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TALES OF MR. RHEE Vol 5 + TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE

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:

All That Remains...
5 months ago – Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 11:41:48 AM

You read the last update, right?

Hey all! Dirk here! If you didn't read the last update from Source Point Press, please check your email (or you can check it on the KS page itself) about the book shipping. Some of you were erroneously sent the TPB edition of the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE rather than the KS Exclusive hardcover edition. If that's you -- fear not -- the "glitch in the shipping matrix" (as it's been described to me) has already been discovered and your HC editions are already in the process of being shipped!

If you're one of the people who got the TPB Edition on accident, you can either keep it or gift it to someone else who might appreciate it!I mean, hey, I certainly wouldn't mind you spreading the love of RHEE... but I won't fault you if you decide to keep it either. You've all been very patient in the face of global paper shortages, after all...

Video Game and Statue Updates!

The video game is going through some final testing right now, and I'll be sending you all a link to the *FREE* digital download to it soon... so make sure to keep an eye out on these messages, as the link will be in here!

For those of you who got a Mr. Rhee statue, those will be shipped out in about a week directly from the sculptor. We obviously didn't want to ship those in the boxes with those big ol' book!

Vampires and Victim Backers!

Now that RHEEv5 is finally in all your sweet little hands -- and mine -- I'm going to be diving into the scripting of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 6 soon... and that will include those of you who've been drawn into the book! I'll reach out to you here directly to get photos of you for your appearances and ask for your final confirmation of whether you want to be a vampire of a victim... so start thinking deep thoughts on that!

Photos! Reactions!

Now that I, too, have been able to get a copy of both the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE and TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rock Star Paranoia" in my hands via print editions (I told you all -- I wouldn't get mine until you all started getting yours), wow, I have to tell you, friends, it feels good to sit down and be able to so seamlessly read the first four volumes of RHEE together and all in full color. It's such a fun way to read all of "Act One" in a "binge read"... and then to be able to pick up Volume 5 -- the first volume of "Act Two" and dive into the second "mega-arc" of the series.

Without spoiling anything, RHEEv5 has more than a few surprises, and one real zinger that, in my opinion, is among the best I've ever written... so I most sincerely look forward to hearing your thoughts on Social Media as you read it... and I of course always look forward to seeing your photos of all your swag!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Seriously... I know these packages have been a long time coming due to all the crazy supply chain issues, I appreciate your patience, and I most sincerely look forward to your thoughts on the books!

Let me know your thoughts and I'll be in touch soon!

Thanks all!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

P.S. -- There's only a limited time left to preorder THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS and get the book, the 12" plushie, and more with *FREE SHIPPING*... and you may need something to make you laugh after you get to the end of RHEEv5, especially, so if you haven't gotten in on that action, take a moment to do so HERE.

PLEASE READ! BOOK SHIPPING UPDATE FROM SPP!
5 months ago – Fri, Sep 09, 2022 at 09:55:11 PM

A quick message from your friends at Source Point Press...

Hello!

It has come to our attention that some of the packages shipped should have included the Kickstarter Exclusive hardcover edition of the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE…  but due to a glitch in the matrix some packages instead contained the trade paperback edition of the Omnibus.

If you have received -- or in the coming days do receive -- a package with the TPB edition rather than the HC edition, rest assured that your replacement Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition is already being sent to you in all of its leather bound and gold gilded glory!

Regarding the extra trade paperback edition of the Omnibus, you have two options:


  1.  Give it to a friend! Halloween and other holidays are coming, so you may want to share the gift of good horror comics… especially since the trade paperback edition of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rock Star Paranoia"  will be available to the public in early 2023 wherever graphic novels are sold! Let's hook them up and hook them in! 

  1.  Keep it for yourself! There's no shame in having two editions of what we hope will be one of your favorite horror graphic novels: one to read and one to keep as a collector's edition!
     

Whatever you choose, please know that we appreciate you very much! On behalf of ourselves as well as Dirk (who will be sending an update this weekend), thank you for your continued support!


Yes… RHEE-ly!


In gratitude,

Source Point Press

They're here... and here's video proof!
5 months ago – Thu, Sep 01, 2022 at 12:57:40 AM

You've all been so patient and read so many updates from me... so if you don't mind, I'm just going to let this video clip sent to me from the Source Point Press warehouse earlier today do the talking:

While I'm doing a signing at The Game Room in Toledo, Ohio this Saturday from Noon-5:00, there's no way the crates will be broken down from the pallets, re-packaged, and shipped by then... but given that James O'Barr and I will both be signing at the Monroe Pop Fest September 16-17, I plan on talking to Source Point Press tomorrow to see if any of you who will be at the show can perhaps pick-up your packages there... and get your books signed by both of us, if you want!

I'll be in touch in the coming days! Thanks, all! In the meantime, if you moved recently, DM me your new mailing address so we can update that in BackerKit for you!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning


P.S. -- If you didn't get a chance to join the campaign for THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS, you you can still get the TPB edition, the plushie, and more through the BackerKit HERE with free shipping!


