Francis Manapul

Aug. 28, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.

Batman looms over the five boroughs in New York Comic-Con poster

Gotham’s most famous crime fighter is featured on the new poster for New York Comic Con. Current “Detective Comics” co-writer and artist Francis Manapul, known for his work on such titles as “The Flash,” “Justice League,” “Witchblade” and “The Necromancer,” created the image for the upcoming pop culture expo, which will take place at Manhattan’s Javits Center Oct. 9-12. The poster superimposes a determined looking Batman over a map of the five boroughs; the iconic vigilante marks his 75th anniversary this year. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic-Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture – especially television. Last year, an estimated 130,000 fans descended on New York’s far west side to attend the four-day confab featuring some 400 panels, screenings and special events. […]
May 05, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Detective Comics’ 31: Batman, Bullock’s new case hits close to home

Murder has come to Bruce Wayne’s doorstep. The shocking conclusion to last month’s “Detective Comics” No. 30 showed Elena Aguila, a social activist the billionaire had recently agreed to team with, collapsing on the welcome mat of Wayne Manor as she seemed to catch on fire from inside her body. The title’s new creative team – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato – wasted no time in setting up a potentially complex mystery in their “Detective” debut. Wayne and Aguila’s deal, which would erect free medical clinics, drug abuse treatment facilities and education centers instead of commercial development on his property along Gotham City’s troubled East End waterfront, has rankled some people in high places: Congressman Sam Young was seen questioning the decision on TV (and answering to some shady characters in private). Also, a drug called Icarus has taken hold […]
July 15, 2012 | 1:42 p.m.

Comic-Con: Nightwinging it through Artists’ Alley

Eddy Barrows' original Nightwing pages
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of  ‘Nightwing’ for DC Comics,  is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year.    Of all the sights and sounds that Comic-Con International has to offer, my favorite is Artists’ Alley. This is the area in the far south end of the convention hall (next to Hall H) that features hundreds of incredibly talented artists, most of whom have original pages, prints, commissions, sketches and so forth available for purchase. For comic fans, this place can become mesmerizing. Hours slip away unnoticed. As I was heading down to meet up with Francis Manapul, I passed an exhibitor’s booth called Comic Art Ink. What caught my eye was something I was quite familiar with, yet had never seen up close: Eddy Barrows’  original Nightwing pages, from our first seven issues of the […]
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