Michael Manning

United States 1963


Michael Manning
Michael Manning
United States
December 28, 2014

Michael Manning is an American comic book artist born in 1963 in Flushing in the New York City borough of Queens. Manning is also known as writer, fine art illustrator and traditionally trained animator. He is best known for his graphic novel series, The Spider Garden and Tranceptor, which combine elements of pan-sexual fetishism and BDSM culture with complex characters in science fiction and fantasy settings. He is also active in the supernatural horror and fantasy genres, drawing adaptations of the work of authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Alexandre Dumas for the Graphic Classics comics anthology series, as well as illustrating an anachronistic version of the German folk epic, The Nibelungen.

Manning went on to study film and animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He began self-publishing art and comics in 1987 while working at Olive Jar Animation in Brookline, MA, as an animator and director of short films, commercials, and music videos. A move to San Francisco in 1991 coincided with Manning’s decision to focus on comic books and erotic illustration full-time. Manning continued to self-publish and produce work for the Bay Area’s emerging BDSM/sex-zine community while his artwork and stage/costume design for multi-media performances appeared regularly at local music venues, fetish events, and art galleries. He also wrote and drew four volumes of the Spider Garden series that consists of following volumes: The Spider Garden (1995), Hydrophidian (1996), In A Metal Web (2004), and In A Metal Web II (2004). In collaboration with artist Patrick Conlon he wrote the first installment of the Tranceptor series. After Manning moved to Los Angeles, a second collection, Inamorata: The Erotic Art of Michael Manning was published by the Last Gasp in 2005. The second volume in the Tranceptor series, Iron Gauge, was published in 2007.

Manning’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, Omaha, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Milan. 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 comic book themed exhibition Fantastic! Comics and the Art of Illusion.

Michael Manning currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Michael Manning ExhibitRubber Cult, LondonSolo
2009SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVALSeattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, WAGroup
2009DRAW SFShooting Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008INTRODUCTIONS4324 Glenalbyn, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008DRAW UKStolenSpace, London, UKGroup
2007SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVALConsolidated Works, Seattle, WAGroup
2007DRAKE'S GRAND RE-OPENINGDrake's Emporium, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVALConsolidated Works, Seattle, WAGroup
2006VAUDEVILLE FLESHDragonfly, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004PANTY WASTEArt SF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004THE THING ON THE DOORSTEPA.o.v. Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004SLICK SHIBARIThe Rawhide, San Francisco, CASolo
2004THE 2ND ANNUAL EROTIC SHOWThe Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003KINKY SALON PRESENTS SUPER HEROESMission Control, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003ECSTATICMadame S Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003SCI-FI WESTERN111 Minna, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002FANTASTIC! THE ART OF COMICS AND ILLUSIONYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002ART & LUSTWild Seduction Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2001DEVOTION SURRENDERMadame S Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001CARTOON CAPERSFeitico Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2001ART PARTSMondo Bizzaro Gallery, Bologna, ITALYGroup
2000TOO NEGATIVETokyo Salon, Tokyo, JAPANGroup
1999INAMORATAA.o.v. gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1998TRANCEPTOR (with Patrick Conlon)DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CADuo
1998HAUNTINGSPlace Pigale, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998NO RED RIBBONS: HEAL BENEFITRico Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1998BIZARRO EROTICAPlace Pigalle, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998QUEER AND KINKY DANGERGay and Lesbian Historical Society Archives, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998PISTOL STARRaven Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1996SLICK (with Lyn Gaza)DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CADuo
1995FETISH OBJECTLa Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1995NEW WORK (with Lyn Gaza)Stormy Leather, San Francisco, CADuo
1994CATHEXISEichelberger's, San Francisco, CASolo
1994LUMENAGERIEGood Vibrations, San Francisco, CAGroup
1993LEASHED UNLEASHEDStormy Leather, San Francisco, CAGroup
1992SCREW MAGAZINE ARTISTSMax Fish Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1989BROOKLYN SMALL PRESS COMIX CONVENTIONMinor Injury Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup