Created by Dirk Manning

Dirk Manning's horror-noir series returns with a new volume, an Omnibus collecting Volumes 1-4 all in full color, and Cthulhu happens!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

This new Kickstarter book is a RIOT (FORCE)!
26 days ago – Mon, Jun 17, 2024 at 08:59:17 PM

Hello my wonderful friends of TALES OF MR. RHEE... or would that be RHEE-ders?

Either way, I hope this quick note finds you all well, as I have some exciting news to share!

First off, TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 artist Austin McKinley recently read the full script for TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 6... and has officially signed-on to join me in bringing the book to life! Huzzah! I, like many of you, absolutely loved his artwork on RHEEv5, and I wrote RHEEv6 specifically with his style and story-telling sensibilities in mind, so this news delights me very much!

Before he starts up on that book, though, I'm excited to share that Austin has recently launched a Kickstarter for his creator-owned magnum opus graphic novel RIOT FORCE: TOOLS OF THE RICH, a 300-page cyber-tech action/adventure graphic novel filled with humor and compelling team-driven storytelling.

The Kickstarter campaign is already funded, offering backers a Kickstarter Exclusive wrap-around cover that won't be available again after the campaign ends, and the campaign has also already unlocked three Kickstarter Exclusive Stretch Goals and counting!

Here's a peek at the Kickstarter Exclusive wrap-around cover, and I encourage you all to go check out the campaign and pledge for a copy of the book HERE.

Look at this amazing KS Exclusive wrap-around cover!

Seriously, friends, I've had the district pleasure of reading this whole graphic novel (which is fully written and illustrated by Austin), and it's absolutely fantastic. Featuring witty and action-packed writing, stunning art, and dynamic characters engaged in a compelling story, this book encapsulates all the best things comics and graphic novels should aspire to be... and you can learn more about it (and secure your copy) at right now!

Thanks again, everyone. As Kickstarter supporters, I know you know how important and fundamental you are to the process of bringing original, creator-owned books to life... so thank you for making that possible with books like TALES OF MR. RHEE... and now RIOT FORCE. awaits you, friends! Go check it out and get your copy... and rest assured, both Austin and I will be in touch soon about RHEEv6 after the RIOT FORCE campaign ends!

Your friend in comics,
Dirk Manning

If you like werewolves... join us before Monday!
4 months ago – Wed, Mar 27, 2024 at 05:59:47 PM

Like werewolves? Like westerns? If so, this is the new horror graphic novel for you!

Hello friends!

I just wanted to drop you all a quick note to let you know that HOMESTEAD, my Native American/Western werewolf graphic novel is now on Kickstarter!

Prepare to howl at the moon....

Joining me on this 100-page original graphic novel is illustrator/co-creator Les Garner, Lakota Creative Consultant Rau Blackhawk, colorist Colin Johnson, letterer Dave Lentz, editor Drena Jo, and publisher Source Point Press.

As is the case with all of my Kickstarter campaigns, this is the only was to get the deluxe Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book -- and in this case, the EIGHT Stretch Goal bonus/upgrades (many of which revolve around the theme of "silver," of course) at!

Here's a peek at some of the HOMESTEAD bundled packages... and all pledges include FREE U.S. SHIPPING! What you pledge is what you pay!

Like TALES OF MR. RHEE (which, by the way, has recently had the script enthusiastically approved by RHEEv5 artist Austin McKinley), HOMESTEAD is an equally emotionally investing and devastatingly terrifying horror graphic novel not about "good guys versus bad guys," but rather about how far two opposing families will go to protect their families and their intended way of life... including embracing "the spirit of the wolf."

An interior page from HOMESTEAD by illustrator Les Garner and colorist Colin Johnson

We've even been selected as a "Project We Love" on Kickstarter!

HOMESTEAD is a project I've waited almost 20 years to bring to life, and I'm excited and honored to now be able to do so with this amazing creative team! Whether you're a fan of werewolves and/or westerns (or I daresay even just a fan of the graphic novels I write) I hope you'll all take a moment to check out the campaign at and consider joining us for this one.

I'm exceptionally proud of the work Les, Rau, Colin, Dave, and Drena Jo have done on this one, and I sincerely believe it's a book well-worthy of sitting of your shelves!

Thanks all! I hope you're doing well... and rest assured, RHEE will be RHEE-turning soon...  ;)

Your friend in horror comics,
Dirk Manning

If Mr. Rhee had a sister...
8 months ago – Thu, Nov 30, 2023 at 08:53:58 PM

It would be Hope... and there's only one week left to find out why on Kickstarter.

Stop me if you heard this one: A complex, isolated, and perhaps even blindingly stubborn character is locked in a battle with a society committed to misunderstanding them.

If you're thinking to yourself "Hey... that's set-up of TALES OF MR. RHEE," you'd be right, of course... but it's also the set-up of HOPE, a book that many people mistakenly identify as "Dirk Manning's superhero comic."

HOPE is not a superhero comic, but rather it's a book about a superhero -- and yes, there's a major difference.

If that's all you need to know to get in on the action for the Kickstarter of the new volume of HOPE, head over to to get your Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book (and perhaps even more) today, ad there's only one week left in the campaign!

HOPE is very much a "sister" companion book to TALES OF MR. RHEE

HOPE tells the story of what happens when a mother who moonlights as a superhero is forced to reveal her secret identity to the world in order to protect her family during a car accident. Volume 1 deals with the immediate fallout of this, and in Volume 2 we now see the villains now amassing an assault against her under the guidance on the criminal mastermind The Final Boss.

