A couple of weeks back, we mentioned that time was ticking to get your nominations in for the Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award, and also that last year’s recipient, Seth Damoose, would be returning to #TCC4Year10 . Today, we are pleased to announce the return of another of last year’s finalists for that award, Dirk Manning!

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.

Be sure to mark your calendars for May 25-27th to meet Dirk and many of the talented creators and guests he has partnered with as 104.5 BOB FM and 9&10 News present the TENTH annual Cherry Capital Comic Con at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa!