November 2017


Join us on Saturday, November 4
from 9:30 to 11:30 am
Mike Manley
Presenting his illustrating
Michael is an award winning and 30 year veteran of the animation and comic industry having worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney, Cartoon Network and Michael draws the syndicated comic strip, Judge Parker.
Michael is the editor of multi-Eisner Award nominated Draw! Magazine, the professional “How-to” magazine on comics and animation.
Michael has also been teaching drawing, Illustration animation and painting classes for 10 years at the University of the Arts, PCAD, DCAD and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he graduated with an MFA.
Michael’s blog covers much of his painting and professional practice and experience.
Manley was hired to draw the serial newspaper comic strip Judge Parker for four weeks beginning March 15, 2010, filling in for regular artist Eduardo Barreto during an illness. The syndicate essentially held a "two-man tryout" for Barreto's replacement, with Manley's audition following John Heebink's; Manley was offered the full-time job after he turned in his second week of art for the strip. Manley and Heebink had known each other since high school. Manley draws the strip for all seven days of the week.
In late March 2016, it was announced that Manley would succeed Paul Ryan, who had died unexpectedly, as artist on The Phantom daily strips (the Sundays would continue to be drawn by the incumbent, Terry Beatty). Manley's tenure began with the strip dated May 30, 2016. Manley noted that he and Paul Ryan are numbered among a small and notable group of artists who have professionally drawn the adventures of both Batman and The Phantom. The others have been Jim Aparo, Terry Beatty, Don Newton, Carmine Infantino (as a ghost for Sy Barry), Joe Giella (ghosting for Bob Kane) and Graham Nolan. The choice of Manley to take on the Phantom was endorsed by Comic Strip of the "He's one of the few who has found a way to maintain some detail in an ever-shrinking print medium that has driven most artists to a simplified style that works better in shrinky-dink mode than when the comics are read on line, at least on a real computer with a real monitor.



Willingboro Kennedy Center


November 4, 2017

9:30am - 11:30am


Meeting Location:

429 John F. Kennedy Way

Room 300

Willingboro NJ 08046