New to the series? Get the whole story so far at the "I'm New Here Too!" or "Gimme Everything!" pledge levels!

Jen King of The EXP recently said of this series HOPE is to superhero comics what THE WALKING DEAD is to zombie stories -- it's more about the people and the circumstances they're trying to overcome," and, well, I couldn't say it better myself.

HOPE, like TALES OF MR. RHEE, is exciting, emotionally investing, and will have you both cheering for and sometimes yelling at the same characters over the course of the story... and you'll probably cry a little bit here and there, too. Fair warning.

We’re offering FREE U.S. SHIPPING on this campaign and have currently unlocked SEVEN STRETCH GOALS so far, including a wrap-around variant cover exclusive to the KS Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book, so I encourage you to head over to today and jump in at the pledge level that speaks to you the most. Don't wait, as there's only ONE WEEK LEFT in the campaign!

Oh... and how about a major TALES OF MR. RHEE update, too?

Scripting has officially begun on TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 6... and I'm really, RHEE-ly excited about this one, friends.

If you backed to be drawn into the book, please check for the survey I sent you and get me the information I need, OK, as we'll be starting the art soon and I want to make sure we capture your likeness exactly as you intend!

Thanks again, everyone! I hope this update finds you well (no pun intended) and look forward to seeing you over on the HOPE campaign, too. Like I said, if you love TALES OF MR. RHEE, you'll find a lot to love in HOPE, too.

Thanks again! I'll be in touch soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

ICYMI: WRITE OR WRONG has returned via Kickstarter... with a "Desk Dirk" figurine, too!
about 1 year ago – Wed, May 24, 2023 at 06:11:44 PM


Hello friends! I hope this message finds you all well!

I just wanted to drop you all a quick note to let you know that a newly updated 2nd Edition of WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS is now live (and fully funded) on Kickstarter from Source Point Press... along with a limited edition "Desk Dirk" Dirk Manning figurine from Knuckleheadz Toys!

If you're interested in creating comics -- or about the life of the author who wrote TALES OF MR. RHEE -- this is the book for you!

If that's all you need to know, head over to to www.WriteOrWrongBook.comto get your pledge in and secure yours now!

If you're unfamiliar with the WRITE OR WRONG,  it's an equal parts educational, inspirational, autobiographical, and  entertaining book about my journey from an aspiring comic creator to a  professionally published one, including some deep dives into what goes into writing comics such as TALES OF MR. RHEE among others.

For those of you familiar with the previous edition of the book, please know this new edition contains approximately 30% new and updated content, also including a new introduction and epilogue along with over two dozen photos and graphics, resulting in this WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS(2nd Edition) clocking in at 260 pages! (For comparison, the original edition was approximately 215 pages.)

The campaign is already over 300% funded as I write this, and has unlocked three levels of Stretch Goals resulting in NINE free bonus items so far -- including three free digital comics! Look at  all this free bonus swag that comes with every book preordered though  the campaign:

Look at all this amazing Stretch Goal content you'll get with every book!

Written in a plain speak and a conversational tone (just like this email), WRITE OR WRONG offers  advice, anecdotes, expectations, and experiences all revolving around  taking the journey from being interested in writing comics to learning  how to successfully find and work with artists, navigate the various  obstacles that may (will?) present themselves on your journey, and  strategies for overcoming them in order to achieve your goals and dream  of making comics and graphic novels of your own.

Want to know where to meet artists? How much should you expect to  pay? How to print your books in a fashion that’s most financially viable  to you? This book  offers all of this and much, much more HERE.

If you -- or someone you know -- would like support on their journey  in making comics (or bringing any other creative ventures to life),  pledge for your copy of WRITE OR WRONG  (with any add-ons that may also interest you) now, as the campaign ends next Friday, June 2nd, and pledging early can unlock even more Stretch Goal Bonuses!

Here's a peek at the pledge levels you can get in on between now and next Friday, friends!

Thanks all! I most sincerely hope this message finds you all well,  and I hope this book will help you or whomever you may get a copy for  along their creative journey!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Please help us repRHEEsent good horror!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Mar 15, 2023 at 07:58:06 PM

We'd love to see TALES OF MR. RHEE represented in the Ringo Awards! Let's make it happen!

Hey friends!

I hope this update finds you all well and having had a change to read and revel in TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rock Star Paranoia" from me, my team, and Source Point Press.

No spoilers (just in case it's still sitting towards the top of your (reading pile)... but how about that ending, eh? I hope you're all as anxious for RHEEv6 as I am!

That aside, I'm dropping you all a note to see if you would be willing to help team TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 (and the book itself, of course) be represented in this year's Ringo Awards at in the following categories:

Here's the categories where we can repRHEEsent!

BEST WRITER: Dirk Manning (TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5)

BEST ARTIST: Austin McKinley (TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5)

BEST COLORIST: Alessandro de Fornasari (TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5)


BEST PUBLISHER: Source Point Press

The beauty of the Ringo Awards is that the nomination process is truly democratic: ANYONE can nominate the books and creators they wish to get on the ballot for one of the most prestigious awards in comics! How cool is that? All it takes is an email address and a few minutes to vote, so, again, if you would please do so, we would all most sincerely appreciate it.

TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 is a book that's very special to me, I am very, very proud of this team, and of course I would love to see horror represented in the Ringo Awards this year!

Thanks, everyone! If we all take a  moment to vote I believe we'll make the final ballot and be represented at the awards ceremony Baltimore Comic Con this year!

Go vote and I'll keep you all posted, friends, and there will be more TALES OF MR. RHEE news (*cough*volume6*cough*) soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning