Today’s the big day, folks!

This is going to be your new favorite horror franchise...

TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1: “Procreation (of the Wicked)”

 

To say that Josh Ross, Austin McKinley, Sean Burres, Jim ReddingtonĀ  and myself have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making TALES OF MR. RHEE a reality (RHEE-ality?) in print after all these years is honestly probably a little bit of an understatement.

We first started TALES OF MR. RHEE in 2006 as an online comic and a labor of love.

Specifically, as a labor of love of good noir and good horror.

One of the things that has continued to frustrate me as a fan or horror comics over the years is the compulsion of so many creators to illustrate their horror comics in a “gritty” style. That’s not to say that this design element can’t work to great effect, of course, because it can… but more often than not it comes off as overkill — just like those EXTREME metal bands who pride themselves on making unreadable logos for their bands.

This sort of thing always leads me to the same response: “I get it, you’re heavy… but don’t talk about it, BE about it.”

To me, RHEE is the same thing. I’d worked with over two dozen artists by the time I was ready to launch RHEE, and my goal from pretty much the beginning was to juxtapose a very clean style of art against one of the most horrifying stories — complete with some of the most horrific imagery — you could ever imagine seeing in a horror comic.

And then, on top of all that, I wanted it to have a very “noir” feel and sensibility.

To this end, I can’t thank Josh, Austin, Sean and Jim enough for all they did to help bring the 13 chapters that comprise TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1: “Procreation (of the Wicked)” to life.

NIGHTMARE WORLD will always be my baby — but, man — TALES OF MR. RHEE is my favorite horror comic now on the shelves and Mr. Rhee himself is probably my favorite comic character.

Some of you out there reading this might scoff at that statement, saying “Hey, of course he is! YOU wrote him, Dirk!”

To this I offer you a simple reply and challenge: Go to your local comic shop, pick-up TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1 off the shelf, and read the first eight-page chapter/story. If you like it and want to read more, buy it… and then tell your friends about it.

If your local comic shop doesn’t have it in stock today, ask them to order TWO copies: One for you and one for the shelf so that someone else can check it out.

This is the beginning of a new phase in my writing career for me, my friends… and the beginning of YOUR new favorite horror comic franchise.

That’s right: FRANCHISE. You see, TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 2: “Karmageddon” will be launching as a four-issue mini-series from Devil’s Due Entertainment this July… and just wait until you see the SUPERSTAR artist who did the cover for the first issue. It’ll shock you like a knife to the eye, my friends.

Thank you for your continued support and kinship on this journey. If you like TALES OF MR. RHEE, spread the word, because none of this would be — or will be — possible without you.

Yes… YOU.

Your friend in comics,
Dirk Manning

P.S.– I’m doing several book signings and convention appearances over the next few months in support of TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 1, including C2E2 in Chicago on April 25th! Check out the SIGNINGS AND APPEARANCES page here for all the details… and make plans to c’mon out and say “Hi!”