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.