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:

BackerKits have been delivered... AND MORE!
over 1 year ago – Sat, Feb 12, 2022 at 06:07:28 PM

Hey all!

By now you should have gotten an email notifying you of your BackerKit link being delivered... but if you haven't, you can access your BackerKit HERE:

Get some additional SPP horror graphic novels you may have missed the first time!

Along with your finalizing your pledge on your TALES OF MR. RHEE pledge, you you will have noticed that in celebration of TALES OF MR. RHEE coming to Source Point Press, the publisher is offering a special promotion with discounted prices on a number of their other horror graphic novels that you may have missed the first time they were offered!

So, if you've yet to read such great graphic novels, including, but not limited to:

  •  THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD written by Dr. Christina Blanch (One of my favorite comic writers!)
  •  HOLLISTON (yes, based on the Shudder TV series) written by Greg Wright (There's even a package deal!)
  •  PLAGUE DOKTOR written by David Brown (Loooove this book!)
  •  ROTTENTAIL written by David Hayes (There's a package deal with the BlueRay movie, too!)
  •  CULT OF DRACULA written by Rich Davis (This was one of the biggest SPP hits of last year)
  •  BLACK OF HEART written by Chis Charlton (This was one of my favorite comics even before it came to SPP!)

Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my titles TWIZTID HAUNTED HIGH-ONS Volume 1 (a horror-comedy that was nominated for three Ringo Awards), HOPE (it's the KS Exclusive Hardcover Edition, no less!), and BURIED BUT NOT DEAD (also nominated for a Ringo Award) are all available at discounted prices through the BackerKit, too!

Oh, and fear not, even if you've already placed your order, you can still go back to the link, peruse, and add any additional books to your BackerKit before we lock down orders at the end of the month! Huzzah!

Finally, if you might know of anyone else who might want to jump-in to this campaign and treat themselves to these sales, you can share  the link with them and they can participate in the sale too, whether they participated in the initial campaign or not!

That's all for now, friends, but I will be in touch again soon! In the meantime, happy shopping! Treat yo'self!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

P.S. -- I'll be in touch with those of you who will be getting drawn into TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 6 and/or may want to get your statuette painted before delivery soon, too!

The BackerKit -- and the Horror Sale -- is live!
over 1 year ago – Sat, Feb 05, 2022 at 09:16:07 AM

BackerKit Links Have Been Sent!

Hey all!

I'm pleased to announce that the TALES OF MR. RHEE BackerKit is now live!

You should have received an email already, but if not, you can access it directly HERE:

For those of you who purchased a statue, you will get a message via Kickstarter soon about how to coordinate getting your statue painted (if you'd like to do so).

To those of you who are getting drawn-in to the next book, I will also message you via Kickstarter soon as well about getting reference photos for your appearances in the book.

All of that aside, I also have some RHEE-ly exciting news about the BackerKit!

Source Point Press Loves Horror Sale!

In honor of TALES OF MR. RHEE coming to Source Point Press, as part of the BackerKit SPP is offering special discounted prices on not only the other titles I've written for the publisher, but also several other of the horror titles from the publisher that you may not otherwise be aware of or missed the first time!

Here's a small sample of the great Source Point Press horror graphic novels you can get as part of the TALES OF MR. RHEE BackerKit at discounted prices! RHEE-joice, friends!

Also, you may notice that the original printing of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 from the previous publisher is listed on the BackerKit. You may be wondering why I'd list this (and this alone) stand-alone TALES OF MR. RHEE volume -- especially if you're getting the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE. As a reminder, this stand-alone version of the RHEEv1 is the original grayscaled (and now completely out of print) edition of the book. If you'd like to treat yourself to the first 13-story collection in its original grayscaled (gory) glory, add that onto your pledge while you can.

That aside, all of the non-RHEE books you add-on to your order will be shipped fairly immediately, so you won't have to wait for those! Huzzah! 

Finally, if you know of someone who may want to get any/all of the books offered in the BackerKit at these discounted prices (including the TPB editions of the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE or TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rockstar Paranoia" (which is a perfect jumping-on point to the whole series) you can share this link with them and it will take them right to the site and they can preorder anything/everything they want:

If you have any questions, send me a message through here. We're dealing with a Snowmaggedon at the moment, but I should be able to get back to you by the weekend... or shortly thereafter. Cool?

Thanks all! I RHEE-ly appreciate you all and hope you'll enjoy the horror treats we're offering here! 

Your f(r)iend in comics,

Dirk Manning

A RHEE-ly big update!
over 1 year ago – Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 11:08:22 AM

Hey all!

I hope this update finds you all well and enjoying a safe, happy, and healthy start to 2022. Things have been moving right along on this massive TALES OF MR. RHEE project, so I wanted to give you all an all-purpose update loaded with some non-spoilery-pRHEEviews:


I've been working with letterer Jim Reddington to completely reletter the newly colored and remastered version of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 and, I gotta tell ya', friends, it's been like discovering the story for the first time all over again. I can't wait for all of you to see it, but in the meantime here's a few sneak peeks at the newly remastered art without the letters so as to not spoil anything for those of you who will be reading the series for the first time in this massive 500+ page collection:

From TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume One, Chapter One...
From TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume One, Chapter Two...
From TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume One, Chapter Eleven...

Gorgeous, eh? I can't wait for all of you to get to read this new colored version as part of the bigger story that is TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE. Much horror awaits!

TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rockstar Paranoia"

Artist Austin McKinley, colorist/letterer Alessandro de Fornasari and I also did a final pass on the game-changing TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 under the guidance of editor Drena Jo, giving the book one final pass on letters and colors. Starting "Act Two" of the series, this is a pivotal chapter in the series, and the attention to even the smallest details as we lay the groundwork for everything to come has been a fantastic experience.

I've been scouring the pages of the book for at least twenty minutes from typing that last sentence to this one trying to find a new non-spoilery page to show you, and this I think this will be as close to non-spoilery as I can get:

Interesting tiimes are ahead for everyone in TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5...

Oh! Jamie Madrox of TWIZTID has also written and submitted his fantastic (and flattering) foreword to the book, too! I can't wait for you all to read this one. Seriously.

The Kickstarter Exclusive Bonuses

The art for both bonus stories is finished, and this may be the most gorgeous of all the Kickstarter Exclusive bonus comics I've ever offered. Also, both stories will give even more insight into the events and backstory of RHEEv5, which will make it an extra-special treat for all of you who backed for the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition.

Progress on the RHEE video game is also moving along, and I will be able to show you all another update on that soon, too! In the meantime, though, here's one last massive piece of news:

The TALES OF MR. RHEE BackerKit launches Tuesday, February 1st... with extras!

Set a reminder in your phones, friends, as the BackerKit for this campaign will be launching Tuesday, February 1st... and it's going to be part of a *MASSIVE* horror comic promotion through our publisher Source Point Press. I'll have more details in the next update, but if you've been in the mood to treat yourself to some new horror graphic novel reading -- at sale prices to boot -- start planning accordingly, friends! We're ALL opening the vaults for this one...

Final details...

If you haven't used BackerKit before, fear not, it's a seamless process where you'll be able to finalize your order, add in any cool extras from the upcoming Source Point Press horror sale, and finalize your shipping address as we prepare for delivery.

Thanks for your support, everyone! I'll be in touch again soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Off the road and back to work...
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Dec 16, 2021 at 02:25:10 AM

Off the road and back to finishing assembling the book!

As those of you who follow me on social media are aware (I tend to use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in that order), I just finished a massive "10 Shows in 12 Weeks" convention tour that took me all over the United States as convention organizers everywhere combined a year's worth of shows into the last four months of the year. While I was able to do some of the final work necessary to finish prepping the files for the printer (including writing the bonus prose story), some of the work can't be done in airports and hotel rooms... which is why I'm happy to be back at my home office to wrap the files up for print.

In the meantime, a preview...

Some of the final stages of preparing the book for publication has come in the form of prepping the files for the Kickstarter Exclusive bonus comic you all unlocked together. As a reminder, through the campaign you all unlocked TWO bonus stories for the comic (one written by me and illustrated by Senk Chhour, the other visually plotted by Austin McKinley and then dialogued by me)...

But of course a bonus comic also needs a cover, right?

Well, my artistic pal (and NIGHTMARE WORLD inker) Salvador Raga reached out during the campaign with an amazing piece of RHEE art that he was gracious enough to agree to let me use as the cover for our bonus comic! Check it out:

A sneak peek at the uncolored cover of the RHEEv5 KS Exclusive Bonus Comic by Salvador Raga!

The final version of the illustration will be colored, of course, and truth be told, I have the colored version already... but I don't want to give away TOO much for you at the moment, you know?

BackerKits = After the Holidays

The plan is still to work with Source Point Press to set-up a BackerKit to fill your orders, and of course I am also planning on offering a few more rare and limited edition bonus items in there as well -- both RHEE related and otherwise -- after the first of the year. That way you can all enjoy your holidays (or at least the end of the year) and then we can ring-in the beginning of 2022 (already?!?) with some TALES OF MR. RHEE goodness!

In the meantime, if you would like to reach out, please do, friends. Otherwise, I'll be spending the next few weeks doing final prep work with Austin McKinley, Alessandro de Fornasari, Drena Jo, Jim Reddington, and the rest of the RHEEv5 and RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE team so we can get the book to the printer as soon as possible!

Thanks again everyone. Truly. I appreciate your support of this book so very much, and I will be in touch soon with another update on everything!

Like I said, the pages are all done -- now we're just going to give them all a final review and prep them for print!

Until then... Happy Holidays!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

A quick note on upcoming convention appearances! And BackerKit!
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 08:58:21 PM

Life on the Road...

Those of you who know me know that I tend to tour a lot, and I'm happy to report that I'm closing out the end of the year with two MAJOR convention appearances:

This week from Thursday to Sunday I'll be a guest at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle at Artist Alley Table S-1! I'm also hosting TWO different panels at the show:

Then, next week, I'm closing out the year at the mighty C2E2 in Chicago from December 10-12. where I'll be a guest in Artist Alley at Table H-8 (as in "Hate!") and hosting one panel as well:

Then... BackerKit.

The plan right now is, after these two cons over the next two weeks, to put together the BackerKit for all of you to finalize your pledges... and, honestly, I may toss an extra holiday treat or two in there as an option for you, too. We'll see.

Either way, again, I most sincerely appreciate your support, and I look forward to seeing as many of you on the road over the next two weeks as possible. If you're able to make it to one (or both) of the shows, c'mon over and say "Hi," yeah? I'd value the opportunity to say "Thank you" in person, friends.

Thanks all! Talk soon regardless, as I already have some cool stuff Kickstarter Exclusive stuff I look forward to sharing with you!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning