DIRK MANNING is best known as the writer/creator of comic series such as the “Cthulhu Noir” TALES OF MR. RHEE and the enthralling horror anthology series NIGHTMARE WORLD and LOVE STORIES (TO DIE FOR), all published by Devil’s Due. Dirk is also the author of the ongoing inspirational column/book collection WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Caliber). More of Dirk’s gripping and exciting stories can be read in comic titles such as HOPE (with K. Lynn Smith), TWIZTID: HAUNTED HIGH-ONS (Source Point Press), THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST (Aspen/Big Dog Ink), DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Image Comics/Shadowline) as well as various anthologies.
Dirk has also written short films for the horror film anthology series BLACKBOX TV (YouTube Red) and prose stories the RPG series CLOCKWORK: DOMINION (Reliquary Game Studios). Dirk always has copies of his work with him at his table – and book signings/photos are always free!
Don’t let Dirk’s penchant for writing horror comics and his tongue-in-cheek publicity photo with the black hat and scarf fool you, as he’s a very amicable and approachable creator who’s known as one of the “must visit” creators in Artist Alley across the convention circuit. He has also quickly become one of the most groundbreaking and noteworthy comic creators on Kickstarter, with presales on the crowdfunding platform books passing $125,000, setting new records for his publishers.
Whether you’re a fan of well-executed horror or an aspiring creator looking for advice regarding how to “break-in” to the comic industry, your experience at the convention won’t be complete without stopping by Dirk Manning’s table to chat with him and become familiar with his work. When not on the road Dirk lives on the Internet and can be found online at www.DirkManning.com as well as at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr @dirkmanning.
Saturday at 11:45 am in Grand Gallery A-C
Heather Antos, Dirk Manning, K. Lynn Smith, and Travis McIntire
Creating HOPE: Behind The Scenes With The Whole Team
For the first time ever, HOPE writer/co-creator Dirk Manning, artist/co-creator K. Lynn Smith, editor Heather Antos, and publisher Travis McIntire are all in the same room at the same time to talk about the process behind bringing HOPE — the hit comic about a mother who moonlights as a superhero — from inception to creation as the breakout hit comic from Source Point Press! Sure to be informative and entertaining, do not miss this first-time ever panel!