P.P.S. -- I have a new book in PREVIEWS available for preorder through local comic shops, too: A new "Special Edition" of HOPE Volume 1: "Mother" with previously unreleased bonus content and more! If you have a local comic shop, have them order you a copy so you'll get it day of release in November! Details HERE.

The books have hit the port! And more excitement!
6 months ago – Mon, Aug 22, 2022 at 08:57:55 AM

HELLO, CUSTOMS!

Earlier this week I was informed by Source Point Press that both TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 and the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE have arrived at customs! Once they go through processing (which should be soon) they will immediately by on a truck to Source Point Press headquarters for packing and shipping! Huzzah!

In the meantime, the Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Books have been printed... and they look GORGEOUS!

Master artist James O'Barr also signed and delivered the mini-prints, too...

And Austin McKinley is working with a game designer to finalize the video game, and I spoke to Les Garner earlier today and the last of the statues are being produced even as I type this!

(For those of you who pledged for a statue, I'll most likely be sending all of you a separate, private message to confirm your shipping addresses, as the statues will be sent separately from the books to minimize the risk of a giant hardcover book or two slamming into your statue!)


Speaking of Mailing Addresses...

It's been a minute since we launched this campaign -- and some of you may have moved since then! The BackerKit is locked, but if you've moved recently, please send me a message THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN PAGE with your new mailing address and we'll get it updated in the BackerKit for you!


And if you want a little more Cthulhu in your life...

Speaking of BackerKit, for a limited time the BackerKit for THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS is now open for preorders!

If you didn't get a chance to preorder this book through the Kickstarter campaign, I most sincerely and passionately encourage you to take a moment and "treat yourself" to pre-ordering the TPB edition of the book (at least) now right HERE.

I know some people weren't sure if this would be up their alley given that it's an all-ages book, but I assure you, while this is a book accessible for readers of any age, it is most definitely a "Dirk Manning production" through and through. I worked with the amazing team of illustrator/co-creator Scoot McMahon, colorist Sean Burres, and editor Leah Lederman to create a fun, funny, and I daresay even at times emotionally moving horror book filled with monsters, mayhem, and mischief in a story that, yes, will also allow younger readers to access the world of horror we all love and enjoy.

And, yes, you can still get that amazing 12" Cthulhu Jr. plushie through the BackerKit if you hurry, too: 

https://cthulhujr.backerkit.com

Thanks, all!

I suspect I'll have another update sooner than later at this point... but in the meantime, treat yo'self to some CTHULHU JR. (it's sooooo good!) and we'll talk soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Some photos -- and videos -- you'll RHEE-ly want to see!
6 months ago – Tue, Aug 02, 2022 at 09:53:16 PM

Some process-work eye candy while we wait for the boat to arrive...

Hey all!

C2E2 in Chicago is this coming week (as always, at Artist Alley Table H8 -- #EmbraceTheH8), and while there was a time that I was internally entertaining the outside chance that just maybe the books would arrive in time to make the Kickstarter packages available for this upcoming show, but, alas, the boat is moving a little too slow to make that possible.

That being said, look what HAS arrived, though:

The Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Book comics have arrived at the Source Point Press warehouse! This comic contains two stories that directly tie-into and enhance the experience of reading  TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rock Star Paranoia", so I can't wait for all of you to read them!

Here's a fun fact you may or may not be aware of, too: I've offered these "Bonus Comics" as Kickstarter Exclusive Stretch Goals ever since the Kickstarter campaign for TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 2... but one thing I've never done is reprint ANY of these stories, anywhere, ever!

This means the only way to read any of these stories has been in these bonus comics, making them a truly -- and I daresay RHEE-ly -- exclusive collector's item!

Speaking of collector's items, as mentioned in the last update, RHEEv5 illustrator Austin McKinley has completed the remarks on the KS Exclusive Bookplates that will be accompanying every HC Edition of the book, and he shared this one minute video with me that  is just too cool not to share. Check it out:

I don't know about you, but I could watch stuff like this all day. I remain in awe of watching master illustrators like Austin McKinley at work.

Now, that being said, keep in mind that he also did this approximately THIS many times:

He's a national treasure, friends, and if you're not yet aware of his work -- he's also illustrated stories I've written in NIGHTMARE WORLD, TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 3 (which, of course, will be included in the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE), BURIED BUT NOT DEAD, and BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY -- I encourage you all to both keep an eye out for and support his addition coming work in the future. He's not only a master illustrator, but also one of the kindest and most talented people I've had the pleasure of working with throughout my career.

That being said, if you'll be at C2E2 this weekend, please come by, say hello (or Hell-O) at Artist Alley Table H8 ("Hate!"), and consider picking-up a book or two. If you get there early enough, I may even have a copy of some of those earlier (and never reprinted) TALES OF MR. RHEE Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Comics as well as a few other RHEE-ly special surprises. Heh.

Thanks again, all! I appreciate you, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this coming weekend in Chicago -- or otherwise on the road soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning