Michael Manning is the artist/writer/creator of the graphic
novels The Spider Garden (1995/NBM), Hydrophidian
(1996/NBM), In A Metal Web (2003/NBM), and In A Metal
Web II (2003/NBM) - a continuing series about sexual intrigues
and gender-bending in a futuristic society. He has also collaborated
with tattooist/illustrator Patrick Conlon on Tranceptor
(1998/NBM) the story of a dominatrix’s adventures in a post-apocalyptic
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 self-publishing his black
& white erotic comix in 1987 while working as an animator
and director of short films, commercials, and music videos.
A move to the West Coast 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 can be seen in Lumenagerie (1996/NBM) and Cathexis
(1997/NBM). His most recent publication is Inamorata: The
Erotic Art of Michael Manning (2005/Last Gasp) which collects
over a decade's worth of erotic portraits produced for gallery
shows and private commissions.
Manning is currently working in collaboration with comix artist/tattooist
Patrick Conlon on Iron Gauge the second installment of their Tranceptor
series and on Arcana, his first full-color graphic novel
(both from NBM Publishing). His artwork has been exhibited in
San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles,
Tokyo, and Milan. The Spider Garden has been translated
into French, German, and Italian. In 2002, mural-sized reproductions
of panels from his In A Metal Web graphic novel were
featured as part of a special installation at San Francisco's
Yerba Buena Center For the Arts comix-themed exhibition "Fantastic!
Comics and the Art of Illusion".
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 and modern manga artists such as Yukito
Kishiro and Hiroyuki Utatane.
Manning currently lives in downtown Los Angeles where he shares
a loft space 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 book or hardware store.