort and self-promotion. Dirk, Andrew, and Thom are all very successful at crowd funding, and together they will discuss the secrets behind using Kickstarter and Indiegogo to bring your project to life.

Sunday, November 13

Grand Galley Overlook E

11:00 am

Dirk Manning

Write Or Wrong: Creating Comics By The Numbers

Whether you’re a writer or an artist, finding the time, energy, and finances to create comics can be daunting to the point where it completely stifles the creative process. Writer Dirk Manning (NIGHTMARE WORLD, TALES OF MR. RHEE, BUTTS IN SEATS, etc.) not only understands this struggle, but has also found ways to overcome and succeed by adhering to some simple numbers-based rules that will help you survive and thrive! If you’re interested in creating comics – or you are a current creator looking for some more tips and support – make the time to attend this informative and entertaining panel and Q&A session by a comic writer whose creator-owned graphic novels have raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter to date! Plan on taking notes…