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Born in Queens NYC and
raised on Massachusetts' North Shore, Manning went on to study film and
animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He began
publishing his black and white erotic comix in 1987 while working as an
animator and director of short films, commercials, and music videos.
A move to San Francisco in 1991 coincided with his decision to focus on
comix and erotic illustration full-time. Manning continued to self-publish
and produce work for San Francisco's emerging SM/sex-zine community while
his artwork and stage/costume design for multi-media performances appeared
regularly at local music venues and fetish events. Much of his graphic work
from this period has been collected in Lumenagerie (1996/NBM) and Cathexis
(1997/NBM). His artwork has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Miami, Los
Angeles, Japan, and Italy. The Spider Garden has been translated into
French, German, and Italian.
Early exposure to Japanese animation, fairy tale book illustration, American
and European comix, and mythology of many cultures has contributed to the
formation of Manning's style. He is a great admirer of the Symbolist and
Pre-Raphaelite art movements as well as the classical ukiyo-e prints of
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Unagawa Kuniyoshi.
Manning lives in San Francisco's Mission District where he shares a
storefront studio with his partner, photographer/filmmaker Lyn Gaza, and a
large collection of art books and electronic/ psychedelic music. He can
often be seen locally riding his bicycle (usually to the record store or the
Best Known graphic novels:
The Spider Garden
In a Metal Web
In a Metal Web II
Patrick Conlon - Tattooist, illustrator, and co-creator of "Tranceptor".
Check out the preview of his new solo graphic novel "Swarm" (NBM/2004).
Lyn Gaza - Lyn's photography - beautifully surreal and erotic - explores the
world of dreams though portraiture, landscapes, and manipulated imagery.
Tristan Crane + Ted Naifeh - "Courtney Crumrin" artist Ted Naifeh teams up
with writer Tristan Crane to produce this exceptional comix series featuring
transgendered heroine Catherine Gore.