Dirk Manning shows us the Write and Wrong way to put Butts in Seats
Dirk Manning is an independent comic writer including but not limited to titles such as Nightmare World, The Tales of Mr. Rhee, Love Stories to Die For, The Adventures of Cthulhu and Dastardly Dirk, Tara Normal, Hope, Butts in Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story, Arn Anderson: My Life as the Enforcer, and so, so many more!
I got the chance to sit down with the man behind the top hat and scarf and talk to him about the mystery behind the origin of his name, the five ingredients to make a Dirk Manning and which ones I relate with, how he first became interested in writing, the process of deciding a theme before he comes up with an idea.
Plus how he made the switch from writing horror to writing not one but two pro wrestling autobiographical comics, the process for writing Butts in Seats (a series of Zoom calls that gradually got more casual), the chance meeting of Arn Anderson, the difference between a comic and novel Kickstarter, and tons more! We also chat about what we can see from him in the future, and any advice he may have for up-and-coming creatives!
Dirk’s most recent book Write or Wrong: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Comics Second Edition is gearing up for a release this fall, followed by more new projects from Mr. Manning! Make sure you check out his site to stay up to date on everything that’s coming, including his secret project with a big name in horror!
A jack of many trades, but a master of none, Chris dabbles in many nerdy hobbies including toy collecting, reading comics, writing fiction, reading novels, and playing video games. He’s also a huge wrestling fan, and knows more about it than most normal people should.
When he’s not writing or hosting podcasts for Geek Network, he can be found listening to podcasts and hanging out with his wife, his two daughters, and his little dog Gertie.